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Volume 15 Issue 7 - April 2010

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Ori’s StoriesKeys, please!ORI DAGANKey into your browser and you’llbe in youtube heaven. By clicking backspace twice andadding an “eh” to produce, you’llbe linked to one of Canada’s most treasured jazz pianists,Mark Eisenman. The New York native has beenToronto-based since 1972, and has previously workedwith Lew Tabackin, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnelland Pat LaBarbera. A top-notch vocal accompanist and long timejazz educator at York University, he’soften found “in any situation wheretaste, feel, and a jazz sensibility areimportant.”The cruelest month finds Eisenmanfairly busy: on April 9 he accompaniesvocalist Arlene Smith atthe Old Mill; on the 11th he’s partof a tribute to Louis Armstrong atChrist Church Deer Park; on the15th he plays solo piano at the PalaisRoyal Ballroom for the Houselinkcharity Auction; on the 17th histrio headlines the Piano Masters Seriesat The Old Mill; on the 24th histrio plays Roy Thomson Hall as partof the “Spirit of Toronto WhiskeyMark Eisenman.Show”; and on the 25th his trio is back at Christ Church Deer Park.See our concert listings and jazz club listings for more details.Being busy is good for the uncompromising Eisenman, a pianisticpurist who won’t settle for electronic keyboards. His passion forthe acoustic pervades Pianos are Orphans, a spirited rant he wroteand sent to us about “the problem with pianos.” At the root of theproblem, he says, is having to hire “highly trained crafts-peopleto even tune the instrument.” He also details the neglect the instrumentsuffers: “Drinks have been spilled on it, it has been sittingnear a heat source, without climate control … it has been treatedlike a piece of furniture, not a highly complex musical instrument.No one is responsible to it, and for it. The only people who canspeak to its condition have a great incentive to keep their respectivemouths shut. After all, managers don’t want to hear about somethingthat will just cost them money, especially when they can’thear the difference.” (You can read Eisenman’s entire text online following excerpt from Pianos are Orphans has hauntedme for weeks now: “You can see the problem. A piano in a publicvenue is an orphan. It’s not just an orphan. It’s a poor, neglected,abused, fetal alcohol syndrome, crack baby that grows into one patheticold beast that can break your heart.”Is Eisenman overdramatizing just a little? The sad truth is, notmuch. To echo Jim Galloway, Toronto today is not what it used tobe, and this is certainly true in terms of piano rooms. It is sad tonote that in the entire WholeNote jazz club directory which has nowsurpassed 60 locations in Toronto where you can regularly find livejazz, it’s hard to come up with a dozen of them that offer an acousticpiano that’s even remotely in tune.Here then are ten recommended live music venues where youcan find jazz played on an acoustic piano, accompanied by Aprilhighlights:Lula Lounge: Artist, musician, actor, and spectacular poet DonFrancks ( will wow with pianist Steve Hunteron Thursday April 15 starting at 8:00 pm. Priceless Francks willbe followed by Word Jazz: original poetry set to music, performedby Dale Percy, Chris Hercules and Jaymz Bee. general, forstudents.Hugh’s Room:Legendary Danish harmonicaplayer andmanufacturer Lee Oskar( showcased with theDavid Rotundo Bandon Wednesday, April 21starting at 8:30pm. Oskaris heralded as oneof the world’s greatestrock-blues-soul harmonicaplayers. This showwill likely sell out at in advance, atthe door.The Old Mill:“Mays at the Movies”Stacey McGregor plays at N’Awlins onTuesdays.starring legendary New York pianist Bill Mays ( bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Terry Clarke, as part of thenew Thursday Night Jazz Club series at The Old Mill. April 22 at7:30pm, Cover, no minimum.Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro: Shannon Gunn Quartet onSaturday, April 10, 6:00-9:00pm, featuring Brian Dickinson (piano),Neil Swainson (bass), Ethan Ardelli (drums), with the leader onvoice. Originally from the West Coast, Gunn is a highly sought-aftereducator who understands and feels jazz in a profoundly deep manner. Cover.Axis Gallery & Grill: Located in the Junction, this art hub iswhere you can find Juno-winning Blues singer/pianist Julian Fauth( with bassist James Thompson every Saturdayand Sunday from 12:00-3:00pm. The piano’s far from faultless, butFauth’s magic touch is formidable.N’Awlins: Live jazz nightly in this cozy, elegant King West spotwhere magnificent Stacey McGregor ( solo piano every Tuesday from 7:00-11:00pm.The Rex Hotel, Jazz & Blues Bar: The Richard Whiteman Trio( plays every Wednesdaythis month, 6:30pm. Whiteman is a great player who always soloswith gusto. He’s also one of the charming Hogtown Syncopators wholighten up the Rex every Friday from 4:00-6:00pm. Pay what youcan, generous people!The Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge: Fridays at the PantagesHotel find the always impressive Robert Scott ( with positively outrageous Great Bob Scott ( Now that’s entertainment!Gate 403: Dazzling songstress Gillian Margot ( the goods at the Gate on Sunday April 11 at9:00pm with Stu Harrison on piano and Jordan O’Connor on bass.Ellington’s Music & Café: Good mornings with Ben D’Cunha( playing piano and singing at this artsy St.Clair West hang, weekdays from 9:00-10:00am. Yup, you read right.Have I left out a grand piano room? Send me a note by and I’ll do my best to mention it next time.Finally, still speaking of pianos, don’t miss out on what Jane Bunnettcalls her “most important and exciting concert in 20 years” whenArt of Jazz presents a very special event at Koerner Hall, April 17at 8:00pm. Flutist and soprano saxophonist Bunnett will be joinedby three generations of Cuban Piano Masters: Hilario Duran, ElioVillafranca and 83-years-young Guillermo Rubalcaba. Tickets rangefrom -50 and are available at For what promisesto be a harmonious evening you can rest assured that thosepianos will be in tune!Oops, We Goofed!In last month’s Ori’s Stories we published a photo of Alex Tait, underthe caption of Alex Pangman. The WholeNote regrets the error.This month, Pangman is at the Reservoir Lounge on April 6; see Taitat the Tranzac on April 28 with the Circles Quartet.PHOTO ORI DAGAN46 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMApril 1 - May 7, 2010

NO COVER; Every Sun Jeremy Rouse Trio(Jazz/Roots) 6-9pm; Every Mon SmokeyFolk (Bluegrass/Rockabilly) 9:30pmChalkers Pub Billiards & Bistro247 Marlee Avenue, 416-789-2531www.chalkerspub.comThird Mon every month The Sisters ofSheynville; Every Wed Girls Night OutVocalist-Friendly Jazz Jam 8:30-12 withhost Lisa Particelli (vocals/flute) Peter Hill(p) Ross MacIntyre (b) Norman MarshallVilleneuve (d) No Cover; Every Sat DinnerJazz 6-9pm: Apr 3 Dave Young Quartet. Apr10 Shannon Gunn. Apr 17 Fern Lindzon. Apr24 Don Thompson Quintet.Chick N’ Deli4 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-489-3363www.chickndeli.comEvery Mon Big Band Night; Every Tue JamNight.; Every Sat Climax Jazz Band 4-7.Classico Pizza & Pasta2457 Bloor Street West 416-763-1313Every Thu Nate Renner 7pm No CoverCobourg, The533 Parliament St. 416-913-7538Jazz Sundays 9PM; NO COVERCommensal, Le655 Bay St. NO COVEREvery Fri & Sat Live Jazz 6:30pm - 9:30pmCommunist’s Daughter, The1149 Dundas Street W 647-435-0103Every Sat 4-7pm Gypsy JazzCorktown, The175 Young St. Hamilton 905-572-9242Sets at 8pm and 10pm, Coverwww.thecorktownpub.caEvery Wed The Darcy Hepner OrchestraDeSotos1079 St. Clair Ave. West 416-651-2109Every Thurs Open Mic Jazz Jam 8pmmidnight,hosted by Double A JazzEvery Sun Brunch with Double A Jazz andGuest 11am-2pmDominion on Queen500 Queen St. East (completeschedule) Every Sun Rockabilly Brunch11am-3pm; Every 1 st & 3 rd Sun Jazz Jamwith host Robert Scott 4-7pm; Every TueFrench Gypsy Jazz Jam with host WayneNakamura. 