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On the road again…

I guess we don't officially kick off the festival until this evening, but with Willie Nelson at Massey Hall last night - and some other great jazz happening around town - it certainly felt as though things were underway. Here's where I was:

  • 12:15 pm - interview at Nathan Phillips Square with CITY
  • 6:00 pm - Bloomsday at The Rex
  • 8:00 pm - Willie Nelson
  • 10:30 pm - The Brothas Concert at Lula Lounge

I'll let my tweets do most of the talking, but wanted to touch on a couple of things.

Late-night powers…activate!

Jeanette (my wife) has a no-sympathy rule when it comes to my jazz-related galavanting. The rule, essentially, is this: if I have "one too many" and I wake up the next morning moaning about it, I get no sympathy. There's no finger wagging or "told you so" involved, but I'm certainly not getting a pat on the head and a gentle "there, there." All that to say, after last night's players party at The Rex, I got little sympathy this morning…

Time flies…

So how, exactly, did it get to be June 13th?

Thank goodness for music

Every once in a while, life gets hectic/stressful/overwhelming/whatevertermworksbestforyou...one of the salves I turn to with regularity is music.

How does that go again?

In some ways, composing music is a funny pursuit...

Jazz resources

I spent a few minutes writing down some of my usual go-to resources for jazz as they relate to my duties as Artistic Director.

Market this

In my various experiences over the past fifteen years, marketing - the requirement to publicize shows, reach out to and engage an audience, create brands, manage customer service - has been a constant thread.

The Big Reveal

The phones are still ringing and the emails still pinging, but all of the details are coming together for next Wednesday's media conference at JAZZ.FM91.

Support music in Toronto schools

I understand (all too well) that bottom lines need to be met. But in this case, I feel strongly that the proposed cuts are not the way to go.

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers

I've often wondered "How could this music over here be combined with that music over there?" The answer can be found in part in a number of "chamber jazz" projects which I've seen evolve over the past few years in Toronto.

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