Award-Winning Toronto Saxophonist/Composer



Saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) is establishing himself as an engaging contemporary voice in the Toronto jazz community. He has been honoured with the 2019 PEC Jazz Festival Rising Young Star Award and named to both the 2018 National Youth Jazz Combo and the 2017 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Big Band. Jacob is the 2018 recipient of the Yamaha Passion and Performance Award and the 2017 Rico Golden Reed Award. As a 2018 BMO National Scholar at the University of Toronto, he has worked with John Johnson, Kelly Jefferson, Jason Logue, and Gord Foote, and has been awarded the Norman and Joan Promane Jazz Scholarship.

Jacob is an alumnus of the JazzFM91 Youth Big Band and has played in several festivals, including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and Niagara Jazz Festival, and at venues such as Koerner Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, Lula Lounge, the Old Mill Inn, and the Rex. He is also a graduate of the Humber College Community Music School, where he studied with and played under the direction of Jeff King, Kenji Omae, Luis Deniz, Lorne Lofsky, and Kirk MacDonald. Jacob has played alongside the likes of Dennis Mackrel, Rich Perry, Randy Brecker, Ron Westray, Robi Botos, and Tim Hagans.

Jacob’s music is as inspired by traditional standard song-form as it is modern art-music. He writes music about people, places, and moments, and having lived in Toronto his entire life, his music is deeply connected to this city he calls home. Jacob's compositions and playing are featured on the 2019 album Stop & Go, by Jacob Wutzke.

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