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    Air Canada: A Conversation with Jazz-FM91's Ross Porter

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    Interview with the president and CEO of Toronto-based Jazz-FM91 radio station.

    If jazz radio is a dying art, nobody told Ross Porter. Widely acknowledged as Canada’s dean of jazz, Porter was the driving creative force behind Cool TV, a short-lived but superbly programmed 24-hour jazz network, and is also the author of the bestselling Essential Jazz Recordings. But his greatest influence has been as President and CEO of Toronto-based Jazz-FM91, a role he assumed in 2004. Throughout the past seven years he has transformed Jazz-FM91 into one of the most vibrant and versatile jazz stations on the planet. Porter’s combined skills as arts administrator, savvy marketer and sage programmer has enabled Jazz-FM91 to steadily thrive and grow, extending its mandate to include jazz education, community outreach, concerts and special events, and technological advances that have carried the station to every corner of the globe. Porter is also an astute judge of on-air talent, filling the Jazz-FM91 schedule with several of the finest, most informed talents in the world of jazz broadcasting, including Brad Barker, Heather Bambrick, Jaymz Bee, Dani Elwell, Walter Venafro, and Terry McElligott. Recently, Porter sat down with Jazz Times’ Christopher Loudon to discuss both the station and his lifelong passion for jazz.

    Jazz, man.

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    A man with intense eyes and slick dark hair pounds a piano, as the band behind him blares out jazz. Fans lean in, snap their fingers, bob their heads. The man stands up, then gets a gun from the coat check. He bounds upstairs, a cigarette between his lips, and rushes into the nighttime grit of New York City.

    “While my heart is still on the bandstand, I pay for the groceries away from the piano,” the character says, in a voiceover. “And when I get a business call these days, even at 2 in the morning, I answer it.”

    And that’s how the very first episode of “Johnny Staccato” began.

    You are not alone

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    “He who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once” – Robert Browning

    Music is a universal language. It brings people together, breaks down boundaries and builds common ground. Music is powerful – it can uplift and inspire us, provide comfort during a difficult time, or express emotion when words fail us.

    Drummer remembered as ‘very important part’ of Ottawa music scene

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    A bit of Ottawa music history was lost Sunday with the passing of Richard Patterson.

    During the 1960s, Patterson was the drummer for the well-known Ottawa band The Esquires and later Canada Goose. He also played in at least two bands with Bruce Cockburn, The Children and 3’s a Crowd.

    Ottawa music maven Harvey Glatt said Patterson was at the centre of the action during that period.

    Roger Abbott of Royal Canadian Air Farce dies at 64

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    Roger Abbott, co-creator and star of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, passed away March 26, 2011, after a 14 year battle with Leukemia. He was 64 years old.

    Roger was a devoted listener and often volunteered during JAZZ.FM91’s fundraising campaigns.

    JAZZ.FM91 extends sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time. Roger will be greatly missed.

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