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Volume 5 Issue 3 - November 1999

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  • Toronto
  • November
  • Theatre
  • Choir
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  • Orchestra
  • Jazz
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~II( I CJRT I~ ~r; Classical & Jazz Radio Toronto! 24-hour member-supported radio! Program Highlights II II BBC NEWS Daily Cfassica{Music Mon.-Fri. 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun. 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. including: 1!farlu ~usit Records in Review Opera "Canadian Currents" with David Olds Sun. 6-7p.m. l:i II CJRT I ~ ~'J I I JAZZ "The Jazz Scene" with Ted O'Reilly Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. Sat. 6 a.m.-Noon, 7-10 p.m. "Jazz with Bob Par/ocha" Mon.-Fri. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. "Night Beat" with Mary Lou Creechan Sat. 10 p.m -1 a.m. PLUS ... Big Bands, Swing, Folk, Blues & World Music Telephone: 416-595-0404 1-888-595-0404 Website: www.cjrt.fm ~IAJCJRTI ~ 'JI Uazz Notes by Jim GaUowar wiU return. Meanwhile, here are some of this months concert jazz highlights, compiled by WholeNote's editorial staff. CJRT Sound of Toronto Jazz Series continues, usually every second Monday with Ted O'Reilly as host. Peter Smith Quartet is on Monday Nov 1; followed by the Nancy Walker Trio Monday Nov 15, and the Peter Sagerman Quartet on Nov 29. All concerts at 8:00 at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd. 595-0404. . Univenity of Toronto Faculty of Music hits stride with no fewer than five Small Jazz Ensemble concerts and an evening of Jazz Orchestras to round out the month. All concerts are at 8:00pm at Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park Cresc. Small Jazz Ensembles are on Wednesday Nov 3; Tuesday Nov 9; Wednesday Nov 10; Tuesday Nov 16 and Wednesday Nov 17. And the Jazz Orchestros concert, featuring U ofT's big bands, with Phil Nimmons & Paul Read, directors is Wednesday Nov 24. Phone 978-3744. Admission to all6 concerts is free. York University Dept. of Music picks up at the end of the month, where its downtown rival leaves off Tuesday Nov 30 at 8:00 it's Jazz Choir and Orche'stro, Bob Hamper & David Mott, directors. Wednesday Dec 1, again at 8:00, it's the staff that shine in a Jazz Faculty Concert featuring Don Thompson, bass; Barry Elmes, drums; Lome Lofsky, guitar; Mike Murley, saxophone; Mike Malone, trumpet; and Mark Eisenman, piano. The following night, Thursday Dec 2, features Jazz Combos-- student ensembles directed by Phil Dwyer, Mark Eisenman, Barry Elmes, Frank Falco, Bobby Fenton & others. All concerts are in the Junior Common Room, McLaughlin College, 4700 Keele St. 736- 5186. Free. Ford Centre for the Performing Arts maintains a torrid allstar pace. November 19 at 8:00: Kevin Mahogany, jazz singer ( to ); November 20 it's the Hilton Ruiz Latin Jazz Stars, featuring Dave Valentin & Sonny Fortune ( to ); then November 26 the Ellis Marsalis Quartet ( to ), following the very next night, Nov 27, by the jazz guitar of Arturo Sandoval ( to ). And rounding it out, (or adding a wrinkle) on December 4 it's the Klezmer Conservatory Band to . All concerts are in the George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 870-8000. There are pockets of pure jazz all across our concert map this month: November 12 8:00 at Royal I lEI andStand: BY MERUN WIWAMS I hope everyone has recovered from last month's deluge of information! (a comprehensive survey of community bands in the GTA, including the instruments each has vacancies for--ed). I've been getting some positive feedback from the article - several bands have reported that they've gotten calls from prospective new members. On to this month's happenings! The Toronto Wind Orchestra kicks off its season of three concerts on November 5 at the Church of The Redeemer (Avenue Rd. & Bloor St.) The program consists of Aaron Copland's "Ceremonial Fanfare", Richard Strauss' "Suite op. 4", Peter Mennin's "Canzona", Arnold Schoenberg's "Theme & Variations Op. 43a" and Phil Nimmons' "Riverscape". Dr. James Mark from Mount Allison University is the guest conductor for this concert. Dr. Mark teaches Clarinet, Saxophone, and conducts the University Symphonic Band. He has been the conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra since York Road United Church, Jazz at Royal York offers the Mike Murley Trio (Mike Murley, saxophone; Ed Bickert, guitar; Steve Wallace, bass) with proceeds to Royal York's local fund & Women's Habitat. 851 Royal York Road. 231-1207.. November 14 4:30: Christ Church Deer Park presents Jazz Vespers with Phil Dwyer. 1570 Yonge St. 920-5211. Passthe-Hat offering. November 21 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall hosts Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette in a program of improvisations & jazz standards. 60 Simcoe. 872-4255. .50 to .50. November 23 8:00: High on Jazz! Is another benefit concert, this time in support of Peel Partners for a Drug-Free Commu- 1994, and is the Principal Clarinetist in the Prince Edward Island Symphony. I highly recommend hearing this group, as the material on their program is rarely performed. The Christmas season will be in full swing shortly. The Brampton Concert Band wins the award for earliest concert of the holiday season this year; their Christmas concert is on Saturday, Nov. 27. (For those of you keeping track, that's one day before the first Sunday in Advent!) The venue for the concert is Christ Anglican Church in Brampton. The church's choir will perform with the band and lead an audience carol sing. One of the challenges we have in the band world is that of fmding good recordings. The orchestral musician can fmd recordings of world famous orchestras with relative ease. I really think it's essential that we hear the best possible renditions of the repertoire we wish to master so that we can have a good aural concept before we pick up our instruments. Fortunately, band musicians in the Toronto area have several resources available.

