Daron McColl is a Canadian Jazz Guitarist and Composer. He recently completed his BFA at York University where he studied Jazz Performance and Composition. During his time at York, Daron studied under many jazz greats such as Lorne Lofsky, Mark Eiseman, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Barry Elmes.
An experienced performer, Daron has worked in many different musical settings, from Jazz Duo performances to Pop and Motown groups, as well as work in Musical Theater, performing in pit bands for musical such as Footloose, The Spitfire Grill and The Boyfriend. Daron has performed in and around Toronto and Muskoka at events such as Concerts on the Dock, the Huntsville Festival of The Arts, and the York University Jazz Festival. He has played in venues such as Paradise Banquet Hall, the Algonquin Theater, Rene Caisse Theater, Deerhurst Resort and The Jazz Bistro.
Daron has received many awards for his work in music, including the Trillium Dixieland Jazz Award for outstanding achievement in jazz performance in 2012, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Award in 2014, as well as the Harvey-Marsden Music Award for achieving artistic excellence at a University level (2016). Daron was also nominated for Jazz FM’s Mary Alice Stuart Award which is given to an outstanding emerging jazz artists who are completing their studies at University.
During Daron’s final year at York University, he received three awards: the Duke Ellington Award in Jazz (2017), the Ella Fitzgerald Award for Jazz Performance (2017), and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship (2017). All these awards were for his excellence as an artist and performer.