Music Memory – Phil Alexandre

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This week we hear from listener Phil Alexandre.

“The first time I ever heard Jazz, I must have been 8 years old. I went to a Manteca concert at Heritage Theatre in downtown Brampton. It was their Extra Extra album.

Being brought up with oldies like the Beach Boys, this was my first taste of Jazz. We were low middle class at the time, so going out really stood out in my memory.

There was just such a freedom in the music and the people. They presented it with a really cool stage layout, making it look like a Brooklyn scene. And there was the band and voices. It was so intoxicating – the swing, the sax lead …

‘Extra Extra’ by Manteca is still one of my favourite songs.”