Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Photo by Frank Stewart.
“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz.”
- DownBeat Magazine
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra makes a welcome return to Massey Hall on Wednesday, February 11. Led by first-class trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is a showcase for some of the most stellar jazz soloists and ensemble players in the world featuring an extensive repertoire of contemporary compositions and masterworks.
Win 2 tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Massey Hall on February 11 + Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life a book by Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward. A winner will be chosen on Friday, January 31.
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Fair warning- this new episode of the Massey Hall podcast is not laced with jokes and funny clips or punchlines. In this podcast we explore the art of Stand-up Comedy. Each New Year’s Eve at Toronto’s Massey Hall, Yuk-Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin curates the Comedy Extravaganza show and here, he discusses what he looks for in a comic and what makes stand-up comedy so powerful. Plus he talks about each performer on the 2014 event. Enjoy! soundcloud.com/soundboardto/ep-13-stand-up-comedy
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Joe Cocker performed on the Massey Hall stage on numerous occasions and as his many fans know, he was an enormous talent. It was as though the soul of his song was erupting from his body. His performances were explosive in a kind of honest and authentic way.
When I read that he died yesterday I called my friend Craig Martin, the Music Director for Classic Albums Live, who I knew was a fan. He told me that his first introduction to Joe was via Saturday Night Live – with Belushi alongside him mimicking his moves. How hilarious the bit was and how it gave you a look into Joe’s head space CONTINUE READING >
I used to spend a lot of time down at the local market when I was a teen. I would do all the things a teen my age (the age of a teen) would do. I would sit with my friends, spend my hard earned pennies on apple fritters and of course, like most boys my age, I would ride skateboards.
I never had a skateboard to write home about. It was nothing special is what I mean, at least not to anyone aside from myself. I remember all the other kids talking brands and hardware. How much money everything was, and how it became obsolete in the blink of an eye. I was simple and I came from a simple home. My skateboard was home made. A thick, heavy piece of wood with a sand paper top and second hand wheels. I felt at times, like it was a barrier between my friends and I, however, I loved that damn thing. It got me from point A to point B and it never had a problem doing so.
One hot day in the middle of august I pushed my way down to the market and CONTINUE READING >
When I was in high school, Who’s Next blasted out of every car stereo. I had it on 8 track.
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