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    Music To Listen To Jazz By: Year-End Edition 2016

    On New Years Eve, as the yearly tradition goes, another special edition of Ross Porter's show Music To Listen To Jazz By was aired.

    All of our hosts sat down to share their favourite tune from 2016. If you missed it, we've got the full list and episode below! Click here for the full list.

    Black History Month: Conversations Finale

    Black History Month: Conversation Celebration
    During the month of February, JAZZ.FM91 presented a four-part documentary series, Black History Month: Conversations, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated jazz artists produced in partnership with RBC Royal Bank!

    Original Air Date: Sunday, February 27th, 2016 at 4:00PM

    JAZZ.FM91 celebrates Black History Month: Conversations with performances by each of the showcased artists!

    RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $76 million and $35 million in sponsorships.

    Black History Month: Conversations: Dione Taylor


    During the month of February, JAZZ.FM91 presented a four-part documentary series, Black History Month: Conversations, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated jazz artists produced in partnership with RBC Royal Bank!

    Showcasing: Dione Taylor
    Original Air Date: Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 4:00PM

    Garvia Bailey sits down with Dione Taylor. She started life as a pastor’s daughter in a singing family deeply immersed in 200 years of black spiritual music. By the age of ten, she was the Music Director and organist at The Shiloh Assembly Church (Apostolic) in Regina; after attending Humber College’s acclaimed music program in Toronto, she went on to a stellar career as a solo singer in jazz and blues.

    Black History Month: Conversations: Joe Sealy


    During the month of February, JAZZ.FM91 presented a four-part documentary series, Black History Month: Conversations, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated jazz artists produced in partnership with RBC Royal Bank.

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    Showcasing: Joe Sealy
    Original Air Date: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 4:00PM

    Garvia Bailey sits down with Joe Sealy. His prodigious musical output has been heard on stage, television, film, radio and recordings. In Black History Month: Conversations, he will touch on all of those, from his early days on CBC-Television in Halifax, to his musical direction on the Toronto stage, to his long-time recording career with a who’s who of Canadian soloists, groups and choirs over the last 50 years.

    Black History Month: Conversations: Jacke Richardson

    During the month of February, JAZZ.FM91 presented a four-part documentary series, Black History Month: Conversations, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated jazz artists produced in partnership with RBC Royal Bank.

    Episode #1
    Showcasing: Jackie Richardson
    Original Air Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 4:00PM


    Garvia Bailey sits down with Jackie Richardson. The preeminent black vocalist in this country, Jackie’s voice and soul is in contact with centuries of black music, from field hollers through gospel and blues to jazz. She is a mother figure and mentor to two generations of singers, to whom her unique and powerful voice remains a constant inspiration.

    Ian Shaw Live at Hugh's Room

    Ian Shaw is one of the most gifted jazz entertainers in the world. He loves a wide range of music by such contemporary artists like Joni Michell and Joe Jackson to name a few. On this show you’ll hear this great British Jazz icon at the top of his game as part of last year's JAZZ.FM91 Cabaret Series. Let’s go back now and relive this spectacular performance from Hugh's Room.

    Ian will be joining us again at Hugh's Room for this year's Cabaret Series on December 3rd, 2012 at Hugh's Room.

    For tickets to Ian's show or any other of our fantastic Cabaret Series concerts CLICK HERE

    Stranded with Piers Handling

    On "Music To Listen To Jazz By" with Ross Porter, Saturday, September 1st at 9:00AM, Ross spoke with Piers Handling, the President and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival about the festival, his life, his favourite music and his Desert Island picks.


    Piers has been at the helm of TIFF since 1994. In his 18 years in that position he has helped the festival grow into an internationally renowned cultural institution.

    Piers also spearheaded the $196 million fundraising drive for the permanent home of the festival, the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

    Interview - Bernie Finkelstein

    In 1969 Bernie formed True North Records, one of the first Canadian record labels. He was also one of the first music managers in Canada, working with the likes of The Paupers, Dan Hill and Bruce Cockburn, plus he was instrumental in developing Canadian Content laws which govern broadcasters to this day.

