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Monday June 24, 2019

From artsfile.ca

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: On a musical journey with Donna Grantis
By: PETER ROBB

“Donna Grantis’s older brother had this acoustic guitar, you see, and one summer when she was about 13 she thought she’d pick it up and learn some chords.

‘I checked out the tab for Stairway to Heaven and there was no looking back.’

The rest is six-string history. Grantis would go on to become a stellar session musician and bandleader in Toronto and then to playing with Prince in the female trio 3rdeyegirl and in New Power Generation. She’s now out on her own and she will be at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival on Tuesday evening performing music from her new record Diamonds and Dynamite.

But it begins in Mississauga and Led Zeppelin 4.

She said, in an interview with ARTSFILE, that while she loved the early Zeppelin records No. 2 ‘was the most influential for me because of the songs. In any context, the soulful quality if Jimmy Page’s guitar shines through.’ “

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