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Some of the members of Jack Kelley's Little Big Band.  Photo: Jack Kelley
Some of the members of Jack Kelley's Little Big Band. Photo: Jack Kelley

Big sounds from Jack Kelley's little band

A group of musicians who love swing and big band music gather every week to practice. Todd Moe caught up with Jack Kelley's Little Big Band as they prepped for an evening of music and dancing on Saturday night, to help celebrate the Potsdam CORC Thrift Store's 40th anniversary.

Join Jack Kelley's Little Big Band at the C.O.R.C. Thrift Store's Spring Fling, Saturday at 7:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. An evening of swing dancing to celebrate the store's 40th anniversary. Dance lessons at 7 pm.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yfF5zo2V4s">Youtube video</a>
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from Youtube video

Preview: Taylor Haskins in Elizabethtown

An award-winning jazz trumpeter who grew up in rural New Hampshire, then lived for many years in New York City, has returned to rural life right here in the North Country. He's playing two concerts in Elizabethtown this weekend as part of the Piano By Nature series, and Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan won the prestigious award. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article
Guitarist Paul Meyers
Guitarist Paul Meyers

Preview: New music by guitarist Paul Meyers

A busy jazz guitarist with North Country roots is releasing a new CD this week, and will be celebrating with a house concert near Potsdam tomorrow night. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Jazz singer returns to her Canadian roots

Melissa Stylianou. a New York-based jazz singer with Ontario roots has been garnering lots of international praise since her latest CD, "Silent Movie" was released in April, and she's celebrating with a short tour of her native country. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Saxophonist Petr Cancura is the programming director of this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival
Saxophonist Petr Cancura is the programming director of this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival

Preview: Ottawa Jazz Festival

This time of year there's no shortage of live jazz in this area. Recently, we've told you about jazz festivals in Burlington and Kingston, and another festival that continues to grow each year is the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival. This year it runs from June 21st to July 1st, and last week Joel Hurd spoke with the festival's Programming Manager, Petr Cancura.  Go to full article
Burlington jazz group Guagua playing at Leunig's Bistro
Burlington jazz group Guagua playing at Leunig's Bistro

In Burlington, jazz on every corner

Burlington's been awash in jazz this week with the arrival of the annual Discover Jazz Festival. There are some high flying musical acts in town. Since last Saturday, bands have set up on Church Street, at the water front and all across the city's restaurants and bars. There's music everywhere, and because it's free, anyone can enjoy it. Sarah Harris listened to a whole lot of jazz and sends this postcard.  Go to full article

Ten days of jazz in Burlington

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival returns for ten days beginning Friday, June 1, at a variety of venues throughout the city. The festival's Managing Director, Brian Mital, talked about this year's highlights with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.

Review: "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" in Ottawa

The Canadian play, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, has played on five continents and in more than 150 cities since it first opened 15 years ago. Its success worldwide is due to its universal themes of dreams and discipline.

The set consists of two grand pianos, and the cast is just two actors. It's a simple show, ostensibly about piano lessons, that's moving, profound and lots of fun. It was written and first performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, both brilliant actors and pianists. They're back on stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this month for the farewell tour.

2 Pianos, 4 Hands continues through Saturday, January 28th at the National Arts Centre's English Theatre. NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng and Todd Moe share a review of the show.  Go to full article
Clockwise from left: Paul Meyers, Danny Gotham and Richard Stephan
Clockwise from left: Paul Meyers, Danny Gotham and Richard Stephan

Three guitarists unite in Norwood

Three master guitarists from Potsdam: Paul Meyers, Danny Gotham and Richard Stephan, will be getting together for the first time as a trio tomorrow night at the Norwood Village Green Concert Series. There will be plenty of jazz standards, some original tunes and a few surprises. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

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