Tag Archives: Jazz

David Bowie: Dignified Genius

My Metroland Column from December 28, 2016 On January 8, 2016, David Bowie turned 69. His wife, Iman, knew something the world didn’t. Her husband was dying. She tweeted: “I will love you til i die….” Bowie’s album Blackstar made … Continue reading

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Jazz, part 3: Fresh air in the jazz scene

One of my recent Enchanté columns By Mark Bergin Keep your eyes (and ears) on a couple of jazz singers who are making musical waves. Simona De Rosa and Madeleine Peyroux are unique and powerful musicians in the current world … Continue reading

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Women in Jazz / Feminine Hip: a statement of strength

  One of my recent Enchanté columns By Mark Bergin Jazz, that uniquely American musical genre, has grown far beyond the US border. Today, you’ll find major jazz centers in such diverse locales as Scandinavia, Europe and Japan. From the … Continue reading

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Jazzing it up

One of my recent Enchanté columns Jazzing it up By Mark Bergin As America became the melting pot of cultures, jazz became a melting pot of music. Jazz and blues are different but related genres. Both grew out the American … Continue reading

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May the Road Rise to Meet You

My Enchanté column from EMC News this week By Mark Bergin The week of the Irish is upon us. For many, that means revelry. For others, it’s a simpler celebration of all things Irish: Brendan Behan, James Joyce and other … Continue reading

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Black Violin: brace yourself for these musical masters

Black Violin. Remember that name. You may not have heard of them, but you’ve likely heard them. They’ve backed a lengthy list of popular musicians. Black Violin is Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester. They sneak up … Continue reading

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Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Christian McBride and Inside Straight are on tour across Canada for the next week or two. Saw them last night at the Grand Theatre during the Kingston Jazz Festival. From bright swing to bluesy soul, it’s superb jazz. http://www.christianmcbride.com/ You won’t find … Continue reading

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