Paul J. Youngman

Paul J. Youngman

29.01.2011

An Enchanted Evening

Published in Concert Reviews
Roberta Gambarini, New York based, Italian born and raised, has firmly established herself as one of the best jazz vocalists of our time. Just my opinion, no, this is the voice of many, including jazz legend, renowned drummer Jake Hanna. When I asked Mr. Hanna his feelings on playing with Roberta Gambarini, he replied without hesitation, "She is one of the best, and I have played with all the greats." This is no understatement, having played with vocalists from Billy Holiday to Tony Bennett, and

The Original Superstars of Jazz - The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Nov. 16, 2006

The Original Superstars of Jazz Fusion concert with Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jean Carne, Wayne Henderson, Bobbi Humphrey, Ronnie Laws & Jon Lucien was a tremendous success. The fusion occurred between the promoters, a co-production of Toronto Downtown Jazz and REMG Productions and the audience, a diverse mix of young and old. The young people were singing along to songs that were wri

29.01.2011

Cosmic Elegance

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Charlie Haden Quartet West

Live at the River Run Centre, Guelph, On. Aug. 31, 2006

Defying time or labels with a compassionate and sensitive ear on this world while visiting a world that should be, Haden and friends guided the audience at the River Run Centre on a cosmic journey of peace and harmony.

Quartet West, comprised of Allan Broadbent (piano), Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone), Rodney Green (drums) and of course Charlie Haden on acoustic bass. Had

The David Virelles Quintet Live at The Beaches International Jazz Festival

Fresh off a very successful Canadian tour the band performed an early morning show, 11:30 A.M thus kicking off the 18th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. I was invited to see the band, report on the show and follow up with a post show interview.

Classically trained Virelles studied piano in his native Cuba at the age of seven. Through his families collection of jazz albums he was exposed

29.01.2011

At Last

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"At Last" Etta James The Hummingbird Centre June 27 - Toronto Jazz Festival - Day 5

The show was sold out, The Hummingbird Centre seats 3200 people, as Ross Porter (Jazz.Fm Radio CEO) mentioned at the start of the show, "At last the Toronto Jazz Festival has arrived; they’re scalping tickets in front of the theatre."

The Roots Band took to the stage, Donto James, drums; Sametto, bass; David Mathews, keyboards; organ; Bobby Murray, guitar; Josh Sklar,

29.01.2011

Enlightenment

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McCoy Tyner was announced, the crowd stood and applauded, a heroes welcome. Many in the audience worship the keys that Tyner dances upon. Bassist, Charnett Moffett, many including myself, worship the keys he plays in and drummer Eric Kamdu Gravatt took to the stage. Tyner was not with them, regroup, locate McCoy Tyner and take two. The audience breathed a collective sigh of relief, thankfully nothing had gone awry and all were on stage shortly. Tyner gazed out over the audience and affirmed h

29.01.2011

About Last Night

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About Last Night

Jazz festival time is a great time in Toronto; clubs that I normally wouldn’t attend lure me out with the promise of great music. After taking in a concert what better way to end the night than with a night cap at a near by club featuring trumpet master Marcus Belgrave and his quartet.


Marcus Belgrave is best known as a teenage virtuoso trumpet player for the Ray Charles band; he joined the band in 1954 (at the age of 18) and according to

TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz - Festival June 23 July 2

The festivals 20th anniversary celebration commenced with 27-year-old jazz piano phenom Robi Botos. Botos was joined on stage by his brother Frank on drums and Attila Darvas playing bass. Robi Botos was the winner of the prestigious 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival solo piano competition.


Botos, who was born in Nyiregyhaza-Hungary into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family, immigrated to Canada in 1998. Shortly after arriving

Art Of Jazz Performance, Education, Cultivation

Review by Paul J. Youngman Jazz Advocate


Advertised as, 5 days, 50 jazz greats. A lifetime of memories. This spring jazz festival in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, took place over the commonly known May 2-4 weekend, officially known as the Victoria Day long weekend, May 17- 21, 2006. Mother Nature was working against the outdoor component of the festival, that’s a shame for the local acts t

The Art of Jazz - Spring Festival

A Tribute To Don Thompson May 19, 2006 - 9:30 PM The Distillery Historic District - Toronto On., Canada

By: Paul J. Youngman, Jazz Advocate

What better way to kick off the inaugural Art of Jazz Toronto Spring Jazz Festival than with a tribute to an icon of the Canadian jazz scene. Don Thompson, award winning multi instrumentalist, (piano, bass, vibraphone and percussion) composer and educator, was born in Pow