nity. "The three tenors" (Jeff King, Tom Skublics & Eugene Amaro, tenor sax); Peter Appleyard, Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble & other performers all appear. Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living" Arts Drive Mississauga. 905-306- 6000. . December 1 at 8:00, Humber Jazz Series continues to deliver the goods, this time with Trish Colter's Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Alastair Kay's Big Band. Humber College Lakeshore Auditorium, 3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West. 675- 6622 ext.3427. ,. And further afield, December 4 at 8:00, at the Millpond Centre in Alliston. Christmas Jazz is ari offering of Christmas tunes & jazz standards. 106 Victoria Street West, Alliston. 705-435- 3092. . And then there are those concerts which are not exclusively jazz, but have, one way or another, a significant jazz stripe! November 2 at 8:00, CBC OnStage presents Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra (Eric Friesen, host) at the 'Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West. 205-5555. . Nov 6 at 7:30, Music at st. John's presents the Toronto Symphony Bass Quartet in a program promising 'jazz, bluegrass, classical & cowboy ballads". Timothy Dawson · directs. 288 Humberside Ave. · 763-2393. ,,,with family rates available. Out of town, On November 10, at 2:00 & 8:00, Sandenon Centre in Brantford has Swing-Time to Remember, a wartime musical. 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, 1- 800-265-0710. Matinee to ~24.50; evening to .50. November 14 at 2:00, Harbourfront Centre's Sunday Concert, features Bill Bourne, singer-songwriter. Look for African, blues, swing, gospel, Cajuh, Celtic, flamenco & aboriginal influences in his work. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. 973-3000. Free. And same day, Nov 14, also at Harbourfront Centre, this time at 7:00pm Jazz on Steel '99 is steel drums used in a jazz setting, featuring Darren Sheppard & Carlton Zanda on steel drums; Kalabash. Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. . December 2 and December 3, the Markham Theatre hosts the Nathaniel Dett Chorale with Joe Sealy. "Afro-centric music ranging from classical to sprr- . itual, gospel, jazz, folk & blues." 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, 905-305-7469. . And still with choral, December 3 at 8:00 Roy Thomson Hall presents The Boys Choir of Harlem in a program of Classical music, popular song, spirituals, gospel & jazz. 60 Simcoe. 872- 4255. .50 to .50 (~ial family packs). And ronnding it all out (literally, and harmonically)December 3 at 8:00 the Music Gallery hosts Hampton Avenue: A Celebration of Harmony, an a cappella concert oflively seasonal & other sort'gs, a display of dazzling harmonics that will make the jazz fan feel right at home. The Music Gallery is at 179 Richmond St. West. 204-1080. ,. One of the easiest ways to listen to some good band recordings is to· tune in to David Craig's Snnday "Concert In The Park" show on Classical 96.3 FM. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and features an hour's worth of music by concert, military and brass bands. If you'd rather purchase 8ome recordings for your own collectioll, you'd do well to check out the selection of band/wind ensemble recordings at either Sam's or HMV Keei> in mind that only the downtown Toronto branches on Yonge St. have much in the way of band music in stock. If you don't want the hassle of travelling downtown, try one of the many CD retailers on the net. I've also had good luck fmding band recordings at several of the used CD dealers in Toronto. The Tokyo Kosei Wmd Orchestra has recorded extensively, and their CD's are highly recommended, though a bit on the expensive side. The only store that I'm aware of that carries these is St. Jolm's Music; some other sheet music dealers may ' have them as well. There's one CD out that deserves particular praise. The r~rding of "The Planets" by the Toronto Youth Wmd Orchestra is a must for any collect.ion of band nmsic. The transcription was done especially for the TYWO by conduCtor Colin Clarke. Several . band music dealers in town are carrying this djsc. If your concert band/brass band/ wind ensemble has a recording out, or isplanning a special holiday program, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at ( 416) 489-0275 (h), or on the. web at www.netcom.ca/-merlinw or by e-mail: merlinw@netcom.ca. Merlin WiUiams is a woodwind CHORUS members wanted! tenturies (t;)pera is looking for chorus members. Admission to chorus by audition. We supply music and accompaniment. Chorus members par· ticipate in all concerts and operatic perform· ances on stage. For audition and information call (416) 787-3708 Sell your CDs in our online store! Contact 416 603·3786 or info@thewholenote.com performer and teacher based in broadcasts, recordings, commer- Toronto. He is co-leader of the ' Cials and film soundtracks. jazz' repertory group, "Rockin' In Merlin has also transcribed and Rhythm" and leader of his own arranged music for a wide saxophone quartet. His playing variety of ensembles, from has been featured on radio quartet to orchestra. . ;~~~~~:$] Gelll.'r1ll Director presents Enchantments, disguises and mistaken identities are found on the island of th! beautiful sorceress . · .tctrial! by George Frideric Handel "II Handel brings this mythical tale brilliantly to life with so.me of the most ravishing music in the entire baroque opera repertory II ~aturbap. Jlobember 27 at 8 pm . 'ith Elizabeth Turnbull, Eric Shaw, Thomas Goerz Gary Thor Wedow, Music Director OPERA IN CONCERT CHORUS, Robert 'C o;>oper, Chonis Director featuriug A Full Handelian Orchestra Spo"""'l hy PETER E. SANDOR JACKMAN FOUNDATION JANE MALLETT .~~366-7723 tflP=~~

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