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Volume 16 Issue 8 - May 2011

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Alize RestaurantEvery Sun Scott Kemp Duo AlleycatzEvery Mon Salsa Night w/ DJ Frank Bischun,Lessons Every TueCarlo BerardinucciBand, Swing & Jazz Cover EveryWed Swingin’ Jazz and Blues, Funky R&B w/Grayceful Daddies Every Thu Soul,R&B and Reggae, Refreshments, NO COVER;Fridays and Saturdays Funk, Soul, Reggae,R&B, Top 40, Cover w/out dinner reservations.May 5,6,7 Lady Kane. May 12,13 Ascension.May 14 Soular. May 19,20,21 Ascension.May 26,27,28 Annex Live, TheAquila RestaurantAzure Restaurant and BarEvery Thu, Fri, Sat Dan Bodanis Trio w/ BernieSenensky and Steve Wallace 5:30-10:30PMBar with no Name, TheEvery Thu James Brown & Mike Milligan.Black Swan, TheEvery WedThe Danforth Jam w/ Jon Long andFriends 9:30PMBon Vivant RestaurantEvery Thu Bill Naphan Solo Guitar 6-9PM;Every Fri Margaret Stowe Solo Guitar 6-9PMBrassaii Café Restaurant & LoungeEvery Tue Holly Clark Castro’s LoungeEvery Sun Jeremy Rouse Trio (Jazz/Roots)6-9PM; Every Mon Smokey Folk (Bluegrass/Rockabilly) 9:30PMC’est WhatEvery Fri Hot Five Jazzmakers Chalkers Pub Billiards & BistroEvery WedGirls Night Out Vocalist-FriendlyJazz Jam 8:30-12 w/ host Lisa Particelli Peter Hill Ross MacIntyre NormanMarshall Villeneuve NEWEvery Sun Chalkers Rockin’ Blues Jam hostedby The Stone Band with Murray Bristone C. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)May 7 Bonnie Brett Trio. May 14Hilario Duran Trio. May 21 Fern Lindzon Quartet.May 28 Lorne Lofsky Trio.China House RestaurantEvery Thursday May 5 Barry Elmes Quartet. May 12 Bruce Cassidy’sSouth African Jazz Quartet. May 19 BrickDickinson Quartet feat. Mike Murley. May 26John MacLeod Quartet.Classico Pizza & PastaEvery Thu Jazz Guitarist Nate Renner Cobourg, TheCommunist’s Daughter, TheEvery Sat Gypsy Jazz w Michael Johnson& Red Rhythm: Michael Louis Johnson (tp/voc) Roberto Rosenman (g) Terry Wilkins (b).DeSotosEvery Thurs Open Mic Jazz Jam Every SunBrunch w/ Double A Jazz and Guest Dominion on Queen;6893Every Sun Rockabilly Brunch 11AM-3PM;Every 1 st & 3 rd Sun Jazz Jam w/ host RobertScott 4-7PM;Every Mon Prud’homme 6:30-9:30PM; Every Tue Corktown Django Jam w/host Wayne Nakamura. EveryWed Corktown Uke Jam. Every Thu John T.Davis on B3, 5:30-8PM, NO COVER. Every SaturdayRonnie Hayward 4-7PM. May 6 Swingin’Blackjacks. May 7 Michael Schatte and hisBand. May 8 Scott Cushnie’s B-Day Jam. May13 Elmer Ferrer. May 14 Paul Reddick. May16 Toronto Composer’s Workshop. May 19Bossa Tres. May 20 Tony Quarrington and JeffBird perform Hank Williams. May 26 AlexanderBrown’s Latin Power Jam. May 27 Havana toToronto Safari. May 28 Wicked Grin. May 29Musical Theatre Cabaret.Dora Keogh Irish PubEvery Sat Roberto Occhipinti Quartet featHilario Duran, Mark Kelso and weekly specialguest.Dovercourt HouseEvery Sat Saturday Night Swing: Dance featuringLive Swing Bands and dance lessons. May7 GTA Swing Band. May 14 Alex Pangman &Her Alleycats. May 21 TBA. May 28 Tribute toFrankie Manning with band TBA.EDOEvery Thu Tony Quarrington May 5 Sharon Smith. May 12 Rita di Ghent.May 19 Russell Drago. May 26 RoseanneAgasee.The Emmet RayMay 1 Andrew Scott. May 4 Peter Boyd & theMutant Duo. May 8 Roy Patterson Group. May11 Harley Card Quartet & Teri Parker Trio. May15 Ben McConchie. May 18 Jessica