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Humber Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
This ensemble is made up of Humber College music students and directed by the legendary pianist and ethnoculturist Gord Sheard. It came about through Humber College’s Gord Sheard Brazilian Workshop that started in 2007 in response to providing greater awareness of the fundamental role Brazil has played in the global jazz and popular music scenes, and in recognition of the need for musicians to have a deeper understanding of the particularities of diverse Brazilian genres.
The ensemble’s repertoire has been chosen to represent this diversity via exemplary works by some of Brazil’s greatest popular music composers, including Antônio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, João Bosco, Joyce Moreno, Hermeto Pascoal, and Gerônimo Santana. Brazilian Workshop director Gord Sheard has had a multi-faceted career as a professional musician for three decades. During that time he has toured with numerous bands and artists, among them Chuck Mangione, Manteca, Rick Shadrach Lazar and The Montuno Police, and Alain Caron. He currently leads the Brazilian jazz group Sinal Aberto, which features vocalist Luanda Jones. His compositions may be heard on numerous recordings, including his CDs Crucible (2006) and All Saints’ Bay (2013). Gord Sheard holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology (York University, 2008); his primary area of expertise is Brazilian traditional and popular musics. He currently teaches full time at Humber College, where he is head of the composition and arranging department.
August 9, 2014Music
A performance by the Humber Brazilian Jazz Ensemble.