Friday, July 16, 2010

Free...as the proverbial bird


Like a beautiful dove as pictured here - yes, the trial is over - a fascinating experience and a great opportunity to see the workings of the justice system. I had a great panel to work alongside....but sincerely hope I don't ever have to do it again and that I never see the inside of a courtroom.

On to lighter more pleasant things - as I listen to the drone of the Indy going on a few blocks away.  What is happening in jazz around town you may ask....

Well today is the start of the annual Beaches Jazz Festival - with events at Woodbine Park including headliner Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Saturday evening - I had the opportunity to hear him at Rochester - so prepare to be funkified.  Tonight young chanteuse Sophie Berkal-Sarbit is accompanied by the wonderful Bill King - that is just a taste..there is a plethora of  "yutes" since I'm on a "My Cousin Vinny" vibe at the festival, including the Humber Community School Honours Jazz Combos.....next weekend is the pedestrian friendly stroll on Queen featuring many bands, playing al fresco for your wandering enjoyment and in Kew Gardens acts like the Griffith/Hiltz trio, Jane Bunnett and her Afro Cuban Blues Project, Dan Hill and Rockit 88 - and in keeping with the title of this post - it's FREE!!! For more info visit http://www.beachesjazz.com/.

Tonight at Pero Lounge on Bloor - one of my favourite trombone people Chris Butcher joins the legendary Archie Alleyne and Artie Roth at 9 ish...bonus - yummy Ethiopian food.

As usual Dan Bodanis and his trio hold court at Azure - with a visit scheduled by Mr Bee and the busload of jazz fans a.k.a. the Jazz FM Safari. And on a related note Bernie Senensky, pianist extraordinaire is accompanying the always smashing John Alcorn at the Young Centre's Cabaret series - the Garland -  tomorrow at 10 p.m.

I am going to a Restorative Yoga and Thai massage class at my studio - CORE tonight, should be fantastic!

Just finished reading the delightful
"The Elegance of the Hedgehog"
A bientot!
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