StuartFew. May 22 Jessica Ackerley Duo. May 25D-Boom Night with Derek Uleenboom. May 29Adam Texieria Trio. May 30 Ron Leary.Gallery 345May 31 Mark Kieswetter & Ross MacIntyreCD Release.Gate 403May 1 Melissa Lauren, Jim Finlayson, Jeff Larochelle.May 2 Jessica Sturrup, Vincent Bertucci.May 3 Kelsey McNulty, Julian Fauth. May 4Alan Small, Kurt Nielsen/Richard Whiteman.May 5 Dominic Mancuso, Roberta Hunt. May6 James Brown, Fraser Melvin. May 7 JasonGwartz, Bill Heffernan & Friends, The Vandelays.May 8 Joel Diamond, Whitney Ross Barris,Havana Blues. May 9 Denis Schingh Solo,Sean Bellaviti. May 10 Donné Roberts, JuliaFauth. May 11 Joshua Goodman, Hannah Burgé.May 12 Emily the Blue Caller, Kevin Laliberté.May 13 Bobby Hsu, Denise Leslie. May 14Johnnydead, Bill Heffernan & Friends, PatrickTevlin’s New Orleans Rhythm. May 15 NilimaChowdhury, Dan Farrell, Zoe Chilco. May 16Ken McDonald, Ken Kawashima & Bob Vespaziani.May 17 Lara Solnicki, Julian Fauth. May18 Jeff Peacock, Gillian Margot. May 19 RustyWater & the Broken Troubadour; String Theory.May 20 Reide Kaiser; Café Olef. May 21Sandy Blakeley, Bill Heffernan & Friends, RealTime. May 22 Victor Monsivais, Gypsy Rebels,Hilden Group. May 23 Stacey Sang, Michaelde Grussa. May 24 Jerzy Sieczka, Julian Fauth.May 25 Jordan Glick, Alex Samaras. May 26Gabriel Palatchi, Cyndi Carleton. May 27 DenielleBassles, Miko Hilden’s Les Petit Nouveau.May 28 Toz Antonio G. Piretti, Bill Heffernan &Friends, Donné Roberts. May 29 James BrownStudent Recital, Brownman, Cross Eyed Cat.May 30 Allison Au, Zaynab Wilson. May 31Scott Kemp, Julian Fauth.Gladstone Hotel, TheGrossman’s TavernEvery Sat The Happy Pals matinee 4-8PM;Every SunThe Nationals w/ Brian Cober:Double Slide Guitar Open Stage Jam 9:30PM-2am Every Wed Every Thu The Responsible Jam. May 6 SebAgnello. May 7 The Barking Sharks. May 10Ms. Debbie and the Xtra Lites. May 14 ChloeWatkinson and the Crossraods. May 20 LauraHubert. May 21 Porch Dog. May 27 FrankieFoo. May 28 Caution Jam.Harlem RestaurantEvery Mon Open Jam Night EveryFri/Sat Jazz/Blues 7:30-11:30PM. May 6 Aria.May 7 Treson. May 13 Sperandel Layne WallaceTrio. May 14 Gabriel Palatchi. May 20 DanMcLean Jr. May 21 Janelle Monique. May 27Lisa Michelle. May 28 Cecilia Monte.Harlem UndergroundEvery Mon Chris Weatherstone Trio; Every TueJohn Campbell; Every Thu Carl Bray; Every FriChris Weatherstone Trio; Every Sat Carl Bray.Hugh’s RoomMay 1 Lennie Gallant. May 3 Chris Hillmanand Herb Pedersen. May 4 Jimmy Rankin CDRelease. May 5 Hemingway Corner. May 6The Nylons. May 7 Bob Dylan Tribute. May8 Richard Flohil presents Susan Werner. May9,10 The Wailin’ Jenny CD Release. May 11Richard Flohil presents Romi Mayes CD Release.May 12 Lori Cullen CD Release. May 13James Keelaghan. May 14 Merle Haggard Tribute.May 15 Blue Midnight III: Tribute to LittleWalter. May 16 Blue Duo: Tracy K and JamieSteinhoff CD Release. May 17 Double Bill: SaraKamin & Jeffery Straker. May 18 Neil Innes.May 19 Genitcorum CD Release. May 20 BigRude Jake. May 21 Robert Chambers. May22,23 Raul Malo. May 24 Ring Them Bells.May 25 Richard Flohil presents Maria Muldaur.May 26 Steve Bell. May 27 Hogtown RootsAll-Stars. May 28 Dave Young Octet. May 29Countermeasure A Cappella. May 31 Jane Harburypresents Discoveries w/ Jon Bryant, ShawnClarke, Bianca Josie and Barbra Lica.Jester’s Court, TheMay 8 Alex Pangman May 15 CanadianJazz Trio May 22 May 29 Jeff Taylor Trio.Joe Mama’sEvery Sun Nathan Hiltz, Bernie Senensky &Sly Juhas.Liberty Bistro, TheEvery Tue Open Mic w/ Big Rude Jake. EveryWed Noah Zacharin.Lula LoungeMay 1 Luis Mario Ochoa Sunday Family SalsaBrunch, Tommy Ambrose & Friends. May 2,3Ensemble Vocal Le Voix du Coeur. May 5 5 deMayo Fiesta w/ Quique Escamilla Band and CaféCon Pan. May 6 Friday Salsa w/ Sonido Cubano48 thewholenote.comMay 1 – June 7, 2011

