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The Jazz Ensemble

From the twitter stream:

Introducing the Band

Piano: Pianists are intellectuals and know-it-alls since they studied theory, harmony and composition in college. Most are riddled with self-doubt and are usually bald. They should have big hands, but often don’t. They were social rejects as adolescents. They go home after the gig and play with toy soldiers. Pianists have a special love-hate relationship with singers. If you talk to the piano player during a break, he will condescend.

Go to A Passion for Jazz to read the rest…

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Jazz.fm Youth Big Band at Jazz Lives 2012

Michael plays in the Jazz.fm Youth Big Band, an educational outreach program of Jazz.fm, the not-for-profit all-jazz station here in Toronto. A couple of weeks ago they played a set in the big annual fundraising drive, Jazz Lives, to a sold-out crowd Koerner Hall, the biggest venue they’ve ever played.

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Michael is the bass trombone, far right of middle row.

Here’s a 12-minute video describing the goals and accomplishments of this wonderful ensemble of young musicians.

Jazz FM 91.1 is my go-to radio station in the car, which is pretty much the only time I have the radio on. They broadcast in the GTA and northern New York, and stream online around the world. Their fundraising drive is almost over, and while I miss the music, it’s fantastic to hear where people are calling in from. Jazz stations are slowly disappearing…there’s no all-jazz format in London (UK), Chicago or Philadelphia. Today there was a caller from Israel donating in the name of her father. This station is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and brings jazz lovers from all over the world together, and showcases a ton of Toronto and Canadian talent. Their educational outreach is the way they hope to build the audience of the future.