Tonight at 9pm (Thursday, July 20th, 2017)
Ed Vokurka (violin), John Fletcher (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)
Violinist Ed Vokurka's music is a unique blend of European classicism and North American Swing. He possesses a lyricism rarely found in a jazz violinist. In his eclectic approach to jazz, Ed is uniquely providing a missing link between his original classical training and the jazz world, which he embraces so passionately!
Tomorrow Night at 10pm (Friday, July 21st, 2017)
Saturday Evening at 7pm (Saturday, July 22nd, 2017)
Django Futuro is a collective of professional musicians in Toronto, passionate about the exciting and intoxicating world of gypsy swing music and dancing. Made up of a diverse group of musicians, dancers and actors, Django Futuro strives to take you fully back in time, when the rhythm of the guitar was unceasing and the magic charm of the dance club was commonplace.
Sunday Evening at 6pm (Sunday, July 23rd, 2017)
Michael Davidson (vibraphone)
Michael Davidson is a Toronto-based vibraphonist in the improvised, jazz, and creative music scene.
He works with many of the active jazz and improvised music players in Toronto including: David Occhipinti, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Ryan Driver, Rob Clutton, David French, Harley Card, Andrew Downing, Alex Goodman, Jim Vivian, Darren Sigesmund, Ethan Ardelli, Fabio Ragnelli, Felicity Williams, Dan Fortin, Jon Maharaj, Allison Au, Rebecca Hennessy, David Braid, and Michael Herring.
Michael leads a chamber jazz septet with cello, voice, bass clarinet, vibraphone, alto sax, double bass, and drums, which is his main compositional outlet.
He also co-leads the chamber jazz quartet Hobson's Choice, who in the words of CBC's The Signal host Laurie Brown,
"...has made a unique contribution to the Canadian scene with their debut album (of the waves). Just when I think I have the sound pegged, they switch things up."
Michael approaches improvising with passion and stunning sensitivity, as well as Monk-like wit. He is an active composer in the realm of jazz, and his inventive compositions are featured in The Michael Davidson Septet, and Hobson's Choice.
He has been composing seriously since 2001 and has received funding from The TAC, The OAC, and The CCFTA for his original projects. Recently, Michael composed and recorded a film score for the BravoFact film, "She Sings for Me."
His compositions have received praise from esteemed Canadian jazz drummer/ composer Barry Elmes,
"Not only are his songs creative and well crafted, each one has a story to tell."
Michael is also a devoted educator through his work at Humber College in the jazz program.
You can hear Michael playing around Toronto with The Michael Davidson Septet, Hobson's Choice, Pocket Camera, Monk's Music, The Dan Fortin Quartet, Bedroom, df md df trio, Ben Gunning, and Ryan Driver. These ensembles represent the diversity of Michael's musical interests, spanning from contemporary jazz to chamber to improvised. Both his original material and his interpretation of standard repertoire are evocative and communicative with the intensity of someone who, while madly in love with the tradition, has something new to say.
Sunday Night at 8:30pm (Sunday, July 23rd, 2017)
Parc X Trio, Alex Lefaivre (bass), Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier (piano), Mackenzie Longpre (drums)
Parc X Trio
Parc X trio, winners of the TD Grand Prize for Jazz from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2010, are celebrating their fifth anniversary. For this special occasion, founding members Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier (piano and compositions) and Alex Lefaivre (double bass and compositions) have enlisted Alain Bourgeois (drums) for Parc X trio’s new project. This ambitious and large-scale project consists of two full albums as well as two short EPs that will be released throughout 2012 and 2013. Parc X trio have found their own unique voice in the contemporary jazz world with a sound heavily influenced by rock, urban beats and pop style melodies.
Next Week: Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 9pm
Luan Phung (guitar), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), James Hill (piano), Matt Chalmers (drums), Chris Rennie (saxophone)
Luan Phung (born 1991in London, England) is a Toronto based improviser, composer, and guitarist who works in a broad spectrum of experimental idioms. Though his improvisational and compositional approach is often described as "polymetric", "complex" and "modern" his conception is deeply rooted in the jazz and classical tradition. His distinct music reflects his reverence of jazz artists such as Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, and John Coltrane, as well as composers such as J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, and Pierre Boulez. His exploration of serial/dodecaphonic and spectral/overtone language within improvisational contexts, puts him on the vanguard of 'up and coming' young artists.