IN THE CLUBS/MOSTLY JAZZ continued from page 47A good example of good music being presented for a goodcause: on Thursday May 12 at Heliconian Hall, vocalist Peggy Mahonsings songs from a woman’s point of view as part of her fourthHouse, accompanied by three musically sensitive gentlemen: DannyMcErlain on piano, Dave Field on bass and Don Vickery on drums.Big news for jazz musicians and east-endersin particular: Ten Feet Tall (1381 Danforth),launches a new night of live music. BeginningThursday May 5 and on every subsequentThursday, the venue presents a new jazz jamsession hosted by Brendan Davis Trio with specialguest Chris Gale on saxophone. The houseband is easy to love: Amanda Tosoff on keys,Brendan Davis on bass and Jeff Halischuck ondrums. Music starts at 8pm and the jam is opento all musicians comfortable performing in thejazz tradition.Now back to the top story: In 2003, after a decadeof writing original big band music, trumpeterand arranger John MacLeod formed hisdream band, The Rex Hotel Orchestra. Assemblingthe band was “a bit like casting a play andhaving the luxury of using anyone I wanted,” hemuses. Last year the large ensemble releasedits debut recording, “Our First Set,” this year’sJUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of theYear. I asked the leader about the challenges of running a big bandin Toronto, and what has kept him going at it all these years.“There are many different kinds of big bands and differentacceptance levels for each kind. When many people think of bigbands, they automatically think of the Swing Era. Perhaps that iswhy modern groups have started using the term “jazz orchestra.”nitelynot what we do. We are a large jazz ensemble. We do love toswing though, but in a more modern way. As for the problems ofleading a big band of this sort in Toronto? Well there is no problemif you accept at the beginning that jazz is a rather marginalizedform of music appealing to quite a small percentage of the population.You simply need to know why you are doing it and that yourreasons have nothing to do with fame and fortune or anything elserelated to wide acceptance. I love composing and arranging andJohn MacLeod and his Juno.performing jazz music, and I have the luxury of playing with musicianswho make my music sound better than I wrote it. And somethingelse - they make it sound different every time. My challenge isto keep these musicians happy and coming back every month. Theyare all very important to me.”Why did MacLeod choose The Rex, not only asa venue but as the name for his orchestra?