    Bernie Finkelstein has written a book about his experiences, True North: A Life in the Music Business and He shares some of its contents with Ross in an exclusive interview.

     

    Daryl Sherman LIVE at Hugh's Room

    On December 7th, 2011, vocalist and pianist Daryl Sherman joined us at Hugh's Room in a “Tribute to Johnny Mercer” as part of our Cabaret Series.

    A sparkling mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret. Internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf Astoria, she played Cole Porter's Steinway and has headlined the annual Cole Porter Festival in his hometown - Peru, Indiana.

    Daryl Sherman has performed and recorded with notables including Jay Leonhart, Bucky & John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Dick Hyman, Dave McKenna, Ruby Braff, Houston Person, Bob Dorough, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, John Bunch, Mike Renzi, James Chirillo and Boots Maleson.

    Oscar Peterson in the Black Forest

    In the 1960s, Oscar Peterson went to a small village in the Black Forest to record. Oscar considered the albums he made while there to be among his best.

    On April 5th, 2012, Matthias Brunner-Schwer and Freidhelm Schulz traveled from Germany to present these recordings and candid shots of Oscar to a Canadian audience for the first time

    It was Matthias' father, the owner of the fabled German jazz label MPS, that invited the Canadian jazz icon to Germany. He was a great supporter of jazz and organized private jazz concerts at his house. In the following years, Oscar returned to the Black Forest several times. The private visits turned into a professional relationship in 1969, when he signed a three-year contract with the MPS-label. Previously, the private concerts at the Brunner-Schwer-Villa in Villingen had also been recorded, though these records were not released until 1969.

    After Matthias and Fridhelm's presentation the Dave Young Trio performed some of Oscar's repertoire.

    Right here we are presenting an interview that Ross Porter did with Matthias and Freidhelm cut with the music of the Dave Young Trio.

    Halie Loren Live from Long & McQuade Performance Hall

    She's stormed her way through Japan and now jazz singer/songwriter Halie Loren is conquering North America. She currently has the TOP jazz album on iTunes Canada and her latest album "Heart First" is the number-4 album on the Soundscan Jazz Chart.

    Loren is receiving critical acclaim for "Heart First" and JAZZ.FM91 was thrilled that she was here at the station performing live to celebrate its release on Thursday, April 12th.

    Halie had a fantastic time performing saying:

    "it was an amazing experience. We had so much fun playing music, had a great in-studio audience, and talking with Ross Porter on-air was a total blast :) He is hilarious! Too much fun for one night..."

    Here is the full concert for your listening pleasure!

     

    Mike Francis Live from Long and Mcquade Performance Hall

    Mike Francis has been a professional musician since the age of 17. The first several years of his professional career was spent playing the regular club circuit before Mike discovered his ability to perform well under the pressure that is the recording studio. The past 22 years he has worked as a first call studio guitarist in the Toronto recording scene, as well as being a musician first an foremost, he is also a writer and producer.

    On January 12th, 2012 Mike Francis was Live-to-Air in an intimate and interactive concert experience with host Brad Barker, in the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91.

    Here is the entire concert for your listening pleasure!

    Paul McCartney: Kisses On The Bottom

    The legendary Paul McCartney recently released a new album of standards, "Kisses On The Bottom."

    In February our CEO and President, Ross Porter, was one of a select few who were asked to attend an exclusive media conference in London.

    During the conference Paul discussed the inspiration behind the record and what it took to make it. This documentary is the result.

    Featuring McCartney, album producer Tommy LiPuma and songs from the album, this show will give you everything you need to know about the album and more.

