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29.01.2011

The Soul of Jazz

Published in Jazz Viewpoints


By Paul J. Youngman KJA - Jazz Advocate


May 10, 2006



What does Jazz do for your soul?


Does jazz wake your spirit, can it make your heart soar? Will it lift you up to the heavens; does it fill you with divine inspiration? Can jazz bring you happiness, will it feed your passion, and is it the fix that heals what ails you? It’s all those things and so much more, jazz is and jazz will be, for now and forever more.

I …

29.01.2011

My Best of for 2007

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

The following lists are some of my favorites of this past year, listed in no particular order and with no particular preference.

2007 CD’s:

David Virelles Quintet Motion (Justin Time), Joel Miller Tantramar (Artist Share), Chembo Corniel For The Rest Of Your Life (Chemboro), Mike Barone Big Band By Request (Rhubarb Recordings), Mark Weinstein Con Alma (Jazzheads), Freddy Cole With The Bill Charlap Trio Music Maestro Please (Highnote), Tierney Su …

Quotes Bar & Grill in the heart of downtown Toronto offers the ideal setting for enjoying outstanding jazz talent in an intimate dining atmosphere. "Fridays at Five" is a time to unwind from the hectic work week and start the weekend off with the outstanding Canadian Jazz Quartet. This relatively new jazz club is located just a few steps below street level at 220 King Street West (right next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and directly across from Roy Thomson Hall).

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