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Wellington Brewery presents: 41st Edition Euchre Night

Tonight at 7:30pm EST (Tuesday, December 10th, 2019)


Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Tomorrow at 6pm EST (Wednesday, December 11th, 2019)

Free


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Award-winning positive space comedy night. Toronto's best comics + sign up spots.


Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

Tomorrow Night at 9:30pm EST (Wednesday, December 11th, 2019)

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Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Gary Taylor (drums), Ed Roth (accordion), Tom Griffiths (bass)


Peter Boyd
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."


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Bossa Tres

Bossa Tres

Thursday Evening at 7pm EST (Thursday, December 12th, 2019)

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Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)


Bossa Tres
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…


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Dave Hjin Trio

Dave Hjin Trio

Thursday Night at 9:30pm EST (Thursday, December 12th, 2019)

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Dave Hjin (guitar)


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Harley Card

Harley Card

Friday Evening at 7pm EST (Friday, December 13th, 2019)

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Harley Card (guitar)


Harley Card
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson's Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God's Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson's Choice's recent Barnyard Records release; "Of The Waves", was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.


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Happy Birthday Tom 'D'

Friday Night at 9:30pm EST (Friday, December 13th, 2019)


Oscar Donald & Hiro Suzuki duo

Oscar Donald & Hiro Suzuki duo

Saturday Evening at 7pm EST (Saturday, December 14th, 2019)

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Oscar Donald (piano), Hiro Suzuki (guitar)


Oscar Donald
Having played piano on and off for about fifteen years, Oscar has now fallen back in love with music while attending in Toronto for the past two years. He's studied with great Toronto pianists such as Robi Botos, Brian Dickinson, Tania Gill and James Hill.

Oscar's greatest influences in jazz are Joey DeFrancesco, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. He also likes to listen to the progressive rock of Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, Genesis, and Led Zeppelin.


 

Dave Hjin Trio

Saturday Night at 9:30pm EST (Saturday, December 14th, 2019)

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Dave Hjin (guitar)


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Jocelyn Barth & Josh Smiley

Jocelyn Barth & Josh Smiley

Next Week: Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 6pm EST

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Jocelyn Barth (voice), Josh Smiley (piano)


Jocelyn Barth
Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada's most exciting new vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique, and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings. She is a regular member of the Jessica Stewart Few and Christine Duncan's Element Choir and has worked with singer/songwriters Emily Reid and Clela Errington (her mother), as well as Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq. In her own solo work, she remains rooted in the world of jazz and improvised music.


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Somewhere There Presents: Meghan Gilhespy with Ben Frost & Patrick O'Reilly

Somewhere There Presents: Meghan Gilhespy with Ben Frost & Patrick O'Reilly

Next Week: Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 8:30pm EST

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Meghan Gilhespy (voice), Ben Frost (trumpet), Patrick O'Reilly (guitar)


Meghan Gilhespy
25-year-old modern jazz vocalist Meghan Gilhespy is an innovative voice in the diverse Toronto jazz scene. Vive Le Tour showcases her exceptional vocal talents, ranging from soulful standards to avante-garde improvisation.

Patrick O'Reilly
The Toronto-born guitarist is currently pursuing his Masters of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. He can be seen performing regularly with his group, Wire Circus, as well as Tesseract, DoVira, Money House, and Morta.

Ben Frost
Ben Frost is a trumpet player and composer from Vancouver, British Columbia now based in Toronto. Ben has just completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto where he studied with Jim Lewis, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane and Andrew Downing. Frequently playing at established venues in both Vancouver and Toronto, Ben has also performed at major Canadian festivals including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Somewhere There
Somewhere There is a collective of Toronto-based musicians who present, support, and celebrate creative music-making.


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Thomas Steele Group

Thomas Steele Group

Next Week: Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Thomas Steele (saxophone)


Thomas Steele
Thomas Steele is an emerging musician and educator in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Thomas has had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many of North America's top faces in jazz, including Maria Schneider, Mike Murley, Gordon Foote, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Rich Brown and Collen Allen amongst others.

