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    The Artistry Of highlights, reflects, and celebrates. It mixes and shares language from different artistic disciplines; a musician is a poet; a singer’s voice is described as colorful, and an artist stuns and blinds your senses with the brilliance of their creative energy and expression.

    Listen for The Artistry Of - Wednesday evenings in the third hour of Dinner Jazz on JAZZ.FM91.

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    The Artistry Of... Robi Botos

    Written by John Devenish

    Listen to Robi Botos at the piano and you are taken into two worlds. The richness of Romani culture, passion and tradition and everything that is instantly exciting and culturally rich about Canada. It is exciting because it, and Robi are what this country is all about.

    The Artistry Of... Ramsey Lewis

    Written by John Devenish

    Avuncular: relating to or of an uncle …the official definition. To me it is being fatherly in the most attentive, sensitive ways. Nurturing, respecting, guiding and teaching. Ramsey Lewis is avuncular - with his bands, the singers he has backed, the many artists he has presented over the years on his radio programs and even the way he speaks to an audience when on stage.

    The Artistry Of... Eric Dolphy

    Written by John Devenish

    I am afraid of Eric Dolphy. Maybe and mostly because he wasn’t afraid of anything. That’s what his music making sounded like to me. He made voices come out of his clarinet and flute and saxophone that sounded like things the most soulful singers wished their voices could do. He went from wild flights of cascading and flying notes to gentle flurries and then the most tender loving lines. Like all the levels of crying…all the levels of feeling. From the pain to the reeling - to the reflection and then the telling of the tale.

    The Artistry of... Nat King Cole

    Written by John Devenish

    He sounds as though he’s been visiting, that we all are in the midst of a casual, gentle conversation. The artistry of Nat King Cole is the way he seems to make it all seem selfless and for you. He wants his listener to hear what he has to say, play and sing. You just feel that. So much senseless adversity and challenge and hardship.   However, through all that was against him Nat found and used grace & charm as ways to face it all head on, rise above, and with finesse, make it seem insignificant and small.

    The Artistry of... Nina Simone

    Nina Simone, I had an auntie who often wore her hair up in a scarf the same way as you often see Nina Simone in pictures. I thought she was the epitome of everything afro in those days before African American was the name of use. Dashikis and African artifacts and statues around her apartment made me feel like I had entered a room of some kind of cultural holiness.

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