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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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Matt Lagan

This week’s featured artist is saxophonist Matt Lagan, who was a member of the Youth Big Band from 2011 to 2013.

Born and raised in Toronto, Matt started his musical education by studying jazz and classical piano with his parents before starting saxophone at the age of thirteen. In addition to being a member of the Youth Big Band during high school, Matt also took part in the Community Music School and Summer Jazz Workshop at Humber College.

Adam Teixeira

This week we feature drummer and percussionist Adam Teixeira, who participated in Jazzology in 2006.

A native of Toronto and a graduate of the music program at Humber College, Adam Teixeira is active on the Canadian and International music scenes. Comfortable in a broad range of musical styles, he performs perform regularly in live and studio settings with various original projects as a freelance musician and bandleader. Some groups he works with include Monsoon, Teixeira / Riddell Duo, Tropical Punch, and the Adam Teixeira 5tet.

Carissa Kimbell

This week’s featured artist is vocalist Carissa Kimbell, who participated in Jazzology in 2012.

Carissa s received her formal musical education as a student of the Mohawk College Applied Music program in jazz vocal performance, where she studied with Pat Collins, Bob Hamper, Ranee Lee, and Carol McCartney. She also had the opportunity to sing for Norma Winstone, Don Thompson, Ranee Lee and Hal Galper in master classes and sing backup vocals with guitarist Larry Carlton in concert.

Heather Segger

Our featured artist this week is trombonist Heather Segger, who took part in Jazzology in 2008.

Heather Segger is an active member of the Toronto jazz and improvised music communities as trombonist, composer, bandleader, curator, and educator.

Ali Berkok

This week we feature pianist and composer Ali Berkok, who participated in Jazzology in 2009.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in music from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ali relocated to Toronto and completed his Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the instruction of David Braid.

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