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Volume 19 Issue 8 - May 2014

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  • Choir
  • Toronto
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Includes the 2014 Canary Pages directory of choirs.

Olivier Clementsa deep

Olivier Clementsa deep love of songs, andindeed she knows moretunes than almost anyoneon our jazz scene.When it comes to hereclectic repertoire, beinga media librarian andresearcher for the CBChas proven very handyfor Kennedy.“I think there are afew things about me thatcontribute to my abilityto uncover rare tunes,”she says. “First of all, I notice them. When I watch a movie orlisten to a record my ear picks them out. I remember staying uplate one night watching a movie on Turner Classic Movies starringJane Powell called Small Town Girl. It featured an early guest appearanceof Nat King Cole singing in a nightclub. He sang this hauntingsong called “My Flaming Heart.” I was half asleep but once he startedsinging that song my ears pricked up and I took a mental note. Thenext day I looked up the tune in the CBC sheet music collection and itwas there!”Other songs Kennedy has rescued from obscurity include JimmyVan Heusen’s and Johnny Burke’s “Humpty Dumpty Heart” on herdebut album This is Always and Billy Strayhorn’s “My Little BrownBook” on her most recent, Out of the Shadows, produced by Ted Onoand gorgeously captured by sound engineer Ron Searles. This albumsounds like it was recorded in 1957.The Tranzac: If you’re looking to hear something new, be at theTranzac Club on Thursday May 22 at 10pm. On that evening, visitingfrom Victoria, B.C. will be Olivier Clements and Dissonant Histories.A recent graduate of Humber College’s jazz program, Clements ishighly skilled multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger; his latestproject features two flugelhorns, two trombones, bass clarinet, rhodes,bass and drums, fusing elements of jazz, hip-hop, indie folk and classicalmusic. What’s it all about?“I wanted to find a middle ground between these disparate, chaotic,and clashing musical influences,” says Clements. “The music inDissonant Histories isn’t trying to fuse or blend all these differentinfluences together, but rather to reconcile them.” It takes a bravecreator to draw from these varied musical colours and inspirations,and a truly talented one to make it work. If you miss the Tranzac gig,check out Oliver Clements in a quartet setting at the Emmet Ray onMonday, May 26 at 7pm.Fauth is back! Amazing news to report about Julian Fauth, whois back singing up a storm after a period of illness thatleft him unable to entertain. Skillfully playing barrelhouseblues and singing in a style that borders on whispering,the Juno-winning singer-songwriter will winyou over within the first song you hear. It’s no wonderthat so many venues wish to book him, for Fauth is aforce of nature. He’s easy to find, with four weekly housegigs: Tuesdays from 6 to 9pm at Sauce onthe Danforth, Wednesdays from 9pm tomidnight at Gate 403, and every Saturdayand Sunday at Axis Gallery and Grill from12 to 3pm.Some other great news: new venues areopening up across the city, but this canonly continue if people go out to supportthe music. Check out the Local Gest at 424Parliament Street, formerly the Ben Wicks.Fashioned a bit after Ten Feet Tall’s series from a few years back, eachSunday afternoon features live jazz, sometimes instrumental andsometimes vocal, accompanied by excellent cuisine. From 4:30 to7:30pm, the listings this month are: Sheree Marshall on May 4, yourstruly on Mother’s Day, Laura Hubert on May 18 and the Henry HeilligTrio on May 25.And Remember: Comprehensive club details can always be foundin Section C of this magazine’s listings, starting on page 68.Maureen-KennedyOri Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist, voiceactor and entertainment journalist. He can becontacted at jazz@thewholenote.comBeat by Beat | Jazz Notes“This is the time of year when I usually send my article in fromEurope and this being no exception, I’m writing from Vienna. Ithought that a ‘good news’ story about a jazz club would make arefreshing change after all the gloom and doom surrounding the clubscene in Toronto. The club is called Jazzland and it ... opened its doorsin March of 1972 which makes it one of the longest running clubswith the same ownership and with jazz six nights a week anywherein the world.”Hard to believe that regular Jazz Notes columnist Jim Gallowaypenned those words all the way back in April 2007, because his springpilgrimage to Vienna has continued each year since then. This year,however, brings a not so happy variation on the usual theme. Wordhas just come in from Hotel KÄRNTNERHOF that Jim is “indisposedand unable to meet deadline for this issue.”(Happy returns, Jim.)BO HUANG28 | May 1, 2014 – June 7, 2014

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