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    Ross Porter

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    ROSS MURRAY PORTER, C.M., is a Canadian broadcast executive, music authority, event producer, and published author.

    Host of Music To Listen To Jazz By, Saturdays 9AM to 11AM, President and Chief Executive Officer of JAZZ.FM91 since July of 2004, Ross Porter is acknowledged by jazz lovers from coast-to-coast as Canada’s preeminent jazz broadcaster.

    Before assuming the senior executive role at JAZZ.FM in July of 2004, he was widely known for a distinguished career as a Radio and Television broadcaster and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For eleven years, Porter hosted a daily national show on CBC Radio 2, and covered pop culture for CBC Television's The National and CBC Newsworld's On the Arts, becoming integral to the careers of many of Canada’s most successful performers, including Diana Krall, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, and Holly Cole.

    As an executive for CanWest from 2002 to 2004, Porter developed, launched, and spearheaded programming for Canada’s national music channel COOLTV, also managing day-to-day operations at CanWest’s 24-hour jazz station, COOL-FM.

    Throughout his early career, he amassed an impressive list of commendations as a producer for network radio documentaries on music icons including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Chet Baker, and created critically acclaimed television documentaries on the lives of legends Oscar Peterson, Joni Mitchell, Moe Koffman, Quincy Jones, George Harrison, Brian Wilson, and Diana Krall.

    Recognized for his impeccable taste in music, his unique delivery, and his innate ability to articulate the colorful jazz landscape for radio listening audiences across the country as executive producer and host of CBC Radio’s highly successful daily “After Hours” jazz show, Porter also shared his passion and unique understanding of the jazz genre with international air travelers as host of Air Canada’s in-flight audio jazz channel for several years.

    His lengthy list of background credentials also includes stints as a respected print journalist, serving as a music columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and as a jazz reviewer for The National Post. In 2006, McLelland and Stewart published Ross Porter’s first book,The Essential Jazz Recordings: 101 CDs. A consistent best seller ever since, it is now in consecutive printings.

    Since assuming his current position as President and CEO of JAZZ.FM91, Porter has repositioned the station as an important force on the broadcast landscape, regionally, nationally and internationally. As a first priority after assuming the management helm in 2004, he eliminated the station’s $800,000 debt and was responsible for delivering some of the highest ratings in the station’s history.

    He relocated the station to its current home in the trendy Liberty Village area of Toronto, and supervised its design which features a live performance hall at its centre, to allow many of Canada’s best performers to appear live in front of an audience, for broadcast around the world.

    As a strong advocate of new and social media, Porter commissioned the JAZZ.FM91 iPhone app which has since been downloaded almost 500,000 times, and the recently launched iPad app which has now achieved 50,000 downloads. He also created the station’s four on-line audio streams.

    High-impact community outreach initiatives he has spearheaded are extensive and include the creation of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, the Jazz 4 Kids music series, the Jazzology radio show (an accredited part of the curriculum at four post-secondary institutions) the JAZZ.FM91 Thinkers Series (an interactive lecture series showcasing eminent speakers who personify some of pop culture’s pivotal moments), and the on-line teaching resource – the Canadian Jazz Archive. The station’s revitalized and expanded Sound of JazzConcert Series recently celebrated its 37th anniversary at the same time as Porter developed a parallel Cabaret performance series.

    In 2005, Porter created the landmark annual fundraising event Jazz Lives (now held at Toronto’s Koerner Hall). For the last nine years the live concert hall event has been acknowledged as one the premier jazz events in the country featuring leading performers from around the world, and selling out every year just days after the talent line-up is announced. Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Ramsey Lewis, John Scofield, Bill Charlap, Terence Blanchard are among the legendary jazz artists to have appeared in recent Jazz Lives concerts.

    Winner of numerous honours and accolades throughout his illustrious career, Ross Porter was accorded the 2000 CanWest Award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Jazz’ by friend and mentor Izzy Asper. The prestigious National Jazz Awards named him ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ in both 2002 and 2004. In the Spring of 2009, Porter was nominated, by the Jazz Journalists Association, for the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.

    His interest in music is diverse. In the late ‘70s, he worked as Road Manager for the Ottawa-based Cooper Brothers, an award-winning rock band who were signed to the prestigious Capricorn Records label in the U.S. Porter worked in the Cultural Industries in Manitoba where he was key in developing the careers of Fred Penner and the Crash Test Dummies. He was a member of the Oscar Peterson National Committee which commissioned Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy to create a commemorative statue at Canada's National Arts Centre. In June 2010, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the sculpture in Ottawa. He also chairs the Music Advisory Committee at Humber College in Toronto.

