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Volume 9 Issue 4 - December 2003

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JAZZ NOTES by Jim Galloway Cruising Along Last month I wrote about being on the road - l still am, although this time on a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, rather than in London. From Soho to the Sea of Cortez. The association between jazz and water has been there for a long time, going back to the days of the riverboats on the Mississippi, when there was regular employment for musicians on board those floating houses of entertainment. The perceived glamour of the time is preserved today after a fashion in the showboats which still ply the big river, but with a passenger list of tourists, rather than travellers and cargo. Once a year for the past 30 years I have gone on a Holland America ship for a jazz cruise, taking a group to sea with me.(No puns about Sea Jam Blues, please!) The beginnings date back to the days of my long association with Paul Rimstead. For those of you who are not familiar with "The Rimmer", he was, thirty years ago, one of the. most popular columnists in Toronto " and not a bad drummer. Not a great drummer, but not a bad one. He played good time and could swing, and, believe me, I have known "better" drummers who neither! The ·first jazz cruise came about indirectly out of celebrity cruises on Holland America, organised by Jack Britton, who had a very successful travel agency called Brotherton Travel. They featured well-knownmedia personalities and Jack's good friend; Alan Gleaves, of that cruise company suggested doing one with Rimstead. Toronto Sun publisher Doug Creighton, for whom Paul wrote his column was also a crony. of Jack Britton and he went along with the idea which was for Paul, known for his gregarious·approach to life, to host a group of his readers on a week-long cruise to Bermuda. ,,ay Christ Chu.rch Deer Park presents J'

Whiting & Larry Shields on Dec. 6 sonal music. Conductors Ann Coopin ARC Hall, 1265 Military Trail. er Gay and Richard Bradshaw lead Admission is free. the combined groups at St. James' The Cantabile Chorale of York Cathedral on Dec. 16. Region's "30th Annual Joy of The RCM Community School Christmas" features guest artists the Young Musicians' Band is present­ Metropolitan Silver Band. The ing a concert at the Ettore Mazzoleni concert is at Thornhill United Church Concert Hall on Dec. 20 under the on Dec. 8; admission is by freewill direction of Stanley Rosenzweig. offering/foodbank donation. . Admission is free. The Etobicoke Community "A Concert at Christmas Time" Concert Band is presenting two is presented by the Scarborough seasonal concerts. The first, on Dec. Community Concert Band on 9 takes place at the Etobicoke Civic Dec. 21 at the Scarborough Civic Centre. Guest artists are the Etobi- Centre. Free Admission. coke Centennial Choir and the admission is free. The band is also Well, I'm out of space. I guess my New Year's resolutions will have to playing at the Etobicoke Cr.mmuni- wait for the February issue. So much ty Auditorium on Dec. 12, _ with for my resolution to plan ahead. guest vocalist Kathy Thompson. Tickets are , senior, stu- Have a great Holiday Season, 1 dent, children free. whatever you celebrate, and however you like to ~elebrate it! ' The· Weston Silver Band conducted by Larry Shields presents their Saxophonist Merlin Williami is a Annual Christmas Concert at Cen- private woodwind teacher and an tral United Church in Weston on Dec. · Artist/Clinician for Jupiter Music 13. Tickets are , (sr/st), Canada. If you would like an upchildren 12 & under are free wheff coming band event to be featured in accompanied by an adult. the Bandstand column, feel free to The Brampton Concert Baiid 'contact Merlin by e-mail, are presenting "Winter Holiday" at; on the web, St. Paul's United Church in Bramp- -merton on Dec. 13. Highlights include linw/. Anderson's "Sleighride" and "Christmas Festival" as \'.ell as the challenging "Praetorius Variations" hy James Curnow. The Markham Concert Band is presenting "A Seasonal Celebration" on Dec. 14 at the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts. The program includes "Klesmer" by Toronto arranger Eddie Graf, highlights from "Babes in Toyland" and "A Canadian Brass Christmas Suite". The Northdale Concert Band, with conductor Stephen Chenette are presenting their Christmas Concert at Willowdale United Churc.h on Dec. 14. The Hannaford Street Silver Band are presenting "The Great Toronto Carol" with guests the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus. The program will include "Mag- . nificat" by Bramwell Tovey and sea- ;~~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 AUTHORIZED DEALER FOR: 943 Eglinton Ave. E. (W ofLeslie) Armstrong, Artley, Besson, Benge (Next door to Robert Lowiey's Piano Experts) Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet, Conn Getzen, JU,Piter, Keilworth, King Main Store Ibanez Guitars, Scher! & Ruth String Inst. 905-477-1141 2650 John Street Uust North of,Steeles) . An.inspired pairing of traditional choral music with classic mainstream jazz. Featuring the World Premiere of Brian Barlow's ' ' There Was Setting, There Was Dawning, William.Byrd's Mass for Four Voices arranged for choir and jazz quintet, and arrangements of traditional & contemporary hymns. · Alex Dean, Saxaphone Brian Barlow, Percussion Dick Smith, Percussion Tom Szczesniak, Piano Scott Alexander, Bass The Choir of Gentlemen & Boys and the St. Cecilia Choir of Grace Church on-the-Hill Melva Treffinger Graham, Director 7:30 pm, Saturday, Janua,y 31, 2004 Grace Church on-~he·Hill 300 Lonsdale Avenue, Toronto (between Avenue Road & Spadina, north of St. Clair) Tickets & Inform~tion/tickets call 416-488-7 884 Ext. 1 7 DECEMBER 1 2003 - FEBRUARY 7 2004

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