8 Nov

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.101 – Walk in The Rain

2018-11-23T21:29:56+00:00November 8, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

The Mike Allen Quartet is one of Vancouver’s shining gems and an undeniable musical force that plays everything from heavy hitting originals to beloved standards. Check out this great tune “Walk in The Rain” from the quartet’s 2007 release called “Vancouver”. This track features the fabulous vocals of bassist/vocalist Adam Thomas, the gorgeous piano playing of Chris Gestrin and the fluid, effortless drumming of Julian McDonough. Whenever I hear Mike Allen I feel like he is playing for his life. It has intention and is intense. His music is fuelled by pure passion and can change from a slow burn […]

1 Nov

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.100 – Spirits Free

2018-11-23T21:29:56+00:00November 1, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

You know you’re a bad mamajama when you can give yourself the designation of “Doctor” and no one protests. Dr. Lonnie Smith is that heavy of a musician and character. People have been calling him “Doctor” for more than forty years and rightfully so. He’s earned it. Lonnie Smith is a master on the Hammond B3 organ and a true musical (and style) icon. Known for his blend of jazz, soul, funk and original r&b his musical career spans over 60 years, 70 albums and countless of collaborations with musical greats such as George Benson, Etta James, Lou Donaldson, Esther […]

25 Oct

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.99 – Time Remembered

2018-11-23T21:29:56+00:00October 25, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

This week Vancouver’s music community lost its sparkle as we heard about the passing of the wonderful, Bob Murphy. He was a generous, kind hearted, inspiring and thrilling musician, one of Canada’s best. A fantastic “piano giant” who was deeply embedded in the city’s musical landscape. He played with everyone and was loved and admired by everyone. Bob was a passionate and patient teacher and mentor. I’ve spoken to so many musicians who all said that they have studied with him at some point and time. They all spoke of his gifts as a teacher, many say that he was […]

11 Oct

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.98 – Speak Softly Love

2018-11-23T21:29:56+00:00October 11, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

“Speak softly love and hold me warm against your heart.” Sounds like a perfect way to start a Sunday to me. “Speak Softly Love” was written by Larry Kusic and Nick Rota and is best known as the theme from The Godfather movies. Check out this thumpin’ version by Joey DeFrancesco and his trio, I bet it never sounded as greasy before!  There is something about the Hammond organ that, when played well, can transform any tune into a hip joint. There is no question that DeFrancesco is serious player and he consistently proves that he is a master of […]