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Volume 17 Issue 7 - April 2012

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PHOTO Ori DAGANBeat by Beat / In the ClubsJune Garberori daganWere jazz baseball, vocalistJune Garber would be anall-star slugger. Vocally she’sgot chops aplenty, but what keeps thebandleaders calling and the audienceshollering is more than just her voice.It’s a smile that can melt melancholy,and sincerity that makes every lyricsparkle. Born in South Africa and aTorontonian since 1975, her rich and varied performance career hastaken the singer/actress across the globe. Since 2004, she has beenfocused on jazz, starting off with Bill King’s diva showcases andeventually singing with a handful of local big bands. Now the hotFloridian sun calls, permanently, as of July. Luckily for the sunshinestate, she plans on singing for many years to come.You sing with many big bands — is this very different from singingwith a trio? Oh yes. It’s a lot more structured. If you’re working witha trio you can follow them or they can follow you. But with a bigband you can’t make a mistake. If you lose your way, you’re gone!The horns will keep playing so you have to have a really good earand know where you are.You went for 15 years without singing or acting, returning to thestage in 2004. What prompted you to return to the stage? Well, Istarted going nuts (laughs). I was finding all sorts of creative outlets:gardening, cooking, and then painting oils, acrylics, you name it.But it was never enough. The husband of the woman running a hospiceI was volunteering for in Markham played bass and she invitedme to check out his band. And I got into jazz.How did you work on being such a great entertainer? I think thegenerosity of spirit in which you wish to include people and makethem feel at ease, that’s the most important thing. And then the connection,I really look into people’s eyes when I’m singing. I think Iactually need to connect and get feedback, so that if there is warmthcoming back, that’s like heaven to me …Studying theatre growing up and doing a lot of plays at university— and also when I came to Toronto I did a lot of theatre — youlearn to inhabit and take ownership of your space.What or who inspired you to become a singer? Thank you so muchfor asking that (wipes tear) … you can see me welling up. That’s allI ever wanted to do is sing. When I was a kid, I would sing all thetime. And I didn’t know where this came from — it certainly wasn’tat home. In fact, I was discouraged. It was not to happen. Everytime I had a musical thing, unless it was attached to a school, it wasnot to happen. My father — my real father — was killed in a planecrash when I was three. My mother married the stepfather threemonths after he was killed. I was not allowed to even mention myfather — never saw a photograph, nothing. I could never sing whenmy stepfather was alive. After he died, we were in dire financialstraits. My mother said, when you finish school, you cannot sing,you have to do secretarial work or be a teacher. So I became ateacher. Years later when we came to Canada, and I had a website,we got an email from someone that said, “If you’re June Garber, thedaughter of Eric Garber, I want you to know that he was the bestjazz drummer in South Africa.” It was so painful to have all thoseyears wasted … and I didn’t even know that my father was such afabulous musician. It’s crazy ... but I do think I was born with it.”On May 6, June Garber will narrate and sing with the KindredSpirits Orchestra at the Markham Theatre. Catch her while you can.Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist,voice actor and entertainment journalist. He canbe reached at Wed 8pm Open Mic with Gary 17. EverySat 2pm Open Jam.Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, TheHot House Café35 Church St. 416-366-7800www.hothousecafe.comEvery Sun 11am-3pm. Brunch with Jazz ZoneNo Cover.Hotel Ocho195 Spadina Ave. 416-593-0885www.hotelocho.comEvery Wed Twosomes & Threeways Series: allshows 8pm . Apr 4 Gosia Faryna Trio. Apr11 Kevin Barrett (guitar) and Sharron McLeod(vocals). Apr 18 Lesley Young (vocals) and JohnMcKay Clements (guitar). Apr 25 Carey Cousineau(vocals and guitar), Celina Carrol (vocals)and Sharron McLeod (vocals).Hugh’s Room“Toronto’s home of live Folk and Roots”2261 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)All shows start at 8:30pm unless otherwisenoted.Apr 1 2pm Ken Whiteley’s 9th Annual GospelMusic Series .50/. Apr 4 Shane Koyczanand the Short Story Long /$17(adv).Apr 5 Eric Andersen: 40th Anniversary of BlueRiver .50/(adv). Apr 7 Time They AreA Changin’: Tribute to Bob Dylan feat KevinBreit, Suzie Vinnick, Jory Nash, David Gillis,Ariana Gillis and others .50/. Apr10 Kat Goldman CD Release /(adv).Apr 11 Spirits of Music Benefit Concert featJane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, MollyJohnson, Heavyweights Brass Band andothers .50/(adv). Apr 12 Craig Cardiff.50/(adv). Apr 13, 14 Jesse Winchester/.50(adv). Apr 15 12pm MichaelJohnston Music Student Recital & Spring Celebration/(child); 8:30pm Jesse Winchester/.50. Apr 16 Garrett Mason andKeith Hallett /$17.50(adv). Apr 17 GoldTop Guitar Summit with Donna Grantis, TristanClark and Emile d’Eon ; (adv); 2 for1(st). Apr 18 “Autism is a Pain in the Aspergers”benefit to Autism with Heather Bambrick,Neil Crone, The Frantics, Bill King, Judy Marshakand others /(adv). Apr 19 Oh Susanna.50/(adv). Apr 20 Tom Paxton.50/(adv). Apr 21 Mike Stevens CD Release:Push Record /(adv). Apr 22 DavidArchibald’s Titanic: Pride of the White Star Line.50/25(adv). Apr 25 Lee Oskar, David Rotundo& Enrico Crivellaro .50/(adv).Apr 26 Gretchen Peters CD Release: HelloCruel World .50/(adv). Apr 27Double Bill: Don Ross & Brooke Miller CD Release.50/(adv). Apr 28 Globe andMail Open House Festival: Torn from the Pages.. Apr 29 2:00 and 8:30: Ottmar Liebert/(adv).Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. 226-476-1565www.kwjazzroom.comAll attendees must be 19+; opening acts at6pm, headliners (listed below) at 8:30pm.Apr 6 Rebecca Binnendyk Quintet . Apr 7Kim Ratcliffe Quartet . Apr 13 Paul MorrisonQuintet . Apr 14 Tara Davidson Quartet. Apr 20 Avi Granite Quartet . Apr 21C. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Jayme Stone Quartet . Apr 27 Jaclyn GuillouQuartet. Apr 28 Mike Downes Quartet .Joe Mama’s317 King St. W. 416-340-6469Live music every nightAll shows: No Cover.Every Sun 7-11pm Nathan Hiltz Trio & SpecialGuests. Every Mon 7:30-11:30pm SoulMondays. Every Tue 7-11pm Blue Angels.Every Wed 8pm-12am Blackburn. Every Thu8:30pm-12:30am Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm-2am The Grind. Every Sat 10pm-2am Shugga.Latinada Restaurant & Jazz Bar1671 Bloor St. W. 416-913-9716www.latinada.comEvery Wed Milonga Night: The Latinada Triofeat Alex Gajic (violin). Every Thu Latin Jazz.Every Fri Cuban Jazz with Ruben Vazquez &Friends. Every Sat Traditional Cuban Musicwith Onelvis Fernandez.Liberto Bistro, The25 Liberty St. 416-533-8828www.libertobistro.caEvery Tue Open Mic w Big Rude Jake. EveryWed Noah Zacharin.Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307www.lula.caApr 5 10pm Quique Escamilla & Aline Morales. Apr 6 8pm Hilario Duran Trio; Salsa withChanguy Havana . Apr 12 8:30pm Bombino. Apr 13 8pm Roland Hunter (latin jazz guitar);Salsa with Son Ache. . Apr 20 8pmAlithea Cameron (jazz and R&B vocals); Salsawith Tipica Toronto . Apr 22 6:30pm LemonBucket Orchestra $TBA.Manhattan’s Music Club951 Gordon St., Guelph. 519-767-2440www.manhattans.caMelange Restaurant172 Main St. 416-686-4795Apr 5 7pm Norman Marshall Villeneuve (drums);Danny McErlain (keys); Rob McBride (bass) NoCover. Apr 12 7pm Norman Marshall Villeneuve(drums); Rob Cappelletto (guitar); Mike Pelletier(bass) No Cover. Apr 19 7pm Norman MarshallVilleneuve (drums); Reg Schwager (guitar); MarkCashion (bass) No Cover. Apr 26 7pm NormanMarshall Villeneuve (drums); Bruce Smith (keys);Aaron Carter (bass) No Cover.Mezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687www.mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed Jazz Series: sets at 9pm and10:15pm. - Cover.Apr 4, 11, 18 no music. Apr 25 Bill McBirnie(flute); Louis Simao (guitar and vocals).Momo’s Bistro664 The Queensway, Etobicoke.416-252-5560www.momosbistro.comEvery Wed 8pm Open Mic.Monarchs PubAt the Delta Chelsea Hotel33 Gerrard St. W.www.monarchspub.ca416-585-4352Every Tue Acoustic Open Mic Night. Every58 April 1 – May 7, 2012

