Michael Kaeshammer with special guest Kellylee Evans (Saturday): Michael Kaeshammer returns to Massey Hall for the fourth and final performance in our 2012-2013 Jazz at Massey Hall series (you can read about the recently announced 2013-2014 series here). Kaeshammer’s forthcoming album, With You In Mind, will be released next Tuesday but you can stream it in its entirety now on CBC Music. You can also check out a clip from his JUNO nominated live DVD – complete with his signature energy, vim, and vigour – embedded above or go here. Very special guest Kellylee Evans – who just herself released her latest album, I Remember When, last month – opens the night.
Last week we celebrated Commander Chris Hadfield singing a version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in actual outer space, shortly before returning to planet Earth. This week, you should check out this article from CBC which reports that Larrivee (based in Vancouver) is now bringing back the Parlor guitar model based on demand after Hadfield’s space antics have re-popularized it.
And also from the department of music meets science, Alan Cross is talking about 3D printers again (and really, who isn’t these days). Calling the technology “as close to a real-life Star Trek replicator as you’re going to see,” he points to the latest on printing vinyl records using the new machines. Fair warning, the article he cites declares, “Don’t start reading before you’ve finished your work for the day, otherwise you’ll get nothing else done.”
And, check out the latest from Google Music (also known as Google Play Music All Access) – which, apparently, could soon be available on non-Android mobile devices (through a third-party app) according to Wired and others.
NPR Music is a treasure trove this week for streaming audio. They have a feature interview with some tunes available from Roy Thomson Hall fave Bobby McFerrin on his latest project Spirityouall as well as a discussion with the one and only Liza Minnelli where she shares stories of her life and “the evolution of her approach to song.”
And if you’re a fan of The National, it’s a good time to get to the internet: NPR Music also has the band on World Café chatting and playing some tunes and Toronto’s own indie icon Hayden interviews The National’s Matt Berninger this week in The Grid, while Letterman recently had the band on his show too. And album reviews abound for their latest disc, Trouble Will Find Me. You can get the scoop from the Toronto Star (three and a half, out of four, stars), the LA Times (which calls it “an album full of little moments that reward multiple listens,”) and Paste Magazine (declaring it “The National at their Nationalest,”) to name a few.
Stefania Paterak is Programming Associate at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall