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Volume 5 Issue 8 - May 2000

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16 CJRT Classical & Jazz Radio Toronto! 24-hour member-supported radio! Program Highlights JAZZ 11 The Ja;:z Scene" with Ted O'Reilly Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. 11 Portraits in Jazz 11 with Doug Watson Sat. 6 a.m.-Noon "Jazz with Bob Parlocha 11 , Mon.-Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 11 Night Beat" with Mary Lou Creechan Sat. & Sun. 10 p.m -1 a.m . "Big Bands" Sun.7-10 p.m. "Swing" Sat. 5-7 p.m. with Glen Woodcock PLUS ... 6-11 a.m. Mon.-Fri. with Peter Keigh 11 a.m. - Jp.m. Mon.-Fri. with Adriane Markow 1-6 a.m. daily with Peter Van de Graaf plus ... Sundays .. . ~adtl ~usic Records in Review Opera A Prairie Home Companion BBC news M-F 8 & 10 a.m. Telephone: 416-595-0404 1-888-595-()404 Website: IV. Jazz Notes BY JIM GALLOWAY I The (sometimes not so) merry month of May The merry month of May brings a mixed bag of musical offerings. If your musical taste ranges from Bach to Bley, there are a couple of concerts, not for the jazz purist, perhaps, but feati.Jring classical and jazz music. Friday May 5 at 7:30pm: Bach & Blues Dresden in Concert. Sponsored by Goethe­ Institut and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, this is an evening of Chamber music of Bach & selection of jazz pieces. The musicians are Friedrich Sternberg, clarinet; Gatz Bergmann, viola; Ulrich Thiem, cello. It is a benefit concert for the reconstruction of the synagogue in Dresden. St. . -Andrew's Church, 73 Simcoe St. 925-2813. Donations appreciated. The same evening at 8:00pm - Classical, opera, jazz & alternative songs presented by Maria Antonakos, soprano and Friends. Jian Yin Lin & John Alonso, piano; Mark Skazinetsky, violin; Simo!} Fryer, cello; John Thomsbn; percussion; Peter Pavlovsky, bass. Fund Raiser. First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto Music Series Committee. 175 St. Clair Ave. West. 924-9654. ,. Still in a church, but definitely jazz, on Saturday May 6 at 8:00pm, Jazz at RY will have the Lynn MacDonald Quartet, with Lynn on vocals, David Restivo, piano, Pat La Barbera, saxophone and Artie Roth, bass. The concert is to benefit RY's local fund & a community outreach project. Royal York Road United Church, 851 Royal York Road. 231-1207. ,. On May 7 at 8:00pm, the Music Gallery will stage an acoustic jazz presentation featuring improvising percussionist, Geordie McDonald leading his ensemble, comprised of Nancy Walker - piano and arrangements, Kiki Misumi - cello, Allan Molnar - vibes, Kieran Overs - bass, Geordie McDonald - drums. They will perform music of Pharoah Saunders, Paul Bley, Ornette Coleman and Nancy Walker. Geordie McDonald is committed to jazz that reflects the worldly context within which the music exists (i.e.: world music influences). The music is definitely not audio wallpaper and it is better not to try to pigeonhole Geordie McDonald - just enjoy ... Music Gallery, 179 Richmond Street West, 204-1080. Tickets: .00 The same evening, University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Student Recital: Mark Adam, percussion. Friday May 12, 8:00p~ One of the month's highlights will take you to the North end of the city for a concert by the Nicholas Payton Quintet. He is one of the younger emerging trumpet stars who surely knows about the roots of the music. It is appropriate that he is presenting a Tribute to Louis Armstrong. Look out for a feast of Armstrong tributes over the next year. It was originally believed that his birthday was July 4th. 1900, until it was discovered that it was in reality, exactly 13 months later - a good excuse to celebrate for over a year, and this concert isn't a bad way to begin. Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 870-8000. to . Tuesday May 16 at 7:30pm Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. TY-MAC Spring Sounds, presenting bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles & choirs from Sir John A. Macdonald C.I. & J.B. Tyrrell Senior P.S. Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute, 2300 Pharmacy Ave. 396-6793 . ,, (family of 5). And last, but by no means least, on Sunday May 28 at 4:30pm Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Vespers will feature Moe Koffman, flute. A very warm welcome back to Moe, recoverect from a recent illness. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 920-5211. Collection. In the light of events, near nonevents, and the general unease in the arts communities, I have to be somewhat less 'than cheerful about the cultural health of this city, this province, this country. There is a wealth of talent, more than at any other time in the history of Canada - and that means more people hopeful of a career in the arts. In the Toronto area we have four colleges/ universities offering courses in jazz. Each year they produce graduates who are highly skilled musicians with knowledge and technique far in excess of most players of say 30 years ago. They are taught by some of the finest 'professionals in the country (supplementing wnat they earn from engagements, and glad of it); and each year a fresh crop of graduates comes irito the workplace. Did I say workplace? But where is the work? I used to go into schools on a fairly regular basis to explain and demonstrate jazz. I always made it a point to discourage students from seeking a career in music, unless they had a "fire in the belly". A career in music is a hard way to make a living and one thing is certain. There are more musicians than engagements. Unfortunately, the value of the arts in general to society and the need for some sort of cultural fabric are all but overlooked in this country. Music and the visual arts an; regarded as an unnecessary luxury instead of an integral part of life and living. Dozens of arts organisations are out there trying to survive at the same time as budgets are being cut. It will get worse before it gets better. Meanwhile, Canadian culture = Hockey Night In Canada. And they don't even use a real organ player any more! Please support live music!

