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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

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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
– Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo

Toronto Jazz Festival:

– Tower of Power
– Benny Green
– George Benson

Brampton Jazz Festival:

– Branford Marsalis Quartet
– Vijay Iyer Quartet

Guelph Jazz Festival:

– Jenny Scheinman & Myra Melford
– Mathew Shipp & Darius Jones
– Brew (Miya Masaoka
– Reggie Workman & Gerry Hemingway
– Abdullah Ibrahim

Honorable Mention:

– Mark Murphy at The Old Mill – A poignant performance by a living legend, the ultimate jazz singer.

CD’s:

1. Kenny Garrett – Seeds From The Underground
2. Toots Thieleman – The Best Of Toots 90
3. Melody Gardot – The Absence
4. Branford Marsalis Quartet – Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes
5. Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction
6. Ahmad Jamal – Blue Moon
7. Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando
8. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts – An Attitude For Gratitude
9. Bill Evans – Live At Art D’Lugoff’s Top Of The Gate
10. Keith Jarrett – Sleeper

Canadian CD’s:

1. Fern Lindzon – Two Kites
2. Dave Young – Aspects of Oscar
3. François Bourassa Quartet – Idiosyncrasie
4. Oliver Jones – Live In Baden
5. Gordon Grdina’s Haram – Her Eyes Illuminate
6. Peter Appleyard – The Lost Sessions 1974
7. François Houle 5 + 1 – Genera
8. Ranee Lee – Deep Song – A Tribute To Billie Holiday
9. Gordon Sheard – All Saints Bay

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.

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