A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Thomas has had the fortuity to perform across Canada including Toronto, Ontario's Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Lula Lounge and Emmet Ray, as well as Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, QC. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly with his co-led quintet, his standards quartet, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman.


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Jim Lewis Presents

Jim Lewis Presents

Next Week: Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Jim Lewis (trumpet)


Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis is a freelance trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger and educator, and is currently a lecturer in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Paul Read Orchestra (Arc-en-ciel), Frank Lozano Group (Colour Fields), Christine Duncan's Element Choir (Live at Rosedale United, Element Choir & William Parker – At Christ Church Deer Park), Mark Segger Sextet (The Beginning), an improvising trio with Andrew Downing and Jean Martin (On a Short Path From Memory to Forgotten), as well as his newest project Juno nominated Bristles with Andrew Downing and David Occhipinti.


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Andrew's Birthday & BINGO NIGHT!

Next Tuesday at 8pm EST (Tuesday, December 17th, 2019)


Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Next Week: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 6pm EST

Free


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Award-winning positive space comedy night. Toronto's best comics + sign up spots.


Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

Next Week: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)


Peter Boyd
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
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."


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Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin

Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin

Next Week: Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Ed Vokurka (violin), John Fletcher (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)


Ed Vokurka
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!


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Andrew Marzotto Trio

Andrew Marzotto Trio

Next Week: Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Andrew Marzotto (guitar)


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Julian Straatsma Quartet

Next Week: Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Julian Straatsma (drums)


 

Henry Murry

Next Week: Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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CLOSED – Private Function

Next Week: Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 6pm EST


Monk's Music w/ Daniel Easty

Monk's Music w/ Daniel Easty

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 6pm EST

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Daniel Easty (saxophone)


Four 30

Four 30

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 8:30pm EST

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Steven Cole (guitar)


Steven Cole
Steven Cole grew up in New York City and started learning music playing the violin in grade school, continuing on orchestral bass at the High School of Music and Art. He taught himself guitar and progressed through a variety of styles during that time.

After attending Ithaca College he traveled around the U.S., England and France performing on guitar and relocated to Montreal in 1976 where he joined The Bug Alley Band featuring singer Karen Young. The group toured and performed in Canada, recorded for CBC Radio went on to record an album with bassist and producer Gene Perla.

Steven moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980. This brought him together with musicians such as jazz pianist Mark Levine, bassist Robb Fisher, and drummer Vince Lateano. He also performed in the 1981 Monterey Jazz Festival and played a stint with Chet Baker during that time.

Steven moved back to New York in 1984 to continue music courses at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College where he completed his BA and a Masters in music. Steven currently lives in Toronto and leads his own quartet Steven Cole group. He has performed with many of Toronto's fine jazz artists and bands, among them Bruce Cassidy's Hotfoot Orchestra, Toronto Art Orchestra, John Cheeseman's Jazz Orchestra, Kingsley Ettienne organ trio, Brownman, Wintergarten Orchestra, Rick Morrison's Carnival of Souls among others.


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Angela Morris and Friends

Angela Morris and Friends

Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Angela Morris (saxophone)


Angela Morris
From jazz to orchestral music, saxophonist-composer Angela Morris’ versatility has lead to a vibrant musical career encompassing diverse genres. Based in NYC, the Toronto native has performed in clubs, festivals, and concert halls across Canada, in the United States and in Europe. Incorporating lyrical melodies and tangled grooves evocative of the jazz tradition, her compositions have been performed by large and chamber jazz ensembles. The Angela Morris Quintet, active since 2008, features the dynamic interplay of some of Canada’s finest young jazz musicians (Jon Challoner, Don Scott, Dan Fortin and Ethan Ardelli). In New York, Angela is involved in several collaborative projects, including Common Wealth, a sextet she co-leads with saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Angela is currently studying composition with modern bigband wizard Darcy James Argue at CUNY where she was awarded the Marvin Hamlisch Award for Composition. She has spent several blissful springtimes on scholarship at the Banff Centre workshop in Jazz and Creative Music where she has worked with world-renowned artists including Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Myra Melford, and Mary Halvorson. In the studio, Angela has contributed violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and vocal performances to several indie film scores and rock records. Angela is a faculty member at National Music Camp of Canada since 2011.


