Yet another blow to Musicians

Subject: Dancing With The Stars

AFM - American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Federation has now confirmed that after 17 hit seasons with Dancing With The Stars, one of the world's most popular TV programs, the DWTS Big Band has been fired.  ABC/Disney says the group, comprised of 28 talented musicians, singers, arrangers and copyists, will be replaced by pre-existing sound recordings and a "small electronic band” to "attract a younger viewer demographic.

We are in contact with ABC/Disney executives in an attempt to stop these unjustifiable and unwarranted actions. You can join with us to push back against this latest attack upon the livelihood and integrity of professional musicians. Please email Please let her know that you will encourage viewers everywhere to boycott the show, ABC-TV, and The Walt Disney Company if she follows through on her plan to fire the band.

We will provide further information as the situation develops. If you are reading this bulletin on Facebook or social media, please share it with your friends immediately.


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New video for Ready When You Are

Ready When You Are is up on the charts, including, most added at BDS, and is starting that journey that will hopefully take it all the way up the Billboard charts!

Live band shots include Adam Rohrlick on guitar, Jason Decouto on keys, Kerry Galloway on bass, and Don Powrie on drums. Stage footage by Ken Stewart.

Jazz all this week at Ten Ten Tapas!

Hey Jazz Fans! 

Vancouver crowds have been large and enthusiastic at Ten Ten Tapas, and the excitement is through the roof!

The jazz is live 5 nights a week (Wed-Sun), with more nights being planned. Soon the fantastic patio will be open, and you can expect afternoon jam sessions to go along with the sunshine and draft beer!

Right now there is something for everyone's taste, and you can see and hear all the performers here:

Sunday Jazz Brunch is a real winner with lots of guest performers, but if you are planning on coming down tomorrow Jan 26, hold that thought till the following week- there is major electrical maintenance going on in the whole building and Ten Ten will be closed.

Come try the sumptuous menu items, large portions, and make Ten Ten Tapas your second home! 
Easy to find on the Seawalk near the Aquatic Centre ~ just enter through the plaza at 1000 Beach.

Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

reprinted from

Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

By Kevin Rutherford | January 14, 2014 9:05 PM EST

Ronny Jordan Jazz Guitarist Dead at 51
  • The musician was a leading player in the acid jazz movement

Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51. Jordan's cause of death is currently unknown.

The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a page in his honor. "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements," Jordan's brother and sister, Rickey and Denise, wrote on the page.

Born Nov. 29, 1962, in London, Jordan rose to prominence due to his standing in a subset of jazz known as acid jazz, which blends its parent genre with elements of soul, disco, hip-hop and funk -- though Jordan called his contributions "urban jazz."

The musician's career took off with 1992 solo album "The Antidote," as well as a spot on 1993's "Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1," Mojo writes. His 2000 album "A Brighter Day" hit No. 10 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart, while the song "A Brighter Day," featuring Mos Def, peaked at No. 20 on Rap Songs.

Later in his career, Jordan's claim to fame was his 1993 song "The Jackal," which was lip-synched by actress Allison Janney on the "Six Meetings Before Lunch" episode of "The West Wing" in 2000.

He will be missed and had yet to make his greatest musical statement(s).

Footnote: I had the chance to work on one tune with Ronny, a remake of his 'After Eight' track we called 'Way After 8':

To actually download these tracks, most browsers allow you to Right Click on the Playbar, and then you have the option to Save 'Video' as.....


Hi friends, fans, and foodies!

Tomorrow, Thursday, is going to be sunny and mild at 9 degrees C, and that is such a great reason to head on out for the Rockin' The Ribjoint BluJazz night at Ten Ten Tapas. Music starts at 7 pm with my cohort, the wailing guitarist Adam Rohrlick, and we tailor the jazz more 'night time' with a blue and funky collection of tunes - I even added a dozen new ones! Check out the amazing BBQ ribs, and maybe try one of the unique bourbon cocktails created by the bar master. Even if you THINK you don't like bourbon, you will be more than surprised- and if you are already a bourbon fan, try the unique flights, where you can taste some of the most alluring bourbons on the scene. Music goes till the audience gets weak with delirium!!

