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Volume 18 Issue 6 - March 2013

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Beat by Beat | In the ClubsC. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Don VickeryThe Jazz HuntersORI DAGANClubs have folded, restaurants have closed and music programminghas been cut, resulting in plenty of blues to be sungfor the jazz community but hardly any venues to sing them in.“If you want to make a million dollars from jazz, start with twomillion” is a saying that has been going around.Enter Colin Hunter, founding president, CEO and owner of the airlinecarrier Sunwing Airlines and the all-inclusive package company,Sunwing Vacations. He’s also a part-time crooner. Now, with the helpof wife Joan Hunter and general manager Sybil Walker, he is set toopen the Jazz Bistro, the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated businessventure that is finally ready to roll.From left: Colin Hunter, Joan Hunter, Joe Sealy and Sybil Walker.Sharing the same address as the famed jazz club Top O’ TheSenator (1990–2005), the Jazz Bistro has been years in the making,but the wait is over, and it was well worth it.“Toronto didn’t have an establishment of this calibre, so I sensedthere was an opportunity,” says Colin Hunter. “I’ve done a few gigswith Joe Sealy in Montreal at the House of Jazz and wanted to giveToronto an establishment that was better than anything that was inMontreal. For starters, we are going to have better food, better serviceand better ambiance.”Designed by Joan Hunter, the Bistro is a feast for the eyes, boastinga beautiful balcony, a ruby chandelier and a signature Steinway pianothat even has a name: Red Pop.As suggested by the name of the club itself, cuisine will be instrumentalin complementing the musical experience: “We have hired achef I have known and respected for some time, Matt Cowan,” saysgeneral manager Sybil Walker. “I have always been impressed withhis respect for his ingredients, his passion for finding just the rightfood pairings and his insatiable interest in food on every level.”Walker is also responsible for booking the club and has initiateda weekly jazz brunch featuring a different vocalist each month. Theseries debuts on March 17 with illustrious bass-baritone MarcusNance; another sure highlight this month will be a three-night stintwith veteran American flutist and saxophonist Lew Tabackin, bookedwith the Mark Eisenman Trio March 28 to 30.Tuesday nights are going to feature a variety of special eventsincluding CD releases, the first one being Tuesday, March 26, whenJuly/August 2010 cover girl for The WholeNote, Alex Pangman, willcelebrate her newest release, Have a Little Fun. Notably, this JustinTime release features a guest appearance by legendary guitarist BuckyPizzarelli, 87 years old as of this writing.“I was actually saying to my husband that I’d love to record withPizzarelli one day,” says Pangman. “Then I heard that Jazz.FM wasbringing him to town for a concert and I just about had a heartattack. I learned that he had a little time off so I got up the gumpcontinueson page 52Sun 11am-3pm Rockabilly Brunch w/ AlistairChristl and the Cosmotones. No Cover. EveryTue 8:30pm Hot Club of Corktown Django Jamw/ host Wayne Nakamura. PWYC. Every Wed8pm Corktown Ukelele Jam . Mar 1 9pmHavana to Toronto . Mar 2 9:30pm QueIsso?. Mar 4 7:30pm Good Neighbours OpenMic Night. PWYC. Mar 7 7pm The Wee FolkClub . Mar 8 8:30pm Mary Catherine Duo. Mar 9 9pm Sonic Blues: Daniel Buxton. Mar 24 4pm Vocal Support: Fundraiserfor We Are Jose campaign PWYC/ minimum.Mar 30 9pm Glendale One .Dovercourt House805 Dovercourt Rd. (full schedule)Every Sat 9pm-1am Saturday Night Swing:Dance featuring Live Swing Bands and two prepartydance classes. Dance ; with oneclass, $18 with both.Emmet Ray, The924 College St. (full schedule)All shows: PWYC.Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. (full schedule)Mar 1 7pm Broadsway: Heather Bambrick,Julie Michels & Diane Leah /(adv).Mar 2 7pm Broadsway (see Mar 1); 9:30pmMargot Roi /(adv). Mar 3 7:30pm LesNongénues: Lili Connor & Cara Pantalone, w/guests Danielle Wade & Mark Allan. Mar 67:30pm The Rules of Romance: Micah Barnes/(adv). Mar 8 7pm Alice: an 80’sConcert in Wonderland /(adv). Mar13 7:30pm The Rules of Romance: MicahBarnes /(adv). Mar 16 9pm Tim Boyle.$TBA. Mar 20 7:30pm The Rules of Romance:Micah Barnes /(adv). Mar 21 7:30pmSuzanne Nuttall & Jeffrey Michael Straker/(adv). Mar 22 7pm Ryan Hinds:Comedy, Cabaret & Coffee Talk w/ guests/(adv). Mar 27 7:30pm The Rules ofRomance: Micah Barnes /(adv).Gate 403403 Roncesvalles Ave. All shows: PWYC.Mar 1 TBA. Mar 2 5pm Bill Heffernan &Friends; 9pm Melissa Boyce. Mar 3 6pmTriana Project. Mar 4 5pm Alegria Quartet;9pm Richard Whiteman. Mar 5 5pm Blain,Davis & Gould Blues Trio; 9pm Julian Fauth.Mar 6 5pm Aimie Page; 9pm Kurt Nielsen/Richard Whiteman. Mar 7 5pm Roberta Hunt;9pm Melanie Brûlée. Mar 8 5pm Doc Barrister;9pm Bobby Hsu. Mar 9 5pm Bill Heffernan &Friends; 9pm Brownman Akoustic Trio. Mar 105pm Joel Hartt; 9pm Carol Oya. Mar 11 5pmDenis Schingh; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Mar12 5pm Cat Bernardi; 9pm Julian Fauth. Mar13 5pm Mighty Tusk Band; 9pm Brian Cober’sBoogie Bros. Mar 14 5pm Alex Samaras; 9pmKevin Laliberté. Mar 15 5pm Whitney RossBarris; 9pm Fraser Melvin. Mar 16 5pm BillHeffernan & Friends; 9pm Patrick Tevlin’s NewOrleans Rhythm. Mar 17 5pm Joanne Morra& France St. Trio; 9pm Roots Down Trio. Mar18 5pm Tom Gill; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Mar19 5pm Dylan Lock; 9pm Julian Fauth. Mar 205pm Dave Rubel; 9pm Jeffrey Hewer. Mar 215pm G Street Trio; 9pm Justine Campbell. Mar22 5pm Shae & Lorne; 9pm Andy De Campos.Mar 23 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends; 9pmDenielle Bassels. Mar 24 5pm Jeff Taylor &the SLT; 9pm Brownstone Folk-Blues-Jazz.Mar 25 5pm Shaheem Taheri; 9pm RichardWhiteman. Mar 26 5pm Peter Eastmure; 9pmJulian Fauth. Mar 27 5pm Maxine Willan; 9pmAimee Butcher. Mar 28 5pm Caitlin Comeau-Jarvis; 9pm Cyndi Carleton. Mar 29 5pmFelix Wong; 9pm Annie Bonsignore & DunstanMorey. Mar 30 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends;9pm Sweet Derrick Blues. Mar 31 5pmMeghan Stock; 9pm Spirit of Jazz.Gladstone Hotel1214 Queen St. W. (full schedule)Every First Thu 9-11:30pm Toronto BluesSociety’s Blues Series. Free.Grossman’s Tavern379 Spadina Ave. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover/PWYC.Mar 1 Sandi Marie; Combo Royale. Mar 2The Happy Pals; Robin Hawkins. Mar 3 NewOrleans Connection Allstar; The Nationals.Mar 5 Miz Debbie and the Don ValleyStompers. Mar 8 Swinging Black Jacks. Mar9 The Happy Pals; Chloe Watkinson and theCrossroad. Mar 10 New Orleans ConnectionAllstars; The Nationals. Mar 15 James Doolinand the Jaguar. Mar 16 The Happy Pals. Mar17 New Orleans Connection Allstars; TheNationals. Mar 23 The Happy Pals; JulianFauth. Mar 24 New Orleans ConnectionAllstars; The Nationals. Mar 28 DamnedNeighbours. Mar 29 Frankie Foo. Mar 30The Happy Pals; Caution Jam. Mar 31 NewOrleans Connection Allstars; The Nationals.