8:30pm, pwyc.; Every Thu JohnT. Davis on B3, 5:30-8pm, NO COVER.Dora Keogh Irish Pub141 Danforth Avenue (full listings)Every Sat Roberto Occhipinti Quartet.Ellington’s Music & Café805 St. Clair Ave. West 416-652-9111Weekday Mornings 9-10am Ben D’CunhaSings & PlaysEmmet Ray, The924 College Street 416-792-4497www.theemmetray.comEvery Wed & Sat Live Jazz 7-10pmC. In The Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Frida Restaurant999 Eglinton Avenue West 416-787-2221.www.fridarestaurant.caEvery Tue Live Jazz 7-10pm/No CoverGate 403403 Roncesvalles 416-588-2930www.gate403.comLIVE JAZZ & BLUES every nightNo Cover Charge / Pay What You CanGrossman’s Tavern“Toronto’s Home of the Blues”379 Spadina Ave. (completeschedule) NO COVER Every Sat The HappyPals matinee 4-8pm.; Every Sun NicolaVaughan Acoustic Jam 4-9pm, The Nationalswith Brian Cober 9:30pm-2am.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond Street East (full musicschedule) NO COVER; Every Mon Open JamNight hosted by CarolynT 8pm-1am; EveryFri & Sat Jazz/Blues 7:30-11:30pmHot House Café35 Church Street 416-366-7800Every Sun Jazz Brunch with Ken ChurchillQuartet 11am-2pmHugh’s Room“Toronto’s home of live Folk and Roots”2261 Dundas Street West 416-531-6604www.hughsroom.comJoe Mama’s317 King Street West Live Music Every NightLatinada1671 Bloor Street West 416-913-9716www.latinada.comLiberty Bistro25 Liberty Street 516-533-8828Every Tue Open Mic/Jam hosted by BigRude Jake; Every Wed Open Mic/Jamhosted by Noah Zacharin; Every 1 st SatXÔTECA Latin Jazz Band, 9:30pm.Lula Lounge1585 Dundas West (complete schedule)Every Wed Latin Jazz Jam with SeanBellaviti 10pmManhattan’s Music Club951 Gordon St., Guelph. 519-767-2440www.manhattans.caMezzetta Middle Eastern Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687www.mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed Jazz Series: Sets at 9:00 and10:15. Cover -10Momo’s Bistro664 The Queensway, Etobicoke416-252-5560 www.momosbistro.comEvery Wed Open Mic 8pm.My Place: A Canadian Pub2448 Bloor Street West 647-348-4702www.myplacepub.caJazz Wednesday 7-10pmN’Awlins Jazz Bar and Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958www.nawlins.caEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every WedJim Heineman Trio; Every Thu Blues Nightwith Guest Vocalists; Every Fri/Sat All StarBourbon St. Band; Every Sun Terry Logan.Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641www.oldmilltoronto.comNo Cover Charge, minimum expenditureNEW: Toronto Downtown Jazz Presents:THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ CLUB in the OldMill’s Dining Room 7:30pmApr 1 Guido Basso with the Mike MurleyTrio, Cover, no minimum. Apr 8 BillMcBirnie Quartet, Cover, no minimum.Apr 15 TBA. Apr 22 “Mays at the Movies”with Bill Mays (p), Neil Swainson (b) & TerryClarke (d), cover, no minimum. Apr 29Big Band Cabaret w Brigham Phillips BigBand, Cover, no minimum.Jazz at The Home Smith Bar:Every Thu John Sherwood Solo Piano 7:30-10:30pm; Every Fri “Something to SingAbout” Series 7:30-10:30pm; Every SatPiano Masters Series 7:30-10:30pmAll Home Smith Bar Shows: No Cover, minimum per person. Apr 3 Robert ScottSolo Piano. Apr 9 Arlene Smith Trio. Apr10 Joe Sealy Trio. Apr 16 Rita di GhentTrio. Apr 17 Mark Eisenman Trio. Apr 23Heather Bambrick Trio. Apr 24 Steve KovenTrio. Apr 30 Carolyn Scott Trio.Painted Lady, The218 Ossington Ave 647-213-5239www.thepaintedlady.caNo Cover / Pay-What-You-CanEvery Sun Safety in Numbers 6-9pmEvery Mon Open Mic 10pm-late, all genresEvery Tue Rambunctious! 