Professional musicians in their own right, festival adjudicators are committed to providing our young musicians with valuable comments on their musical performances, and offer advice and strategies to help them and their directors strive for even greater musical achievement.
Our 2023 festival adjudicators include:
Maddy Elkins -
Bonnie Northgraves - Bonnie is a trumpet player, vocalist and pianist based in Vancouver BC. Drawn to vintage jazz at an early age she performs music from the 20's, 30's and 40's as well as composes her own original music in the vintage style. Her singing is smokey and rich and her trumpet playing is a call to the early jazz styles of New Orleans. Bonnie has released two albums "Between Then and Now" (2019), and "Welcome to Trashland" (2021) and one EP "Bonnie Northgraves and the Brown Sugar Bears"(2020)
Daniel Hersog - Jazz trumpet player, composer, and arranger Daniel Hersog is an important voice on the Canadian and international jazz scene. Daniel is poised to release his first jazz orchestra record in early 2020 on the esteemed Cellar Music label. Featuring Daniel’s compositions this record features renowned solosists Frank Carlberg and Noah Preminger. Daniel has toured North America leading large ensembles featuring such notable musicians as Terry Clarke, Kevin Turcotte, Remy Le Boeuff, Brad Turner, Billy Buss, Stuart Mack, Jason Palmer and Kim Cass. Daniel is often Featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival as well as performing regularly at Frankie’s Jazz Club and Pat’s Pub. As a sideman, Daniel performs with The Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra, Super Trumpets, and Sonny’s Cousin.
Craig Scott - is an accomplished drummer, and vibraphone player. His drumming credits include concert and club dates with Canadian jazz luminaries Oliver Gannon, Ian McDougall, Campbell Ryga, PJ Perry, and Alan Matheson as well as international artists Randy Bachmann, Dianna Krall, Larry Goldings, the HI-LOS, The Nylons, Ashley McIsaac, Natalie McMaster and the late Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Frank Wes, Ross Taggart, and Charlie Byrd. As a session player, Craig has played on countless local jazz albums, video games like - Monsters Inc., and on the music software Band-In-A-Box. Craig played on Randy Bachmann’s album A JAZZ THING, and is featured on several albums by trombonist Ian McDougall. As a vibraphone player, Craig plays in the Benny Goodman/ Lionel Hampton tribute band Slipped Disc and has just released his album Introducing the Craig Scott Quintet with saxophonist Cory Weeds. Craig bolds both BMus (UBC ’96) and BEd (UBC ’98) degrees and he teaches at both Vancouver Community College and Capilano University. In addition, he occasionally writes for Modern Drummer, and Percussive Notes magazines.
Steve Kaldestad - Based in Vancouver since 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with the Dan Brubeck Quartet, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, and the Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra. He also leads his own group, the Steve Kaldestad Quartet which has released 3 CDs on the Cellar Live label, the most recent of which being “New York Afternoon”, a live recording with the Renee Rosnes Trio in New York City. Originally from the prairies, Steve spent the 90s in Montreal, obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degrees from McGill University before moving to London, England where he spent 8 years playing and touring in various bands. Steve is the current Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Steve is a D’addario Artist and plays Select Jazz reeds on all of his saxophones.
Bill Coon - Juno nominated guitarist, composer, arranger and educator Bill Coon won the 2009 National Jazz Award, ‘Guitarist of the Year’. He has performed with and collaborated with many significant musical artists including Jimmy Heath, Peter Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, PJ Perry, Sheila Jordan, Carol Welsman, Dee Daniels, and Rebecca Kilgore, Eleanor McCain, and K-os. Coon’s latest release, Departure combines the brilliance of a string quartet with the rhythmic drive of a jazz quartet combining his love of improvising with his passion for arranging/composition, and features Brad Turner and Cameron Wilson. He has performed and arranged for dozens of recordings including Arrival with Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst, Explosion with Cory Weeds, Joe Magnerelli, Steve Davis and Gary Smulyan, With Benefits with Weeds, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington, and a collaboration with Oliver Gannon: Two Much More! (acclaimed as one of the top ten Canadian jazz recordings of 2015 by the CBC), He is on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, teaching jazz composition, arranging, ensembles, and guitar. Coon is an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and seminars throughout Canada, including the VSO School of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop and the BC Swing Workshop in Sorrento BC.
