Sunshine 89

Sunshine 89

Rick Lazaroff

Host of Cue the Blues

Tell us about yourself: I grew up in downtown Toronto. My father was a Jazz musician so I got to see a lot of bands and meet a lot of musicians. I started playing professionally in bands when I was 14 years old, achieving a bit of success in the 80’s, eventually performing at Maple Leaf Gardens and Massey Hall, two amazing venues for anyone who grew up in Toronto. I realized pretty early that my limited success was akin to reaching the first rung on an extremely tall ladder

I feel fortunate that I’m still in contact with many people I grew up with and band mates that I performed with so many years ago and very fortunate to have married a resplendent, gifted, and talented young woman. A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife. Lucky for me, it’s the first one of those. Oh yeah, one more thing. Animals like me

Born: Born and raised in Toronto.  I love big cities.

Real ambition: Ambition? Don’t get me started.

Last purchase: Adidas sport socks. They were seconds.

Favourite word/phrase/quote: "hasta la victoria siempre".

First Job: Bass Player in a rock band.

Before you were at The Beach: Lived in Toronto all my life. Still do. Just really far at the north end of Airport Rd.

Indulgence: Espresso or Turkish coffee.

What you love about being on the radio: I love turning people on to Jazz. Bringing someone to a Miles Davis concert used to be the easiest way to do that but now that Miles has passed away it’s a bit more difficult. Miles understood that music was entertainment and the audience wants more than just good players getting on stage and blowing their horns.

Pets: Oh yeah. One dog and one cat at the moment. I think the word is out on the street because all of the stray cats in my neighbourhood end up at my front door and I end up owning another cat.

If I could change the world: Can’t we all just get along?

Your perfect day: Any day in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. I love central Ontario but give me sunny skies and 30 degree temperatures and I’m a happy hombre.



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