Well. The time has FINALLY come that the world will get the chance to hear Oscar, With Love! After 3 years of hard work and dedication from the incredible team of people involved, we are just bursting with excitement knowing that one week from today, this music will be released and everyone will be able to hear it.
On top of that, we will be celebrating in Toronto with 8 of the artists from the record at our favourite music venue, Koerner Hall! This concert sold out very quickly, which left a lot of disappointed fans both in Toronto and around the globe. Well today, Mervon Mehta - Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory - has announced that the concert will be live-streamed worldwide so that everyone will have the chance to be there. Kenny Barron, Robi Botos, Benny Green, Gerald Clayton, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, and Oliver Jones will be performing tracks exclusively from the album. This means that you will be able to experience Bill & Renee performing Sushi as a 4-hands, 1-piano duet live for the first time. You will also hear Benny Green's swingin' interpretation of Cool Walk, and Gerald Clayton's heart-stoping version of Hymn to Freedom. This evening will also include a post-intermission chat with Mervon Mehta and Jazz FM.91 President & CEO, Ross Porter. I am honoured to be on-hand as host that evening, and I can promise you that this will be an evening of music unlike any other.
Now, if you have not yet preordered your copy of the record, be sure to do so before Dec 11th! Not only is that the last day to order with guaranteed delivery prior to Christmas Eve, but that will be the last day to take advantage of the special "fan pricing" that we are currently offering.
I can barely contain my excitement (for real - there is a solid chance I may burst before next Friday) and I cannot properly put into words how honoured I feel to have been present during this entire process. Nothing will ever come close to this experience in terms of how special it was for me. It was truly life altering, and as we come close to the beginning of a new year and Kelly and myself starting a new chapter, I am overcome with emotion and joy knowing that this project was able to go from a dream of my Mother's, to reality. Never forget that anything is possible.
Now, let's do this! See you next Friday either in person or on the live-stream!!!