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Volume 20 Issue 4 - December 2014

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MICHELLE HAZELLof it, to anger andthe uncertainty ofa relationship.”With musicthat often relieson extensiveproduction, oneof Williamson’schallenges isin translatingit into a liveperformance.“You need toBeat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz!Sacha Williamsonhave a very highly skilled band – and my thing is with this kind ofmusic I need to have a pianist who definitely knows more than onekind of genre – he needs to know Odyssey Arp and 808 sounds –synth sounds – I guess you can say he needs to have gone through theHerbie Hancock school.”Joining Sacha Williamson at Hugh’s Room on December 7 willbe keys wiz Michael Shand, along with bassist Andrew Stewart anddrummer Maxwell Roach.Trombonist Chris Butcherkeeps himself busy with avariety of projects these days,including the HeavyweightsBrass Band, The Lula All Stars,Changui Havana, RobertoLinares Brown, as well ashis own quartet, which justwrapped up a residency at theBellwoods Brewery. This monthhe is excited about playing agig with Jay Douglas and hisAll Stars featuring the patriarchof Jamaican jazz, 82-yearoldErnest Ranglin, who wasToronto Ravel ; 8:30pm Ron Hynes& Friends – CD Re-Release – Standing inLine in the Rain .50(adv)/(door).December 3 8pm The 2014/15 JAZZ.FM91 Songwriters Series – A Kosher Christmas(general)/(students)/5(subscription). December 4 Rant MaggieRant – Frost & Fire: A Celtic ChristmasCelebration (adv)/.50(door).December 5 Rik Emmett with Dave Dunlop(adv)/(door). December 6 TheArrogant Worms (adv)/(door).December 7 Sacha Williamson CDRelease: “Love Life” (adv)/$20(door).December 8 Stringband’s Bob Bossin& Marie-Lynn Hammond: TogetherAgain $20(adv)/.50(door).December 9 Al Tuck and No Action.50(adv)/$20(door). December 10 SteveChris Butcher (trombone)Bob Marley’s guitar teacher as well as one of the most prolific recordproducers in Jamaica’s history.“The last time he was in town he played the main stage of theLuminato Festival on the week of his 80th birthday,” remembersButcher. “Age has not slowed him down and he is still a pervasive andindividual voice on the guitar.”Ranglin, along with Jay Douglas and his All Stars, will performan afternoon Sunday Jam at Seven44 (formerly the Chick’n Deli) onDecember 14 at 4pm. Tickets are at the door or in advanceand can also be purchased at Henry’s Records in Scarborough,130 Shorting Road, or at Crasher and O’Neil Barbershop at 169Eglinton Ave. W.D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Bell CD Release: “Pilgrimage” (Solo Show)$20(adv)/.50(door). December 12 TheFoggy Hogtown Boys CD Release: “Animals,Insects and People” .50(adv)/(door).December 13 Paul DesLauriers Band & ChrisAntonik (adv)/.50(door). December14 Sharon Robinson (adv)/(door).December 16 John McDermott & SpecialGuests (adv)/(door). December 17A Quartette Christmas (adv)/(door).December 18 Ladies in Waiting CD Release:“Jingle Ma Belle” $20(adv)/.50(door).December 19 Kevin Kane (of The Grapesof Wrath) & Bryan Potvin (of The NorthernPikes) $20(adv)/.50(door). December20 Craig Cardiff $20(adv)/.50(door).December 21 1pm The Ault Sisters Celebratethe Season Concert – Matinee Performance$20(adv)/.50(door) childrenIn addition to Butcher’s busy performance schedule he hosts Dig!On CIUT 89.5FM every Wednesday from 12 to 2pm.“The show is largely geared as a jazz show but I have an eclectictaste and deep love for many styles of music so expect to hearanything I’ve been digging on lately. I try and keep the show veryconnected to the Toronto scene on the ground level. That means you’regoing to hear tracks by local artists or people coming to town beforethey’re released and before the big radio boys in town are playingthem. I also have artists in for interviews and features at least on aweekly basis. This means you may hear a renowned musician withan international following like Elizabeth Shepherd or Adonis Puentesor you may hear a local guy like James McEleney, the bassist in myquartet, down playing tracks and talking music. You can tune inworldwide at”Speaking of James McEleney, he just let me know of an excitingweekly residency he has been enjoying with The Breakemen Trio forthe past few months in Toronto’s west end, Thursday nights at thePassenger located at 2968 Dundas Street West.The Breakemen Trio is chordless: Bobby Hsu on saxophone, JamesMcEleney on bass and Sly Juhas on drums.