Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Love Concert in Regent Park last Sunday, 22 February 2015

Thanks to Julion King and Lillian Allen, esteemed Dub Poet, long time deh bout.
Track one, "Reggae Night in Canada" Peter Burna Holung (IBADAN)
Track two, ``Rub A Dub Style Inna Regent Park`` (Lillian Allen)

I managed to kick the plug out of the direct box during my solo. Otherwise, a fine day with two and a half straight hours of music, in tribute to the great, no, extraordinary Toronto drumbeam Raffa Dean.

Playlist For Show Of 27 February

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Sonnets & Gomorrah, Glock & Speil, and Smarts & Labour )

Guests :  Zeynep Ozbilen & Jon Brooks

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Globallistic

The Orb feat. Minnie Ripperton ~ A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Center Of The World ~ U.F.Off
* Zeynep Ozbilen ~ Oh The Places I Go / Ayva Cicek Acmis ~ Zee NEW DISK ~ CD release at Lula Lounge Thursday 5 March

* Joel Plaskett ~ On A Dime ~The Park Avenue Sobriety Test Preview of  NEW DISK

5:30 A Thin Line Between Love And Yeats

* The Bombadils ~ Nova Scotia Good-Bye / Where Will This Prayer Go / Heave Away ~ Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet at Hugh`s Room Wednesday 4 March

* Jack Marks How The Other Half Lives Blues Like These ~ at Dora Keogh Saturday

5:45 Murderpedia

* Jon Brooks ~ The Only Good Thing Is An Old Dog  / Interview  People Don`t Think Of Others 

~The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside 

at Hugh`s Room Wednesday, 8 April

6:20 Afrobatics
(African Heritage Month selection by Jon Brooks)
Gil Scott Heron New York Is Killing Me I`m New Here
Al Green ~ God Is Standing By ~ Get Next To You
Howlin`Wolf ~ Commit A Crime ~ The Chess Box Set
Ice T. ~ Straight Up N*GG* ~ Original Gangsta
Louis Armstrong ~ Beaucoup Jack ~ The Complete Hot Five

Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) Cute / They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful ~ The Sound Of Jazz and a scattershot spray of Toronto Music Listings

John Lennon ~ I m Losing You (Take 1) Wonsaponatime ~ The Art Of John Lennon at Liss Gallery 140 Yorkville until 15 March

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bloodbaths, Global Beats & Bombadils

Jon Brooks, perpetrator of the gruesome and awesome new album, The Smiling And Beautiful Countryside, a collection of Canadian murder ballads, will be my guest at 6:00 for a musical C.S.I. on this final February Friday.

`` Crowd at both singing along and groaning in horror with @jonbrooksmusic. Awesome.`` - Shawna Caspi @shawnacaspi

Also in the Orbit at 5:15, a visit from Zeynep Ozbilen whose pan-global album, Zee, will be released at Lula Lounge, Thursday, March 5th .

And at 5:30 I`ll be fielding a call from Bombadils, who will be taking the stage at Hugh`s Room next Wednesday, March 4th to present the acclaimed music from their latest disk, 
Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet.

Zoom in, woncha?

Cosmically Hilarious

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Scott Bradshaw On Corby's Orbit 30 February 2015 Part Three

Scott Bradshaw on Corby's Orbit Friday 20 February 2015 Part One

Key player, (maybe even M.V.P.) in the rocking alt country scene of Toronto's Queen West rodeo,
Scott Bradshaw of Scott B.Sympathy, Stratochief and, recently, Massey Harris visited Radio Regent in advance of a Warners Canada release of some back catalogue classics and the recording of some new music.

 They Call Me Mr. Sympathy

Scott Bradshaw Over The Line / Music To My Ears / Interview / Drinking With The Poet / I Just Dropped In Standoff (live) ~ At the Benefit for Massey Harris Recording  Saturday, and The Duke Of Gloucester Sundays 

* Richard Carstens Blinding Women ~ Richard Carstens Memorial at the Horseshoe 2:00 Sunday 

A Worthy Musical Wednesday in Ottawa

Wednesday March 4 at The Schenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa…

