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Busy year so far!

Posted on March 18, 2014 with 0 comments
We've been busy playing in venues all around St. John's since January and have bookings right up until the end of August.
Highlights include a lovely evening at The Crow's Nest a naval officer's club in downtown St. John's established in 1942 at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic. It became a haven for battle weary seamen looking for respite from war and a decent pint. We love playing there and we're always well received.
Jazz East performed at the Ship Pub to a huge crowd on March 8 and we'll be playing again April 5 at the Pleasantville Legion, Branch 56 for the Judy Knee School of Dance.
Denise's work with the NSO has been ongoing with lots of great shows ahead. See our calendar.
We have also just played a wonderful evening for the folks at Exit Realty on the Rock. Every year they have an awards night with live music, dinner and a show. Thanks to Anne Squires for continuing to include us as their dinner music every year.

Exciting Year Ahead!

Posted on March 2, 2013 with 0 comments
We've been busily preparing to record the new CD "Alone Together" and hope to have it ready for you all soon. In the meantime we've been preparing sheet music of all the tunes on "In A Heartbeat". Pdf's will be available soon from this site.
New shows are in the works for the summer and fall featuring lotsa new tunes and fresh arrangements and orchestrations of your favourites.
Keep an eye out for new dates on the calendar and we look forward to seeing you at our shows.
Gary and Denise

Had an interesting experience watching some 11 year old piano students perform in the local Kiwanis Festival yesterday. The adjudicator was a well-respected Canadian composer and performer but her adjudications seemed odd to me.
 
Now I'm a performer of 35 years and have been teaching since 1980 so I know a thing or two about piano performance but couldn't for the life of me determine what this adjudicator's criteria were for assessing the 11 and under Baroque class.
 
Students were beginning their pieces in the wrong octave, missing endings, leaving out whole sections while others played with poise, excellent tone and hand position and solid memory work. Most of the beautiful playing went unnoticed while others were rewarded for being ill-prepared.
 
Back a step. All these young players performed well. Some exceptionally well, but I don't think it would take exceptional musical perception to tell which deserved the 1, 2, 3 placements. None of the students held to Baroque [...]
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Crossin' the Tickle

Posted on February 24, 2011 with 0 comments
Beautiful day out there today! Bright sun glinting blue off the blanket of white snow covering the city. Today we go to Bell Island to meet one of Denise's clients. We're not doing a show but perhaps we should. Haven't been over there since the 1980's. It'll be interesting to see what's changed and what's not.
Denise has never been so the whole experience is new and maybe even a bit exciting for her. Water is relatively calm but boy, that wind is cold.
Have you been to Bell Island? Perhaps you live there. We'd love to hear from you.
We have to head out now to catch the 11:40am ferry. I'll share pix later.
Meantime, have a look yourself -
http://www.bellisland.net/


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