ROTUNDA, BARRIE CITY HALL
on this exquisite
of the dedication to the
GO TO PIANO CONCERTS
"Thank you again for the
opportunity to have my piano recital at this
fabulous FREE Barrie Jazz & Blues festival at the Rotunda.
LISTEN to what Fern Lindzon has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.
LISTEN to what D. D. Jackson has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.
LISTEN to what Attila Fias has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.
to what Nancy Houle has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.
A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT
"PEER TO PEER"
During the 1930s,
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington became intrigued with
engaging and vivacious Fern Lindzon and her quartet perform two
singer and pianist based in Toronto ...."
is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming
Fern Lindzon studied music history at the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Music degree. She pursued her studies in jazz with such notable educators as Frank Falco, Elaine Overholt, Don Thomson, Fred Hersch and the legendary Barry Harris. A regular performer in the music scene in Southern Ontario, Lindzon also has three critically acclaimed recordings to her credit.
These" received major radio airplay and
most recent opus, "Like a Circle in a Spiral", has
collaborator and brilliant bassist, George Koller, in commenting
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
SKYLINERS BIG BAND
in to a fun-filled big band rehearsal session at the Barrie City Hall Rotunda.
A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT
"NOTES FROM THE GREEN BOOK"
RETROSPECTIVE ON THE
PROTAGANIST IN THE
African-American pianist and composer, Don Shirley, displayed immense talent at an early age, debuting in concert with the Boston Pops at age 18. Despite the obstacles of segregation, he performed at prestigious venues and earned acclaim for his work with the Don Shirley Trio, showcasing a unique style that combined classical, spiritual and popular elements. Largely forgotten by the time of his death, Shirley was introduced to new generations of fans with the 2018 premiere of the biographical movie, "Green Book".
Despite his training, Shirley in his 20s was dissuaded from pursuing a career as a classical pianist by impresario Sol Hurok, who said the country wasn't ready to accept a black man in that arena. Shirley subsequently developed his own genre of performance, melding his influences in blues, spirituals, show tunes, and popular music to deliver compositions that were both familiar and original to audiences.
imagination and deft touch drew praise from musical luminaries like Igor Stravinsky,
who cited Shirley's virtuosity as "worthy of the gods".
Starting with "Tonal Expressions" in 1955, Shirley began recording his unique versions of popular favorites like "Blue Moon," "Lullaby of Birdland" and "Love for Sale" with the Don Shirley Trio. The trio enjoyed a highlight with their self-titled 1961 album, which included the Top 40 hit "Water Boy," and continued recording together through 1972's "The Don Shirley Point of View". Shirley recorded over two dozen albums in his career.
Following the death of his good friend Ellington in 1974, Shirley composed "Divertimento for Duke by Don". Other ambitious creations included his variations on the story of Orpheus in the Underworld, a tone poem based on James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake", and works for piano, cello and strings.
Eisenman is one among a handful of the top 'in-demand' jazz pianists in Toronto.
professional status is based largely on his skill and versatility as
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT
"FROM RAGS TO RICHES"
PIANIST, JORDAN KLAPMAN, TAKES US ON AN "EDU-TAINING"
HISTORICAL ANECDOTES WILL ACCOMPANY THIS EVENING OF GORGEOUS SYNCOPATION AND SPIRITED
Jordan Klapman is a professional music educator and performer. A versatile solo and ensemble pianist, accompanist, bandleader, music director, composer, arranger, vocal coach and recording producer.
1977, Jordan has performed his solo piano music around the world in concert
halls, restaurants, piano bars, supper clubs, top hotels and resorts across North
America and the Caribbean, and on three international cruise lines. He specializes
in the great melodic popular music of the Great American Songbook and Broadway,
the timeless standards of mainstream and traditional jazz, Big Band, stride and
ragtime piano, latin dance music, and Jewish music of all kinds, from traditional
klezmer to the songs of the Yiddish Theatre and
a music producer, Jordan has released eight
Jordan leads several of his own bands, performing and recording with many of Canadas top award-winning jazz, cabaret, and pop musicians.
"GREAT MOMENTS IN JAZZ" CONCERT
"BOUNCIN' WITH BUD"
RETROSPECTIVE ON "ONE
OF THE TWO MOST SIGNIFICANT PIANISTS OF THE STYLE OF MODERN JAZZ THAT CAME TO
BE KNOWN AS BOP." HIS VIRTUOSITY AS A PIANIST LED MANY TO CALL HIM
Rudolph "Bud" Powell
"If I had to choose one single musician for his artistic integrity, for the incomparable originality of his creation and the grandeur of his work, it would be Bud Powell. He was in a class by himself." - Bill Evans, 1979
"... Bud Powell is the most important pianist in jazz and one of the most
underrated .... Bud Powell was imitating Charlie Parker. So Bud was the first
pianist to take Charlie Parker's language and adapt it successfully to the piano.
That's why he is the most important pianist in music today because everybody plays
like that now."
No one could play like Bud; too difficult, too quick, incredible!" - Thelonious Monk
"Bud is a genius." - Charlie Parker
"Bud is a genuine genius." - Duke Ellington
laid down the basis of modern jazz piano."
was the most brilliant that a spirit might be, a unique genius in our culture."
- Max Roach
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.-born, Paul "Poli" Hoffert, is best known for his work with the rock band "Lighthouse", which he co-founded with Canadian drummer, Skip Prokop. His musical origins, however, were rooted in classical music and subsequently jazz, and he released his first recording - "The Jazz Routes of Paul Hoffert" - with The Paul Hoffert Quartet when he was only 16 years old. He went on to perform with jazz greats such as Moe Koffman, Freddie Hubbard, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell and Ed Bickert, at venues such as the Newport, Monterey, and Boston Globe jazz festivals, as well as Carnegie Hall.
most recent jazz recording, "How High The Bird", is an iconclastic shuffling
of the "standards" and "be-bop" deck with music partner-drummer,
A mulit-instrumentalist who, as a child, was recognized for being a prodigy, "Poli" counts as his major influences in jazz piano, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell.
intellectual and creative peripatetic, Hoffert's vast and heralded contributions
to the Arts and Technology are best
"Paul Hoffert defies neat definitions.
The founder and keyboard player for the 1970s rock band Lighthouse is now the
architect of Canadas most innovative information highway experiments. A
university professor, businessman, composer and conductor, Hoffert is, in the
words of some, the quintessential 'renaissance man'. He is also, possibly, the
ideal visionary for the electronic age."
"Mr. Hoffert is one of the New Mandarins - along with Microsofts Bill Gates His music wakes up Canadians every morning, but this member of the Canadian Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been waking up the technology sector as well ... " - Financial Post
engineer, arts maven, and entrepreneur Paul Hoffert takes us on an accessible,
lively, wide-ranging, thought-provoking tour of the frontiers of technology and
culture (in his book, The Bagel Effect) ... an optimistic and deeply humanistic
view of the world and of modern technology's role in it... Required reading for
an introduction to the profound changes being enabled by modern media."
Schedules Are Subject To Change Without Notice
Current to MAY 24, 2019