Humber College presents “A Celebration of Music,” commemorating its 50th anniversary with some of Canada’s finest musicians – including Humber alumni and faculty.
On January 17, a cocktail dinner followed by a special concert hosted at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Koerner Hall will help raise funds for student awards and scholarships.
The evening includes performances by:
Denny Christianson is a renowned bandleader and trumpeter who has recorded more than 250 albums with legendary jazz and pop star greats, including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.
Pat LaBarbera is an extraordinary and internationally-acclaimed Juno-winning saxophonist. Pat has performed on television shows such as Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas and with many show business personalities including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.
Alastair (Al) Kay is widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest trombonists. Over the past three decades, he has performed with some of the world's best orchestras, entertainers and jazz artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.
Kurt Elling is a Grammy-winning and world-renowned jazz vocalist. The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” The Washington Post added, “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling … he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”
Rik Emmett is a rock star with Triumph– a widely successful Canadian band, and one of the premier touring rock bands in North America. As a band member, Rik was inducted into the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame in 1993, the Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Since going solo in the late 80s, Rik made numerous hit songs and won many industry awards.
Laila Biali is an award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist. She has received worldwide recognition for her music, which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with Grammy award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with, and supported, international icon Sting.
Rich Brown's rinsethealgorithm
Bassist Rich Brown formed rinsethealgorithm in 2004, rooted in the jazz tradition and heavily influenced by the jazz-rock and jazz-funk groups of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The group combines older and newer traditions with elements of modern forms of dance music.
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit http://humber.ca/advancementandalumni/humberat50concert.html. Students can attend the concert for just $25. Join in on the anniversary celebration by using #Humber50 on social media.