Entries by loosemoose

Here to Stay (Profile of clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas)

Performance magazine, Spring 2005 By Stewart Hoffman In 1979, KRMA Television in Denver produced a documentary featuring three of the Aspen Music Festival’s most promising students. One of them was clarinetist and conductor Joaquin Valdepeñas. A slender 24-year-old at the time, sporting big glasses and lots of dark, wavy hair, Valdepeñas is first seen practising the […]

What is Old is Carlu Again (The Carlu’s triumphal reopening)

(a shortened version of the following appeared in The Toronto Star, 27 April 2003) By Stewart Hoffman There was a time when most everyone in town knew the Eaton Auditorium. Its acoustics were so good that Glenn Gould made more than 30 recordings there. Crowds packed the place to hear artists and entertainers from Serge […]

Jazz Explosion (Massey Hall’s Jazz History)

Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall Program, Sept-Nov 2001 By Stewart Hoffman (See the related article The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever: Jazz at Massey Hall for an in-depth account of the historic 1953 concert featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach.) Toronto’s fabled jazz clubs of the last century are long gone. The House […]

McCarthy’s Spark (Profile of artist Doris McCarthy)

Homemaker’s Magazine, December 2000 By Stewart Hoffman She claims she’s “no hell” as a skater, but as the final credits roll for the documentary, Doris McCarthy: Heart of a Painter, the artist executes a series of graceful turns across a frozen pond, then ends her routine with a flourish; arms spread like wings, her body and left […]

Jazz Legend Leads the Parade (Profile of drummer Elvin Jones)

The National Post, 24 June 2000 By Stewart Hoffman It has been about 40 years since Elvin Jones, the dynamo behind the legendary John Coltrane Quartet from 1960 to 1966, redefined the art of jazz drumming. Jones is a tall man, and in those days, mounted behind his undersized drums, he could seem a giant. […]

Walking History of Jazz (Profile of pianist Gene DiNovi)

The National Post, 29 February, 2000 By Stewart Hoffman The year 1948 was a big one for pianist Gene DiNovi. He went on the road with singer Anita O’Day, and recorded with saxophone giant Lester Young. He recorded for Artie Shaw too, but – not satisfied with his bass player – the cocky, 20-year old […]

Orchestra Has Long Affair with Mahler (Profile of conductor Riccardo Chailly and The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

The National Post, 5 February 2000 By Stewart Hoffman When workers hacked their way into a sealed room in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the early 1990s, they must have felt like archeologists stumbling upon the treasure of an Egyptian tomb. Behind the walls of the venerable concert hall, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, lay a […]

Playing to Perplex (Book Review: The Art of Glenn Gould)

The National Post, 18 December 1999 By Stewart Hoffman “Gould is no doubt best thought of as a musical experimenter and a popular educator,” writes editor John P. L. Roberts in his introduction to The Art of Glenn Gould: Reflections of a Musical Genius. So that’s it? It seems like faint praise for the pianist […]