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. (full schedule)All shows: 7:30-11pm. No Cover/PWYC.Mar 1 Julian Fauth. Mar 2 Shelley Hamilton.Mar 8 Gyles. Mar 9 Jill Peacock. Mar 15ZimZum. Mar 16 Shyann. Mar 22 KayHums.Mar 23 Reece.Henhouse, The1532 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)No Cover.Mar 15 8pm Twosomes & Threeways:Sharron McLeod (vocals); Brendan Davis (bass).Hirut Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560Every Wed 8pm Open Mic with Gary 17.Every Sun 2:30pm Open Jam.Mar 7 8pm Finger Style Guitar. Mar 14 8pmDaniel Barnes Trio. Mar 16 8pm Robi PetersonShowcase. Mar 21 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar.Mar 28 8pm Daniel Barnes Trio. Mar 29 HirutHoot Cabaret.Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, TheHugh’s Room2261 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted).Mar 1 An Evening with Andy Maize &Friends $18/(adv). Mar 2 Tribute to JoniMitchell .50/(adv). Mar 6 DoubleBill: Catherine MacLellan & Jonathan Byrd.50/(adv). Mar 7 Buther Singer50 March 1 – April 7, 2013

Baker: Chet Baker tribute w/ ShannonButcher (vocals) & Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet)/.50(adv). Mar 8 Kevin Hearn &Thinbuckle .50/(adv). Mar 9 Jack deKeyzer CD Release .50/(adv). Mar12 Jazz.FM91 Cabaret Series: Barb Jungr/(adv). Mar 13 Tannis Slimmon CDRelease .50/(adv). Mar 14 ChloeCharles CD Release /$18(adv). Mar 15The Two Sides of Carole King: A Tribute/(adv). Mar 16 St. Patrick’s Day w/Rant Maggie Rant .50/(adv). Mar 19Jazz.FM91 Cabaret Series: Roseanna Vitro’sTribute to Randy Newman /(adv). Mar21 JP Saxe /(adv). Mar 22, Mar 23John Hammond /.50(adv). Mar 24Patricia O’Callaghan Sings Leonard Cohen.50/(adv). Mar 26 J.P. Cormier CDRelease /.50. Mar 27 Amy McConnell& William Sperandei Quintet. Mar 28 TheHollowbodies /(adv). Mar 29, Mar 30Enter the Haggis CD Release .50/(adv).Inter Steer357 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-8054All shows: No Cover/PWYC.Every Wed 8-11pm Fraser Daley. Every Thu8-11pm Ronnie Hayward Trio.Jazz Bistro, The251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299jazzbistro.caMar 17 12-3pm Jazz Brunch w/ MarcusNance. No Cover. Mar 24 12-3pm Jazz Brunchw/ Marcus Nance. No Cover. Mar 26 9pm AlexPangman CD Release . Mar 28, 29, 309pm-1am Lew Tabackin w/ the Mark EisenmanTrio . Mar 31 12-3pm Jazz Brunch w/Marcus Nance. No Cover.Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30pm; attendees must be 19+Mar 1 Will Fisher Coastal Quartet . Mar 2Myriad 3 . Mar 8 Elizabeth Shepherd Trio. Mar 9 Bob Brough Quartet $18. Mar 15Andrew McAnsh Quintet. Mar 16 Alex DeanQuintet . Mar 22 Randy Lyght . Mar23 Mulgrew Miller . Mar 29 Dave WiffenQuintet. Mar 30 Robi Botos Trio $18.Joe Mama’s317 King St. W. 416-340-6469Live music every night; All shows: No Cover.Every Sun 6-10pm Organic Quartet. EveryMon 7:30-11:30pm Soul Mondays. EveryTue 7-11pm Blue Angels. Every Wed 8pm-12am Blackburn. Every Thu 8:30pm-12:30amBlackburn. Every Fri 10pm-2am The Grind.Every Sat 10pm-2am Shugga.La Revolución2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746larev.webs.comEvery Sun 7-11pm Mikko Hilden & Les PetitsNouveaux Gypsy Jazz Band w/ guests. PWYC.Mar 1 9pm Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy.PWYC. Mar 2 9pm Jay Linden; Sam Turton &Jane Lewis . Mar 9 9pm Jay Linden; ChrisCouture . Mar 16 9pm Jay Linden; DaveBradstreet .Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)Every Sun Sunday Family Cuban Brunch ;(child). Includes buffet and salsa lesson.Mar 1 8pm Yoser Rodriguez . Mar 8 8pmRoland Hunter . Mar 10 8pm MatthewShipp Trio /(adv). Mar 13 8pmFundraiser for Toronto’s Roma CommunityCentre $TBA. Mar 15 8pm David OcchipintiTrio . Mar 21 9:30pm Samba Squad CDRelease $TBA. Mar 22 8pm Iroko .Mezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed Sets at 9pm and 10:15pm. JazzSeries. Cover -.Mar 13 Lorne Lofsky (guitar); Kieran Overs(bass). Mar 20 Michael Occhipinti Duo. Mar27 Dave Young (bass); Robi Botos (piano).Monarchs PubAt the Delta Chelsea Hotel33 Gerrard St. W. 416-585-4352monarchspub.caEvery Wed Live Jazz. Every Thu Live Blues.Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958nawlins.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.Nice Bistro, The117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839nicebistro.comMar 27 Paul Greco .99 (includes dinner).Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641oldmilltoronto.comThe Home Smith Bar: No Reservations. NoCover. food/drink minimum. All shows:7:30-10:30pm. Every Thu Thursday NightJazz Party. Every Fri Something to Sing AboutSeries. Every Sat Jazz Masters Series. Mar 1Beverly Taft (vocals); Mark Kieswetter (piano);Neil Swainson (bass). Mar 2 Ted Warren’sCommission: Ted Warren (drums); Mike Malone(trumpet); Ted Quinlan (guitar); Pat Collins(bass). Mar 7 Brazilian Jazz Party: Gord Sheard(piano/host); Luanda Jones (vocals); GeorgeKoller (bass); Mark Kelso (drums). Mar 8 AmyMcConnell (vocals); William Sperandei (trumpet);Mike Kieswetter (piano).Mar 9 JulesEstrin (trombone); Brian Dickinson (piano);Duncan Hopkins (bass). Mar 14 Jazz Party:Russ Little (trombone/host); Carol McCartney(vocals); Tom Szczesniak (piano). Mar 8 DavidStatham (vocals); Joe Sealy (piano); PaulNovotny (bass). Mar 16 Mike Downes (bass);Robi Botos (piano); Ethan Ardelli (drums). Mar21 Jazz Party w/ Terra Hazetlon (vocals/host);Richard Whiteman (piano); Brighman Phillips(trumpet/trombone/piano). Mar 22 CarolMcCartney (vocals); Brian Dickinson (piano);Chris Robinson (sax); Kieran Overs (bass). Mar23 Mar Ucci (guitar); Mark Eisenman (piano);Clark Johnston (bass). Mar 28 Jazz Party w/Robi Botos (piano/host); Alana Bridgewater(vocals); Louis Botos (bass/vocals). Mar 30John Sherwood (piano); Pat Collins (bass);Kevin Dempsey (drums).Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge200 Victoria St. 416-362-1777All shows: 9:30pm-12:30am. No Cover.Solo piano.Mar 1 Steven Koven. Mar 2 Dean Aivaliotis.Paintbox Bistro555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555paintboxbistro.caMar 9 8pm Phil Dwyer & Don Thompson ;(dinner and show). Mar 22 8pm ThompsonEgbo-Egbo Trio ; (dinner and show).Pilot Tavern, The22 Cumberland Ave. All shows: No Cover.Mar 2 3:30pm Alex Dean Quartet. Mar 33:30pm Dako-Wako O: Del Dako MemorialEvent. Mar 7 5:30pm Julian Fauth. Mar9 3:30pm Richard Underhill Quartet. Mar16 3:30pm The Hungarian Project. Mar 233:30pm The Jazz Collective. Mar 24 4pm,Geoff Chapman Celebration. Mar 30 3:30pmMike Field Quintet.Rakia Bar1402 Queen St. E.. 416-778-8800rakiabar.comMar 4, Mar 18 8-11pm Bohemian Mondays:Laura Marks Trio w/ guests. Jam welcomesinstrumentalists and vocalists; jazz and othergenres welcome. No Cover/PWYC.Reposado Bar & Lounge136 Ossington Ave. All shows: PWYC.Every Wed 9:30pm Spy vs Sly vs Spy. EveryThu, Fri 10pm The Reposadists Quartet.Reservoir Lounge, The52 Wellington St. E. (full schedule).Every Tue 7-9pm Apres Work Series; 9:45pmTyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed7-9pm Apres Work Series; 9:45pm Big RudeJake. Every Thu 7-9pm Apres Work Series(Alex Pangman, first Thursday of every month);9:45pm Sophia Perlman. Every Fri 9:45pmDee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Every Sat9:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The194 Queen St. W. (call for cover charge info)Mar 1 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pmU of T Ensembles; 9:45pm Galaxy Orchestra.Mar 2 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30pmShrimp Daddy Reid; 7pm Peter Hill Quintet;9:45pm Mike Downes Quintet. Mar 3 12pmExcelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Club Django;7pm Chris Banks Trio; 9:30pm Jake Koffman.March 1 – April 7, 2013 51

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