Wed Jazz Wednesdays. Every Thu BluesThursdays.April 1 – May 7, 2012Much Me816 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-0009Every Thu 8-11pm Ben D’Cunha, piano andvocals No Cover.Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958www.nawlins.caEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every Wed JimHeineman Trio; Every Thu Blues Night w GuestVocalists; Every Fri/Sat All Star Bourbon St.Band; Every Sun Brooke Blackburn.NOW Lounge, The189 Church St. 416-364-1301Every Sat 9pm Ken Skinner (piano); Lee Hutchinson(bass); Grant Lyle (guitar); Owen Tennyson(drums) and guests. No Cover.Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641www.oldmilltoronto.comThe Home Smith Bar: No Reservations NoCover. minimum per person. All shows7:30-10:30pm. Every Thu Sizzling Solo PianoSeries. Every Fri Something to Sing AboutSeries Every Sat Jazz Masters Series. Apr 5John Sherwood (piano). Apr 6 no music. Apr 7Russ Little Trio: Little (trombone); Reg Schwager(guitar); Scott Alexander (bass). Apr 12 JohnSherwood (piano). Apr 13 George Evans Trio:Evans (vocals); Nancy Walker (piano); Pat Collins(bass). Apr 14 Lenny Solomon Trio: Solomon(violin); Bernie Senensky (piano); PatCollins (bass). Apr 19 John Sherwood (piano).Apr 20 Shannon Butcher Trio: Butcher (vocals);Mark Kieswetter (piano); Ross MacInytre (bass).Apr 21 Rosermary Galloway Trio: Galloway(bass); Jane Fair (saxophones); Nancy Walker(piano). Apr 26 John Sherwood (piano). Apr 27Arlene Smith Trio: Smith (vocals); Mark Eisenman(piano); Terry Lukiwski (trombone). Apr 28Tom Szczesniak Trio: Szczcesniak (piano); NeilSwainson (bass); Bob McLaren (drums).Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge200 Victoria St. 416-362-1777Every Fri Robert Scott; Every Sat Solo Piano:Various artists.Pilot Tavern, The22 Cumberland Ave. (full schedule)Jazz Saturdays 3:30pm–6:30pm. No Cover.Apr 7 Mike Murley Quartet. Apr 14 Gene PoolBoys. Apr 21 Dave Young Quartet. Apr 28 RichardUnderhill Quartet.Quotes220 King St. W. 416-979-7697Every Fri Fridays at Five w Canadian JazzQuartet: Gary Benson (guitar), Frank Wright(vibes), Duncan Hopkins (bass) Don Vickery(drums) and featured guest: Apr 6 no music.Apr 13 Steve Crowe (trumpet). Apr 20 MarkPromane (sax). Apr 27 William Carn (trombone).Reposado Bar & Lounge136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474www.reposadobar.comAll shows: PWYC.Every Wed 9:30pm Spy vs Sly vs Spy EveryThu, Fri 10pm The Reposadists Quartet.Reservoir Lounge, The52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887www.reservoirlounge.comEvery Mon Sophia Perlman and the Vipers;Every Tue Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm; EveryWed Bradley and the Bouncers; Every Thu Alysha& the Brilltones. Every Fri DeeDee & theDirty Martinis; Every Sat Tyler Yarema and hisRhythm. Early shows: Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 7-9pm including Apr 2 Alex Pangman& Her Alleycats.Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The194 Queen St. W. (many shows PWYC; covercharge applies to selected evening shows,call ahead)Apr 1 12pm Hart House & Jazz.FM91 YouthBand; 3:30pm Club Django; 7pm Ugly Beauties;9:30pm Ben Monder with Barry Romberg Trio.Apr 2 6:30pm U of T Student Jazz Ensembles;9:30pm Humber College Student Ensembles.Apr 3 6:30pm Norman Marshall Villeneuve’sJazz Message; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam.Apr 4 6:30pm Trevor Giancola Trio; 9:30pmJohn Russon Quintet. Apr 5 6:30pm RichardWhiteman Five; 9:30pm Morgan Childs Quartet.Apr 6 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pmArtie Roth Trio; 9:30pm Kieran Overs Eleven.Apr 7 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30pmChris Hunt Tentet +2; 7pm Sara Dell; 9:30pmMelissa Stylianou CD Release. Apr 8 12pm ExcelsiorDixieland Jazz Band; 3:30 TBA; 7pmUgly Beauties; 9:30pm Zach Brock Trio. Apr 96:30pm KØGGING; 9:30pm Jerry Johnson Tribute:Al Kay’s Torontobones. Apr 10 6:30pmNorman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message;9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam. Apr 11 6:30pmTrevor Giancola Trio; 9:30pm Boptarts feat SeamusBlake. Apr 12 6:30pm Richard WhitemanFive; 9:30pm Boptarts feat Seamus Blake.Apr 13 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pmArtie Roth Trio; 9:45pm Tara Davidson Quartet.Apr 14 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30pmSwing Shift Big Band; 7pm Sara Dell; 9:45pmBlue Note Tribute. Apr 15 12pm Excelsior DixielandJazz Band; 3:30pm TBA; 7pm Ugly Beauties;9:30pm Jake Wilkinson: Live Vinyl. Apr 166:30pm Peter Hill Quintet; 9:30pm Mike MaloneJazz Orchestra. Apr 17 6:30pm Norman MarshallVilleneuve’s Jazz Message; 9:30pm ClassicRex Jazz Jam. Apr 18 6:30pm Trevor GiancolaTrio; 9:30pm Scott Suttie Group. Apr 196:30pm Richard Whiteman Five; 9:30pm RobBotos: Side ‘B’ Band. Apr 20 4pm HogtownSyncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Trio; 9:45pmJoel Miller Quartet. Apr 21 12pm Danny Marks& Friends; 3:30pm Laura Hubert; 7pm Sara Dell;9:30pm Avi Granite’s Verse. Apr 22 12pm ExcelsiorDixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Dr. Nick &the Rollercoasters; 7pm Ugly Beauties; 9:30pmAve Granite’s Verse. Apr 23 6:30pm Peter HillQuintet; 9:30pm Gray Matter. Apr 24 6:30pmNorman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message;9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam. Apr 25 6:30pmTrevor Giancola Trio; 9:30pm Dave Young Quintet.Apr 26 6:30pm Richard Whiteman Five;9:30pm Dave Young Quintet. Apr 27 4pm HogtownSyncopators; 6:30pm Artie Roth Trio;9:45 Rez Abbasi, Dave Binney and Dan Weiss.Apr 28 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30pmGeorge Lake Big Band; 7pm James BrownDuo; 9:45 Rez Abbasi, Dave Binney and DanWeiss. Apr 29 12pm Excelsior Dixieland JazzBand; 3:30pm Freeway Dixieland Band; 7pmUgly Beauties; 9:30pm Jaclyn Gillou. Apr 306:30pm Peter Hill Quintet; 9:45pm John Mac-Leod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra.Ristorante Roma1090 Bloor St. W. 416-531-4000All shows: PWYCEvery Thu Open Jam. Every Fri Live Jazz: Apr6 Victor Monsivais Jazz Trio: Monsivais (guitarand vocals); Brendan Cassidy (tenor saxand flute); Frank Sants (bass). Apr 13 8pmBossa Tres. Apr 20 Victor Monsivais Brazil-LatinQuartet feat Sarah Begin (vocals); John Farrell(guitar); Frank Sants (bass). Apr 27 8pmBossa Tres.Le Saint Tropez315 King St. W. 416-591-3600Live piano jazz 7 days a weekwww.lesainttropez.comSomewhere There227 Sterling Rd. Unit #112 416-763-0890All shows: Cover or (listings andpersonnel)Apr 1 5pm Aldcroft / Liu Residency. Apr 2 8pmNOW Series. Apr 3 8pm Marian Jago Quartet.Apr 4 8pm Colin Anthony’s Dreamdance.Apr 5 8pm Mark Segger (solo drums). Apr 6Leftover Daylight Series. Apr 7 8pm HolgerSchoorl (classical guitar). Apr 8 5pm Ken AldcroftQuintet Residency. Apr 9 8pm Gone FishingSeries. Apr 10 8pm Rebecca Bruton (violin/viola/singing/storytelling). Apr 11 8pm ColinJuly 3-6, 2012Students age14-19Jazz Downtown WorkshopIn this 4-day intensive program, high school students work closelywith University of Toronto jazz faculty members on a daily basis.The experience includes beginner to advanced improvisation andcombo workshops, small group rehearsals, and performances.Faculty includes Terry Promane, Mike Murley, Jim Lewis, ChaseSanborn, and others. Visit or call 59

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