This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91
Nicholas Jennings is one of Canada’s most respected music journalists. He was a critic for Maclean’s Magazine from 1980 through 2000 and has been featured in New York Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. His books Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound and Fifty Years of Music: The Story of EMI Music Canada are both important historical looks at the music industry in Canada. His latest is Lightfoot, a biography that chronicles the life and times of one of this country’s greatest songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot. The book offers access to the often elusive singer, but also looks holistically at the music scene that he thrived within. It covers Lightfoot’s early days in Orillia, his rise to prominence in Toronto, and his international breakthrough. It also examines his dogged determination to make a mark, his struggles with relationships, and his difficulty with alcohol abuse. The chapters track his relationships with everyone from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. There’s even research on how jazz affected Gordon Lightfoot, in his early years as a performer. Mark Wigmore speaks with Nicholas in the Jazz FM91 studios.
And Joshua Jenkins is a celebrated actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland. His credits include King John, Richard the Third and Unrestless. In 2014 it was announced he would take on the lead role of Christopher Boone in the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time. Since then he has toured relentlessly with the celebrated and game-changing stage piece, noted for its deep creative dive into the mind of a teenager with autism.The original book was a bestseller, and the London’s West End and Broadway stage adaptations were celebrated with 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tonys in 2015. As the show enters its final week here in Toronto, Mark Wigmore speaks with Joshua in the Jazz FM91 studios.
And Stephen Bruner is a Grammy Award winning bassist, singer and producer who is best known by his stage name, Thundercat. The talented musician has released three solo albums to date, the latest being this year’s Drunk, which is a moody and playful mix of R&B, jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronic music. The best evidence of his genre defying style is found through his collaborations, including political hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar, thrash metal favorites Suicidal Tendencies and electronic producer Flying Lotus. Early this year he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon flanked by jazz-pop pioneers Michael MacDonald and Kenny Loggins. Born into a family of musicians and was already working as a professional by the age of 15, through the years Thundercat has become known for his disregard for traditional genre classification, his prowess on his 6-string electric bass, and his eccentric outfits. Mark Wigmore spoke to Thundercat in his tour bus earlier this fall.
All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.
Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday or online at jazz.fm
Looking ahead to the November 12th episode of Arts Toronto:
Raoul Bhaneja on the return of the stage production Disgraced—Alex Pangman on her new album—Tom Wilson on his new autobiography Beautiful Scars