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June 21, 2007

Jazz, Blues Guitarist Jeff Healey Honored

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

Healey recognized for his extensive knowledge of classic jazz

Toronto guitarist Jeff Healey will receive an honorary licentiate from Conservatory Canada in celebration of a new jazz syllabus. The licentiate is Conservatory Canada’s equivalent of an honorary degree. The award ceremony will take place on November 10 a the London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall.

Healey, a leader in the Canadian music industry known for his work as a blues and jazz guitarist, is being recognized for his extensive knowledge of classic jazz, and for his work as trumpeter and guitarist within the idiom as leader of his ensemble the Jazz Wizards. Healey is also recognized by Conservatory Canada as a excellent role model for their students, having faced numerous personal challenges including blindness and cancer as he rose to fame. Healey remains at the top of the industry and is a highly successful artist. Previous honourees include pianist Oscar Peterson and soprano Mary Lou Falls (Toronto).

The Jazz Wizards, who perform the music of the 20′ and 30’s will make an appearance at the convocation ceremony in the afternoon, and will also perform for a public concert later the same day at Wolf Hall.

Conservatory Canada introduced the contemporary idioms syllabus, the first of its kind in the Canadian examination system. Students are asked to perform pieces from idioms such as swing, blues and rock and are tested in skills such as improvisation and performance of lead sheets. The Conservatory has conducted 150 exams across Canada using the new program syllabus.

for more info visit www.conservatorycanada.com

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