Feb.15: JV’s Boogaloo Squad @ Musiikki

Friday, February 15th
Musiikki Cafe
PWYC

Winnipeg native and Toronto keyboardist Joel Visentin  has  a passion for the sound of the Hammond B3 organ.  Originally a pianist the organ first grabbed him while he was studying music at Humber College.  He had the immense fortune to see the great Doug Riley in concert at the Humber auditorium and ever since he has been striving to stand on the shoulders of Doug and other soul/jazz giants like George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, and Jack Macduff.  In 2015 he joined up with guitarist Adam Beer Colacino and drummer Jeff Halischuk to form his group JV’s Boogaloo Squad.  The musical connection was electric and immediately all three recognized that they had stumbled on something greater than the sum of it’s parts.  They have since worked their way up the club circuit becoming a regular fixture at Toronto’s jazz and blues ground zero The Rex. This summer they were asked to perform at the Markham Jazz Festival where they had the great fortune of playing before living Jazz Organ Legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.  In the short time since their inception they have crafted a soulful sound that is simultaneously lost in the thrill of the moment and evoking a timeless musical nostalgia.  With an extensive repertoire of classics from the soul hits of Stax and Motown as well as their own original music no two concerts with JV’s Boogaloo Squad are alike.  This blend of the familiar and the unknown, the distant past and the pressing moment keeps music lovers coming back to see them again and again.

June.27: Gorilla Mask @ Mansion

Wednesday, June 27
8:30pm
The Mansion

Berlin-based punk-thrash-jazz trio, GORILLA MASK – first appearances in Canada since 2013!!!

Performances will be featuring music from the latest release on Clean Feed Records – “IRON LUNG” – as well as past two albums “Bite My Blues” (Clean Feed, 2014) and “HOWL!” (Between the Lines, 2012), plus some new music which they are currently preparing for a fourth recording sometime in the near future.

GORILLA MASK is:
Peter Van Huffel – Alto Saxophone
Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass
Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums

May 5: Homegrown Live 2018

Homegrown Live is this Saturday, May 5th! A great chance to see some local talent and support a fantastic charity (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) at the same time. The jazz venue this year is Sizzle (285 King St. E). Here’s the lineup:

12:30
1:30
2:30
3:30
4:30
5:30
6:30
7:30
8:30
9:30

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Mar.8: Experimental Music @ St Mark’s

Thursday, March 8
St Mark’s Lutheran Church
PWYC / Suggested $10 minimum / No one turned away!

Tone Deaf presents a wonderful duo and trio of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel, who will also play together as a quintet in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a longtime leading figure in Canada’s creative music community.

A celebrated international figure in American jazz and experimental music (“rugged and scintillating,” New York Times), Jason Robinson has teamed with acclaimed guitarist Eric Hofbauer (“a significant force in Boston’s improvised-music scene,” Stereophile) to perform and record a collection of sophisticated and virtuosic original music for guitar and tenor saxophone that Aldcroft and Robinson worked closely to develop through numerous performances over seven years throughout Canada and the U.S. “Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late,” a title drawn from an Aldcroft composition, is a celebration of Aldcroft’s music for saxophone and guitar and a culmination of the project the two began together.

Riding shotgun is Canadian trio, Mars People—which also draws its name from an Aldcroft composition. Trumpeter Emily Denison, acoustic guitarist Daniel Kruger, and drummer Joe Sorbara—all long-time Aldcroft friends and collaborators—will perform “Music By & For Ken Aldcroft” as an extension of an ongoing series in celebration of Ken’s life and music that takes place monthly at The TRANZAC, the de facto home for Toronto’s creative music scene for many years.

Of course, once five creative souls begin talking about spending time together, those souls can hardly resist imagining the possibilities inherent in making music as a quintet. We all look forward to hearing where that journey will take us as well.

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Sep.9: Gordon Webster and Friends @ Sydenham Street United

Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire)
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Dinner and concert: $40
Concert only: $20.

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. On Saturday, September 9th, he’ll be performing with musician friends at Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire), at a fund raising concert in support of the accessibility renovations that are taking place in the building.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., and is preceded by a roast beef dinner. Tickets for dinner and concert are $40 each; for the concert only the price is $20. Tickets are available from the office at 82 Sydenham Street, and from Brian’s Record Option.

Jun.29: Michael Blake and Red Hook Soul @ Wolfe Island Grill

Thusday, June 29
8pm
Wolfe Island Grill
$15 at door / $10 advance

  • MB (sax)
  • Tony Scherr (guitar)
  • Avi Bortnick (guitar)
  • Rob Jost (bass)
  • Moses Patrou (percussion)
  • Tony Mason (drums)

Red Hook sits on the southern end of Brooklyn. Just a short ride from Manhattan, it has a rich history and a gritty past having been a major player in the bustling days of NYC’s harbor. It was the centerpiece in Eli Kazan’s film On the Waterfront. There’s a funky sea fare vibe there and in some areas it’s still an active port. You’ll find rusted out ships sitting next to the water taxi stands that shunt shoppers to and from popular consumer warehouses There are loads of low-rise buildings so the light spreads over the flat lands and you can see the skyline of lower Manhattan and the harbor from many vantage points. Cut off from neighbors by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (one of the most devastating urban projects in NYC history) it is tied together by a strong community driven housing project and a random mash up of residential and industrial buildings that somehow all seem to get along. I used to jog down the long pier on Columbia Street where impounded vehicles are held and I’ll always remember stopping in my tracks one day because I came upon the emergency vehicles that were towed there after 9/11. Most people will remember seeing residents waste deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Sandy pummeled it in 2012. But New Yorkers find a way to rise above adversity and Red Hook is no different. From gentrification the landscape has changed a lot but ‘old’ Red Hook is still evident – especially at places like Sunny’s – a long-standing former speakeasy where this band played its first gig. There is a lot of community spirit in this music; built on the same kind of familiarity and roughneck Brooklyn character as the neighborhood it is a tribute to.

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