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Quinsin Nachoff (NYC)

Quinsin Nachoff (NYC)

Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Quinsin Nachoff (saxophone)


Quinsin Nachoff
Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin "Nachoff… is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts" (Globe&Mail). His latest CD of original music, Magic Numbers, released in 2006 on the Songlines label, integrates a string quartet with a jazz trio. Heralded as "…one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years" (AllAboutJazz.com), it features New York drummer Jim Black and bassist Mark Helias. His upcoming release of original compositions will feature the talents of British pianist John Taylor and Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger.

Nachoff toured and organized a six week tour through Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs in 2004. He has also toured the Canadian jazz festival circuit to promote his debut CD, Quiescence.

He has studied with Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely, Frank Falco, Alex Dean, and Mike Murley among others. He was a winner of the 2004 KM Hunter Award in Music, semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition, a winner in the Canada Council Jazz I.D. Showcase and has been nominated for 4 National Jazz Awards.

As a sideman he has performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Dave Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thomson among others. He performs regularly with Tim Posgate's Hornband, Darren Sigesmund's Strands Quintet, Michael Herrings' Vertigo, Dave McMurdo's Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bates' Outside Sources, JUNO winner Hilario Duran's Big Band and David Buchbinder's Odessa-Havana project; these have taken him across Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, South Korea, Japan and China.

He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.


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YES we are OPEN

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 at 5pm EST


 

Sorry CLOSED

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 at 5pm EST


 

Sorry CLOSED

Thursday, December 26th, 2019 at 5pm EST


Alex Tomowich Group

Alex Tomowich Group

Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Alex Tomowich (piano)


Alex Tomowich
Alex Tomowich is a passionate, up-and-coming jazz pianist who's been playing piano since 2004. He graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College as an honorary student where he studied Jazz piano from some of the best musicians in Canada, such as Adrean Farrugia, Robert Fekete, Pat Collins, Darcy Hepner, Bob Shields, and Kevin Dempsey. After Mohawk, Alex went on to study music at Humber College where he played with the top ensembles and had the privilege of studying with Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, Mike Downes, and Robi Botos.


 

Nathan Barrett

Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Nathan Barrett (trumpet)


Robert Lee Group

Robert Lee Group

Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Rob Lee (bass)


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Blues & Troubles

Blues & Troubles

Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Blues & Troubles


Blues & Troubles
Blues & Troubles is a young Toronto based band that plays traditional style blues, R+B, and old-school country. The leaders of the band are Kendra Kwiatkowski and Oscar Tang, and the rest of the band can be a great revolving door of musicians that are on the blues scene in the city. Influenced by songs and artists from the 50's and earlier, B&T likes to re-imagine old favourites by the kings of the blues from a woman's perspective, and to hunt out gems by the first blues queens that are largely unknown today. Always trying to channel Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton, this band is hoping to get rid of auto tune in your music and bring back that true blues feeling. Rawness and emotion are a big part of music, and currently the big goal within the band is to become better and braver improvisors on stage, since so many of the blues greats would easily create for their audiences live and on the fly. That is how you get that special moment in a song where your hair stands on end! It can be a scary prospect, but to stay true to the real blues sound you have to mix up who is playing, don't play just a part, converse musically with your band mates, record it live, and even if you aren't certain, go for the extra feeling on that high note! That is what real music, and particularly the blues, is all about.


