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Tim Murray

My Jazz Story

My journey to Jazz was a slow one. It started as with many with Vince Guaraldi and the Peanuts Christmas special every year. Also whenever we visited our relatives in the Ottawa Valley, my Uncle Norm would only play jazz. The one album that stuck with me was Sidney Bechet, "Brussells Fair 1958". I grew up listening to Top 40 Pop, Rock and Country but was always drawn to the Jazz influenced songs in each of the those genres. Artists like Lyle Lovett, Van Morrison, and I liked BTO's Looking Out For #1 much more than Taking Care of Business. I now enjoy Cool, West Coast, Dixieland and Vocal styles of Jazz. Some of my favorite artists are; Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Ben Webster, Miles Davis, Jim Hall, Lenny Breau.

My House Concert Story

Watching After Hours introduced me to Peggy Lee's "Is that all there is?" and I had a chance to see her at the Imperial Ballroom at the Royal York hotel. It was a few years before she passed and performed from a wheel chair, but her voice was still perfect. I also was able to meet Tony Bennett when he did a signing at an HMV in Toronto in the 1980s. He even sang three songs.

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