Days of Wine and Roses Dexter Gordon Transcription

Finally the fruits of my jazz school labour, available for all to see! But seriously this transcription took forever to learn so I’m preserving it forever in video form. I hope you enjoy it! If you want to follow along with the transcription, click here or the image below to download a pdf of the entire thing. Yay!

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So here’s a thing I want to get better at: filming myself playing and singing. I have been down with a pain flare the last few weeks but I managed to get it together long enough to shoot one take of this gorgeous tune. I’m pretty happy with the results and I think it’s only going to get better from here.

Let me know if you have any requests for future videos!

goodbye (for now) kaitlyn

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Last Thursday I had the great (albeit sad) honour of playing at Kaitlyn Raitz‘s goodbye concert at Le Cagibi in Montreal. I met Kaitlyn late last winter when she came to me for voice lessons. She was already an incredible cellist and songwriter but she wanted to become a triple-threat! We have since become good friends. This might sound weird but Kaitlyn was one of the first musicians I’ve met who embraces (dare I say loves?) social media the same way I do. When I told her about Periscope, she was excited and immediately started using it to connect with her fans. How cool is that??

I’m really sad to see her go but since we’re both all over the internet I know it won’t be hard to keep up with everything going on in each other’s lives.

The video below is of my song Drinking Coffee, which I’m sure you’re all intimately familiar with. Kaitlyn makes this version special and one I’ll cherish always.

Christmas songs, christmas photos, christmas gifts!

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Hello, friends! Halloween is over, Christmas is on the way, and boy do I have some things in store for you! Recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with the fabulous Ori Dagan on The Christmas Song which we will be releasing as a single in iTunes on November 10th. Click here to pre-order it now!

We are also working on a music video for this single and we need your help. Watch the video below to find out how you can be a part of our video for The Christmas Song.

Send your Christmas photos to ori (at) oridagan (dot) com for a chance to receive your personalized Christmas card!

And this year, if you want to send the gift of music to your loved ones I have created a merch item in my bandcamp store where you can order personalized, handmade Christmas cards with a download card of Impossible: Live at Musideum included. This is the gift that keeps on giving because when you purchase this item you will immediately receive a download of the album for yourself from Bandcamp! Click here to order yours now. Merry Christmas!

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Impossible: Live at Musideum is available now!!

Hooray! Today is the day! Impossible: Live at Musideum is finally available everywhere digital albums are sold (although some places will take longer to roll out than others.) Thank you so much to everyone who made this album possible. Thanks to Donald Quan, owner and proprietor of Musideum in Toronto for recording us; thanks to Padraig Buttner-Schnirer for an amazing job mixing and mastering the album; thanks to Rachel Ignotofsky for the beautiful album art; and an enormous thank you to Chad Linsley for being so wonderful to collaborate with.

Thanks in advance to those of you who are able to buy the record. If you can’t buy it right now, please consider sharing this post with your friends, family, and social media cohorts. Now here are some links!

Buy Album: iTunes | Bandcamp | CD Baby | Google Play

And now, enjoy the title track from the album in the video below:

Impossible is available for pre-order now!

impossible_preorderToday is the day! Well, two weeks before the actually, but today you can pre-order Impossible in iTunes! When you do you will receive one track from the album, Being Green by Joe Raposo. Here is a clip of that song.

The album will be released on August 31st and then the rest of the songs will automatically be downloaded to your iTunes. On that date the album will become available in all online retailers (Amazon MP3, Google Play Music, Spotify and more). Thank you so much for continuing to support this project. I’m so glad the big day is almost here!!!

#15secondstandards

Recently I recorded three 15 second clips of me singing jazz standards on instagram. I’ve posted them below so you can listen (if you have 45 seconds to spare). So far I’ve recorded Early Autumn, Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, and Stella By Starlight. They seem to have been pretty well received on instagram so I would like to know what standards you would like to see next. This series is so easy and fun for me I can see myself doing a LOT of them. Leave your suggestions in the comments below and enjoy the next 45 seconds!

Spring can really hang you up the most… 🌷🌷 #jazz #singing #jazzstandards #piano #song #15secondstandards

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Stella by starlight…🎵#jazz #jazzstandards #jazzsinger #singing #singer #piano #15secondstandards

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new soundcloud releases! so many new releases!

I went a little bit bananas this weekend with soundcloud! Over the weekend I was combing through my unreleased demos and live tracks and I found seven songs that I’m so excited to share with you. You can click play on the playlist above and listen to them all. Here are a few details about each tune to read as you’re listening:

1. Watching: This version of watching was recorded in studio at the Banff Centre in May 2012. I wrote Watching just before arriving at Banff so this was my first opportunity to really workshop it. The horn soli was written by Niall Bakkestad-Legare and it still blows me away every time I hear it, especially Rachel Therrien blowing her face off at the end.

2. Drinking Coffee: This song was actually written completely during Jazz and Creative Music Workshop at the Banff Centre. This live version was performed at “the club” at the Banff Centre and it was one of the last club performances of the program. The way the voices and the guitar blend together make me melt, and the energy from Andrew Velez for his eight-bar trumpet is incredible.

3. Little Prince: I recorded this with Chad Linsley last Monday! I wrote a whole post about it.

4. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise: René Gely and I recorded this for a grant demo. I love René Gely’s layered arrangements.

5. Ain’t Misbehavin’: This was recorded live at the Here We Go Again CD release in December 2012. There’s so much nice stuff from this release that I might release a little digital live album. Thoughts? Would you like to listen to that?

6. September In The Rain: This is another collaboration between myself and René Gely. This was recorded as an entry for the Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition.

7. Mushaboom / My Little Suede Shoes: Lucas Haneman and I were invited to be “resident jazz musicians” on CBC’s In Town And Out for their Christmas Eve special and this was our final song. That’s me on shaker!

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to share these little scattered bits of music that have been waiting patiently on my hard drive for years, but I’m glad I did. I plan on recording and sharing more soundcloud singles like these so you can follow me on soundcloud or you can periodically check this page I made for them. Of course, I’ll always blog about new releases.

What jazz standards or other songs would you like to hear recorded in the future? Let me know in the comments.

new release: little prince

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Yesterday I had the great pleasure of recording with Chad Linsley, a fabulous pianist who loves vocal jazz as much as I do! We recorded Little Prince with music by Frederick Loewe and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. It’s the final song from the 1974 film adaptation of the book The Little Prince. I discovered this song and many others from the film while browsing through a film and theatre music book the other day. I watched the film for the first time on Sunday and even though I knew the plot from the book I found the addition of the music extremely touching, especially the song Chad and I recorded.

I hope our version of Little Prince moves you in the same way. Enjoy!

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