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Volume 20 Issue 5 - February 2015

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Volume 20 Issue 5

David Gray (guitar,

David Gray (guitar, background vocals), Matt Horner (keyboards, background vocals), John Johnson (saxophones), Mark Kelso (drums, background vocals), Robert Occhipinti (bass, background vocals) . February 5, 6, 7 9pm Mark McLean (drums), with Wade O. Brown (voice, piano), James Bryan (guitar), JK (bass) (Thurs)/$20(Fri/Sat). February 8 12pm Sunday Brunch with Eli Pasic ; 7pm Sunday Cabaret with Dorothy Stone $20. February 10 8pm Julian Fauth (piano, voice) with Jay Danley (guitar), Shawn Nykwist (sax), Tim Hamel (trumpet), James Thomson (bass), Ken Yoshioka (harmonica), Jon McCann (drums) .00. February 11 8pm George Olliver (voice) with Tony Padalino (piano), Peter Mueller (guitar), Eli Elisenburg (bass), Paul Delong (drums) .00. February 12, 13, 14 9pm Valentine’s Weekend with June Garber and the Mark Keiswetter Trio (Thurs)/$20(Fri)/0( Saturday, includes dinner, champagne and flowers). February 15 12pm Sunday Brunch with Eli Pasic ; 7pm George Evans: “Down with Love: A Post-Valentine Cabaret” . February 17 8pm Lenny Solomon: “Blues Violin” CD Release: Lenny Solomon (violin), Mark Lalama (piano), Marc Ganetakos (guitar), Shelly Berger (bass), Steve Heathcote (drums) . February 18 8pm Parkside Drive: Meghan Parnell (voice), David Barnes (guitar), Todd Pentley (piano), Michael Meusel (bass), Joshua Park (drums) . February 19, 20, 21 9pm Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop: Tara Davidson (alto sax), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), William Carn (trombone), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Jim Vivian (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums) . February 22 12pm Sunday Brunch with Eli Pasic . February 24 8pm Chris Tsujiuchi (voice), with Mark Kieswetter (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Rob Claxton (drums) . February 25 8pm Brave New Records Double-Bill: Mack Longpre (drums), Group: Alison Au (sax), Tara Kannagara (trumpet), Rob Grieve (guitar), Chris Pruden (keys), Tyler Emond (bass); 9:30pm Brave New Records Double-Bill: Alex Tait (voice) with Thomas Francis (keys), Mack Longpre (drums), Shafton Thomas (bass), Neil Whitford (guitar) for both sets. February 26, 27, 28 9pm Don Thompson (vibes) Quartet with Reg Schwager (guitar), Jim Vivian (bass), Terry Clarke (drums) (Thurs/ Fri)/$20(Sat). Jazz Room, The Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565 (full schedule) All shows: 8:30-11:30. Attendees must be 19+. February 6 8:30pm Alfredo Caxaj (percussion voice) Latin Jazz Ensemble with Paco Luviano (bass), Rob Larose (percussion), Steve McDade (trumpet), Dave Wiffen (sax), Peter Hysen (trombone) $20/(st). February 7 8:30pm Robi Botos (piano) Trio with Jim Vivian (bass), Ted Warren (drums) $20/(st). February 13 8:30pm Francois Jalbert /(st). February 14 8:30pm Vinx (voice) / Julie Michels (voice) Quartet with Adam Bowman (drums), TBA (piano) . February 19 8pm Genticorum $20. February 20 8:30pm Ted Gibbons (guitar) Band with Charlie Bell (saxophone), Matthew Lima (bass), Andy McPherson (drums) . February 21 8:30pm Tom Guarna (guitar) Quartet D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) with Manuel Valera (piano), Orlando le Fleming (bass), E.J. Strickland (drums) . February 27 8:30pm Rachel Therrien . February 28 8:30pm Turboprop Sextet: Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Tara Davidson (alto sax), William Carn (trombone), Adrean Farrugia (piano), TBA (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums) $20. Joe Mama’s 317 King St. W 416-340-6469 Every Tue 6pm Jeff Eager. Every Wed 6pm Thomas Reynolds & Geoff Torrn. Every Thurs 9pm Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm The Grind. Every Sat 10pm Shugga. Every Sun 6:30pm Organic: Nathan Hiltz (guitar); Bernie Senensky (organ); Ryan Oliver (sax), Morgan Childs (drums). KAMA 214 King St. W. 416-599-5262 (full schedule) All shows: 5-8pm. Local Gest, The 424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425 (call for concert schedule) Jazz Sundays 4:30-7:30pm. No Cover. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) February 6 7:30pm Laura Fernandez Trio Free before 8pm; 10:30pm Changui Havana , free for women before 10pm. February 7 10:30pm Conjunto Lacalu . February 8 8pm Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate T $20. February 12 8pm Zorana Sadiq $20. February 13 7:30pm David Buchbinder Trio Free before 8pm. February 14 7pm Valentine’s Day Romance & Dance with Payadora ; 10:30pm Yani Borrell . February 15 8pm The Salida Project . February 18 8pm Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Album Release Party to . February 21 10:30 Ricky Franco & The P-Crew Orchestra . February 26 7:30pm SONUSKAPOS . February 27 7:30pm Alexis Baro Quartet Free Before 8pm. February 28 10:30 Orquesta Fantasia . Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC February 4, 11 Jokela & Vogan feat. Charlie Cooley. February 6, 18, 28 John Zadro. February 7 Les Petits Nouveaux. February 8, 22, 27 Stan Chang. February 10, 20, 24 Carmen Spada. February 13, 14 Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats. February 26 Joni Nehrita Duo. Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W 416-658-5687 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm, unless otherwise noted. Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) February 9 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra . Monarchs Pub At the Eaton Chelsea Hotel 33 Gerrard St. W. 416-585-4352 (full schedule) All shows: 8pm-midnight. No Cover. February 4 Brownman Akoustic Trio. February 5 The Swingin’ Blackjacks. February 11 The Harley Card Quartet. February 12 Wild T & the Spirit. February 18 Gene Hardy. February 19 Son Roberts. February 25 The Toronto Jazz Collective. February 26 The Gary Kendall Band. Morgans on the Danforth 1282 Danforth Ave. 416-461-3020 (full schedule) All shows: 2-5pm, no cover. February 1 2pm Dave Restivo (piano) & Beverly Taft (voice). February 8 2pm Allyson Morris (voice) Trio with Mark Kieswetter (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass). Musideum 401 Richmond St. W., Main Floor 416-599-7323 (Full schedule) February 7 8pm Steve Koven Solo Piano Concert $20. February 8 3pm Bruce Chapman; 8pm Storyville Project Trio: Sarah Begin (voice), Jorge Gavidia (banjo, Cuban tres, bass, voice), Dilbert Nolasco (percussion, voice) $20. February 20 8pm Natasha Roldán & Jorge Gil $20/(st). February 26 6pm Jambanda $20. Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King St. W. 416-595-1958 All shows: No cover/PWYC Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thu 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues w/ guest vocalists. Every Fri 8:30pm All Star Bourbon St. Band. Every Sat 6:30pm Sam Heinman; 9pm All Star Bourbon St. Band. Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn. Nice Bistro, The 117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839 (full schedule) Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 The Home Smith Bar: No Reservations. No Cover. $20 food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30-10:30pm February 5 Luanda Jones (voice) Quartet with Gord Sheard (piano), George Koller (bass), Mark Kelso (drums). February 6 James Brown (guitar) Trio with Ernie Tollar (sax), Jim Vivian (bass). February 7 Lou Pomanti (piano) Trio with Marc Rogers (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums). February 12 John Sherwood (piano) Trio with Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums). February 13 Alison Young (sax) Trio with Jeff McLeod (piano), Paul Novotny (bass). February 14 William Carn (trombone) & Tara Davidson (sax) Quartet with Nancy Walker (piano), Kieran Overs (bass). February 19 Ilana Waldston (voice) Trio with Mark Kieswetter (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass). February 20 Josh Grossman (trumpet) Trio with Don Scott (guitar), Jon Maharaj (bass). February 21 Don Vickery (drums) Trio with Mark Eisenman (piano), Neil Swainson (bass). February 26 Lara Solnicki (voice) Trio with Ted Quinlan (guitar), Mike Downes (bass). February 27 Hilario Duran (piano) Trio with Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Mark Kelso (drums). February 28 Chase Sanborn (trumpet, flugelhorn) Duo with Mark Eisenman (piano). Paintbox Bistro 555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555 (Full schedule) Painted Lady, The 218 Ossington Ave. 647-213-5239 (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 All shows: 3:30pm. No Cover. February 7 Roberto Occhipinti (bass) Quartet with Luis Deniz (sax), Mark Kelso (drums), TBA (piano). February 14 Alexis Baro Quartet. February 21 Sugar Daddies Sextet: John Johnson (sax), Dave Dunlop (trumpet), Gord Sheard (piano), Tom Bellman (guitar), Steve Conover (bass), Peter Howard (drums). February 28 Christopher Butcher Quartet. Poetry Jazz Café 224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 (full schedule) Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 (full schedule). Every Tue 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9:45pm Bradley and the Bouncers. Every Thu 9:45pm Mary McKay. