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Friday, 17 March 2017 11:51

This Sunday from 8-9am, it’s Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on JAZZ.FM91.

This episode:

Art historian, PhD, and wildly successful UK Gallery Director Ian Dejardin has been given the keys to one of the palaces within the Canadian Art Kingdom. The charismatic and dapper Scot is the new Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. There may be a few raised eyebrows over this out-of-towner’s new position helming the Group of Seven mainstay, but he arrives to the GTA armed with the knowledge that he is one of the few international arts mavens to ever successfully show Harris, Milne, Thomson and the like to an adoring European audience. He proved his prowess further when he brought his Dulwitch Picture Gallery Emily Carr exhibit to the AGO in 2016, receiving rave reviews. Mark Wigmore sits down for a candid conversation with Ian on everything from Scotland, to jazz, to designer knitwear.

And, a fascinating story, a heartbreaking reality and an up-close look at the largest animal that has ever existed the earth. Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story opened at the Royal Ontario Museum last weekend. Yes, it’s an impressive exhibit featuring one of the largest and most complete blue whale skeletons on the planet, but it also is indeed… a story. New ROM CEO Josh Basseches and Senior Curator Mark Engstrom spoke to Mark Wigmore at the media preview.

And, Anna Celenza is a professor of music at Georgetown University and the author of several scholarly books. Her latest is “Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra”. It’s a fascinating read that she put together while living in Italy at the beginning of this decade. Within the chapters, a revealing look at Mussolini and his deep engagement with jazz music, Northern Italy’s love affair with the genre when it first arrived on the scene, how the country’s Futurist movement supported jazz, and the influence Italian singers had on Frank Sinatra’s signature sound. The book also offers a revealing chapter on how an Italian-led jazz act earned the distinction of first popularizing the genre through its popular recordings. Mark Wigmore speaks to the author at her home in Baltimore, Maryland.

All that and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning. Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday.

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