February 2009 Vol. 1 NO. 1
In This issue:
• New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival releases day-by-day lineup • JAZZ.FM91 Celebrates 5th Anniversary of JAZZ LIVES • Kenny Barron, Jim Galloway and Bet.e added to JAZZ LIVES 2010 line-up • Fun-raising at JAZZ.FM91
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival releases day-by-day lineup
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival released its day-by-day lineup Wednesday for this spring’s event. This year’s lineup includes Simon & Garfunkel, Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Neville Brothers, Lionel Richie, Allman Brothers Band, Teena Marie, B.B. King, Darius Rucker and dozens of others. Also added to the schedule for Sunday, April 25, is Juan Luis Guerra y 440, a Dominican singer who has sold over 20 million records and won nine Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards, the festival said. The festival’s annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 22, will honor Dr. John and celebrate his more than 50 years
• An Evening for Haiti • Jazzology Revisited with Cam Britton • Masters of Jazz series features singer Stevie Vallance • Clark Terry to receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
in music. The gala will also feature Jon Cleary as well as the Foundation’s Heritage School of Music. Band of Horses will appear Saturday, May first, instead of during the first weekend of the festival as listed earlier, organizers said. Gil Scott-Heron, previously announced as a performer for the festival, will not appear. The festival also announced Wednesday that the deadline to purchase a discount weekend ticket package is Feb 19. The discount ticket packages include tickets to each day of a particular weekend. Ticket packages purchased for all three days of the first weekend (April 23, 24 and 25) will be $120 ($40 per day), while second weekend packages purchased for all four festival days (April 29, 30, May 1, and 2) will be $160 ($40 per day). Advance single day Jazz Fest tickets are $45; the gate price is $60.
JAZZ.FM91 Celebrates 5th Anniversary of JAZZ LIVES Celebrating its 5th year as Canada’s premier jazz concert, JAZZ LIVES 2009 continues its tradition for showcasing top local and international emerging and established jazz performers, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Convocation Hall in Toronto. Plans for the 5th Anniversary concert were announced by President and CEO Ross Porter who promised “a show to beat them
all” when describing this year’s spectacular line-up of acclaimed musicians and performers. “When we first started JAZZ LIVES we had no idea it would grow to become such a popular, groundbreaking event. The accolades we have received from the international jazz community and support we feel from our audience who continue to make the concert a sold-out event each year, is truly inspirational,” said Ross Porter. “Our 5th anniversary show will be a tribute to all the musicians, sponsors, volunteers and of course the fans that have supported JAZZ LIVES for the last 4 years.” Headlining JAZZ LIVES 2009 are: guitar virtuoso, Larry Coryell; Order of Canada member and one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, Ranee Lee; legendary pianist, composer and jazz encyclopedia, Gene DiNovi; award-winning singer-songwriter, Jill Barber; pre-eminent jazz violinist and Juno Award winner, Lenny Solomon; crooner, Colin Hunter; the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; trombone giant Russ Little; and a special performance by Joe Sealy and Dan Hill from Sealy’s Juno Award-winning CD Africville Suite. Tickets range in price from $20 - $60 and are available from www.uofttix.ca, 416-9788849 or by visiting the UofTtix Box Office located at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle at the University of Toronto. Prices include a $1 surcharge per ticket to be paid to the Convocation Hall Capital Improvement Fund, and a $2.75 per ticket Convocation Hall handling charge.}
The Executive Producer of JAZZ LIVES 2009 is Ross Porter, Producer is Jaymz Bee and the Musical Director is Russ Little. JAZZ LIVES 2009 would not be possible without the support of Presenting Sponsor Don Valley North Lexus and supporting sponsors d’Arenberg Wines, Northwest Mutual Funds, Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts and Sunwing Vacations. JAZZ LIVES was created in 2005 to spotlight the leading jazz musicians of the past and present whose music and careers are promoted on Canada’s Premier Jazz Station, JAZZ.FM91, and as a fundraiser for Canada’s only registered not-for-profit radio station dedicated to the jazz community and music education.
Nine-time Grammy Award nominee Kenny Barron; internationally-renowned saxophonist Jim Galloway, and Montreal chanteuse Bet.e will join the already outstanding line-up of leading artists performing at the 5th annual JAZZ LIVES concert, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Convocation Hall in Toronto.
