Music

Brad Turner (left) and Matt Choboter (right), 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Music honoree and emerging artist, respectively
Photograph by Justin Choboter (right)

2014 recipients

Brad Turner

Honouree

Brad Turner has become one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed musicians through his talents as a trumpeter, pianist, drummer, and composer.

Brad has released seven albums, six as a trumpeter with his quartet, and one as a pianist with his trio. Three of those releases have been nominated for Juno awards. He has performed and recorded with many renowned artists such as Roy Haynes and Tony Bennett.

He won the 1997 and 1998 Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, the National Jazz Award for Jazz Composer of the Year in 2000 and 2002, and the 2006 Victor Lynch-Staunton Prize for Excellence in Musical Achievement. His release What Is won Best Jazz Album at the 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Brad is a member of the jazz studies faculty at Capilano University.

Matt Choboter

Emerging artist

Matt Choboter was born and raised in Vancouver and is a pianist and composer. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Capilano University, where he studied with outstanding performing musicians and educators including Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Andre Lachance, Lorne Kellett, and Jared Borrows. He was awarded the 2014 Fraser Macpherson Scholarship, which goes to BC’s most promising young jazz musicians.

Matt is currently leading two small ensembles which help him pursue his vision of becoming distinctive as an improvising pianist and composer. He has performed at many venues in Greater Vancouver, including the Cellar Jazz Club and the Blue Shore Financial Centre for Performing Arts.

He also hopes to pursue graduate studies in composition and performance in the future.

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