National Jazz Summit: Workshops

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Saturday Workshops
Saturday, May 25

10:30–12:00 pm: Vocal Workshop with Denzal Sinclaire

1:30–3.00 pm: Ensemble Workshop  led by Chris Andrew, an award winning performer and jazz educator from Grant MacEwan University.

3:00–4:00 pm: Big Band Workshop in collaboration with Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME)

All Saturday programs free of charge.


Special thanks to National Jazz Summit partners and collaborators The Banff Centre, JazzYYC, RBC Foundation and the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME). 



Vocalist/pianist/percussionist/actor, Denzal [DEN•zal] Sinclaire is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation. A graduate of McGill University's Jazz Performance program(Montreal, Canada), he possesses that rare ability to achieve, from the moment he steps on stage, a profound emotional interaction with his audience. His passionate and sincere delivery caresses every song he sings. He touches the listener with the purity of the message.

Denzal is a multiple Juno Award(Canada's Grammy Award) nominee, a recipient of the 2004 National Jazz Award for “Best Album”, four – time consecutive recipient of Jazz Report Magazine Award for Male Jazz Vocalist, and 2007 Choc Jazzman Award(France). His admirers include Grammy Award -Winning artists,Diana Krall (“Denzal Sinclaire embodies the tradition of the great singers I love like Nat Cole, yet definitely has his own voice. He is one of my favorite singers…”), Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Brantford Marsalis and Michel Bublé as well as growing legions of jazz fans in his native Canada and abroad. From his early days as a canny interpreter of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s mentholated crooning, he’s grown into one of the most distinctive and individualistic singers anywhere.

He has graced the stages numerous concert halls and festivals around the world and has appeared on several popular TV shows, including Canada'sBravo!TV, Canada AM, Nashville Now, Ireland's The Late Late Show.As a former member (keyboards and backing vocals) of UK soul artist,Jamie Lidell's band, he has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmie Kimmel Live!, and Manu Katché's show One Shot Not(France). 

Equally at home in the theatre, film and television arenas, Denzal has delighted audiences with his critically-acclaimed performance inUnforgettable, a musical based on the life and music of Nat King Cole;Tapestry: The Music of Carole King (Arts Club Theatre); William Saroyan's award-winning The Time of Your Life (Soul Pepper Theatre Company). His TV and film credits include appearances in the new Battlestar GallacticaTV Series (dir. Michael Rymer); and, Being Julia, starring being Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons (dir. István Szabó). Denzal's voice has also been featured on TV and Radio ads in both Canada and Japan.


Since graduating from Grant MacEwan College in 1990, Chris has become a key player in the Alberta music scene. His musical diversity can be seen through his numerous performances over the years in genres such as jazz, funk, pop, latin, or musical theatre. He has studied in Cuba and has toured across Canada countless times in a number of bands in various musical styles.
Although well known as a jazz educator in Alberta, Chris is best known for his ability to play. In the jazz vein, Chris' resume lists a veritable who's who of jazz. Chris has performed with Joshua Redman, Sonny Fortune, Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbera,P.J. Perry, Kirk MacDonald, Paquito D'Rivera, Brad Turner, and Steve Wallace just to name some highlights.

On the local scene, Chris has performed or recorded with numerous well known groups including The Jump Orchestra, Maracujah,Bomba, Kelly Allana, Tim Tamashiro, The Swinging Bovines, The Edmonton Symphony, Phatty, and The Devoties.

Chris has recently been honoured with the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award for his virtuosic talent.

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