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Interviews with The Clayton Brothers, Helga Jakobson and her Conservatory plants, Earth Day celebrations and much more. Check here for more details.

Beginning at noon this Saturday I will be in conversation with jazz greats The Clayton Brothers (John & Jeff), who are in town to perform three concrts this weekend at the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances. If you missed my other post, here is a bit about them: 

The Clayton Brothers is the brain child of saxophonist Jeff Clayton. According to Jeff, some 30 years ago he and his brother, Grammy Award winning bassist John Clayton, agreed to support each other’s preferred formats. Jeff’s love of small groups lead to formation of the Clayton Brothers Quintet. John’s love for big bands led to formation of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with drummer Jeff Hamilton, of which brother Jeff is a part.

Collectively they have performed and recorded with so many amazing artists, from Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lionel Hampton to Paul McCartney, Charles Aznavour, Michael Jackson, Madonna and more.

Tickets to their shows are almost sold out, but if you act fast, you may be able to see this phenomenal concert. They are performing 3 shows here in town April 21st & 22nd, and trust me when I say there is not a bad seat in the house if you can get one. Check here for more info and tickets.


An interview with Helga Jakobson and her talking plants will be featured in the 3:00 hour. Helga was granted access to the Assinboine Park Conservatory before they closed the doors forever, and allowed to attach tiny delicate sensors to thousands of leaves in the conservatory, recording the plant impulses and filtering them through an electronic sensor that translates them into beats. With those beats she created a piece of music entitled the Entropic Symphony, of which I will play you a short sample. We will talk to her about how this all works, how she feels about the fact that some of the plants will be cut down soon, and if she had one particular favourite plant among the dozens she recorded and spent time with. 

AND, we will get her to record live some of the sounds coming from the plants in our studio! What will they sound like?

To coincide with this interview we will be celebrating Earth Day. Sunday April 22nd is Earth Day, so I have programmed music relating to trees, plants, flowers, animals and the earth.

Lots of fun in store, so I hope you can join me this weekend from noon - 6:00pm for the Wide World of Classical Music, brought to you by Bonaventure Travel.



Here is my interview with Helga Jakobson: