The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar was filled last Tuesday with Humber students, faculty members and musicians, including locals, for their annual Classic Rex Jazz Jam.
The jazz jam was created by the Humber music program as a way for teachers to introduce promising students to a public performance context.
Performer and Humber faculty member Vaughan Misener grew up loving music. His father was a musician.
“I grew up around recording studios and played a lot of commercial music,” said Misener.
After high school and exploring his passion as a jazz musician he moved back to Toronto and started working at Humber College. He has now been involved with the music program for nine years and began participating in the faculty jams in his second year. He performed at this year’s show playing the electric bass.
“It’s a great thing to come out and play for the students so that they can actually see that their teachers can actually play,” said Misener.
Humber music student Jessica Rempel, 21, has been coming to the Rex Theatre since she was 17.
“I moved here after high school and so I just decided, ‘oh, what should I check out?’ Since I’m going to jazz school, I thought I should probably go and check out some jazz, so I checked it out,” said Rempel.
She said the event is a great way students can get a feel of what their teachers are teaching them but in a much more relaxed and fun way.
It’s a great thing to come out and play for the students so that they can actually see that their teachers can actually play.
Ara Arakelyan, a first year jazz performance student at Humber College, is from Armenia and has only been living in Canada for a year and a half. He’s just a month into the program but after his positive experience at the Rex he is already glad to be in the program.
“Sometimes being in the intro program,” said Arakelyan. “It’s hard to realize what kind of performer you want to be, but today, I realized I made the right choice.”