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Giant Steps: Charles Mingus

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:46

Throughout the month of February, music student from across the US an d the world are learning the repertoire of a man who once wrote a how to manual on how to train a cat to go to the toilet, a man who was fired by his first big boss, Duke Ellington, a man who wore his heart on stage and struggled with the politics of identity...The man was Charles Mingus Jr. I’ll get back to those  students in a short while.

Giant Steps: Dinah Washington

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 12:07

Just last week I got into a discussion with some friends about the R&B artist Lauryn Hill. Once famous for her incredibly soulful voice and heartrending more often in the spotlight for erratic behaviour - sadly, the state of her mental health as much a topic as her next recording.

Giant Steps: Monty Alexander

It’s February 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

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.

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