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Volume 9 Issue 9 - June 2004

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one by Jennifer Moore in a language of her own,concocting (talk about a srmrgasbord!) There will be some traditional tunes as well. Plans for the irrllrediate future include a perfonnance at the Guelph Multicultural Festival on June 20, a tour of BC in July, and a vicle(j based on a song from their third CD, with director Liz Marshall. For m:ire info, visit www.mazam::z;e.com Roundup: The aforementioned Suba Sankaran's autorickshaw (with Ed Hanley, tabla, Rich Brown, bass, and percussionist Debashis Sinha) has a CD release concert June 16 at Hugh's Room. Four Higher features Sanskrit prayer, South Indian dance, classical and jazz tunes, and original compositions. It is their second CD. JAZZ NOTES by Jim Galloway Jazzin' June· So the festival season has begun. The Distilleries Festival is, in fact, al­ . ready behind us, but the festj.val summer season really begins with TD Canada Trust· Toronto Downtown Jazz which kicks off on June 25. Over the season in the Toronto area in quick succession we have in acidition, the Beaches Jazz Festival, MarkhamandOakville. Ican;tthink of another city that has as many festivals scattered around; this .has to be some reflection on the popularity of jazz in Ontario. · The Penthelia Singers present Voic- BUT BEFORE 1HAT ALL begins there es. of the . World,. June 6; . works in are . a couple of happenings. worth Welsh, Hebrew; Japanese, Celtic;. ·the··mention. The New Yorker th'e­ Polish, Czech, Spanish, French, Ger- atre on Yonge Street is the home for man, Finnish and English. The Polok- "Cookin' at the Cookery" based on wane Choral Society from South the life of a wonderful personality, Africa gives concerts June 7 (Stratford), the singer Alberta Hunter. Alberta, June 8 (London) June 9 (Guelph), the niece of Bert Williams, the fa­ June 10, 11, 12 (Toronto), and June mous entertainer immortalised by 14 (Hamilton). The Lachan Jewish Duke Ellington in his composition Chamber Choir presents Baroque "Portrait of Bert Williams," wrote and Beyond, at the Leah PoshJDS The- many of her own songs and her atre, June 8; featured are works' by· "Down Hearted Blues" was Bessie Cassares, Rossi and Saladin, as well Smith's first recording in 1923. In as synagogue chants. June 12, the Mis- that same year, Alberta was the first sissauga Festival Youth Choir black singer to record with a white presents a program with guest West band, the Original Memphis Five, African master drummer Kwasi who backed her own '"Tain't No­ Dunyo. June 13 Small World Music body's Business If 1 Do". presents an evening of Persian Music & Dance, with dancer Banafsheh Sayy- She quit the music business in ad, andZarbang, apercussionensem- 1956, took up .nursing and worked ble with members from Iran and Af- in a New York hospital for the next ghanistan. The Milton Choristers 20 years. She made a comeback in present a Cape Breton style Gaelic 1977 at the age of 82, became some­ Ceilidh, with celtic band, June 19 (see thing of a cult figure and continued further afield listings). TheRaag-Mala to sing until her death in 1984.The Music Society presents a concert of show here stars Jackie Richardson classical Indian vocal music, June 20. and Monte go Glover, but you The ROM Friday Night Series contin- shouldn't waste time getting to it J because unless the run is extended, ues une4-2S, withintemationaldnun- it is scheduled to end on June 6. ming, Brazilian Beat, Cuban Salsa, and Th its season finale (music tba). Spadina e first week in the month could House presents a series of free after- keep you busy, in fact, because on noon concerts called Music in the Or- June 1 iµld 2 at the Hummingbird chard, fearuring classical Chinese nru- Centre Diana Krall will bel in consic June 6, songs and dances of Scot- cert. It's a far cry from the days when land June 13, and music from around Diana used to live in Toronto and the Mediterranean June 20. Har- would play and sing for her supper bowfront's Toronto Music Garden at the old Underground Railroad respresents Tales From the Emperor's taurant. Also at the Hummingbird, Garden, June 27, with the Little Pear June 23, a preview concert for the Garden Collective. Please consult the Downtown Jazz Festival will feadaily listings for details on all the above. ture the Oscar Peterson Quartet and the Oliver Jones Trio. Karen Ages is a freelance oboist who has also been a member of several world music ensembles. She can be reached at 416-323-2232 or worldmusic@hewholenote.com. But back on the subject of festivals, there are something like two dozen of them across the country and an increasing number of non.