CapU Jazz @ CapU LIbrary

      Posted: April 3, 2017

      "Life is not about finding our limitations, it’s about finding our infinity."

      Herbie Hancock


      Recognized as one of the continent’s premier training grounds for jazz, Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program gives musicians a chance to simultaneously deepen their musical knowledge and strengthen their performance capabilities… and maybe find infinity. With three big bands (A, B and C), three vocal ensembles, a percussion ensemble, a guitar ensemble and the Rhythmic Music Ensemble – and a schedule that routinely starts as early as 8:30am and continues until the same hour in the evening (or later) - CapU Jazz is a driving music machine, with passionate players at its heart.  

      As a testament to the program’s impact on Canadian jazz, seven alumni and two faculty members were nominated for Juno awards in 2017. Congratulations to Bria Skonberg (with saxaphone by Evan Arntzen) for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year and to Brad Turner (and his band Metalwood) for Jazz Album of the Year! 

      Captured by photographer Laura Dunfield at a variety of events, these photos show the connection of music, musician and instrument, and demonstrate the vitality that runs throughout the program. 


      The Capilano University Jazz Studies Program seeks to foster students' comprehensive abilities in jazz performance and composition within the context of an enriched liberal arts education. Our goal is to develop musicians who understand and value the rich history and traditions of jazz, who will be prepared to contribute to the evolution and growth of the art form in the future, and who will be equipped to engage creatively with current trends in music.

       Read more about the program and it's award-nominated alumni:

      Capilano University prepares students for the jazz life, John Goodman, North Shore News, March 24, 201

      From Jazz Studies to the Junos, Daily Cap, Cheryl Rossi, March 27, 2017

      Capilano jazz nets numerous nods at Junos this weekendMetroNews Canada, April 2, 2017

      Sarah McLachlan, Grimes, and Bria Skonberg among those who win Junos in advance of TV broadcastThe Georgia Straight, April 2, 2017

      Visit the Library to see the full display, including images by Laura Dunfield, as well as books, music and movies from the CapU Library Collection.


      Submitted by: CapU LIbrary