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Joel Bracken

Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 6pm EST

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Joel Bracken (saxophone), Dean Veneruz (vibraphone), Nate Ward (drums), Iggy Jarzabek (bass)


Lucas Dann Band

Lucas Dann Band

Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 8:30pm EST

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Lucas Dann (piano)



Jonathan Chapman & Andrew McAnsh

Jonathan Chapman & Andrew McAnsh

Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 7pm EST

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Jon Chapman (bass), Andrew McAnsh (trumpet)


Jon Chapman
Award-winning bassist, Jonathan Chapman, stands strong as a multidimensional artist. Functioning as a bassist, composer, and bandleader, Jonathan aims to deliver coherent music that challenges any listener to rewarding depths.

Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Jonathan has become a welcomed asset to the music scene. He has performed with an extensive list of artists including; Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Billy Childs, Jerry Bergonzi, Vijay Iyer, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Robin Eubanks, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Joe Sullivan, Kevin Dean, Andre White and Mike Murley, among many others. Jonathan graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2012-2016) where he studied on a full-tuition scholarship. Recently, he earned a M.Mus from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University (Class of 2018).


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Chris Gale/Chris Banks/Chris Wallace

Chris Gale/Chris Banks/Chris Wallace

Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 9:30pm EST

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Chris Gale (saxophone), Chris Banks (bass), Chris Wallace (drums)


Chris Gale
Chris Gale is a nationally recognized saxophonist, composer, producer and educator whose driving style and rich tone can be heard on over one hundred and fifty recordings. As as leader and a sideman, Gale has performed around the globe in theatres, clubs and at festivals, impressing crowds with his lyrical sensibility and soulful approach.

Chris first picked up the alto saxophone at the age of 11, and by his mid-teens was playing with ska and blues bands in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. It was during these formative years that Chris became drawn to, and inspired by, jazz artists like Lester Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.

Gale continued to study jazz performance at Mohawk College, McGill University and the University of Toronto where he learned from, and apprenticed with, some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. It was at this point when Chris shifted to specializing on the tenor and baritone saxophones.

Since completing his studies, Gale has defined a career for himself as an in-demand recording artist and freelance performer. Highlights include recording, touring or sharing the stage with Randy Brecker, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Colin James, Rob McConnell, Brandi Disterheft, Richard Underhill, Michael Kaeshammer, The Shuffle Demons and Jeff Healy. In addition, Chris has also opened for Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and The Rolling Stones.

Though he has performed from Haifa to Honolulu, Chris is based in Toronto and is a member of three unique jazz collectives with which he composes, performs and collaborates. Buckaloose is an energetic Hammond B-3 quartet; The Worst Pop Band Ever is an experimental jazz group featuring turntablist LEO37; and Muhledy is an international jazz group with members hailing from Toronto, Chicago and New York.

As a solo artist, Chris Gale has one release to his credit titled "Strays Stays"(GD Productions – Toronto – 2001). "There's a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here", writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman, and the title track is "beautifully done, with lush tenor work".

Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace is a drummer and composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. Since the end of 2002 he has been living in Edinburgh, Scotland and has become a central figure in the Scottish jazz community.
Best known for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012) and Breach, Chris has also released his own quartet album “Looking Glass” under the band name Loose Grip.
His newest project is the Chris Wallace Quintet. The group has just recorded 9 of Chris’s new tunes and the album “Identity” will be released officially in 2014.
Chris has worked in a wide variety of settings over the years. In the 1990′s he moved to Atlanta, GA, USA to work with underground American prog rock band Timothy Pure. The band released 2 acclaimed albums and toured Western Europe 3 times sharing stages with Uriah Heep, Asia, Saga and members of King Crimson among others.
During this period Chris was also a member of the Canadian indie pop group Blinki, one of Canada’s hardest touring bands of the year 2000, playing over 200 shows on a 7 month coast to coast Canadian tour.
In December of 2002 Chris left Vancouver to live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arriving he began gigging on the local scene immediately. He toured to Spain and Denmark with Scottish celtic rock legends Wolfstone, and became a member of jazz/hip hop crossover group Live Sciences, recording the album “Bohemian Raps”.
Becoming more active on the jazz scene, he began performing with many of the nation’s top players such as Graeme Stephen, Paul Harrison, Phil Bancroft, Steve Hamilton, Kevin Mackenzie, Mario Caribe and many others. As a sideman he performed with international artists such as Jamie Oehlers, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Damon Brown, Ulf Wakenius and Anders Bergkrantz.


