‘Telegraph Avenue’ Michael Chabon

chabI just started reading this gem after getting sucked in by its fantastic artwork, music focus, and the Bay Area. There’s so much mention to albums that I’ve never laid my ears on, so here mark the spot of a wonderful new project… As if I needed another one on my plate…

I am going to try and listen to as many of the albums mentioned as possible… Here’s my start based on today’s read:

Donald Byrd Electric Byrd Blue Note 1970
Melvin Sparks Sparks! Prestige 1970Melvin Sparks Spark Plug Prestige 1971
Charles Kynard Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui Prestige 1971
Airto Fingers CTI 1971
Andy Gibb After Dark RSO 1980
John Coltrane Kulu Sé Mama Impulse! 1967
Miles Davis On the Corner Columbia 1972

And that’s just 25 pages in!!!!



Pretend: Dave Brubeck Quartet ‘Time Out’ – 1959

Four years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Brubeck perform live. He passed away just last December, I am of the lucky ones.

I imagine this is what I’d be listening to if I was around in 1959, I maybe would have seen in him play a classy small club somewhere in the US, because I feel as though, that’s where I’d be. Just imagining up something lovely here in partner with this flawless album:

Guelph Jazz Festival: Line Up Picks for 2012

I’m pretty excited to have such a fantastic jazz festival here in Guelph. Here are some acts that I’m interested in seeing (songs to come once I delve deeper into their music):


 Margaret O’Hara, the sister of  comedian Catherine O’Hara. This Peggy Lee is not the Peggy Lee you’re thinking about, but a cellist is from British Columbia.


For the longest time I couldn’t shake hearing Colin Stetson. It wasn’t until his gig at Massey Hall playing in Justin Vernon’s band Bon Iver that I saw the brilliance that he makes. Watching this man play the sax is explosive and unbelievable.


Nels Kline and Glenn Kotche are two parts of a little Chicago band called Wilco. Nels Kline was dubbed 82nd best guitarist of all time by The Rolling Stone.


Abdullah Ibrahim turns 78 years old this October and is still touring. He’s traveling fast behind Dave Brubeck’s wake. Ibrahim, who was born in Capetown, South Africa moved to the Europe in the sixites where he met Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Later in his career he scored the film for the Juliette Binoche film Chocolat.

I Love You, Man approved:


The first time I saw Charles Spearin showcase the Happiness Project, I was in the deep depths of the Dakota Tavern. No one really knew what was going on or had any idea what Spearin had up his sleeve but I found myself completely in awe of everything he was creating. The Happiness Project is an innovative initiative that fuses together linguistics and music. While I by no means would put it under jazz, it’s experimental and new – so I can see why he fits very nicely in the Guelph Jazz Festival.