Jazz Faculty

CYMC Jazz Faculty performance

Performed at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Hermann’s.

Wednesday July 14th.

Live music is back at Hermann’s.

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Ralph Bowen 

Special guest faculty from NYC

Ralph will be presenting a clinic on Advanced Jazz Improvisation techniques and will include a Q and A section. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of the jazz world’s top saxophonists and educators. 

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades while bringing his “casual perfectionism” to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen’s discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold. His eleven solo CDs (Movin’ On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, Power Play, Total Eclipse, Standard Deviation, and Ralph Bowen) feature a wide variety of top-shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall. He has won numerous awards and held several teaching engagements throughout the U.S.

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Ryan Oliver

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Juno-nominated saxophonist Ryan Oliver honed his craft living on Canada’s west coast, and inAmsterdam, Toronto and New York.  He has maintained a busy schedule as one of Canada’s most in-demand saxophonists, recently releasing Strive!, featuring jazz legend Victor Lewis. Over the last 15 years, Oliver has toured the world with legendary Canadian group, The Shuffle Demons.  He is a member of Juno-award-winning Aboriginal rock performer Derek Miller’s band, and appears on Miller’s most recent recording, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn’s rhythm section Double Trouble and Willie Nelson.  Oliver is also a member of the house band for Miller’s television series, airing on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The Cookers, a group Oliver co-leads, has toured extensively throughout Canada, appearing on numerous recordings and broadcasts including live video broadcasts for CBC. He has received numerous Canada and BC and Ontario Arts Council grants for touring, recording and education and was nominated for the 2013 Prix De Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival. 

Oliver holds a Masters degree in music from Rutgers University, where he led the undergraduate big band, and has taught saxophone and ensemble clinics at universities and schools throughout the world for over 20 years. He currently teaches at the jazz program at Vancouver Island University and runs the jazz and concert bands at Cathedral School in Victoria. He has worked as an adjudicator for the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship and the Victoria, West Coast and Powell River Jazz Festivals. 

Ryan Oliver is one of the most promising Canadian jazz musicians to emerge on the scene at the dawn of the 21st century


Canadian jazz is in good hands with players like Ryan Oliver

Pat Labarbera

Brad Turner


M.Mus., University of North Texas, 1992

Brad Turner is a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer who is one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed jazz musicians.

After receiving his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 1992, Turner returned to Vancouver, and was hired as an instructor of trumpet at Capilano University (then Capilano College).

He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler,John Scofield, Michael Moore, Reneé Rosnes, Harold Mabern, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Peggy Lee, Dave Douglas, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner, Mino Cinelu, Roy McCurdy, Russell Malone and Ernie Watts. Turner’s groups have opened for McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Ahmad Jamal and Tony Bennett.

As a leader, Turner has released ten albums, eight as a trumpeter with the Brad Turner Quartet, and two as a pianist with his trio. As a founding member of the multiple juno award winning group Metalwood, he has released six albums.

Ashley Wey


Ashley Wey is a multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She has worked with Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila, Juno Award-winners Brandi Distrehaft, Mae Moore, The Parachute Club and has toured on cruise ships around the world with four-time Grammy Award winner, Manny Kellough. With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, Wey is releasing her first album of primarily original music, Hummingbird – a genre-bending project melding alternative folk, pop, and jazz on July 9, 2021.

Ashley has played piano since she was five years old and professionally performed since she was fifteen.  While attending Humber College she got the great privilege of studying with Don Thompson. Ashley has also spent many years attending Barry Harris Workshops and continues to integrate and teach his concepts. Since graduating from Humber College with a double major in Jazz Performance and Arranging Ashley has gone on to educate, as well as perform and tour. 

While living in Toronto for ten years, Ashley Wey taught at various schools of music where she combined all of her influences, experiences, infectious joy, and passion for the music to students of all ages. Ashley has spent most of her teaching career focusing on piano and guiding small/large ensembles and teaching music theory, harmony, ear training, arranging, and composition classes.

Her passion for educating and inspiring the next generation of aspiring young musicians is contagious.

Nathan Hiltz


Toronto-based Nathan Hiltz is a jazz guitarist and professor of music at Humber College. He hasperformed with Alex Pangman, Bernie Senensky, Del Dako,The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The Boss Brass. His trio album, ‘Songs Poetic’ (GB RECORDS) features a swinging set of jazz standards from the great American songbook.

Nathan has taught private lessons for over 20 years at such schools as Dixon Hall, Regent Park School of Music, Merriam School of Music, and from his home studio in Toronto. As a part time faculty member at Humber College he has taught Guitar Masterclass, Ear Training, ensembles, and private lessons.

Hans Verhoeven


Hans Verhoeven has lived and worked in vibrant music scenes in Canada and abroad. Recognized for his authenticity, playfulness and creativity, he has performed and recorded with an array of artists including PJ Perry, Neil Swainson, Oliver Gannon, Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Oscar Stagnaro, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Dave Turner, Hugh Fraser, Jake Langley, Mike Rudd, Brandi Disterheft, Kevin Dean, Vanessa Rodrigues, and a great many more. 

Hans holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University where he studied with Chris McCann, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Percussion Performance from the University of Victoria where he studied with William Linwood. He is a music faculty member and the drum instructor at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

John Lee

Bachelor of Music, Burklee College


Raised in Nanaimo, and currently based in Victoria and Vancouver, charismatic multi-instrumentalist John Lee is one of the most respected young jazz musicians nationwide. He is called upon professionally to play bass, piano, drums and guitar. His debut album as a bassist and leader with drummer Eric Reed, pianist Carl Allen and saxophonist Cory Weeds is due out on Cellar Live in 2020.

He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree, after having received a full scholarship. His mentors include Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr and John Clayton. He has appeared with acclaimed international touring artists such as Buster Williams, George Colligan, Terrell Stafford, Ingrid Jensen, Phil Dwyer, Neil Swainson, Brad Turner, David Restivo, Cyrus Chestnut, and Seamus Blake. He has performed across North America, including at such prestigious venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola NYC, Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston, Kennedy Center in Washington, The Rex in Toronto, Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Frankie’s in Vancouver and at numerous international jazz festivals (including Prince Edward County, DC Jazz Festival, Victoria and Vancouver Int’l Jazz Festival).