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    Giant Steps: Monty Alexander

    It’s February 6th...it would have been reggae titan Bob Marley’s 72nd (born 1945) birthday today and you can’t talk about the soul of black music without talking about bob Marley - brash, political, a sound rooted in the African diaspora as much as it was rooted in the blues of the American South. He is A Reggae ambassador and global superstar. There is no doubt that the great jazz pianist Monty Alexander would agree with all of the above.

    Giant Steps: Trombone Shorty

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Friday, 03 February 2017 12:48

    In the world of jazz, there are artists that you see, artists that you hear and then artists that you feel. Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty is an artist that you feel. From your tapping feet, to your buckled knees,to your hips and out the top of your head.  The trombone phenom was 4 when he started marching in Mardi Gras Parades in his native New Orleans...and if you’ve ever been anywhere close to the energy of one of those parades you know that he comes from a place that is all about FEEL. He was twelve when he started touring the world.

    Giant Steps

    For the month of February, Black History Month, Good Morning Toronto host Garvia Bailey shares a series called Giant Steps, which celebrates black achievement, artistry and innovation in jazz.

    Giant Steps: Billie Holiday

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:34

    The year was 1939. Bitter Fruit had made it’s way into the American protest songbook, but it wasn’t until it was put  into the hands of Billie Holiday and renamed Strange Fruit that the protest poem began to reach into America’s consciousness.

    Giant Steps: John Coltrane

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:46

    In jazz you can find doctors, a Duke, ladies, at least one Count and of course a Saint. Coltrane, Trane or in the eyes of one church Saint John William Coltrane, the jazz giant, seemed the right place to kick off our series.

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