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DANIEL JAMIESON

Founder & Artistic Director

Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Jamieson is an award winning composer, arranger, conductor, & saxophonist. He leads his own internationally acclaimed big band the Danjam Orchestra. His 2011 debut album as a leader "Sudden Appearance" was produced by Jim McNeely and features John Riley. Daniel's works have been performed by a who's who of the jazz & commercial music scenes including Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Kurt Elling, Anthony Hamilton, Warren Wolf, Vince Mendoza, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Armin van Buuren, Scott Wendholt, Alex Dean Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, WDR Big Band, & Danish Radio Big Band. Daniel has served as Staff Arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band since 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Alex Dean & Tim Ries, as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dave Liebman & Jim McNeely.

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STEVE MCFARLANE

Operations Manager

Operations Manager Steve McFarlane holds a Master’s in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master’s in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. For the past 15 years he has served as a Musical Director and Entertainment Director in the cruise industry.

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MIHO HAZAMA

Core Team Composer & Event Host

Miho Hazama is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger; chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band, Permanent guest conductor of the Metropole Orchestra, and leader of her own internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble m_unit. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Hazama has written for artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. In addition to m_unit, Hazama has composed works for the Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Siena Wind Orchestra, among others.

ANDREW RATHBUN

Core Team Composer & Event Host

Saxophonist, composer, and Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism and compositional intelligence in 20 years as a recording artist.  Voted as a “Rising Star” in the 2018 and 2022 Downbeat Critics Polls, he has documented his stirring original music with a series acclaimed recordings, on the Challenge, Fresh Sound and Steeplechase labels, and has collaborated with musicians like Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart and Luciana Souza . “Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of JazzTimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.”
 
After hearing 2014’s Numbers & Letters the New Yorker declared Rathbun “a crafty saxophonist and composer whose ambitious work over the past decade has eluded the wider recognition it deserves.”  Atwood Suites, Rathbun’s JUNO-nominated jazz-orchestra project was summarized in Jazziz Magazine; “On the basis of this CD alone, Rathbun deserves to be ranked among today’s top arranger- composers.” 
His latest recordings include “Semantics” which finds Rathbun with tenor sax great Rich Perry, and jazz percussion icon Billy Drummond. His music has been performed by the Capitol Quartet, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Brussles Jazz Orchestra, the David Liebman Big Band, and the Metropole Okest.


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CHELSEA MCBRIDE

Core Team Composer & Event Host

Saxophonist, composer, conductor Chelsea McBride is leader of the 6-piece Chelsea and the Cityscape, and the internationally acclaimed 19-piece Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School. McBride was Guest Conductor at the 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival and Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. McBride was named one of Canada’s top 35 jazz musicians under 35 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was the inaugural recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award.

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ERICA SEGUINE

Core Team Composer & Event Host

Erica Seguine is a composer, conductor, and co-leader of the 21 musician Erica Seguine | Shan Baker Orchestra. Their debut album, “The New Day Bends Light,” releasing March of 2023, was produced by renowned composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue, and deals with psychological themes of mental illness, struggle, and healing. Erica’s compositions have received many awards, including the 2013 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Prize for Jazz Composition/2014 Manny Albam Commission, and her compositions and arrangements have been performed by ensembles such as the Metropole Orchestra, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, the Danish Radio Big Band, and many professional and college jazz ensembles. She has also worked as a conductor with Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, the D.O.M.E. Experience, the Joel Harrison Big Band, and is a resident conductor and composer with the Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra.

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