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Volume 18 Issue 6 - March 2013

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WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDRENMarch’s Child Dave Youngmj buellWho is April’sChild?Almost 5, in thisphoto — a momentfilled withhappiness —(clue inour Orange Pages)!5 little fingers!The art of touchinga piano callsout to you!“5”— an all-Southam CD,launches April 19at the Glenn GouldStudio5 composersrepresented inthe concert:Finnissy, Vivier,Susam, Hellawelland Southam.Know our MysteryChild’s name? Sendyour best guess tomusicschildren@thewholenote.comby March 21. Winconcert ticketsand recordings!Cadboro Bay beach,Victoria, BC,springtime 1968.Bassist, arranger andteacher Dave Youngwas born and raised inWinnipeg. He attended KelvinHigh School and then theUniversity of Manitoba. Younghas been a member of theEdmonton Symphony, theWinnipeg Symphony and theHamilton Philharmonic. He’scollaborated over the yearswith an astounding “Who’sWho” including the late OscarPeterson (with whom Davehad a 35-year musical relationship),Lenny Breau, ClarkTerry, Harry “Sweets” Edison,Zoot Simms, Joe Williams,Oliver Jones, Kenny Burrell,Cedar Walton, Hank Jones,Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyard,Gary Burton, BarneyKessell, Ed Bickert, RaneeLee, Marcus Belgrave, DonThompson, Kenny Burrell andJames Moody.Comfortable playing prettymuch any kind of music, hewears his multiple awardsand many fine recordings, his acute musical sensibilitiesand his life-long commitment to live music andjazz education like a comfy old jacket with lots of pockets.Dave Young is just all about the music — whateverthe music is.Today he lives in Wanless Park, Toronto, with partnerBarbara Lewis, two cats Sharp and Flat and a golden lab,Bailey. They spend much of their downtime repairingand maintaining a farm in Northumberland Countynorth of Cobourg — 36 acres of pasture and cedar trees.“I did residential renovation work for ten years inToronto so still have the power tools to fix any problemat the farm. Music occupies a lot of my time: practising,arranging with [software program] Sibelius,teaching (U of T Jazz) and travelling to play ...”About that childhood photo ...?I remember when I sang in the Winnipeg Boys Choir.I was also playing the piano a bit and was just startingto play the violin. I rememberMrs. Christie who was thechoir director — very animatedand patient with a bunch ofyoung boys, approximatelyten years old. Singing was funand sociable.Suppose a friendly fellow travellerasks about your work?I would just say that I'm amusician, and play a widerange of music, which I havedone over the years. Variety isthe secret of musical developmentfor me. Blues, folk, rockand roll, Broadway shows,jazz, avant-garde improv, classicalorchestral music andpolka bands all helped medevelop a special way ofexpressing myself. Music isan international language. Itallows you to communicatewhen verbal language doesn’t.Your earliest musical memories?I remember sitting under thepiano and listening to mymother play classical pieces.I was quite young — maybe2 or 3. I played and sang at home with my motherand father. My mother, Dorothy Young, was a classicalpianist and teacher. She was quite artistic — anaccomplished painter and an avid reader. My father,William Young, was a chartered accountant and a greatsinger — by ear. As a kid in Winnipeg he performedvaudville-singing and dancing. My sister Sydney isalso a very fine classical pianist. She graduated fromJuilliard in NYC in the 60s.I heard music live in our home and at concerts withmy parents, and certainly on radio and TV which wereimportant outlets in the 50s. Music at school wasalways interesting — concerts and music period.For a full-length version of this interview, Dave Young-Terry Promane Octet new CDOctet: Volume One is reviewed by Jim Galloway inthis month’s DISCoveries section.ED NIXONCONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!The Royal Conservatory’s TD Jazz Series “Devoted to Dizzy,” presents the Dave Young–Terry Promane Octet,the Heavyweights Brass Band, trumpeter Claudio Roditi and percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo – former membersof Dizzy Gillespie’s own United Nations Orchestra — sharing the stage (and likely raising the roof!) at KoernerHall (Apr 13). Baird Knechtel wins a pair of tickets. Chalkers Pub presents the Robert Horvath/Dave YoungClassical Piano Quintet (Mar 31). Suzanne de Grandpré and her guest will be treated to some delicious food andan afternoon of delightful chamber music: Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, Hummel’s Piano Quintet and a transcriptionof Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. Just announced! The Dave Young–Terry Promane Octet’sVolume One has a juno nomination for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year (produced byRoberto Occhipinti). Dave Young, Terry Promane, Kevin Turcotte, Vern Dorge, Mike Murley, PerryWhite, Gary Williamson and Terry Clarke. Copies go to Scott Whittington and Jill Rothberg.Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges Dorothy and William, Barbara, Lesley, Francine, Shushan and Joseph.58 March 1 – April 7, 2013

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