Friday, June 21, 2013

Jazz is Alive and Well in Canada By J. Crawford Reid

Carol  McCartney and Kieran Overs

Carol McCartney and Chris Robinson

The Music Man Blog has a large number of followers in Canada, and this blog was written by a Canadian guest writer, J Crawford Reid.  Crawford has previously written a guest blog for us and he is our man in Canada who keeps us up-to-date about Jazz happenings in Canada. The following is his latest article:

This is a blog about a concert at Brantford Downtown Jazz in my town, Brantford, Ontario.  The series has been happening for 16 years! Yes, 16 years.  It's held in the lobby of the local theatre.  Maybe 200 people attend and the atmosphere is much like Vicky's in Indian Wells, Ca. with the audience that is quiet and respectful of the artists.

This week one of my favorite vocalist, Carol McCartney was featured.  I believe Carol is one of the best Jazz vocalists in Canada and always brings along a talented group of musicians to support her. Carol sings songs from the "Great American Songbook" along with some standard Jazz tunes. Tonight Carol sang one of my favorite Lester Young tunes "Just You, Just Me" brilliantly. Pres would have been pleased! Many of the songs she sang featured her excellent scat singing, something she loves to do. Carol also sang a beautiful version of "Yesterdays" and a tremendous arrangement of "Night and Day" arranged by the great Canadian arranger, Rick Wilkins. Carol did a couple of Jazz tunes too, like Bobby Timmons "Dat Dere" and a glorious tribute to Nancy Wilson, "West Coast Blues". The last tune Carol sang was "I'm Old Fashioned" that brought a great evening of Jazz to a wonderful finish.  

Carol has a new CD out "A Night In Tunisia" that really swings!  I'm sure that Dizzy was the driving inspiration for this wonderful CD.  You can hear Carol McCartney sing some of the songs from her new CD by visiting her site: "".  I have also attached a "YouTube" Video of Carol singing, "These Foolish Things" that I know you will enjoy. Carol performs all over the East including the USA, so if she has a gig near you, she is worth the effort to go see.

                                                                   Carol McCartney "These Foolish Things"

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