JAZZ IN CANADA: FOURTEEN LIVES
Volume 11 Number 2.
The assistance of the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council block grant program has been put to excellent use by Mark Miller in Jazz in Canada. Miller is a jazz aficionado who reviews jazz recordings for the Globe and Mail, has written the profiles of jazz musicians for The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, and took the high-contrast photographs that illustrate each musician in this book.
Miller provides insights not only into the general area of jazz music in Canada, tracing its close connections to that in the U.S., but also into the lives of important jazz musicians, such as the Davidson brothers, the Perrys (P. J. and Paul), Herbie Spannier, Wray Downes, Guy Nadon, and Claude Ranger, and others during the years since World War II. I was struck by the fact that, outside of Montreal and Toronto, one of the most fertile breeding grounds for jazz musicians is Saskatchewan, of all places.
With oral interviews as the basis, the author assesses the type and quality of these musicians from a knowledgeable point of view. Written for the adult who knows nothing about jazz in Canada and providing discography and footnoted sources, the work will appeal, in the main, to jazz fans. Physically, the book has all the right features: sewn binding, good type and margins, organization of chapters by musician, and a useful index. Overall, this book is well-written and edited, and would be of interest to any young musicians. As well it serves as a cultural history of one area over the last three decades. It does for jazz what the recent television special, Heart of Gold tried to do for popular music.
W. F. Benson, Alexander Park E. S., Golden, BC.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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