Graduates of McGill University’s music program posted a clean sweep of the jazz category at Saturday’s Juno Awards in Winnipeg.
Program alumni Christine Jensen, Mike Downes and Mike Rud took home the hardware for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, Traditional Jazz Album of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year respectively.
Jensen, a saxophonist and composer who still calls Montreal home, won for her latest recording Habitat with the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra on the Justin Time label. She graduated from McGill’s Jazz Performance program in 1994.
Downes, a bass player and composer who is now based in Toronto, completed his undergraduate music degree at McGill and was a regular on Montreal’s jazz circuit before leaving for Ontario in 1990. Downes won the Juno for his new album Ripple Effect on Addo Records.
Guitarist Rud got his undergraduate music degree at McGill in 1992, which he followed with a Master’s in the late 1990s. He still lives in Montreal, where he teaches music. Rud took the Vocal Jazz Juno for his independent release Notes on Montreal with vocalist Sienna Dahlen.
Five Junos for Quebec
Rud was one of five artists with their hometowns listed in Quebec to win a Juno last night.
Montreal Grammy winners Arcade Fire took home the Juno for Alternative Album of Year for Reflektor.
Montreal’s Esmerine won Instrumental Album of the Year for Dalmak.
Marie-Nicole Lemieux and André Gagnon won for Lettres de Madame Roy a sa fille Gabrielle in the Classical Album, Vocal or Choral performance category.
Quebec City’s Karim Ouellet won Fracophone Album of the Year for Fox.
A total of 25 artists with hometowns listed in Quebec were nominated for Junos.