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ARTS TORONTO - March 18th Edition

This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91

This Episode:

Earlier this month, an exhibit very much geared towards Jazz FM91 listeners opened at the St. Lawrence Market Gallery. Notes in the Night: The History of Toronto Jazz Clubs since 1946 was curated by jazz historian, Ralph Coram. This display focuses on Toronto's many jazz venues through the decades using photographs, menus, ads, record sleeves, posters, and interviews. It also borrows from the personal collections of names like Dave Caplan and Jim Galloway. Wandering through the exhibit, you can listen to interviews with Molly Johnson, Archie Alleyne or Don Vickery, speaking about performances, clubs, and the politics around our jazz scene here in the GTA. There's info on The Rex Hotel and Bar but also long gone Taverns like the Colonial, The Town, The Savarin, and then The Bermuda Onion, Bourbon Street, The Montreal Bistro and George's Spaghetti House. In fact, there are some 75 clubs that have come and gone in as nearly as many years. Ralph Coram sits down with Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios for a trip down memory lane.

And Tony Bennett is fresh off another Grammy Award win for his album Tony Bennett Celebrates 90. The legendary crooner continues to keep his tour roster busy, including a pair of dates, March 28th & 29th, at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. At nearly 92-years-old Tony is a musical force! Bennett fought in World War II and transformed his heavy heart into that of a tender performer. He weathered the storm of rock and roll when it took over the radio, and he found a home on MTV in the nineties, just when you thought he might slow down. Since then, endless collaborations with names like Bill Charlap, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and The Count Basie Big Band. He's a man of reinvention and a man of endurance. This week, we revisit Mark's 2015 interview with Tony.  

All that, Garvia Bailey's Giant Steps, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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Queen Street East at Victoria Street with PCC streetcar heading east past the Town Tavern, May 9, 1964; Photograph - Digital reproduction; John F Bromley; File number 6401914

Billie Holiday singing at the Town Tavern, including Archie Alleyne on drums, August 10 1957
Erik Christensen, photographer; Courtesy of the Estate of Erik Christensen (Judith Scott) and Mark Miller

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