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Evan Shay

Evan Shay is a saxophonist and composer based in Montreal. He recently completed his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at McGill University with the distinction of Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Saxophone. He was also awarded the prestigious four-year Seymour Schulich Scholarship. Evan was a member of the top McGill Jazz Orchestra I for three years, and the McGill Chamber Jazz Ensemble.

Evan completed two tours of France, and has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, and at major venues across North America. He was awarded an Exceptional Artist Award and featured at the NAC/Astral Radio Showcase. His jazz quintet, Redshift, placed as Jazz en Rafale finalists.

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


As an educator, Evan Shay provides lessons for private students on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones in person, or via Skype. He also teaches improvisation for a variety of jazz instruments. From students just getting started, to more advanced levels, Evan helps to develop jazz phrasing, ear training, and technique. His lessons are individually designed for a student’s area of interest and skill level, and are taught with the philosophy that learning should be an enjoyable experience.

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Self Produced

Solitude In Silence

Solitude In Silence

Evan Shay