Nominations for the 2015 Juno Awards were announced this week, and faculty and graduates of Humber's Bachelor of Music, Introduction to Commercial Jazz, and Community Music programs were well represented.
While one might expect to find Humber connections in the jazz categories, Humber musicians were involved in over ten different projects, including Blues Album of the Year nominee WICKED and Aboriginal Album of the Year nominee THE (POST) MISTRESS.
Congratulations to all the Humber Juno nominees! The range and depth of your talent continues to make your School of Creative and Performing Arts family so proud!
Humber Music JUNO Nominations 2015
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Because of Billie – Molly Johnson, Universal - band personnel includes Mike Downes (Bass Dept. Head): bass, arranger, and co-producer, also includes Robi Botos (part-time faculty) and Colleen Allen (part-time faculty)
- The Signal – Elizabeth Shepherd, Linus*eOne - band personnel includes Scott Kemp (alumni), Larnell Lewis (alumni & part-time faculty), Alex Samaras (part-time faculty)
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
- Vista Obscura – Kirk MacDonald, *Addo - Kirk MacDonald, full-time faculty, and band personnel includes Neil Swainson (part-time faculty) and Pat LaBarbera (full-time faculty)
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
- Bristles – Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti, Independent - David Occhipinti (parttime faculty)
- Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz – Bobby Rice, *Addo - Bob Rice (parttime faculty), band personnel includes full-time faculty: Alex Dean, Al Kay, Mark Kelso, Ted Quinlan, part-time faculty Colleen Allen, Hilario Duran, Kelsley Grant, and Brian O’Kane, and alumni Chris Butcher, Jon Challoner, Fritz Kraai, Kevin Turcotte and David Virelles)
- Fishs Eddy – Brian Dickinson Trio, *Addo - Brian Dickinson, Keyboard Dept. Head)
- The Where – Myriad3, Alma Records - band personnel includes Chris Donnelly, Humber Community Music alumni, and Ernesto Cervini and Dan Fortin, part-time Humber Community Music Faculty
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Off With the Cuffs – John Stetch, *Addo
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Wicked – The 24th Street Wailers Independent - band personnel includes Humber Alumni Mike Archer, Lindsay Beaver, Jesse Whiteley, and Jon Wong)
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- The (Post) Mistress – Tomson Highway, Independent - band personnel includes Mark Kelso (Percussion Dept. Head) and Ted Quinlan (Guitar Dept. Head)
RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
- Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” from Mandala – Monsoon, Independent – band personnel includes Humber Music graduates Todd Pentney, Adam Teixeira, Derek Gray, and Jonathan and Andrew Kay, as well as Justin Gray, a grad and part-time faculty member and Ravi Naimpally, a part-time faculty member
*Addo Records is the label run by Steve Bellamy, Associate Dean, School of Creative & Performing Arts