New York Saxophonist/flutist Don Braden Joins JazzWorks' Summer Workshop August 19-22, 2010


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New York saxophonist and flutist, Don Braden will join the top Canadian Jazz Faculty for the 17th Annual JazzWorks 3-day Intensive Weekend Workshop, at the CAMMAC Music Centre, on Lake McDonald, Quebec, located north of Hawksbury, Ontario, August 19 to 22, 2010.

Don Braden, a master of the tenor and soprano saxophone and also an outstanding flutist, has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest and as a sideman with such greats as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings, film and television, and worked for several years as composer for Bill Cosby. An active performer in the New York area, Braden is also on the faculty of the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Gronengin, Holland.

“We are thrilled to welcome New York recording artist Don Braden to teach and perform with our top Canadian faculty," said Judy Humenick, JazzWorks President and Executive Coordinator. “JazzWorks 2010 is a special opportunity to study and perform jazz in a beautiful natural setting on the shore of Lake MacDonald at the CAMMAC Music Centre, Quebec, a two-hour drive from Ottawa. Outstanding Canadian jazz performer/educators will take participants through an intensive program of individual and group coaching with an emphasis on combo performance," she added.

Led by Toronto trumpet player and Guest Artistic Director, Jim Lewis, the 2010 JazzWorks Faculty includes Canadian jazz musicians, vocalist Julie Michels, Christine Duncan and Sharada Banman, Kieran Overs on bass, pianists Nancy Walker and David Restivo, Jean Martin and Nick Fraser on drums, Rob Frayne for composition and arranging, guitarists Kim Ratcliffe, Kevin Barrett and Gary Elliott, saxophonists Remi Bolduc and Frank Lozano and trombonist William Carn.

Set for August 19th to 22nd the JazzWorks “Jazz Camp" has become a “must" for Ottawa area jazz instrumentalists and singers. JazzWorks 2010 is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians (all levels, beginner through professional), and advanced high school musicians, to immerse themselves in a full weekend of music-making through original composition, solo and combo performance. It is also a great opportunity to connect with many like-minded performers. Many of the groups heard around the Ottawa jazz scene have resulted from musical connections made through JazzWorks. In fact, 15 local jazz groups led by JazzWorks participants and alumni performed at this year's Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

The 3 day weekend program also includes master classes, individual and group coaching, a broad range of workshops, classes in improvisation, arranging and composition, and jam sessions. JazzWorks 2010 will again feature an interesting variety of jazz combos and originally composed music...and promises to be a great jazz education experience. Highlights of the weekend include the faculty concerts and the free of charge public concert featuring workshop participants and faculty on Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00 pm at the CAMMAC Music Centre. Registrations are still being accepted.

For further information about JazzWorks 2010: Contact the JazzWorks Administrator at 613-523-0316

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