030305 Milligan-Eagles Project, Ottawa, ON

Early in the new millennium a bass player named Mike Milligan landed in Ottawa and my good friend Wayne scooped him up right away and they started gigging together. Mike was one of those curious doublebass players that can hold your attention all his own; heck, the guy even had a solo bass album out. That’s gutsy…

021810 Neil Young Tribute, Vancouver, BC

This was the first of two nights for this one-off project (oxymoron intended), a congregation of eclecticity under the helm of an equally eclectic record producer best known for directing tribute concerts to an incomparably eclectic string of artists that includes Tim Buckley, Randy Newman, Bill Withers, Walt Disney and the Marquis de Sade…

021398 Oliver Jones/George Shearing, Ottawa, ON

Oh, how I wish this ticket was as it appears to be! I can’t tell you how excited I was to have bought a ticket to see my jazz hero, the great, incomparable Oscar Peterson, at a Valentine’s Day show (almost) right at home at the National Arts Centre! And box seats no less! I was dancing on the ceiling, until…

021011 Jerry Lee Lewis/Frankie Ford, Naples, FL

For some time I had planned February 10th, 2011 as the official end of the Rock & Roll Field Trip. After a pilgrimage that saw m’lady and I visit the homes of Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, the graves of Duane Allman, Elizabeth Reed, and all three tombstones attributed to Robert Johnson, at least three Music Hall’s of Fame…

020919 Kevin Breit, Ottawa, ON

After a stellar show the night before (following a less-than-stellar show the night before that) on February 9th, 2019 I committed to see Kevin Breit’s third and final show at the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s brief winter fest. The last-minute decision to attend the show was augmented by my promise to Kevin the night before that I would…