“When I was working out the logistics of makinga project like this work, I realized that I neededsome sort of regular gig. At that time, therewere a couple of suitable choices and I spokewith a few owners and managers. Tom at theRex was immediately open to the idea, evenkind of world class group I was planning or thatthe band would attract the kind of large crowdswe manage to get out on our Monday nighttime slot (we have to make our appearanceson Monday nights because so many of us areinvolved in theatre productions and theaters are“dark” on Monday) … I named the band TheRex Hotel Orchestra at the beginning becauseI thought it sounded rather grand, which ofcourse the Rex isn’t. What it is, though, is awonderful unpretentious place that makes it apolicy not to exclude people from hearing livemusic, drinking a pint or eating a decent mealat a reasonable price. I’m really glad that I named the band afterthem now because I am so grateful to them, not only for supportingmy band but the whole jazz scene. Now that the band is starting toget booked for concerts outside of the club, perhaps we will becomeToronto’s answer to the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Our Mondaynights will always be the most important thing, though. There isnothing like hearing professional music performed live at closerange. It’s thrilling.”John MacLeod and The Rex Hotel Orchestra perform on the lastMonday night of every month at 9:30; on Monday May 30, join theband for a celebratory JUNO reception at 6:30. Glasses raised!Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist, voiceactor and entertainment journalist. He can becontacted at DJ Jimmy Suave. May 7 Salsa Saturday w/Ricky Franco and DJ Jimmy Suave. May 8 LuisMario Ochoa: Mother’s Day Salsa Brunch. May11 Romero House Fundraiser. May 12 AmandaMartinez, Bomba Estéreo. May 13 PatriciaCano, Caché CD Release. May 14 Workshopsw/ Café Con Pan & Joanna Moon Si Canada Part 1.May 15Luis Mario Ochoa Salsa Brunch, David Buchbinder’sOdessa/Havana. May 17 Jaron Freeman-Fox. May 18 Daniela Nardi & Espresso Manifesto.May 19 Dominic Mancuso w/ RobertoOcchipinti and Hugh Marsh, Socalled. May 20Samba Squad. May 21 Si Canada Part 2. May22 Aline Morales CD Launch. May 25 NickBuzz: Jon Goldsmith, Hugh Marsh, Rob Piltch,Martin Tielli. May 31 Rinse the Algorhithm.Manhattan’s Music ClubGuelph.Mezzetta Middle Eastern RestaurantEvery Wed Momo’s BistroEvery Wed Open Mic N’Awlins Jazz Bar and DiningEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every WedJimHeineman Trio; Every ThuBlues Night w/ GuestVocalists; Every Fri/SatAll Star Bourbon St.BandEvery SunTerry Logan.Old Mill, TheHome Smith Bar:EveryThursday John Sherwood Solo Piano.EveryFridayEverySaturdayMay 6 ZoeChilco Quartet. May 7 Ron Davis Trio. May 13Julie Michels & Kevin Barrett. May 14 MaxineWillan Trio. May 20 Shelley O’Brien Trio. May21 George Sheard Trio. May 27 Gillian MargotTrio. May 28 Dave Restivo & ShiranthaBeddage.Painted Lady, TheEvery Mon Open Mic 10PM-late, all genres.PanEvery Sun Lara Solnicki.Pantages Martini Bar and LoungeEvery Fri Robert Scott; Every SatSolo Piano:Various artists.Pero LoungeEvery Fri African Vibe 7-11PMEvery Sat Archie Alleyne’s Kollage 8-11PMPilot Tavern, TheMay 7 Kevin Turcotte Quartet. May 14 JakeWilkinson Quartet. May 21 Pat LaBarberaQuartet. May 28 Norman Marshall Villeneuve’sAnnual Birthday Party.QuotesMay6 Bob DeAngelis May 13 ChaseSanborn May 20 Shawn NykwistMay 27 Brigham Phillips Reposado Bar & LoungeEvery Wed Spy vs. Spy vs. Sly Every Thu, FriThe ReposadistsReservoir Lounge, The. May 5 Alex Pangman andher Alleycats: EveryMonSophia Perlman and the VipersEvery TueMay 1 – June 7, 2011 49

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