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Every Sat 9:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. February 1 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Club Django; 7pm Autobahn; 9:30pm Scott Marshall Group. February 2 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 9:30 Humber College Jazz Ensembles. February 3 6:30pm Trevor Giancola Trio; 9:30 Classic Rex Jam hosted by Chris Gale. February 4 6:30pm Brett Higgins Group; 9:30 Matt Wilson Quartet (NYC). February 5 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:30 Matt Wilson Quartet (NYC). February 6 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm The Jive Bombers; 9:45 Atomic (Sweden/Norway). February 7 12pm Danny Marks and Friends; 3:30 Laura Hubert Group; 7:30pm Nick Teehan Group; 9:45 Dave Young Group. February 8 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble; 7pm Autobahn; 9:30pm Nick Scott Group. February 9 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 9:30 Humber College Jazz Ensembles. February 10 6:30pm Trevor Giancola Trio; 9:30 Classic Rex Jam hosted by Chris Gale. February 11 6:30pm Juhas Brothers; 9:30 Mike Milligan Group. February 12 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:30 Robb Cappelletto Group. February 13 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm The Jive Bombers; 9:45 Chuck Jackson. February 14 12pm Danny Marks and Friends; 3:30 N.O.J.O. 46 | February 1 - March 7, 2015

Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! Continued from page 18 Martin Loomer on Jim Galloway Guitarist, arranger and bandleader Martin Loomer, told me that his 14-piece outfit, the Orange Devils, would likely not exist were it not for the encouragement of one wee yet powerful jazzman: “I met Jim Galloway in the late 1970s,” remembers Loomer. “His cornetist with the Metro Stompers, Ken Dean, was the father of saxophonist Alex Dean, who was in the band I was in at the time, Shox Johnson and his Jive Bombers. Jim wanted to organize a band like the National Jazz Repertory Orchestra that Chuck Israels was leading in the U.S. Ted O’Reilly booked the proposed band for a CJRT Science Centre concert, forcing us both to get moving. I wrote arrangements by transcribing numbers from tapes Jim gave me, and he organized the personnel and logistics. Jim introduced me to any number of great bands and artists whose recorded work I continue to mine for pieces the Orange Devils can recreate and perform live once again. He gave me the opportunity to transcribe any arrangement I thought suitable for the band, and to get it played as soon as it was ready. I also met and worked with many great musicians, not only from Toronto, but elsewhere, like Jay McShann, Fraser MacPherson and Clark Terry. Certainly his influence changed the direction of my musical career and most of my endeavors for the past 25 years.” These days Martin Loomer and the Orange Devils make for happy ears and happy feet when they perform at private functions, from dance halls to weddings, as well as every second Monday of the month at the Monarch Tavern on Clinton Street. “The band loves playing at the Monarch Tavern,” says Loomer. “The management and staff are great supporters and super co-operative. They’ve been very patient and allowed us the chance to try and develop a following. And they have that great rarity, a grand piano, which they maintain quite well! The ambiance is perfect for what we do. It’s kind of like having a paid rehearsal with a bunch of friends dropping by to listen and party with us. Relaxed and fun. Because of our size and style, we haven’t been able to play many other venues. We’ve done several concerts, notably for the Duke Ellington Society, which are wonderful, but they don’t have the same relaxed atmosphere as being in a club, not to mention the availability of alcohol.” In addition to reed players such as Merlin Williams, Tom Skublics and Andy Ballantyne, soloists include Scott Suttie on trombone, John MacLeod on trumpet and Richard Whiteman at the piano, to name a mere few. In addition to playing instrumental charts by the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, each gig features a handful of vocal tunes delivered charmingly by Rita di Ghent. Says di Ghent: “Being the band vocalist in the Orange Devils is a dream gig. Who wouldn’t want to sing on stellar arrangements with A-list players that Martin Loomer and the Orange Devils swing like crazy? And Marty is a dream bandleader. He knows my