Upcoming Performances

I have a number of performances coming up and I hope you can make it to one or more of them.

The first three engagements are with The Dixie Demons. On November 8, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. I will be at The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar. On November 10, 2013 at 4:30 I will be performing for the Jazz Vespers at Christ Church Deer Park.  November 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. i will be performing for the The Kitchener-Waterloo Dixieland Jazz Club again with The Dixie Demons.

On December 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. I will be performing with Brassackwards at 3030 Dundas West.

Both groups combine a highly entertaining show with some really great musicianship and are well worth listening to!

TheJazzBox.ca Crowdfunding Campaign

Here is some information about the campaign. Thanks for reading!
TheJazzBox.ca started with many meetings among musicians and jazz lovers over a year ago, and has since grown to be a vibrant on-line social community and marketing hub with over 40 top-notch musicians (and their groups) on the site.
We are now going the next phase, to make TheJazzBox.ca a world-class site for the jazz community to share and enjoy and we need your help to grow and make TheJazzBox.ca stellar and be part of our ongoing community!
“We need YOU to make this happen.”

We have a passion for this project and passion for adding value to others and our community. Why does this project matter? It’s because this great music and these great musicians deserve to be heard!

Our crowd funding campaign is now launched on RocketHub. Click Here to view the Project. Through this campaign we want to improve our site and offerings and to grow our jazz community. We have worked to make this campaign a success and include some awesome rewards for your support including

– mp3s and CDs
– loaded iPods,
– original jazz photos
– tickets to our Mini Jazz Fest
– dinner with an artist
– private concerts in your home
– study scores
– project funding
– even have a piece composed about you or a family member.

RocketHub is not an investment or charity. It is an exchange: funds from supporters for Goods from us.
It’s a “keep what we raise” funding mechanism: if we don’t reach my financial goal we get to keep what we raise.

We are so proud of the progress we have made solely on a shoestring budget and loads of goodwill. We now offer quality video and news, loads of music (over 650 tracks), and we have been recognized not only in Canada, but as far as Finland and Japan by fans and artists alike.

For more information and updates about this campaign go to our Campaign Page.

TheJazzBox.ca Goes Live

I am very excited that Timothy Booth’s new site TheJazzbox.ca will be launching September 15th. The site showcases some great Canadian jazz artists and is well worth a look. You can find more information at the following URL.

The launch events at The Rex on Saturday Sept. 15th at 3:30 p.m. and at The Dominion on Queen on Monday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 p.m. promise to be well worth seeing.

Patrick Sheridan with the Hannaford Street Silver Band

Patrick Sheridan was in Toronto last weekend to perform with the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He played in two school concerts on Friday, adjudicated a solo competition for young musicians on Friday night, gave a masterclass on Saturday morning and performed once more with the Hannaford Band on Sunday afternoon. I was fortunate enough to be at the Friday evening concert, the Saturday morning master class and the Sunday afternoon concert.

At the master class Patrick spoke at length about “The Breathing Gym”, his approach to proper breathing technique for brass players and, despite the early hour, had us all up out of our seats and enthusiastically learning to relax and breathe properly.

At the Sunday afternoon concert I was totally in awe of Patrick’s astounding technique and musicianship but the thing that really impressed me was his ability to engage the audience with some very funny stories and his willingness to hang out in the lobby and chat with folks during the intermission before heading back on stage to wow once once again.

Thanks to Hannaford for once again bringing a brass musician of the highest calibre to Toronto and for supporting brass music so well.

Don’t Forget the Stamps

Well I finally got the email that I was waiting for from CDBaby. “Send more CD’s! Buckhorn Morning is out of stock!”

By the time I bought a box and some packing tape and paid the postage from Ontario to Oregon I had spent 17 bucks, and that was sending the CD’s via regular parcel delivery! Kinda cuts in to revenues in a big way. I’m going to have to find a cheaper shipping solution. 🙂

Searching for “Buckhorn Morning” in iTunes

I have had an interesting time working through the process of making my jazz tuba cd, Buckhorn Morning available on line. One of the challenges has been trying to have the cd show up in iTunes search results if someone searches using the keywords tuba or jazz tuba. While my cd has a lovely picture of a tuba on the front cover, the actual word “tuba” is nowhere to be seen. I may be out of luck, but I’ll know better next time. 🙂

Links to my cd can be found at http://www.dougburrell.ca

Ray Draper

I’ve had a lot of fun lately trolling around Youtube and iTunes looking to see who is or was out there playing jazz tuba. Lately I stumbled across a video of Ray Draper.

I first heard about Ray Draper a number of years ago but it wasn’t until I saw the video of him on YouTube that I started to get an idea of what he was all about. Draper was a pioneer in that he saw the potential for the tuba as a front line instrument in jazz. Sometimes improvising on the tuba feels like trying to knit with boxing gloves on but Ray Draper pushed hard against the limitations of the instrument with some very nice musical ideas. (Edit: It appears that the video listed below has been removed by Youtube.)


Jazz and the Tuba