The Toronto Arts Foundation celebrated seven leading artists and organizations for their work on Thursday.

The winner of the Emerging Jazz Artist Award was Jesse Ryan, a saxophonist and composer who was a finalist for last year’s award.

Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan gained a reputation as one of the island country’s bright young stars. Since moving to Toronto, he has led an eclectic quintet called Bridges that ambitiously merges the jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions.