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Volume 5 Issue 6 - March 2000

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~8 JAZZ NOTES, continued

~8 JAZZ NOTES, continued Mott, directors. March 29 8pm: Jazz Faculty Concert. Glen Halls & Frank Falco, piano; A1 Henderson, bass; Barry Elmes, drums; Phil Dwyer, saxophone; Teny Promane, trombone. March 30, 5pm: Jazz Combos. Student ensembles directed by Phil Dwyer, Mark Eisenman, Barry Elmes, Frank Falco, Bobby Fenton & others. The bash is taking place in the Junior Conunon Room, McLaughlin College, 4700 Keele St. 736- 5186. Free. Last, but not least of the listings this month, on March 29 at 8pm, University of Toronto Faculty of Music will present student Jazz Orchestras and feature special guest Rob McConnell. Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park Cresc. 978- 3744. ,. Back in June of last year I raised the question of jazz venues and the "respectability" jazz aspired to when it was presented in, let's say Carnegie Hall, as opposed to Eddie Condon's or The Village Vanguard. For example, is a jazz performance at the Montreal Bistro by Junior Mance any less valid than a concert hall perfonnance by Cyrus Chestnut? TI1e earlier social prejudices against jazz and jazz musicians have all but disappeared. Most of my fellow jazz musicians are, as the time-honoured phrase goes, "decent, law-abiding citizens", and all of them sound at least as good in a conducive club setting as they do in a concert hall. I have seen the Basie band play in concert and I've seen them play for a dance. I think they had more fun at the dance. If you have any thoughts on the matter, please send them to me at WholeNote. In the meantime remember that music is best enjoyed live, be it in a concert hall or in a club. About a year ago, I presented Travel! in' Light, a series of six radio progranunes on CBC Radio 2. Well, things are so bad at CBC these days that they have decided to give me another series. Each week I take a trip into my personal time warp and share some music, some anecdotes, some memories and insight into the jazz life. It airs on Fridays, begim1ing March 3 at I Opm. Give it a listen, because if I b1unp into you on the street, I'll ask questions! The second all-Chopin CD by Canadian pianist Alan Hobbins. "Poetic elegance and grand scale pianism ... an artist of extraordinary depth and sensitivity." This magnificenr collection of Chopin's music features, Polonaise Op. 53; Ballades Op. 23, 47, 52; Fantaisie Op. 49; 5 Mazurkas. A must-have for Chopin aficionlit/qs. e "Alan Hobbins· Chopin the Romantic, "'is available at . 0 Maestro Music • Markham, ON. ~ . Tel/Fox 905 .475·2340 · I've just spent most of the past month at home with three broken ribs, so I've had Jots of time to surf the net finding interesting band links for the readers of this colunu1. Here are a couple of my favourites: Community Music Mailing List (;rboerger/ COIIUUUnity.html). This page allows you to subscribe to a mailing list that discusses items of interest to people in the band world. TI1e site also has lulks to band associations all over the world, music companies and instnunent specilic web pages. The World Of Wind Ensembles & Symphonic Bands (http:// windslindex.html) features the Band Chat mailing list, an archive of concert programs, and a compilation of wind ensemble and band repertoire categorized by style and difficulty level. If you'd like to see some sites pertaining to particular instruments, try The International Saxophone Home Page (http://, TI1e Clarinet Pages (http://, TI1e International Double Reed Society (, TI1e Woodwind Fingering Guide (http://www., The Tmmpet Resource Center ( Wqe !lmttsic O!qnmber 217 Danforth Ave. (416) 406-1641 New and Used Classical and Jazz CDs /!J"" ,.-:, st-"" ,.-:, by Merlin Williams jirnmyjagt/trurnpet.html), and The Trombone Home Page (http:/ /web.missouri.edul;cceric/ index.html). The Markham Concert Band is presenting A Night at the Opera featuring music by Verdi, Wagner & Bizet. Dr. Diana Brault and the band are joined by the Raymer Wood Public School Choir and their director, Shirley Madden. (See March 5 listings for details) TI1e Hannaford Street Silver Band has two very interesting and very different programs this month. The first is a performance with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra on March 10. TI1e combined group will perfonn music for orchestra and brass band, including the 1812 Overture. TI1e second concert is on March 12, and it features the HSSB playing music by Japanese composers. The band has two guests for this concert - euphonium soloist Shoichiro Hokazono, and conductor James Curnow. Curnow's name will be familiar to many band aficionados. He's a prolific composer and arranger for concert, symphonic and brass bands, as well as being the owner of the music publishing company that bears his name. (See March 10 & 12listings for details of these concerts.) Vocalist Kathy TI10mpson joins the Etobicoke Community Concert Band in a musical tribute to Bette Midler on March 24 & 25. Kathy is not only a wonderful singer, but really looks the part - she's played Bette Midler in tribute shows all over High Fidelity OJ · 1;,/~g.aul mtuie for c:liscerning guests at wedc:lings and special events. ~ 18 languages. ~ dlltdi().p./'liiR ilJ#Uilf lf_ttafily. 1/ft'lllll-l ("jurluu 416 757-2161 ,.

