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Volume 16 Issue 5 - February 2011

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Club ModeJIM GALLOWAYPHOTO JACK MACQUARRIEAndrew Chung fronts Silverthorn.addition to their concerts, the SSW will feature free public masterclasses for both adult and high school aged clarinetists. Throughoutthe season Stoll will assist in six SSW rehearsals where he willcoach the woodwinds and offer advice to the ensemble as a whole.IN RECENT YEARS I have developed an interest in how musiciansthat I meet settled on their chosen instruments. When I meet achoose the tuba (or whatever instrument they play) or did the tubaare common. However, among tuba players, a more common answerI have had the pleasure of following the development of threeSome years ago, as a grade ten student, Courtney Lambert arrivedat the Newmarket band with the determination to be a professionaltubist. Now, some years later, with a masters degree in music, she isbusy performing professionally and teaching. At the other end of thetime spectrum, Caitlin Jodoin was determined to play tuba in gradeeight. Now in grade eleven and headed for France for a stint as anexchange student, she’s not taking her tuba with her. She’s rentingFaculty of Music at the University of Toronto and has won theU of T Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He will beperforming the Gregson Tuba Concerto with the U of T WindSymphony on February 11 at 7:30pm in the MacMillan Theatre. Icertainly intend to be in the audience.I think it is no accident that all three of these young musicianshoned their skills under the tutelage of Anita McAllister and theHannaford Youth Band organization.Definition DepartmentThis month’s lesser known musical term is: Fiddler Crabs: Grumpystring players. We invite submissions from readers. Let’s hear yourdaffynitions.Acouple of issues ago I wrote about the less than thriving clubof you who did not read the article in question it bemoanedbeen an easy career choice. It’s tougher now. The article eliciteda larger than usual response, favourable, with one exception andmostly from musicians who could empathise with the challengesfaced by the musical community.This is not to suggest that there is no scene at all in town. A fairnumber of venues do present jazz on a regular basis, albeit sometimesonly once a week – a partial list includes Quotes, featuring theCanadian Jazz Quartet on a Friday evening at 5pm, (I’m happy tosay that I’ll be playing there on February 11), The Old Mill with itsthree nights a week policy in the Home Smith Bar, Grossman’s NewOrleans inspired sessions on a Saturday afternoon, The Reservoirwith its nightly entertainment and, of course, The Rex which rollson its merry way.They deserve your support.Looking at all of the above you might say not a bad little crop.But it’s still a far cry from the days when you had a choice of threeor four clubs six nights a week. Today it is the concert events whichjazz. The Wayne Shorter Quartet with pianist Danilo Perez, bassistJohn Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade will be at Massey Hall onSaturday Feb.12; JAZZ.FM91’s Sound of Jazz Concert Series at TheOld Mill on February 14 will present a Valentine’s Day special withThe Steve Koven Trio, special guests Christopher Plock on reedsand vocals, and singer Lori Cullen; and as part of the same series,on the Toronto jazz scene, will team up with Robi Botos to play atribute to Bill Evans.A relative newcomer on the scene is the Jazz Performance andEducation Centre, created to support and nurture the jazz scene herein Toronto and, whenever possible, across Canada. Created in 2007,it is dedicated to the preservation and continued development ofjazz in Canada. A committee of jazz lovers, musicians and businesspeople was assembled to make plans which would enrich Toronto’sjazz scene and complement existing successful local establishmentsThe driving forces behind the venture are longtime jazzsupporters Ray and Rochelle Koskie and the ultimate goal is tocreate a full time multi purpose facility which would featureAnd this just in: It has become common practice for communitybands to program a concert around a particular theme. Now, TheCity of Brampton Concert Band goes one better. Their concludingconcert for this season is titled “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: ATribute to the Music of the West.” The program will highlight familiarmusic from the movies such as and“Hang ‘em High,”natural beauty of the region including “The Yellowstone Suite,” andother music inspired by native lullabies, dances and culture. Theinnovative twist is a throughline narrative, with local actor ScottLale telling tales of the many personalities that gave the wild westits iconic imagery, and with local dancers as well as performers onsuch instruments as banjo, guitar and harmonica woven in. It allhappens at 8pm on Saturday February 26, 2011 at the Rose Theatrein Brampton.Please write to us: bandstand@thewholenote.com.24 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 - March 7, 2011

