Brad Turner, one of our Jazz Studies faculty members, has been given the Mayor's Arts Award for music. Recipients of this award have the opportunity to name an Emerging Artist for an award as well. Brad chose recent Cap grad, Matt Choboter.
Brad is well known nationally and internationally for his accomplishments as a musician. His extraordinary abilities encompass a huge range of activities: playing the trumpet, piano, and drums, teaching, engineering and producing recordings in his own studio, and composing for top-flight ensembles at home and abroad. He has been a key part of the music scene in Vancouver for many years performing and composing for many different ensembles in jazz and many styles of music. His impact as a teacher has been equally impressive and far-reaching. I know I speak for everyone when I say that we all feel very fortunate to have him as part of our Cap Jazz family and we couldn't be more pleased that he has received this recognition. For those not yet familiar with the remarkable Mr. Turner, here's a video interview featuring Brad and his quartet.
Brad's choice of Matt Choboter for the Emerging Artist award will be no surprise to those who know Matt and his music. He was an exceptional student at Capilano and is working hard to create an original voice as a player and composer. Here's a video clip of Matt with his trio at Capilano's Blueshore Centre.
This is not the first time Cap Jazz students and faculty have received the Mayor's Award. A quick look at the past recipients shows that faculty member, John Korsrud, took the award in 2012 with Cap Alumni, Cole Schmidt and Evan Arntzen named as emerging artists in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Korsrud is known internationally as a composer and leader of the Hard Rubber Orchestra. Schmidt won a Juno last year with some other Cap alums, and Evan is enjoying a very busy career performing in New York City.
Congratulations again to Brad and Matt.
What an amazing community of artists we have at Cap!