DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2006 Grant Recipient
Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance
Carl Bray is a talented 18-year-old jazz pianist from Regina, Saskatchewan. He graduated from Campbell Collegiate in June 2006 and will be starting a Bachelor of Applied Music degree in jazz piano at Toronto's Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts in the fall of 2006. He performed in the All-Canadian Young Jazz Showcase at the Port Hope Jazz Festival in 2004 and 2005, and at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2005 Canada Summer Games. He was also chosen as a member of the Yamaha All-Star Jazz Big Band in MusicFest at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in May 2006. He has studied piano for 12 years and, for the past two years, has been giving lessons in jazz piano.
Denny Christianson, Director of the Music Program at Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts, describes Carl as "a young musician of exceptional promise who has risen to the elite level of his age group." The Hnatyshyn Foundation jazz jury, composed of jazz musicians Oliver Jones, Lorne Lofsky and Lenny Solomon, was impressed with Carl's "strong, confident technique and creative phrasing". They praised his good understanding of the jazz language and his command of his instrument. "He swings!"