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Sunday, June 5, 2016

CANADA: Flute News - June 2016 - Bill McBirnie

Flute News - June 2016 - Bill McBirnie

Hi, Folks:

Here is a short list of items (each of which is set out in more detail just below my signature): 

(1)  JEREMY STEIG (SEPTEMBER 23, 1942 - APRIL 13, 2016)

(2)  NINA SIMONE - "BE MY HUSBAND" - LIVE

(3)  …AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…

(4)  A FEW FORTHCOMING GIGS

Thanks very much…both for reading and listening!…

Sincerely,

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  (416) 652-1541
 
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."  (Yogi Berra)


(1)  JEREMY STEIG (SEPTEMBER 23, 1942 - APRIL 13, 2016)

The jazz flute community suffered a profound loss with the passing of Jeremy Steig in April.  (…I myself was a little late in finding out about this… :-(

I have always listened to - and I continue to listen to - Jeremy’s debut album, Flute Fever.  This album was originally released on vinyl over 50 years ago (in 1963) and was finally reissued on CD for the first time in 2013 by Jonathan Horwich of International Phonograph Inc.  The new Legacy Recordings release of Flute Fever includes the original unedited takes, all of which have all been meticulously remastered, with the original cover art, liner notes and a previously unissued take.

I covered one of the tracks from Flute Fever ("Willow Weep For Me") on my album, Mercy, and its inclusion was prompted by - and the track was specifically dedicated specifically to - Jeremy because, since childhood, I had been inspired by Flute Fever.

You can hear my take on "Willow Weep For Me" here (a duo cut from Mercy with Robi Botos on piano):


I tried to find a link on the web of Jeremy’s version of "Willow Weep For Me" (so that you could have a listen to it too) but I simply could not find one.  So you will have to settle for Robi’s and mine for now!  However, you CAN get the entire Legacy Recording reissue of Flute Fever here (…and any serious-minded jazz flutist would be well-advised to do so…) here:



(2)  NINA SIMONE - "BE MY HUSBAND " - LIVE

This is pretty powerful…So brace yourself!… (It’s about three minutes.)



(3)  …AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…

I know this is a bit off-topic but, for any cat lover (like me), this clip of a cat watching a horror movie is absolutely priceless! :-)

If you haven’t seen it before, then it’s well worth a minute of your time to do so.  And even if you have seen it before, then it’s well worth another minute of your time to watch it again! :-)

Here it is:


  
(4)  A FEW FORTHCOMING GIGS

The following listing is in DESCENDING order.

Also, please note that there isn’t much booked for JULY and AUGUST!  

So if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work…or any flute/improvisation coaching, then don’t hesitate to contact me!

Also, you can always find a current/updated listing at the following link:  http://www.extremeflute.com/contact.html

Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Princess Margaret Hospital - Jazz In The Atrium
610 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY on piano

Fri., Jul. 1, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant (part of the TDJF)
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY - Brazilian Jazz!

Wed., June 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
The Second Cup (part of the TDJF)
289 King St. W. (at John St.)
Toronto, Ontario
The "Find Your Place" Band with BERNIE SENENSKY (organ) & ANTHONY MICHELLI (drums)

Sun., June 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Morgans on the Danforth (part of the TDJF)
1282 Danforth Ave. (at Greenwood)
Toronto, Ontario
With STEPHEN GARDNER on keys

Wed., June 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rex
194 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
With the JIM GELCER band (including BRUCE CASSIDY, REG SCHWAGER & BRENDAN DAVIS)

Wed., June 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rex
194 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
With the JIM GELCER band (including REG SCHWAGER & GEORGE KOLLER)

Thurs., Fri. & Sat., June 9, 10 & 11, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria St.
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY's "MOE KOFFMAN TRIBUTE BAND" (including JAKE KOFFMAN, KIERAN OVERS & TERRY CLARKE)