My week began with a concert at The Old Mill by one of the worlds greatest living pianists; Dick Hyman. Earlier that day he was coming into Jazz FM for an interview in the afternoon. The boys in Fiddle Fire were setting up in the Long & McQuade Performance Hall for a kids show…as our promotions director walked by I yelled “you’re going to slide dick in the back door, right?” I honestly didn’t intend the double entendre! Just before the concert I sat with Dick and another great pianist, Gene DiNovi. They kidded me about my playing “Jazz Kazoo”…as did Gord Sheard, Amanda Martinez and Liona Boyd. I emceed a concert by Amanda who has a new CD out called “Manana”. October 22nd at noon you can enjoy Florence K. by the Waterfall Stage at First Canadian Place and pick up her new CD, IF you can wait that long. “I’m Leaving You” (has nothing to do withe me – yay!) hits stores and iTunes tomoorrow!
Wednesday I finally got a chance to hang with my pal Heather Luckhart. Captain Paul and I still hope for a few more days this month but we also have to admit every day we go out might be our last of the season. That made the seven hour sail extra sweet!
Thursday it was back to McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg for a solo piano concert by 14 year-old Anastasia Rizikof.
She played all styles of classical music and introduced each piece like a little adult. The crowd was amazed and the gang at McMichael said they would love to have her back. Coming up this Thursday…Kevin Breit’s band, Stretch Orchestra!
All the info is at http://www.McMichael.com Vivianna and I also had dinner there and while the ambience is a bit cafeteria-like, the salmon and wine went down just fine!
Friday night Gil Blutrich and I invited friends to his Comso Penthouse for an impromptu party.
They did a wicked instrumental version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. Barbra Lica finds new fans every time she sings and this night was no exception. So much talent in one room! Also so much booze, so much food and so much love. Several BFF’s including Melissa Shouldice and Jessica Pelchat attended, as well as new friends “V” and “Z”.
There was a chef on hand serving up the finest hors d’oeuvres including ceviche with tempura pop rocks…after eating the scallop and scallions, sweet little pops erupted.
The chef told me he wasn’t high but I don’t think anyone but a stoner could come up with that snack. Gil and I have hosted many parties together but I think this one might have been the most magical yet!
COMING UP…ANY SHOT THAT LOOKS AMAZING IS BY JANET JARDINE. (not me!)
On Saturday I should’ve chilled but no! I had to set up for my JAZZ.FM91 Loft Party for 60 donors, 20 staff and 20 performers.
Lou Pomanti put together a stellar band for the show including Scott Alexander (bass) Mark Kelso (drums) Ted Quinlan (guitar) and I invited a new kid on the scene Jacob Gorzhaltsan (clarinet and tenor sax). AND NOW…SOME OF MY iPHONE PHOTOS…
Steve Hunter and Don Francks held court in the front room…and later Jacob sat in with Big Rude Jake.
My next event like this for the station will be February 22 and I’ll keep all the performers in one room. I really didn’t want to miss anything!
Sunday was finally a day of rest…once a week I can relax…and I did!