Thursday, June 4, 2003
FESTIVAL - HALIFAX JULY 18-27/03
and the Botos Brothers
Casino Nova Scotia Concert Series, Tuesday, July 22, 9:00 pm
are so few musicians that can play this way....gather them from all over
North America and you could pick 'em up at the airport in a minivan...."
Charles R. "Bucky" Adams
was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in 1937.
At an early age, Bucky picked up the trumpet in order to play alongside
his father on the saxophone. At age 11, Bucky had the distinction of
playing for the Queen during a royal visit to Halifax. In the years
that followed, Bucky played his trumpet with such intensity that it just
blew apart during one of his frequent performances at the Gerrish Street
Hall. Determined that the show must go on, Bucky ran home between
sets and borrowed his father's saxophone, returning just in time to step
back on stage. This twist of fate resulted in Bucky embarking on a
lifelong love affair with the tenor sax.
From the '50s through to the
'80s, Adams formed several successful bands, including "The Rockin'
Rebels," "Club Unusual," "the Basin St. Trio" (with whom he made his first
recording) and "Generations," comprised of young players on the cutting
edge of the Halifax music scene. Adams has had the opportunity to
share music with jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B.
King, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson. In 1981, Adams was featured on
the CBC Radio Halifax program Identities, for which he was awarded
the International Gabriel Award by the United Nations, representing the
highest honour in broadcasting production and content.
During the '90s, Adams' career
has taken on a renewed energy and direction. Since 1991, he has
volunteered for weekly performances with the Seniors' Band at Northwood
Manor in Halifax and since 1993 has performed with the prestigious Nova
Scotia Mass Choir, with whom he has participated on two recordings.
Adams has also remained very active at East Coast concerts and Jazz
Festivals, which wouldn't be complete without his smooth, rich
In 1996, Adams produced his
own CD, In a Lovin' Way, an autobiographical collection on which he
wrote or co-wrote all but one song. The Album received rave reviews
upon its release in 1997 and was nominated for two East Coast Music
Adams has also been able to
reactivate his longstanding commitment to mentoring youth. With the
sponsorship of the Musicians' Performance Trust Fund, he has so far
visited 50 elementary, junior and senior high schools in the Halifax area
playing and providing music history education to more than 12,000
students. In August 1998, Adams had the honour of playing for civil
rights pioneer Dr. Rosa Parks and 120 of her "Pathways to Freedom"
students from across North America when Dr. Parks was in Halifax to
receive an honourary doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University.
In November 1998, Adams was
presented with the Pioneer Award from the African Nova Scotia Music
Association. On new Year's Eve 1998, Adams premiered his newest
group effort, the "Bucky Adams Cotton Club Swing Band," at the Lord Nelson
Hotel as part of Halifax's "Big Event" New Year's Celebration.
Adams' innovative approach to
timeless classics and knack for original composition along with hsi
command of music styles including Swing, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening
and Inspriation, has expanded his audience to include a wide range of age
groups and tastes. His upcoming CD, aptly entitled Fresh Daily,
is a collection of high energy live performances which showcases Bucky's
incredible talent and versatility.
1997 In a Lovin' Way
2001 Live at the Thirsty Duck (w/Corey Adams)
Attila Darvas bass
Frank Botos drums
Casino Nova Scotia Concert Series
(with Bucky Adams), Tuesday, July 22, 9:00 pm
The Botos Brothers is a
family affair. Robert, 22 - piano, Louis, 28- bass, and Frank,
30- drums, are the sons of gypsy jazz drummer, Louis Botos. Together
they released their self-titled debut CD The Botos Brothers,
featuring all original jazz compositions with special guests Don Thompson
on bass and Pat LaBarbera on saxophone. The Botos brothers have made
quite an impact on the Toronto jazz scene and have performed with many of
the city's finest jazz musicians including Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Joe
Sealy and Bernie Senensky to name a few. Robert and Frank brought
their families from Hungary in the hopes of starting new lives here.
Supported by Toronto's jazz community and their many new fans, the Botos
brothers are petitioning to stay in Canada on humanitarian and
compassionate grounds. Tehir story has been featured on CBC and the