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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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together in free compositional improvisation, listening to each other and working together to develop their musical goals. In recent years Coleman has received many awards and has finally gained wide acceptance of his dedicated and uncompromising music. Also on the horizon A couple of festival favourites are in town - John Scofield in concert with the music of Ray Charles, at The Phoenix on the 14th, and two nights later, Victor Wooten, taking time out from his regular gig with Bela Fleck, will be at The Opera House on Queen. If you are looking for something more traditional, on Oct 15 the Classic Jazz Society of Toronto will present the West End Jazz Band of Chicago at the Estonian Hall on Broadview Ave. Mezzetta Cafe on St. Clair continues its Wednesday jazz series and on Oct 5 you can hear Dave Young on bass, paired with Rob Piltch on guitar. Both are absolute masters of their respective instruments, a reflection of the outstanding talents in this town. Bernie Senensky on piano and flautist Bill McBirnie reinforce that statement on the 12th when they share the bandstand. If you don't mind venturing a little ways out of town to the Church at Sonya, just north of Port Perry, the Amis du Jazz continues every Sunday evening, featuring on Oct 2nd the George Grossman Trio with Cheong Liu, bass, Drew Jurecka, violin; followed on the 9th by John Capon, trombone; Jess Capon, drums; Dave Field, bass; Reg Schwager, guitar. On the 16th you can hear Lynn McDonald, vocals; Dave Restivo , piano; Jordan O'Connor, bass; Nick Fraser, drums and rounding out the month on the 23rd, Duncan Hopkins, bass; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Ernie Toller, sax; Antony Michelli, drums. Go East, young man Toronto's king of the Hammond 83 organ, and no slouch on piano,Doug Riley, now has his home in P.E.I., adopting a more relaxed rural environment instead of the bustle of the city, but is always willing to take a pass on the mussels and lobster for a few days and return to his old haunts if there is an opportunity to play in one of his favourite clubs. From October 6 to 8 he'll be part of a rhythm section including drummer Terry Clarke and bassist Steve Wallace backing Perry White on tenor and vocalist Adi Braun at the Montreal Bistro. In the jazz listings Many associate the Sound of Toronto Jazz Series with the Ontario Science Centre. However now in its 30th season the series, sponsored by Jazz FM, has branched out into a variety of venues. The October offering, a tribute to Benny Goodman, takes place at the Old Mill Inn (Oct 24). Most of the other concerts in the series will take place at the Mod Club later in the year. While a few people might dispute Sun Ra ' s claim to being born on Saturn, there are fewer who would argue that he changed the face of jazz. The Arkestra which continues to bear his name since his death in 1993 lands at the Lula Lounge, now under the direction of Marshall Allen. (Oct 18-21). Finally, every year the jazz community comes together for the annual "Jazz for Herbie" Benefit for the CONTINUES ON PAGE 49 ST. PHILIP'S ANGLICAN CHURCH d,A'Z.'Z. ,..,espers Roselyn Brown and Friends Flute and Sax Jazz Standards and Smooth Jazz Tunes Sunday October 23, 2005 at 4:00 pm 25 St. Phillips Road, Etobicoke (Dixon Road at Royal York) 416-247-5181 An offering will be received in support of the Church and the Musicians Sponsored by: JSL Musical Productions BAND Stand by Merlin Williams First off this month, let me give readers a few late additions to last month's annual band list: Scarborough Concert Band Conductor: Andrew Chung Contact: Ellen Faretis 416-724-8989 Website: Rehearsals: Mondays, 7pm-9pm. Samuel Hearne Sr. Public School Town of Lincoln Concert Band Conductor: Brenda Green Contact: Richard Rybiak 905- 892-2105 Rehearsals: Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 in Beamsville (contact Richard Rybiak for directions) All band instruments welcomed. Plumbing Factory Brass Band Conductor: Henry Meredith Contact: Henry Meredith 519- 659-3600 Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7-9 pm at Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne Street, London Instruments needed: cornets, all brass band Brampton Alpen Horns I got to visit Switzerland for the first time this summer with the City of Brampton Concert Band (www. The band went to compete in the Jungfrau Music Festival, in Interlaken. We participated in a master class with conductor Timothy Reynish (famous for his Grainger recordings on the Chandos label) on the Monday morning. Mr. Reynish is a wonderfully direct clinician with great ears - the man doesn't miss a thing! Do yourself a favour and check out his recordings. We played concerts in Grindelwald , Thun & Bern during the week, and competed in Interlaken on our last night. We were also able to hear several professional bands from Italy, Switzerland , Denmark and Germany during the week. The Danish Concert Band, with conductor Johann de Mejj was the musical highlight of the week as far as I'm concerned. I was also enthralled with the performance of the Baden-Wurttemberg Police Band - at least for the first half of their concert. I was quite frankly appalled by their choice of bad pops material after the intermission. When we finally got to the competition on the last night, we'd played for a clinic and four concerts, so we were starting to get some road chops. Community bands don't often get to play every day for an entire week; it really does help! The Brampton Concert Band took to the stage, and presented a largely Canadian program of compositions for band. The competition rules were specific about representing our culture in our presentation, hence