Paul J. Youngman

Paul J. Youngman

For those who may not be aware, Marcus Belgrave is an award winning trumpeter who has played with a who's who of iconic jazz musicians. This summer he and his associates will be performing at the Huntsville Jazz Festival. Joined here for this interview by his long time friend and associate Charlie Gabriel who was born in New Orleans into a family with a musical tradition going back four generations, preceding the founding of jazz! Having toured with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin's …
To Dream Carnegie Hall 1938

Coronation of a king, a tribute to Benny Goodman, starring Bob DeAngelis, John MacLeod, and the Champagne Symphony Orchestra featuring some of Canada’s top musicians. "I think the band I had at Carnegie Hall . . . was the best . . . I ever had." A Benny Goodman statement, that he made in regards to his big band performance January 16, 1938 at Carnegie Hall. The night Benny Goodman claimed the title "The King Of Swing."

The dream for Bob DeAngelis and company, "T …


Daniel Barnes

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Daniel Barnes is one of Toronto’s top drummers, by some estimates he is in the top fifteen. Barnes can be heard on numerous recordings; his discography numbers thirty-eight albums, including the 1996 Juno award winning Africville Suite by pianist Joe Sealy. Barnes works regularly at live and studio gigs, he also works on composing and arranging music. Barnes is a hard guy to track down. I recently managed to meet up with him at a café in the west end of Toronto. I wanted to ask Barnes …


Mark McLean

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
I recently caught a show at the Toronto International Dance Festival with legendary jazz great David "Fathead" Newman. The show was billed as "Dance And How It Moves You." Along with David "Fathead" Newman were dancers extraordinaire, Brenda Bufalino (tap dancer) and Esmeralda Enrique (flamenco dancer), as well as contemporary break dancer, Jason York. The show took place August 16, 2006 at the Toronto Distillery in the underground cavern known as the Fermenting Cellar. Newman was accompanied by …

JazzReview: I’m with David Virelles (an award winning pianist) and Luis Deniz (an award winning alto saxophonist) of the The David Virelles Quintet.They have known each other for a long time, having gone to school together in Cuba. The band has just finished playing their set for the Beaches International Jazz Festival. The festival takes place in the east end of downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario. Davide you have just finished a tour, how did that go? …

At last years Guelph Jazz Festival I did a lot of driving. Toronto to Guelph. It’s not a long drive but it's long enough to make a late night show discouraging. This year I decided to take advantage of Guelph's offer of a deal on a hotel close to the action. An accommodating room and allowing for a more relaxed festival experience.

Late night shows, early morning shows and concerts on top of each other. A busy schedule entailed. The beauty of the Guelph jazz festival, other than the music, i

The 13th annual Markham jazz festival featured the best in jazz. Some traditional, some contemporary and a mix of everything in between. The big draw for me at this summer’s festival had to be the opening night gala featuring Cameron Brown’s Hear & Now Quartet and John Pizzarelli with his regular working group. The two quartets represented a fine balance and a compliment to each others style. Cameron Brown’s sound, care of the Bebop goddess Sheila Jordan is immersed in the tradition of impro
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Association of Improvising Musicians came together and formed a Next Wave Series. The concerts were performed at the Music Gallery in downtown Toronto, an intimate setting with spiritual overtones. The Music Gallery is a small church St. George The Martyr Church with seating for about 150 people.

Artists performing as part of the series included Kyle Benders Quartet, Eric Boeren Quartet, Random Access Unplugged, The Swyves, Element Choir, Octopus, Fred Fri

The 2010 TD Toronto Jazz Festival came and went like a comet. It came with smoke and broken glass, riot police and anarchists. As the normally sedate streets of Toronto became a caged security zone. Some 10,000 protesters marched on the G20 summit of world leaders. Amid the chaos the main stage concerts at Nathan Phillips Square carried on. An oasis in a sea of troubled times.

Maceo Parker played on Day 1 of the festival, coinciding with the start of the G8 and G20 summits. Herbie Hancock Im

Mingling in the lobby of the Glenn Gould Theatre, chatting with the local stars, including Canadian jazz icon Phil Nimmons and enjoying coffee, cakes, crackers, fruit and cheese, a token of appreciation from JPEC for supporting their inaugural season of jazz. There were many of influence on hand to witness the final concert of the 2009/2010 season of the Jazz Performance and Education Centers concert featuring the Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes and her husband and piano partner for the evening, B