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The New Face of Jazz

The New Face of Jazz

Classical music plays all day around here. Until cocktail hour, that is. Then it’s Jazz.

It’s the auditory backdrop to candlelight, hors d’oeuvres and a libation of some sort that signals end of day. A musical bridge into evening, it’s sound that doesn’t vie for attention until we stop talking and laughing and turn our ear to it. Often our jazz mixologist is CBC’s Tonic host ,Tim Tamashiro (Tim Tam, as we call him), or we spin an old-fashioned CD.

The previous post was all about learning to enjoy opera, so what about jazz? Do you listen? Like? Love?

Tamashiro sums the genre up pretty well:

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Jazz is a Ferrari that can do anything. It’s the ultimate music education that has both book smarts and street smarts. Appreciating jazz is to understand feel, dexterity, nuance, strategy and spontaneous genius at a moment’s notice. Watch some videos of Wayne Gretzky on a breakaway, then you’ll understand jazz.

Here are a few jazz albums he recommends:

To impress others:

  • Miles DavisKind of Blue (CD, Vinyl)
  • Ella FitzgeraldThe Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (CD box set)
  • Laila Biali, From Sea to Sky (CD, MP3)

For an amorous mood: There are so many great jazz songs that can get you some action. Jazz really is the musical Viagra.

For the Gym: Jazz at the gym isn’t out of the realms of possibility…Like I said before, jazz can do anything, including sweat.

Here are some jazz musicians I like:

Diana Krall

Diana Krall | Photo: Bryan Adams
Diana Krall | Photo: Bryan Adams

Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson |
Molly Johnson |

Pat Metheny

Vancouver, March 11, 2002 - Pat Metheny in an undated handout photo. [PNG Merlin Archive]
Pat Metheny | PNG Merlin Archive

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

 Lady Gaga Tony Bennett Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage
Lady Gaga Tony Bennett | Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage

And last night, we did stop talking when a gorgeous rendition of the Beatle’s song, Here Comes the Sun, pierced the clatter of dinner prep. It silenced us with its beauty. I looked up the singer: Canadian (yey!), Eliza Pope. It is her photo at the top of this post. A 20-year-old jazz singer with her debut album, Call Me A Fool, recently released to critical acclaim.

So turn on some jazz tonight, because as Tim Tamishrio says, Jazz makes you cooler.

Eliza Pope (website here; CD here; digital download here; MP3 here); Diana Krall (website here; albums here); Molly Johnson (website here; albums here); Pat Metheny; (website here; albums here); Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (CD here); Tim Tamishiro Q&A (here).