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Volume 5 Issue 9 - June 2000

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JIM GALLOWAY Almost 40

JIM GALLOWAY Almost 40 years ago, John Lewis - who formed the 'Modern Jazz Quartet- almost 50 years ago ~ said the following. "With the many kinds of creative thinking that are to be heard around us now - due to the shrinking of the world, the accelerated rate of communications - there will probably develop in due course a more international type of.music that will use contributions from music of many countries." He was right - and the jazz festival season, from sea to shining sea, from Halifax to Victoria, from New Orfeans to New Age, from backbeat to worldbeat, proves his point. · At this year's qu Maurier Downtown Jazz in Toronto, for example, there will be musicians from at least 15 different countries. "Jazz" has a larger world wide audience than ever before -and has gained acceptance and "respectability," being Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass: Canadian headliners at this year's Downtown Jazz Festival regarded by many as an "art music business where · some form." Mind you, there are artists get picked up by a major those who feel that the cloak of label which earmarks him or her respectability which now for packaging and "stardom". envelopes jazz has not been As in the pop world, there are without its price. I can think of . many, many young hopefuls and few other professions where so . ~ery few winners. And if you .much hard work and dedication are a ~inner, beware, for ft may and time are invested, with be for' only a short space of absolutely no guarantee of any time. Ask yourself what has substantial return, but the music happened to the career of industry has helped to create a Marcus Roberts? system not unlike the concert And your average jazz iJ!ayer hall/stadium jungle of the pop who desn't ~ake it .big'.? They still play, for the most part, in night clubs, which, with some notable ·exceptions, are a far cry from even a modestly appointed concert .hall_L noisy and hot; seldom such a thing as a dressing room; little or no privacy on a break. Which leads me back to a topic I touched upon a few months ago - the relative merits of concert hall and club jazz. (I said then that the best jazz has probably been played in the less formal environment of the club.) What comes to mind now is an experience I had last July in New York, arriving with a couple of days to kill ahead of my gig. On the Saturday night I went to the ·Lincoln Centre - outside, in the square where the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra was playing for dancing. Thousands of pepple of all ages moving to the musjc of Duke . "Carol Weisman is that rare breed ofiazz singer/pianist who has it all-and in spades. This is one talented lady who ha.~ international stardom written all over he1:" liJe Record / I

Ellington superbly played. The atmosphere was completely informal, and totally electric. I suspect the musicians were having inore fun than if they had been playing a formal concert, and the crowd certainly was! (More fun than I had at my · subsequent concert hall gig.) Dancing to jazz used to be quite the accepted thing. All the big bands played dance halls - Ellington, Basie, Lunceford, Dorsey, Shaw, Herman - they all played the Palais Royale right here in Toronto. Please, don't misunderstand me, this is not a plea for a return to the "good old days". I wouldn't wish being on the road in those circumstances on anyone. So, Concert Hall or club? With du Maurier Downtown Jazz, we strike a compromise. The main ticketed shows are in a huge tent. It is not as elegant or comfortable as a modern concert hall, but it does have a certain , informality abOut it which makes it a relatively casual and easy performing and listening space. Two pre festival dates to mark in your diary: June 22 - 7: St. Paul'sAnglican Church. A concert of selections from the Duke Ellington Sacred· Concerts given in the same Church where he and his orchestra performed in 197 L Jim Galloway and his Wee Big Band will add Doug Riley on Hammond B3, soloist Jackie Richardson, the choir of St. Paul's under the direction of Eric Robertson and Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale. The world premiere of "Dance To The Music Of Time", a series of tone poems commissioned by Music Canada 2000 will be presented by the band in the first half of the concert. Friday June 02, 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall when pianist/ singer Shirley Horn presents "I Remember Miles". Ingrid Jensen, trumpet is the opening performer. RoyThomson Hall 60 Simcoe St. 872-4255..50 to 59.50. Case in point, that. The absolute best place to hear Shirley Horn would be in her living room. In fact, she recorded a recent CD in just that location. 'Nuff said? Enjoy the music. CJRT Classical & Jazz Radio Toronto! 24-hour member-supported radio! Program Highlights JAZZ "The ]au Scene" with ·Ted 0 'Reilly Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. "Portraits in ]au " with Doug Watsocn Sat. 6 a.m.-Noon "]au with Bob 1'arlocha" I Mon.-Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. I "Night Beat" J with Mary Lou Creechan , I Sat. & Sun. 10 p.m -1 a.m. -1 "Big Bands" Sun. 7-10 p.m.i "Swing" Sat. 5-7 p.m. 1 with Glen Woodcock - I PLUS... I Folk, Blues & World Music j CJRT C~sa~~~~~.ic with Peter Keigh 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. with Adriane Markow 1-6 a.m. daily with Peter Van de Graaf plus ... Sundays ... !liar111 ~usit Records in Review Opera A Prairie Home Companion m: BBC news M-F 8 & 10 a.m. Telephone: 416-595-0404 1-888-595-0404 Website: www.cjrt.fm CJRT i I August 18@ 19@·20 Festiva The Thir rd nnual ·Markham Jazz Festiv°200~ is proud to announce the world premiere of an original jazz suite - commissioned by The Markham_ Jazz Festival and composed by Rob Mc

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