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OMEA Interlude

Join me Nov 3 at St. John’s @MusicForCanada booth @OMEAInterlude17 in Huntsville to talk percussion & The Band Teacher’s @PercussionGuide

The Well-Tempered Tuner (Profile of piano technician Ted Campbell)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Performance Magazine By Stewart Hoffman At six-thirty in the morning, Roy Thompson Hall is a pretty lonely place. There’s a security guard posted at the stage door, and a cleaning staff – somewhere. But the auditorium is empty, and there are no musicians backstage to bat around the pucks on the two mini- table […]

The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever: Jazz at Massey Hall, May 15, 1953 (The story behind the fabled “greatest jazz concert ever”)

Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall Program By Stewart Hoffman On May 15, 1953, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach stepped onto the stage of Massey Hall and played a concert that would assume mythic proportions. Each of the performers was seminal in the creation of bebop, and […]

The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide – Book Launch & Workshop

Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT St. John’s Music Toronto – 109 Vanderhoof Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G2H7 Join Stewart as he introduces “The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide: Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion” (Oxford University Press), presents a workshop for current and future band teachers, and fields all your percussion questions. 1:00-1:30 Welcome and Introduction […]

At The University of Delaware: a Jazz Vibes – Ragtime Xylophone Summit

I recently paid a visit to the University of Delaware where Harvey Price, the university’s head of percussion, played host to a pair of extraordinary, week-long series of workshops: the first ever University of Delaware Jazz Vibes Workshop, led by vibist Tony Miceli with guest David Friedman, and the Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Institute, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary. Both programs […]

Remembering John Wyre

On March 25th a memorial concert for percussionist John Wyre was held at Toronto’s Music Gallery. John was a remarkable person and a unique artist who I feel honoured to have known since I was a young percussion student. He passed away on October 31 at the age of 65 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For […]

Klimt – a film review

If life seems to be rushing by in a flash, if weeks appear to pass in an instant and you wish everything would just slow down a little, then take in a screening of Klimt, where you’ll spend an hour and thirty-seven minutes that feel like an eternity. The film is written and directed by Raoul […]

A League of His Own (Profile of bassist Joel Quarrington: Tuning in Fifths)

Performance magazine, Winter 2005 By Stewart Hoffman It’s a brilliant July afternoon and at Parry Sound’s Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts bassist Joel Quarrington is performing a Dvorak quintet as if his life depended on it. Which is nothing unusual for Quarrington. That’s just the way he plays – absolutely focused, breathing along with […]