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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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CHRISTINE LIMBeat by Beat | In the ClubsJumpin’ Year Roundori dAGAnThe first tendays of summerwill markthe 26th editionof the TD TorontoJazz Festival,which, according toa press release I justreceived, promisesthat “500,000music lovers will beentertained as 1,500musicians take overthe city, performing350+ concerts in10 days.”Allison Auat the Cherry StreetRestaurant.It’s safe to say that these numbers would be significantly lowerwere it not for the festival’s Club Series, featuring many venuesfamiliar to readers of this column and artists who are at those venuesmonth in and month out. So another way of looking at it would be tosay that the local club scene is a jazz festival year round! Here aresome of the fish who are already jumpin’.Hogtown’s Very Own … Syncopators!The only quintet with a weekly house gig at The Rex Hotel, theHogtown Syncopators play every Friday from 4pm to 6pm. Full ofgood cheer, the band bursts at the seams with talent: Terra Hazeltonon vocals and snare drum; Drew Jurecka on violin, sax and vocals;Jay Danley on guitar and vocals; Richard Whiteman on piano; andJames Thomson on bass. Sweet, saucy and sentimental songs fromthe 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as band originals, make HS a fineway to beat the blues. This month: May 4, 11, 18 and 25.Surely MurleyMike Murley’s fluid phrasing and scrumptious tone single him out asone of the finest horn players in the country, so it isn’t surprising tofind him exploring the challenges of solo saxophone. However, thisactive adventurer plays in a number of contexts: duos with guitaristDavid Occhipinti; in the trio Broadview with bassist Rich Brown anddrummer Ted Warren; in various quartet settings featuring the likesof Dave Liebman and David Braid; and, most recently, leading hisown septet: Murley on tenor, compositions and arrangements; TaraDavidson on soprano and alto saxes; Kevin Turcotte on trumpet;Terry Promane on trombone; David Braid on piano; Jim Vivian onbass; and Ted Warren on drums. A flock of local jazz fans and touristswill likely mean folks being turned away at the group’s festivalgig on June 30 — so catch the septet this month, May 17 at The Rex,for a sneak peek.Swingin’ at the GateThe Rex isn’t the only place to present live jazz and blues everysingle day of the week in Toronto — there is another, and it alsofeatures a real piano, reasonable menu and affordable pints. Locatedat 403 Roncesvalles Ave., Gate 403 is less central than The Rex butsimilarly casual; less roomy but arguably more charming. Musicianslike this place not because the gigs are lucrative, (please tip generouslyas paper makes less noise!) but because when filled withhumans, it has a certain kind of magic.Always entertaining, the Richard Whiteman & Laura Hubert JazzBand recently began performing at Gate 403 on Monday nights.With Whiteman making that piano sound brand new and Hubertenchanting listeners with her inimitable style, this band swings allcontinued on page 52Classico Pizza & Pasta2457 Bloor St. W. 416-763-1313Every Thu 7pm Jazz Guitarist Nate RennerNo Cover.Cobourg, The533 Parliament St. 416-913-7538Jazz Sundays 9pmNo CoverCoco Rogue Chocolate Lounge, The2097 Yonge St. 416-901-2626www.coco-rogue.comEvery Thu John Campbell No Cover. Every Friand Sat Alex James No Cover.Communist’s Daughter, The1149 Dundas St. W. 647-435-0103Every Sat 4-7pm Gypsy Jazz w Michael Johnson& Red Rhythm: Michael Louis Johnson(trumpet/vocals) Roberto Rosenman (guitar)Terry Wilkins (bass).DeSotos1079 