Friday, August 11, 2006

Hi Folks,
lovely summer day here in Toronto. We are having a small birthday party celebrating Leo's 4th today.

If you are in Toronto and looking for some killer jazz with a capital J, look no further. The Rex Hotel is always fun to hang at and the music should be great tonight and tommorrow. It features Don Menza, who was the saxophonist of one of my favourite jazz records from my earliest jazz-listening years and Pat LaBarabara who was one of my first and favourite teachers at York University.

Here are the details. (what a band!!)

Don Menza-tenor sax
Pat Labarbera-tenor sax
Joe Labarbera-drums
Steve Wallace-bass
Mark Eisenman-piano

9:30pm, The Rex Hotel

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New podcast is up today. It features reviews and some music from a couple events from July. A) my trip to Vancouver Island Music Fest with Howard Johnson and the band and B) that great day that AIMT ran called music in galleries.

You can click here to listen.

cheers and beers.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Nice to get an email today letting me know that CBC radio 2 played some of my music today....I am curious what they played. It was Jurgen Gothe so I am somewhat flattered and suprised.

Yesterday I had one of the best rehearsals I have ever had. Andrew Downing on cello and myself on banjo, in the backyard, couple cold adult beverages and voila...big smiles. Seriously though, I am really enjoying playing duo with Andrew. I hope it is as much fun to listen to as to play. (we are at the Red Guitar on August 23)

Today was a fun day with the kids, lots of swimming, running and laughing. I was a little tired at the "get go" as I was up a little late with Quinsin checking out the recording of his latest project with John Taylor, Ernst Reijseger, and the string trio.

I reviewed his last one on my podcastand this one is an even more massive project than the last. (I swear he composed more notes on paper for this Cd than I have written out in my whole life...and I have penned well over 100 tunes)

So far my impression is that it is beautifly complex, thick and dark (with a little humour in there too) maybe I was sworn to secrecy...ooops. Sorry Q.

p.s. more technical difficulties again with the podcast. Hope to be done tonight or tommorrow.

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