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Cooking up music

Two Jamies. Two very different men –young men– with maybe the only thing in common being that they are both British. One was born in 1975, the other in 1979. Both grew up in Essex.

Sure, there are other similarities: both are cute, shaggy-haired, and have more energy than a cooped up panther. Both have followed their passion and are making a name for themselves, despite the odds: one cooks, the other sings jazz.

What ties them together is that they are both chefs and musicians, in their own way.

I’m talking about Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef, who sees food as an instrument and recipes as the score — you must follow the basics, but there’s definitely room for interpretation.

The other is Jamie Cullum, who uses music to cook up a feast for the ears that is totally personal and unique.

Whether it’s for your stomach or your ears, with either of these two, you’ll end up replete.

Try out some of the Naked Chef’s recipes in his latest, Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook, and listen to Jamie Cullum in Pointless Nostalgic, which you can also find on iTunes.

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Kellylee Evans Nominated for a Juno Award


Less than a year after the indie release of her debut CD, “Fight or Flight?” jazz singer and songwriter Kellylee Evans has been nominated for a 2007 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. She has been nominated alongside Diana Krall, MollyJohnson, Elizabeth Shephard and Lori Cullen.

This year’s star-studded award ceremony will be hosted by Nelly Furtado and will take place April 1st in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Musical performances by The Tragically Hip, k- os, Billy Talent, Gregory Charles and Three Days Grace have recently been confirmed.

Kellylee Evans has been earning rave reviews for her soulful music and charismatic performances since her second place win of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004. The judges for the competition included Quincy Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau. With the release of her debut album, "fight or flight?" this past May, her music has been reaching out across the world, garnering her praise, national radio play and strong sales. The CD is comprised of 11 original songs from Evans, whose songwriting chops earned her comparison to Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Ron Sexsmith (Brian Lush,

For more information about this artist, and to hear some of her music please visit the websites below.
CTV’s JUNO Awards website:
Official JUNO Awards website:
CARAS website:

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If your life were a movie…

…What would the soundtrack be?

Here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool…

Here’s mine:

    Opening Credits: “Your Sweet Name” – Harry Manx
    Waking Up: “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” – Toots Thielemans
    First Day At School: “A Song For You” – Michael Bublé
    Falling In Love: “Troisième leçon des Ténèbres à 2 voix” – Jordi Savall
    Fight Song: “Hallelujah” – Handel
    Breaking Up: “Once I Loved” – Charlie Byrd
    Prom: “The Long Day is Over” – Norah Jones
    Life: “Cosi fan Tutte” – Mozart
    Mental Breakdown: “You and I” Michael Bublé
    Driving: “Se Tu M’ami” – Cecilia Bartoli
    Flashback: “Time after Time” – Cassandra Wilson
    Wedding: “Talk to You” – Tracy Chapman
    Birth of Child: “The Point of Purchase” – Harry Manx
    Final Battle: “Carmina Burana” – Orff
    Death Scene: “Run the Voodoo Down” – Cassandra Wilson
    Funeral Song: “Beyond the Horizon” – Charlie Byrd
    End Credits: “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones

It’s uncanny how some of those songs are appropriate. The idea was stolen from Ammy J.

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Kellylee Evans and Kevin Ramessar

I have discussed those incredible musicians before, but it’s worth mentioning them again. I went to a show and auction night for the Ottawa Jazz Festival last night, and Kellylee and her musicians were there. Kellylee had her usual energy, sang with heart and humour, and, amazingly, got the whole room up and dancing with her song “Gotta Move”, which is not on her CD, as well as a song about memory (a tribute to her mother) and her incredible interpretation of Lennon’s song Imagine.

Kevin also played in the band. In addition to his wonderful, distinctive guitar sound, he played trumpet on several songs, including one of my favorites of Kellylee’s, Hooked. His accompaniment to Kellylee’s songs sounded almost like a supporting voice rather than simply music. His versatility in going from classical to New Age to Urban Jazz proves what a conummate musician he is.

Clearly, two emerging musicians who not only bear watching, but encouraging, also. So get their CDs, and get the buzz going.

Get Fight or Flight?, Kellylee’s debut CD at CD Baby, Barns and Noble, CD Stores in Canada, and ITunes

Get Sojourn, Kevin’s latest CD at CD Baby.

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