This week’s featured artist is Marie Goudy, who participated in Jazzology in 2012.
Marie is a trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who was born in Toronto and began her professional career at the age of sixteen. By the age of nineteen, she had already played with many notable musicians including Benny Golson, Cleo Laine, and Maria Schneider.
Since graduating from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance program with Honours in 2012, she has become an integral part of the Toronto music scene playing jazz, funk, mariachi, folk and Latin music. She has toured across the United States and Mexico with Latin-funk band Pilaseca, and played on two JUNO nominated albums with folk-funk singer/songwriter Alysha Brilla. She currently leads the R&B-jazz band Alma Soul, for which she is the lead singer and primary composer.
Marie took some time out of her busy schedule to discuss her memories of the Jazzology program and provided an update on her recent musical activities:
1) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?
It was so cool to go into the studio where it all happens! I grew up listening to JAZZ.FM91, and it was amazing to have my first radio interview in such an iconic place for me. I was very nervous going in, but the interviewer put me so much at ease, it was lovely to feel like I was just sitting and chatting to him about music. No stress at all.
2) What is your strongest memory of the Jazzology program? Are there any funny stories or incidents that come to mind?
Definitely going into the room where they stored all the CDs. I had never seen so much music in one place in my life, I think if someone brought me food and water I could spend years in there just listening!
3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians?
Absolutely. It’s very encouraging at that point of your development to feel like you have valuable input that is worth sharing over the radio. Get out of your comfort zone!
4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?
Preparing for the interview was really difficult and rewarding. I had to think very critically about what part of music was the most important to me that I could fit discussion of that into a 45-minute interview, as well as think about how I might come across to a listener based on what I chose to talk about. As a professional, it’s important to be aware of your public persona, especially in the entertainment industry.
5) This program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?
I would say that they’re directly contributing to helping a girl’s dream come true! JAZZ.FM91 has always been a staple in my life – I’ve been waking up to it and falling asleep to it since high school. Aside from being inspired by the amazing music that I hear every day on the shows, being asked to participate myself was a huge honour! Thank you so much for making that possible!
6) Why is music education important?
To keep history and traditions alive, and to ensure that the craft of music will always be progressing! There is so much creativity and spirit in the world, and being trained in music can unlock that in someone that might otherwise not know what they were capable of. Music enriches the lives of everyone it touches.
7) Since participating in the program, what have you been doing?
I graduated from the University of Toronto, and I’ve been playing full-time ever since. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to play music of many different styles. Although jazz will always be my main squeeze, I am loving the work I do playing pop, funk and Latin music! I spent six months in 2014 travelling all around Mexico by myself, playing my trumpet wherever I went, and I settled in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, where I made a name for myself playing five nights a week, and a couple of sold-out jazz concerts. Now that I’m back in Toronto I’m more inspired than ever! I went to the JUNO ceremony with singer Alysha Brilla to celebrate the nomination of our second album, and as soon as I got home I started composing my head off for my new project, Alma Soul, which debuted on April 12.
8) What music are you listening to at the moment that you find particularly inspiring?
Roy Hargrove! Roy Hargrove! At this point in my career, he personifies every kind of musician I want to be. His jazz trumpet playing is absolutely incredible, very reminiscent of my all-time favourite, Lee Morgan. His work with the RH Factor speaks a lot to my more recent interests of R&B and hip hop music. And he writes for and directs a big band, which has always been my favourite type of music to listen to!
9) What are your plans for the future?
I am planning to return to the University of Toronto in September 2015 to start studying for a Masters degree. In terms of professional development, my main focus right now is my band Alma Soul. I am hoping to record an EP with them this summer and start touring in 2016. The purpose of this band is twofold: of course, my creative expression as the primary songwriter of the band is objective number one. But I would also like to use the band as a platform to promote the horn section as a unit for hire. Saxophonist Alison Young, trombonist Jill Richards, and I make up the front line, and the three of us have been playing and singing together for many years. I’m looking to make a name for ourselves as a studio and touring horn section.
10) How can people learn more about you and your activities?
My website www.mariegoudy.com is still under construction as of writing this, but will have recordings and gig information up very shortly! I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
11) Is there anything else that you want to add?
This was a great experience! Keep it up, JAZZ.FM91!
Jazzology is proudly sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project.
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