As a young classical guitarist, he garnered many musical accolades including four consecutive Royal Conservatory of Music silver medals for the highest practical examination mark in the province, four time first place gold medals at Performing Arts BC, a finalist for the renowned Kay Meek scholarship Competition, and a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition, among others. Luan was chosen to play in the TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive, led by the anchor of Chicago's jazz scene, renowned and innovative flautist Nicole Mitchel and winning the CanFor scholarship in conjunction with the Vancouver International Jazz festival, as well as being chosen to play in the Ottawa Youth Summit All-star Band, led by Canadian trumpet maverick Jim Lewis and winning the Galaxie Rising Star award for jazz performance. He was awarded the Ten Quinlan Guitar Award at Humber College. In addition, Luan was recently chosen to perform at TEDxToronto 2012 in collaboration with Toronto hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, whom he worked with on their latest album BBNG2.
Next Week: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 9pm
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)
Peter Boyd has been a songwriter for over thirty years. Drawing on gospel and blues from Chicago all the way back to the Delta and re-invented upside-down-and-backwards, Peter's songs are a sepia-tinged glimpse into his messy, not-fully-developed soul where faith has as much a chance as folly to send you careening into the abyss.
Peter's new CD 'Beulahland' is garnering great reviews, most recently a rave from Greg Quill in the Toronto Star - "stunning and powerful blues-rooted original songs and astonishing guitar wizardry. Among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).
Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."
Next Week: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 7pm
Kim Rosita (voice)
Kim Rosita is a Canadian singer and song writer with an eclectic mix of musical genres, including jazz, soul, reggae and gospel. Her first taste of music came at the tender age of seven years old. Her mother taught her how to sing and since then music remains a constant source of happiness and self-expression.
Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 7pm
Lieke van der Voort (voice), Mara Nesrallah (voice), James Bayford (saxophone/clarinet), Ben McCarroll-Butler (saxophone), Nick Marshall (trombone), Sean Clarey (guitar), Corey St. Pierre (bass), Julian Di Vito (drums)
Unexplained disappearances. Enchanted labrynthine forests. Mysterious cross-dimensional travellers. A man who can talk to cats. Soul-searching, love and loss - author Haruki Murikami's surreal and sublime novels have enthralled readers worldwide.
The Band Named Crow is a new group performing compositions inspired by the surreal worlds of Haruki Murakami. The concert will feature pieces based on Murikami`s novels Norwegian Wood, 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, After Dark, After the Quake and more.
A young musician on the Toronto scene, Ben has performed across Ontario and the Northern Unites States. Complimenting studies at Humber College for Contemporary Music, Ben has studied with some of the leading musicians of the Toronto scene from a variety of backgrounds including Pat LaBarbera, David Occhipinti, Waleed Abdulhamid, Hilario Duran, Dave Restivo and Michael Stuart. He is currently involved in a number of projects around the city and has most recently recorded with Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School on their self-titled EP. He is the bandleader and composer for the Wayward Voices Nonet, a 9-piece chamber jazz group. Stay tuned for Ben's Recital at Humber College on March 26th, 2015, featuring Ben`s original compositions for large and small ensembles.
On top of fluency on the saxophone, Ben has studied clarinet, bass clarinet and flute with some of the leading woodwind doublers in the industry.
Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 8:30pm
Joanna Majoko (voice)
Naturally gifted and highly trained, Joanna Majoko has been captivating audiences with her voice since she was 14. Born to German & Zimbabwean parents, Joanna grew up in a culturally diverse home - a home that moved from Germany to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and finally to Canada in 2001.
Growing up, she was exposed to a rich practice of music and dance, participating in everything from choirs, musicals, drum ensembles, to traditional Zimbabwean dance groups. At this point, she began to receive notice for her vocal abilities. After relocating to Central Canada, Joanna continued to involve herself in the Arts. A growing love of jazz brought her to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Jazz Studies - Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in the Spring of2014.
Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Joanna is versatile within many musical genres. She has worked with numerous accomplished Canadian and American recording artists including Otis Brown III, Ulysess Owens Jr., Michael Olatuja, Ron Paley, Ismaila Alfa, The Lytics, Curtis Nowosad, Steve Kirby & The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra, Quincy Davis, and Derrick Gardner and many more.
In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Joanna is also a passionate composer and arranger. She achieves a unified and unmistakable sound characteristic of smooth syncopations, airy melodies, colourful rhythms and a sophisticated harmonic palette. In August of 2015, Joanna participated in a 3-week artist residency as part of the "Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music" on full scholarship, with support from the Manitoba Arts Council. Her time in Banff, Alberta allowed her to work closely with jazz luminaries such as Vijay Iyer, Billy Hart, Somi, Becca Stevens and Mark Turner, exploring and expanding the influences, textures and sounds she attempts to present in her sound.
