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Where Are They Now?

Our educational programs provide learning opportunities that contribute to the growth and development of emerging artists in our community. With the success of these programs over a number of years, we are fortunate to have a large group of alumni who have gone on to successful careers in music and beyond.

To celebrate these participants, our weekly “Where Are They Now?” segment allows us to follow-up with alumni, see how they are doing, and assess how the program has contributed to their success.

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Andrew Marzotto

This week we feature guitarist  Andrew Marzotto, who was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band from 2009 to 2012.

A native of Toronto, Andrew’s interest in music developed very early and he started playing guitar at the age of nine. Starting with local rock bands, his interest in jazz began upon entering high school. In addition to performing in school bands and taking part in the Humber College Community Music Program, he participated in two Berklee College of Music summer programs: the 2010 Berklee Jazz Workshop and the 2011 Summer Performance Program. In 2012, he was chosen to take part in the Yamaha All Star Band and received the Music Industries Association of Canada Scholarship.

Lydia Persaud

This week’s featured artist is vocalist Lydia Persaud, who participated in Jazzology in 2013.

A native of Toronto, Persaud graduated from the music program at Humber College, where she performed in the Studio Jazz Ensemble and was chosen as the first female recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award in 2012.

Abigail Neale

This week we feature saxophonist Abigail Neale, who was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band in 2010 – 2011.

A Toronto native, Neale is a saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, and arranger who is currently completing the final year of her Bachelor of Music degree at Humber College. She has received a number of awards including the St. John’s Music Award, the Moe Koffman Universal Music Award, and the Dave Stillwell Arranging Award.

Mark Segger

This week’s featured artist is drummer Mark Segger, who participated in Jazzology in 2008.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Mark attended MacEwan University there before moving to Anigonish, Nova Scotia to complete his Bachelor of Music degree at St. Francis Xavier University. Following that, he completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Toronto and also attended the Vancouver Creative Music Institute in 2008, the Banff International Jazz Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, and the School for Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York in 2010.

Jon Foster

This week we feature drummer Jon Foster, who participated in our Jazzology program in 2012.

After having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2012 and a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Toronto in 2014, Jon has begun an active career on the Canadian music scene as a performing and recording artist.

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