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Music Memory - Monica Pease

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This week's Music Memory comes from Monica Pease. Regular and loyal listener Monica let us know right away how thrilled she was when we added some Chicago to our playlist.  In her Music Memory, she talks about her stylistically varied musical childhood, and how she was first bit by the Jazz bug.

“My first memory of Jazz in my life was during my childhood.  My Dad (a big band sax player) was constantly spinning big band records, or Cleo Laine, or Rosemary Clooney, or Mel Torme.  I wasn’t a fan then – the closest I got to Jazz was ‘Chicago’s’ hits.

I attended a choir school and was also trained in classical violin.  It was when I was a camper -turned counselor - turned staff violinist at National Music Camp of Canada where I had the privilege of sitting in on the Jazz rehearsals.    In the rehearsal studio overlooking Lake Couchiching, the room was filled with heavy hitters:  Gord Foote, Denny Christianson, Frank Mantooth, Kevin Turcotte, and Dave Restivo, just to name a few.  When they played, m whole body was energized.  Listening to them, it was ok to move my body – snap fingers, slap knees, sing, bob head, and generally let the music move me in such a joyful way.

Now I get to hear these guys on Jazz FM – allowing me to remain a groupie of these fantastic musicians.”

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