~·· 17 Bandstand - May 2000 The National Youth Band of Canada under the direction of Dr. Glenn Price will present two evening concerts this month. Each of these concerts is shared with outstanding youth bands from Toronto. Canadian trombonist, Alain Trudel is featured guest artist on both programs. Trudel excels in the classical and jazz fields, as witnessed by his recent recording on the Naxo and Naxos· Jazz labels. The recently formed Hannaford Youth Brass Band under the V. Bandstand BY MERLIN WILLIAMS direction of Larry Shields will appear with The National Youth Band of Canada on Monday, May 15 7:30 PM at Humber College. The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, directed by Colin Clarke, appear with The National Youth Band of Canada on Tuesday, May 16 7:30 PM at Martingrove Collegiate Auditorium, Winterton Drive, Etobicoke. This is an excellent opportunity .. not only to take in some fine performances, but to take an aspiring instrumentalist and show them what is possible with dedication and hard work. While we're on the subject of the study of music, .it is worth mentioning that the middle school instrumental music programs available to students in the Toronto District School Board are on the chopping block. These programs will likely by cancelled after the 2000-2001 school year. Now is definitely the time to get involved and let the board know how much these programs mean to out students. You can get involved by contacting the Coalition For Music Education . in Canada. They can be reached at ~416) 751-9785, or on the web, at http:// , That's all for this month - I' II be at the Musicfest Canada National competitions at York U. next month working on the June Bandstand column. If you see me, feel free to say hello; it's nice to put a human face to your ~udience when you _re a writer. Merlin Williams is a woodwind peiformer, teacher and music copyist based in Toronto. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column, feel free to contact him at (416) 489-0275; by e-mail, merlinw@n,; on tire web, http:// www. net com. cal- merlinw. The internet is a fascinating place: a tremendous, if anarchic, resource for everything from hot stocks to hot babes. Sometimes reviled as the anti-Christ and sometimes glorified as an incipient form of global consciousness, the reality lies somewhere in between. You can buy a car on the internet, . download Alanis Morisette's latest recording, get the EZLNs take on the struggle in Chiapas (http://www. chiapas2000. org/ eestrategias.html), look for long-lost high school sweethearts ( or play Scrabble with someone in Russia (http://www.egroups. com/group/scrabble_ online/). And then there is music - classical, new, pop, blues, jazz, world, electronica - it's analyzed, reviewed, previewed and reproduced in a myriad of formats: MP3, RealAudio, Liquid Audio, MIDI. You can listen to your favourite radio station as you surf the web, bid on mint copies of obscure jazz albums at online auction sites, find out when the Backstreet Boys are next in town, or track down the lyrics for "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas." For working musicians the internet provides both an opportunity and a challenge. VI. WebNotes Websites such as the WholeNote's are visible to music-lovers around the globe. Tours can be announc;ed, contracts can be discussed by e-mail, high ·resolution images can be download directly from websites for use by the print media. On the other hand, high speed internet connections and rapid advances in audio compression formats make it ·possible for music files to be transmitted around the world without anyone receiving royalties, or anyone ever having to pay for that antiquated piece of plastic know as a CD. Performing rights societies world-wide are struggling to come up with standards and means of policing and collecting. The internet, and all the technological accoutrements that make it possible or enhance it - digital recording, digital cameras, scanners, CD burners, etc.- are changing the way we think about music and broadening the scope of the music to which we have access. I hope you' II join me here in WholeNote over the coming months, investigating this new musical frontier. BY COLIN PUFFER Note: The WholeNote Magazine first went on-line in March, 1999. 25 % of all responses to our recent WholeNote Reader's Survey came from the WholeNote web site. Number of internet users in Canada in 1999 - 13,277,000 Site Seeing The WholeNote: http:// You can visit the WholeNote Online. Back issues to March 1999. Canadian Music Centre: http:// cmc/ An extensive site devoted to Canadian music. The COMA Store: http:// www A CD store featuring Canadian roots music. The prototype for the WholeNote on-line store. Colin Puffer is WholeNote 's webmaster WholeNote Online • monthly concert listings • complete text of the print version and back issues • Member Profiles - all the details on Toronto's favourite performers

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