-jazz festivals are adding a jazz component. · For example, the In the Jazz Listings ... page41 Great Canadian There can't possibly Town Band Festival be a better way towelin Orono will feature com: summer than this the Rob McConnell year's Toronto Down­ Tentet on Saturday, town Jazz ·Festival, June 19. The West- which runs June 25- ben Arts Festival July 4 this year. Along Theatre near Camp- with Mainstage Peterson bellford presents a se- Evening Concerts at Nathan Phillips Squar~, ries from late June including perfonnances by Bud Shanks, Big through July consist- Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Scofield, Wynton ing of symphony and Marsalis and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (to chamber music. But on name just a few), the festival also features free Saturday July 31 and daytime concerts at City Hall as well as· over 40 Sunday August 1 the clubs throughout the downtown area. Ana to featured group will be start things off, the incredible Oscar Peterson Independence Jazz Re- gives a concert at the Hummingbird Centre. union from NY State. For a complete schedule, or ticket infonnation Boris Bron's festi- check out www.torontojazz.com ' val in Hamilton, al- For those of you who are hoping to get out though mainly classi- of Toronto this month, Orangeville holds its cal, also reglilarly has annual Blues and Jazz Festival from June 3-6 a jazz component. and features over 40 acts and ·150 performers'. Symphony orchestras Their complete lineup can be found at routinely feature jazz .in www.orangvillebluesandjazz.ca , their pops concerts. Festivals aside, there is some grea~music to Fact is, jazz is a buzz be heard in the clubs this month. Phil Nimword and a word that m,ons celebrates his birthday with a five-day has been very success- stmt at the Montreal Bistro (Jun 1-5), Lula fully marketed, so con- Lounge's "Salsa Saturdays" fearure Luis Mario vincingly, in fact, that Ochoa Y Cimarron (Jun 19), and hailing from its meaning has be- Austin Texas, the Hot Club of Cow Town come completely plays the Top O'The Senator (Jun 16-20). blurred. thing to, in It's some the way, "in" ,__________..._______ Sophia Perlman ..J associate your commodity, be it a symphony series, an airline or a deodorant, with the magic word jazz. Oh, yes, and music too. ~ingNotes I'm back froma visit to Vienna where a new jazz club has just recently opened. Located in the Hiltbn Hotel it is called Zawinul's in honour of the famed Austrian pianist/composer. If you think a night on the town in Toronto is expensive it might interest you to know that the cover charge for headliners such as Mr. Zawinul is a mere 40 euros. That translates into Canadian. That's a lot of Wiener Schnitzels! Artie Shaw will always be thought of as one of the great clarinet players. He also regularly made the headlines for his colourful personal life. Last year he received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK PRESENTS Iii/~/~ Featuring some of Toronto's best jazz musicians with a brief reflection by Jazz Vespers Clergy Sunday, June 6 - 4:30 FRANK FALCO DUO Frank Falco, piano Neil Swainson, bass Sunday, June 27 - 4:30 In Association with the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival BARLOW BRASS & DRUMS Russ Little and Terry Promane, trombones Brian O'Kane and Steve McDade, trumpets Doug Burrell, tuba; Brian Barlow, drums Christ Church Deer Park , 1570 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair at Heath St.) 416-920-5211 Adm1ss1on 1s free . An offering 1s received to support the work of the church, including Jazz Vespers . 18 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM JUNE 1 - ]UL Y 7 2004

