Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Juno Jazz nominees

Yeah, yeah, Justin Bieber...blah blah....but what's exciting to me is the list of Juno nominees - people I have actually seen and heard up close and personal and whose change in hairstyle or dating habits are not breathlessly covered by world media. But, hey maybe I could start something.....

Included on the list are Emilie Claire Barlow and the wonderful Kellylee Evans for her Nina Simone tribute - soooo looking forward to her S of T concert, and the dear departed Jeff Healey.

In the instrumental realm - Adrean Farrugia, Kelly Jefferson and woo hoo! John McLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra's debut - "Our First Set" and in a surprise - Owen Howard's - "Drum Lore" - Owen is a former Edmontonian, now Brooklyn resident
 who I had the privilege of hearing when he was a teenager!

Congratulations to all!

Snow is wreaking a bit of havoc with events here - the Humber Latin Jazz night is rescheduled to February 11th - that's a Friday, no GNO - yes no GNO at Chalkers. I'm still toying with going out to hear Madeline Forster at the Rex - 9:30 show.

Upcoming - the 5th  annual Brenda Carol Renaissance Jazz Fair - this Saturday at Remarks Bar and Grill - 1026 Coxwell Avenue - featuring the talents of Brenda herself as vocalist, Rob Christian, Larra Skye, Pat Murray and a cast of dozens. It's family friendly of course - doors at 7:30 and action starts around 8 p.m.
$20.00 in advance.

For more info: darwynrecords@yahoo.com or www.bcrjf.com or call 416 467 7959.

Friday night at Dominion on Queen - are you pining for a warm vacation, or are you just wanting some comic relief and great music to forget the winter? Check out vocalist Ilana Waldston's "Let's Get Away from It All" - and her "Jazz and Laughs" band - love the photo! Sorry, stole this from Facebook. The cabaret portion of the evening starts at 8 sharp with jazz sets to follow to around 11 p.m. Looking forward to it - she is always delightful.
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