Ed Bickert was born in rural Hochfeld, Manitoba, November 1932 and grew up in Vernon, British Columbia.
Delroy Figgins praised Art Tatum as being the only true pianist on the planet who explored every inch of the instrument, even the splintered grooves in the wood frame, charred cigarette holes, down to the pedals near the floor. Figgins said when Tatum played the piano he seduced every inch of its ebony flesh. Both men played a signature version of ‘Tenderly’ preserved on piano rolls.
Billy Talent and City and Colour headline a benefit for Toronto shooting victims, Drake becomes a TV producer, and Zaki Ibrahim announces a debut headlining tour. Others making news include Charlie Major, Bill King, Modern Sky Festival, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Lee Aaron, Unity Festival, George Semkiw, Samantha Martin, and farewells to Ray Cooper and Tomasz Stańko. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Getting lost on a visit to Cuba nearly 25 years ago forged a strong friendship with a young local musician. A tearful reunion in Toronto last week brought back vivid memories and reaffirmed the power of music.
I was relieved when the first break arrives. I slipped into the men’s room and was having a leak when this drunken character walks in and says, “Get the fuck away from the piss pot. I have a score to settle.” He then pulls out a handgun and shoots the urinal dead centre. My ears pop...
A tale of lunacy, drunks, guns, rip-off artists and jack-asses that think they can spin an audience and get paid for it. Wild Bill King rides shotgun for these third-rate actors and not only lives to tell the story but has fourty bucks to show for it. Cool or what?
In 1968, Bill King left his job as MD with Janis Joplin's band to serve ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked to Canada with partner Kris to find refuge from the American War. Part two of his epic story.
I left behind the music director seat with Janis Joplin in late 1968, served ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked the interstates and backroads of New York state in the dead of fall, endured uncertainty, and eventually found refuge in Canada.
I just woke up and found out that John Mays had passed. My first thought was to bury my head under the covers and sleep for 1 million years, but that would not be honouring John Mays...
The acclaimed singer/songwriter from Newfoundland makes a welcome return with a mini-album comprising fresh versions of some of her favourite songs. The poetic Ron Hynes-written title cut features her pure voice accompanied by King's fluent piano and poignant violin by Ben Mink.
I feel fortunate to catch up with Ed Preston who many know as Mr RCA, but judging from this interview I think Ed would have loved to talk more about playing the drums.