of the Toronto Jazz Festival since its inception in 1986. Jim has become internationally acclaimed for his performances of swing, traditional and mainstream jazz, and is known today as one of a select group of soprano saxophone masters in the world. After breaking with long-time musical partner Stef, singer Bet.e is back and better than ever. With a new emphasis on writing and performing, Bet.e has catapulted herself back into the spotlight with her new album b.coming. A beautiful interpreter of samba and bossa nova rhythms, Bet.e will add a Latin flair to JAZZ LIVES 2009. Kenny Barron, Jim Galloway and Bet.e join already announced performers: guitar virtuoso, Larry Coryell; Order of Canada member, Ranee Lee; pianist, Gene DiNovi; award-winning singer-songwriter, Jill Barber; jazz violinist, Lenny Solomon; crooner, Colin Hunter; the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; trombone giant Russ Little; and Juno Award-winners Joe Sealy and Dan Hill. Tickets for JAZZ LIVES 2009 range in price from $20 - $60 and are available now from www.uofttix.ca, 416-978-8849 or by visiting the UofTtix Box Office located at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle at the University of Toronto. The Executive Producer of JAZZ LIVES 2009 is Ross Porter, Producer is Jaymz Bee and the Musical Director is Russ Little. JAZZ
The L.A. Times has named Kenny Barron “one of the top jazz pianists in the world”. Kenny has recorded extensively under his own name. His elegant, lyrical style of playing has made him the pianist of choice for hundreds of musicians including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. Inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005, celebrated jazz educator Kenny Barron has solidified his reputation for years to come. Saxophonist, Jim Galloway, is an accomplished musician, 2 bandleader and Artistic Director
LIVES 2009 would not be possible without the support of Presenting Sponsor Don Valley North Lexus and supporting sponsors Northwest Mutual Funds, Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts, Sunwing Vacations and d'Arenberg Wines. JAZZ LIVES was created in 2005 to spotlight the leading jazz musicians of the past and present whose music and careers are promoted on Canada’s Premier Jazz Station, JAZZ.FM91, and as a fundraiser for Canada’s only registered not-for-profit radio station dedicated to the jazz community and music education.
JAZZ LIVES 2010 Thursday, May 7, 2009, 8:00PM Convocation Hall Tickets: $20-$60
Kenny Barron, Jim Galloway and BET added to JAZZ LIVES 2010 line-up
Fun-raising at JAZZ.FM91
Yes, you read that correctly. Even with the necessary business of fundraising, our twice yearly campaigns are well, fun and frantic! I had my first shift last Saturday morning with Brad Barker and Ross Porter (and about 8 other volunteers), and the 4 hour shift produced over $20,000. Thank you very much!
With a fleet of volunteers ready to take your calls, the atmosphere here at the station is busy, but also provides a great sense of camaraderie. We love hearing from our listeners who tell us how long they have listened to the station, how they can't get through the day without us, kudos to favourite on air people and programs, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, the Jazz Safaris, concerts, live to air attendances, children dancing to the music at home....wow! In between calls, our amazing volunteers get to visit and catch up with people they may not have seen for 6 months. Sometimes pictures of grandchildren are proudly shared, and everyone is well nourished thanks to our caterering contributors. Did I mention the fabulous prizes? CD box sets, DVDs, iPods, MacBooks...those cause a great flurry of activity. We also have listeners who just prefer to quietly contribute, need no swag and feel warm and fuzzy inside, which is nice too. And where does all this funding go you might ask? I managed to get a few minutes of time from our very, very busy Fundraising and Outreach Director, Alison Liddell so that you can meet her and understand where your contributions go. How long have you been at JAZZ.FM91 now? I started at JAZZ.FM in October 2008 – 4 weeks before the fall campaign last year. I’ve worked in fundraising for about 20 years. Have always worked in the charitable sector – past organizations include The University of Toronto, The Easter Seal Society and CNIB. I got into fundraising accidentally – my education is in science. I have a degree in human biology but never worked in that field. I have extensive experience in event planning and fundraising – and have taken lots of courses in those areas.
An Evening for Haiti
Jane Bunnett, along with JAZZ.FM91 and special guests including Molly Johnson, Amanda Martinez and Hilario Duran, are coming together to support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. “Art et Spectacle”, the International Festival of Jazz in Port au Prince was scheduled to happen in late January, and for the past few months Jane Bunnett and Spirits of Havana have been preparing to be there to represent Canada. They, along with many other jazz greats from around the world, were to take part in week long series of concerts and workshops. The earthquake’s devastation has put an end to this as it has to just about all of normal life in Haiti. JAZZ.FM91 is proud to support Jane Bunnett and some very special musical friends in this fundraising concert, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. A limited numer of tickets are still available
Jazzology Revisited with Cam Britton
I know we are not supposed to play favourites with our guests, but the delightful saxophonist Cam Britton was one of our most prepared and personable (okay - and handsome) profiles ever in our short "Jazzology" history. After graduating from Humber College's Jazz Studies program in 2007, Cam married his high school sweetheart, Krisy and released a debut CD (recorded at Humber) in short order. Whew! I highly recommend it - check it out on iTunes. The couple's move to Montreal or "Canada's city of love" (as Cam phrased it with a smile) saw Cam playing in a number of the city's jazz venues and negotiating the "two solititudes". Opportunity came calling when Krisy applied for and won a year long internship at the UN in New York. Who can resist the siren call of The Big Apple - especially if you're a jazz musician? Locating to Brooklyn, Cam took lessons from fellow expat and noted saxophonist Seamus Blake, while enjoying his time performing in NY's many jazz clubs. He decided to enjoy himself and not be phased by the sheer number of musicians - and competition. Through a friend of a friend he acquired another few lines for his resume. As a sort of a trial by fire he became music editor for the late night talk show "The Edge with Jake" - seen
in over 50 markets. Over time he also found himself composing music for the show....and of course, found a new passion. Cam also found time to record with indie artist Vaimoana Heyman's CD and do some session work for dance music. Since returning to Toronto in September, he has taken in some shows at Massey Hall and Koerner Hall as an usher (where I reconnected at Paquito D'Rivera's show) and working with MJ Cyr, another indie vocalist in the Feist vein, whose second CD is about to be released. He also has a publishing company called Little Burgundy Music Company. Over coffee in a neighbourhood cafe on a chilly Friday, Cam's enthusiasm and effervescence are as strong as ever and he says he is "trying to learn as much as I can about everything I can" and of course be open to new opportunities. I have a feeling you will be hearing much more from this talented young musician. His website is www.cameronbritton.com if you would like to get in touch.