the selection of material. We felt pretty good after our time on stage, and even had audience members approaching us demanding our CD. We settled down to hear the last band, which hailed from The Netherlands. The Dutch band featured an instrumentation I've never run across before. It was basically a brass band with a saxophone section. The thing that really set it apart to me was the use oftlugelhorns rather than cornets. Twelve tlugels make an interesting sound, at least for the first two tunes. The thing that floored us though was the last two numbers, which featured a bizarre routine with two band members dancing and slapping each other. I couldn' t figure out for the life of me why a band in a serious competition would play what I consider a novelty number. f..J~~HARKNETT Musical Services Ltd. MUSIC BOOKS BEST SELECTION OF POPULAR & EDUCATIONAL MUSIC Piano - Guitar - Instrumental Mid-Town Store Brass - Woodwind - String Instruments - Guitar Buy direct from the Distributor 416-423-9494 AUTHORIZEDDEALERFOR: 943 Eglinton Ave. E. 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Turns out that that's exactly what the judging panel expected though, since the Dutch band got the gold award, and Brampton got the silver. All in all, for me it was a great week. The scenery, food, concerts and socializing were fantastic. I'm still shaking my head over that competition though. If it's Monday, Kentucky We arrived back from Switzerland on Sunday July 9 at 4 in the afternoon. My fellow bassoonist on the Swiss trip, Jeff Densham and I were due in Louisville, Kentucky the following morning for the Cardinal Saxophone Workshop. We changed horns and suitcases, hopped in the car and drove like mad all night to get there. It was a bit of a comedy of errors getting there, but the trip was definitely worth it. There's something about playing in a 24 piece saxophone orchestra that's truly inspiring. The evening concerts featured the faculty members - John Moore, Krista Wallace-Boaz and Patrick Meighan as well as participants' chamber groups and the full saxophone orchestra. It was my third time at the workshop, and everytime I come back thinking we should have something like that here in Canada. Oh, to have the time to organize such an event .. . Jens The Hannaford Street Silver Band is kicking off their concert season on Sunday October 16th with guest trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann. This is a must for anyone who considers themself a serious band fan. Jens is a breathtaking player! Please make sure you check the complete listings in this edition of The WholeNote for many more concerts worth your attention. Woodwind doubler Merlin Williams is an Artist/Clinician for Jupiter Music Canada. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column, feel free to contact Merlin by e-mail, or phone 416-803-0275. You can also find him on the web at www. merlinwilliams. com. O CTO BER 1 - N OVEMBER 7 2005 Back to Ad Index by Christopher Haile SINCE I AM Aw A Y for most of September, my article for October will be shorter than usual. The Canadian Opera Company's fall season boasts three operas instead of its usual two. Verdi's "Macbeth" that opened on September 22 plays until October 5. Bizet's "Carmen" that opened on September 29 has nine rather than the usual six performances and plays until October 23. Joining these wi II be Handel's "Rodelinda" running October 18- 30. All three are new productions and two, "Macbeth" and "Rodelinda" , are designed by Canadian Dany Lyne, whose past credits include "Pelleas et Melisande" for the COC in 2000, Tapestry's "Iron Road" in 2001 and the spectacular production of Sondheim's "Into the Woods" playing until October 30 at the Stratford Festival. "Rodelinda" (1725), Handel's next opera after "Giulio Cesare", was written at the peak of his career as a composer of opera. Danielle de Niese plays the abandoned queen Rodelinda, Michael Colvin the villainous usurper Grimoaldo and Gerald Thompson is Bertarido, Rodelinda's exiled husband and medieval Lombardy's rightful AUDITIONS! THE CIVIC LIGHT OPERA COMPANY A we/I-established community theatre specializing in lost & unique musicals presents The First-ever Toronto Production of 'l 1 I'l 1 1INI (~ ~ 'I1IIE !IUSICAt ---:.--- (With Full Orchestra) DIRECTOR: Joe Cascone AUDITION DATE: November 5 - 3:00 p.m. SHOW DATES: Feb. 2 to 18, 2006 AUDITION & PERFORMANCE VENUE: Fairview Library Theatre, N. York E-mail: Or call: (416) 755-1717 (e-mail is preferable) On OPERA king. Period expert Harry Bicket conducts and Tim Albery, whose "Gotterdammerung" appears in January, directs. Meanwhile Opera Ontario continues its exploration of the French repertoire with Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" ( 1867). The opera plays October 15, 20 and 22 in Hamilton and October 28 and 30 in Kitchener. The cast includes Laura Whalen, John Bellemer, Norine Burgess and Alexander Dobson. On Sunday, October 23, Opera In Concert gives Toronto audiences a rare chance to hear Verdi's "I Masnadieri" based on Friedrich Schiller's play "The Robbers" first o~CERT Guillermo Silva-Marin, General Director Pre-eminent baroque and classical specialist Harry Bicket makes his COC debut conducting Handel's Rodelinda. produced in 1847. M ., Verdi's London debut and a surprising return to Bel Canto, the opera achieves moments of glorious lyrical beauty. .,1, •1 •1 Ir _ _lJ}SlrJJ»~]elfll The Brigands GIUSEPPE VERDI Jose Hemande:z., Music Director and Pianist Marcel VAN NEER Michael MERAW Arlene ALVARADO The Opera in Concert Chorus, Robert Cooper, Chorus Director Sponsored by Jackman Foundation Sun. Oct. 23 at 2:30 pm JANE MALLETI THEATRE 41 6-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6 7 54 online WWW, THEWHOLENOTE.COM 29 J

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