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Open for New Years Eve

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 5pm EST


 

Sorry CLOSED

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at 5pm EST


John-Wayne Swingtet

John-Wayne Swingtet

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 7pm EST

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John-Wayne Swingtet, Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)


John-Wayne Swingtet
The John-Wayne Swingtet is comprised of four members of the Toronto Gypsy Jazz scene. John Farrell (guitar) and Abbey Sholzberg are original members of Toronto's first Hot Club band, Club Django Toronto. Wayne Nakamura (guitar) is the host of Toronto's most established Gypsy Jazz jam, The Hot Club of Corktown. Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet) has received his designation as "Master of the Clarinet" back in his native Russia. Together these four play the music of Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Hank Williams, and the list goes on...


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Opera Revue with Danie Friesen

Opera Revue with Danie Friesen

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

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Danie Friesen (voice), Colin Frotten (piano)


No better way to spend your evening than with a beer and some opera, art song and more. We promise you won't get shh'd here!

Danie Friesen
Actor/Singer Danie Friesen's experience on the performance stage ranges from Shakespeare to Mozart to Woody Allen. A graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Friesen works as an actor and producer for Art & Lies Productions, an independent theatre company she co-founded in 2010. Selected credits include: No Exit (Theatre Passe Muraille), In Adagio (Winnipeg Art Gallery), Killing Game (Annex Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Buddies in Bad Times), Smile (Bathurst Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Young People's Theatre), Strike! (Theatre in the Park), The Mikado and The Gondoliers (Pantages Playhouse). Friesen will appear in Cavalli's La Calisto in Sulmona, Italy this summer as a part of COSI's Opera Ensemble.

Merging her experience in theatre with her artistry as a soprano, Friesen endeavours to interpret art songs and arias through the eyes of an actor, presenting poetry and music through fully formed, poignant characters.

Opera Revue
Breaking past theatre curtains, Opera Revue will sing you to worlds closer than you think! So get yourself a beer and kick back for a night of music!


John Russon

John Russon

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 7pm EST

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John Russon (guitar)


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Possible Tunes

Possible Tunes

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

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Chris Banks (bass), Ian Sinclair (keyboard), Jesse Baird (keyboard)


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Tara Davidson & Thomas Steele

Tara Davidson & Thomas Steele

Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 7pm EST

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Tara Davidson (saxophone), Thomas Steele (saxophone)


Tara Davidson
Toronto-born alto and soprano saxophonist Tara Davidson has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City's Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C.

Davidson has produced three recordings as a leader since 2003 and performed on over twenty recordings as a side person. Davidson's sophomore CD, Code Breaking, was released in the fall of 2006 and featured JUNO award winners, Mike Murley (tenor saxophone) and David Braid (piano). The 2007 JUNO Awards nominated Code Breaking for "Traditional Jazz Album of the Year". In early 2011 Davidson released her third solo disc, View, which showcased her evolution as a composer and improviser.

At the beginning of 2011 Davidson started the Carn Davidson 9 which is a collaborative project between herself and fellow JUNO Award nominated artist, trombonist William Carn. This project is an opportunity for both artists to "re-imagine" their compositions for this nine-piece, chamber jazz instrumentation, shining new perspective on their existing repertoire. The Carn Davidson 9 released their debut recording, Nine, on Toronto's Addo Records in 2012 and it received 3.5 stars from DOWNBEAT magazine.

The European Broadcasting Union singled Davidson out in April 2008 to represent Canada as the lead alto/soprano saxophonist in the European Jazz Orchestra's 3-week 2008 European tour. The group spent three weeks traveling across Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands performing the music of saxophonist Niels Klein. Over the course of the three-week tour, the band recorded several times for the legendary WDR and an official recording was released in mid-2009.

