Composer Or Ethnomusicologist? Maria Schneider: An Example of the Human Experience Captured Through Music

As I sat at the kitchen table reading the article below aloud to my wife, over last night's leftover guava pastries and a couple of  home-made cafe con leches, it struck me that I wasn't just reading an article about music.  The way the story takes us through prominent contemporary Jazz composer Maria Schneider's trip … Continue reading Composer Or Ethnomusicologist? Maria Schneider: An Example of the Human Experience Captured Through Music

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IKEA Monkey Madness

Last night I was on my way to meet a friend after a long day at "the Toronto office", which I have a chance to visit every now and again.  He told me where to meet him and said "I'll bring the IKEA Monkey.  Wearing our jackets".  Since I had been living in a work-enduced … Continue reading IKEA Monkey Madness

“Take Five” To Remember Dave Brubeck: Setting The Context For Modern Jazz Music

I've always been a huge fan of Jazz.  Most of my fondest childhood memories was spending Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the den of our seventies-chic (in the 80's, mind you) townhouse coloring in Buggs Bunny or putting together puzzles while listening to  the simultaneously melodic and harmonic music notes slither and shout from my … Continue reading “Take Five” To Remember Dave Brubeck: Setting The Context For Modern Jazz Music

“R Kelly Is Today’s Marvin Gaye” And Other Questionable Music Comparisons

Last Sunday we were hosting a couple of friends for dinner: the type of friends who like to drink Manhattans, talk about philosophy and pose random questions for us all to get silly about before eating, drinking more and hopping on the piano for singalongs that range from Broadway to Elton John to Journey.  We … Continue reading “R Kelly Is Today’s Marvin Gaye” And Other Questionable Music Comparisons