Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kate Rusby

How delightful she was last evening at Hugh's Room - packed house. Ran into friends who were surprised so many knew about her - ah, the wonders of the internet.  In between numbers she displayed a fun sense of humour - her obsession with "Shrek" and Superman - she has a little outfit for her dog, Doris...husband and fellow musician - on guitars and banjo Damien - displaying one of my favourite accents - Northern Irish had a great dry wit and talent to burn - lovely voice.

Kate performed "You Belong to Me" - that sweet 50's tune, "A Good Man", "Not Me", "The Drowned Lovers", "The Cobbler's Daughter" - among many and "Underneath the Stars" as an encore solo - magical.

Check out http://www.katerusby.com/ - for more photos, bio, albums, tour dates, etc.

Today is a beautiful day - uncharacteristically springlike. I had a reflexology session which I hope is the start on the road to being back in balance - perhaps I need to settle digestive issues by going raw again...hmmm....too many tomatoes, peppers, acidic items of late? Plus, meditation. Thanks to Melissa at All One Clinic in Roncesvalles - an oasis of tranquillity and healing.

Jazz content: an email I received from Terry Promane:

On behalf of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, I invite you to join us on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm in MacMillan Theatre when the University of Toronto Jazz Studies Department celebrates the work and music of Professor Paul Read.

The 10 O’Clock and 11 O’Clock Jazz Orchestras conducted by Terry Promane and Jim Lewis will perform music composed and arranged by Paul. A reception will follow.

Paul Read was a central figure in the establishment and growth of the U of T Jazz Studies degree programs and he continues to be a major figure in the jazz community as a pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator.

To recognize Paul’s contribution to the University of Toronto, we are establishing an award for jazz graduate students in his name. I hope that you will consider making a gift to support this new initiative to encourage jazz graduate students and to honour Paul.

To reserve a pair of tickets to the concert and reception and/or to make a gift please contact Tyler Greenleaf at 416-946-3580.

 I have the privilige of having met and heard many of these fine students and graduates - it promises to be a great show!

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