Art of Jazz in the Distillery

Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 4:00pm
Suite 202, Case Goods Building (Building no. 74) Historic Distillery District 55 Mill St.
Art of Jazz in the Distillery
Art of Jazz in the Distillery

Pages Books & Magazines, Mercury Press, Art of Jazz, and NOW present a This Is Not A Reading Series Jazz Event: Join us as award-winning jazz critic and biographer Mark Miller celebrates the publication of A Certain Respect for Tradition: Mark Miller on Jazz, Selected Writings 1980-2005. Also in attendance will be jazz bassist, scholar, and writer David Lee as he launches The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field, an engaging look at a milestone of jazz history. Featuring music performances by Jane Bunnett and friends, interviews with authors David Lee and Mark Miller, and an opportunity to have your books and CDs signed. This is a rare opportunity to interact personally with the authors and musicians in an intimate setting and experience the sounds of improvisation on the studio's new Yamaha C1 Grand Piano, generously donated by Yamaha Canada.

A Certain Respect for Tradition is a celebration of jazz and, equally, of Mark Miller's distinguished career as a writer. Drawing on more than four thousand articles, most published by The Globe and Mail in Toronto, Miller has chosen some ninety profiles and reviews according to the simplest and most subjective of criteria: these are pieces he likes about musicians whose work he admires ó from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to John Zorn, Jabbo Smith to Enrico Rava, Rosemary Clooney to Phil Minton, Dorothy Donegan to Cecil Taylor.

Mark Miller served as the jazz critic for The Globe and Mail from 1978 to 2005 and, in addition to A Certain Respect for Tradition, has completed six other books about jazz since 1982, including Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada,1914-1949 (1997),The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada(2001) and Some Hustling This! - Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929(2005), all from The Mercury Press. He has also written for several popular and scholarly publications, notably Coda, Down Beat, The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. His photographs of jazz musicians have been published widely; several appear in A Certain Respect for Tradition.

The Battle of the Five Spot is an engaging look at a milestone in jazz history. In 1959, when the California saxophonist Ornette Coleman brought his quartet to New York's Five Spot Café, the music spurred a stormy controversy and a struggle between old and new styles of jazz that has never quite subsided. David Lee explores the debate around Coleman's innovation in terms of its relationships to social change and issues of power within arts communities, referring to such disparate sources as writer Norman Mailer (a Five Spot regular),composer Leonard Bernstein (who leaped to his feet at the end of one Coleman set and declared that "this is the greatest thing that has ever happened in jazz").This is a unique and lively look at how and why the soft-spoken Coleman's exciting new music changed the way jazz was played, listened to and talked about.

David Lee, born in Mission, B.C., toured internationally and recorded as a double bass player with the Bill Smith Ensemble, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He is the co-author of Stopping Time, the autobiography of jazz pianist Paul Bley, and lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jane Bunnett, the Toronto soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, has built her career at the crossroads between Cuban music and jazz. Twice nominated for Grammy awards and a fixture of the nominations for Canada's Juno awards, she has turned her bands into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba.

Art of Jazz is a not-for-profit organization dedicated year-round to the development of jazz artists and audiences in Canada and abroad. Through artistic and educational programming in the concert hall, classroom and community, including: The Art of Jazz Celebration; Art of Jazz Community Voices; The AOJ Orchestra; and community outreach and jazz education for all ages, all Art of Jazz programs embrace the full breadth of jazz and its related artistic expressions.