RSS

Jazz on the Wing

Larry Fuller by Marzena Manganaro - Copy.jpg

Issue: 2019-09-25, PHOTO: Marzena Manganaro

One person’s trash is another’s treasure. When Larry Fuller’s older brother brought home an upright piano a cousin was discarding, the “little kid” from Toledo discovered a passion that would take him to the forefront of North America’s jazz... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2019-03-06-Bolton-JOTW-Thiroux copy.png

Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Katie Thiroux

A legendary bass player who died almost two decades ago indirectly influenced Katie Thiroux’s decision to inject a healthy dose of standard jazz content into her concerts and recordings. “I learned a lesson, by way of Ray Brown, that it’s a good... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2019-02-24-DMAC-JAM20th.jpg

Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Bruce Binder

Junction Arts and Music (JAM) has a big year planned. After 20 years, close to 400 events and more than 17,000 attendees, they have a lot to celebrate. They kicked off their anniversary year in January, with Sarah MacDougall performing in Haines... Read more

Haines Junction

P1-2018-11-21-Bailey.jpg

Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Alison Hasbach

After more than two decades as a jazz guitarist, Sheryl Bailey still invokes the name of a player who first inspired her love of the genre, but who died when she was just two years old. “I got into jazz when I was about 15. I heard Wes Montgomery... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2018-10-17-Bolton-JOTW-Bunnett.jpg

Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: courtesy of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Fate has a habit of steering flute and saxophone player Jane Bunnett in unexpected directions. If tendinitis hadn’t forced a break from her intense piano practice regime, for instance, she might not have gone to San Francisco and met Charles... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2018-09-11-WeedsJazzWing.jpg

Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Cory Weeds

Cory Weeds credits the influential jazz label, Criss Cross Jazz, for his initial introduction to long-time friend and musical collaborator, David Hazeltine. In the mid-’90s, the Vancouver sax player, impresario and Juno-winning producer had... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2018-02-28-Peripheral Vision.jpeg

Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Peripheral Vision

When a band calls itself Peripheral Vision, you might be excused for thinking it’s a rock group, or possibly a folk/roots, or even bluegrass ensemble. But you’d be wrong. What the Toronto-based quartet serves up is a musical bouillabaisse with... Read more

Yukon Music

Pic01-Dated-2018-01-17-JenHodge (copy).jpeg

Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Wink Richardson

Jen Hodge had just spent five hectic days in Asheville, North Carolina, rehearsing every day and performing late into every night as part of the massive celebration of swing music known as Lindy Focus XVI. Read more

Yukon Music

P1-Dated-2017-11-22-JeremyPelt.jpg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

P1-2017-10-25-KenBolton-JazzOnWing-Plato - Copy.jpg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Pg05-Dated-2017-09-27-Bolton-Hendelman.PNG.jpeg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Marc Atkinson (copy).jpeg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Harold Mabern.jpeg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Maddock at Cellar 2.jpeg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Jones on stairs.jpeg

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... Read more

Yukon Music

Grant Stewart 5a (copy).jpeg

Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: John Abbott

Musical talent is over-rated, and taste is under-rated. At least, that's how Canadian-born sax player Grant Stewart sees things. "I know many, many, many players who can play anything they hear, and that's kind of what you're told is the ideal to... Read more

Yukon Music

Goodman 1.jpg

Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: courtesy of Alex Goodman

Alex Goodman doesn't really cross borders so much as straddle them. Although the Toronto-raised guitarist and composer has made his home in New York City for the past three-and-a-half years, he seems to keep one foot planted in the musical soil of... Read more

Yukon Music

Champian Fulton - Tayla Nebesky.jpg

Issue: 2016-03-03, PHOTO: Tayla Nebesky

While other girls her age were in their bedrooms pretending to be Madonna or some other pop idol, Champian Fulton was busy channelling a legendary jazz singer who died back in 1963. "You know how kids like to pretend and tell stories? My story was... Read more

Yukon Music

Four  Cookers.jpg

Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: courtesy of The Cookers Quintet

They took their name from a Blue Note album recorded live at New York's Club La Marchal in April, 1965 that's been described as "one of the most compelling documents of a live band in full flight". That album, The Night of the Cookers ... Read more

Yukon Music

(PRIORITY)Louis Hayes at Jazz Standard (2).jpg

Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: courtesy of Louis Hayes

Forget the metronome, and don't even bother trying to play like someone else, no matter how much you admire them. "When I was young, I figured that out real quick, because it was uncomfortable; it didn't work," says legendary drummer Louis Hayes. Read more

Yukon Music