Learn, listen, and play is what Jazz in the Hall events are about. On March 6 Jazz Yukon is presenting a Jazz in the Hall event featuring youth musicians.
The Jazz Kids with Their Jazz Hands Project is a show with an open jam session tucked in at The Old Fire Hall. The feature performers are six aspiring teen jazz musicians, alongside Grant Simpson and his band. The audience is invited to bring their own instruments to join the jam session during the two-hour performance.
Last year, the teens brought down the house with their powerful jazz tunes and they are back again this year: Tori Beemer, Jerome Belanger, Selina Heyliger-Hare, Alejandro Peters, Finley Sparling, and Micha Taggart.
Selina Heyligers-Hare is a huge jazz fiend, and draws inspiration from the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
“She is my favourite jazz performer and has inspired me to become more involved with jazz music,” she says.
So far, Heyliger-Hare has taken up the clarinet, piano, guitar, and vocals.
“It’s important to be versatile and to stand out,” she says. “One day I might even like to compose a jazz rock song.”
Currently Heyligers-Hare performs in a band called Dead Simple. Despite being lead vocalist, she admits to getting stage fright before some performances.
“When I play with my band, I’m pretty chill, but for other performances, I do get nervous,” she says. “But I do look at each performance as a learning opportunity.”
Her talent is getting her noticed.
“It’s cool to be well-known and a great way to meet new people,” she says. “I’m just glad I can get recognition for something I love doing.”
She’s excited about working with Grant Simpson, who also directs the Frantic Follies in the Westmark Hotel.
“Grant is a really huge inspiration for me,” Heyligers-Hare says. “I am very thankful to him for all his guidance and support.”
Jazz in the Hall strives to encourage novices to join the world of jazz, and has scheduled events to take place throughout the year on the first Thursday of each month, each featuring different performers.
Each event will feature a question and answer session, music-enhancing visual effects, and jam sessions.
The Jazz in the Hall event on March 6 will feature guest speaker Steve Gedrose discussing jazz music. The all-ages show and jam session takes place at The Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse, located at 1105 1st Ave. Admission is $5 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information go to www.JazzYukon.com.