Brad Turner - Trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer Brad Turner is one of Canada’s most highly esteemed jazz musicians. Brad has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Terry-Lynn Carrington, John Scofield, Reneé Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Peggy Lee, Dan Weiss, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner, Russell Malone, Christine Jensen, Charles McPherson and Ernie Watts. As a leader, Brad has released nine albums, seven as a trumpeter with the Brad Turner Quartet, and two as a pianist with his trio, with a third on the way for Fall 2022. Three of those nine releases were nominated for Juno awards. In 1997,1998 and 2017 Brad won Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album recognizing his work in the internationally acclaimed electric jazz group Metalwood. Brad was awarded the 2006 Victor Lynch-Staunton Prize for excellence in musical achievement and in 2014 was the recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for music. Brad is a member of the jazz studies faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C.
Rob Goddard - received his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of British Columbia and received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Victoria. Rob has performed on trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra (principal and 2nd), the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonie Canadiana (principal and 2nd), the Mississauga Symphony (principal), the Victoria Symphony (principal) and the Okanagan Symphony (principal). He was a founding member of A Touch of Brass quintet with whom he toured extensively. Although classically trained, Rob’s passion for jazz has enabled him to perform in the jazz idiom on both trumpet and piano. His High School jazz ensembles have been the recipient of numerous awards in the U.S. and Canada. Rob continues to perform on both trumpet and piano throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a music instructor at the Langley Fine Arts School since its inception more than 30 years ago where he created a unique music curriculum with an emphasis on chamber music, ear training, theory and composition. Rob has also taught the Senior Wind Ensemble, Senior Jazz Band and the Langley Fine Arts Orchestra. Rob was awarded the Professional Music Educator Award (Secondary) by the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association in 2014. His passion for working with musicians, both young and old, has afforded him opportunities to work as an adjudicator, clinician and as conductor of the Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble (formerly the Kwantlen Alumni Wind Ensemble).
Chris Haas - has been the director of bands and department head at Magee Secondary School in Vancouver since 1999. The award-winning music program at Magee involves over 400 students in numerous bands, choirs and a string orchestra. Magee Senior Jazz Bands have been frequent performers at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. The band department YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/chaaster) has over 125 videos and over 380,000 views. In addition to teaching at Magee, Mr. Haas was a conductor/teacher at the UBC Summer Music Institute from 2000-2015, and was associate conductor of the Little Night Music community orchestra for 7 years. The recipient of numerous student awards, Mr. Haas is a graduate of Humber University in Toronto, University of Calgary, UBC, and earned his Masters in Conducting from the American Band College in Oregon. Mr. Haas has been performing professionally on drums and percussion for over 35 years, performing all styles of music on land and sea including Afro-Cuban, rock, jazz, funk, vocal/choral, classical, musical theatre and big band. In addition to adjudicating at the Surrey Jazz Festival, this year he will also be adjudicating concert and jazz bands at the Kiwanis Music Festival.
Casey Thomas-Burns - Casey Thomas-Burns (she/her/hers) is a trombonist, vocalist, and bandleader based in Vancouver, Canada. Casey holds her degree in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, where she had the opportunity to study trombone with Dennis Esson, voice with Jennifer Scott, and was the lead trombonist in the "A" Band under the direction of Brad Turner. Casey is the founder and director of 10-woman little big band 'The Leading Ladies', and was described by Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick as "the future of arts leadership". She is also the director of the Deep Cove Big Band, and frequently guest conducts and gives workshops to groups across the Lower Mainland.
Jocelyn Waugh - Jocelyn Waugh is one of the most in demand trumpet players on the Vancouver music scene. Jocelyn has worked with many different groups and plays a variety of styles, including Jazz, Mariachi, Funk, and R&B and is also at home working within improvised and ‘new music’ circles. She is a graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program and plays both locally and in the US with a number of different groups. She has also done film and commercial work and is an extremely versatile entertainer.
Jill Townsend - A prolific composer and arranger, Jill Townsend is the leader of the critically acclaimed Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra. The Canadian National Jazz Awards twice nominated JTJO for Large Ensemble of the Year, and their 2015 recording Legacy, featuring the music of Ross Taggart was voted #1 in CBC’s “Top Ten Outstanding CD’s of the Year”. Jill has written music to feature several guest artists appearing with her large ensemble including B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and trombonists Ian McDougall and Jiggs Whigham. Jill was commissioned to arrange music for the 2017 recording Explosion by the Cory Weeds Little Big Band, as well as Touch of Brass Quintet, New Orchestra Workshop, Ralph Hopper Ensemble, and the John Frederickson Sextet. Jill's music has been recorded and performed by many ensembles throughout North America including the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra and Calgary based Prime Time Big Band, featuring award-winning saxophonist PJ Perry. In addition to being the Artistic Director of JTJO, Jill is currently the co-director of SWOJO. She is on faculty at Capilano University and Douglas College.
