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Music Memory - Jaymz Bee

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:36

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

This week we hear from on-air host, concert producer and Jazz Safari Bwana, Jaymz Bee.

When I was a kid, I got knee deep into my parents' record collection. I also had older friends because I was an actor with North Bay's Gateway Theatre Guild, so my musical tastes didn't fly with many my age. I wasn't really into Trooper, Boney M and the hits on radio.

I discovered a few Duke Ellington LP's, and while I enjoyed Satin Doll and Cotton Tail, I was more interested in Black and Tan Fantasy, The Mooche, and my favourite of all, Caravan.

The first version I heard was from the 1962 recording Money Jungle but I went on to find various versions from Duke and then began collecting versions by other artists.

The song has been the soundtrack to my life really...I've played it at countless cocktail parties and performed it with my old band in the nineties when we toured Canada. Friends of mine once threw a party where we played various versions of the song for hours on hand.

Every time I hear Caravan it sends me back to another time...a far away place...OK, not a desert...North Bay in the early seventies...but still...

Thank you Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington for Caravan.

The song has enriched my life in so many ways!

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