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-2109Every Thu 8pm-midnight Open Mic Jazz Jam,hosted by Double A Jazz. Every Sun 11am-2pm Brunch w Double A Jazz and Guest.Dominion on Queen500 Queen St. E. 416-368-6893www.dominiononqueen.comEvery Sun 11am-3pm Rockabilly Brunch.Every Tue 8:30pm Corktown Django Jam whost Wayne Nakamura PWYC. Every Wed CorktownUke Jam 8pm. Every Sat Ronnie Hayward4:00-7:30pm. May 5 9pmYoung KimQuartet . May 25 9pm Havana to Toronto whost Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo . May 26 9pmBlues Series: Bradleyboy MacArthur. May 277pm Musical Theatre Cabaret PWYC.Dovercourt House805 Dovercourt Rd. (full schedule)Fri May 19 9:10pm-1am 3rd Friday BluesDance Party with Fraser Daley Blues Band.Dance ; with class. Every Sat 9pm-1am Saturday Night Swing: Dance featuring LiveSwing Bands and dance lessons. Dance ; with one class, with both. SaturdayBands: May 5 Roberta Hunt & the Gents. May12 Hot Five Jazzmakers. May 19 Mike DaleySwing Band.EDO Sushi484 Eglinton Ave. W. 416-322-3033All shows 7:30–10:30pm. No Cover.Every Thu Jazz with Tony Quarrington (guitar)with guests: May 3 Bonnie Brett (vocals); RichardWhiteman (bass). May 10 Serafin LaRiviere(vocals); Lee Saba Hutchinson (bass). May17 Zoey Adams (vocals); Chris Robinson (reed/vocals). May 24 Beverly Taft (vocals); JordanO’Connor (bass). May 31 Ori Dagan (vocals);Ross MacIntyre (bass).Emmet Ray, The924 College St. 416-792-4497All shows: 9pm. (full schedule)May 2 Alistair Christl. May 3 John Wayne Swingtet.May 6 Tin Can Man. May 7 The Musicof Bill Frisell: Ryan Butler, Michael Herrin andEthan Ardelli. May 8 Peter Boyd and the MutantDuo. May 9 Box Full of Cash. May 14 TheC. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Music of Ben Monder: Ryan Butler, Felicity Williams,Dan Fortin and Mark Segger. May 16Alistair Christl. May 17 Vokurka’s Vicarious VirtuosoViolin. May 20 Shafton Thomas Funk Fusion.May 21 Errunriv. May 23 Alistair Christl.May 24 Mikko Hilden: Trio Manouche. May 27Tropical Punch. May 28 Vaughan Misener Trio.May 30 Alistair Christl.Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. (full schedule)May 3 7:30pm Momo and Friends Sing/(adv). May 10 7:30pm Tabby Johnson/(adv). May 18 9pm Vincent Wolfe/(adv). May 19 7:30pm Ori DaganQuartet /(adv); 9:30pm Serafin LaRiviere$TBA. May 31 7:30pm Julie Michels/(adv).Gallery Studio, The2877 Lake Shore Blvd., Etobicoke.416-253-0285www.thegallerystudiocafe.caEvery Tue Jazz Jam with Humber College walumni house band: Riley O’Connor (drums);Scott Kemp (bass); Scott Metcalf (piano); ShiranthaBeddage (saxophone); Lee Wallace (guitar).Every Thu 7pm Kirk MacDonald/AlHenderson Duo . Every Sat 4:30-7pm TheCooking Channel No Cover. Every Sun 1:30pmBirds of a Feather; 4pm Fair Trade; 7pm ElizabethMartins Quartet No Cover. May 3 8pmLorenzo Castelli . May 9 7:30pm UptownSwing Band . May 11 8pm James BrownTrio . May 12 6:30pm Young Jik Kim Quartet;9:30pm NIIC. May 17 8pm Chelsea Mc-Bride . May 18 8pm Brad Chesseman Group. May 24 8pm Chelsea McBride . May 258:30pm Ernesto Cervini Quartet .Gate 403403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930www.gate403.comAll shows: PWYC.May 1 5pm Kelsey McNuly Jazz Band; 9pm JulianFauth Blues Night. May 2 5pm Brian Coberand Aslan Gotov Blues Duo; 9pm Kurt Nielsenand Richard Whiteman Jazz band. May 35pm Melissa Lauren Jazz Band; 9pm JustineCampbell Jazz Band. May 4 5pm Mike FieldJazz Band; 9pm Max Senitt Y Sus Amigos.May 5 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends; 9pm AllisonAu Jazz Band. May 6 5pm Joel Hartt &Mark Kieswetter Jazz Duo; 9pm Peter EastmureJazz Band. May 7 5pm Tom McGill; 9pm RichardWhiteman/Laura Hubert Jazz Band. May8 