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Ba-ba-ba Ba-ba-bara Ann Scott

- January 25th, 2013

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Mackenzie King & Barbara Ann Scott at huge Ottawa celebration on March 9, 1948 . . . a classic photography by LFP’s Ron Laidlaw

JBNBlog’s recent My London column on Barbara Ann Scott & LFP coverage of the Ottawa celebration of her 1948 homecoming from the world & Olympic produced fascinating responses.

One was from Bill Corfield, the pilot/reporter who was part of LFP coverage on March 9, 1948 . . . it sounds like quite a trip. Good suggestion about Mary Hastings, too.

Here’s Bill:

Enjoyed your column on Scott today. I remember the flight. Ron Laidlaw was the only photog who recognized the news value of her perky hat with the flower because it suited her perky personality. He sold it to Time for $25 and it may have been on the cover. Jack Park didn’t like flying. He had a few beers in Ottawa and when we were leaving, I strapped him in his seat and he fell asleep. This was good because we left in a blizzard and I had to hug the radio ranges all the way back on instruments. Her father was an army office and many friends had helped her training expenses. When she won they bought her a convertible Cadillac. With its usual hypocrisy the Olympic bosses made her give it back. Enjoy your history columns. Looking Over Western Ontario, a weekly page of history was the most read feature in the FP at that time. You might do a nostalgic column on the Mary Hastings column that Elsie Bullen wrote. I saw her daughter today and we joked about that era. Bill Corfield.

. . . & here is Marilyn Walsh. who saw Canada’s Sweetheart skate when Marilyn was a young girl from Straffordville  . . . anyone know when Barbara Ann Scott might have skated in London during the 1940s or early 1950s?

JBNBlog has pulled out the key memory. Anybody recall anything like this:

The thing that I can remember about the performance is that she fell on the ice.  I thought that my mother was going to cry; it is so hurtful to see that happen – when you see a great performance your fingers are crossed and you are rooting for the star, so when she stumbles, it is like it is happening to you!  I have no idea just how old I was, but probably between 6-8 (1945-1947).  I would love to know where I saw her perform and what year it was.  In your researches, have you found any reference to such a performance in the area?

Here is the rest of Marilyn’s letter:

I read your article on Barbara Ann Scott in the Thursday, January 24 issue of the London Free Press.  It made me recall that when I was a very little girl I saw her perform.  My mother took me.  My parents were not sports fans, so she must have been famous at that time.  I am now 73 years old, and I can’t remember where we saw her.  Because we never travelled very far from home, my (unreliable) memory tells me that it was in Tillsonburg, but I don’t think that Tillsonburg even had an arena at that time!   We lived in a very small town – Straffordville – which is between Tillsonburg and Port Burwell on Highway 19.  The nearest large community is London, Ontario.
Many thanks for keeping me informed about what is happening in the area . . . .
Marilyn Walsh (London)

Sonja Gustafson talks about trio @St.Aidan’s 2nite

- January 25th, 2013

 

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London, Ontario songstress Sonja Gustafson photographed on Thursday, January 10, 2013.DEREK RUTTAN/ The London Free Press /QMI AGENCY

JBNBlog is happy to pass along London jazz singer Sonja Gustafson’s words on her fine accompanists . . .  George Mitchell has been heard with Eric Stach (I am pretty sure), but Nevin Campbell is a new name to me . . .  it should be prime stuff, 2nite (Friday) at 8 p.m. at St. Aidan’s, 1246 Oxford St. W.

Over to Sonja:

Just thought I’d let you know about my Jazz By The Bog gig on Friday.  I’ve got a great lineup that hasn’t been heard yet – at least in public –  we played at a wedding over the holidays.  Nevin Campbell is a now local pianist who graduated from Humber and lives in London now with his wife, jazz vocalist Rachelle Courtney and their 4 month old baby.  George Mitchell is a jazz bassist who plays regularly in NY and Detroit with some pretty heavy players such as Joe Henderson, Chris Potter, Jacky Terrasson and Cindy Blackman (former drummer for Lenny Kravitz).  After our wedding gig, it was evident that we needed to play together again sometime – there was a distinct groove happening that was pretty great!

Gather round that community round table @EldonHouse

- January 25th, 2013

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Eldon House Historical Interpreters, 2013 New Year’s Levee, courtesy of eldonhouse.ca

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A classic LFP image of Eldon House 

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Eldon House Jan. 1 2013. Crowd rawks the interpretive centre on levee day

JBNBlog sends the luv to Eldon House & its new board of directors & all those who love the home at the heart of #ldnont.

Great things will happen & Amelia Harris is no doubt smiling somewhere at the prospect.

On Sunday, the group steering the  former Harris home is holding “a community round table” . . .  details follow, but here is your chance to shape the future of a London treasure with a glorious past.

Share those visions & may the joy be abounding.

Community Round Table
Sunday, January 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The newly-appointed Eldon House Board of Directors invites community members to share their vision for the future of Eldon House. Free event.

#FF: Jenn Kee, Alex Baerg star @Fairmont 2nite

- January 25th, 2013

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QMI Agency file photograph of Jenn Kee c. 2007 rawkin somewhere (Jenn, it says HIGH NOTE)

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Alex Baerg in a Facebook image from Divo Diva Duets event, cropped for use here

Strongly recommended by JBNBlog on a run of Fridays through the year is a series at Fairmont United community church, 29 Tweedsmuir Ave., London.

Here is a note from Fridays at Fairmont series organizer John Yun, the ace pianist who leads Fairmont’s ministry of music . . . concert time is 7:30 p.m. and there is a good one 2nite:

Here’s John:

 I just wanted to let you know of the next installment of the Fridays at Fairmont Concert Series.

The Jan 25th concert features two well-known names in the London Community: Alex Baerg, and Jenn Kee.
Their concert “Bublé Meets Broadway” will be a great mash-up of Broadway and Crooner hits.
Alex Baerg has also recently opened a recording studio inside of Fairmont United called “Studio B”.  Alongside with studio partner Randy Rektor, they recently produced a Christmas album with London musicians like Rick Kish, Marque Smith, Julia Haggarty, Alex Baerg, Randy Rektor, Rebecca McCauley, Natalie Howard, and Rachelle Courtney – all proceeds were donated to the Alice Saddy Foundation.
Jenn Kee was starred in the lead role of the recent Grand Theatre production of ‘Hair’ and is a regular in the Starbright theatre productions, as is Alex.
This is our 3rd concert with the most recent one having approached 100 audience members.

Here’s some background from the fairmontchurch.ca website:

Fairmont United Church is pleased to present a new concert series entitled ”The Fairmont Concerts” led by Artistic Director, John Yun.  This series features concerts that cover a variety of musical styles at a high performance caliber.

Revenue generated from these concerts will go directly to Fairmont United Church’s ongoing fundraising project for their grand piano.  Through the series, we hope to not only establish ourselves as a viable small-concert house for professional artists, but also to increase our presence in the London community.

2013

Friday January 25 Buble Meets Broadway – A homage to the crooners with contemporary flair.  An eclectic mix of Broadway standards and contemporary songs….Alex Baerg

 

Friday February 22 - Art of Jazz – From Miles to Mingus, Coltrane to Cole Porter, this night will get you toe-tapping and finger-snapping to the classics.  Barry Usher Quartet

 

Friday March 15 – Fiddles of Fury – Old-time fiddle numbers from this father and son duo.  The family that fiddles together….Jesse Grandmont

 

Friday April 26 – Divine Diva Denise Pelley – Jazz Vespers and standards from one of Canada’s eminent jazz vocalists.