by carl wilson

It Shoulda Been Kenny G., Man

The thought that Elvis Costello conceivably might attend restrains me from making legally dubious jokes about a carefully placed bomb. Instead I will make some variation on this, merely morally dubious, joke:
Q. What do you get when you combine "Canadian" and "Smooth Jazz"?
A. I'm not sure, but its living will says to remove the feeding tube.

GEORGE BENSON TO BE HONOURED DURING INAUGURAL CANADIAN SMOOTH JAZZ AWARDS

The Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
April 10, 2005 / 7:30PM

Smooth Jazz - the genre is new to Canada but the music has been serenading the world for decades. The Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards were designed by Mary Kirk (Wave 94.7FM) and John Beaudin (www.smoothjazznow.com) as a vehicle to promote smooth jazz music and its artists. Kenny G, Grover Washington Jr.and George Benson are but a few icons to have led the way. Today, the Canadian Smooth Jazz music scene is alive and vibrant with the outstanding talents of Michael Buble, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan and Alfie Zappacosta to name a few. The recent addition of this format to Canadian radio has put Smooth Jazz on the airwaves providing a refreshing alternative to current radio programming. Audiences are drawn to the comfort of the format that includes great voices, outstanding instrumentalists and emotive songwriters.

Top nominees for the ceremony include Diana Krall, Eddie Bullen, Brian Hughes, Marc Jordan, Clayton / Scott Group and Alexander Zonjic all with three. Krall is mentioned in the Female Vocalist category as well as Album of the Year for "The Girl in the Other Room" and SOCAN Best Original Composition Award for "Narrow Daylight" co written by her husband Elvis Costello. Alexander Zonjic was nominated in the most diverse categories, the flutist who also happens to host the morning show at V98.7 in Detroit has his name in for the BMO Broadcaster of the Year, Wind Instrumentalist and his "Seldom Blues" CD is up for Album of the Year.

[etc. etc. zzzzz]

This awards show is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors
Wave 94.7FM, www.smoothjazznow.com, BMO Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group, Mercedes-Benz Oakville Autohaus, Hyatt Park Toronto, Barbados Tourism Authority, Marville Travel, EMI Music Canada & Universal Music Group.

Ticket Availability: Show only: $110.00 [!!!] Reserve your seat by calling the Oakville PAC Box Office at XXX.XXX.XXX or 1-800-XXX-XXXX. [Numbers deleted to protect the ... everybody.]

News | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:56 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)

 

COMMENTS

Well, let's see: if it doesn't swing, doesn't have the blues and there is no improvising over chord changes is it...jazz? No, just smooooooth like velveeeeeta.

Posted by originalspin on April 1, 2005 10:30 PM

 

 

I've always been of the mind that if it's "smooth" it can't be jazz. Jazz with the edge stripped off and the chrome polished and windows washed is - well, Kenny G, I suppose. Jazz, by its very nature (and its history) is rough and ready and powerful and erotic and makes ya wanna dance.

Smooth jazz is an oxymoron.

Posted by Richard Flohil on March 31, 2005 8:40 PM

 

 

The news hasn't necessarily hit Hamilton, but smoove jizz is actually yesterday's news even in the mainstream radio world in favor of "chill" ... Rogers have a station in Vancouver called Clear that's arguably the most credible corporate radio station in Canada (not saying much but who else has Feist in their top ten?) ... there's a station in NYC that's also gone down a similar road. But have you heard Kenny G doing Outkast?

Posted by Marc Weisblott on March 30, 2005 2:21 PM

 

 

what makes me laugh the most is the outrageous ticket prices. smooth jazz audiences are more blingin than hip hoppers.

Posted by steve birek on March 30, 2005 2:08 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson