A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

Micah Barnes and Jackie Richardson  Photo: Bill King
September 17, 2020
by Bill King

The dynamo behind SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival discusses this year’s virtual edition, the challenges in putting it together, the ongoing support of sponsors, and Jackie Richardson (pictured with Micah Barnes), winner of the Slaight Music Sing! Toronto Legacy Award.

September 10, 2020
by Bill King

The popular Toronto jazz radio host reflects upon his family’s musical background, his passion for Black culture and history, and his own diverse musical tastes in this in-depth interview.

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September 3, 2020
by Bill King

The biggest passion of the Manager of Artists Development & Music Repertoire at Slaight Music is helping artists fully realize their vision. In this far-reaching interview, Ali discusses that role, her early experience as a recording artist, a life-changing education at Berklee College of Music, and growing up in a famed music business family.

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August 27, 2020
by Bill King

After fronting Toronto rock bands, this popular Canadian music veteran switched to the business side, first in A&R, then marketing and promotion. Through stints at WEA and BMG, in both Toronto and NYC, he boosted the careers of dozens of acts, and he now continues that role at Slaight Music. Read more in Bill King’s profile.

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August 6, 2020
by Bill King

It's a wild west outside of the safe confines of the home recording studio. Where does your best work go after that?

July 16, 2020
by Bill King

The multiple Juno-winning fiddle virtuoso discusses her work/life balance, the impact of the pandemic, her musical offspring, and an exciting new co-writing project for which she and hubby Donnell Leahy are soliciting public input.

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July 9, 2020
by Bill King

The versatile horn player passed away in 2007. In this wide-ranging interview from the archives, he reflects upon his family’s musical roots, his discovery of jazz, heady days in Greenwich Village, work with pop and rock artists, and much more.

July 5, 2020
by Bill King

Hot Docs at Home is now airing a terrific documentary on the Queen of Jazz. Here the film’s writer/producer describes its creation and relates some fascinating stories about Ella.

June 29, 2020
by Bill King

The much-loved veteran, still doing his rock ‘n roll duty, recently signed to El Mocambo Records. Here he talks about his upcoming album, life in a pandemic, a love of Tom Petty, his stint as a star radio host, the stress of touring, and much more.

June 25, 2020
by Bill King
Moe Koffman(1986) In Conversation

 

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June 17, 2020
by Bill King

Pianist-composer Randy Weston (America's African Musical Ambassador) passed away September 1, 2018, after a 70-year career that saw him establish a

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June 11, 2020
by Bill King

"Derrick Ross is a music man to the core.  We've had a great run together building Slaight Music.