Jazz Masters to Teach Career-Altering Workshops for Aspiring Guitar Students at Jazz on the Mountain at Whistler

No tuition fees required; deadline to apply extended to August 19
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No tuition fees required; deadline to apply extended to August 19

The inaugural Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler invites aspiring guitar students from across North America to apply for a select number of coveted spots within the Master Class Series, taking place September 2 to 4, 2011 in Whistler, BC. Over the course of six workshops, students will learn from some of jazz music’s most well-known guitar virtuosos– Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Russ Freeman, Lorne Lofsky, Greg Lowe and Stan Samole, providing a tremendous opportunity to pick up tips from true masters.

Due to overwhelming support from Festival sponsors, the Master Class Series has announced some major changes to its program, enabling this opportunity to be available to a much wider group of talented guitarists to participate, and ensuring a high calibre of student talent in attendance:

No tuition fees will be charged or collected for the 2011 Master Class Series.

The application deadline is extended to Friday, August 19, 2011.

Succesful applicants will be advised by Monday, August 22, 2011.

The inaugural Master Class Series presents six of the most impressive guitarists on the planet, together in one place, offering an incredibly unique and memorable experience to each of the students. Each Master Class faculty member has a completely unique and distinctive instrumental voice and technique; all of them show individualized and stunningly personal approaches to guitar. They are also deeply experienced educators with over 130 combined years of teaching to their credit.

Six intimate, 90-minute learning sessions will each be taught by a true jazz master:

  • Kevin Eubanks – Leader of The Tonight Show band for 18 years, and first “Artist In Residence” at the inaugural Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler festival. Eubanks is the Dean of the Master Classes and will deliver an opening and closing address as well as his own session.
  • Stanley Jordan – One of the best known solo guitarists of all time. Jordan is widely recognized for having pioneered the “two-handed finger-tap” guitar technique. He is also a spectacular pianist and one of the world’s top spokesmen for the advancement of music therapy.
  • Russ Freeman – Producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist; Freeman is the leader of contemporary jazz band, The Rippingtons.
  • Lorne Lofsky – unquestionably one of Canada's finest jazz guitarists with a career dating back to the mid 1970s. Lofsky was heard all over the world in the Oscar Peterson group.
  • Greg Lowe – “The combustion behind jazz fusion’s commercial sheen; a smart, heartfelt composer who happens to be a delicious guitarist." (Winnipeg Free Press). Lowe is now one of Canada’s top classical/jazz music orchestrators, and delves into genres as diverse as Latin, world, funk and R&B.
  • Stan Samole – Well respected by a host of internationally renowned musicians and jazz critics, a professional guitarist since age 13 and a favourite of fans for his playing in the renowned fusion ensemble Elements. Samole was formerly the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Miami.

The most improved students from the Master Class Series will be selected by Eubanks and the Master Class faculty to perform with their teachers in an All-Star Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler Jam, to be held the afternoon of Sunday, September 4, 2011 on the free outdoor stage of Village Square in the heart of Whistler Village.

Students interested in participating in the Master Class Series must complete an online application form by Friday, August 19, 2011. A letter of reference from the applicant’s music teacher and two solo recordings must be uploaded to complete the application. Full details and an outline of associated fees are available online at www.whistlerjazzfest.com/masterclasses.

Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler is Canada’s newest jazz festival taking place Labour Day weekend September 2 to 4, 2011 in the lively pedestrian village of Whistler, British Columbia. With free and ticketed concerts throughout Whistler, the Festival will feature jazz greats Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Oliver Jones, The New Gary Burton Quartet, Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons, plus a host of other talented artists. Highlights include daily outdoor concerts, Whistler Olympic Plaza as the main ticketed venue, a late night jazz series, the Master Class Series, and an interactive, family-friendly street festival.

For more information about the concert schedule, artist bios, and to purchase tickets and/or hotel packages, please visit www.whistlerjazzfest.com.