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A look and listen inside Theo Bleckmann's masterclass with Renée Yoxon

Renée Yoxon at the NAC's Fourth Stage converses with Theo Bleckmann at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC via video conferencing. Photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010Theo Bleckmann is a jazz vocalist and composer from New York. He's renowned for forging his own sound, incorporating jazz, ambient and electronic music as well as performance art. In February 2010, he conducted a masterclass at the National Arts Centre, over videoconference. The masterclass was part of the NAC's Manhattan on the Rideau Series. It links leading jazz faculty members of Manhattan School of Music with accomplished music students and musicians, at the NAC.

Three vocalists participated, including Renée Yoxon from Ottawa. They were accompanied by J.P. Allain on piano, Tom Denison on bass, and Don Johnson on drums.

Ottawa Jazz Scene's Brett Delmage interviewed Renée Yoxon and prepared this story about the class.

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An audience observes the NAC's Manhattan on the Rideau Series masterclass at the NAC's Fourth Stage . Photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010