Davidson's most significant musical influence has been saxophonist Mike Murley with whom she studied for five years. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program where she studied with other prominent Canadian musicians such as Phil Nimmons, Paul Read, Alex Dean, and Kirk MacDonald.

Thomas Steele
Thomas Steele is an emerging musician and educator in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Thomas has had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many of North America's top faces in jazz, including Maria Schneider, Mike Murley, Gordon Foote, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Rich Brown and Collen Allen amongst others.

A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Thomas has had the fortuity to perform across Canada including Toronto, Ontario's Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Lula Lounge and Emmet Ray, as well as Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, QC. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly with his co-led quintet, his standards quartet, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman.


More About Tara Davidson

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Wired with Nathan Cole

Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

PWYC

Nathan Cole (voice)


 

Wellington Brewery presents: 42nd Edition Euchre Night

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 7:30pm EST


Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 6pm EST

Free


Size Up
Award-winning positive space comedy night. Toronto's best comics + sign up spots.


Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

PWYC

Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Gary Taylor (drums), Ed Roth (accordion), Tom Griffiths (bass)


Peter Boyd
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."


More About Peter Boyd


Bossa Tres

Bossa Tres

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 7pm EST

PWYC

Bossa Tres, Victor Monsiváis (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass)


Bossa Tres
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…


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TBA

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

PWYC


Harley Card

Harley Card

Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 7pm EST

PWYC

Harley Card (guitar)


Harley Card
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto for the past decade, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, William Carn, Michael Herring, Sarah Jerrom, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, David Virelles, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Ian Sinclair, Kurt Neilson, Matt Newton, Dan Fortin, Ernesto Cervini, Ben Dietschi, Jesse Malone, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Scott Kemp among others.

Harley is a member/composer for the Toronto groups; Hobson's Choice, The Harley Card Trio, The Harley Card Quintet, God's Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson's Choice's recent Barnyard Records release; "Of The Waves", was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.


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Root Down Trio

Root Down Trio

Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

PWYC

Root Down Trio


Root Down Trio
Root Down Trio brings three fine veteran, soulful musicians and vocalists together for a unique sound reminiscent of the era when pop and rock grooves were injected with the swing of roots music. All three players are featured on vocal numbers and classic instrumentals with influences ranging from all the great decades of music. Watch them as they lay the root and groove down.


Thomas Steele Tentet

Thomas Steele Tentet

Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 7pm EST

PWYC

Thomas Steele (saxophone)


Thomas Steele
Thomas Steele is an emerging musician and educator in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Thomas has had the opportunity to learn alongside and work with many of North America's top faces in jazz, including Maria Schneider, Mike Murley, Gordon Foote, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Rich Brown and Collen Allen amongst others.

A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Thomas has had the fortuity to perform across Canada including Toronto, Ontario's Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Lula Lounge and Emmet Ray, as well as Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, QC. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly with his co-led quintet, his standards quartet, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman.


More About Thomas Steele


Virginia MacDonald Qunintet

Virginia MacDonald Qunintet

Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 9:30pm EST

PWYC

Virginia Frigault-MacDonald (clarinet)