Douglas Macaulay -
Rob Rebagliati - For over 40 years, Bob Rebagliati has directed many award-winning junior and senior high school ensembles. Bob frequently adjudicates at community music festivals in both the concert band and jazz band areas. Mr. Rebagliati is Adjudicator of the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band at the annual MusicFest Canada and Adjudicator of Scholarships for MusicFest Canada's Instrumental Jazz Division. Bob has been the recipient of the British Columbia Music Educator's Professional Educator Award, Canada i25 medal, North Vancouver Music Educators' Award of Excellence and the Leadership in Music Education Award from the Coalition for Music Education In BC. In addition to being an in demand adjudicator of concert band and jazz festivals, Bob is a frequent guest conductor in both concert and jazz idioms. 'Reb' as he is also known, is also a frequent guest classroom clinician in concert band and jazz band rehearsal techniques, repertoire, percussion section, jazz interpretation and rhythm section instruments. Bob is a pianist/percussionist/drummer.
Denon - Vancouver trombonist Dennis Esson is a highly respected and much sought after musician and educator both locally and across Canada. His performing credits span all genres, from recording for TV, radio, motion pictures and albums to live pop, rock, jazz, broadway and classical shows. As a music educator Dennis has taught at Capilano University since 1997. As a faculty member at Capilano he teaches large ensembles, combos and improvisation as well as trombone lessons. He has also been the director of the UBC Jazz Ensemble 2 since 2000. Dennis is very active as an adjudicator, clinician and lecturer at universities, colleges and schools across Canada.
Ellen Marple -
Ingrid Stitt - Ingrid Stitt is a Vancouver based musician who is highly regarded as a saxophonist, composer and arranger. She formed The Legends of Burnaby in 2015 and released the band’s first recording in 2018, featuring two original compositions, and six jazz influenced arrangements of such vintage pop songs as Help, by The Beatles and Atlas, by Coldplay. For many years, Stitt has led her own jazz quintet, performing in the Montreal and Toronto Jazz Festivals. She also co-leads the hard bop sextet, Sonny’s Cousin with trumpeter Daniel Hersog. She is member of The Vancouver Legacy Big Band and The Sister Jazz Orchestra and is a resident musician with The Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir.
Geeta Das - Professional multi-instrumentalist, Geeta Das, has been performing and teaching music nationally and internationally since the mid 1990s. She studied music at Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, and privately throughout the eastern United States. She is well versed in a variety of musical styles, everything from Classical and Jazz, to Latin, Funk, R&B, Soul, Pop, Rock, Reggae, and more. Geeta has had the honour of working with countless local legends as well as world renowned artists including: Hugh Fraser, Ingrid Jensen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Allen Vizzutti, Bill Watrous; in ensembles such as: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Sister Jazz Orchestra, James Danderfer’s Hummingbird Brigade, the Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra, and many more.
Darlene Cooper - Darlene Cooper is a singer, composer, arranger, conductor and music educator. For Darlene, music is about connection. She uses her soulful and sultry voice to take her listener on an emotional journey through the song. Darlene and her co-writer/arranger husband Bill Sample, recently released their 2nd album as Wild Blue Herons. “You & I” is an intimate recording of standards inspired by the great ladies of jazz. “rich, stunning vocals, where every note is delivered flawlessly” – Tom Haugen, Take EffectDarlene was the choral director of the Marcus Mosely Chorale and wrote and arranged music for the chorale from 2013 - 2022. As a composer, the vocal freedom of jazz, combined with the rich chords and funky laid-back groove inspire her songs. Three of her songs have been nominated for awards and she released her first solo album “Soul Connections” in 2014. In addition, Darlene is a music educator who designed and directed the music programs at Pacific Life College from 2001-2014. She leads Gospel-style singing workshops alongside Marcus Mosely and Bill Sample, and she has been a jazz adjudicator at the Con Brio Festivals in Whistler. “Darlene’s distinctive, beautiful vocals combine powerfully with the songs and arrangements to stir our hearts and set our feet to dancing.” - Laila Biali (2019 Juno winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album)
Steve Maddock - Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch, Choral Concert, Disc Drive, The Early Edition and Sounds Like Canada). Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano University (formerly Capilano College). His association with Capilano goes back almost twenty-five years, when he first enrolled as a vocal performance major in what was then the Commercial Music Program. The current Jazz Studies Program was introduced in 1993, and Steve was hired as an instructor in 1996. Since that time he’s taught private voice, vocal jazz masterclass, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training. As an adjudicator and clinician, he’s worked at Musicfest Canada, The Envision Jazz Festival, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival, Powell River’s Jazz Summit, The Kiwanis Festival, The Mission Jazz Festival, The Whistler Music Festival, The Sun Peaks Music Festival, and The South Delta Jazz Workshop. For more information, visit www.stevemaddock.com.