Black History

Today media’s bombardment of well paid pop acoustical-movie celebrities has all but obliterated consciousness of the great musical innovators: Oscar Peterson Art Tatum Earl Hines Charlie Parker Miles Davis John Coltrane Mcoy Tyner Elvin Jones Louis Armstrong Dizzie Gilesppie Duke Ellington Nancy Wilson Sarah Vaughn Nina Simone Ella Fitzgerald Billy Holliday Dakota Staton Joe Williams … More Black History

The muse has departed.

Popular music has been changing significantly over the years,………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….anger, disgust, fear, sadness, and conscientiousness have increased significantly, while joy, confidence, and openness expressed in pop song lyrics have declined.

Judi

Last Toronto municipal election day: October 27, 2018,  I got a surprise telephone call from Judi Jansen asking about Scott Cushnie and Gene MacLellan;  whose name has never shown up in online searches but whose presence has been central to Canada’s early Rock and Blues, who comes to mind whenever I hear Jan Haust’s historical … More Judi

Edison Hotel

I hate to admit it but I don’t recall any performers who played on the stage of the Edison Hotel. I remember sitting in the audience in front of the stage of the Edison Hotel at Yonge and Gould where I used to drink beer between sets probably in the men’s room, but I can’t … More Edison Hotel

Hernando’s Hideaway

“The Consuls” recorded for Hernando in Buffalo, New York. Hernando had connections with Lori Records in New York City  where he had “The Consuls” re-record at New York City’s Bell Sound what we’d recorded for him in Buffalo New York so that we could broaden our record distribution.