Recalling Jazz Standards

Tenor Saxophonist, Grant Stewart

I had the pleasure of playing with tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart on Tuesday evening at the Northampton Jazz Workshop. It is interesting our paths hadn’t crossed before, given that Grant and I are both originally from Canada. He’s a really solid player with a firm grasp of the hard bop vocabulary of tenor titans like Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley etc. Despite being situated in the lounge of a Spare Time Bowling Alley, they’ve…

Set List from Toronto’s Old Mill (10/21/2016)

trombonist Jules Estrin

I had the pleasure of playing in Toronto this past weekend, in the band of my old college roommate, Jules Estrin.  Jules is a very fine trombonist who just completed a Masters degree in jazz at the University of Toronto. We played at the Home Smith Jazz Bar at the Old Mill.  It was a beautiful venue with a nice Yamaha grand piano and an attentive, listening audience. Along with bassist/author Mike Downes, we played three…