Canadian jazz great to accept award at fall convocation November 24 in
LONDON, ON, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Conservatory Canada is pleased to
announce the awarding of its 2012 Honourary Licentiate Diploma to
Canadian jazz legend, vibraphonist Peter Appleyard.
Appleyard will be on hand to accept the diploma at this year's national
convocation, held November 24 in London, Ontario. The citation will be
delivered by Dan Donaldson.
"Peter is a Canadian jazz icon, who has done so much to bring awareness
and respect to jazz and jazz musicians," says Conservatory Canada
national executive director, Victoria Warwick. "His music has brought
so much joy to so many people and we are delighted to be able to honour
him in this way."
Born in England, Appleyard became a professional musician as a drummer
during World War II.
"I started out listening to jazz records as a teenager. That was my only
contact with it because of the war," he remembers. "That was where I
heard the vibraphone for the first time - on records. I'd never seen
one, but I heard the instrument and loved the sound of it. That
encouraged me to find one and start to play."
Appleyard immigrated to Toronto in 1950. He started his own band in 1956
and appeared frequently on television and radio. A backstage
conversation with Benny Goodman in 1972 led to him joining the renowned
bandleader for almost a decade of globetrotting tours.
Now in his eighties, Appleyard shows no signs of slowing down. He
performed at this summer's Montreal Jazz Festival and released two
albums earlier this year, Sophisticated Ladies and The Lost 1974 Sessions.
"Jazz is the only major art form to come out of North America," he
notes. "Consequently, it's not a passing fancy. It'll be here forever."
Conservatory Canada has conferred an annual Honourary Licentiate Diploma
since 1988. Appleyard joins a distinguished list of past honourees,
which includes Gwen Beamish (2011), Maureen Forrester (2010), Robert
Murray Gordon McConnell (2009), Senator Tommy Banks (2008), Jeff Healey
(2007) and Mary Lou Fallis (2006).
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