What a wonderful testament this concert was to Paul Read's contributions to jazz in Toronto and indeed Canada. Patrick Boyle did a great job on his emcee duties as well as musical. The musicianship of the 10 o'clock and 11 o'clock Jazz Orchestras under the direction of Terry Promane and Jim Lewis was top notch. Chase Sanborn also emceed and provided his usual solid trumpet duties - special appearance from the always searing tenor man Alex Dean.
It's great hearing all the burgeoning talent particularly Shannon Graham on tenor - she is from Edmonton - and Landon Vieria I think it was - I just know the fun curly hair also on tenor. Mackenzie Longpre on drums - awesome.
Who's who of jazz community there - Larry Green (my boss), Denny Christianson, Pat LaBarbera, Dave McMurdo Don Thompson, Mike Downes to name a few. Dave says he has a gig coming up at the Old Mill in May and that I should get my ahem...behind (not what he said) over there - yes, sir!
The Outreach band was outstanding - playing a tune dedicated to Read's mother "Marmalade Margaret" - over 50% "Jazzology grads - Ben Dietschi, Patrick Boyle, Nathan Hiltz, Robin Jessome, Rob Fekete - way to go guys!
Exciting news I am going to see Bobby McFerrin and also Kurt Rosenwinkel...woo hoo! May head over to Azure tomorrow night and then the Rex to see Dave Young.