More About Virginia Frigault-MacDonald

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Dec 8 Aidan Funston Quartet Aidan Funston Quartet Woodshed Orchestra Woodshed Orchestra 9 Michael Arnowitt Michael Arnowitt Emily Steinwall Quartet Emily Steinwall Quartet 10 Wellington Brewery presents: 41st Edition Euchre Night 11 Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual 12 Bossa Tres Bossa Tres Dave Hjin Trio Dave Hjin Trio 13 Harley Card Harley Card Happy Birthday Tom 'D' 14 Oscar Donald & Hiro Suzuki duo Oscar Donald & Hiro Suzuki duo Dave Hjin Trio
Dec 15 Jocelyn Barth & Josh Smiley Jocelyn Barth & Josh Smiley Somewhere There Presents: Meghan Gilhespy with Ben Frost & Patrick O'Reilly Somewhere There Presents: Meghan Gilhespy with Ben Frost & Patrick O'Reilly 16 Thomas Steele Group Thomas Steele Group Jim Lewis Presents Jim Lewis Presents 17 Andrew's Birthday & BINGO NIGHT! 18 Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin 19 Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin Andrew Marzotto Trio Andrew Marzotto Trio 20 Julian Straatsma Quartet Henry Murry 21 CLOSED – Private Function
Dec 22 Monk's Music w/ Daniel Easty Monk's Music w/ Daniel Easty Four 30 Four 30 23 Angela Morris and Friends Angela Morris and Friends Quinsin Nachoff (NYC) Quinsin Nachoff (NYC) 24 YES we are OPEN 25 Sorry CLOSED 26 Sorry CLOSED 27 Alex Tomowich Group Alex Tomowich Group Nathan Barrett 28 Robert Lee Group Robert Lee Group Blues & Troubles Blues & Troubles
Dec 29 Joel Bracken Lucas Dann Band Lucas Dann Band 30 Jonathan Chapman & Andrew McAnsh Jonathan Chapman & Andrew McAnsh Chris Gale/Chris Banks/Chris Wallace Chris Gale/Chris Banks/Chris Wallace 31 Open for New Years Eve Jan 1 Sorry CLOSED 2 John-Wayne Swingtet John-Wayne Swingtet Opera Revue with Danie Friesen Opera Revue with Danie Friesen 3 John Russon John Russon Possible Tunes Possible Tunes 4 Tara Davidson & Thomas Steele Tara Davidson & Thomas Steele Wired with Nathan Cole
Jan 5 6 7 Wellington Brewery presents: 42nd Edition Euchre Night 8 Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual Peter Boyd: Cruel & Unusual 9 Bossa Tres Bossa Tres TBA 10 Harley Card Harley Card Root Down Trio Root Down Trio 11 Thomas Steele Tentet Thomas Steele Tentet Virginia MacDonald Qunintet Virginia MacDonald Qunintet
Emily Steinwall Quartet

Emily Steinwall Quartet

about 22 hours ago (Monday, December 9th, 2019)

Emily Steinwall (saxophone), Virginia Frigault-MacDonald (clarinet), Jon Chapman (bass), Norbert Botos (drums)

Links: More About Emily Steinwall


Michael Arnowitt

Michael Arnowitt

1 day ago (Monday, December 9th, 2019)

Michael Arnowitt (piano), George Koller (bass)

Links: More About Michael Arnowitt


Woodshed Orchestra

Woodshed Orchestra

2 days ago (Sunday, December 8th, 2019)

The Woodshed Orchestra, Dave Clark (drums)

Links: Facebook Event, More About The Woodshed Orchestra


Aidan Funston Quartet

Aidan Funston Quartet

2 days ago (Sunday, December 8th, 2019)

Aidan Funston (guitar), Augustine Yates (piano), Dillon Colter (drums)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Aidan Funston


Miric/Steele Quintet

Miric/Steele Quintet

3 days ago (Saturday, December 7th, 2019)

Thomas Steele (saxophone), Lazar Miric (saxophone)

Links: More About Thomas Steele


Possible Tunes

Possible Tunes

4 days ago (Friday, December 6th, 2019)

Chris Banks (bass), Ian Sinclair (keyboard), Jesse Baird (keyboard)

Links: More About Chris Banks


John Russon

John Russon

4 days ago (Friday, December 6th, 2019)

John Russon (guitar)

Links: More About John Russon


Emma Cava

Emma Cava

5 days ago (Thursday, December 5th, 2019)

Emma Cava (voice), Liam Stanley (guitar), Nick Arseneau (bass)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Emma Cava


John-Wayne Swingtet

John-Wayne Swingtet

5 days ago (Thursday, December 5th, 2019)

John-Wayne Swingtet, Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell (guitar)

Links: Facebook Event, More About John-Wayne Swingtet


Opera Revue with Danie Friesen

Opera Revue with Danie Friesen

6 days ago (Wednesday, December 4th, 2019)

