Posts Tagged ‘piano’

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Danielle Robert Music 2011

August 7, 2011

Artist: Danielle Robert
Release: Danielle Robert – Demo
Year: 2011 (Summer)
Genre: Pop & Indie
Home: Pain Court (Chatham-Kent)

Songlist
1. Washing Machine
2. Bent Tree
3. Should I Blink?
4. Sunrainy Soul
5. The Son and His People
6. Je suis guérie
7. Julie’s Song

Bio:
Born in 1992, Danielle Robert is a singer-songwriter hailing from Pain Court, Ontario, a small francophone village in southwestern Ontario. Danielle holds grade nine piano accreditation with The Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently entering her second year in the Honours Bachelor of Music Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, pursuing a degree in music therapy. Her musical creations are quoted as “earthy and organic” and are classified in the indie/pop category.
Daniel has been playing locally at the Coffee Culture in downtown Chatham while on her summer break.

Watch the CD preview video below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Visit her online @ http://daniellerobert.webs.com
Listen to her demoshttp://soundcloud.com/user3343655
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Lou Hooper Piano

October 24, 2010

Name: Lou Hooper (Louis Stanley)
Release: Piano
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Year: 1973
Genre: Jazz
Label: Radio Canada International
Catalog#: RCI 380

Role:  Pianist, composer
Home: Chatham Kent (North Buxton)
Life: May 18th 1894 – Sept 17th 1977

Album Track List
A1   Blame It On The Blues 
A2   In A Mist  
A3   Canadian Capers  
A4   South Sea Strut   
A5   Russian Rag   
A6   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 4) 
B1   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 2)  
B2   Black Cat Blues  
B3   Spring Fever 
B4   Cakewalk 
B5   Alaskan Rag 
B6   Uncle Remus Stomp

  His father took him at three to Ypsilanti, Mich, where he sang solos in church and at 12 played the trombone in the Hooper Brothers Orchestra.
  While he was studying piano 1911-21 at the Detroit Cons, he played in various local dance and theatre orchestras.

  He lived 1921-7 in Harlem (New York), studying 1923-4 at the Martin-Smith Music School (a subsidiary of the Damrosch Institute – later the Juilliard School). He recorded with Elmer Snowden (banjo) and Bob Fuller (clarinet) under several names, eg, the Three Jolly Miners, the Three Monkey Chasers, for Vocalion, Columbia, etc and also backed the trumpeters Johnny Dunn and Louis Metcalf, the singers Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and other leading jazz and blues performers of the day. Hooper accompanied Paul Robeson on tour in 1926 and travelled as a member of Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928.

Hooper returned to Canada in 1932, living first in Toronto – he performed at the 1932 CNE – and then, as of 1933, in Montreal, where he joined Myron Sutton’s Canadian Ambassadors, an all-black dance band active in Quebec and Ontario. Hooper formed and conducted a male choir, the Hooper Southern Singers, in concerts and on CKAC radio. He also played in local dance and jazz bands and taught piano. Oscar Peterson was one of his pupils. After a term in Europe during World War II with the Royal Canadian Artillery in which he served mainly as a pianist and entertainer in charge of Canadian concert parties, Hooper returned to Montreal, playing and teaching in increasing obscurity.

In 1962 he was rediscovered by Montreal jazz enthusiasts and subsequently celebrated as a surviving link to the early history of recorded jazz. He was honored by the International Association of Record Collectors in 1973 and by the Canadian Congress of Collectors in 1977. A new recording, the LP Lou Hooper (1973, RCI 380), a collection of ragtime pieces, included his own Black Cat Blues, The Cakewalk, South Sea Strut, and Uncle Remus Stomp. According to Tex Wyndam in Coda (March 1976): ‘Although slightly on the academic and restrained side, the solos have a firm, bright rhythm, are cleanly executed, and generate a mood of confidence and good cheer’. Other Hooper rags date to as late as 1975, the year in which he joined the faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island. He also wrote a ballet, Congo, staged in 1976. In the summer before his death he was a regular performer on CBC (Halifax) TV’s ‘The Old-Fashioned New-Fangled Vaudeville Show’.
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The Ken Crone Trio 2010

April 20, 2010

Band: The Ken Crone Trio
Year: 2010
Genre: Jazz
Home: Chatham-Kent

Members
Ken Crone
– piano
Pat Crone – drums
Ed Laporte – bass

The Ken Crone Trio will entertain you with some of the best jazz music on the planet. With a special guest each night, their concerts are always fresh … always exciting … and always sold out!
   Ken has worked with Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, the Mills Brothers, the McGuire Sisters and other legends. Pat is the son of Ken.
   At age 80, Ken Crone has been making music for almost 70 years. For the past 3 years, the Ken Crone Trio has been performing to sold-out crowds at Studio One in Chatham.

