They Loved to Play : Memories of the Golden Age in Canadian Music

by Murray Ginsberg

Trombonist Murray Ginsberg, a graduate of the Royal Canadian Army Show, Bert Niosi’s Orchestra, Jack Kane’s CBC Music Makers, and the Toronto Symphony, recalls a fifty-year career in the Canadian music business, and the many talented musicians he met along the way.

Beguilingly nostalgic sketches of Percy Faith, Robert Farnon, Mart Kenney (and his Western Gentlemen), Norma Locke, Ruth Lowe (the girl who never smiled again), Glenn Gould, Judy Loman, Phil Nimmons, Moe Koffman, Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell (and the Boss Brass), Archie Alleyne, and many more.

“Murray lingers over the great age of jazz and swing in North America, offers sketches of some leading contributors to European classical music, and takes a brief excursion into the electronic music scene of today … The book is further enhanced with more than sixty rare photos from Canada’s golden age of music.” (Mike Filey, Toronto Sun)

272 pages, 150 x 230 mm, softcover. ISBN:1-896973-14-0.

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