Masters of Jazz series features singer Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance, Songstress and concert producer, is bringing her artistic and impresario talents together for a new Jazz concert series, ‘Masters of Jazz: 2010’ to be presented in Southampton, Ontario. Tickets $25, are on sale at the museum now. All concerts in this series will be recorded for a ‘Masters of Jazz: 2010’ CD with net proceeds going to the museum. A Valentine’s concert is scheduled for Saturday, Feb 13, at 8:30 pm, at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre's Bruce Power Theatre, featuring The Stevie Vallance Quintet: Bob Brough (sax), Kieran Overs (bass), Richard Whiteman (piano), Ted Warren (drums) and Stevie Vallance (vocals).
Tickets $40 (for Valentine’s concert only), include Valentine’s Snacks prepared by Rocky Raccoon. To reserve your ticket: call the Bruce County Museum at 519-797-2080 or 866-318-8889 or visit the museum at 33 Victoria Street N. Southampton (one block east of Highway 21). Sponsored by 98 The Beach, the new 2010 series of jazz concerts will be presented in the Museum’s own 116 seat Bruce Power Theatre and is sure to be a hit with all those that hunger for live music and those soulful jazz rhythms. The ‘MASTERS OF JAZZ: 2010’ Concert series: • Feb 13 -- The Stevie Vallance Quintet performs Love Songs & Jazz Standards in celebration of Valentine’s Day, with Bob Brough (sax), Kieran Overs (bass), Richard Whiteman (piano), Ted Warren (drums) and Stevie Vallance (vocals). • March 13 -- Mike Murely (sax), David Occhipinti (guitar), with Stevie Vallance (vocals) • April 10 -- David Warrack (piano) & Stevie Vallance (vocals), with (Kieran Overs (bass) "Three Davids is a Cabaret-jazz style revue of songs composed by Frishberg, Shire and Warrack." • May 15 -- Jake Langley (guitar) & George Koller (bass), with Stevie Vallance (vocals) • June 12 -- Steve Koven (piano) & Rob
Clutton (bass), with Stevie Vallance (vocals) • July 17 -- Nancy Walker (piano) & Kieran Overs (bass), with Stevie Vallance (vocals) • August 14 -- Ted Quinlan (guitar), Kieran Overs (bass) & Ted Warren (drums), with Stevie Vallance (vocals)
Clark Terry to receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
In a special invitation-only ceremony to be held during GRAMMY Week on January 30th, one of jazz's most beloved citizens, Clark Terry will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy®. "This year's honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come. It is an honor and privilege to recognize such talented individuals who have had and will continue to have such an influence in both our culture and the music industry." The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium. This award is determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. The other honorees this year are: Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and André Previn. Considered to be one of the early pioneers to use a flugelhorn in jazz, Clark Terry's career in jazz spans more than sixty years. He is a worldclass trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, and NEA Jazz Master. He performed for seven U.S. Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for
State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa. He received two Grammy certificates, three Grammy nominations, thirteen honorary doctorates, keys to cities, lifetime achievements and halls of fame awards. He was knighted in Germany and is the recipient of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Clark's star on the Walk of Fame, and his Black World History Museum's life-sized wax figure can both be
visited in his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri. Clark composed more than two hundred jazz songs, and his books include Let's Talk Trumpet: From Legit to Jazz, Interpretation of the Jazz Language and Clark Terry's System of Circular Breathing for Woodwind and Brass Instruments. He recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Dutch Metropole Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, at least thirty high
school and college ensembles, his own duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, octets, and two big bands -- Clark Terry's Big Bad Band and Clark Terry's Young Titans of Jazz. His career as both leader and sideman with more than three hundred recordings demonstrates that he is one of the luminaries in jazz. Clark's discography reads like a "Who's Who In Jazz," with personnel that includes great jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Ben Webster, Charlie Barnet, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Billy Strayhorn, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Milt Jackson, Bob Brookmeyer, Jon Faddis, and Dianne Reeves. In 1960, Clark helped break the color barrier at NBC, "The Urban League had inquired of NBC why they had so few black employees, only to be told that there were no black people qualified to play music on television. The League sent out questionnaires seeking musicians who could "play studio music, read music, play in a section, play first trumpet, solo, etc. My name happened to come up on all the questionnaires," related Terry. Soon he became a fixture in the "Tonight Show" band, with which he was often featured in the "stump the band" segment, sometimes performing what had become somewhat of a trademark, his "Mumbles" act.
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