5pm Gosia Faryna; 9pm Julian Fauth BluesNight. May 9 5pm Brian Cober and Aslan GotovBlues Duo; 9pm Victor Monsivais Trio. May10 5pm Allison Au Jazz Band; 9pm Sabor LatinJazz Band. May 11 5pm Christopher SimmonsJazz Trio; 9pm Fraser Melvin Blues Band. May12 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends; 9pm DennisGaumon Blues Duo. May 13 5pm Dan Mock &Alan Zemaitis; 9pm Wendy Irvine Jazz Quartet.May 14 5pm Denis Schigh; 9pm Richard Whiteman/LauraHubert Jazz Band. May 15 5pm ChrisGale Jazz Band; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night.May 16 5pm Brian Cober and Aslan Gotov BluesDuo; 9pm Lara Solnicki Jazz Band. May 17 5pmGia & the Unpredictable Update; 9pm StringTheory Collective. May 18 5pm Ventana 5 JazzBand; 9pm Sweet Derrick Blues Band. May 195pm Bill Heffernan & Friends; 9pm Patrick Tevlin’sNew Orleans Rhythm. May 20 5pm CindyUrech Jazz Duo; 9pm Robin Banks Jazz Band.50 May 1 – June 7, 2012

May 21 5pm Erica Romero Trio; 9pm RichardWhiteman/Laura Hubert Jazz Band. May 225pm Jeffrey Hewer Jazz Band; 9pm Julian FauthJazz Band. May 23 5pm Brian Cober and AslanGotov Blues Duo; 9pm Jesse Boxer-MeyrowitzJazz Band. May 24 5pm Vincent Bertucci JazzBand; 9pm Kevin Laliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio.May 25 5pm Sam Broverman Jazz Duo; 9pmDonné Roberts Band. May 26 5pm Bill Heffernan& Friends; 9pm Denielle Bassels Jazz Band.May 27 5pm Anything Goes; 9pm BrownmanAkoustic Trio. May 28 5pm Noah Sherman JazzBand; 9pm Richard Whiteman/Laura Hubert JazzBand. May 29 5pm Lorenzo Castelli Jazz Quinet;9pm Julian Fauth Blues Band. May 30 5pmBrian Cober and Aslan Gotov Blues Duo; 9pmJorge Gavidia Jazz & Blues Band. May 31 5pmMary McKay Trio; 9pm Das Kaff Jazz Band.Gladstone Hotel1214 Queen St. W. 416-531-4635All shows are free unless otherwise indicated.www.gladstonehotel.comMay 1 9pm Jon Brooks . May 2 9pm Moo’dSwing. May 3 9pm Toronto Blues Society Presents:Morgan Davis. May 6 9am-4pm SundayAcoustic Family (Melody Bar); 2pm-5pmGreat Canadian Fiddle Session (Art Bar). May9 9pm Swing Night with Combo Royale. May11 9pm Soozimusic. May 13, 27 2:00-5:30pmOld Time Jam.Grossman’s Tavern“Toronto’s Home of the Blues”379 Spadina Ave. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover.Every Sat 4-8pm The Happy Pals matinee.Every Sun 4-8pm New Orleans ConnectionAllstars; 9:30pm-2am The Nationals w BrianCober: Double Slide Guitar Open Stage Jam.Every Mon 9:30 No Band Required. EveryWed 9:30pm Bruce Domoney. May 1 Miz Debbieand the Don Valley Stompers. May 2 BruceDomoney. May 4 Sandi Marie; Eddie and theProfessor. May 5 The Happy Pals; City Soul.May 11 Laura Hubert. May 12 The Happy Pals;Chloe Watkinson and the Crossroads. May 13New Orleans Connection Allstars; The Nationals.May 18 Blue Nash. May 19 The Happy Pals;TBA. May 26 The Happy Pals; Caution Jam.May 29 Allstars from Grossman Amy Fund.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover.Every Mon 8pm-12am Open Jam Night withCarolyn T Band with opening guest. Every Fri/Sat 7:30-11:30pm Jazz/Blues.Harlem Underground Restaurant/Bar745 Queen St. W. Tue John Campbell. Every Thu CarlBray Trio. Every Fri, Sat Carl Bray.Hirut Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560Every 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, .May 2 Two Perfect Gentlemen. May 9 ChrisHercules (spoken word), Aubrey McGhee (saxophone)and Conrad Gayle (keys). May 16 OriDagan (vocals); Tom Cummings (vibraphone).May 23 Lesley Young Trio. May 30 SharronMcLeod (vocals); Kevin Barrett (guitar).