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ISSUE #125 20th YEAR February/March 2015 James Braidie Galloway Jim Galloway July 28, 1936 - December 30, 2014

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  • ISSUE #125 20th YEAR February/March 2015

    James Braidie GallowayJim Galloway

    July 28, 1936 - December 30, 2014


    Hugh's Room Photos by Dave Milbourne & Barry Thomson

    Left: Canadian Cuban vocalist, Adonis Puentes & legendary Cuban tres player, Francisco Adonis Amat

    All female Cuban group Maqueque with veteran Canadiian musician Jane Bunnett

    Left, Publisher & Columnist, Dave Milbourne with Cuban Consulate General to Canada, Javier Dmokos Ruiz.

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Javier since his inauguration some years ago. Looking back I also met two previous Cuban Consulate Generals to Canada

    Laureno Cardosa and Rogerio Santana. I found all these gentleman were amicable and with high integrity, a credit to their country.

  • Villas Don Lino - Playa Blanca - Rafael Freyre - Holguin Cuba Photos by Dave Milbourne

    Friendly staff, and for those who want a quite, relaxed vacation, an ideal spot.

    Tradional Cuban music with Grupo ILUSIN and hot commercial sounds with Grupo ZERO.

  • Truly the last of the great Cuban conga players and one of the happiest I have had the pleasure of meeting. I say the last because when you look back at the superb Cuban congueros & percussionists that have preceded him, to mention a few, Mongo Santamaria 1922 - 2003; Chino Pozo, 1915 -1980: Chano Pozo, 1915 1948; Armanda Peraza, 1924 -2014; Diego Mofeta Iborra, 1919 2008: Francisco Aquabella, 1925 2010.Fortunately we still have Candido who is still going strong in his 94th year! truly a living Cuban giant. To think it was at age four when he started to play bongos, switching to congas at fourteen and began playing professional (1940). He was a member of the house band at the famous Tropicana Club in Havana from 1947- 1952. It was at this spot, Dizzy Gillespie first heard Candido and encouraged him to come to the U.S.A. in 1952. Although, Candido had already recorded in Cuba with renowned Cuban band leader Machito, recording with Dizzy Gillespie would give him huge exposure on the American jazz scene. From those early days Candido has never looked back playing with the best in the jazz world, like, Billy Taylor Trio, Stan Kenton, Gene Ammons, Bennie Green, Art Blakey, Don Elliott, Randy Weston, Sonny Rollins, Norman Granz, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Wynton Kelly, Wes Mont-gomery, Elvin Jones, Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Joe Williams, and, Ella Fitzgerald, the list goes on. As leader, since 1956 he has fifteen recordings to his credit. Not to mention numer-ous others as sideman, Candido Camero a remarkable career which I hope will last for years to come.

    Candido Camero Photos by Barry Thomson

  • James Braidie Galloway Jim Galloway

    July 28. 1936 December 30. 2014 Some Photo Memories

    Photos by Barry Thomson Both Jim and myself came to Canada in 1964, he came from Kilwinning, Ayshire, Scotland, and I came from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, he was born in 1936, I was born in 1937. We often had a joke about those facts, his early days were playing mainly clarinet around Scotland, mine were hanging out in jazz clubs London, England. I first heard Jim with another Scotsman's band, bassist Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers, James McHarg 1927-2003 was born in Glascow, Scotland. Jim Galloway took over as leader of the Metro Stompers in 1968. The band was a regular at the Penny Farthing Coffee House in Yorkville. Since those early days Jim went on to form the swinging Jim Galloway Wee Big Band, and was Artistic Director for The Toronto Jazz Festival from 1987 2009. He had numerous record-ings to his credit, one, WALKING ON AIR was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Juno Awards in 1980. In 2002 he was made a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Jim was recognized as a first class clarinetist, alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxophonist, also competent bandleader, arranger and composer. He had also completed many successful international jazz performances. We will all miss Jim as a musician and for his great sense of humour. Both jazz photographer, Barry Thomson and myself wish to express our condolences to his wife Anne Page. -Dave Milbourne.

    Jim (L) with Clark Terry 1999

    Jim with Doc Cheatham 1992

    Jim with Jay McShann 1993

  • Jim (L) with Clark Terry 1999

    ROY THOMSON & MASSEY HALL Photos by Barry Thomson






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  • PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BANDPhotos by Barry Thomson

    The New Orleans Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honour one of Americas truest art forms Traditional New Orleans Jazz. The location of Preservation Hall is 726 St. Peter Street in the New Orleans French Quarter. This renowned band has received wide world acclaim and will shortly be appearing at both these elegant theatres, The Flato Markham Theatre and The Burlington Performing Arts Theatre. Current members of the band are, Ben Jaffe / Creative Director and Tuba/Bass, Ben is the son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe who arrived in New Orleans in 1960 and went on to establish the Preservation Hall. Other musicians in the band, Mark Braud, trumpet / bandleader / vocalist, Charlie Gabriel, clarinet / vocals, Ronell Johnson, tuba / vocals, Joe Lastie Jr. , drums, Freddie Lonzo, trombone/ vocals, Clint Maedgen, saxophone/vocals, and, Rick Monie, piano.Don't miss them when they are here in our area, you won't be disappointed.

