Tag: jazz

Sunshine and The Knights, “Sunshine Nights”

Sunshine and The Knights, “Sunshine Nights”

Whereas Band of Lovers drew us in with their positive, orchestral folk, New York City’s Sunshine – the duo of Amy Priya Santos and Steve Ferrara – lure us with their classical approach to folk, blues, and jazz. Supported by a talented backing band, The Knights – who are Reverend Crawford Forbes (trumpet, vocals), Dylan Thurston (piano, melodica, vocals), Mike […]

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Gig Pick: Please Spring! with The Visit and Musk Ox

Gig Pick: Please Spring! with The Visit and Musk Ox

Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) hosts: Please Spring! with guests The Visit and Musk Ox on Friday, January 9. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $10. Please Spring! is from Berlin, Paris and are currently doing their Canadian Tour making a stop in our great city! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Ottawa’s The Visit numerous times and can bet you’ll be amazed […]

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Album Review: Elizabeth Shepherd mixes Jazz, Downtempo and more on “The Signal”

Album Review: Elizabeth Shepherd mixes Jazz, Downtempo and more on “The Signal”

Most artist bios have glorious descriptions of the act, and you have to take them with a large salt grain. Not that they’re incorrect, but sometimes you have to wonder if you can believe the hype. I got this CD (yay, a CD!) in the mail from Linus Entertainment and just listened to it before reading the accompanying bio. I […]

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Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

I’ve been a fan of Brenda Earle Stokes since her days as Brenda Earle (ie, back in high school in Sarnia, Ontario). She was (and remains) a few years younger than me, but we ran in similar circles during our teen years. She was recognized as a talented kid at the time, one you would be wise to watch and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

There’s something to be said for artists who take something that’s been done and turn it on its head. BlakDenim, a hip hop band out of Ottawa, is the perfect example of this. While maintaining the tight lyricism and sharp wordplay of many traditional rappers, BlakDenim ups the ante with a vast sound and an orchestra’s worth of instruments (including […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and educator Phil Nimmons has done pretty much everything it’s possible to do in jazz over the course of a career that has stretched over six decades. After taking up the clarinet in a Vancouver high school he played in and wrote arrangements for local dance bands, earned a scholarship to Julliard in New York City and studied at […]

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What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

I love this. Love it. It’s weird, it’s outlandish…it’s music on instruments (mostly). It’s been called a “punk rock approach to jazz”. Words (well, at least my words) can’t really capture what this is. It’s a gloriously bizarre experimental record from a group of Montreal musicians keen on playing whatever the hell they want, whenever they hell they want. After […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Music is the ultimate melting pot. In 1927, a year after the subject of this post was born, Columbia released the first recorded version of a folk song old enough that its origins, although traced to Asia Minor, have been lost. It was performed by Tetos Demetriades, a Turkish singer who had emigrated to the United States, and his rendition of the song […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

This 1966 album was the first Capital (and first overall) album by Les Alexandrins, a duo made up of Lise Vachon and Luc Cousineau. These two were a very popular Quebec duo for several years, well into the mid 1970s. As with many of the Quebec music I find, I can get a bunch of videos on YouTube, but not a lot […]

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