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    Music Memory - Dani Elwell

    Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the "Music For Memory Project":  a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit alz.to.

    This week's Music Memory is courtesy of Dani Elwell. Dani is the Asst Programming Director at JAZZ.FM91 and hosts the very popular “Sunday Afternoon Jazz” each week.  She has vast experience in the world of radio and voice work, and beyond being one of the favourite hosts at the station, is also a huge fan – both of the station and of music, in general.  When she’s not working around JAZZ.FM91, you can find Dani hanging at home with her family, encouraging her very musical daughter to keep creating.

    “I didn’t meet my father until I was 21 years old.  With getting on with my life in mind, I went on a mission down to Los Angeles, my birthplace, and spent a week with him.

    The second time I had a chance to spend some time with him was a brief encounter in New York City.  We parked the rental car, made our way thru the Village and believe it or not, spent the afternoon record shopping.   My father had been a trumpet player, my parents had owned a jazz club in Los Angeles in the early 60’s and there were lots of stories to tell while picking through favorite bits of vinyl and reminiscing about the players that he loved and, believe it or not, had occasionally shared the stage with.

    At the end of our day, he presented me with a copy of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie’s “It Might as Well be Swing”.  He said, “if it ain’t Basie, it ain’t worth it”.

    When I returned home to Canada, that album did not leave my turntable for days, for months.  I played “Fly Me To The Moon” over and over again, until its groove could groove no more.   And to this day it somehow connects me to him, to my parents, and to a time period I’ll always be curious about.”


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