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Cry Me A River
by Vic Vogel, piano, with Johanne Blouin
Vic Vogel (1935 to 2019) was a Canadian pianist, composer and conductor. Victor Stefan Vogel was born on August 3rd 1935 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Hungarian parents living there. He began playing the piano at the age of five after copying his older brother, and later taught himself to play trombone, tuba and vibraphone, as well as learning to arrange music. He began working occasionally in Montreal nightclubs at the young age of 14, and also appeared in a 'CBC' radio broadcast while holding down a day job as a car repairer. In the mid-1950s, he formally studied piano and music theory with Michel Harvey in Montreal, and also took lessons from Lennie Tristano in New York City. Vogel became a full-time professional musician in the late 1950s, and throughout the 1960s worked as both a sideman and bandleader in nightclubs (and eventually for radio and TV studios). He played in a Montreal big band, and later a nine-piece ensemble led by Steve Garrick. He honed his arranging skills by writing for various bands, including those of Garrick and Al Nichols, and in 1961 accompanied the 'Double Six of Paris' on piano during concerts held in the province of Quebec. In 1966, he led a group of Montreal 'jazz' musicians on a tour of Europe, organised by 'Radio Canada', and in 1968 formed his own 'jazz' orchestra, which remained active until his death. He remained a central figure in the Montreal music scene, and moved freely between 'jazz', pop and occasional symphonic work. Vogel was the music director for many 'CBC'/'Radio Canada' variety shows, and composed the scores for a number of 'CBC' and 'CTV' news programmes, as well as National Film Board documentaries and other films. He wrote and conducted the music for the opening ceremonies of both the 1968 Man and His World exposition and the 1976 Olympics, both held in Montreal, and shared the stage with many of the great names of music, including Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Eartha Kitt, Andy Williams, Ann-Margret, Paul Anka, Sammy Davis Junior, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Michel Legrand. Vogel had also performed at every Montreal International Jazz Festival since its inception in 1980, until he unfortunately missed his farewell show in 2015 due to illness. His band's collaboration with 'rock' group 'Offenbach' had resulted in the "En Fusion" LP of 1979, and it went on to receive the "Felix" award for 'Best Rock Album' the following year. He released his first piano solo album in 1993 - it consisted mostly of original material, and was nominated for both "Juno" and "Felix" awards. His ensemble projects were variously involved in tributes and opening ceremonies for a number of events over time, and in 2007 he was the subject of a feature-length documentary film, "L'Homme de Cuivre". He received an honorary doctorate degree in music from Concordia University in November 2010. Vic Vogel died at his Montreal home on September 16th 2019, at the age of 84.
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Posted: 20th October 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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