Emily Steinwall, born in Toronto in 1995, is a tenor saxophonist who is quickly establishing herself as a rising star in Toronto’s jazz scene. She is currently in her final year of Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program.
"Emily Steinwall has set the musical bar high, both for herself and for her peers. She's a wonderful example of a talented young musician who has great depth, maturity and integrity.” (Nancy Walker)
Born into a family of musicians, Emily has been surrounded by incredible mentors from a young age, including her grandfather Jack Long who is a jazz trumpet player, founder of Long & McQuade and recipient of the Order of Canada. Through this direct lineage to jazz history, Emily has developed a very mature sensibility steeped in tradition while still maintaining a fresh and modern approach to creating music.
Emily began playing the saxophone at the age of 14 in band class at her high school, Malvern Collegiate Institute. Strongly influenced by Lester Young, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane, she progressed rapidly on her instrument. Only two years after picking up the saxophone, Emily began studying at Humber College Community School program, and was selected as a member of Honour Combo Program,as well as the the JazzFM Youth Big Band. In 2013 , Emily was selected as a member of the National Youth Jazz Combo at Musicfest Canada.
Emily began her studies at Humber College in 2013 and is currently in the midst of completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. She studies with saxophonist Kirk Macdonald and participates in a wide variety of musical ensembles on tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the flute. She has been recognized for her dedication to her instrument and academics as the recipient of the Scott Henshaw Memorial Award (2014), the Greg Wells Music Scholarship (2015) and the Gordon and Anne Wragg Music Scholarship (2016). In the summer of 2015, Emily was selected as a member of the TD Jazz Youth Summit, a program run by the Ottawa Jazz Festival which brings together young musicians from across Canada to participate in a 10-day workshop.
Emily’s most notable accomplishment throughout her time as a student at Humber College is her work as the host of the Placebo Space Jazz Jam. Emily organized and hosted this weekly jam session from February-December of 2015 and, as host, Emily booked and performed alongside some of the world’s top jazz musicians every week, including Donny Mccaslin, Kirk Macdonald, Lorne Lofsky and Nancy Walker.
Emily plans to release her debut EP in the summer of 2017 with her project Bloom. To learn more about Bloom, visit the "projects" tab.