for lifetime achievement and "contributions to American culture and music" from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He in tum donated two of his clarinets including the one he used to record his huge hit "Begin The Beguine." Shaw began playing alto sax at age 13 and later switched to clarinet, unleashing a string of hits including "Stardust" and "Concerto For Clarinet." Fame did not sit well with him; the public always expected to hear his hits and he got tired of playing them, so he quit the music business in 1954 and turned to writing books. At last year's ceremony, although in his nineties and confined to a wheelchair he hadn't lost any of his dry wit. "What's the difference between you and Benny Goodman?" he was asked. "Well, I'm alive" he replied. He was also asked why he left the United States in 1954. "I could no longer stand the fulminating of Mc­ Carthy, so I went to Spain. Five years later, someone told me that things were better, so I came home, and the first thing I heard was Lawrence Welk on' TV." Happy listening. You can contact Jim Galloway via jimgalloW,ay@thewholenote.com BAND STAND by Merlin Williams JUNE HAS TO BE one of my favourite months. It's warm in the daytime, cool enough for sleeping, and the long daylight hours make it ideal for evening park concerts. There's a ton of great music for you this month. One of the most notable events is the Great Canadian Town Band Festival in Orono. The GCTBF takes place June 18-20. There is a daily admission of on the Friday and Saturday; Sunday is by donation. Friday night is a Military Tattoo - details are available at www.townbandfestival.com. Saturday is a day of variety - including The Clarington Concert Band, The Oshawa Brass Band, the Royal City Saxophone Quartet, Le kiosque a Musique, the Hannaford Youth Band, the Jazz Cats and the Rob McConnell Tentet. Le kiosque a Musique is a must see - leader and featured soloist is trombone virtuoso Alain Trudel. The RCSQ is definitely worth seeing as well - they are internationally recognized for their performances of ragtime music. The McConnell Tentet is an outstanding jazz group. You ml ~')--Canada Trust TORONTO f2i DOWNTOWN ~JAZZ FESTlVA ·. ~ JUNE .25 ~JULY 4 2004 ' • Plustree concerts daily at Noon and 5pm ~ D\'.\lf~O.:p,_~rticipating Clubs and Restau;ants . ~ Pert~rmances daily until 4am at thirSheraton .Centre Toronto Hotel • OyER 1500 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS! for ticket~ · an'd :f~~ll~i!l i~~sses call: 416.870,8000 WllJQld,1@1111 owe it to yourself to hear this band live - the roster of soloists is truly world .class. I NORMAllY llMIT MY COVERAGE to bands, but I have a soft spot for that most overlooked of ensembles, the bassoon quartet. The Lakefield Bassoon Festival takes place June 11, and features Nadina Mackie Jackson and Fraser Jackson, both of the Caliban Quartet, with fellow bas-· soonists Catherine Carignan and Benson Bell, and harpsichordist Paul Jenkins. The program is an evening of French baroque music on bassoon. Admission is by donation, and more irifo is available by calling 416- 5384758. The Hamilton International Tattoo takes place at Copps Coliseum on June 12and 13. Featured groups include the Fusiliers' Association Band and Corps of Drums; Hamilton Firefighters' Drum & Bugle Corps; Hamilton Police Pipes & Drums; Pipes and Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada; Band of the Royal Hamilton · Light Infantry & other perfonrers. The Festival Wind Orchestra's "Swnmer Serenade" concert is on June 15 at the Fairview Library Theatre. Conductor Gennady Gefter and the band will be performing the MA!NSTAGE CONCERTS Toronto Star Stage Naltlan Pt1il!ips Square at Queen & Bay St. 8:00 pm DD Jackson Trio Taxi Chain BUD SHANK QUARTET BELA FLECK & with PHIL WOODS THE FLECKTONES Friday, June 25. Wednesaay, June 30. Latin Jazz All-stars NEW DEAL MICHEL CAMILO TRIO Thursday, July 1. Saturday, June 26. Alain Caron Midnight show RITE OF STRINGS feat JEAN-LUC PONTY, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY Saturday, June 26.. Grieg Piano Concerto with the winner of their concerto competition, Christopher Bagan. The concert will also feature music by Ravel and Bernstein as well as some pops selections. The Band of The Royal Regiment of. Canada is doing a concert to launch their new CD, "Sounds in Scoarlet" on June 17. The Royals are piaying at St. Clement's Church, which was also the recording location for the disc. . There are several park concerts you can catch for free this month. The City of Brampton Concert Band is performing at Gage Park in Brampton on June 10. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band perform at the Applewood Homestead on the West Mall on June 16 and July 7. These concerts are all free of ch

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