Jazz Education Workshop


Perform, be mentored and learn from a stellar line-up of experienced jazz musicians and instructors.

If you’re a youth musician or emerging artist who is influenced by jazz music, you won’t want to miss this jazz education workshop led by Vancouver’s A-list of jazz musicians and educators.


+ Alisia Lyne - Jazz vocals

From singing in the church choir at age 7 to studying Vocal Jazz Performance at Capilano University, Alisia has had a very diverse musical journey. A native of Langley, BC, Alisia is a well-versed singer/songwriter, session singer and vocal coach. Alisia has worked with many of the music industry’s finest including Dave Pierce, Bob Rock, Richie Sambora, Jann Arden, Jim Byrnes, Brad Turner, Jodi Proznick, Jimmy D. Lane, Miles Ramsay, Dee Daniels, Dal Richards, Salome Bay, Corlynn Hanney, Jillian Lebeck, Bria Skonberg and Bob McGrath to The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Youth Orchestra, and The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of many vocal performing groups and ensembles including Profusio, Nite Cap, BCMEA ensembles, and currently Original Blues Band the LazerKatz. Alisia’s ear for improvisation and soulful sound blur the lines between musical genres. Along with her four octave plus vocal range, her smooth, warm tone lends itself as well to ballads as her creative approach to melody does to the importance of a lyric. Alisia is a faculty member at the Langley Community Music School. For more information visit: https://langleymusic.com/faculty/alisia-lyne/


+ Bill Coon - Jazz guitar

Juno nominated guitarist/ composer /arranger Bill Coon is one of Canada’s most highly respected and sought-after musicians. He has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years and has worked with numerous jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Louis Stewart, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner, PJ Perry, Fred Stride, Denzal Sinclaire, Karin Plato and Dee Daniels. His quartet performed at the Orpheum, opening for Dave Brubeck during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. He is a member of the Jill Townsend Big Band, Wow Jazz Orchestra and the Brazilian Choro group Gostosinho. Bill’s performing and writing has been documented on over two-dozen CD’s to date, while big bands and orchestras throughout the world have performed his arrangements.. Bill’s sixteen year musical partnership with internationally renowned jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire has produced several, as well as television specials, radio shows and performances at all major jazz festivals in Canada. More recently he has conducted and performed with the 23-piece Bill Coon Orchestra featuring Sinclaire in a musical tribute to Nat King Cole.In addition to a busy performance and recording schedule, Bill is in high demand as an educator. He is an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout Canada and presently teaches jazz guitar and composition at Capilano College in North Vancouver. For more information visit: http://www.billcoon.com/


+ Christine Jensen - Jazz saxophone

Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers.” - Globe and Mail. The two-time Juno Award winning bandleader’s music has been performed by ensembles around the globe. She has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen, as well as her partner Joel Miller. Other collaborators include Ben Monder, Gary Smuylan, Dick Oatts, Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Pickett, Gary Versace, and Donny McCaslin. She has studied with Kenny Werner, John Hollenbeck, Dick Oatts, Remi Bolduc, and Jim McNeely. She currently holds the position of conductor of the Orchestre National Jazz de Montréal and is on faculty at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where she is Artistic Director of Jazz Orchestra 1, along with teaching saxophone and composition. For more information visit http://www.christinejensenmusic.com/


+ Jesse Cahill - Jazz drums & percussion

Jesse started playing drums at a young age and worked his first professional gigs at 16 in restaurants and clubs in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1993 he moved to Montreal to study music at McGill University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance (with distinction). Jesse has worked with jazz legends like David “Fathead” Newman, George Coleman, Harold Mabern, Red Holloway, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Charles MacPherson and Bobby Shew. He has also performed, toured, and recorded with many internationally recognized artists such as Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Jim Snidero, Terrell Stafford, Mike Ledonne, Pat Bianchi, Joe Magerelli, Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Ryan Kysor and George Colligan. On the Canadian scene he can be heard with top artists including Tilden Webb, Jodi Proznick, Oliver Gagnon, Phil Dwyer, P.J. Perry, Cory Weeds, Bill Coon, Ken Lister, Miles Black, Don Thompson, Paul Pigat, Cousin Harley, Jim Byrnes and many others. Jesse is an in-demand session player and has appeared on dozens of recordings including. His playing can be heard regularly on CBC Radio One and Two and he has been a featured guest and performer on Jazz Beat, Hot Air, and Canada Live. For more information visit http://jessecahill.com/


+ Jodi Proznick - Moderator, Jazz bass

Juno-nominated bassist, composer, producer and educator, Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and ’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘04. Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top musicians, including P.J. Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Guido Basso, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, Mark Fewer and Laila Biali as well as international jazz legends such as David 'Fathead' Newman, Sheila Jordan, George Coleman and Ed Thigpen. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, she is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists and has been featured on over 40 recordings as a side player. Jodi’s deep passion for education lead her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she teaches improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, popular music history, rudiments, jazz combo and bass lessons. She is the Artistic Director of the VSO School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop where she also teaches jazz bass, combo and jazz theory. For more information visit: https://jodiproznick.com/


+ Kristian Alexandrov - Jazz Piano

Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Kristian grew up in a family of musicians and was surrounded by music from a very early age. He was exposed to a variety of world music styles: Bulgarian folk, Classical, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary Jazz. Recognizing Kristian’s talent, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of four. At six years of age, Kristian was accepted into the prestigious L. Pipkov School of Musich where he completed his musical education, twelve year of training as a pianist and percussionist. Kristian toured much of Europe by the age of nineteen. Since moving to Canada in 1995, Kristian has been active in the Canadian music scene, as a composer, performer, producer and studio musician. Onstage Kristian has worked alongside some tremendous Canadian and International artists, including: Randy Brecker, kd Lang, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Allen Vizzutti, Alain Caron, Bob Mintzer, Jackie & Kim Richardson, Wycliffe Gordon, The Canadian Tenors, Tommy Banks and All Star Brass. Kristian is also a long-standing musical director for Jens Lindemann’s “BrassFire”, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Youth Singers of Calgary & R&B/Soul recording artist Shannon Gaye. For more information visit: https://www.kristianalexandrov.com/


Take part in:

  • Round table panel discussion on the artistic and business side of “Life as a Professional Musician”

  • Master class breakouts by instrument led by professional jazz musicians (bass, brass, drums, guitar, piano, vocal)

  • An improvisation jam session with the professional jazz musicians

Panel discussion topics will include:

  • Branding and how to market yourself

  • Fostering female jazz musicians in the music industry

  • What is a demo/making an album

  • How to put together an EPK

  • Utilizing funding sources/grant writing

  • Ongoing skill acquisition

All levels of jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.

Pre-registration is required. Workshop cost is $20 at the door and includes a festival t-shirt and refreshments.

When: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 1-4pm

Where: Chief Sepass Theatre, Langley Fine Arts School

9096 Trattle Street, Fort Langley

Our thanks to Langley Community Music School, Chief Sepass Theatre and Langley Fine Arts for their support of the workshop.

Click here to read an article featuring the Workshop in BC Local News

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