     

    The Heavyweights Brass Band Live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall

    On Wednesday December 14, 2011 The Heavyweights Brass Band invaded the Long & McQuade Performace Hall for a very special Live-to-Air. The Heavyweights have taken the Toronto jazz scene by storm this past year. With a number of high profile gigs (including an opening spot for Trombone Shorty) and the release of their debut record "Don't Bring Me Down" things are looking up for the band. Sperately the band is made up of Chris Butcher, Jon Challoner, Paul Metcalfe, Rob Teehan and Lowell Whitty, together they make one of the more exciting jazz acts in Toronto right now. But don't take our word for it. Discover this amazing band for yourself by listening to this amazing concert, presented here for your enjoyment!

    Molly Johnson Live from Long & McQuade Performance Hall

    On Tuesday, November 29th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM, Juno Award winning vocalist, Molly Johnson was live-to-air from JAZZ.FM91's Long & McQuade Performance Hall!

    This LIVE, intimate performance was in celebration of Molly's new record "The Molly Johnson Songbook." This new album is "a collection of Molly’s most beloved and well-known recordings from her 4 studio albums during the period of 2000 -2011. The record features Molly’s distinctive voice – a unique mixture of soul and jazz - via her luscious interpretations of jazz standards & originals such as 'Lush Life', 'Ode To Billie Joe', 'Melody” & “Rain'."

    Now, for your listening enjoyment, here is the entire concert. Check it out!

    Sophie Milman Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall

    Four albums in, Sophie Milman has cemented her place as Canadian jazz royalty.

    Netting a Juno for Jazz Vocal Album of the year for her 2007 release "Make Someone Happy" and impressing audiences the world over, Sophie has developed a style of which the L.A. Times said ""Not the next Ella or Sarah but the first Sophie Milman...she is one of a kind," and the New York Times saying ""She could remake a T-Pain come-on into a Carmen McRae entreaty."

    Her new album "In The Moonlight" released September 27, 2011 on E1, takes the style that she has honed and makes it bigger. "In The Moonlight" adds lush string-orchestration to her repetoire lending a new sensibility to her work.

    About the record Milman says:

    "The way this record is different is I think the scope of it. I have strings, every instrument imaginable soloing and guesting and lending colors. It was extremely exciting and made it feel way bigger than anything I've ever done."

    Sophie was in our Long and McQuade Performance Hall on Tuesday, September 27 (the day of the album's release) and played a fantastic live-to-air set.

     

    Bucky Pizzarelli and the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band at the Old Mill Inn

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    John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli (1926) began his professional career in 1943 at 17 years old playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band. He toured and recorded with Monroe through 1951, and in 1952 he joined NBC as a staff musician. At NBC, for many years, he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman into the 1980's.

    In New York, Pizzarelli worked mainly as a freelance musician in the studios and he appeared on many recordings as part of the rhythm section. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand to provide propulsion and background for other musicians.

    His recordings as leader began to appear in the 1970's with recordings like Green Guitar Blues. On this recording Pizzarelli established a pattern he repeated throughout his career. That is, playing and recording some of the great historic guitar compositions from the 1930's. On this recording he pays homage to Carl Kress and Dick McDonough by including Chicken A La Swing. A few years later he paid tribute to these two guitarists again on his Guitar Quintet LP. On April Kisses from 1999, he includes original music by Carl Kress, George Van Eps and George M. Smith.

    On November 15, 2010, as part of our Sound Of Jazz concert series at the Old Mill Inn Bucky played with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band.

    Dominick Farinacci Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91

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    28-year-old NYC-based jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, recipient of the International New Star Award (along with Diana Krall & Christian McBride), the Disney New Star Award, and first place honors in the Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition, is touring in support of his 2nd U.S. release, Dawn of Goodbye (Eone Music), following 7 critically acclaimed CD’s as a leader in Japan.

    We had the pleasure of having Dominick in our Long & McQuade Performance hall in January.

    Have a listen!


