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JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band


Established in 2008, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is a free educational program that provides the opportunity for selected middle and high school students to rehearse with a 18-piece big band and perform with international jazz luminaries. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program is designed to provide outstanding educational instruction that allows participants to develop musical and social skills while interacting in a diverse, professional setting.

The group rehearses each Saturday afternoon (4:30-7:30pm) with a Musical Director during the school year at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village. Participants receive workshops in improvisation, ensemble playing, and jazz techniques from some of Canada’s foremost music educators and perform more than a dozen concerts at venues such as Koerner Hall, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Niagara Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and more!

Auditions are held early September each year at JAZZ.FM91, which is located at 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100. (King and Dufferin Streets)

To learn more about the program, please contact Youth Big Band Musical Director, Jules Estrin at

Meet the members of the 2017/18 Youth Big Band HERE.

YBB Upcoming events

Wednesday January 24th, 2018, 7:00 pm-The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St, Toronto

Wednesday February 21st, 2018, 12:00 pm-Horseshoe Music Festival Redeemer University College, Hamilton, Ontario

Monday March 5th, 2018, 8:00pm- Sound of Jazz Series at the Old Mill, Toronto

Tuesday March 6th, 2018, 8:00 pm- Lula Lounge, Toronto, with UTJO

Friday-Sunday April 13-15th TD Prince Edward County Jazz Festival

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, 12:00 pm- Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

For middle and secondary school students, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides an opportunity for exceptional student musicians to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional setting. Under the direction of Musical Director Jules Estrin, the band rehearses each Saturday at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village. The students receive regular workshops on improvisation, ensemble playing and Jazz techniques from some of Canada's foremost music educators and musicians.

The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band performs extensively throughout the year with appearances at our Sound of Jazz Concert Series, as well as various festivals and special events.

For nearly a decade, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has shared the stage with legendary Jazz figures, such as Joey DeFrancesco, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Lew Tabackin, Guido Basso and Al Jarreau. They have appeared with Canadian guests, including Shirantha Beddage, Kelly Jefferson, Alistair Kay, Brian O’Kane, Sundar Viswanathan, and Ron Westray.

Additionally, they have performed with the Thelma Yellin Big Band (Tel Aviv, Israel), Jazz Ensemble I (Montreal, PQ), the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (Monterey, CA), the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and the York University Jazz Orchestra. Alumni from the group have gone onto further their studies at the Berklee College of Music, the Brubeck Institute, Humber College, McGill University, the New England Conservatory and the University of Toronto.

Thank you to all of you who contributed during our Early Spring Campaign.

You are the reason we are able to return to our award-winning programming.


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