This year’s edition of “Words and Music,” set for the St. Thomas Public Library’s Carnegie Room on Wednesday, November 18, promises to be the best yet. The program, which combines the words of a talented popular writer and the music of an accomplished assemblage of Toronto jazz musicians, gets under way at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Supplying the words will be best-selling author Joy Fielding whose intelligent, character-driven suspense novels have appeared all over the world in every conceivable language. There are over twenty novels in all, including Charley’s Web, See Jane Run, and Kiss Mommy Goodbye.
The Globe and Mail says, “Fielding is a master of anticipation and knows how to create a labyrinth of tension, never providing an exit until the very last page.”
Her latest book, Still Life, published earlier this year, is told from the point of view of a woman in a coma as a result of being struck by an automobile. While in hospital, she discovers that although she is unable to see or move she can hear everything and what she hears leads her to a startling realization. Program goers will be able to purchase autographed copies of her books at this event.
Sharing the bill with Joy, and counterpointing her readings and commentary, will be the Rainbow Gardens Quartet with singer Louise Lemieux. The Quartet includes Ross Wooldridge on clarinet and saxophone, Michael Davidson on vibes, Cor Klamer on piano and leader Ric Giorgi on string bass.
Ross Wooldridge is a regular with many jazz aggregations and his critically acclaimed “Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet” was featured at a sold out concert presented by Jazz.FM and The Sound of Toronto Jazz series in 2005. He has been nominated five times in the category of “Clarinettist of the Year” for a Canadian National Jazz Award. Vibraphonist Michael Davidson is a protégé of the famous Don Thompson and is known for his brilliant work with the “Tribute to Benny Goodman Sextet” and “Hobson’s Choice,” a jazz-folk group.
Cor Klamer has been the regular pianist for the Rainbow Gardens Quartet/Quintet for the last five years. He has several solo CDs that get airplay in North America and Europe and has worked with such artists as Peter Appleyard. Ric Giorgi is a long-time leader of music groups of various sizes from full symphony orchestras through to his well known Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra. Vocalist Louise Lemieux sings with various jazz groups around Toronto, including the Rainbow Gardens Quintet and the Bruce Vogt Trio. She is currently working on a soon to be released CD.