    Ross Porter studied at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the Schulich School of Business. On June 28, 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for lifetime achievement.

    Garvia Bailey

    Garvia Bailey spent 10 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She got her start in the world of independent film with the start up production company Channel Zero - telling stories of social unrest around the world and with the CBC, she served as the host of Canada Live  and Radio 2 Top 20 on CBC Radio 2, Backstage Pass on CBC-TV, Big City Small World and was a contributor at cbcmusic.ca. Throughout her career in broadcasting she has turned the spotlight on emerging talent from across the GTA and has interviewed many celebrated international artists including Jimmy Cliff, Maestro Fresh Wes, Russell Peters, Melanie Fiona and M.I.A.

    Now the host of Good Morning Toronto! Garvia brings her talent and breadth of experience to JAZZ.FM91 every weekday morning from 6-10.

    Contact Garvia at garvia@jazz.fm

    Terry McElligott

    Photo: Frank Nagy

    A little bit about me, Terry McElligott:

    I attribute my early interest in radio to my mother. She had radios all over the house. She tuned in a lot.

    Chance Occurrence #1: a radio station tour, age 12, that connected some dots, and got me focused on a career in the medium.

    Chance Occurrence #2: my very first on-air job was producing a jazz program. By the time JAZZ.FM91 was in the planning stages, I was long, long gone from radio but jazz always caught my ear.

    Chance Occurrence #3: a passing remark that Toronto was soon going to have a jazz radio station. Here we are today.

    Some other things about me: I like to get out on my bicycle. I take a lot of photos. I love anything that flies. I know that travel is the best education, and I really, really like jazz. Can’t play a note, myself, but I sure do admire anyone who does.

    Terry can be heard as the host of Midday Jazz, every weekday from 10AM - 2PM.

    Contact Terry at terry@jazz.fm

     

    Brad Barker

    Photo: Frank Nagy

    Growing up in Nova Scotia, Brad attended St. Francis Xavier University getting his Degree in Jazz Studies as a bass major. This led to a 10 year career as a professional musician, spending 6 years recording and touring with The Pursuit of Happiness.

    Brad then moved on and studied broadcasting at Humber College, which soon turned into securing various jobs at Toronto radio stations. When the opportunity to work at JAZZ.FM91 came Brad’s way in 2001 he jumped at it. Being Operations Manager and Music Director at one of the few 24 hour-a-day jazz radio stations in the world and the chance to work with JAZZ.FM91’s members and volunteers makes for a unique and very rewarding experience.

    Brad is the host of Afternoon Drive, heard weekdays 2PM to 6PM.

    Contact Brad at bbarker@jazz.fm

    John Devenish

    John is a musician and actor with professional experience on stage, in film, on television and radio.

    He was the male narrator for The Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments podcasts, also the Dear Sweetheart series featuring letters home from a Canadian soldier overseas during WWI, and did  voice work for a short film feature in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Titanic celebrations series.

    He has contributed to major art installations in Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The Encampment installation in Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park and was project coordinator for the public art piece, The Community Totem, in Toronto’s Cy Townsend Park. John was on the inaugural Wychwood Barns Community Association Board of Directors and continues to be active in social and developmental service sectors.

    John loves radio, loves to connect with and engage with people and find out what makes them tick and how they are inspired. He loves music, and all of its diverse genres, having been introduced at an early age in a dynamically musical family.

    Share your evenings from 6PM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, with John Devenish, our Dinner Jazz host on JAZZ.FM91.

    Contact John at john@jazz.fm

    Mark Wigmore

    Mark Wigmore is Senior Arts Editor at Jazz FM 91, Jazz and the Arts.

    His reports can be heard daily at 8:40 a.m. on Good Morning Toronto with Garvia Bailey, and at 4:30 p.m. with Brad Barker on Afternoon Drive.

    Mark's weekly program, Arts Toronto, is an hour-long look at the best of arts and entertainment in Toronto. The show airs at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The program features the creative personalities who make the arts matter in the GTA.

    Prior to his time at Jazz FM, Mark was the producer of the national network music show, CBC Radio 2 Drive. His feature articles were seen regularly on cbcmusic.ca, and his music and film reviews were a staple of CBC's Fresh Air, Metro Morning, Here and Now, and Big City Small World.

