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Semple's clarinet keeps him busy in military band and jazz combos

It seems that Joe Semple’s reeds are always merrily bubbling away in some group or other. By day, and sometimes in the evening, he stays busy playing …

Flute

B.C. artists shine at the 2018 Juno Awards with big wins, striking performances

On the biggest night in Canadian music, B.C. musicians shone with performances and awards in major categories.<p>The show was hosted by Michael Bublé, …

Albums

Cheers to 2018 Jazz Juno Award winners Diana Krall, Mike Downes, David Braid and Mike Murley

The weekend saw some of the Canadian jazz scene’s biggest names emerge victorious at the 2018 Juno Awards. Congratulations to Diana Krall, Toronto …

Jazz

Oscar Peterson: Hello Herbie

Pianist Oscar Peterson first heard guitarist Herb Ellis in the spring of 1953. Ellis was playing at a club in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Soft Winds, a …

Jazz

Niagara Jazz Fest expands for 5th year

NewsMar 27, 2018 by John Law St. Catharines Standard<p>A bigger and busier TD Niagara Jazz Festival is in store for July.<p>For its fifth year, the …

Festivals

Juno nominee’s spirited return

TORONTO — Kellylee Evans laughs about the relentless hurdles life thrust upon her over the past five years.<p>She chuckles recalling how being struck by …

Nina Simone

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra features music by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson | Watch News Videos Online

March 20 2018 11:04am<p>04:56<p>The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra hosts an upcoming concert that pays tribute to the music by Canadian Oscar Peterson.<p>Responsive …

Piano

"You can hear a nugget of happiness that is just waiting to explode" — The Sharon Minemoto Interview

Vancouver jazz pianist Sharon Minemoto is fulfilling a bucket-list wish this weekend, even at considerable expense to herself. Without the support of …

New York City

Blues legend Jim Byrnes shares his deep connection with jazz

Legendary blues musician Jim Byrnes takes a little musical detour with Hot Air host Margaret Gallagher to share some of his jazz …

U.S. Army

Father and son pianists do their duelling on stage

It sure beats pistols, but regardless, duelling pianos can also bring out a level of aggression among its participants. Even if the duelling pianists …

David Foster: 'The world has lost a great musician' with death of Tommy Banks

David Foster, renowned Hollywood producer and 16-time Grammy award winner, is grieving.That’s because he lost his most important mentor, Edmonton …

Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop CD reviewed

<b>Rev (Anzic Records)</b> <b> <br>Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop</b>Toronto drummer Ernesto Cervini is batting two for two. With his sextet Turboprop’s new album Rev, …

Jazz vocalist’s journey home | Feb. 24 in Guelph

From the farm to cruise ships to local stages, singing has been Derek Hines’ passion<p>WhatsOnJan 10, 2018 by Valerie Hill Waterloo Region …

Irish Music

Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

Lorraine Desmarais made her first appearance in the United States at the 1986 Great American Jazz Competition, where she took the highest honors. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for her work bringing Canadian jazz to the world. She was Marian McPartland's guest for this 1991 …

Jazz

Famous saxophone goes missing from Vancouver's Orpheum theatre

The owner of a famous saxophone would like it back after it vanished from the stage of a downtown theatre in Vancouver on Friday.<p>The tenor saxophone …

Horns

Oscar Peterson Plays

Updated / Monday, 15 Jan 2018 <b>12:12</b><p><b>Reviewer score</b><p><b>Audience score</b><p><b>Label</b><p>Verve<p><b>Year</b><p>2017<p>This extensive five CD set from the charismatic Canadian jazz pianist …

Jazz

Video: Oscar and Ella, 1961

In 1961, Ella Fitzgerald was on tour in the U.K. with the Oscar Peterson Trio (pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen). One …

Jazz

Science Confirms Christmas Music Is Bad for Your Mental Health

Do you turn up the radio when Mariah Carey’s <i>All I Want for Christmas is You</i> comes on for the seventh time that day, or do you avoid shopping malls …

The best Canadian jazz albums of 2017

It was almost as if Canadian jazz musicians responded to this year’s sesquicentennial with an even more impressive range of music than usual. Call it …

Krall and company play consummate hosts for banquet of jazzy love songs at Edmonton's Winspear

‘Tis the season for socializing, relaxing, imbibing and maybe reflecting a little (but not too much). When you spend the evening with Diana Krall and …

Sick jazzman forces Ottawa Jazz Festival to cancel Dec. 12 Charlie Brown Christmas concert

The Ottawa Jazz Festival has been forced to cancel its now-traditional Charlie Brown Christmas concert that was scheduled for Dec. 12.The concert’s …

After 25 years, jazz artist Diana Krall enjoys the music more than ever

It will be 25 years next summer that Diana Krall appeared as an up and coming new talent in solo piano dates on Canada’s jazz festival circuit, …

Concert review: Diana Krall gave her all Saturday night at the NAC

<b>Diana Krall</b><br>National Arts Centre, Southam Hall<br>Reviewed Saturday nightFrom sultry and swinging to goofy and giggling to heartfelt and moving, Diana …

Jazz

Rockhead's Paradise regained: treasure from Montreal jazz's golden age

Decades after it closed in 1980, Rockhead’s Paradise lives on in memory.<p>Founded in 1928 by Rufus Rockhead, a former railway porter, the three-storey …

Diana Krall breathes new life into nuggets from the past

It would be easy to say Diana Krall has retreated into a safe comfort zone with her new album "Turn up the Quiet," playing the all-too-easy standards …

ROCKINGHAM: Diana Krall is in the moment on “Turn up the Quiet”

There's a place where all great jazz musicians aspire to be. It's a place where the rule books are left behind, where written charts are replaced by …

Jazz pianist says Kirby's bullying drove her from Winnipeg

Jazz pianist and composer Michelle Gregoire grew up in Manitoba and had her professional career here for decades until a fellow jazz musician bullied …

Maclean Quartet pays homage to jazz legend Hancock | Nov. 17 Waterloo

WhatsOnNov 17, 2017 by Neil McDonaldWaterloo Region Record<p>Nick Maclean is a 26-year-old jazz pianist of rapidly increasing renown who has been …

‘Django’ Trailer: Etienne Comar’s Heartbreaking Django Reinhardt Biopic Follows Story of First ‘Guitar Hero’

The Berlinale premiere follows the seminal jazz musician during the worst time of his life: drafted into service for the Nazis.<p>In Nazi-occupied …

When Jazz Age Superstar Josephine Baker Spied on the Nazis

The African-American singer and dancer was the toast of Paris when French intelligence asked her to spy on the Axis. It became one of her greatest …