Danie Friesen (voice), Colin Frotten (piano)

Links: Facebook Event


Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

Size Up: Positive Space Comedy Night

6 days ago (Wednesday, December 4th, 2019)


10 Year Anniversary Party Time

10 Year Anniversary Party Time

7 days ago (Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019)

Andrew Sharp (voice/guitar), Daniel Fortin (bass), Kevin Butler (guitar/voice), Don't Worry Darlin


Matt Newton Group

Matt Newton Group

8 days ago (Monday, December 2nd, 2019)

Matt Newton (piano)

Links: More About Matt Newton


David Riddel Quartet

David Riddel Quartet

8 days ago (Monday, December 2nd, 2019)

David Riddel (guitar), John Nicholson (saxophone), Devin Patten (bass), Andrew Scott (drums)


Patten/Swankey/Riddel/Donovan w/ Belinda Corpuz

Patten/Swankey/Riddel/Donovan w/ Belinda Corpuz

9 days ago (Sunday, December 1st, 2019)

Devin Patten (bass), Laura Swankey (voice), David Riddel (guitar), Nicholas Donovan (drums), Belinda Corpuz (voice)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Devin Patten


Lo/Harrell/Slous

Lo/Harrell/Slous

9 days ago (Sunday, December 1st, 2019)

Jennifer Lo (piano), Leighton Harrell (bass), Jacob Slous (percussion/drums)

Links: Facebook Event


Sean Stanley Quartet & Miss Dior

Sean Stanley Quartet & Miss Dior

11 days ago (Friday, November 29th, 2019)

Sean Stanley (piano)

Links: More About Sean Stanley


The Knack Duo

The Knack Duo

11 days ago (Friday, November 29th, 2019)

Ashley Kurkjian (saxophone), Nathan Corr (guitar)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Nathan Corr


Clayton White's Jazz Funk Quintet

Clayton White's Jazz Funk Quintet

12 days ago (Thursday, November 28th, 2019)

Clayton White (piano), Adrian Campbell (saxophone), Kennedy Liu (guitar), Christopher Parnis (bass), Sam Flegal (drums)


Decklan Funston/Griffin Hodge Quartet

Decklan Funston/Griffin Hodge Quartet

12 days ago (Thursday, November 28th, 2019)

Decklan Funston (saxophone), Griffin Hodge (saxophone), Christopher Parnis (bass), Curtis Hamm (drums)

Links: Facebook Event


Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

13 days ago (Wednesday, November 27th, 2019)

Peter Boyd (guitar/voice), Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice)

Links: More About Peter Boyd, More About Noah Zacharin


Trevor Giancola

Trevor Giancola

15 days ago (Monday, November 25th, 2019)

Trevor Giancola (guitar)

Links: More About Trevor Giancola


Double Duets: Jenna Marie & Jay Yoo / Konstangeline

Double Duets: Jenna Marie & Jay Yoo / Konstangeline

15 days ago (Monday, November 25th, 2019)

Jenna Marie (voice), Jay Yoo (guitar)

Konstangeline


Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron

16 days ago (Sunday, November 24th, 2019)

Tetrahedron, Luis Deniz (saxophone), Rich Brown (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums)

Links: Facebook Event, More About Ernesto Cervini, More About Luis Deniz, More About Rich Brown


Dhaivat Jani Quintet

Dhaivat Jani Quintet

18 days ago (Friday, November 22nd, 2019)

Dhaivat Jani (drums), Decklan Funston (saxophone), Oscar Donald (piano), Christopher Parnis (bass), Oliver Lovekin (guitar)

Links: Facebook Event


Dick Oatts Tribute

Dick Oatts Tribute

19 days ago (Thursday, November 21st, 2019)

Tymish Koznarsky (saxophone), James Griffith (saxophone), Mateo Mancuso (drums), Thomas Hainbuch (bass), Felix Fox-pappas (keyboard)

Links: Facebook Event