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Thank you Geoff

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.

Further thoughts from Branford Marsalis

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.

Phoenix rising?

First - kudos to Daniel Jamieson and his Danjam Orchestra. I caught their opening set last night at The Rex and the band sounded great. Some top musicians from Toronto and New York, and excellent writing. If you missed them last night, you can catch them again tonight at The Rex starting at 9:30 pm - details here.

And now on to the topic of the day. A few weeks back I wrote about the demise of Cafe Paradiso in Ottawa. With this week came news of a club closing here in Toronto - The Trane Studio.

A few Thursday thoughts

Jeanette and I were so excited to celebrate Adelaide's first birthday on Monday. It has been quite a year - she has mastered so much already. One thing we're still working on, though, is sleeping through the night. Last night featured kind of the opposite of sleeping through the night, which means I'm a bit tired today, which means (as you may know from previous posts) I'm finding it extra more harder to write in coherent sentences using the bestest grammar. So with that in mind, a few random (i.e. shorter) thoughts for this rainy Thursday afternoon:

    How about some good news for a change?

    Two weeks ago I reported on the unfortunate demise of Cafe Paradiso, Ottawa's main jazz club. This week, I've got only good news to report from Toronto's main jazz club, The Rex Hotel.

    Festival prime time

    It's been almost a month since we wrapped the 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and I feel myself slowly going into jazz festival withdrawal. Happily, there are still lots of festivals to catch around Ontario over the next several weeks. In case you're suffering from similar symptoms, I figured I would list some of the upcoming festivals. As is always the case when creating these sorts of lists, it's likely that I've missed a few. If you notice something missing, let me know.

    News from the community

    Some big news - both good and bad - from a couple of local jazz communities in the past couple of weeks.

    Ten days later...

    Today was kind of weird, in a mixed-bag kind of way. I woke up on my own schedule; had no concerts to attend, no interviews to prepare; and spent the entire day with my family. But I also didn't hear any live shows, meet any new jazz fans, or see the great people I got to work with over the ten days of this year's TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Happily, there's a whole other wonderful world outside of festival-land (who knew?!), and on the festival front, we ended things on a high note...

    In a Mellow Tone

    Happy Canada Day! It's amazing to think that ten days ago we were launching the 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival...and here we are on the last day. I'm experiencing mixed feelings - I've truly had a great festival and am sad that it's ending, but I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my family and a return to a more regular sleep schedule.

    Day 9 of the festival featured some music of a more mellow - but no less interesting - tone.

    Getting into the music

    How can it be the second-last day of the festival already?! Day 8 featured some great conversation and some great music.

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