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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

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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

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Issue: 2019-02-27, PHOTO: Angela Drainville

Fawn Fritzen hasn’t always considered herself a feminist. The Whitehorse jazz singer/songwriter wasn’t using that term in 2013 when her first CD, Bedroom Voice, came out. Or in 2016 when she released her second album, Pairings... Read more

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Issue: 2019-01-30, PHOTO: courtesy of Lonnie Powell

Lonnie Powell’s passion for percussion dates back to a childhood night in B.C.’s Kootenay region, when he attended a wedding reception with his mother and watched a “really animated” drummer strut his stuff... Read more

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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

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Issue: 2018-10-31, COVER ART: J.D. Sipe

It’s been a fairly typical autumn for bluesman Brandon Isaak. Typically busy, that is. The former Whitehorse musician spent most of September on tour in Germany and Holland, including an appearance at the prestigious Guitar Summit in Mannheim... Read more

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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

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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

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Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: courtesy of Elaine Schiman

Yukon accompanist Grant Simpson helped found Café des Voix in 2016 as an extension of Jazz Yukon workshops that had been occurring since 2011 and as “a safe and supportive space for local vocalists to learn and perform.” Today, the program is... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 Read more

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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 ... Read more

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