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ARTS TORONTO - April 29th Edition

This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz.FM91

This episode:

Jackie Richardson is Canada's reigning Queen of Jazz, Blues and Gospel. The legendary singer, actress and activist sits down with Mark Wigmore for a career spanning interview. She shares memories singing in a Donora, Pennsylvania church as a child, at the encouragement of her Grandparents. She also covers her teenage years when she performed with Motown-inspired Toronto act, The Tiaras. From there, a candid conversation about her professional career as a singer, her years as a Gemini and Dora Award-winning actress on stage and screen, and her views on the civil rights movement as a spokesperson and advocate. On Saturday May 5th, Jackie will be a part of The Hymns to Freedom Project, leading a 40-piece orchestra in African American spirituals, hymns and several new compositions at The Toronto Centre For The Arts.

Jackie Richard and Corey Butler at JAZZ.FM91 with Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore

And, Corey Butler is the composer responsible for a selection of the pieces being performed at Hymns to Freedom. Corey is the Musical Director of the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, and a music professor in the Music Industry Arts Performance program at Centennial College. He is also one of the course directors of the York University Gospel Choir. Along with his long CV in music education, Corey has written songs with Grammy Award-winner Carvin Winans. He’s a wonderful piano player, musical director and producer, but also regularly conducts a 50+ piece symphony orchestra that has played his compositions. With all that knowledge and experience, Corey has become known as The Maestro in musical circles. Corey will be a major part of The Hymn to Freedom Project concert, and speaks to Mark about preparing for the event.

All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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