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    Ian Shaw

    Award-winning jazz singer Ian Shaw is also an accomplished radio presenter. Ian has been hosting The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show since 2012, bringing his knowledgeable, witty and engaging style to the show. Over the years Ian has made many appearances on radio including presenting on London’s Jazz FM, hosting Big Band Special, on the UKs BBC Radio 2, and is a frequent Compére and host for broadcast events and award ceremonies.

    Ian performs regularly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and has done so since the early 90s when he was encouraged as a jazz singer by non-other than Ronnie Scott himself. He began his career a decade earlier on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside a galaxy of British comedians, while also playing in piano bars across the UK and internationally. Now, with more than a dozen albums to his name, including three American releases, he is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced, as well as being a talented pianist, songwriter and record producer.

    You can hear Ian every Friday night at 9pm hosting the Ronnie Scott's Radio Show.

    Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum's willingness to defy convention has served him well during his lifelong pursuit of musical fulfillment.  He began playing piano and guitar at the age of eight; in his mid teens, Cullum was in & out of rock bands playing guitar, drums and piano; he was also the drummer in a hip-hop combo, eventually finding his way back to jazz through the samples used in his favorite hip-hop recordings; and Cullum spent the end of his teen years living in Paris, where he honed his skills performing in local jazz clubs before going on to become the biggest-selling British jazz artist of all time.  Cullum has won an enviable reputation as a magnetic live performer, playing freewheeling concerts that emphasize spontaneity and improvisation—and which rarely employ a set list.

    Jamie is the host of the Jamie Cullum BBC Radio Show which can be heard Saturday's at 11am and again on Monday's at 9pm.

    Walter Venafro

    Photo: Bill Beard

     

     

    Born and raised in Toronto, Walter became interested in broadcasting when he received a transistor radio for Christmas at the age of 10. During recess, Walter would go to his perfect spot, sit and listen to the various on-air hosts, up and down the dial, fascinated by the voices and music.

    Walter has worked at several radio stations around Toronto, co-produced documentaries for television, was a casting agent for film and television, has been a DJ at some of the city's top hotspots, and has done promotions and publicity for numerous award winning Canadian musicians. All the while Walter has also been very busy as a voice actor, and realtor, helping people buy and sell homes.

    Walter brings you Saturday Afternoon Jazz from noon to 4PM.

    Contact Walter at walter@jazz.fm

    Danny Marks

    Danny Marks

    Photo: Don Dixon

    If there's a popular song from 1900 to now, chances are Danny Marks has heard it, and can sing it. And maybe even put a new spin on it: Johnny Cash performing Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, or Elvis launching into reggae. An aficionado of the great blues singers of the '30s and '40s, Marks was one of the first guitarists to incorporate blues roots into rock music.

    His big brother went out of his way to collect old recordings, and Danny grew up listening to rare blues, R&B and rock and roll records few people heard in the Toronto area. His tastes – and guitar licks – grew as he encountered such widely diverse guitar talents as Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, the King Family, Andres Segovia and Los Indios Tabajaras.

    Tune in to Danny Saturdays from 8 PM to midnight for BLUZ-FM on JAZZ.FM91.

    Contact Danny at dmarks@bluz.fm

    Laura Fernandez

    Laura Fernandez
    Photo: Frank Nagy

    Singer-songwriter and artist Laura Fernandez was born In Madrid, Spain, lived in Switzerland as a child, spent her youth in Calgary, Alberta and her adulthood here in Toronto and traveling worldwide. True to her international roots Laura writes songs in English as well as Spanish and her musical compositions are a reflection of her many influences.

    Laura is also an award winning artist and illustrator and has many published children’s books. Her work has been seen internationally on billboards, ads and packaging as well as in books and magazines. She has painted many portraits and her work hangs in private collections and in museums.

    Laura comes to JAZZ.FM91 as a passionate enthusiast of jazz, and especially Latin Jazz, which has surrounded her throughout her life and is a part of her cultural upbringing. She is honoured to be part of the JAZZ.FM91 team and hopes to share the love and passion she has for this music with Café Latino listeners everywhere!

    Laura can be heard on Café Latino, Saturdays from 4 to 6PM

    Contact Laura at laura@jazz.fm

    John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

    John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “Hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. When he performs with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they were labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.”

    Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows: A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center written by Terrance McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Parade (directed by Hal Prince), Dream, Tommy, Crazy For You, Les Miserables, City of Angels, Chess, Cats and Oklahoma! and she has performed off Broadway and regionally in dozens of productions.

    Jessica has premiered music written by Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and Stephen Sondheim and John Bucchino. She has written songs for almost a dozen recordings including “Greed”, part of a commission for Audra McDonald’s Seven Deadly Sins at Carnegie Hall and Cradle and all which will be part of Ms. McDonalds newest c.d. coming out in the fall.

    John and Jessica are the hosts of Radio Deluxe which airs Sunday's at 9am

    Glen Woodcock

    Glen Woodcock

    Photo: Frank Nagy

    Glen's program, The Big Band Show, Sundays from 5PM to 10PM, has been a Toronto radio fixture since it began here on JAZZ.FM91 over three decades ago. In Glen's other life he is an automotive writer for the Sun group of newspapers and Autonet.ca. Glen has just begun restoration of a 1971 Manic GT, a rare Canadian-made sports car from Granby, Que. It will join an award-winning 1947 Frazer Manhattan in Glen's garage in the Northumberland hills east of Toronto, where he lives with wife Connie and daughter Kate.

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