Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1980
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired Friday nights from February 29 to April 11, 1980.
This hour long music program was hosted by Guido Basso, long time jazz trumpet
player and band leader. Jazz Canada was specifically produced to
feature the best in Canadian talent in a casual setting. Since Jazz is
an improvised musical form, many of the sessions were recorded live to
tape with few edits in order to maintain the quality and spontaneity of
the performances. Jim Guthro coordinated the productions which
originated from three regions: Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.
The series featured performances from the Moe Koffman Quintet, Nimmons
‘n’ Nine Plus Six, the Don Thompson Trio, guitarist Ed Bickert, Rob
McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Kathy Moses Quintet, the Jim Galloway
Band, Paul Horn, the Tommy Banks Orchestra, Manteca, Aura Rully, Doug
Riley, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Brian Browne, Pat LaBarbera, the
Russ Little Band, the Humber Band, the Harvey Silver Band, the Frank
Falco Trio with Eugene Amaro, singer and trombone player Big Miller,
Fraser MacPherson, Skip Beckwith, Bobbi Sharron, Doug Mallory, Herb
Marshal, and Ron Small.
Producers: Jack Budgell, Bob Gibbons and Ain Soodor in Toronto, Patsy
MacDonald in Vancouver, and Eleanor Lindo in Halifax.
Written by John Corcelli – November, 2005