Wednesday, December 5, 2012

RBC Jazzology event

Carissa Kimbell and Christopher Platt

What a treat to hear these graduates of our "Jazzology" program last night at the RBC on Hanna Avenue in Liberty Village. To sweeten things even further, a cheque was presented to Ross Porter in the amount of $50,000! Perhaps I should consider changing banks...
IMG_3624.jpgAline Homzy (violin) Rob Grieve (guitar) and Mark Godfrey (bass)

It was a nice little mingler with Brad Barker, Ross Porter, Victoria Sanjana and myself from the station and Barry Elmes (York), Pat Collins (Mohawk), Jim Lewis (U of T) and Denny Christianson (Humber) representing their respective schools.  Pat had to leave early for one of the best reasons in the world for a musician as Ross joked "he had a gig."

Victoria suggested it would be an amazing Live to Air event to have even more graduates perform for our donors! Great idea...our listeners would be treated to the amazing talents of these young musicians.

Speaking of wonderful musicians - my friend Brenda Lewis has a gig this Saturday December 15 at a Mexican place called La Revolucion...2848 Dundas Street West from 9 - 11 p.m. She will be accompanied by the very talented Margaret Stowe on guitar.

Finally, on a sad note legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passed away at the age of 91  - one day shy of his 92nd birthday. I had the privilege of hearing him when he was a young pup of 80 something and still sounded fabulous. You just know he will be one more treasured member of that big jazz jam session  in the sky. Thanks for the beautiful music including the iconic "Take Five".
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