You can catch them live in Studio One (Kiwanis Theatre).

In 2008, the Trio released a CD that includes covers from many of the jazz greats.

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Fred S Stone 1899

March 17, 2010

Fred S. Stone

Musician: Fred S. Stone
Year: 1899
Song: Bos’n Rag
Genre: Ragtime
Home Town: Chatham Ontario Canada

  First use of the word Ragtime appears in the song title “Ma Ragtime Baby” by Fred Stone in 1893.
  Fred S. Stone was a cross-border phenomenon in the music world, famous in both Detroit and Canada.
  Fred started composing pieces for publication in 1895, mostly dance numbers, but hit it big in 1898 with Ma Ragtime Baby, further increasing sales when his brother Charles added words for a song version. The following year he made a splash with Bos’n Rag. Between this and his considerable musicianship he quickly gained the respect of musicians throughout Detroit.

The video below is of Philippe Lernould (France) performing Bos’n Rag by Fred S. Stone. This version is circa 2007.Thanks to Mr. Lernould for letting us use his video.


If video does not appear, watch it here.

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OHara Brothers Band 2010

March 10, 2010

Band: O’Hara Brothers Band (The)
Year: 2010
Hometown: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock, Adult

Members:
Toby O’Hara – Vocals, Bass
Jeff ‘Mifflin – guitars, saxophone, B. vox
Clancy O’Hara – Piano, organ, guitar, B.vox
Rod Beaudry – drums, supporting vocals, percussion

Notes: The band released their first CD in 2003 entitled “Small Town Metaphors”. Although all the members have a rich history with various bands before this, it is worth noting that the band really rolled in this direction from its roots as “the Flaming O’Hara’s”. In 1993, the Flaming O’Hara’s released a CD that included Clancy & Toby.
 The group played Jersey’s many times during 2009 along with shows in other cities.

Website

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Music Store Moves 2003

December 16, 2009

 

Store: Frank’s Music Centre
Established: 1961
Location: 75 King Street West, Chatham Ontario

Specializing in:
Large selection of sheet music
Comfortable and quiet lesson rooms
Full line instrument sales and service
PA rentals – Eyrespace Studios

  In 2003, Franks Music Centre moved just down the road on King Street to better serve their customers. The store has been serving Chatham since 1961. Frank’s is also a great place to take drum, piano or guitar lessons in Chatham Ontario.
 For more info about what the store has to offer you, call Steve and Bob at the store today
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519-352-7370

  For further info, click on the photo above.

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Jani Jakovac 2004 CD

November 29, 2009

Artist: Jani Jakovac
CD Release: Take Cover
Year: 2004
Home: Chatham Ontario
Resides: Vancouver

Notes: Jani records a collection of songs by other artists that she likes, which makes “Take Cover” a great  name for this collection of covers.

