Jazz

Remembering Neil Peart, whose jaw-dropping talent inspired a generation of musicians and wannabes

Nick Krewen Special to the Star January 11, 2020   He was closer to our hearts than we even realized. Make no mistake, the depth of anguish with which the music world  – especially Canadians – regards the unexpected passing of Neil Peart, 67,  on January 7 from glioblastoma, is immeasurable. Arguably the greatest and most influential drummer of his generation,  the Hamilton-born Peart – one third of progressive power…

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Maqueque new queens of Afro-Cuban jazz, with Jane Bunnett’s boost

Nick Krewen Special to the Star Nov 02, 2019 Like Hilario Duran, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and countless other Cuban musicians, pianist and composer Dánae Olano owes Toronto’s Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer a debt of gratitude. With the continuing Cold War between Cuba and the U.S. unlikely to thaw under their present regimes, musicians occupying the island  have found it nearly impossible to find career traction when restricted to staying within…


Clairmont The Second is up for a climb

Nick Krewen Special to the Star July 20, 2019 Clairmont The Second may be one of the more ambitious rappers out there, but he’s in no rush to achieve the lofty stardom to which he aspires. “We knew from the start that it was going to be the long game,” said the Juno-nominated hip-hop artist born Clairmont Humphrey, who hails from the Jane and Weston area of Toronto and brings…


Prince shows Toronto crowd he can play a purple piano as well as the guitar

Just 48 hours after announcing he was coming to town, Prince gave the crowd a mixture of his hits and new material – reinterpreted on a purple electric grand. Nick Krewen Sat., March 26, 2016 Prince at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, March 25, 2016, 7 p.m. show Three stars (out of 4) It probably comes as little surprise that Prince, the legendary singer and songwriter who is as…


Tragedy and hope

SPONSOR CONTENT Tragedy and hope Terence Blanchard performs his Grammy-winning masterpiece, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), in its entirety at Koerner Hall on April 2. JENNY BRAGERT PHOTO CONTENT FROM: THE ARTS FEATURE PUBLISHED MARCH 23, 2016 UPDATED MARCH 24, 2017 New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard reflects on Hurricane Katrina When Terence Blanchard performs his 2008 album, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),…