Gordon Lightfoot Book, Music and More!

The home of music journalist Nicholas Jennings, author of Lightfoot, the definitive new Gordon Lightfoot biography from Penguin Random House.

Jelly Roll Morton in Crystal Beach

There was a time in the 1950s when Torontonians regularly shuffled off to Buffalo for excitement. That was in the days when puritanical laws in Toronto the Good kept entertainment under tight wraps and alcohol and rock 'n' roll flowed more freely on the American side. But during the Roaring '20s, many Buffalonians were frequently travelling to Crystal Beach, Ontario by ferry boat to visit its giant amusement park and world famous dance hall, featuring the biggest bands of the Swing Era. Opened in 1925, the Crystal Beach Ballroom held the largest dance floor in North America, with room for 3000 dancers on its gleaming wooden dance floor. Among the biggest names to perform there were Coun...
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Jeff Healey - Last Call

Best known as a blind blues-rock guitar virtuoso, Jeff was also a formidable jazz artist with an encyclopedic knowledge of early dance band music. Here, on his last jazz-swing recording before his 2008 death from cancer, the legendary guitarist and trumpeter demonstrates his deep love of standards such as “Pennies from Heaven” and “Autumn in New York” and gives warm vocal renditions of the 1944 movie theme “Laura” and the 1910 nugget “Some of These Days,” by Canadian-born jazz pioneer Shelton Brooks.  
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