Lance Anderson’s acclaimed tribute performance of The Last Waltz comes to The Schenkman Centre in Ottawa, Wednesday March 4
An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians will perform a celebration of The Last Waltz - The Music of The Band,
Under the direction of producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the March 4th appearance will be the first in the Ottawa area of this crowd pleasing show which has previously sold out in Peterborough, Orillia, Collingwood, Cobourg and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. In addition, the show topped the bill at The Southside Shuffle, The Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, and The Kitchener Blues Festival.
The performance features an all-star line-up including Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the Juno Award winning Downchild Blues Band) and Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement award winner Paul James. Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson) is on drums and vocals, the multi-talented Jimmy Bowskill and the always entertaining Johnny Max are guest singers. The performance will recreate the atmosphere of The Band’s final concert, which was captured in Martin Scorsese's award-winning concert film, “The Last Waltz”.

On the American Thanksgiving of 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, The Band performed what they called their “Last Waltz,” and invited many of their friends to join in the celebration. These friends included Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Neil Young and others who performed with The Band on this special night.
In this homage to “The Last Waltz”, Anderson’s special guests will perform the songs played and sung by these artists at the memorable 1976 concert.

Backed by a 9 piece band that includes Jerome Levon Avis on drums and vocals, Terry Blersh on guitar, Dennis Pinhorn (The Hawks) on bass, Rob Gusevs (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on organ and Anderson (Shakura S'Aida) on piano and vocals, this is an all star group of seasoned veterans who love the music. Anderson’s band also features a stellar four-piece horn section including David Dunlop (Boss Brass) on trumpet, Gord Meyers (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on trombone and tuba, Chris Murphy (Maple Blues Band) on Tenor sax, and Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on Baritone sax.

Avis’ dad, Bill Avis was The Band's road manager from the early days with Ronnie Hawkins through the Bob Dylan years, right up until The Last Waltz. Bill was especially close to Levon Helm and he has a wealth of stories about times on the road with The Band. Dennis Pinhorn is an ex-Hawk, who joined Ronnie Hawkins some years after The Band left to tour with Dylan. And Anderson himself produced a piano and vocal recording, 'Live at the Wolf', with Garth Hudson, The Band’s mercurial genius on the organ.

“What makes this performance special is the connection 

these musicians have to the music,” says Anderson. “They

 love the music and perform these tunes from the heart.”

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Scott Bradshaw On Corby's Orbit 30 February 2015 Part Two

Playlist For Show Of 20 February

Illustration By Angela Jerome
Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Dutiful Beamers, Spacey Bon and Bellicosely Maybes)

Guest : Scott Bradshaw

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Above The Africage

D`Angelo & The Vanguard ~ Prayer Black Messiah

Sanchez ~ Africa Here I Come ~ Reggae Hits Vol. 22

Terry Gilkyson Thomas O`Malley The Aristocats Sdtrk. ~ Jazz From The World Of Disney at Hugh s Room, Wednesday, 25 February
* Clifton Joseph Freedom Chant Oral Trans Missions ~ At One Love Free Community Concert in memory of Raffa Dean Daniels Spectrum Sunday 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. (see poster below)
Abbey Lincoln ~ Retribution Straight Ahead

5:20 They Call Me Mr. Sympathy

* Scott Bradshaw Over The Line / Music To My Ears / Interview / Drinking With The Poet / I Just Dropped In Standoff (live) ~ At the Benefit for Massey Harris Recording  Saturday, and The Duke Of Gloucester Sundays 

* Richard Carstens Blinding Women ~ Richard Carstens Memorial at the Horseshoe 2:00 Sunday 

6:00 Stringing Along

* Ewan Dobson Purple ~ II at The Cosmopolitan Music Hall Saturday 7 p.m.
Punch Brothers ~ Forgotten ~ The Phosphorescent Blues  NEW DISK
* April Verch  ~   Bring Your Clothes Back Home  The Newpart  NEW DISK
* Anne Lederman ~ Crooked Waltz ~ Fiddlesong ~ At Long & McQuade Sunday for World Fiddle Day Practise Jam 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

6:20 Lyrics Cathedral

The Byrds ~ Renaissance Fair ~ Younger Than Yesterday ~ Byrds Byrds Byrds At The Linsmore Tavern Saturday

 *Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party Whatever It Takes ~ Old Town at The Cameron House tonight

Cornelius ~ Drop ~ Point
* The Rural Alberta Advantage ~ FRANK.AB Hometowns ~ At The Tiny Record Shop Saturday 3:00 p.m.

* Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band ~ The Lone Pilgrim ~ Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band NEW DISK

6:40 Hal David Tribute T.B.A.
(Illustration by Kurt Swinghammer)

Take 6 feat. Jon Hendricks, Gregory Hines and Al Jarreau Going Home: A Tribute To Duke Ellington
Toronto Music Listings sprinkled liberally 

The Black Seeds  ~ Wide Open  ~  Dust And Dirt 

Dionne Warwick Anyone Who Had A Heart / The Green Grass Starts To Grow ~ Tribute To Burt Bacharach at Hugh`s Room Saturday

Monday, February 16, 2015

Winterfolk Cascades Through The Downtown Danforth In Toronto

Alfie Smith's solid blue kickoff ignited Toronto's 13th annual Winterfolk frolic Friday at Danforth and Broadview

The Heavyweights Brass Band stirred up a profound crisis of stomp and holler and then marched away into the night.


West coast roots hero David Essig applied a deft slide to his 12-string guitar, which he calls "the steam locomotive of the blues", educating and rousing a rapt audience.

The Jessica Stuart Few unpacked their jazz / folk / manga repertoire at Terrio's with a tight and trippy performance.

Rae Billing and Lynn Miles shared wisdom, wit and harmony yodelling with an afternoon audience at The Black Swan and Linda McRae provided a country quilt of stories and songs, ending with a singalong on "Be Your Own Light".

Noah Zacharin's fingerstyle embroidery decorated the afternoon for an amiable crowd at Dora Keough.

Kristine Schmitt busted homestyle rambles at Dora's evening showcase as Hotcha's Beverley and Howard, and chantistas Isabel Fryszberg and Clela Errington gave full frontal support.

 The O`Pears enchanted a room that was just about ready to hoot with elaborate harmonic ideas and original melodies of persuasive distinction.

Whoa Nelly popped fuses with their highly charged country swing and ballads.

And The Wanted gave us a hot chance for a Saturday night wail-along with 
These Boots Are Made For Walkin`, amongst other classics.

Photos by Paul & Kim Corby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Playlist for Show Of Friday The 13th Of February

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Audible Auricles, Visible Ventricles and Cardiac Convertibles )

Guests : Linda McRea and Sina Salimi

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Trance Ending
(February is African Heritage Month)
* Jojo Bennett feat. Ken Lazarus ~ Make It Roots, Reality & Culture NEW DISK

Wasis Diop ~ Dames Electriques / N.O.P. ~ No Sant

Jah Cure ~ All Of Me

Beck ~ Heart Is A Drum ~ Morning Phase

5:20 Outliving 

*Linda McRea ~ Be Your Own Light / Interview / Singing River (live) / Flowers Of Appalachia (live) ~ Fifty Shades Of Red / Shadow Trails (unreleased)

5:45  Instrumelting

* Lenny Solomon ~ Slow Slide Into Blues ~ The Blues Violin NEW DISK @ The Jazz Bistro Tuesday 17 February

* Jayme Stone feat. Margaret Glaspy ~ Maids When You're Young ~ Lomax Project NEW DISK

* Sina Salimi ~ Interview / Departure (live) / Where Do Our Dreams Go? ~ @ Revival Saturday

6:15 Folk Frolics 

* Mimi Oz ~ Your Eyes ~ Three Of Swords ~ @ The Tranzac for The Secret Songs Of Sam Larkin Monday 16 February

* Rae Billing & The Unpayables ~ I Only Want It All ~ Walls & Fences @ Winterfolk XIII all weekend

Nicolette Larson (Lotta Nic Remix) ~ Lotta Love ~ What Is Hip?

Van Morrison ~ Come Here My Love ~ Veedon Fleece 

The Streets ~ Dry Your Eyes ~ A Grand Don't Come For Free

* Crabtree & Mills ~ I Love To Love ~ Flights Of Fancy @ The Free Times Cafe tonight

*Anne Lindsay ~ Valentine ~ Hurry On Home

Tal Farlow and Lenny Breau ~ My Funny Valentine ~ Chance Meeting (Live At The Sign Of The Times, 1980)
with Toronto music listings fondly displayed.

 Get out and love some music and whomever else you should happen to run in to.

For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood Upon our side, us who were strong in love! 

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very Heaven! ~ Wordsworth