performances by top local,national and internationaljazz talent plus educationalprogramming through whichfans of all ages can learn aboutthe music.The centre would incorporaterecording facilities; and a Hall ofFame which would preserve ourjazz heritage and tradition. Inother words a Canadian versionof the Jazz at Lincoln CentreTheir 2010-2011 concertseason began with an eveningwith Fred Hersch and NormaWinstone and will continue onFriday February 11 with LeeKonitz and the Brian DickinsonTrio. A word about Mr. Konitz.Lee Konitz.hundred albums as leader. Konitz has become more experimental ashis playing evolves and has released a number of avant-garde jazzalbums, working with many of today’s younger players. Composer/teacher/pianist Brian Dickinson and his trio (Jim Vivian on bassand Barry Romberg on drums) will be accompanying Konitz and itpromises to be a very special occasion.Looking ahead, on Friday, March 18, JPEC will be presentingquartet, one of the best of the groups taking jazz in new directions.TASA, a world music ensemble inspired by the traditions of Indiawill share the stage with Hugh Marsh on Friday April 29 and onSunday June 5, the New York based tenor axophonist/composerIn addition to the above, JPEC is also planning specialworkshops at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and willinductee.Certainly JPEC has lofty ambitions and I wish them well. In 2009 The World Entertainment News Network ran an articlethat he would give up Hollywood in an instant to be an accomplishedpiano player! He was quoted as saying, “If God tapped me on theshoulder and offered me an ultimatum – acting or jazz piano – I’dmake the decision in a New York minute.” St. Philip’s Anglican ChurchA casual, relaxing hour of prayer + great musicwith the city’s finest musiciansSunday, February 13, 4:00 pmValentine’s Jazz Vesperswith theShannon Butcher QuartetSunday, February 27, 4:00 pmHilario Duran Trio St. Philip’s Anglican Church | Etobicoke25 St. Phillips Road (near Royal York + Dixon)416-247-5181 www.stphilips.netAll I can say is this. Don’t give up your day gig, Dustin.Meanwhile, happy live listening.All the club action worth taking in (yes, including a bunch of jazz) isin the Club Listings starting on page 45.Jim Galloway is a saxophonist, band leader and former artisticdirector of Toronto Downtown Jazz. He can be contacted atjazznotes@thewholenote.comABA Music and Arts 52Academy Concert Series 31Aldeburgh Connection 33, 41Alexander Kats 53Amadeus Choir 31Amici 32Amoroso 61Aradia 28Associates of the TSO 32ATMA 5Aurora Cultural Centre 19Beatriz Boizan 7Bloor Cinema 58Bryson Winchester 51Burlington Welsh Male Choir 39Canadian Flute Association 49Canadian Opera Company 16Canadian Sinfonietta 31, 41Cathedral Bluffs SymphonyOrchestra 27Cellar Singers 53Chamber Music Society ofMississauga 34Choirs Ontario 48Christ Church Deer ParkJazz Vespers 24Church of St. Simonthe Apostle 40City of Toronto HistoricMuseums 30Civic Light Opera 29, 53Classical 96.3 FM 69Cosmo Music 16Daniel Wnukowski 27Denise Williams 51Espace Musique 90,3 FM 70Essential Opera 38Friday’s @ Eight 37Gallery 345 26George Heinl 21Grand Philharmonic Choir 4grigorian.com 60Hamilton Philharmonic 43Hear Toronto 64Heliconian Hall 54Hymn Society, Southern OntarioChapter 35Jazz Performance and EducationCentre 30John Laing Singers 43Josh Grunmann 53Jubilate Singers 41Kai Gleusteen 39Kindred Spirits Orchestra 17, 34Liz Parker 53LIZPR 57Lockwood ARS 51Long & McQuade 23Mississauga Choral Society 42Mississauga Festival Choir 42Mooredale Concerts 35Music at Port Milford 49Music Gallery 17INDEX OF ADVERTISERSMusic Toronto 9, 33, 36, 40Musicians in Ordinary 28Nathaniel Dett Chorale 7, 12New Music Concerts 27, 42No Strings Theatre 49Norm Pulker 51Off Centre Music Salon 28Ontario Youth Choir 50Opera York 39Orchestra Toronto 38Orpheus Choir 36Pandora’s Box 35Pasquale Bros. 55Pattie Kelly 51Peter Mahon 21Philharmonic Music LTD 52Richmond Hill Centre for thePerforming Arts 15Roy Thomson Hall 2Royal Conservatory 11Samantha Chang Productions13, 53Sine Nomine 36Sinfonia Toronto 20Sony Centre 4St. Clements Anglican Church 28St. Olaves 29St. Philip’s Anglican ChurchJazz Vespers 25Stardust Gifts 55Steve’s Music Store 22Studio 92 51Sue Crowe Connolly 51Summer Opera Lyric Theatre 14Sunrise Records 63Syrinx Sunday Salons 29, 42Tafelmusik 3, 50Tallis Choir 37The Sound Post 22Timothy Eaton MemorialChurch 7Toronto Choral Society 41Toronto Classical Singers 38Toronto Consort 34Toronto Masque Theatre 37Toronto Mass Choir 12Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 40Toronto Opera Repertoire 33Toronto Operetta Theatre 14Toronto Sinfonietta 38Toronto Symphony Orchestra4, 71, 72Tryptych Concert and Opera20, 31U of T Faculty of Music 18Union Events 35Via Salzburg 15Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir 21Wilfrid Laurier University Press 59Windermere String Quartet 38Wish Opera 42Women’s Musical Club 30Yamaha Music School 51February 1 - March 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 25

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