“I have an affinity for this formation,” says McEleney, “because ofclassic Sonny Rollins recordings likeWay Out West and Live at the VillageVanguard, Toronto’s own Time Warp(which is now a quartet but stillwithout chords) and as I player I findit feels very open and free.”Of his sidemen, McEleney says:“I work in a variety of settings withBobby Hsu including his group ASondheim Jazz Project. He and I havevery similar tastes in music and heis well-versed in the world of chordlesstrios, in particular the aforementionedSonny Rollins records. SlyJuhas is a no-brainer for this gig. Heswings, he has very focused ideas andhas a way of pushing everybody’s playing up to a higher level. In thepast year or so the three of us started to get together regularly to playtunes and work out some musical ideas so we’ve been really excited toshare our work. Any day where I get to play music with these two is agreat day.”The Passenger is an intimate space with a cool vibe, great foodincluding some late night snacks, a special cocktail menu and a wideselection of craft beer. There’s no cover for this series, which they call“The J-Train.” Join the Breakemen Trio at The Passenger on a Thursdaynight for some jazz in the Junction.Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz musician, writer andeducator who can be reached at 12: (adv)/(door); 8:30pmDr. Draw (adv)/(door). December22, 23 Have a Bluesy Christmas(adv)/(door). December 27 8amDon Ross (adv)/.50(door). December28 Suzie Vinnick .50(adv)/(door).December 30 The Fred Eaglesmith TravellingSteam Show (adv)/(door). December31 9:30pm Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithewaite– New Year’s Eve Extravaganza(adv)/(door).Jazz Bistro, The251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299jazzbistro.caDecember 2 8pm Matt Lagan (saxophone)Quartet with Ewen Farncombe (piano), HoltStuart-Hitchcox (bass), Louis Baranyi-Irvine(drums) . December 6 9pm An Eveningwith Robi Botos $20. December 7 12pm“Sundays in New York” Brunch with MicahBarnes and his Trio ; 7pm Sunday Cabaretwith Glenda del E (piano) featuring JuanPablo Dominguez (bass), Ahmed Mitchel(drums) . December 9 8pm Paula Gardin“Two of Cups” CD Release: Paula Gardin(voice), Nancy Walker (piano), Kieran Overs(bass), Steve Heathcote (drums) Kirk Mac-Donald (saxophone) . December 10 9pmCocktails and Candy Canes . December11 9pm Natasha Buckeridge (voice) Quartetwith Chris Tsujiuchi (piano), Jeff Deegan(bass), Robin Claxton (drums) . December13 9pm Ori Dagan (voice) Quartet with DaveRestivo (piano), Jordan O’Connor (bass), SlyJuhas (drums) . 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and his Trio ; 7pm Sam Broverman Presents:“A Jewish Boy’s Christmas”: SamBroverman (voice), Peter Hill (piano), JordanO’Connor (bass), featuring Whitney Ross-Barris (voice) and members of the TorontoMendelssohn Choir . December 16 8pmThe Woodhouse “Home for Christmas” CDRelease: Jennah Barry (voice), Nevin Dunn(saxophone), James Ervin (trumpet), MattGiffin (piano), Soren Nissen (bass), Will Fisher(drums) . December 19, 20 9pm MarkEisenman (piano) Quartet with Kelly Jefferson(saxophone), Neil Swainson (bass), MorganChilds (drums) . December 21 12pm“Sundays in New York” Brunch with MicahBarnes and his Trio ; 7pm Sunday Cabaret:Rita’s Parlour: Rita di Ghent (voice, piano),Mike Daley (guitar), Rich Brisco (drums) .December 27 9pm Chris Gale (saxophone)Quartet with Amanda Tosoff (piano), JonMaharaj (bass), Joel Haynes (drums) .December 28 12pm “Sundays in New York”Brunch with Micah Barnes and his Trio ;7pm Sunday Cabaret with hisaka: hisaka(voice), Mark Kieswetter (piano), GeorgeKoller (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums) $20.December 31 New Year’s Eve at Jazz Bistrowith Soul Stew 0 (with dinner).Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30-11:30. Attendees must be 19+.December 5 Mary-Catherine Quartet: Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano (voice), DonBuchanan (piano), Mike Grace (bass), SteveJames (drums) . December 6 Boom ForRent: Chris Gale (saxophone), Reg Schwager(guitar), Brendan Davis (bass), Ted Warren(drums) . December 7 4pm Kirk MacDonaldand Harold Mabern – Special Duo presentation$20/(st). December 12 Randy LyghtBand $20. December 13 Mark EisenmanTrio . December 14 Tom Nagy ChristmasExperience – “The Ghost of Christmas SpecialsPast”: Derek Hines (voice), Rob Gellner(trumpet), Jason White (piano), Don McDougall(drums), Tom Nagy (bass) . December26 Michael Dunston Sings the Music ofDonny Hathaway, with the Dave Young Sextet:Michael Dunston (voice), Dave Young (bass),Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Bernie Senensky(piano), Brian Legere (guitar), Mark Kelso(drums), Perry White (saxophone). December27 Jason White (piano) with Joe Ryan(drums) and Paul VanDyk (bass) .Joe Mama’s317 King St. W 416-340-6469joemamas.caEvery Tue 6pm Jeff Eager. Every Wed 6pmThomas Reynolds & Geoff Torrn. Every Thurs9pm Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm The Grind.Every Sat 10pm Shugga. Every Sun 6:30pmOrganic: Nathan Hiltz (guitar); BernieSenensky (organ); Ryan Oliver (sax), MorganChilds (drums).KAMA214 King St. W. (full schedule)All shows: 5-8pm.December 11 Steve McDade (trumpet, flugelhorn)with Lorne Lofsky (guitar). December18 Bob DeAngelis (clarinet, saxophone) withJohn Sherwood (piano).Local Gest, The424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425 (call for concertschedule)Jazz Sundays 4:30-7:30pm. No Cover.December 7 Joanne Morra (voice) Trio withJeff Hewer (guitar), Rachel Melas (bass).Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)December 5 7:30pm Max Sennit Trio Freebefore 8pm; 10:30pm Café Cubano (Free for ladies before 10pm). December 610:30pm Conjunto Lacalu . December 78pm The Big Band Tap Revue $20. December12 7:30pm Tribute to Antonio CarlosJobim with The Victor Monsivais QuartetFree before 8pm. December 12 10:30pm YaniBorrell (Free for ladies before 10pm).December 13 10:30pm Tipica Toronto .December 19 7:30 Eliana Cuevas Trio Freebefore 8pm. December 19 10:30pm ChanguiHavana (Free for ladies before 10pm).December 20 10:30pm Orquesta Fantasia. December 26 7:30pm Guaracha y SonFree before 8pm; 10:30pm Havana Norte withRoberto Linares Brown and special guestJane Bunnett . December 27 10:30pmRicky Franco . December 28 8pm GaryMorgan Panamericana with Hilario Duran$20. December 31 10:30pm New Year’sEve Salsa Party with The Lula All Stars (includes champagne and dance lesson).Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club951 Gordon St., Guelph (full schedule)All shows: PWYCDecember 2, 16, 30 Brad Halls. December9 Carmen Spada. December 17 Jokela& Vogan feat. Charlie Cooley CD Release.December 10 John Zadro. December13 Bernie Senensky Trio. December 18 Jazz/Funk Trio. December 19 Soulphonic. December20 Steve Koven Trio. December 26 JasonRaso Funktet. December 27 Paul Taylor Duo.Mezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W (full schedule)All shows: 9pm, unless otherwise noted.December 3 Klezmology: Jonno Lightstone(clarinet), David Mott (sax). December 108pm Flamenco performance: Dino Toledo(guitar), Fernando Gallego (voice) No cover.December 17 David Young (bass), Robi Botos(piano).Monarch Tavern12 Clinton St. (full schedule)December 8 7:30pm Martin Loomer & HisOrange Devils Orchestra .Monarchs PubAt the Eaton Chelsea Hotel33 Gerrard St. W. (full schedule)All shows: 8pm-midnight. No Cover.December 3 The Robin Banks Quartet.December 4 The Swingin’ Blackjacks.December 10 The Vipers. December11 The 24 th Street Wailers. December 17 TheMelissa Lauren Quartet. December 18 IreneTorres and the Sugar Devils.Morgans on the Danforth1282 Danforth Ave. (full schedule)All shows: 2-5pm, no cover.December 7 Lara Solnicki and Ted Quinlan.December 14 The Shannon Butcher Duo.December 21 Boom for Rent. December28 Lisa Particelli’s “Girls’ Night Out East” Jamfeaturing Mark Kieswetter on piano.Musideum401 Richmond St. W., Main (Full schedule)December 3 8pm Jonathan Feldman $20.December 7 8pm Steve Koven & Jayson Dale$20. December 9 8pm Sunday Wilde $20.December 11 8pm Steve Amirault $20.Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958nawlins.caAll shows: No cover/PWYCEvery Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. EveryWed 7pm Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thu 8pmNothin’ But the Blues w/ guest vocalists.Every Fri 8:30pm All Star Bourbon St. Band.Every Sat 6:30pm Sam Heinman 9pm All StarBourbon St. Band. Every Sun 7pm BrookeBlackburn.Nice Bistro, The117 Brock St. N., Whitby. (full schedule)Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641oldmilltoronto.comThe Home Smith Bar: No Reservations. NoCover. $20 food/drink minimum. All shows:7:30-10:30pmDecember 4 June Garber (voice) Quartetwith Mark Kieswetter (piano), John Johnson(saxophone), Pat Collins (bass). December5 David Occhipinti (guitar) Trio withSoren Nissen (bass), Ian Wright (drums).December 6 Bruce Cassidy (trumpet, flugelhorn,EVI) Trio with Tom Szczesniak (piano,bass), Pat Collins (guitar, bass). December11 Sophia Perlman (voice) & Adrean Farrugia(piano) Quartet with Ross MacIntyre(bass), Jeff Halischuk (drums). December12 MRYIAD3 with Chris Donnelly (piano),Dan Fortin (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums).December 13 Dave Field (bass) Trio withDavid Braid (piano), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone).November 15 Fern Lindzon (voice,piano) Trio with George Koller (bass), NickFraser (drums). December 19 Gord Sheard(piano) Trio with George Koller (bass), MarkKelso (drums). December 20 GenevieveMarentette (voice) Trio with Mark Kieswetter(piano), George Koller (bass). December31 8:30pm-12:30am Annual New Year’s EveJazz Party with Alex Pangman and her Alleycats:Alex Pangman (voice), Ross Wooldridge(clarinet, saxophone), Peter Hill (piano), ChrisBanks (bass), Glenn Anderson (drums) 5(with reservations).Paintbox Bistro555 Dundas St. E. (Full schedule)Painted Lady, The218 Ossington Ave. (full schedule)Pilot Tavern, The22 Cumberland Ave. All shows: 3:30pm. No Cover.December 6 Sugar Daddies. December13 Dave Young Quartet. December 20 JakeKoffman Quartet. December 27 Brian ChahleyQuartet.Poetry Jazz Café224 Augusta Ave. (full schedule)Reposado Bar & Lounge136 Ossington Ave. (full schedule)December 3 9:30pm Spy vs. Sly vs. Spy.December 4, 5 10pm Reposadists Quartet.December 6 9:30pm Bradley & the Bouncers.December 7 9pm James Robertson Trio.Reservoir Lounge, The52 Wellington St. E. (full schedule).Every Tue 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and hisRhythm. Every Wed 9:45pm Bradley and theBouncers. Every Thu 9:45pm Mary McKay.Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis.Every Sat 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and hisRhythm.Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The194 Queen St. W. (full schedule)Call for cover charge info.December 1 6:30pm University of TorontoStudent Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm N.O.J.O. –Neufeld/Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra. December2 6:30pm Richard Whiteman Group;9:30pm Classic Rex Jam hosted by ChrisGale. December 3 9:30 New York’s Huntertones.December 4 6:30pm Laura HubertBand; 9:30 David Buchbinder. December5 4pm Hogtown Syncopaters; 6:30pmSara Dell; 9:45 Alex Pangman. December 612pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30 SwingShift Big Band; 7:30pm Nick Teehan Group;9:45 Michael Herring. December 7 12pmHart House/Jazz FM Youth; 3:30pm ClubDjango; 7pm Brian de Lima Quartet; 9:30pmSean Bray Quartet. December 8 6:30pmUniversity of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles;9:30pm Michael Brooker & MB10.December 9 6:30pm Richard WhitemanGroup; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jam hosted byChris Gale. December 10 6:30 Jim GelcerGroups; 9:30 The Woodhouse CD Release.December 11 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band;9:30 Michael Dunston’s Donny HathawayTribute. December 12 4pm Hogtown Syncopaters;6:30pm Sara Dell; 9:45 Eliana Cuevas.December 13 12pm Danny Marks &Friends; 3:30 Tonight @ Noon; 7:30pm NickTeehan Group; 9:45 Steve Koven’s ProjectRex. December 14 12pm Excelsior DixielandJazz; 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble; 7pmBrian de Lima Quartet; 9:30pm RandomAccess. December 15 6:30pm Jake KoffmanGroups; 9:30pm John Cheeseman JazzOrchestra. December 16 6:30pm RichardWhiteman Group; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jamhosted by Calgary’s John Reid. December 176:30 Jim Gelcer Groups; 9:30 Larnell Lewis.December 18 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band;9:30 Aaron Shragge’s The Music of TomWaits. December 19 4pm Hogtown Syncopaters;6:30pm Sara Dell; 9:45 Dave Young.December 20 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; December 1 2014 - February 7, 2015 | 65

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