Janice Finlay (Lisa Waldner)
Back in high-school, Sax player Janice Finlay hated jazz. Many years later, she's become one of the city's most well respected jazz players, working with The Ron Paley Big Band, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, plus leading her own bands.
It's been 9 years since her debut CD came out and Janice is about to release her latest recording "Anywhere But Here."
Janice Finlay gave SCENE 9 reasons for why it took 9 years:
1. I needed time to recover and re-energize after releasing and promoting two major feature CDs within two years of each other: "The Swing Cats Live: Every Night & Every Day" (2000) and "She's Hip" (2002).
2. I needed a catalyst to get started, and eventually got it in the form of repeated fan inquiries about a new CD and the subsequent agreement by monster jazz artist Don Thompson to participate in the project
3. I needed to actually meet some members of my musician dream team before I could even decide to include them in the project! (Jodi Proznick, bassist; Quincy Davis , drummer; and Erin Propp, vocalist).
4. As I am not a particularly fast composer, I needed time to not only create a significant collection of original compositions, but time to season and hone them through performances before selecting them for this recording. The most recent of these, "Remember Me," was written in April 2010 following a visit with a beloved relative stricken with Alzheimer's disease.
5. A feature full-length studio CD is expensive! I needed to save some money of my own and also to apply (months in advance) for funding from Manitoba Film & Music.
6. I needed Larry Roy to complete construction of his recording studio in St. Boniface where the sessions were held in March 2011. Or, almost complete, as it turned out!
7. Because I am rather fastidious, I needed time to carefully complete the post-production parts of the project: overdubs of multiple sax parts, listening to several rough mixes of each tune, assessing the mastering of the CD; proofing the CD artwork and overseeing production of related materials for print and website promotion
8. I needed to keep up with all my other performance and teaching commitments at the same time as doing the CD project (see reason number 5)
9. I needed time to organize the Winnipeg CD release event...for November 24th, 2011 at C.M.U.!
Listen to the interview Janice Finlay did with Rosanna Deerchild on The 204 and hear "Remember Me".