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Nothing like good Tonic from CBC Radio 2

Coming home from an eventful day yesterday with a friend, I turned on one of my favourite radio stations, CBC Radio Two, to catch their radio program, Tonic, which is a “concoction of jazz and thoughtful stories”.
CBC Radio 2 Tonic
Photo source: CBC Radio 2

With the sunroof down on under a perfect Vancouver summer night and the whizz of urban city lights cascading by, the host, Tim Tamashiro, shares this one Canadian jazz singer, Lori Cullen, and her rendition of the classic Harry Mancini song, Moon River. And with her first phrase, I took off to another world. With the combination of inside and outside condition, it felt like a night cap after on a lazy weekend.

As a former Juno finalist for “Best vocal album of the year”, Ms. Cullen’s has an amazing voice, and her interpretation of that classic is quite unique. While not everyone will have the same opinion to what gives them that feeling, I still think it’s amazing how good music, whether it be jazz, rock, classical, worship, is able to capture one’s senses and take us to another place.
Lori Cullen
Photo Source: www.loricullen.com

You can listen to Ms. Cullen’s version of Moon River here

Ron Carter Trio in Boston 7/13

The shocking thing about Boston is the vast amount of musical talent in this city. Having so many colleges in the city doesn’t hurt, and with Berklee around it definitely helps develop some current stars (for instance, Diana Krall has attended in the past).
Ticket to jazz concert
Friday night was an experience as my friend Louis helped book tickets to the 10pm performance of the Ron Carter Trio. Made up of Mr. Carter playing the double bass, Russell Malone playing the guitar, and Jacky Terrasson on the ivories. Each of these three are able to hold their own solo shows but having them together was a treat.

Without the drums, each of them have had to help comp and keep rhythm, and it’s quite impressive to hear the fullness of their sound. I can’t tell you how amazing they are comping for one another, not to mention the times they take turns improvising. Unfortunately I’m horrible at recognizing the pieces that they played. The only one I remember was Autumn Leaves.

It was a great show, albeit it felt really short. Then again, when you’re so caught up in something, time can really fly.

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