Entertainment briefs – August 5

Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will take over from bassist Christian McBride next year as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s creative chair for jazz.

Hancock serves as jazz creative chair

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will take over from bassist Christian McBride next year as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s creative chair for jazz.

The 69-year-old Hancock says the two-year stint involves choosing artists to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Hancock says he wants to integrate jazz with other genres, from dance to film and computer graphics.

Hancock is also working on a new album he describes as “peace through global collaboration,” with guests including Chaka Khan and Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka Shankar.


Passchendaele up for five awards

TORONTO — Paul Gross’s Canadian war epic Passchendaele leads the pack of films going into the Directors Guild of Canada Awards.

The First World War drama has received five nominations, including best feature and best direction for Gross, who also wrote, co-produced and starred in the movie.

Earlier this year, the film won a leading six Genie Awards and a Golden Reel Award, and Gross earned a National Arts Award for mounting the project.

Other best-feature nominees at this year’s DGC Awards include High Live, Heaven on Earth and One Week.

Netting a leading five nominations each in the TV categories are CBC’s The Summit and CTV’s Flashpoint.

The awards will be handed out Oct. 24 at a gala hosted by comedian Shaun Majumder in Toronto.

Gross is up against three others for best director: Kari Skogland for Fifty Dead Men Walking, Patricia Rozema for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and Michael McGowan for One Week.


Daltry kicks off solo tour in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — With the Who still deciding what’s next, frontman Roger Daltrey has decided to kick off his first solo tour in 25 years with a show in Vancouver.

Daltrey will begin his tour on Oct. 10 at the Commodore Ballroom.

He will also play Casino Rama near Toronto on Nov. 5.

Daltrey said in a release that he decided to perform under his own name because plans for a tour with the Who were still up in the air.

Daltrey hasn’t released an album of new material since 1992’s Rocks in the Head, but said his tour would see him play a mix of solo material, re-interpretations of Who songs, and covers.

He will be joined onstage by guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours.


Chefs steamed

TORONTO — Foodies and top chefs across Canada are fuming that an upcoming book about the world’s 100 most promising culinary talents includes Canucks.

Described as part cookbook, part restaurant-guide and part who’s who of the international food scene, Coco was compiled by 10 big-name culinary masters.

A letter campaign by 24 of Canada’s culinary A-listers, including Susur Lee and Jamie Kennedy, demanded the publisher look north and slot a Canuck into the book’s 100th space.

Toronto food writer Shaun Smith, who organized the protest, says U.K.-based publisher Phaidon told him those who made the book were chosen by the 10 superstar chefs and not the editorial team.

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