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Volume 11 Issue 7 - April 2006

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Boedinghaus is from a younger generation but is another New Orleans musician steeped in the tradition with nuances of Jelly Roll Morton in his playing. I wasn't able to be there for best possible ~:I reason - I had a gig - but I was able to spend some time with Trevor Richards whom I've known for many years. Inevitably the conversation got around to the r- recent events in New Orleans. Both he and David are victims of Katrina. Their homes were flooded and valued possessions, many of which were of historical value, were lost or damaged and neither of them expects the city will ever return to what it once was. It adds an air of poignancy to the music they make, because they are among the survivors of an age that has gone. The concert was made possible by John Norris, a man who for many years has been a quiet but oh, so important part of the jazz community in this city - founder of Coda Magazine, owner of Sackville Records - and unswerving in his dedication to jazz. The afternoon following the concert, the trio went into a studio along with an invited audience, June 3, 2006 2 pm St. Lawrence CenlJe Tickets (416) 366-7723 Trevor Richards some of whom had attended the concert the night before and were then able to enjoy the added experience of attending a recording session which will result in a CD to add to the already impressive Sackville catalogue. The individuality of the music made that week-end is something of a reflection on the individuality of John Norris himself. He chooses not to be in the mainstream of today's music, preferring, like the musicians he records, to follow his heart, disregarding fashions and fads. This is by way of letting you know that I have an in depth interview upcoming in WholeNote with John Norris.' , who has done much to influence the shape of jazz in Canada. Inside the Jazz Listings by Sophia Perlman Saxophonist Tara Davidson has earned herself a reputation across Canada both for her own ensembles, and those of musicians such as Chris Hunt, Laila Biali and Mike Murley . This month, in addition to a performance at the Rex (Apr 8), she is also the "Artist in Residence and Guest Curator" at the Red Guitar. Every Thursday in April, her trio will host a variety of guest musicians, including John Maharaj, Anthony Michelli, David Occhipinti, Mike McLennan, Brandi Disterheft and Elie Katzin. Dave Young can be found playing with two very different ensembles this month! On April ]3

BAND Stand by Merlin Williams I find it baffling when I get listings for April that trumpet "end of the year" concerts! It seems the concert season gets shorter and shorter. Maybe I'm just seeing it from a skewed perspective, because of the lead time involved in putting out a magazine, but I have a hard time thinking in those terms when winter hasn't even finished with us yet. I've tried to make it down to the Cardinal Saxophone Workshop in Kentucky every summer. It's a week of playing in large saxophone ensemble (sopranino to bass) combined with chamber music, solos and a fun atmosphere. I've never found anything quite like it in Canada. I'm going to have to take a pass on it this year, as I'll be coming back from the Brampton Concert Band's trip to Italy and Austria. I strung the two trips together last year, coming back from Switzerland at 5pm on a Sunday afternoon, and almost immediately heading for Kentucky by car. It was exhilarating, but exhausting, and I just don't think I could pull it off again. I would like to see some Canadian representation there though, so if you're interested, drop me a line, and I'll put you in touch with the organizers. The Mississauga Pops Concert Band's "Pops Does the Classics" concert on Sunday April 9 marks the end of an era. It's the last formal concert with Denny Ringler, who has graced the podium with the band for seventeen years. A formal search is currently underway for Denny's successor; info is available on the MPCB's website, The Pickering Community Concert Band is presenting a varied program for its April 30th concert. The band and conductor Andrew Locker will be joined by the Mississauga Pops Denny Ringler, adieu after seventeen years . Durham Region Chamber Chorus, trombone soloist Gregg McCabe and trumpet soloist Steve Petafor. The selection of works includes the Concerto for Trombone and Military Band by Rimsky-Korsakov and American Overture for Band by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins among others. The Toronto Wind Orchestra has become known for performing new works for wind ensemble. On April 12th, they'll be presenting a concert of transcriptions including works by Respighi, Copland and Gabrieli. Music director Tony Gomes and the TWO will be joined by flute soloist Carol Ann Savage in a performance of Carl Nielsen's Concerto for Flute, transcribed by Gomes. The Northdale Concert Band pays tribute to one of its former members, tubist Bob MacLean on Sunday Apr. 9 with two new compositions commissioned in his memory. Guest conductor Gillian MacKay will lead the band in the new works by Louis Calleja and John Wilson. 1~~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 AU1HORIZED DEALER FOR: 943 Eglinton Ave. E. (W. of Leslie) Armstrong, Artley, Besson. Benge (Next door to Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts) Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet. Conn Getzen.Jupiter, Keilworth, King Main Store Ibanez Guitars, Scher! & Ruth String Inst. 905-477-1141 2650 John Street Gust North of Steeles) Merlin Williams,fourthfrom left, at last year's Cardinal Saxophone Workshop in Kentucky The Plumbing Factory Brass Band is celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring. Prof. Henry Meredith and the band will perform music by Handel, Mozart, von Suppe, Elgar, Brahms and Shostakovich at Byron United Covenant Church in London, on Wednesday Apr. 5th. Make sure to check the band's website www, there are some great pictures of Meredith's brass instrument collection, which inspired the band's moniker. The Markham Concert Band is celebrating the diversity of their city with their "East Meets West" concert on May 7th. The band and music director Doug Manning will be joined by erhu master George Gao at the Markham Theatre. Make sure you avail yourselves of the complete listings in this month's WholeNote. There's complete information about these, and many other band concerts. And, uh .. .I think there's probably some stuff about orchestras and chamber groups and choirs too .. . if you're into that sort of thing! Woodwind doubler Merlin Williams can be contacted by e-mail, or phone 416-803-0275, if you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column. \' cdsm~ '7 music Fine quality instruments & accessories to suit any budget - Woodwinds, Brass, Strings & Percussion Expert Instrument Repairs in one of North America's largest and best-equipped facilities Comprehensive Band & Orchestra Rental Program with over 9,000 instruments in inventory York Region's Largest Music School serving over 1,200 students SALES • RENTALS • REPAIRS • LESSONS • PRINT MUSIC APRIL 1 - MAY 7 2006 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE .COM

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