Blair Yarranton attended Humber College (School of Creative and Performing Arts), and graduated from the University of Toronto (Jazz Performance). Has studied with Don Johnson, Steve Crowe, Chase Sanborn, John McLeod, and Kevin Turcotte. He moved to Trenton in 2000 to begin teaching at Centennial Secondary School (Regional Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts). At Centennial Blair directs the Jazz Orchestra, Concert Band and Music Theatre Pit Band.
Blair continues to maintain a busy performance schedule as a member of the Brian Barlow Big Band (Toronto), The Commodores’ Orchestra (Belleville), The Swingmasters (Kingston), and The Jazz Dog Trio, and the Bay City Band. He has shared the stage with many great musicians including Kenny Wheeler, The Temptations, Guido Basso, Tim Hagans, Fred Stride, Brian Barlow, Paul Tynan, and John Lamb. Blair has performed at many major jazz festivals including the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, All Canadian Jazz Festival, Prince Edward County Jazz Festival and The Thousand Islands Jazz Festival.
In addition to his teaching and performing Blair works closely with the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival as the Student Education and Outreach Coordinator. In this position he is a key organizer for the annual TD Jazz Education Program. This is an exciting three day intensive jazz education program for high-school student that provides unprecedented interaction between students and professionals. It takes place in Picton at Isaiah Tubbs Resort, with a culminating concert at the Regent Theatre in Picton.
Blair is completing his second year as the Musical Director of the Gateway CHC Youth Jazz Ensemble in Tweed Ontario. This is an exciting after school jazz program for students in grades 5 through 8.
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