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Article: Interview

Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition

Read "Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition" reviewed by John Chacona


Guitarist Lorne Lofsky rocketed to fame when It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records, 1981), his debut release as a leader, was produced by fellow Canadian Oscar Peterson. Lofsky has since toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians from all around the world, including Peterson, but his hometown of jny: Toronto has been his ...

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News: Recording

Flutist Bill McBirnie Releases 'Reflections (for Paul Horn)'

Flutist Bill McBirnie Releases 'Reflections (for Paul Horn)'

In his most recent digital release, Reflections, flutist Bill McBirnie performs a series of entirely improvised solo vignettes on both flute and alto flute in what is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to the strongest of his influences on the instrument, Paul Horn. Bill is arguably the ideal candidate for such a tribute, not only because ...

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Article: Interview

Jim West: 40 Years and Going Strong at Justin Time Records

Read "Jim West: 40 Years and Going Strong at Justin Time Records" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall


Owner of Canada's Justin Time Records, the multi-award-winning Jim West, has brought stellar top performers from the Canadian music scene and the USA to the global stage since 1983 for almost half a century, and that's some heavyweight “cred." To celebrate, the label has crafted a compilation, 40 Years of ...

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News: Recording

Steve Holt Celebrates 40th Anniversary Digital Reissue Of Debut Album 'The Lion's Eyes'

Steve Holt Celebrates 40th Anniversary Digital Reissue Of Debut Album 'The Lion's Eyes'

Jazz fans and music enthusiasts alike are in for a treat as Steve Holt, JUNO-nominated musician and renowned jazz pianist, announces the digital reissue of his debut album, The Lion's Eyes, on December 22, exactly 40 years after its original vinyl release. Originally nominated for a JUNO award, “The Lion's Eyes" showcases Holt's talent on the ...

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Article: Play This!

Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band: Cry Me A River

Read "Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band: Cry Me A River" reviewed by John Chacona


Believe it or not, people were writing kiss-off songs long before Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. This one was made famous by the unjustly neglected Julie London in 1955, but you've never heard it done like this before. jny: Havana-born pianist Hilario Duran arranged this title song from a 2023 recording on his own Alma Records ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence

Read "Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


"Human beings are both fixed and wandering, settlers and nomads. Our history is the story of the nomad giving way to the settler but when people are unsettled, they have to migrate." (Ruth Padel, On Migration, 2013) Human migration has exerted a profound and far-reaching influence on the evolution of our civilization and the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aline Homzy Plays Violin In The Cosmos With Étoile Magique

Read "Aline Homzy Plays Violin In The Cosmos With Étoile Magique" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Led by Aline Homzy's ecstatic violin, a mind-expanding jazz ensemble finds inspiration in a planetary mythos. Aline is known as one of Canada's finest jazz violinists. Her music has been performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Swedish guitarist Mikko Hilden, and South Korean bassist Yongwon Cho. She is also interested in and committed to ...

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News: Recording

Look Out - The Vocal Debut From Award-Winning Jazz Pianist Jim Clayton Featuring Herlin Riley And Amina Scott - Release Date: October 3rd

Look Out - The Vocal Debut From Award-Winning Jazz Pianist Jim Clayton Featuring Herlin Riley And Amina Scott - Release Date: October 3rd

"Clayton can swing the daylights out of anything... But he has a different, more expansive definition of Great American Songbook. It's a refreshing concept. I hope more 21st century artists follow." From the liner notes by Ricky Riccardi, 2022 Grammy Winner Blend the piano styles of Nat “King" Cole, Harry Connick, Jr. and Bob Dorough, and ...

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Allison Au

Allison Au (pronounced "ow") is JUNO award winning saxophonist, composer and arranger. Highly regarded for her distinctive and imaginative voice, Allison has been lauded as “a new jazz ambassador” for Canada.

Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison fell in love with music as a young child. Her father’s eclectic collection of vinyls and CDs exposed her to a wide array of musical styles. Struggling to find a sense of belonging in her biracial identity, the unhinged freedom of improvisation captivated Allison and quickly became her lab for self-expression and exploration. 

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Teri Parker

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Teri Parker (MA, BMus) is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader based in Toronto, Canada. Born into a musical family, Parker gravitated towards the rich history and creative possibilities of jazz while still in high school; when it came time to apply for post-secondary schooling, she was accepted into the University of Toronto’s prestigious Jazz Studies program. It was at U of T that Parker had the opportunity to study with prominent educators who would prove foundational in her development as an artist, including celebrated instrumentalists and composers such as Dave Restivo, David Braid, and Phil Nimmons, Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies. After graduating from U of T, Parker continued her studies independently; as the winner of successive grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, she was able to continue learning with world-renowned artists in New York and Europe, including Sophia Rosoff, Aaron Goldberg, Guillermo Klein, Fred Hersch, and Enrico Pieranunzi. 


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