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NEWS: EDUCATION

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There’s still time to register!
Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative Canadian jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Unfamiliar Surroundings

Read "Unfamiliar Surroundings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Unfamiliar Surroundings, a well-designed two-CD set by trumpeter Joe Sullivan's all-star ensemble from north of the border, consists of three disparate suites, two on Disc 1, the other on Disc 2. If the surroundings seem unfamiliar, the music is not, as it honors the legendary bellwethers of the Big Band Era without echoing any of them. ...

KMJO: Common Ground

Read "Common Ground" reviewed by Jack Bowers

KMJO is shorthand for the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Common Ground is the third recording by the splendid Toronto-based group, following the well-received Deep Shadows (2011) and Family Suite for Large Ensemble (2012). This time around, the orchestra performs compositions by MacDonald arranged by one of Canada's premier co-pilots, Joe Sullivan.

The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carol McCartney: Be Cool

Read "Be Cool" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Toronto native Carol McCartney records another impressive vocal statement on the breezy Be Cool cementing her reputation as one of Canada's finest jazz vocalist and building on the foundation established from her critically-acclaimed debut Night In Tunisia (CDBaby, 2007). Though presenting a selection of primarily familiar standards from the jazz cannon, the Joni-Mitchell pop tune title ...

Joe Sullivan: Whisky Jack Waltz

Read "Whisky Jack Waltz" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joe Sullivan grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family in the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. As a youth, music was a part of daily life. Sullivan began his formal training on piano and at the age of fifteen he also started playing the trumpet. In his formative years, Sullivan led ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Chet Baker: The Missing Years by Artt Frank

Read "Chet Baker: The Missing Years by Artt Frank" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chet Baker: The Missing Years
Artt Frank
234 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0-9887687-4-1
BooksEndependent
2014

Baker attracts positive and negative criticism like a celebrity black hole--the artist as hero and antihero. When considering Baker, you consider no one else. From “On The Banks of the Jabbok with Chet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Northern Ontario Suite

Read "Northern Ontario Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The latest recording by Canadian trumpeter Joe Sullivan's big band is built around his picturesque six-movement Northern Ontario Suite, whose purpose is to portray musically the sights, sounds and ambience of Sullivan's frosty corner of the world including the often spectacular aurora borealis ("northern lights"). The suite is preceded by a pair of Sullivan's engaging compositions ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

Read "John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas
Geggie Concert Series
NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, Canada
May 26, 2012

For his final show of the 2011/2012 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie put together a group of Canadian musicians who are all deserving of broader international recognition. A down-the-middle mainstream jazz ...