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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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News from the Toronto Musicians' Association "One of the highest and best uses of human intelligence - the musical artist" Russ Little Don Thompson Awards: Don Thompson won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards this year and also took home three National Jazz Awards as musician, composer, and instrumentalist of the year (for vibraphone, piano and bass). Other multiple winners at the Jazz A wards were TMA member Diana Krall, named jazz vocalist and international musician of the year; and Rob McConnell, who took trombone and big-band honours. Dave Young won in both the bass and acoustic group categories. More kudos to Mike Murley (saxophonist of the year), Metalwood (electric group of the year), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar), Ed Vokurka (violin), pianist Hilario Duran (Latin jazz artist), pianist David Virelles (rising star) and composer and pioneering jazz educator Phil Nimmons (clarinet), Phil Dwyer for arranger, and bassist Roberto Occhipinti for producer. Terry Clarke was the official winner in the Drummer of the Year category, but he insisted on sharing his moment with Canadian jazz pioneer Archie Alleyne. Meanwhile, popular drummer Don Vickery was acknowledged for his equally artful photography. The TD Canada Trust Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival won the best fest cate- 3 . , Violins, violas, cellos, and bows Complete line of strings and accessories by Brian Blain gory, Justin Time Records was Label of the Year, Larry Green, who hosts Jazzology on Toronto's JazzFM9 l, was named Broadcaster of the Year, and the Toronto Star's Geoff Chapman was named Jazz Journalist of the Year. Lifetime Achievement: The Toronto Musicians' Association Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Andrea Hansen and John Kay during the May 28 Annual General Meeting. Andrea Hansen joined the TMA in 1954. Throughout her outstanding career as a violinist Andrea has received numerous awards and honours including the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Andrea performed throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe during the 1960's with her sister Florence as "The Hansen Sisters". She was a member of the Montreal Symphony from 1968 to 1976 and the Toronto Symphony from 1977 to 2001. In 1987 the Toronto Symphony's Canadian Odyssey tour traveled to the Western Arctic. Following a performance a young girl asked, "Will we ever see you again?" In 1988 Andrea cofounded Strings Across the Sky. Since then she has been traveling on ice roads, small planes and boats through blinding snowstorms and under frigid skies, delivering more than 200 donated fiddles and doing everything she can, to touch over 400 northern students with her special magic of teaching the fiddle. She continues her extraordinary work as Music Director and Co-founder of the Strings Across the Sky Foundation. John Kay has been a member of the TMA since 1969. John Kay and Steppenwolf are one of rock's enduring legendary bands. With record sales in excess of 25 million units, continuous play on radio and songs Expert repairs and rehairs Canada's largest stock of string music Fast mail order service LES VENDAEDIS Toe QUATUOR ALCAN plays string quartets written for Friday evening gath erings by Borodin , Liadov, Sokolov, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. HI ;::..~.- ~~.:- Canada featured in numerous motion picture and television sound tracks, John's recordings of "Born To Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Monster" have become part of the North American psyche. John Kay and Steppenwolf continue to record, perform and tour. In addition to his life as a working musician John with his wife Jutta Maue Kay are active with humanitarian work through the Maue Kay Foundation which they fo rmed in 2004 to support individuals and organizations engaged in the protection of Wildlife, The Environment and Human Rights. Through their foundation John and Jutta have built a school in Cambodia, assisted in the expansion of a school in Tanzania, and provided financial assistance to elephant and wildlife sanctuaries, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Second Harvest Food Band, Amnesty International and numerous other vital organizations. New President: Russ Little is the new President of the Toronto Musicians' Association Local 149. Trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor, member of Lighthouse and The Boss Brass, Little has been a mainstay in the Canadian jazz scene for years. In his inaugural message to members, Little wrote "I give you my word: I'll do my very best, in the time that I have allowed myself to pursue this difficult but rewarding job, to seek to improve the lot of ALL of our Local 149 members. Let's not be nai've. It's an exceedingly tough world out there for the working musician, but with vision, hard work and industrious energy, we can do what we must, to improve our lot and make life just a little bit better for what I think of as one of the highest and best uses of human intelligence - the musical artist." The TMA Instrument Bank continues to assist in getting instruments into the hands of deserving students . If you can help, or have some ideas about where to find instruments, please contact Corkie Davis at We'd like to hear from you: The Toronto Musicians' Association invites WholeNote readers to give us your feedback on this column. If you have any suggestions for news items relating to members of the Toronto Musicians' Association, please forward them to Please include the word "WholeNote" in the subject line. AY 1 - UNE 7

WE AREALL Music's CHILDREN by mJ Buell April's Child was .... was tenor turned impresario HENRY INGRAM "I would know that smile and tenor cheekbones anywhere - " (Debra Chandler, Toronto) "I began learning the piano about the time I started school. I took piano lessons for a number of years and played very badly but I went through a lot of music. I sang as a boy soprano in the small churches we attended in South Georgia. My hits were 'The Lord's Prayer', 'The Holy City', and 'The Stranger of Galilee'. When it became apparent a sports career was not in my stars, my parents suggested I'd like to be in the band. The clarinet was my ticket to adventure. My high school clarinet teacher/ band director was a great influence. He had musical integrity and led me to enjoy a broad range of orchestral scores, the LPs of which he lent me . I got quite good, went to lots of band camps, football games, marched in parades and was scholarshipped to Florida State University as a clarinet music education major. Changed to voice in second year and the rest is history ... Henry Ingram has been closely associated with the Toronto Operetta Theatre since its inception in 1985, appearing in The Count of Luxembourg, The Czardas Princess, The White Horse Inn, Die Fledermaus, and The Yeoman of the Guard. He has appeared in Canada, Germany and the United States in numerous roles including the Simpleton in Boris Godunov, Beppe in I Pagliacci and Pedrillo in Die Entjuhrung aus dem Serail. On the concert stage he has been heard frequently as the Evangelist in The St. Matthew Passion and as the Roasted Swan in Carmina Burana for major U.S. and Canadian symphonies and at the Domfestspiele in Bad Gandersheim, Germany. Career highlights include The Postcard from Morocco for the Guelph Spring Festival produced and conducted by Nicholas Goldschmidt, and the Stratford Festival's Mikado in which he played Nanki-Poo. Currently, Mr. Ingram is Director of the Concerts Division of Dean Artists Management. Our winners! Tickets: Debra Chandler and a guest will attend the Oct 28 Toronto Operetta Theatre seasonopening performance of Patience S. Gisele Kulak " ... I just can't see how that cute little boy can't be Hengry Ingram" and a guest will attend the Opera in Concert season opening night - La Rondine, October 1. Recordings: Allison Lynn will receive a DVD recording of The Mikado (Stratford Festival), featuring Henry Ingram as Nanki-Poo. Congrats to all our readers who guessed right. May's Child is ... ? Photo taken at "my first piano recital" in 1965 "The winner takes it all ... " This internationally recognized Canadian music theatre performer is the recipient of numerous awards including three Daras. Identify her for a chance to win tickets or a recording. Think you know who May's Child is? Send your guess to (Winners will be selected by random draw among correct entries received by May 15th, 2006.) Know someone whose photograph should appear on this page? 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