Joanna now calls Toronto home and continues to build a name for herself as a solo voice, performing both locally and internationally. Most recently, Joanna's vocal talents awarded her the opportunity to travel to New York City to take part in the 2017 New York Winter Jazz Festival, alongside critically acclaimed jazz artist/drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr. and his Songs of Freedom project. In the Fall of 2015, she was fortunate enough to travel abroad to France, touring and performing with Blue Note recording artist and New York-based drummer, Otis Brown III.
It is the union of her cultural distinction, pure tone, sweet lyricism and cunning compositional abilities that excite her audiences and help define her sound.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 9pm
Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)
Bossa Três has been performing Bossa Nova and Brazilian Samba classics, as well as a variety of Brazilian rarities and original material since 2001. Their repertoire draws from the greatest of the Brazilian composers and performers like Ary Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendoça, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso.
Bossa Três leader Victor Monsivais: vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; has been playing and singing Bossa Nova for over forty years, in particular the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim who, along with Thelonious Monk and Jimmy Van Heusen, is one of his favorite composers. The Trio consists of Victor, who sings Jobim's songs in their original Portuguese versions and plays the guitar with the true Bossa beat; bassist Frank Sants who plays a deep and mellow-toned bass, and drummer/percussionist Federico Monsivais who plays with a soft, classical feel, yet, with the attack and syncopation of authentic Latin rhythm.
The rarely heard hard-smooth Brazilian and Latin percussion of Bossa Três recreates the atmosphere of a quiet night in Copacabana... the mood of a Carnival in Bahia...a hot Tropicana session in La Habana, or the romance of a classical jazz evening. Bossa Três' performances bring life to the pieces they play, creating an aura of "alegría and saudade" which are the two basic ingredients of Brazilian music. Bossa Três often appears as a quartet or quintet featuring talented guest musicians, this evening, pianist Dan Farrell and Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute player Brendan Cassidy, both a perfect fit to Jobim's music and long time Victor's associates, will be joining the ensemble.
Many have said that listening to Bossa Três is like being transported to a warm evening in Rio De Janeiro in the fifties…
Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 10pm
Sam Dickinson Band
3 days ago (Monday, July 17th, 2017)
Sam Dickinson (guitar)
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Somewhere There presents: Phill Albert's Ornate Ornette
4 days ago (Sunday, July 16th, 2017)
Phill Albert (bass)
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Dan Fortin Trio
4 days ago (Sunday, July 16th, 2017)
Daniel Fortin (bass)
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7 days ago (Thursday, July 13th, 2017)
Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)
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Peter Boyd & The Mutant Mariachis
8 days ago (Wednesday, July 12th, 2017)
Peter Boyd (guitar/voice)
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Alex Lakusta Quintet
10 days ago (Monday, July 10th, 2017)
Alex Lakusta (bass), David Riddel (guitar), Andrew Miller (drums), David Baldry (trumpet), Patrick Smith (saxophone)
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Stefan Hegerat Quartet
11 days ago (Sunday, July 9th, 2017)
Stefan Hegerat (drums)
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14 days ago (Thursday, July 6th, 2017)
John-Wayne Swingtet, Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)
William Carn Quintet
17 days ago (Monday, July 3rd, 2017)
Andrew Downing (bass/cello), Tara Davidson (saxophone), William Carn (trombone), Michael Herring (bass), Ian Wright (drums)
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17 days ago (Monday, July 3rd, 2017)
Alexei Orechin (guitar), Matt Woroshyl (saxophone), Malcolm Connor (bass)
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21 days ago (Thursday, June 29th, 2017)
Strat Andriotis (guitar)
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Dan Rougeau Trio
24 days ago (Monday, June 26th, 2017)
Dan Rougeau (guitar), Hayden Farrar (bass), Ian Wright (drums)
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25 days ago (Sunday, June 25th, 2017)
Luan Phung (guitar), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Matt Chalmers (drums)
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29 days ago (Wednesday, June 21st, 2017)
Steve D'Angelo (guitar)
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Trevor Falls Collective
about 1 month ago (Monday, June 19th, 2017)
Trevor Falls (drums), Trevor Giancola (guitar), Jon Meyer (bass), D'Arcy Myronuk (keyboard/piano), William Sperandei (trumpet), David French (saxophone), Tom Richards (piano/trombone)
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Isis Giraldo & Friends
about 1 month ago (Sunday, June 18th, 2017)
Isis Giraldo (voice/piano)
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Lou Laurence (Montréal)
about 1 month ago (Friday, June 16th, 2017)
Lou Laurence (voice/guitar)
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