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Check this page regularly for the latest news from Toronto Jazz Central's Industry members along with posts from special guests: announcements, articles, artist interviews, special events and a variety of other information which will enhance your experience of Toronto's jazz community.

New Cornerstone Records CD release: Don Thompson Trio "Some Other Spring"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 4:12pm

Cornerstone Records proudly presents CD144 "Some Other Spring", the first recording in many years to feature multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson exclusively on the vibraphone.

Reg Schwager (guitar) and Neil Swainson (bass), two of Canada's pre-eminent jazz musicians, join Don on this session. the trio performs 10 tunes (6 jazz standards and 4 original compositions by Don or Neil).

"Some Other Spring" is dedicated to the late Peter Appleyard who was a great friend to all three musicians.

The CD release celebration and performance will take place at The Home Smith Bar, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30-10:30 pm.

For more information (including the song list) and/or to listen and purchase CD144:

NEW Cornerstone CD release: Mike Murley Trio "Looking Back" CD143

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:06pm

"Looking Back", a new trio album from saxophonist Mike Murley, continues in the tradition of his two Juno award-winning recordings that featured bassist Steve Wallace and guitarist Ed Bickert. Reg Schwager has replaced the now retired Bickert and brings his own subtle yet potent style to the music without radically changing the sound of the group. Always swinging and lyrical, "Looking Back" is maintstream chamber jazz at its best.


1. Isfahan (Billy Strayhorn)
2. Looking Back (Jimmy Rowles)
3. The Feeling of Jazz (Duke Ellington)
4. I'll Be Around (Alec Wilder)
5. So In Love
6. If You Never Come To Me (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
7. I Wonder Who (Mike Murley)
8. Detour Ahead (Herb Ellis)
9. Who Cares (George Gershwin)

Read Peter Hum's review in the Ottawa citizen:

Listen and purchase the CD:

COMING SOON: Don Thompson Trio "Some Other Spring" CD144

Twelve Bloor St. arts institutions form new ‘Culture Corridor’

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:07pm

With a dozen arts organizations packed into a single mile, the stretch of Bloor St. W. between Bathurst and Bay Sts. is being officially branded the Bloor Street Culture Corridor.

Heather Kelly, a spokesperson for the Royal Conservatory of Music and the founder of the initiative, said the idea was sparked when speaking with her musical counterparts at the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Alliance Française de Toronto.

“We’re already working together on a one-on-one basis,” Kelly said. “I just came up with the idea that we create this multi-organization partnership to draw people to the neighbourhood and help people realize how easy it is to go from one of our organizations to the other.”

The 12 cultural institutions collectively span French, Japanese, Italian and aboriginal languages and encompass a wide range of visual art and music, including three museums: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner and the Bata Shoe Museum.

In time, Kelly said, she hopes the Culture Corridor will rise to the stature of New York’s Museum Mile or Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles.

“We suddenly realized that it’s quite a collection of cultural organizations here and that maybe we should be letting the public know that, hey, we’re all here in the same region,” said Bruce Hutchinson, the marketing director of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, one of the participating organizations.

The corridor, which bridges the Annex, University of Toronto and Yorkville neighbourhoods, is still in its initial stages, with an official launch planned for April 2. The stretch will be promoted on social media, with dedicated Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“We thought we’d begin by letting each other’s audiences know that we’re all here,” Hutchinson said.

Although details are not yet final, Kelly said over the summer the corridor’s organizations hope to participate in events such as the Annex Festival on Bloor. And come the fall, Kelly anticipates a seasonal promotional package such as a digital passport to encourage patrons to visit all 12 institutions.

Other organizations can join, Kelly said, provided they meet the criteria of presenting professional-level arts and culture to the public in a year-round venue. Local restaurants and retailers will also be recognized, Kelly said.

“The whole idea of this is inclusivity,” Kelly said. “We’re part of an ecosystem; we’re part of a neighbourhood.”

The designation is a long time coming, according to George Fallis, a professor of urban issues at York University who advocated the idea of a Bloor St. cultural precinct 12 years ago.

“It’s an important development for the city to recognize this concentration. And it’s a wonderful area of the city. So I think it’s nice to see it finally coming to fruition,” Fallis said.

For more information visit the Bloor Street Culture Corridor website.

Cornerstone Records proudly presents Tranquility by Neil Swainson & Don Thompson

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:24pm

Tranquility, the long-awaited new CD recording features Canadian jazz icons bassist/composer Neil Swainson and multi instrumentalist and composer Don Thompson. While Neil and Don have performed and recorded together countless times with a long list of legendary jazz artists, Tranquility represents their debut recording as a bass-piano duo. Tranquility features 9 songs: one new composition by Neil plus eight others penned by a range of jazz composers including Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Mancini, Jerome Kern, Victor Feldman and others. For more information visit the Cornerstone website.

Addo Records distributed by Conveyor Canada!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:16pm

Addo Records is proud to announce an agreement with Conveyor Canada to distribute Addo Records internationally! Conveyor Canada will distribute the Addo catalogue in Canada through its partnership with Universal Music Canada. In spring of 2014, we roll out distribution to USA, Europe and Asia. So pleased to connect new listeners with these world-class artists!