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Photo: Mark FittonAnother edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM 91

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Cecile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami. Her father Haitian, her mother French. It was there she became a student of classical music, something worked at for a long time, even moving to France in her teens to continue her studies. But she did eventually get the jazz bug, and started listening to vocal masters like Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday. She celebrated their genius, but at the same time, ventured out to find her own unique sound, and in a nutshell, she succeeded. Since recording her first albums, Cecile McLorin Salvant has stormed the jazz scene, bagging a Grammy, winning the Thelonious Monk Institute Vocals Competition, landing a profile in Vanity Fair and receiving endless accolades from journalists and critics. Her latest recording will be released in September, a double live CD titled Dreams and Daggers, recorded in 2016 at the Village Vanguard and the DiMenna Center. Mark Wigmore speaks to Cecile McLorin Salvant from her office in New York City. (photo credit: Mark Fitton)

And, a look at the decision by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to get involved with a major CRTC decision. Recently, the CRTC decided to decrease the minimum spending levels for Canadian programs of national interest (PNI) by up to 40%. The television industry in Canada, shell shocked by the announcement, responded. In fact, The Writers Guild of Canada appealed the decision in June, putting out warnings such as a decrease of $200 million in broadcaster spending on Canadian shows over time, and a brain-drain of Canadian Screenwriters, leaving this country for richer shores elsewhere. Mark Wigmore sits down with Neal McDougall, the Director of Policy with the Writer’s Guild of Canada, in the Jazz FM91 studios. (Cecile McLorin Salvant photos by Mark Fitton)

All that, Garvia Bailey's "Giant Steps" Looks at the connection between Grant Green and Matthew Stevens, and beautiful jazz for a summer Sunday morning.

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Looking ahead to the September 3rd episode of Arts Toronto

A conversation Mark Kelso about his involvement with the Toronto Undergrad Jazz Festival.

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