Glen Woodcock, the current iron man of Toronto radio, grew up in the city and fell in love with big band music as a teenager, at the height of the rock ’n’ roll craze. He bought as many big band and jazz LPs as he could afford, first at Sam’s original store on College Street, then at Sam’s and A&A Records’ Yonge Street locations. He also frequented antique and junk stores where he would buy every 78 rpm big band record he could find.
Those LPs formed the basis of the collection he still uses on The Big Bands with Glen Woodcock, which celebrated its 42nd anniversary on JAZZFM.91 in September, 2018.
During his years as a broadcaster, and entertainment editor at the Toronto Telegram, he got to meet some of the greats in the world of jazz – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and many, many more.
Thanks to the compact disc, Glen says the biggest difference between now and when he started is the number of Canadian big band recordings available for use on his shows. In the 1990s he and wife Connie launched their own small record label, formed to preserve the sounds of Canadian big bands in the 1940s.In November, 2017 he was given the Ken Page Memorial Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala, star-studded jazz dinner at the Old Mill in Toronto.
You can reach Glen at email@example.com