Monday, February 25, 2008

Potential Music Adventures this week...

I keep getting announcements from students, thanks to Facebook and I do love to go and see them...there is a noon hour concert at Humber on Wednesday February 27th to premiere compositions of bass player and Humber instructor, Mike Downes... Friday a FREE concert with Molly Johnson from 7 - 10 p.m. at the ROM....I am definitely there for the raw silky tones of her!

Javier, mi corazon!

Congratulations to Javier Bardem on winning the well deserved Supporting Actor Oscar a compelling performance in yet another amazing Coen Brothers film... And on a musical note "Falling Slowly" from "Once" won Best Song as it should....that music haunted me for days after seeing the film....and weren't those two cute! Yes I do pay attention to arts other than jazz....:)


I caught Russ Little with Lorne Lofsky on guitar and Neil Swainson on bass at the Homesmith Bar last Friday. Beautiful work all around, Russ is an amazing trombone player capable of getting a full sound at a lesser volume required of a an intimate space.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Timely Manor Piano Series.....February 17th, 2008

I'm going to check out part of this series presented by that fabulous man about town Jaymz Bee (also on Jazz FM and yes, that's a shameless plug). It's at 2 p.m. at the Diesel Playhouse on Blue Jays Way and features Bernie Senensky, Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo and more....

Tune into "Jazzology" on February 21st

Our guest will be Ben Dietschi from U of T, who plays Tenor Saxophone. He hails from Manitoba and is a charming and talented young sure to listen to his chat with Larry Green at 9 p.m. on Jazz FM 91.1

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tremendous Trio

I did venture out last Saturday to hear the wonderful vocal stylings of Ailsa McCreary, Jen Sagar and and Vincent Wolfe...they were ably accompanied by Whitney Smith and Mark Cashin...hope I spelled that correctly.... Annabella Lounge, or rather the "upstairs" at Annabella Lounge in Piccolo's in Cabbagetown made for an intimate setting and delightful renditions of great standards by each vocalist as well as duets and "threesomes" as Mr. Wolfe phrased it...

Jazz in the Snow

Greetings from a very white and wintry Toronto...this is just a test run of my blog... I haven't made it out yet to hear Jazz this week...but once I decide to tackle the weather I will and let you know what's going on in Toronto and with "Jazzology" at Jazz FM.