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Interview: Mark Miller on Claude Ranger

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with former Globe and Mail Jazz critic and author Mark Miller about his new book "Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend".

WHO: Mark Miller

WHAT: Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend

WHERE: Online bookstores like Chapter, Indigo and Amazon

WHEN: Available now








Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend:

Even before Claude Ranger disappeared in late 2000, his fate unknown, he had attained legendary status among Canada's jazz musicians as an extraordinary drummer who repeatedly challenged the status quo on bandstands in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Willful, uncompromising and charismatic, cigarette invariably tucked into the left corner of his mouth, Ranger cut a compelling figure alongside Canadian and American stars alike -- Lenny Breau, Jane Bunnett, Sonny Greenwich, Moe Koffman, P.J. Perry, Dewey Redman, Sonny Rollins, Don Thompson and many others.

Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend presents a sympathetic portrait of this remarkable musician and offers a perceptive overview of the Canadian jazz scene during the 35 years in which, by turns, his career flourished, faltered and flourished again.

Mark Miller:


Mark Miller is the author of 10 other books, including several surveys of jazz in Canada and individual biographical studies on the Americans Charlie Parker, Valaida Snow, Herbie Nichols and Lonnie Johnson. He served from 1978 to 2005 as the jazz critic for The Globe and Mail and has contributed to many other popular and scholarly publications. His interests as an author lie in musicians and narratives that have been lost, forgotten or otherwise overlooked in jazz history. He lives in Toronto.



Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.


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