Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Smooth Sax of Joel Harbans

Joel Harbans

Many, many years ago I moved my family into our first post-divorce home. We are a fairly friendly bunch, quite sociable, and we got to know our neighbours quite quickly. 
One day I as I was taking out the trash, I heard the most gorgeous sax I'd ever heard (other than Mike Murley, my not so secret crush!). 
The sweet sounds were emanating from a few doors down. 
Later that day the pre-teen youngest child from that very home was out walking his dog. I stopped this 'kid' and asked him what CD he had been listening to. It took him a while to figure out what I was talking about. Finally he said '' OH! You must have heard me practising!''. 
I was floored, and have followed his jazz education and career ever since. 

Now it is your turn to discover him. 

I present to you, 

Joel Harbans

Friday, 11 April 2014

JazzFM Caberet Series ''The Sondheim Jazz Project''

All Photos Courtesy of Janet Jardine

Bobby Hsu, Alex Samaras, D'Arcy Myronuk, James McEleney, Morgan Childs.
Together they are the Soundheim Jazz Project! 

And Along with special guest Sophia Perlman they brought the house DOWN!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Whose Shadow CD Launch at JazzBistro- March 30, 2014

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Lara Solnicki has an impressive lists of credits to her name. Contemporary poet, vocalist, educator and composer. She is exceptionally talented and a delight, both as a person, and as a performer. Sunday March 30th 2014 Lara is set to launch her newest CD Whose Shadow
Here's a sneak peak of the show!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Allyson Morris and Mark Kieswetter at Musideum, March 13, 2014.

As you will most assuredly know, I love Musideum. I received an email recently and found out that Allyson Morris and Mark Kieswetter will be there this Thursday, March 13, 2014. It should be a fabulous night!!

Barbra Lica, The Interview

In days past, female jazz vocalists ruled the airwaves. That trend is re-surging, and one of the brightest lights on the horizon is Barbra Lica. I recently caught up with Barbra. We talked about her past, the future, marathons, Peter Appleyard and the ‘Scarlet O Hara life’ of a full-time jazz singer.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Them Broads Still Got It!

I have been to see "Broadsway", the remarkable trio of Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels and Diane Leah, twice now. 
Each time there has been a terrible storm of some sort. 
Yet each time, despite that, the house was packed. 
It seems whatever the weather Gods throw their way, the Broads still come out on top!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Randy Lyght, A Return To Romance

Jazz crooner Randy Lyght is launching his new CD, Return To Romance, February 13th in Kitchener, Ontario. But there's a lot more to his musical story than just a Valentine's Day theme!
Read on to discover the HEART of the matter!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Lara Solnicki

Photo by: Laura Stein from
I am a Musideum devotee. I love the atmosphere, the extremely high quality of musicians who play there, and of course, I adore Donald! I was trolling through the Musideum website when I came across not a performance, but a workshop. And was thrilled to see Lara Solnicki's name!