voice and chooses repertoire accordingly: a lot of bluesy material like Fine Brown Frame and Going to Chicago and complex ballads like Ellington and Strayhorn’s Daydream. He consults with me on every tune. He’s so kind and talented. I’m delighted that his tireless work has paid off and that the Orange Devils are quickly becoming the ‘it’ band with the swing dance crowd.” Indeed, what has made the monthly Mondays especially marvellous of late is an increasingly loyal following of swing dancers. Says Loomer: “I have to say, I’m always mindful of the fact that the music we play was originally conceived to be played for dancers. So we’re all very pleased when it can serve its original function and inspire swing dancers to get out on the floor and show their finest Lindy Hop moves. If the dancers are in the mood, then the band falls in the groove and we feed on each other’s energy.” Monday February 9 will be the next gig for Martin Loomer and the Orange Devils. Ten dollars at the door is the best deal in town, and while enjoying these fantastic arrangements performed by stellar players and joyously interpreted on the dance floor, I challenge you not to smile! Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz musician, writer and educator who can be reached at ORI DAGAN (Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra); 7:30 The Bacchus Collective; 9:45 Tara Kannangara Group. February 15 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters; 7pm Autobahn; 9:30pm Run Stop Run. February 16 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 9:30 John Cheeseman Jazz Orchestra. February 17 6:30pm Trevor Giancola Trio; 9:30 DanJam Orchestra (New York). February 18 6:30pm Juhas Brothers; 9:30 DanJam Orchestra (New York). February 19 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:45 Tom Guarna Quartet (New York). February 20 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm The Jive Bombers; 9:45 Tom Guarna Quartet (New York). February 21 12pm Danny Marks and Friends; 3:30 Swing Shift Big Band; 7:30pm The Sinners Choir; 9:45pm Marito Marques Group. February 22 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band; 3:30pm Freeway Dixieland Band; 7pm Autobahn; 9:30pm Three Blind Mice. February 23 6:30pm U of T Jazz Ensembles; 8:30 John McLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra. February 24 6:30pm Trevor Giancola Trio; 9:30 Classic Rex Jam hosted by Chris Gale. February 25 6:30pm Brett Higgins Group; 9:30 Eric Deutsch & The Jazz Outlaws (Brooklyn). February 26 6:30pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:30 Eric Deutsch & The Jazz Outlaws (Brooklyn). February 27 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm The Jive Bombers; 9:45 Jeff King’s Catalyst. February 28 12pm Danny Marks and Friends; 3:30 Jazz Mechanics Big Band (Brampton); 7:30pm Nick Teehan Group; 9:45 Dave Liebman (NYC) with Mike Murley Quartet. Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The 1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064 (call for full schedule) Sauce on the Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 All shows: No cover. Every Mon 9pm The Out Of Towners: Dirty Organ Jazz. Every Tue 6pm Julian Fauth. February 11 6pm Ewan Farncombe. Seven44 (Formerly Chick n’ Deli/The People’s Chicken) 744 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-489-7931 (full schedule) February 2 7:30pm Advocats Big Band No cover. February 9 7:30pm Bob Cary Big Band No cover. February 16 7:30pm George Lake Big Band No cover. February 23 7:30pm Mega City Swing Big Band No cover. Toni Bulloni 156 Cumberland St. 416-967-7676 (full schedule) No Cover. Saturday shows: 9pm. food/ drink minimum. Sunday shows: 6pm. minimum. February 21 Irene Torres. February 28 Gene Hardy & Donavan LeNabat. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 (full schedule) 3-4 shows daily, various styles. Mostly PWYC. Every Mon 10pm Open Mic Mondays. Every Thurs 7:30pm Bluegrass Thursdays: Houndstooth. Every Fri 5pm The Foolish Things (folk). This month’s shows include: February 1, 15 5pm Monk’s Music. February 3 10pm Peripheral Vision. February 6 7pm Bass- Piano! With Andrew Wedman, Tania Gill, & Ryan Driver. February 8 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. February 10 10pm Stop Time. February 20 7:30 Dust: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World. February 17 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. February 25 7:30pm Trevor Giancola. February 27 10pm The Ryan Driver Sextet. February 1 - March 7, 2015 | 47

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