\he world. The concert is e11titled Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, so you C8l1 expect to hear that and m8lly more hit songs associated with, or made frunous by, )3ette Midler. Conductor John Edward Liddle leads the baild in tltese two concerts at tlte Etobicoke Collegiate Auditoriwn. (See March 24 listings for details.) Tite University of Toronto Wind Symphony & Concert Band present a concert on March 25 at tlte MacMi11811 Titeatre featuring music by Bach, Elgar ru1d Milhaud. TI1e Toccata & Fugue in D minor is one of tlte best known works for organ. The baild version is a superb transcription of tlte original tl1at retains many of tl1e qualities of tlte organ's palette of tonal colour. The Milhaud work, Suite Frrutcaise, is one of tlte best pieces specifically composed for baild. It's hard to believe when you hear it tltat Mill1aud intended it to be performed by a high school band. (See March 25 listings for details.) Merlin Williams is a woodwind peifom1er, teacher and music copyist based in Toronto. He is co-leader of the jazz repertory group, "Rockin" In Rhythm" and leaderofhis own saxophone quartet. Merlin has also transcribed and arranged music or a wide variety of ensembles, rom quartet to orchestra. He can be reached at (4 1 6) 489- 0275, by e-mail,, or on the web, ;merlinw. ~e ft-cef-et-~ :J,Je ANNOU~tEMENTS submit applications to participate • •March 4 7:00: Toronto in Autumn ArtsFest, the only Sinfonietta. I Could Have major arts festival in West Danced All Night. Grand ball. Toronto. For infonuation & Casa Lorna, I Austin Terrace. application call LYJm Meikle, 233-7468. Festival Coordinator: 621-3378. --March 21 7:00: Scarborough Deadline April28, 2000. Arts Council. Olliciallaunch of --canadian Music Competitlte new commtmity arts website tions. Regional & Provincial at Competitions. AprilS-17, Services & programs of the 9:30am to 9pm daily. lgnatieff S.A.C.; montltly event calendar, Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl. 441- online edition of tlte arts newspa- 4072. Free. per Suiface & Symbol. Atriwn, ••coc rumollllces tlte Satuniay 200 Consiliwn Place. 698-7322. Moming Opera Club, for --March 24 7:00: Music children in Grades 3 to 7. Toronto. An Evening with Sadao Includes tickets to dress rehears- Harada, follllding/fonner cellist als of 3 COC/COC Ensemble of tlte Tokyo Quartet. Music, productions. Orff percussion conversation, dessert & coffee in teclmiques will be used tl1Toughtlte music room of a private out tl1e programme. No previous home. 214-1660. . musical experience is required. • • April 1 7:00: Brampton Programme leader: Gaynor Jones Symphony. Annual Viennese Low. 6 Saturdays: March 25 to Ball. Cocktails, di1mer & music of old Viemta played by the NORTH TORONTO orchestra. Lionhead Golf & Cow1try Club, Brampton. 905- INSTI11JTE OF MUSIC 459-0853. 5, $JOO(table of8). • ~Arts Etobicoke invites artists & arts groups of all genres to Presenting the Most Direct and Natural Method of Learning to Compose Learn to utilize your natural interests in music to express yourself through composition. Develop your own musical vocabulary and discover your creative potential. Lessons in Musical Composition with RCM, McGill University and Conservatory Canada recognized composer Robert Bruce. Call1-416-447-3847 or 1-905-777-9196 E-mail: For Ages 12 and up. • • • • Private instmctiou Instnanent rentals Theory cla~ses Start any time HO Eglinton Atotnllt EOJI 416.4882588 •\ 6E) May 6: 10:30run to noon. Joey and Toby Tanenbawn Opera Centre, 227 Front St. East. 306- 2307. 5 per child. --conference World Tours: a unique 13-day tour of Italy focused on Verdi & led by opera expert lain Scott. Includes La Scala, Camilla at tlte Teatro Regio de Panna and lA Traviata at Teatro Commllllale di Firenze in Florence. Apri128- May 10. Details & reservations: 416-221- 6411. www.conferencetours. com --Elora Festival invites donations of books, records, CDs & paper ephemera for Book Sale, May 6 & 7, 2000. Call tlte Elora Festival Office: 519-846-0331. Peel Music Festival for music, speech & drruna takes place Mar 17 to Apr 28 at locations in Brrunpton, Streetsville & Mississauga. 905-625-5724. LECTURES --March 1 12:30: York U. Dept of Music. Not just a lot of old sonatas. Lecture/demonstration by Dorotlty de Val on progrrun music for tlte piano in late 18tlt century England. McLaughlin Performance Hall, 050 McLaughlin College, 4700 Keele St. 736-5186. Free. --March 2 4:00: U ofT Faculty of Music. Colloquium in Musicology & Theory: The Nature of the Musical Work and Our Emotional Relationship to the Musical Experience. Dean ETCfile continues p.30 MAKE MUSfC WfTA OTAERSf University Settlement Music & Arts School (23 Grange Road - near the AGO) welcomes new members to its ... PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS Headshots · Groups Orchestras CD I Cassette Artwork I Photography 10% discount to WholeNote readers & CJRT listeners on all services. Studio 102 - 457 Richmond St. W. Toronto phone 416-812-6701 fax 416-461-9099 COMMUNJTY CAOJR Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm No AUDITIONS - VARIED REPERTOIRE CHAMBER MUSJC PROGRAM Six-week session beginning first week of April (registration deadline: March 21, 6pm) Various times: evenings & weekends ALL AGES, LEVELS, INSTRUMENTS For information & registration call Annette or Julie at 598 3444

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