Entries by lucie5656

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Stravinsky Notes (2)

From “An Autobiography” by Igor Stravinsky (1936) “I can never concentrate on my work if I am where I can be overheard, so that it was impossible for me to settle down with my piano in the boarding house in which I was staying with my family. I therefore chose this isolated place in the […]

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Morton Gould

In a recently viewed YouTube video of Bob Brookmeyer rehearsing his new music for the most recent Vanguard Jazz Orchestra cd (obviously his last recording), Bob mentions that he is a fan of Morton Gould. I have been checking out: Morton Gould: Orchestral Music recorded by the Albany Symphony. Terrific music and I definitely see […]

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Giant Steps by John Coltrane

You know, it happened a long time ago (released in 1960 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1311) but ‘Giant Steps” for all its rave reviews, critical reviews, detractors, supporters, worshippers, for all the tenor saxophonists who have practiced the first take solo to death, for all the reviews…..it is a momentus, gigantic recording that has […]

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Grammy’s 2013 (14)

I want to encourage anyone reading this message to check out the cd by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge (plus orchestra) recording, “River Runs: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and Orchestra“. Now this is a master composer, orchestrator, arranger who sees the possibilities in writing for jazz soloists, orchestra and big band all […]

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Baseball Again

I say baseball again, because on my older site (now gone to the special place in techno heaven where these things go) I talked about baseball from time to time. I am an absolute nut about professional baseball and while my closest allegiances go to the Toronto Blue Jays (guess where I live), I also […]

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Update

The recent newsletter I sent out indicated that Trish Colter (v), Chase Sanborn (trpt), Pat Collins (bass) and I (piano) performed at the Home Smith Bar (Old Mill) in Toronto on October 4. For some reason I forgot to post it to this Blog. Website activity should be a regular activity, but I haven’t got […]

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Kenderdine Jazz Composer’s Retreat 2012

Earlier last month (August 2012) I attended the  2012 Jazz Composer’s Retreat @ Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus (of the University of Saskatchewan). Yeah, Retreat! It makes me think of what I’d like to do when composing is difficult or worrisome. “RETREAT!!”. Okay, not that kind of retreat…this was the good kind. Getting away…being in a beautiful […]

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Today is Phil Nimmons’ 89th birthday

Today (June 3, 2012) we celebrate the 89th birthday of one of Canada’s great musical treasures: clarinetist, composer, band leader and music educator, Phil R. Nimmons. It has been my good fortune to have had a close relationship with Phil for many many years and , despite our familiarity, I am in awe of what […]