Volume 6 Issue 5 - February 2001

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CONCERT NOTES:

NEW MUSIC continued

Arraymusic has announced the

appointment of Allison Cameron

as artistic director. Ms. Cameron,

who was featured "Behind the

Scenes" in the November 2000

issue of WholeNote will also

feature as a composer in

Arraymusic's intriguing upcoming

concert, Schiphol, at Trinity-St.

Paul's on February 23. Named for

Amsterdam's international airport,

the concert features works by

three Canadian composers who

have lived in Amsterdam and two

Dutch composers.

discussion in our new online

forum.

JAZZ Nous

by Jim Galloway

Not even when jazz was at the

height of its popularity in the

thirties was it as well publicized

and so much the focus of attention

as it has been these past few

weeks. Talking, of course, about

Ken Bums' Jazz, the PBS

television series, as a result of

which more people have been

exposed to the music than ever

before.

There's no question in

my mind that the series is good

for jazz. Yes, it is subjective -­

yes, it omits some important

names -- yes, the contemporary

end of the jazz spectrum is shortchanged.

But, we do have a

beautifully produced, informative

and highly entertaining document

which has created an unprec­

New music listings on the web.

In response to requests from

several of our new music readers,

starting this month, the

WholeNote website at

www.thewholenote.com now

features separate, complete new

music listings. And while you're

there, check out the new music

.-lml!•---------.. edented awareness of jazz to a

larger audience than it has ever

had before.

There is not a lot of jazz activity

in the large concert halls this

month, but that doesn't mean

there isn't a lot happening

elsewhere. In smaller concert

venues there are a number of

interesting options. Before we go

there, however, I want to mention

one event at Massey Hall Feb 28.

It marks the first occasion Toronto

audiences will have to see Paolo

Conte. This enormously popular

Italian singer, pianist, composer

will have an 8-piece band with

him and although he crosses over

into popular music, his jazz

influences are always there.

Now to the listings. Feb 1, at St.

George the Martyr Church, watch

for Music Gallery /Guerrilla

Gallery's Music of the Heart,

Music of Spirit,.an evening of

contemporary music played by

David Mott, baritone saxophone;

40 Fingers Saxophone Quartet;

Jesse Stewart, percussion.

And if vocalists do the

trick for you there are a couple of

dates to watch: Feb 6, OnStage at

Glenn Gould Studio, vocalist

Cindy Church accompanied by Joe

Sealy, piano, and George Koller,

bass, presents The Songs Of

Hoagy Carmichael. And Feb 7,

the Humber Jazz Series: Artist

Week Showcase features Darmon

Meader of New York Voices,

Trish Colter's Vocal Jazz Combo

and Alastair Kay's Big Band. The

host is Bill King.

Feb 9, at the Heliconian Hall,

watch for "The New Guitar"

featuring works by Archer, Baker,

Lofsky, MacDonald, Moses and .

others, rendered byDanielle

Cumming, guitar, and Lome

Lofsky and Rob Piltch jazz guitar

duo. Worth the price of admission

just to hear Lome and Rob play

together.

Harbourfront Centre was to be

the setting for two important

concerts this month. Feb. IO

South African Women for

W omen/Harbourfront Centre were

to present An Evening with

Abdullah Ibrahim, the mo~t

important jazz pianist to emerge

from South Africa. But it has been

cancelled. The other concert will

still take place: a Harbourfront

Centre/Jeunesses Musicales of

Ontario presentation titled

Africville Suite -- songs and

stories from Africville, Nova

Scotia with pianist/composer Joe

Sealy . .

There are also two concerts at

the Ontario Science Centre in the

Sound of Toronto Jazz .from Jazz

FM 91 (previously CJRT). Feb

12, Ted O'Reilly presents Melissa

Stylianou and Trio. And Feb 26

the offering is A Tribute to Louis

Armstrong and the All-Stars.

Make a note of Feb 24, OnStage

at Glenn Gould Studio featuring

saxophonist Jane Bunnett and

Friends. Jane is a dedicated

musician who has really made her

mark on the jazz scene. And don't

forget the ongoing series of Small

Jazz Ensembles concerts offered

by the University of Toronto

Faculty of Music. The dates for

this month are Feb 7, 14 and 28

at Walter Hall.

Off WholeNote's turf, in the

clubs, one of the highlights comes

right at the start of the month

when Jay "Hootie" McShann

brings his authentic Kansas City

piano playing and his unique vocal

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