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Volume 7 Issue 4 - December 2001/January 2002

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  • Toronto
  • December
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system. In the 2001102 season the organizations presenting ' CHEAPSEA TS· are offering over 100 contemporary music concerts! COMPOSER COMPANION As well, the CMC will be continuing its Composer c~mpanion program, "to help 'demystify contemporary music and build audiences for new work." It's a relatively informal and light-hearted approach to , outreach and audience developmen~, based on a simple concept. . Audience members are paired at 'concerts with professional composers, who essentially serve as ambassadors for new music. · Participants meet with their composers at the theatre just prlor to the performance and discuss the program to follow. They are then seated together and 'the composer takes the listener ttu:ough the evening step-by-step. It is a great way to hear new .music and gain insight into the music. While those. with little or no musical background are highly encouraged to participate, COMPOSER COMPANIONS is not just for those unfamiliar with new music. The CMC has matched composers with students, JAZZ NOTES by Jim Galloway "A One and a Two!" Another year of memorable ~usic is almost gone _ a good time to pause and reflect on just how fortunate we are in Toronto given the vast array of music tha~ is available from one year's end to the next. ••• EW Music ·:· HEAR & NOW •:• JAZZ NOTES teachers, executives, retirees, ~ists from other disciplines, Journalists, and some amateur and even professional musicians. Dozens of concert patrons have been partnered with a variety of composers during the past four concert seasons. Couples, families and student groups can ea~ily arrange to have a composer gmde for an evening. There is no ' a~ditional charge to be accompamed by a composer, and tickets for the composer companions themselves are provided courtesy of the participating music . It's the time when various presenters. · "best of the year" lists prolifer- , Past composer companions a~e, but I'm not going to indulge. have included Wende Bartley, Im not much of a believer in Rose Bolton, Alaistar Boyd, · ."the best of' philosophy - the Chan Ka Nin, Michael Colgrass, music is too subjective to be rated Omar Daniel, Ted Dawson that way and polls can be so Daniel Foley, Christos Ha~is · manipulated that they are are Alice Ho, Michael Hynes, Ire~e , pretty well meaningless, as well Johansen, Henry Kucharzyk, Jim ~s being too tied to the recording Montgomery, David Parsons mdustry to be taken seriously. Jam~s Rolfe, Jeffrey Ryan, Linda Lovers of the n;msic all have their Catlm Smith, Paul Steenhuisen own favourites. Some of my and Timothy Sullivan. ' greatest satisfaction this past year For more information on ~as come from listening to the COMPOSER COMPANIONS, or mterplay of musicians who were to make arrangements for your not ever poll winners, but who own composer companion, told wonderful stories through contact Sheldon Grabke at the their music. Canadian Music Centre (416) Meanwhile, the face of the 961-6601 ext. 207. music continues to change, as change it must - and along with the change comes natural New Music Quick Picks ~ fol~ows is an eclectic sampling of the live contemporary art d music ·1 1 bezng presented over the coming two months • Fi or program etaz s,,and numerous oth~r interesting new music concerts) please consult the comprehensive concert listings starting on page 24. ~~~~day Dec 01 Bpm.: Earshot. Jewe!Box. s.unday Jan 06 Bpm: New Music Concerts/ ay Dec 02 3pm. Sunudo. Music Gallery. SLOW/NO Wi tJ, . d 00 Robert Creeley LXXV. Quintet wm Wednesday Dec 05-16 8pm: Theatre Friday Jan 18 Bpm: Arraymusic. Nord. Th Centr~. Body Geometry: the 7th Angel Sunday Jan 20 Bpm: New Music Con~erts urs~ay Dec ~6 Bpm: Music Gallery. Sing, Ariel · Bng1tte Poulin . MTLP (Montreal Piano). Feb 06 Bpm: Esprit Orchestra. Toothpaste. attrition; each year we lose a few more master makers - in 2001 to name only a few, we lost ' Buddy Tate, J.J. Johnson, John Lewis, our own Moe Koffman and just recently, Tommy Flanagan. But we still have the memories and, in many cases, a legacy of recordings through which we can celebrate their music. And for that much, at least, we can be thankful to the recording industry. But, begone dull care! 'Tis the season to be jolly and so I offer Season's greetings to all of you, and a Happy New Year in the hope that one of your Ne~ Year resolutions will be to hear as much live music as possible! CLUBBING AROUND. '" This is a two-month issue, , , "' co~ering December and January w~1ch makes it impossible for.us '. to mclude our customary detailed ' club listings; some venues have. .~ not yet completed schedules for the whole period. So, although I · shall home in on some of the · upcoming bookings, the club li~tings section this month simply, gives addresses and phone numbers·. Until next issue you ar~ a phone call away from checking out the clubs! '~ DECEMBER'S HIGHLIGHTS at • the various watering holes around the city include the Joe Sealy Quartet with singer Tommy Ambrose on Dec 3 at The Montreal Bistro and Emilie- ·" Claire Barlow & The Barlow Group, Dec 13 to 15. I'm there · with The Wee Big Band on . Monday Dec 17 and D.E.W. East '(Dean-Elmes-Wall

