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This Sunday from 8-9am, it’s Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on JAZZ.FM91.

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Randy Bachman is a rock and roll legend with a cool 40 million records sold backing his credentials. He’s a two-time inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his work with The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, an Order of Canada recipient and he’s in the Musicians hall of fame in Nashville. He’s also the host of the popular radio program “Vinyl Tap”. Next week he will land at the Toronto Jazz Festival as part of a sprawling Canadian tour. You may be wondering, what will the man behind ‘Taking Care of Business’ and ‘American Woman’ be doing at a jazz festival gig? The show will in fact be jazz heavy including a solo set that will show off his Lenny Breau connection, and he will perform alongside blues guitarist Walter Trout and jazz chanteuse Laila Biali. Mark Wigmore meets up with Randy Bachman here at the Jazz FM91 studios.

And, if you walk, drive or bike by David Pecaut Square in the heart of downtown Toronto over the next week, you may wonder what that curious circular structure is that people are marveling at. The Luminato Festival began on Wednesday and is the reason for the sighting. The heart of the 12-day event is a heritage Belgian structure, The Famous Spiegeltent. The 100 year old ‘mirror’ tent is the last of its kind and an enchanting and dazzling place to witness a performance. The man who brought it to our city is impish Aussie and sometimes jazz piano pro, David Bates. He owns and produces The Famous Spiegeltent and takes it to festivals around the world every year. He speaks with Mark Wigmore at the Jazz FM91 studios.


And, Bill Frisell is truly the gentle giant of jazz guitar and composition. After 4 decades as a major contributor to the genre, and 60-plus years of guitar playing, he continues to deliver a dreamy musical landscape born of his imagination. Frisell’s tone is as unique as his technique, highly identifiable, and that’s a good thing. He’s jumped around a lot; from the John Zorn avant guarde sounds of the 80s, to Bluegrass and Americana, to pairing up with Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Bono. His new album ‘Small Town’ features bass player Thomas Morgan, and was recorded at the Village Vanguard. The duo will perform as sold out concert on June 24th as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. There’s also a new feature length documentary on his musical life titled “Bill Frisell: A Portrait” which is set to screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on June 24th. Bill Frisell speaks to Mark Wigmore from his tour stop in Tokyo Japan.


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