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No one steps into the same Music Library twice

The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus insisted that the only constant in the universe is change. In describing my 40 years at the Faculty I like to adapt one of his fragments to say that no one steps into the same Music Library twice. Every day more scores and books, and almost every day music in new audio and video formats are added. Locating and using these resources once meant card and book catalogues and searches in the stacks; technology is putting more and more within reach of your personal computer. Library users appear as students, then reappear 20 years later as professional performers or teachers thrilled to see the changes in the ease and breadth of access in their areas of interest. Whether you just dip your toe in the river of knowledge, or plunge right in, you can be sure it will be deeper and richer the next time you visit.

  • Kathleen McMorrow, Librarian Emerita

Musical inspirations

One of the great rewards as a professor in the Jazz Area is to hear the artistic growth of our students that culminates in their final recitals.  It truly is inspiring to hear the original and creative sounds that our students produce year after year.

Equally thrilling for me was the opportunity to work with one of my former teachers, David Liebman, at U of T thanks to the support of Dean Don MacLean and our donors John and Claudine Bailey.  We were able to hire Liebman as a visiting adjunct professor in 2014 which was a fantastic boost for our program and a wonderful inspiration to our students.  Having access to an artist who worked and recorded with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and other legendary musicians offered an invaluable experience to all of us at U of T Jazz.

Liebman also recorded two critically acclaimed albums at U of T during his time with us, one with students and one with faculty.  Sweet Ruby Suite, with the UTJO directed by Gordon Foote, featured the music of Kenny Wheeler with Liebman and vocalist Norma Winstone as featured soloists.  Live at U of T, as the title suggests, was recorded live at the Upper Jazz Studio at 90 Wellesley by Professor Jeff Wolpert and students from his MMus sound recording program.  Featuring Liebman, myself, and fellow faculty members Jim Vivian and Terry Clark, this recording managed to capture the energy of live jazz played in an intimate setting for an engaged audience.

What a thrill be able to do all of this as my “work”.

  • Mike Murley, Associate Professor, Jazz Saxophone

Wine and cheese for all!

A couple of weeks after I started working at the Faculty I coordinated a wine and cheese reception in room 130 for donors and patrons of the Jazz Studies program after a big band concert in early April. I hadn’t been given much direction and Prof Terry Promane asked me if students could come. Sure, why not I said. Well, the concert came and afterwards people starting coming into room 130. And they kept coming. And they kept coming. And they kept coming. Then the students all arrived. I’m pretty sure we had well over 200 people in that little room and it was one hopping party that went quite late. It was a fun, slightly wild introduction to the Faculty of Music.

  • Tyler Greenleaf, Faculty of Music staff member