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.May 2, 3 Loudon Wainwright III: CD Release/.50(adv). May 4, 5 Borrowed Tunes:A Tribute to Neil Young feat Tom Wilson, LeeHarvey Osmond, Oh Susanna, Liam Titcomb,The Undesirables and more .50/(adv).May 6 International Bellydance Confererenceof Canada Closing Night Performancefeat Arabesque Orchestra with Bassam Bishara/(adv). May 8 Wade Benson: CDRelease with Arun Pal Band /(adv).May 9 Susie Arioli: “All the Way” CD Release/.50(adv). May 10 Dave Gunningwith guest Ron Nigrini .50/(adv).May 11 Colin Hay .50/(adv). May12 Tom Chapin .50/(adv). May15 Cadence /(adv). May 16 OldMan Luedecke; opening set by Del Barber/(adv). May 17 Benefit for TorontoDrug Treatment Court with Lexy Smith-Doughtyand Martha Meredith or for 2.May 18 Shakura S’Aida .50/(adv).May 19 The Sparrow Songs: A Country SongString .50/(adv). May 23 Jorge Martinez.50/(adv). May 24 Jack deKeyzer /(adv). May 25 Soul Influence/(adv). May 26 Russell deCarle.50/(adv). May 27 Cris Williamson/.50(adv). May 28 Marc Cohn/(adv). May 29 Jane Harbury PresentsDiscoveries: Tia Brazda, Chris Casserly,Rudy Silvamer & Mary Stewart $17/(adv).May 30 John McDermott: CD Release.50/(adv). May 31 Regeneration CommunityServices Benefit Concert w/ Toronto All-Star Big Band /(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.May 4 New Vibes Quartet . May 5 MichaelWood Quartet . May 11 Tesseract Quintet.May 12 Terry Clarke Trio. May 18 Mark SeggerSextet . May 19 Lorne Lofsky/Roddy EliasQuartet . May 25 Pram Trio . May 26Duncan Hopkins Trio .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. Every Wed NoahZacharin.Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307www.lula.caMay 2, 3 7:30 Les Voix du Coeur/(adv). May 4 8pm Alithea Cameron;Salsa Dance Party w Jorge Maza & La TipicaToronto ( for both shows). May 5 10:30pmSalsa Dance Party w Yani Borrell and the ClaveKings . May 6 11am Sunday Family SalsaBrunch . May 8 8pm Khaira Arby,Queen of Desert Blues /(adv). May 98:30pm Autorickshaw and Special Guests: GordonSheard, Mark Duggan and George Koller/(adv). May 10 7:30pm We Can Dance:Fundraiser for Dancing with Parkinson’s withAndy Barrie, Jim Creeggan and Caché .May 11 Lulaworld 2012: 8pm La Marisoul +Café Con Pan CD Release; 10:30pm Boogat+ Lady Son Articulo Veinte. May 13 Lulaworld2012: 10:30pm Ralph Irizarry + LuisitoOrbegoso`s Moda Eterna /. May 15Lulaworld 2012: 8:30pm Daniela Nardi`s EspressoManifesto CD Launch /(adv).May 17 Lulaworld 2012: 8pm Alain Pérez wMario Allende and Robi Botos; 9pm IgnacioBerroa w Hilario Duran /(adv) (bothshows). May 18 Lulaworld 2012: 8pm DonnéRoberts; 10:00pm The New Brazilian Forro,Tropicalia and MPB: Claudio Rabeca & AlineMorales /(adv) (both shows). May19 10:30pm Colombia Mi Amor w OrquestaFantasia . May 20 11am Sunday FamilySalsa Brunch . May 20 8:30pm SalonNoir’s Medieval Masquerade featuring Jarboe/(adv). May 24 7pm Rock for LifeFundraiser. Free, donations welcome. May 2510:30pm Salsa Dance Party w Son Ache andDJ Suave . May 26 10:30pm Salsa Saturdayw Ricky Franco and the P-Crew .Manhattan’s Music Club951 Gordon St., Guelph. 519-767-2440www.manhattans.caMelange Restaurant172 Main St. 416-686-4795May 3, 10, 17 7-10pm Norman Marshall Villeneuve’sJazz Message Trio No Cover.Mezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687www.mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed Jazz Series: sets at 9pm and10:15pm. Cover.May 2 Roland Hunter Trio. May 9 Gems of PersianMusic with the Baarbad Trio: Mehdi Rezania(santur); Sardar Mohammadjani (barbat);Ebrahim Rahnama (vocals). May 16 MaureenKennedy (vocals); Reg Schwager (guitar). May23 Ron Davis Trio. May 30 Gypsy Music witha Twist of Jazz: Robi Botos (melodica/cajun);Joszef Botos (guitar); Luis Botos (drums).May 1 – June 7, 51

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