Welcome to the 9th edition of the Dione Taylor Newsletter!
In this newsletter:
TV Broadcast of The Songwriter's Hall of Fame Gala on CBC TV, National Jazz Award nomination, "Little Black Dress" video is in rotation and some new concert dates!
Happy Almost Spring Everyone!
If you are like me you are ready to put those boots away and bid old man winter adieu!
Life has been busy and fun in my world but I'm also learning how important it is to take the time to enjoy the little things. Spending time with family and friends can be difficult in the everyday whirlwind of life but it's so important to make the time.
Have a fabulous day and I hope to see you very soon!
On Saturday March 1st 2008 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts I had the tremendous honor of performing Oscar Peterson's "Hymn To Freedom" as two of his compositions were inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame. I performed this anthem of emancipation with the brilliant Oliver Jones and the Faith Chorale and it was sheer magic! Oscar's spirit was most definitely in the house.
CBC-TV will be broadcasting the show today -- Monday March 3 at 7:00pm.
Oscar Peterson, who died in December, received the Frank Davies Legacy Award, named for the retired music publisher and Hall of Fame founder.
Famed New Orleans father and son musicians, pianist Ellis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, delivered a sweet and joyful interpretation of Peterson's "Wheatland" from his 1963 Canadiana Suite.
In a video clip, actor-director and jazz aficionado Clint Eastwood hailed Peterson as "one of the most fantastic musicians I've ever had the pleasure of hearing or meeting."
In her remarks, Peterson's widow Kelly recalled that "he was so proud to have ("Hymn To Freedom") adapted by Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement," adding that despite the many international accolades he received, "awards and recognition at home touched him most profoundly."
Backed by Peterson protégé Oliver Jones on piano, Toronto jazz singer Dione Taylor showcased her gospel roots with a tear-jerking rendition of "Hymn To Freedom."
CBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting "A Little Respect" Dione Taylor pays tribute to the Queen of Soul -- Aretha Franklin on Saturday March 8 @ 8:00pm on Canada Live to commemorate International Women's Day.
This was a phenomenal show. We had the crowd up and dancing all night!
I'm very blessed to have received my 3rd consecutive National Jazz Award nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Please place your votes for all your favourite jazz musicians at the National Jazz Awards website and don't forget to check out the show if you are in Toronto on April 8th at the Palais Royale.
Last year I had the pleasure of co-hosting the show with David Clayton-Thomas and we had a blast!
Girls... You know what the little black dress is about!
Click here to watch the video from my website.
That's all for now. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!