November 2009

HAYDAIN NEALE

Haydain

TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ -

At 39 years of age Juno Award-winning artist Haydain Neale of jacksoul passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, after a very private seven month battle with lung cancer.

On a beautiful, sunny morning with his wife Michaela, daughter Yasmin, brother-in-law Shawn Hudson and friends Davide DiRenzo and Jennifer Hyland by his side, Haydain passed away peacefully.

Throughout his rehabilitation after a car accident in August 2007 and during his illness, Haydain always maintained a positive spirit.

In a statement from his wife Michaela; "Through all these challenges, Haydain's sense of humour and love of music were ever-present. He constantly brightened the room with his singing and his smile. His joyful presence and beautiful voice will be missed by us all."

An interment with a private family gathering will take place later this week.

Canada for Haiti

Canada for Haiti

Airs CBC, CTV and Global 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 22.

Canada's television networks are collaborating on a television special this Friday to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Canada for Haiti, a one-hour program examining Canada's close relationship with Haiti, will be broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global at 7 p.m. ET.

The program will be shown just before the Hope for Haiti Now telethon being hosted by George Clooney and featuring many of Hollywood's biggest stars.

CBC, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic and the National Geographic Channel all plan to simulcast Hope for Haiti Now in Canada.

The Canada for Haiti special will give Canadians a chance to donate to a group of Canadian organizations doing work in Haiti. The groups featured include:

The program will be hosted by CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour, Global's Cheryl Hickey of ET Canadaand CTV's Ben Mulroney of etalk.

Oliver Jones and Hank Jones

Oliver and Hank Jones

Reviewed by Bill McDonald
Cashbox Canada Jazz Writer
11/09

Two jazz titans on two grand pianos, and one great CD. Long time friends Oliver Jones and Hank Jones had previously played together in concerts. It is wonderful to capture their combined virtuosity in a studio recording.

On the first three tracks – What Am I Here For, Groove Merchant, and Ripples – they are backed by two young talents Brandi Disterheft on bass and Jim Doxas on drums. Two other tracks – Monk’s Mood and Lonely Women feature Hank Jones solo. The remaining tracks are Oliver Jones and Hank Jones duets, which reflect, quite simply, two timeless jazz masters.

Within the duet tracks is a clear tribute to their mutual friend, the late Oscar Peterson with two of his well known compositions, Blues For Big Scotia and Cakewalk. As well, there is Oliver Jones own tribute, I Remember OP.

Thank you, Oliver. Thank you, Hank. Somewhere Oscar is smiling.

The Dave Young Quartet

Dave Young

Reviewed by Bill McDonald
Cashbox Canada Jazz Writer
11/09

With every concert and every recording, whether as a band leader or sideman, Dave Young reminds us why he is one of Canada’s premier bassists and jazz musicians. His latest CD, Mean What You Say, is no exception. Along with Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Robi Botos (piano), and Frank Botos (drums), he performs a variety of songs from well known jazz composers, as well as three of his own.

There are many soloing highlights from all of the performers. On ‘Will You Still Be Mine’, Young shows his mastery of the bow in his own solo. There is the uncommon trumpet and bass duet by Turcotte and Young on Celia. As usual, any solo Robbi Botos touches turns to gold, although his work on ‘Seven Minds’ is a personal favourite. Brother Frank Botos lays down driving rhythms throughout.

Canadian jazz is alive and well.

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