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2006-2007 SEASON FOR POPULAR JAZZ.FM91 'SOUND OF JAZZ' SERIES
...veteran broadcaster Glen Woodcock celebrates his 30th year bringing the best of the big bands to JAZZ.FM91 audiences by hosting the award-winning 17-piece "Swing Shift" Big Band in live concert to launch the star-studded new season of Canada’s longest-running jazz series...
The 31st season of the JAZZ.FM91 ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series gets underway with a big band blow-out at a first-time venue when JAZZ.FM91’s Glen Woodcock plays host to saxophonist Jim John’s 17-piece “Swing Shift” at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre (235 Queen’s Quay West in Toronto) on Monday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for the season opener are $30, with special discounts for students and JAZZ.FM91 members.
Formed in August 1996, “Swing Shift” has become a favorite with both dancing and listening audiences wherever they appear, performing big band standards from a wide-ranging repertoire including the complete Miller, Dorsey, Basie, and Ellington books, and featuring vocals by Dave Stratham and Larisa Renee. Glen Woodcock’s presentation of the evening will mark the anniversary of three decades of bringing his encyclopedic knowledge of big band music and exquisite musical taste to his widely popular Sunday evening program ‘The Big Bands’ which first began its consequential run on CJRT-FM in 1976.
Announcing the impressive talent line-up today, Ross Porter, JAZZ.FM91 President and Chief Executive Officer said the 2006-2007 Series will also enjoy the generous support of an important new presenting sponsor, investment dealer Raymond James, as well as the renewed associate sponsorship of Don Valley North Lexus, Furs by Leonard, Robert Mondavi Wines, and Tippet-Richardson.
Commenting on the new relationship, Raymond James President and CEO Peter Bailey said, “Raymond James is proud to partner with JAZZ.FM91 and the ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series. We view this as an exciting way we can support talented Canadian artists and help share their unique talents with others.”
Ross Porter, who is also Executive Producer of JAZZ.FM91 ‘Sound of Jazz’ presented by Raymond James, promises that the series just keeps building after the opening big band extravaganza with all shows in the 2006-2007 Series scheduled to take place at either the lakefront Harbourfront Centre Theatre or The Old Mill Inn in West Toronto. The ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series is again under the dynamic production team headed by multi-talented pianist-composer-publisher-producer Bill King in association with JAZZ.FM91 producer and popular on-air host Jaymz Bee.
The remaining line-up follows:
Monday, October 16, 2006 – A Tribute to the Flute at The Old Mill Inn featuring master flautists Colleen Allen, Alex Dean, Vern Dorge, and Bill McBirnie.
Monday, October 30, 2006 – A Tribute to Oscar Peterson at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre showcasing the piano ingenuity of Robi Botos, Mark Eisenman, Dave Restivo, Bernie Senensky, Don Thompson, and Nancy Walker.
Monday, November 20, 2006 – Let’s Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker starring trumpet/flugelhorn maestro Guido Basso at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
Monday, December 4, 2006 – B3 or Bust featuring widely-acclaimed organist Denis Keldie and the Denis Keldie Quintet at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, December 11, 2006 – Christmas with Emilie-Claire Barlow hosted by one of Canada’s favourite vocalists at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, January 15, 2007 – showcasing the vibraphone genius of the great Peter Appleyard at the Harbourfront CentreTheatre.
Monday, January 22, 2007 – TV Theme Songs Go Jazz featuring entertaining pianist Waylen Miki in a sextet setting plus vocalists performing jazz versions of famous TV themes at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, February 12, 2007 – Louis and Ella: the Great American Songbook a Valentine’s Day Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald featuring vocalist June Garber, Mike Lewis on vocals and piano, Kevin Clark on trumpet at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, February 26, 2007 – Jazz on Broadway with illustrious pianist Gene Dinovi and his stellar Gene Dinovi Trio at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, March 12, 2007 – A Trio of Trios at The Old Mill Inn featuring the Laila Biali Trio, the Robi Botos Trio, and the Steve Koven Trio.
All concerts in the 'Sound of Jazz' Series are recorded for later broadcast on JAZZ.FM91 throughout the year.
RHINO ENTERTAINMENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH
We are excited to announce the release of the 2 DVD set "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy" on August 22nd to lead into the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Diana Krall participated in the concert and gave up royalties to ensure that 100% of net proceeds gets distributed to the people in need. We hope that you will help spread the word of this charity release and we encourage you to pick up this special DVD set.
FROM THE BIG APPLE TO THE BIG EASY will be available August 22 at all retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $24.99. Beneficiaries for both the live concert and the DVD sales include the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund: Habitat for Humanity; MusiCares and the Children’s Health Fund.
DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET
With Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks
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One of the most accomplished bassists in contemporary jazz, Dave Holland, returns to Toronto with a stellar cast of musicians on Friday, October 13, 2006.
Presented by Toronto Downtown Jazz and Emerge Entertainment, the Dave Holland Quintet has been hailed as one of the finest quintets assembled over the last decade. Nominated for two Grammy’s and winner of numerous polls, collectively, their resumes read like a list of who’s who in jazz. Their latest album, Critical Mass, is their first release in over three years and is a reflection of Holland’s experiences during his career to date.
Composer, leader, educator and celebrated bassist, Holland began playing the ukulele at the tender age of four. Since then he has gone on to master the bass and has played with jazz giants such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, contributing to the latter’s role in the evolution of jazz fusion. Holland appeared on a number of recordings during this time with Davis, including Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way. Holland’s career is perhaps most noted for his long musical relationship with Sam Rivers that dates back to the early 1970s. As an educator, Holland has held appointments at the Banff School in Alberta and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Joining Holland at The Music Hall is Chris Potter, one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation and Robin Eubanks, a gifted trombonist that hails from a truly musical family. Holland’s quintet is rounded out with Nate Smith on drums and Steve Nelson on vibes.
DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET
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TIME TO CHECK ON JAZZ FESTIVALS ACROSS CANADA
Time to plan your jazz festival visitations, and there are a vast number of these very special musical events to choose from.
Starting on June 23rd you could attend the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival where you can see and hear artists McCoy Tyner, Hilario Duran, Paquito D'Rivera, Pharoah Sanders, Bernard Primeau, Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Rob McConnell, Dave Brubeck, Preservation Hall Jazz band and many, many more.
Other important festivals will be presented in The Beaches (Toronto), Burlington (Ontario), Oakville (Ontario), Guelph (Ontario), Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Vancouver... for a comprehensive list and more information visit the individual web site links please click here.
The following venues offer jazz and or blues on a regular basis, please contact for further details.