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Paul J. Youngman

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An independent journalist, based in Toronto, Canada. A professional musician and a fan of music, dance and the arts. I have written short stories, lyrics, poetry and reviews. I have been published in numerous online webzines. I’ve taught drumming and played in bands; I have felt the passion to create. I enjoy expressing that passion, the artistic experience, in words, reporting on the shows and musical experiences that I have witnessed.

Emilie-Claire Barlow at Koerner Hall – Dec 17, 2017

A Class Act Another first for me, a Christmas holiday show to see a Canadian jazz chanteuse. A debut concert at the Royal Conservatory in...
Carol Welsman at the Jazz Bistro

Carol Welsman @ Jazz Bistro – TOJazzFest

The Jazz Trio: Carol Welsman At The Jazz Bistro June 30, 2017 - TD Toronto Jazz Festival Carol Welsman, singer and pianist, in an intimate setting...
Brian Blain - TD Toronto Jazz Fest 2017

A Day At The Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

The Toronto Jazz Festival is always a happening event and as with jazz so it seems that the Toronto Jazz Festival does some improvising,...
Gregory Porter at Koerner Hall - Toronto JazzFest 2017

Gregory Porter – Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

The Jazz Singer - TD Toronto Jazz Fest - Koerner Hall - June 21, 2017 Gregory Porter in concert. What a delightful way to kick...
Wayne Shorter Quartet at Koerner Hall - Toronto, April 22, 2017

Wayne Shorter Quartet Live @Koerner Hall

Wayne Shorter Quartet @ Koerner Hall - TO 22/4/2017 I Dare You The Wayne Shorter Quartet, a treat for our times, these troubled times, when the...

Lorraine Desmarais Big Band: Danses Danzas Dances

Lorraine Desmarais is a Canadian pianist and composer based in Montreal, Quebec. With the release of Danses Danzas Dances, her most recent CD, she...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: Alan Jones Canadian all Star Sextet

Alan who? I was informed by sources in the know, that I must try to catch the performance of Alan Jones – “Jones has...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: Marianne Trudel – Trifolia

Marianne Trudel and her trio Trifolia, made up of contra bassist Étienne Lafrance, and percussionist Patrick Graham performed the intimate Jazz Bistro as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: CJQ with Houston Person

Sophisticated Gentleman of Jazz: Canadian Jazz Quartet with Houston Person - Home Smith Bar - June 26, 2013 Festival Report by Paul J. Youngman –...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: Eliane Elias Trio with Bill McBirnie & Bernie Senensky...

Warming up a room like the Old Mill can be a challenge when opening for an international jazz superstar...

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2013 Wish List

Back in 2011, Josh Grossman the Artistic Director of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival requested the publics input as to whom they wished to...

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Paul J. Youngman's favorites of 2012, not listed in any particular order: Live Music: JPEC (Jazz Performance and Education Centre) Concert Series: - Lionel Loueke Quartet -...

Fabrizio Mocata Trio – Puccini Moods

Fabrizio Mocata is a pianist and a composer based in Italy, he recently performed in Canada at the Brampton Jazz & Blues Festival. I...

Tom Szczesniak – Waltz For Bill

Toronto based pianist, composer, arranger and producer Tom Szczesniak has released his debut recording as leader; Waltz For Bill, an eleven track, straight ahead...

Guelph Jazz Festival @ “19” & Going Strong

The Guelph Jazz Festival is always a treat, always offering up a taste of fresh innovative music. On this occasion the festival looked back...

Abdullah Ibrahim – Hymns of Freedom

Abdullah Ibrahim has not performed in Canada or North America for at least ten years so on this rare occasion, a premier event for the Guelph Jazz Festival it presented festival goers with a very special opportunity to witness...

2012 Guelph Jazz Festival Report: John Coltrane’s Ascension

The Guelph Jazz Festival is the most innovative and avant garde festival in North America, it is award winning and international in scope inviting artists from South Africa, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, India...

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Fest Report – Part II

Brampton, a city north west of Toronto played host to its second annual jazz and blues festival this past August 9th through to the...

Coltrane Re-Imagined: Rova’s Electric Ascension

Twelve “12" innovative master-musicians in a one-time euphoric incarnation of John Coltrane’s mighty Ascension, to be filmed for posterity at Guelph Jazz Festival...

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Fest Report

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival – Art of Jazz Celebration Branford Marsalis Quartet, Rose Theatre, Brampton, On. August 11, 2012 The Branford...