Bio:
Who is this Jani anyhow? Where has she been hiding? Well, actually it is Jani (jay-nee) Jakovac (jack-o-vack) but who she is can be as tricky as the name. Because she is many things. She is a singer, songwriter, pianist, actor and an athlete to name a few. She’s funny, she’s intense, she’s energetic, she’s controlled, she’s sweet, but don’t ever get on her bad side…not so sweet. She is chic while she owns 6 pairs of slippers and wears flannels to bed. Clearly, she is a Gemini with issues.
          She studied drama and played varsity volleyball at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The day after graduating, she moved to Vancouver to pursue an acting career. This led her to few acting roles and many bartending jobs. She then moved to Europe to benefit from something else she had put many years into…. volleyball.  She played and coached professionally in Denmark for three years.
          So, that was where she’s been “hiding”. If hiding was her intent, this would be about the only place this 6 foot blonde could have remained inconspicuous. But inconspicuous she definitely was not when she was hopping up on stages in Copenhagen and joining bands in impromptu performances.
          Growing up in a house that thrived on music, it was always a part of her, a necessary element of her being. She knew she could sing, but strangely enough, she did not think it was “a big deal”. And since the only people that had ever heard her sing were friends and family, Jani assumed that they were merely being polite when they told her that she had talent. Belting out the blues or luring people into a trance with her sultry sounds was just her own act of passion. But the response to her music made it undeniably clear that people wanted to hear more. The music she writes is a soulful mix of the different styles she grew up listening to. The diverse music she appreciated were just a turn of the radio dial away from one another. The stations were numerous. The stations were from Detroit.
          She grew up in the small city of Chatham, Ontario, 45 minutes over the border from the Motown.  Her influences, ranging from classical to funk, are revealed in every song that she writes. Her often autobiographical lyrics leave audiences thankful for the living she has done. No, music has not been the only part of Jani’s life, but it has been the strongest, most dynamic, most necessary, always with her, traveling to every place she has been. The ever positive, vibrant, energetic Jani, admits that her music is a therapeutic device that she has used for many years to keep the smile on her face.  Audiences are thrilled she has lived enough life to have stories to tell with her songs and young enough to make it interesting.

Visit Jani online. Visit her website to order the CD.
http://thejanireview.tripod.com
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Jani Jakovac 2003 CD

November 29, 2009

Artist: Jani Jakovac
CD Release: This Is Her Life
Style: Vocal and Piano
Year: 2003
Home: Chatham Ontario
Resides: Vancouver

Tracks:
01. this is her life
02. lovin’ you
03. I’d rather be
04. strips me bare
05. she has no name
06. closer
07. something borrowed
08. take it back
09. the score

All music & lyrics by Jani Jakovac
Recorded in Vancouver B.C.
Cover photo by Carmen Day

Notes: This is her second recording, but her first to the public.
  She grew up in the small city of Chatham, Ontario, 45 minutes over the border from the Motown.  Her influences, ranging from classical to funk, are revealed in every song that she writes. Her often autobiographical lyrics leave audiences thankful for the living she has done. No, music has not been the only part of Jani’s life, but it has been the strongest, most dynamic, most necessary, always with her, traveling to every place she has been. The ever positive, vibrant, energetic Jani, admits that her music is a therapeutic device that she has used for many years to keep the smile on her face.  Audiences are thrilled she has lived enough life to have stories to tell with her songs and young enough to make it interesting.

Visit Jani online here.

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Brooke Nicholls – 2009

June 24, 2009

Artist: Brooke Nicholls
Home Town: Chatham Kent
Current Home: Toronto/Hamilton Ontario
Year: 2009
Genre: Pop / Soul

Official Bio
   Brooke Nicholls is a Singer/Song Writer/Performer who was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. She is working on her debut album and her most recent tracks have expanded successfully into the R&B/Pop/Soul genre, showing a wider variety of her vocal ability and versatility.

   Brooke’s live performances are highlighted by her captivating voice, piano playing, and deep emotion. The songs that she writes all come from the depths of her soul and bottom of her heart. If Brooke has seen it, felt it, experienced it, been moved or touched by it- then you can bet you’ll catch her singing about it! Nicholls sang the national anthem at the prestigious Canadian Rugby Association’s Churchill Cup between Canada and England, which was televised live nationally on The Score. The following November she opened for ”Q” from the Grammy winning recording artists “112″. Brooke was apart of The Canadian Tire Corporation Concert Tour in 2007, which enabled her to travel in Ontario and Alberta and perform on the same stage with one of Canada’s most successful recording groups Blue Rodeo. She also became a featured artist on the Canadian Tire promotional videos.

   Brooke Nicholls is a small town girl with big dreams. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and is extremely passionate about her music and future. She finds much happiness and joy just sitting at her piano on late nights and just writing and singing whatever is on her heart. Her passion for music and her faith is what keeps Brooke on her feet. By continuing to pour her heart and soul into writing and singing, Nicholls is getting one step closer to living out her dream. Brooke continues to remain faithful through it all, knowing and believing that one day she will be doing what she loves the most. Music.

If video doesn’t appear, go here.

Listen to Brooke Nicholls here.

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