Markham Jazz Festival

We were all smiles after a killer set by Lionel Louke (left) and his killer trio in Unionville!

We were all smiles after a killer set by Lionel Louke (left) and his killer trio in Unionville!

IMG_8286This week began with my phone going off telling me I was on the air in thirty minutes! IMG_8285Luckily I live nearby, but I’ve slept in four times in ten years and it was a surreal way to start the week! I credit/blame my previous Sunday soiree with Igor, Nadia and Barbie. Too much fun! IMG_8309My BFF, Sahra Featherstone, just came back from a long tour and sailing was the perfect way to rekindle. A bunch of friends joined Captain Paul and the two of us.

My last sail with Shereen and crew was sunny and warm!

My last sail with Shereen and crew was sunny and warm!

Shereen and her cool cousins returned for their second sail of the season. A bit chilly after dark, so after checking out a bit of Ghosts Busters at Sail-in-Cinema we headed back to Harbourfront.

Maceo Parker brought the funk to Markham Jazz Fest!

Maceo Parker brought the funk to Markham Jazz Fest!

From Friday to Sunday I hosted the main stage at The Markham Jazz Festival in beautiful downtown Unionville. The Festival is 16 years old and I’ve hosted the past eight years. I really like the people and all the Artistic Directors (Hal Hill, Josh Grossman and now Michael Occhipinti) have done a fantastic job providing a ton of variety!

I miss my faraway friends!

I miss my faraway friends!

I miss June Garber and her husband Bob every time I go up (they moved to Florida where June is singing up a storm!) but there are a handful of friends I’m happy to see year after year.

Dr. Ho eats at Sushi Cafe, so it must be good for you!

Dr. Ho eats at Sushi Cafe, so it must be good for you!

When it comes to food, I spent almost all my time at Sushi Cafe right beside The Millennium Stage on Main Street. The chef is a master, the service is super fast and the prices are reasonable…oh yeah, and they play JAZZ.FM91, with no prodding from me! (The first time I walked in and ordered the lady said “you are interrupting yourself, that’s you on the radio right now, isn’t it?”) It’s a family owned business, so if you are in the neighbourhood, say hi for me and try some unique Japanese-Fusion.

Phil Dwyer and I with Laila Biali...nice people...nice wheels!

Phil Dwyer and I with Laila Biali…nice people…nice wheels!

I gotta go back to scale school. This fourteen year old piano player blew my mind! The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band have some of the best players from High School AND Middle School from across the GTA!

I gotta go back to scale school. This fourteen year old piano player blew my mind! The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band have some of the best players from High School AND Middle School from across the GTA!

Elizabeth Shepherd stuck around for music after her show.

Elizabeth Shepherd stuck around for music after her show.

My old pal Andrew Gilchrist now lives in New Orleans and among other things, is sound man for Maceo Parker!

My old pal Andrew Gilchrist now lives in New Orleans and among other things, is sound man for Maceo Parker!

 

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