Jeff LaRochelle

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

About Instructor

If you had to only listen to 2 albums for the rest of your life, what albums would you choose?

So hard to say just two, but right now it would be John Coltrane “A Love Supreme”, and Ravel’s String Quartet.

What artist would you most want to collaborate with?

Wayne Shorter.

Last great concert you saw?

Brad Mehldau’s trio at Massey Hall, they are communicating on another level!

What is your favourite piece of musical equipment?

My saxophone — Selmer Mark VI from around 1965. It resonates and speaks with a lot of life and character!

What is your most memorable musical experience?

This is probably the hardest question! Probably my time in Ottawa at the Jazz Festival last year was the most musically intense time of my life. I saw so many bands and got to meet musicians such as Donny McCaslin, Brian Blade, and some really awesome musicians from Europe like Sylvain Kassap and the Braamde Joode Vatcher trio, who are virtually unknown here. Very inspiring!

What do you love most about music?

I love the collaborative aspect of music, of communicating with people and sharing ideas and concepts.

What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?

I would say that the most important thing to do in music and life is to try and find out what motivates and inspires you, as that will be the factor that keeps you learning and experiencing new things.

What do you like to do when you are not playing music?

Reading, enjoying good food and drink, philosophy, art, culture, traveling, learning languages, nature, camping, sports, overall just learning as much as I can.

What is your favourite film of all time?

The Shawshank Redemption.

What part of the world would you like to travel to most?

Many places but I would like to travel throughout Europe at some point in the near future.


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