I’m a former professional musician who many years ago traded in the hand to mouth existence that is the life of a working musician for the promise of benefits and financial stability that a good day gig has to offer.
I began playing drums in my early teens and by my mid-teens had discovered the world of jazz and when I did, it hit me like a Mack truck.
My inauguration into jazz was via the music of Santana and from there I seamlessly segued into the musical worlds of Miles, Trane, Monk, Dexter Gordon and Oscar Peterson among others. I soon became so absorbed with jazz that every weekend and often on the spur of the moment I would hop on the bus in the suburbs to the subway station and then ride the train into downtown Toronto just to visit the large record stores. I would spend hours at those stores reviewing both new and classic albums, building a broader foundation of jazz recordings. After spending literally as much money as I had brought with the exception of the public transit fare home, I would then make the return trip home, reading all the liner notes of what I had just purchased in order to pass the time and not be quite so anxious to get home and listen to the new additions to my collection.
Growing up in Toronto was an amazing experience for a young jazz fan such as myself. Even before I was of the legal drinking age, I would make the trip into the city to frequent the great jazz clubs Toronto had to offer (should I actually order the spaghetti at George’s?). Who would suspect someone under the age of nineteen wanting to get into a jazz club? Needless to say, it was easy to get in. This was also how I was introduced to the finer scotches, whiskeys and bourbons that the world has to offer, but that’s a whole other story all together.
I studied music at Humber College in their prestigious jazz program, which is where I first began to formally study the history of jazz and which is when I first began writing about jazz as well.
What I hope you’ll find on this site is an interesting and often eclectic collection of articles about jazz, including album reviews of both new and classic albums. What you won’t find on this site though is anything written about what I don’t like. I prefer to celebrate and write about what I enjoy most about jazz and having said that, I’ll leave the critical columns to others.