A selection of our articles about jazz music in Canada.

The JUNOS: Four Jazz Nominees Reflect and Respond

Last week saw the announcement of the 2018 JUNO nominations – and a terrific slate of musicians it is, too.  There are a number of artists with whom Team GDW is familiar, for whom we’re absolutely thrilled, and we’re also… Continue Reading →

Exploring New Territory: An Interview With Laila Biali

It’s a telling point that Laila Biali has chosen this, her seventh album, as the one to carry her name as the title.  This collection of thoughtful and heartfelt songs is, she says, ‘fully representative’ of who she is as… Continue Reading →

Interview: Harley Card, “The Greatest Invention”

The more I listen to jazz, the more deeply appreciative I become both of jazz musicians’ monster skills and of their ability to fuse seamlessly into a group that seems to live and breathe as one, to the point that… Continue Reading →

Interview: Justin Gray & Synthesis, “New Horizons”

One of the advantages of having eclectic musical tastes is that it keeps me open to new artists and projects that I might not otherwise try.  “New Horizons,” the new project from Toronto-based bassist and composer Justin Gray with his… Continue Reading →

Interview: Dave Liebman/Mike Murley Quartet, “Live at U of T”

The pairing of saxophonists Dave Liebman and Mike Murley could reasonably be considered a supergroup – both are masters of their instruments, and their respective CVs read like a Who’s Who in contemporary and jazz music.  They’ve been playing together… Continue Reading →

Coming Soon to Your Player: Looking Forward to Upcoming Releases

Now that we’re thoroughly into 2018, it’s time to look forward instead of backward.  We already know of a number of great albums coming in the next few months… here are a few that we’re especially eager to hear. 26… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Favorite Jazz and Blues Albums

As our regular readers know, we most frequently focus on Canadian roots and folk music.  But we are eclectic listeners here, and we’ve started expanding our spotlight to include other genres.  Canada, after all, has a vibrant and diverse music… Continue Reading →

Interview: Alex Pangman, “Alex Pangman’s Hot Three”

Although I am of a certain age to recall fondly my record player with tinny speakers and my spindle of 45’s (borrowed, I admit, from my older sister), I sadly came to my love of music after the era of… Continue Reading →

Interview: Flypaper Orchestra, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Many of us with parents who grew up in the Great Depression undoubtedly heard stories about its miseries, and perhaps also heard some of the songs that came out of that era.  However, many of these songs have lain dormant… Continue Reading →

Snappy Snippets, Holiday Style: O’Pears, Bros, Tomato Tomato, Emilie-Claire Barlow

For many people, the Christmas holidays are a time to pull out scads of holiday albums and crank up those old, familiar Christmas songs on the player.  For others of us, it’s a time to avoid stores and malls precisely… Continue Reading →

Celebrate the Holidays With the Halifax Jazz Festival and Support Music Education

The Halifax Jazz Festival is expanding its annual holiday fundraiser this season, adding a new show, “Swing Into The Holidays,” for the evening entertainment, along with perennial family favorite, “Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring Jerry Granelli, for the matinee show. Both shows are all ages and part of the Jazz Festival’s… Continue Reading →

Interview: The Lesters, “The Promise”

Tory Cassis, Murray Foster, and Jeff Ulster have each enjoyed significant careers, but (as for other musicians) there were still some musical avenues awaiting exploration.  As The Lesters, they have been walking one of those avenues (mixing folk, jazz, and… Continue Reading →

Interview: Diana Panton, “solstice/equinox”

Today, two-time Juno winner Diana Panton celebrates the release of her new album, “solstice/equinox,” a celebration of the four seasons in song.  Together with several longtime collaborators, including Don Thompson and Reg Schwager, Diana has crafted an absolutely gorgeous collection of… Continue Reading →

Starting a New Adventure: Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Toronto

Wanting to enjoy yet another later summer weekend in southern Ontario, we had the good fortune of spending some quality time on Saturday afternoon/evening in the heart of Kensington Market to experience our first true taste of the Toronto jazz… Continue Reading →