Monday, October 19, 2009

Magic in the Cellar

There's a reason the Cellar Jazz Club is considered one of the top 100 jazz clubs worldwide...everything in the place comes from the heart. The food, the art, the service, and especially, the music :-)

There was true magic in the Cellar last night. Thanks to old friends for coming out (Jeanine, Laura, Leslie, Marc, Celia, Jeff, Mike, Jen, Leanne, Shelley, know who you are...),

and all the new ones we met (not one, but two Michaels, Brock, Shauna, Phil, Valentine, the beautiful women from Frankfurt, and the know who you are...).

The staff, the food, all fantastic.

The thing is, all of us there, listening and living the music, focused on a single moment, well, there's nothing like it, and that's the unique magic of live music. We're the lucky ones who get that it's something special...

Thanks again, everyone, for an incredible night...the band's floatin' on air and already looking forward to next time.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Alain Caron at L&M

Ruth's 2nd favourite.

With 6 strings

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Alain Caron at L&M

Ruth's 2nd favourite.

With 6 strings

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Hi sweetheart. How's your trip going? ... Uh huh.. Oh good.

Oh, everything's just fine here at home.

Yes, I miss you too.

Say, you know how you always said that two Yamaha drum kits is enough ... Right remember ? And you know how I love Yamaha drums, right?

And you know how I always say that 'wouldn't it be nice if I could still gig when you have the SUV and I only have the sports car, and my other two drums kits won't fit in the sports car? And sometimes I can't rehearse or gig when that happens? ' 

You know?  ...  How I sometimes say that?

Yes .... Yes I know that I already have two beautiful drumkits.

Yes, sweetheart, you're right, we have nowhere to put another drumkit.

What's that?

Yes, I know its not practical to store two sets of drums in a thousand square foot apartment.


Yes, you are absolutely right.

Oh n-nothing.

No reason. Just  ..  you know .... Making coversation 'n stuff.

I love you too.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, January 23, 2009

4 vs 10

So, when Paul unfortunately had to sub out a gig, we were lucky to have Lisa join us on bass.


Now, if you'll remember, Paul has a four-string bass.  A very very nice one.  But despite theimage jiggery-pokery in that earlier posting, it's total string quotient is Four (4).   If you look at a five-string bass.  Or just, imagine one.  In your head.  


Then subtract one string...and... You get Paul's bass.  


One less.


Minus one. 


So back to Lisa, who:

 - arrived with a 5-string bass. (Nice, Lisa!)

 - arrived with a 5 -string stand-up bass (Whoa!)

 - asked for more lead vocals in her monitor (I beg your pardon?)




(wait for it)


 - asked for more guitar in her monitor.


Wait. wait. wait.  Was that a typo?




No, it wasn't.


Lisa. Asked. For. More. Guitar. In. Her. Monitor.


Ergo: Lisa knows which side her her bread is buttered. 



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Un Petit Fromage

So at the otherwise stellar Joey DeFrancesco concert at the beloved Cellar Jazz Club, Paul decides he doesn't want a desert from the menu, so asks for some cheese instead.

No, you have to realize that dinners at the Cellar are to be anticipated and consumed with great relish. The food is truly outstanding by any measure. Given that the prix fix menu is typically under $30, it is a bargain rarely matched, even without great jazz happening in front of your very eyes.

And then ... Inexplicably .... this.

Nectar of the Gods

Paul has escalated us from the sublime ( to the utterly ridiculous with this succulent ale from the shores of Howe Sound.