I was fortunate to spend last weekend in New York where I spent three days and three nights checking out great music and meeting with colleagues from North America and Europe.
At this time of year, there is always the small matter of new year's resolutions. I admit to not being a huge fan of this annual ritual.
I'm a bit of a marketing junkie and so check the Adweek blog somewhat regularly. Sometime last year they posted a list of 10 commercials directed by David Fincher.
In a few short weeks, I'll be heading down to New York City...But for the first time in a while, I'm actually quite excited about what's happening here at home.
And now, of course, that I'm ready to jump back into the fray, I have too many things to cram into one blog...So I'll touch on a few things briefly.
A couple of months ago I was invited to write a story for the University of Toronto's quarterly magazine, U of T Magazine. I enjoyed the process...
When "jazz guitar" and "Canada" are mentioned, Ed Bickert's name is one of the first to come up...
By talking about Facebook, I admit that I'm going to extol the virtues and damn the annoyances of a free service that I am not, in fact, obligated to use. But here's the thing.
You may have already heard that former Toronto Star jazz (and theatre) writer Geoff Chapman passed away yesterday after a long illness. We send condolences to his wife Bilgi and their family.
About a year ago, I read an interview with Branford Marsalis in the Seattle Weekly in which he discusses some of the challenges facing contemporary jazz artists and audiences.