Parry Sound has All that Jazz!

The Festival of the Sound has always featured a Jazz Weekend; however, based on the feedback from last year’s patrons, they have expanded the program to include more jazz performances.daveyoung

On Monday July 20th, enjoy three great events all rolled together! Take a cruise on the Island Queen and watch the beautiful Georgian Bay sun set accompanied by Dixieland Jazz, supplied by the Dixie Demons.

The Dixie Demons got their start in 1984 at Humber College, when Dan Douglas – a trombonist – was asked to put together a band for a school function. Three decades later, this Toronto-based band continues to play traditional jazz both as the Dixie Demons and independent freelancers in many different groups.

On Saturday July 20th “Benny meets Artie” – when Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman were all the rage – and rivals! Artie Shaw was known as the king of the clarinet, while Benny Goodman held the title of “King of Swing”. Clarinetists Bob DeAngelis and James Campbell join Gene DiNovi on the piano while Dave Young supplies the bass.

The “normal” Jazz Weekend kicks off on Saturday August 1st with an offering for families. And since Graham Campbell is the son of Artistic Director James Campbell, it’s a great way to introduce everyone to this genre of music.

Do you miss the music of Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morrison, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson? This evening’s show should help! Dave Young and Terry Clarke join pianists to create this tribute to these great musicians.

Start Sunday off with Coffee & Jazz on the Chippewa – a former Maid of the Mist cruise boat - listening to the songs of Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Tom Waits, featuring Graham Campbell and Words around the Waist.

During the afternoon, join David Braid and the Sinfonia UK. Not only is David is a two-time Juno Award winning pianist who has performed concerts of his original music and improvisations around the world, he was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada. This is your opportunity to hear his unique version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Many repeat Festival goers look forward to hearing the Toronto All-Star Big Band every year, and August 2nd offers that chance again! This 17-piece orchestra plays the music of the Big Bands of the 30’s and 40’s. Young players are recruited from across the Greater Toronto Area to join a youth music program that offers them the opportunity to learn great skills and experience in performing.

This Jazz Weekend draws to a close just like it opened – with a musical cruise on the Island Queen. This time, it is the “American Songbook”. Containing some of the most influential and well-known American popular songs and jazz pieces from the 1920’s to 1950’s, you will be sure to recognize music from plays and films.

To see if tickets are still available for any of these performances, please check the Festival of the Sound web site; to see if we have any rooms available at 40 Bay Street B&B, please click HERE.

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