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  • Photo by Doug Wong
  • Photo by Doug Wong
  • Photo by Doug Wong
  • Photo by Doug Wong

Rhythm Section Master Class with the Calgary Jazz Orchestra

Kids Music Youth & teens Performance
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Calgary, AB

Directions: Free parking - Connaught Community School, 1121 12th Ave. SW.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of the rhythm section as they practice, perform, improvise, and run their music business? We want to welcome music enthusiasts and musicians of any skill level to an interactive behind-the-scenes experience with the CJO's rhythm section. The rhythm section will demonstrate how they navigate through the music, answer questions from the public and offer technique advice and other recommendations to improve the musicianship of those in the room.

This workshop will feature Master musicians and CJO members Egor Ukoloff, Neil McVey, Kodi Hutchinson, and Jim Johnston.

Egor Ukoloff is originally from Russia and is a graduate of Rostov-on-Don Music College and Rostov-on-on State Conservatory. Egor is one of Canada's top and busiest jazz pianists.

Neil McVey is a regular jazz guitarist in a number of Calgary bands. He teaches at Ambrose University.

Kodi Hutchinson is a sought-after sideman on the double bass and the electric bass. His versatility and passion for music are evidenced by his work with his own musical group, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio, his CKUA radio show A Time for Jazz, and his record label, Chronograph Records. In 2013, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio won the prestigious TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Jim Johnston is a graduate of Humber College’s performance program. A highly versatile drummer, Jim has worked with both cover and original projects, from folk, country, jazz, RnB, hip-hop, big band, blues, reggae, Celtic and African. Though Jim loves the performance aspect of music, he also imparts his love of the craft through his teaching.

We hope to see you there!



Calgary Jazz Orchestra

This 17-26 piece professional jazz orchestra, directed by Johnny Summers, creates engaging musical experiences as they take the listeners on a journey in sound from traditional jazz, modern, pop, funk, soul and New Orleans music, to name a few. Join us for a unique music experience filled with expression, character, virtuosic playing with soul, and community atmosphere that draws you in and fills you with a range of emotions.

Event sponsored by: Alberta Culture Days, Music Performance Trust Fund, Long & McQuade, The Calgary Jazz Orchestra Society, St. Stephen's Anglican Church