Paul J. Youngman

Paul J. Youngman

A sneak preview of a future vocal star and for me a current singing sensation. My first experience with Brazilian vocalist, guitarist and composer Luanda Jones was at Lula Lounge, a Latin club in Toronto. She was the guest artist of a Brazilian Dance company, The Dance Migration, a fantastic show that blended many elements of Brazilian culture, not just bossa nova and Samba but a mix of many traditional forms of music and dance from the various regions of Brazil. When Luanda Jones was featured i …

Best Of 2008

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

The following lists my favorites of this past year. The criteria to make it on the list, it must be a memorable performance, it must feature some soulful playing and as for a CD, it must be one that I want to hear over and over again. The lists of my top picks for 2008 are in no particular order and there is no preference.

2008 CD’s: Artist, Title, Label
Charles Lloyd Rabo De Nube, ECM 13
Sebastian Schunke Back In New York, Connector Records
Lusi/Masciari Q …

2009! These are some of my favorites from this past year. They are listed in no particular order. The common thread, they all have a strong jazz sensibility, they’re cd’s that I want to play over and over again. I have also listed fifteen of my favorite live concerts. I urge everyone to get out and support live music.

1.)Mark Weinstein, Omar Sosa - Tales From The Earth, Ota Records

2.)Ayelet Rose Gottlieb - Up To Here \\ From Here, Obliq Sound

3.)Chembo Corniel - Things I Wanted To Do, …

TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

June 23 - July 2, 2006

By Paul J. Youngman KJA - Jazz Advocate

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will once again be taking over the city of Toronto, as more than 350 concerts will be presented over ten days and twelve nights. New for 2006 are two series, Euro Jazz and the Cabaret Series, and two new celebrations, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Phat Tuesday, as well as an on-site JAZZ.FM …

Happy 91st Birthday - Les Paul

By: Paul J. Youngman Jazz Advocate

Tundra Music and owner Ed McDonald ( played host to a guitar extravaganza this weekend June 3rd & 4th at the Thornhill Community Centre. A town just north of Toronto, my hometown actually and a nice place to have a birthday party.

My curiosity was peaked when I saw a press release that mentioned a tribute to Les Paul in honour of his contribu …


The Trane Studio

Published in News Story
Caliban Arts Theatre and The Trane Studio present:

The Afrikan Millennium and Cultural Arts Feastival

Afrikan Millennium Cultural Arts Feastival, a mixture of Afro-centric Music, Film, and Visual Arts, continues with another week of concerts and events, including two performances by Kahil El Zabar and Hamiet Bluiett, and the Black Underground tribute to Clifford Brown and Dizzy Gillespie.

The Black Underground Project, a series of tribute concerts, showcasing musical legends of the past …

The big kick off for jazz appreciation month occurred last night in the guise of the 2008 National Jazz Awards, the seventh occurrence of this show and the third time it has been held on hallowed jazz ground, The Palais Royale, a landmark jazz palace that played host to all of the big bands of the early thirties. The event was well attended with most if not all of the major players taking part, playing, waiting to play, waiting for awards or handing out awards. The premiere performance by host v …
The 3rd Annual Art of Jazz Celebration June 4-8,2008


SUNDAY, JUNE 8 - 2:00 PM, Dancemakers Studio

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gene DiNovi began his career in the 1940s as a teenage bebop pianist in jazz clubs along Manhattan’s fabled 52nd Street. At the end of the decade, and into the next, he was performing and recording with Boyd Raeburn, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buddy DeFranco, Chico O’Farrill, and Lester Young, among many other major jazz artists. Also …

Master Conguero, Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Solo Artist

July 17, 1945 - September 29, 2008

NEW YORK, New York - October 2, 2008 -- Norman Hedman, whose mastery of crossing more than three decades of music genres and generations, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Monday, September 29 at the age of 63. Causes included Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Pneumonia.

A West Indies native, Hedman is distinguished by having brought the black American sound experie …

Milford Graves, keynote speaker from Bennington College, International Centre for Medicinal and Scientific Studies - Topic: Tono Rhythmology and Biocosmology: New paradigms for creating a unified all-pervasive music.

Originally, I was to have interviewed Professor Graves by phone. When I called him at his home in N.Y.C he asked how long this was going to take. "As long as you like", I replied. He explained to me that he was still packing and had to catch an early flight for his keynote addres …