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The Different Kinds of Guitar Teachers You Meet

I've been thinking a lot about how I teach during Covid, as doing stuff online has of course stopped my in-person ensemble teaching, and all my one on one lessons are via zoom.  For no particular reason, I've been thinking…

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How We Learn Guitar

The guitar is a funny instrument to learn.  It translates so well to graphs and video that a novice guitarist can get to the point of sounding pretty good relatively quickly.  I don't just mean learning chords and being able…

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Giant Steps

It's the 60th Anniversary of John Coltrane's monstrously influential album "Giant Steps" and my friend Steve Kaldestad just posted that he gets really bugged about comments concerning Tommy Flanagan's piano solo on that particular tune. Tommy was a great pianist…

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Global Toronto Showcase July 31st!

Hey everyone, Global Toronto was supposed to be a live conference that would bring international and domestic presenters and other music industry folk to Toronto, where a curated group of performers would get the chance to showcase themselves.  My Sicilian…

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Happy International Jazz Day!!!

Happy International Jazz Day! I have to confess I'm not super driven to shoot video of myself playing jazz at home right now, I'm itching to move some air in the same space as someone else. So instead I offer…

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Covid 19

Well, with my wife having returned from a trip to Cuba, we're following Toronto Public Health's guidelines and self-isolating (and Toronto in general is doing that).

Like every musician I know, my gigs and teaching have been canceled (except for…

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Agents - the Good, the Bad, The Ugly

Ok I'm a musician first, but since I am booking shows at Hugh's Room Live, I do get to see things from a different perspective too, and I'm learning a lot about agents and what I like/don't like. Maybe these…

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How YOU can support live music!

Social Media doesn't have to all be about lousy politicians, sometimes you discover great information and comments.  Such is the case with this great post from singer Willa Mamet on how YOU can support you local musicians and music scene…

I'm Now Booking Shows at Hugh's Room Live in Toronto

Over the years I've had the chance to serve as Artistic Director for Lakefield Music Camp and the Markham Jazz Festival, and I'm excited to now be part of the Artistic Team booking shows at Hugh's Room Live in Toronto…