Apr 25- Kay Meek Centre -Vancouver
April 26 - The ACT -Maple Ridge
Just a reminder BC peeps. These will be my only 2 shows in the Vancouver area for the next 8 months so if ya wanna see a show, bring your smiling face to one of these gigs 😃
Just wanted to share this tune with you guys. This is possibly the most personal song I’ve ever included on a record. It feels like one of those things that I had to get out of my system I guess. Being a bookish music nerd doesn’t exactly endear you to your fellow grade school/junior high school/high school peers so I’ve had my share of people throughout my life who felt that it was their duty to inform me of how uncool/unpopular/lame/<insert insult here> my music and I were. While I was working on my first solo record a couple years, I had some anonymous emailers decide to pick up where they left off. I won’t get into the contents of those emails but, suffice to say, they weren’t exactly complimentary ;)
The word bullying has been tossed around so much that some may feel that it’s “trendy” to talk about it. I want to be very clear here: There is nothing trendy or cool about being the victim of bullying. And thanks to the anonymity and lack of actual human contact that the Internet allows, people now feel free to say/post all sorts of garbage that you’d never in your right mind say to someone’s face.
If I sound a bit combative, it’s only because I feel passionately about this. We’re all human beings and we’re all on the same journey. To those who’ve been hurt, there is good in this life and it does get better and I’m sending this tune out you.
Marcus Roberts: “The man who can play anything.” — Wynton Marsalis
Pianist Marcus Roberts is possibly one of jazz music’s most underrated artists of recent times. None other than Wynton Marsalis goes about setting the record straight in the above documentary, which was televised yesterday on the U.S. broadcaster CBS’s “60 Minutes” segment.
This wonderfully inspiring profile — which features the remarkable Roberts playing the music of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Errol Garner, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum — should not be missed!