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First Listen: Joey Alexander - My Favourite Things

Born in 2003 in Indonesia, Joey was introduced to Jazz at an early age. Playing piano at 6, he learned Jazz at age 7 and quickly picked up the language of jazz. As his parents regularly took him to jam-sessions where senior jazz musicians in Bali would ask Joey to join, his musical intuition grew. When he was 8, Joey was invited by UNESCO to play solo piano for the jazz legend Herbie Hancock. For Joey, the experience marked the start of a further exploration of the art of playing Jazz.

First Listen: Reg Schwager - Delphinus

Guitarist Reg Schwager had been exploring different combinations of musicians on each of his last few CD’s, piano/guitar with Dave Restivo on Arctic Passage, guitar and bass pairings on Duets, but Reg decided that it was time to play his guitar with a more traditional jazz rhythm section. In this case he said “I immediately thought of Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and Michel Lambert”, and with that Delphinus, Reg’s new CD was born.

First Listen: The Woodhouse - Home For Christmas

For today's First Listen we have a terrific new holiday release from some young musicians who have been part of the music community here in Toronto:

First Listen: Selena Evangeline - Left Alone

Selena Evangeline is a singer defined by her heart and world-class pipes. The sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Prince and Stevie Wonder helped shape the musician she is today. As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, her songs are musical snapshots of real life and emotions.

First Listen: Keith Jarrett Trio - Hamburg '72

Today's First Listen is quite an event, Hamburg '72 – a beautifully recorded, largely unreleased live concert by Jarrett’s first trio. In 1972 Jarrett, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian had been together for five years, and had reached a pitch of togetherness that sounds quite miraculous here. Jarrett plays flute and wild soprano saxophone at times, and there’s plenty of piano virtuosity.

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