Galactic’s Robert Mercurio on the band’s enduring, collaborative spirit
History doesn’t stand still. It impacts, influences and inspires the ebb and flow of the future by informing the present. Galactic draws...

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With her music, Cécile McLorin Salvant seeks to reveal our deepest secrets: ‘It’s a bond’
Cécile McLorin Salvant’s new album Mélusine finds her singing in four different languages while exploring many unique musical styles. The three-time Grammy winner...

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For Robi Botos, ‘nothing beats music’
Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans...

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With a new muse, Emilie-Claire Barlow takes flight
Two-time Juno winner Emilie-Claire Barlow is about to release Spark Bird, her first full album in five years. The vocalist’s 13th studio album...

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With her new album, harpist Brandee Younger looks to embody the spirit of Dorothy Ashby
Brandee Younger is the Grammy-nominated harpist, composer and educator who’s about to release her new album Brand New Life on Impulse! Records....

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Jodi Proznick invites you to join The Ostara Project’s revolutionary jazz sisterhood
Jodi Proznick is a Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, educator and mentor. She’s been an entertainer for countless music fans and an inspiration...

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Isley Brothers talk new album Make Me Say It Again, Girl, and career highlights
There is only one band in the history of American music that has had a documented influence on both The Beatles and...

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Caity Gyorgy on her latest gigs, Juno nomination and other accomplishments
Vocal and composer Caity Gyorgy is a Juno Award winner and a 2023 nominee for her latest recording Featuring. Described as “a 100...

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How Somi turned dreams of Miriam Makeba into reality
"I'm grateful for how art can disarm hearts to have the conversations that are necessary to hopefully impact change and create a better world around us."...

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Kevin Ray Clark and the bustle on Bourbon Street
Trumpet man Kevin Ray Clark started his career as a staff musician for the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus Band,...

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Decades later, Gipsy Kings still reign supreme
It has been more than 35 years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s attention with their irresistible blend of Catalan rumba,...

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Christian McBride and the power of the past
Christian McBride is a creative force of nature. The eight-time Grammy-winning bassist and composer is involved in almost every aspect of what...

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Terri Lyne Carrington talks Grammys, mentorship and the pursuit of progress
It seems as if each time we discuss the career, influence and importance of Terri Lyne Carrington, we are adding new accolades...

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For Avataar, uniqueness can be a blessing and a curse
Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and that adds a uniqueness that’s reflected in our neighbourhoods,...

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What Mike Murley and Hannah Barstow learned from each other
Since Mike Murley came to Toronto in 1981 from his home in Nova Scotia, he’s been part of many, many jazz milestones...

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Lisa Fischer can sing just about anything
I have said this on more than one occasion: When God created the perfect singer, the result is Lisa Fischer. Her instrument...

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Historian Ricky Riccardi goes behind the scenes of Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
If you like music documentaries, here’s one for you. Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing...

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How Liona Boyd broke down gender barriers to become ‘the First Lady of the Guitar’
Liona Boyd is known as “the First Lady of the Guitar.” The five-time Juno Award winner has enthralled millions with her romantic...

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How Lauren Falls got ‘a little bit bolder’ on second album A Little Louder Now
Originally from British Columbia, bassist and composer Lauren Falls has spent time in New York studying at the Manhattan School of Music...

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Soul singer Lee Fields had ‘free rein to be myself’ on new album Sentimental Fool
Lee Fields is arguably the greatest pure soul singer alive today. In an age when the shelf life of an artist largely...

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How vocalist Caity Gyorgy made her ‘dream project’
It wasn’t that long ago that JAZZ.FM91 put together a list of eight Canadian women in jazz you need to know. One...

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Antonio Sánchez talks new album SHIFT and constantly expanding musicality
Antonio Sánchez is best known as a jazz drummer, but his latest work finds him playing a wide variety of instruments and tapping...

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For Michael Kaeshammer, the thrill of live performance makes it all worthwhile
As we head back into the clubs, the theatres and the concert halls, it’s really easy to see what we’ve missed. This...

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How Jazzmeia Horn took control of her career with Dear Love
She’s a three-time Grammy nominee, an NAACP Image Award winner, a Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition winner, a DownBeat Critics Poll...

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