SAX SVMMIT:Phil Dwyer joins Seamus Blake, Andre Leroux, Mike Murley and P.J. Perry at the Glenn Gould Studio Jan 25. mention Denny Christianson Quintet on Dec 8 and 9, as well as Archie Alleyne's "Kollage", featuring Dougie Richardson on Dec 20 and 21, and the Rhythm & Truth Brass Band on Dec 27. Among the interesting bookings at Rhodes you can find San Murata, Neville Barnes, Lenny Boyd on Dec 8, Bob Brough & Adrean Farrugia on Dec 19 and Alex bean, Steve Wallace, Reg &;hwager on Dec 29. AND THEN THERE 1s NEW YEAR'S EvE! Ask around iii the business and you will discover that this is not the favourite night of the year for a lot of musicians. A New Year's gig. is too often ope of those nights where the "amateurs" come out to be entertained and not even the better money that can be made on this one night of the year makes up for the fact that you are piaying for people who really don't care. The solution? Try to find a decent "jazz" engagement, where you are making music for an audience that presumably has some interest in what you are doing, and is in the habit of going out moif than once !!.Y~· Fortunately there are a few of those engagements around. Among the lucky winners this year, for example, are two veterans of the music game, Norman Amadio and Bob Price who will bring in the New Year at Rhodes. Those traditional stalwarts, the Hot Five Jazzmakers, will have a New Year's Eve Party at the Prince Regent Ballroom, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Toronto Airport East, and I am fortunate enough to be back again at The Montreal Bistro where I'll toast the old year, welcome 2002 and the real Millennium, along with Ian Bargh and Rosemary Galloway. DETAILS ON CLUB BOOKINGS for Janua'ry were not available at time of going to press, but there are two piano greats "back to back" at the Bistro in the second half of the month. Quite different 1 · in approach, but both steeped in the tradition of the music, they are Junior Mance, whose Chicago blues roots are always pulsing through his playing, and Ralph ' Sutton who is, quite simply, the best stride piano player in jazz today. It's a great opportunity to hear two of the masters. Mr. Mance appears Jan 15 to 19, and from Jan 22 to 26 you can experience the two fisted virtuosity of Mr. S. ·Club Listings -Barcode 549 College (4161 928·9941 -C'est What 67 FronlE (4161867·9499 (every Sat, 4· 7pm, The Hot Five Jazzmakers) ·Chick 'N' Deli (just south of Eglinton) Mount Pleasant Ave (every Sat, 4.7 pm, Climax Jazz Band) -Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles Avenue (4161588-2930 -Gladstone Hotel's Art Bar 1214 Queen St. West ·Grossman's Tavern 379 Spadina· Ave, (every Sat, 4. 7 pm, Kid Bastien and the ... 1:1.rumy P.!l!sl ~im sum nil lfn!J! •lli. M$M iii~ l'>PiGHT PEARL ~'tt>t~~~Jtffe SEAFO O D RE STAV.RANT CHIN ESE C UI SINE \ Cantonese Dim Sum • Chinese Cuisine • H .B.O. Karaoke VIP Rooms • B~:mquet Hall Facility 346-348 Spadina Ave .. 2nd & 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario MST 202 TC!: (416) 979-3988 Fax: (416) 979-3933 Business Hour: 9:00am - I I :OOpm -Leopard Lounge. 130 Dundas West (4161260·0099 ·Mezzrow's 1546 Queen W. (4161 535-4906. ·Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club 65 Sherbourne St. (4161 363·0179 ·N' Awlins Jazz Bar and Dining 299 King West (4161 595· 1958 -Orbit Room 580A College St. (4 i 6) 763·3470 .Quigley's Pub and Bistro 2232 Queen · Street East. i416) 699·9998 ·Reservoir Lounge 52 Wellington E .. 14161955:0997 ·Rex Jazz & Blues Ba_r 194 Queen St: West (4161598·2475 ·Rhodes Restaurant 1496 Yonge Si. (416) 968·9315 . Rockit 120 Church St. (4161947-95551 Top O' the Senator 249 Victoria St. (4161 364·7517 IN THE CONCERT.FIELD, the big name in town in December is Grammy winner, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, appearing Dec 7 and 8 at the George Weston · Recital Hall. Also on Dec 8, the Classic Jazz Society of Toronto is presenting Marty Grosz & His Orphan Newsboys. Marty is one of the foremost jazz rhythm guitarists, but his Fats Waller type vocals are equally in d~mand. Looking ahead to January, on the 25th CBC Radio Jazz Beat will present a ragout of reeds - The Sax Summit with Seamus Blake, Phil Dwyer, Andre Leroux, Mike Murley and P .J. Perry at the Glenn Gould Studio. Co.NCERT Qu1cK P1cKs Really good food that · just happens to be~~ ~ vegetarian! ![/) Before your concert join us for dinner. Pay-by-weight delicious, healthy buffet to save you time & money. French country kitchen atmosphere and serene ambience. Licensed for wine and beer. Open daily. 20°/o off on your first visit with ad 655 Bay St. (enter off Elm) (416) 596-9364 We are a I 0-minute walk from many theatres. Inquire about .00 parking for dinner & show. Hear the colour of • D ECEMBER 1, 2001 - JANUARY 31, 2002 wholenote 19 ..

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