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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Jeremy Pelt

The email said Jeremy Pelt was between engagements in Europe and China, with just a “sliver of time” of time for a phone interview from his New York City home. For the first few minutes, the answers were terse, non-committal, perhaps a bit... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Karin Plato

Have you heard the one about the farmer’s daughter, the music teacher, the composer and the jazz singer? It’s not a joke. They’re all the same person: Karin Plato. Although she has called Vancouver home since 1985, Plato grew up on a grain farm... more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Courtesy of Tamir Hendelman

Tamir Hendelman’s list of players who have inspired him as a performer and composer includes unsurprising names such Evans, Davis, Corea, Hancock and Peterson. But how many other jazz musicians could also such early influences as a grandmother... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Courtesy of Elaine Schiman

Jazz lovers in Whitehorse often look at each other and say, “There’s so much music going on. And so much jazz!” And there is. We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the arts. However, jazz pianist Grant Simpson noticed a... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

It was 30 years ago, but Andrea McColeman still remembers what Lucie Desaulniers was wearing the first time they got together to jam: neon leggings and a fitness headband (à la Olivia Newton John) propping up her permed ‘do. more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Graham Haber

John Stetch was already part of the New York City jazz scene when he first played in front of classical pianist and teacher Burton Hatheway in Fairfield, Connecticut back in 1993. Hatheway, who is still teaching at the age of 87, didn’t mince... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Marc Atkinson

From Tomaso Albinoni to Django Reinhardt, by way of Led Zeppelin? It’s all part of guitarist Marc Atkinson’s musical journey. The 48-year-old Atkinson grew up on B.C.’s relatively remote Quadra Island, without YouTube, or even television, but with... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

If Claire Ness had her druthers, she’d be performing for children by day and providing cabaret-style adult fare once the sun goes down. But not just as a singer-songwriter. “There's something about straight music that lacks the theatrical part... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Steve Mynett

Memphis, Tennessee has been dubbed both the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll". But it's no slouch in the jazz department, either. In a four-year span from 1934 to 1938, at least half a dozen future jazz luminaries were born... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: Stephanie Barnes

Full disclosure: Steve Maddock and I have a few things in common. We're both PKs (preacher's kids) who grew up in southern Ontario adding our piping, angelic treble voices to the choirs in our fathers' churches. Point of departure: I struggled... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: by courtesy of Olivier de Colombel

If you go by way of Laos and the U.S. East Coast, the journey from France to Yukon is anything but a straight line. But a brief reunion of two lifelong friends in Paris two summers ago proves you can get from there to here. During a 2015 bike tour... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: courtesy of Willie Jones III

Willie Jones III isn't shy about crediting his late father, a renowned pianist from Los Angeles, with sparking his interest in jazz. "Even before I started school, he would take me to rehearsal with him and I would watch while he rehearsed... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: by courtesy of Nick Mah

If you're doing a stage show about a highly-admired guitarist, being able to render the music is a big help. Fortunately, Whitehorse musician Nicholas Mah has been playing the music of his dramatic subject, the late Lenny Breau, for decades... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: by Michelle Peters

Add a fruity kick to your fall with a lychee martini! Try the cocktail at the CD release party and concert for Yukon musician Nicole Edwards. On Sept. 23 the songstress releases Genre Bender at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Pierre Arsenault

When Oliver Jones was a mere 65 years old, he and his wife both felt it was time for him to retire after years of playing piano on concert stages throughout the world. So he did. Briefly. Now, 16 years later, the legendary jazz pianist is about to... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Jen Edwards

Scott Wilson doesn't credit either '50s TV host Arthur Godfrey or campy falsetto Tiny Tim with the current popularity of the humble ukulele. Instead, the Whitehorse musician thinks it likely stems from a few years back, when Hawaiian singer Israel... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: kozzi.com

He’s only 24 years old, but American pianist Matt Savage has had a 15-year professional career as a jazz musician, playing with some of the biggest names in jazz including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Chaka Khan. People Magazine described... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: courtesy of Southeast Alaska State Fair

It’s a gathering where you may sip the tingly bitterness of a pale ale, sample salty snacks from the “bacon booth” and lock eyes magically with your future spouse. No wonder tickets to the Haines Beer Fest have sold out faster than ever this year... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Alaska

Anyone contemplating starting a small musical group to perform on a cruise ship would be well-advised to contact Lache Cercel. The Romanian-born fiddler, who now lives in B.C., teaches a course in how to develop a successful repertoire for just such more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-04-28, PHOTO: Jeffrey Care

When Fawn Fritzen's new CD, Pairings, debuts at the Old Fire Hall on Saturday, it won't be your typical Whitehorse album launch. For one thing, many of those in attendance already have a connection to the project as contributors to Fritzen's... more

Apr 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music