Jazz Yukon

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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... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Yukon Music


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 midnight Yukon Music


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 midnight Yukon Music


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 midnight Yukon Music 1 Comments

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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 midnight 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 midnight 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. 02, 2016 midnight 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 midnight Yukon Music

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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... more

Sep. 22, 2016 midnight Yukon Music

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 midnight , Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: Peter Long

Your first perception of Duncan Sinclair may be of a reserved, buttoned-down guy – a civil servant, most likely. You wouldn't be wrong. Sinclair spent decades in the territorial public service, rising through the ranks before retiring in 2002 as ... more

Oct. 08, 2015 midnight Yukon Music 1 Comments

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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. more

Sep. 24, 2015 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-03-26 PHOTO: courtesy of Campbell Ryga

Campbell Ryga has a thing about saxophones. When he's not playing them, chances are you'll find him at a workbench repairing one, or conducting clinics to teach others to do it. "Saxophones and clarinets always kind of interested me. more

Mar. 26, 2015 midnight Yukon Music

According to Tim Tamashiro, there's "thinky" jazz and then there's "drinky" jazz . "I've always had a bit of a problem with the serious nature of jazz, so I wanted to come up with some sort of a name to put it into a bit of a context for the greater more

Jan. 15, 2015 6:47 p.m. Yukon Music

If you’re stumped about what to call your new Northern band, you might find inspiration at your local museum. more

Nov. 27, 2014 midnight Yukon Music

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Jazz Yukon is delivering yet another one-of-a-kind show next week. On April 23, Toronto bass player George Koller will perform alongside Yukon percussionist Ken Searcy and muti-instrumentalist Daniel Janke in a concert more

Apr. 17, 2014 midnight Yukon Music


Issue: 2014-03-06, PHOTO: Jose Crespo

Creating sexy jazz sounds in both French and English, Diana Panton is a respected voice in the Canadian music scene. On March 9, Panton will be returning to Whitehorse with Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, and Phil Dwyer to perform songs from her... more

Mar. 06, 2014 midnight Yukon Music

Learn, listen, and play is what Jazz in the Hall events are about. On March 6 Jazz Yukon is presenting a Jazz in the Hall event featuring youth musicians. more

Feb. 27, 2014 midnight Yukon Music

Don Ogilvie's love affair with Gypsy jazz dates back 40 years. Like most budding musicians in 1970, Ogilvie was mostly into rock music at the time, but he also played with a New Orleans-style band. more

Jan. 20, 2011 midnight

​After a career of 70 years playing jazz piano, on every continent in the world, Oliver Jones is finally coming to the Yukon. more

Apr. 02, 2009 midnight Yukon Music