10pmPan on the Danforth516 Danforth Ave 416-466-8158Every Fri Sean Bray/Rita di Ghent 8-11pmPantages Martini Bar and Lounge200 Victoria St. 416-362-1777Every Mon Curtains Down with JenniBurke; Every Fri Robert Scott; Every SatSolo Piano: Various artists.Pero Lounge812 Bloor St. West 416-915-7225www.perorestaurant.comEvery Fri Archie Alleyne’s Kollage 8-11pmEvery Sat Archie Alleyne’s Kollage 8-11pmPilot Tavern, The22 Cumberland (detailed schedule)Jazz Saturdays 3:30 – 6:30 NO COVER\Plum 226226 Carlton Street 416-348-4226www.plum226.comEvery Last Fri NMV Trio 8-11pmPress Club, The850 Dundas St. West. 416-364-7183www.thepressclub.caEvery Tue Open JamEvery Other Wed Jazz Jam with hosted bytrombonist RJ Satchithananthan.Quotes220 King Street West 416-979-7697“Fridays at 5” w Canadian Jazz Quartet:Gary Benson (guitar), Frank Wright (vibes),Duncan Hopkins (bass), musical director DonVickery on drums and featured guest:Apr 9 Dave Dunlop (trumpet). Apr 16 KirkMacDonald (sax). Apr 23 Steve Crowe(trumpet). Apr 30 John Johnson (sax).Reposado Bar & Lounge136 Ossington Ave. Cover on Fridays, all other nights PWYCEvery Mon Lucas Stagg & Chris Bennett;Every Wed Spy vs. Spy vs. Sly; Every ThuThe Reposadists; Every Fri The ReposadistsReservoir Lounge, The52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887www.reservoirlounge.comEvery Mon Sophia Perlman and the Vipers.Every Tue Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.Every Wed Bradley and the Bouncers.Every Thu Janice Hagen.Every Fri DeeDee & the Dirty Martinis.Every Sat Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.Every Sun Duke and the Dell-ites.NEW: “Après Work” Series Tuesdays andWednesdays 7-9pmRex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, The194 Queen St. W. (full schedule)“Where Jazz Lives”Apr 1 Ross Wooldridge, Lifelines Ensemble.Apr 2 Hogtown Syncopators, Sultans ofString, Darren Sigesmund Septet. Apr 3Danny Marks, Archie Alleyne’s Evolution ofJazz Ensemble, The Maisies, Kieran OversTentet. Apr 4 Excelsior Dixieland Jazz,Beverly Taft Quartet, The MELcontonents,Julia Cleveland Quartet. Apr 5 U of TStudent Ensembles, Humber College StudentEnsembles. Apr 6 Jon Challoner Quartet,Classic Rex Jazz Jam. Apr 7 RichardWhiteman Trio, Sinal Aberto. Apr 8 RossWooldridge, Doron Zor. Apr 9 HogtownSyncopators, Sultans of String, AdamRogers & Ari Hoenig w Snarky Puppy. Apr10 Danny Marks, Swing Shift Big Band,The Maisies, Adam Rogers & Ari Hoenig wSnarky Puppy. Apr 11 Excelsior DixielandJazz, Club Django, The MELcontents, AdamRogers & Ari Hoenig w Snarky Puppy. Apr12 Peter Hill Quintet, Humber College JazzEnsembles. Apr 13 Jon Challoner Quartet,Classic Rex Jazz Jam. Apr 14 RichardWhiteman Trio, Kirk MacDonald Quartet.Apr 15 Ross Wooldridge, Kirk MacDonaldQuartet. Apr 16 Hogtown Syncopators,Ernesto Cervini, Mr. Marbles. Apr 17 DannyMarks, Laura Hubert, The Maisies, PatCollins Quartet. Apr 18 Excelsior DixielandJazz, Bohemian Swing, The MELcontents,Trevor Giancola. Apr 19 Allison Au Quartet,Al Kay’s Trombone Summit. Apr 20 JohnChalloner Quartet, Classic Rex Jazz Jam.Apr 21 Richard Whiteman Trio, WayneKrantz Trio. Apr 22 Ross Wooldridge, WaynzKrantz Trio. Apr 23 Hogtown Syncopators,Sultans of String, Oz Noy Trio. Apr 24Danny Marks, The Homeless, The Maisies,Oz Noy Trio. Apr 25 Excelsior DixielandJazz, Freeway Dixieland, The MELcontents,Random Access. Apr 26 Peter Hill Quintet,John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra. Apr27 John Challoner Quartet, Classic Rex JazzApril 1 - May 7, 2010 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 47

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