    Michael ArthursPhotos by Dave Milbourne

    What I like about Michael is that he is a nice straight-ahead saxophonist, never getting so far out, that you don't know what's going on. Seen here below at Toronto's newest jazz room, blakbird with his stellar quartet, featuring, Michael on tenor saxophone, David Restivo, piano, Mark Hundevad, drums and Artie Roth , bass. This was part of a five week tribute series to the late great, John Coltrane. It should be noted that the room was packed for this special event. Although Michael was born in Toronto he gained his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in composition from The University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at Humber College of Music, William Patterson University, and The University of Louisville. Michael has served as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.Over the past 25 years he has gained recognition as a competent composer, arranger, music teacher, freelance musician, recording artist and producer both in Toronto and internationally. Catch, Michael Arthurs when you can, you won't be disappointed, especially the way he handles those great standards.

  • PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00pm


    Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm

    Upcoming Jazz Performances


    Photos by Barry Thomson


    What an illustrious career this superb clarinetist had, his unprecedented distinction of winning 20 Downbeat Magazine Awards, 9 Metronome Magazine Awards, and 16 Playboy All-Star Awards as the number one clarinetist in the world. He began playing clarinet at age nine and at age fourteen won the Tommy Dorsey Swing Contest. His first early road gig (1939) was with Johnny Scat Davis , the musician who discovered him. Buddy went on to join legendary drummer Gene Kruper (1941) then Ted FioRito and Charlie Barnet (1942-43) Tommy Dorsey (1944-45) Boyd Raeburn (1946) then Tommy Dorsey again (1947-48) . In 1950 he joined the famous Count Basie Septet. Bearing in mind that this all happened in the first eleven years of his career. Not surprising his stature as an outstanding clarinetist preceded him and he was appointed leader of the world renowned Glen Miller Orchestra (1966 1974) . Buddy continued to perform with artists of distinction, and in nearly every major international jazz festival. He has recorded on at least 150 albums, been very active on the teaching scene, holding numerous clinics. The last time I saw Buddy perform he was in his late 80s and still sounded great. Although I had seen him perform many times over the years, I only had the pleasure of meeting him once. He certainly had a vibrant personality and was extremely courteous. Another huge lost to the jazz world. Gone But Not Forgotten.

    Buddy DeFrancoPhotos by Barry Thomson

    Buddy [email protected] Bourbon St. 1985.

    Buddy with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs @ The Bermuda Onion Club . 1990

  • KOERNER HALL Photos by Barry Thomson

    Bruce Cockburn Ivana Santilli Diego El Cigala



  • Barry's Choice Photos by Barry Thomson

    Elizabeth Shepherd @ MUSIC GALLERY

    Ralph Alessi @ WALTER HALL - U of T Brandee Younger @ MUSIC GALLERY

    HALLWALLS BUFFALO - NEW YORK U.S.A. Photos by Barry Thomson

    Lewis Barnes William Parker Kid Jordon

    Rob Brown Steve Swell Dave Burrell

  • NEW YORK CITY WINTER JAZZFEST 2015 Photos by Barry Thomson

    Eric Alexander George Coleman Benny Golson

    Mark Ribot Dominique Toney Brad Mehldau

    Ambrose Akinmusire Hamiet Bluiett Ken Vandermark, sax Nate Wooley, trumpet

  • NEW YORK CITY WINTER JAZZFEST 2015 Photos by Barry Thomson

    Buster Williams Ron Carter Reggie Workman

    Harold Mabern Amina Claudine Myers Matt Wilson

    David Murray Eddie Henderson Oliver Lake

  • So here we are in our twentieth year, the next issue April/May will be the actual 20TH Anniversary. Sadly, as you can see by the amount of jazz club adverts, Toronto is a shadow of it's former self. Thanks to the fine theatres whose adverts you see in this issue, who do happen to have top-notch jazz artists coming in. It also seems nobody has any new jazz recordings worth while promoting, except for saxophonist, David Rubel . His recent CD. The David Rubel Quartet Into The Dark, is worth adding to your collection. All well constructed original compositions by David with a variety of tempos. His creative ability is well reflected in this recording. As I have said before the lack of advertising can't be due to my rates, they are cost. Please bear in mind that as well as hard copies, our publication can also be read on line. In other words advertisers get a double bang for their buck. Please don't send me Cds , listings , or your up-coming gigs, unless you intend to pay for advertising them, thank you. My credo is support those who support you. Unfortunately I do get depressed about losing so many of our renowned jazz musicians. When you have been around as long as I have and personally know most of them, it's even harder. I'm often told your publication sometimes looks like an obituary paper. That's true, but there is no way when I learn of these artists passing on, am I going to ignore it. In fact singing

    about life, death, love, suffering, happiness were the very roots of jazz, being originally sung by overburdened Negroes working in the cotton fields. They had intended their feelings to be understood, and that's the way I have always felt about jazz. As the 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills clearly states It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing , What Good is Music, What Good is Melody, If it Ain't Possessing Something Sweet.It doesn't mean playing something without any structure or direction and calling it jazz, that's insulting to the very heritage of this distinctive music. Best of Bebop and Straight Ahead Jazz.

    Dave Milbourne.

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