Brunch at Ten Ten Tapas is going stronger than ever and I hope to see you there soon. The view is amazing, the food superb (with new, bigger plates, lol!) and a new bandstand so the sightlines are good from everywhere. The staff is geared up for the big crowds, and if you have been there and felt underserved, come on back- it's all good! My jazz is perfect for a leisurely brunch, so come and enjoy. Sundays start at 11:30, and are ongoing, so make it your hangout before jazz vespers or before a movie matinee. The weather will be nice this Sunday, so come on in- but just a reminder- the building is having an electrical upgrade on Jan 26 and will be dark that day only. 

Ten Ten has been handed the jazz torch, and is now the ONLY jazz joint in Vancouver with great live music 5 nights a week! Supporters are always needed, and a jazz family has grown large and strong... come be part of it! Music starts at 7 pm, except for Sundays, which is 11:30 am....

Wednesday: Cory Weeds & Bill Coon: 'straight-ahead'
Thursday: Gabriel Mark Hasselbach & Adam Rohrlick: 'blujazz'   
Friday: Rossi 'nuevo flamenco'  
Saturday: Vancouver's finest pianist/vocalists 
Sunday: Jazz Brunch with Gabriel 

Ten Ten Tapas is at 1010 Beach ave, right on the SeaWalk. It is easy to find and easy to park. Just walk through the big arch in the tower at 1000 Beach Ave, 50 meters east of the Burrard Bridge underpass. Rezzies at 604-689-7800 

Good Food, Good Jazz, Good Friends


The new single from Gabriel Mark Hasselbach `Ready When You Are`, went for radio adds Jan 13 and immediately got some sweet traction! This will be the fourth Billboard charting track from the trumpeter/flautist/flugelhornist. Here's to an auspicious start, and thanks for your support......



Honoring recently deceased Yusef Lateef and Dwayne Burno, plus a tribute to Jim Hall

Redistributed from Jazz Times in honor of three great jazz legends.... RIP

JazzTimes Logo   The Jazz Wire
January 8, 2014

Yusef Lateef Dies at 93

By Evan Haga

Few jazz musicians balanced intellect and instinct, head and heart, as effectively or seamlessly as Yusef Lateef, who died at 93 on Dec. 23, at home in Massachusetts. His prescience and influence as a player and composer were mighty, and often go overlooked, maybe because his innovations resulted in such likable, lucid music, based often in sheer melody and modal groove. A tenorman who projected the sort of bluesy romance we associate with great midcentury hard bop, he became one of jazz’s best
flutists, with a stately attack and a pulsating vibrato that gave his sound a breathy humanity. He was also jazz’s first true multiculturalist, whose musicological passion for Eastern musics cleared new paths for improvising musicians.



Yusef Lateef. Photo by Jimmy Katz




Bassist Dwayne Burno Is Dead at 43

By Jeff Tamarkin

Dwayne Burno, a bassist who played with a who’s who of jazz artists and led his own groups, died Dec. 28, in New York City following a long battle with kidney disease. He was 43. Burno was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2004 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2010. Burno appeared on more than 50 recordings and also led his own Dwayne Burno Quintet, which performed at New York’s Smalls and other venues.



Dwayne Burno



Guitarist Joel Harrison Remembers Jim Hall

By Joel Harrison

Jim Hall was a composer first, guitar player second. I believe he looked at improvising as composition. Many do, of course, but with Jim it was evident all the time. His playing was thoughtful without being cerebral, organized without being restrictive, melodic and yet elliptical and surprising, sometimes romantic but never sentimental. He had a keen sense of humor in his playing and writing, and in his life.



Photo by Jim Allen