    Dick Hyman Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91

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    Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early '50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr. Hyman has also investigated ragtime and the earliest periods of jazz and has researched and recorded the piano music of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Zez Confrey, Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, which he often features in his frequent recitals. Other solo recordings include the music of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington. Some of his recordings with combos are From The Age Of Swing, Swing Is Here, Cheek To Cheek, and If Bix Played Gershwin, plus numerous duet albums with Ruby Braff, Ralph Sutton, Shelly Berg, Ken Peplowski and others. In a different vein, Mr. Hyman was one of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer, and his “Minotaur” landed on the Billboard charts.

    Dick was in our Long & McQuade Performance Hall in March of this year to present "The History of Jazz Piano"

    Cadence Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91

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    Four men. Four microphones. No instruments. This is the formula for Canada’s celebrated vocal band, Cadence.

    Combining the lyricism of Stan Getz, the sophisticated harmonies of the Count Basie Big Band and the devil-may-care attitude of Louis Prima, this fabulous foursome has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over a decade with their innovative jazz arrangements, genre-hopping covers and eclectic originals. With an infectious energy and a good measure of wild stage antics, this cool cat rat pack of musical misfits is guaranteed to leave you shouting out for more. “One of the finest quartets to make an appearance in the a cappella scene,” Cadence continues to thrill its fans night after night by pushing a cappella music to new heights and demonstrating that the human voice has no limits.

    Cadence were with us at the Long & McQuade performance hall at JAZZ.FM91 for an exclusive live performance on January 20, 2011

    Have a listen!

    Bill Charlap Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91

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    Recently pianist Bill Charlap joined us in our Long and McQuade performance hall for an intimate live-to-air concert.

    One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.

    Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. In the Spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait, a duo piano recording on the Blue Note label.

    Here, for your listening pleasure is the complete concert!

    Robi Botos Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91

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    Recently, celebrated pianist and composer Robi Botos, was Live-to-Air from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91. The exclusive, intimate concert was hosted by JAZZ.FM91 President and CEO, Ross Porter. Robi featured songs from his new album "Place To Place".

    Now presented for your enjoyment is the full concert, available only here on JAZZ.FM91.

    Karrin Allyson Live from Long and Mcquade Performance Hall

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    Karrin Allyson was one of this years stars on JAZZ LIVES. Before her showcase performance she played a ‘live to air’ gig exclusively for our JAZZ.FM 91 audience from the Long and McQUADE studio. Hear this great soulful performance again right now.

    Ian Shaw at the Old Mill Inn

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    Ian Shaw is one of the most gifted jazz entertainers in the world. He loves a wide range of music by such contemporary artists like Joni Michell and Joe Jackson to name a few. On this show you’ll hear this great British Jazz icon at the top of his game. Let’s go back now and relive this spectacular performance from Toronto’s famous Old Mill Inn.

    Jim Hall & Ron Carter Live From The Blue Note Jazz Club

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    Listen to a podcast of JAZZ.FM91's live broadcast of Jim Hall/Ron Carter Duo: Alone Together, Again live from The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Recorded on Monday, June 6th, this concert is hosted by JAZZ.FM91 President and CEO, Ross Porter.

    "Alone Together", their first duo album was recorded in 1972 at The Playboy Club in New York City. Ten years later they re-created the live duo recording experience at a small nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village, "Live at The Village West". Two years later a reprise - "Telephone", was recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival.

    This show was recorded as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival which began this year to celebrate the historic Blue Note's 30th anniversary. Since opening its doors in 1981 The Blue Note has been known as one of the top jazz venues in the world and this festival brings its music to the rest of New York city. This year brings many of the world's best jazz musicians to the big apple including Dave Brubeck, Bill Frisell, McCoy Tyner and Chaka Khan.

    For all the information on the festival Check out http://bluenotejazzfestival.com/

    Jill Barber Live from Long & Mcquade Performance Hall

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    Sunday, June 19th, celebrated singer-songwriter Jill Barber, was Live-to-Air with a special Father's Day concert from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91. This exclusive, intimate concert, hosted by JAZZ.FM91 President and CEO, Ross Porter is only available right here on JAZZ.FM91






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