With the reversal of Jazz Monday and Choral Wednesday this week, it’s time for some jazz!
I don’t think we can have a jazz category without including greats Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Their voices are so legendary they really don’t need introduction. So here they are!
The first two Jazz Mondays featured two Canadian Jazz greats. While I’m not sure I would put Michael Buble on the level of Diana Krall and Oscar Peterson, he has undoubtedly raised the profile of Canadian pop-jazz big band music. I really love his tunes- tunes where you just can’t resist tapping your toe or singing along. Like yesterday, this is just plain happy music.
Last week, I featured Diana Krall for Jazz Monday. This week, I turn to the greatest of Canadian Jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson. And his interpretation of O Christmas Tree? Blissful perfection.
Those who know me know I am not a morning person. Monday mornings are sometimes the most difficult and I find life is better if I can take a bit of time over my Monday morning coffee to make that transition back to the busy pace of an average week day. I think that a bit of jazz makes that transition even easier. So, each Monday this month, I’m going to feature a favourite piece Christmas music performed by a favourite jazz musician. Today, I start with one of my favourites.
I am a pianist. I live in Nanaimo. And I love jazz.