    From 2007-10, Mark was a host, producer and Arts Editor for the Drive home program on 103.9 PROUD FM in Toronto. He started his career in Toronto as the producer of the NewsTalk 1010 Morning show, and the station's Arts Editor.

    Mark continues to be involved with the Big Brothers program, The Labrador Rescue service, loves food, documentary film, music & stand-up comedy.

    Contact Mark at mwigmore@jazz.fm

    Jaymz Bee

    Jaymz Bee

    Photo: Graham Kennedy

    Jaymz Bee was born in North Bay, Ontario and made a bee-line for Toronto at the age of 18. He has had a colourful career as a nightclub owner, art gallery curator, best-selling author (Cocktail Parties for Dummies) and band leader. From 1985-94 Bee was leader and vocalist for the rock-funk-jazz-circus known as Look People. After many European and North American tours, Bee moved on to form The Royal Jelly Orchestra, a band that has released eight CDs, toured North America and continues to perform at award shows, charity galas, private events, jazz festivals and theatres.

    Jaymz has hosted and produced television and radio for various networks for the past two decades. He has immersed himself in all things jazz since moving to JAZZ.FM91 in 2003. He produces events for the station such as JAZZ LIVES and The Sound Of Jazz Concert Series, as well as being the creator and host of the JAZZ.FM91 Jazz Safaris.

    Jaymz Bee can be heard weekdays, from 7AM to 9AM on Good morning Toronto!, and Saturdays from 6PM to 8PM on Jazz In The City.

    You can contact Jaymz at jaymzbee@jazz.fm

    Joe Sealy

    Joe Sealy

    For several years, Joe Sealy has enjoyed a successful career as a musician, actor, composer, music director and recording artist.

    He won a Dora Mavor Moore award for music direction in the Toronto production of Ain't Misbehavin'. Joe has performed with a wide variety of notable performers such as Sammy Davis Jr., and John Candy, and with jazz greats, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson., and won a Juno award for Africville Suite. Most recently, Joe was the music director of the highly acclaimed Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee television special and a CBC radio Words & Music Special called East Coasting.

    Joe is the host of Joe's Jazz, heard Tuesdays at 9PM on JAZZ.FM91.

    Heather Bambrick


    Heather Bambrick

    Photo: Frank Nagy

    Heather Bambrick is a JUNO-nominated vocalist, voice actor, broadcaster, and educator, who has collaborated with Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and many others.  She is also a founding member of the Jazz/Cabaret ensemble Broadsway.

    Heather’s recordings It’s About Time and Those Were The Days have received critical acclaim and ECMA nominations.  Her latest album You’ll Never Know was nominated for a 2017 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Heather’s been a featured guest on numerous recordings, including those of Peter Appleyard and the Breithaupt Brothers, and she has been awarded Canada’s National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year.


    Since 2001, Heather has firmly entrenched herself in the world of broadcasting on JAZZ.FM91, producing and hosting both “Sing, Sing, Sing” (which eventually became the highly popular “Sunday Afternoon Jazz”), and "Wake Up! with Heather Bambrick". She has twice been named Broadcaster of the Year  at the National Jazz Awards.  Heather is also one of Canada’s busiest voice actors, appearing in commercials and animated series for various networks, including Emmy-nominated series Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Justin Time, and Doozers.


    The native Newfoundlander is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (Performance, Jazz Studies), and has taught at U of T, Humber College, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She continues to work as a clinician and adjudicator at music festivals across Canada.

    Heather can currently be heard hosting Sunday Afternoon Jazz, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm, and on Thursday nights at 9:00 as the host of Jazzology.

    Contact Heather at heather@jazz.fm

    David Basskin

    Toronto native David Basskin is a lifelong jazz fan (and occasional sax player) who loves to feature "the best music you never heard in your life" on his weekly show, Stolen Moments, heard Fridays from 10PM to 1AM on JAZZ.FM91. Basskin brings a lifetime's enthusiasm and knowledge of jazz composers, musicians and history to his show, highlighting artists you love in recordings you may not know, as well as a wealth of players that may be new to listeners.

    Trained as a lawyer, David headed up the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), Canada's largest music licensing agency, for more than two decades and now works as a consultant on copyright and technology issues. A keen golfer, he maintains that his game is better than his scores would indicate.

    To contact David send an email to stolenmoments@jazz.fm

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