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Volume 20 Issue 7 - April 2015

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continued from page 30Beat by Beat | Jazz StoriesJaymz, Part B:Each April Jaymz Beecelebrates his birthdayin style and withbeautiful music, andthis year is no exception.However, for the firsttime, one of the concertswill take place not ina club but in a church.On Sunday April 12at 4pm at St. Philip’sAnglican Church, JaymzBee Birthday Vespers will be the golden voices of Genevieve “Gigi”Marentette, Carolyn Credico, June Garber and others, to the stellaraccompaniment of guitarist Eric St-Laurent. I asked how he got theidea to present “the devil’s music” in the house of God :“Basically I wanted to see Bee’s Angels singing in this cozy church.Father Al is a donor to JAZZ.FM91 and we’ve become friends over theyears. I love jazz in unique settings and this place is magical! Last yearI sang there with Don Francks and Tony Quarrington but this year Ithought I’d play emcee and just enjoy some of the most beautiful andtalented women in Toronto singing sweet songs.”Bee’s B-Day weeks also includes a celebration at the Old Millon April 9 with Alex Pangman and her Alleycats, and continueson Monday April 13 – his actual birthday – with a cabaret night atLula Lounge.In closing, dear reader, I hope that you consider supporting thesenew ventures on our club scene. As always with such endeavours, theyneed your support! Call ahead. Make dinner reservations. Plan a party.Drop by for a drink or two. Live music needs you to stay alive!Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz musician, writer andeducator who can be reached at by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz!Can’t MissBOB BENMark Eisenman’s name doesn’t show up in the listings that much.In February, he popped up twice, both times as a sideman, and bothtimes at the Home Smith Bar. Then in March, his name didn’t show upat all. This month, in the clubs listed here, he will be playing a whoppingfour gigs! One at Chalker’s Pub with his trio, in its original lineup– together for the last 27 years – with John Sumner on the drumsand Steve Wallace on bass. One at the Home Smith Bar, led by ArleneSmith. And two back-to-back gigs at The Rex leading a quintet withJohn McLeod on trumpet and flügelhorn and Pat LaBarbera. And ofcourse, the common thread between all these gigs will be Sumnerand Wallace, bringing to the bandstand the irreplaceable chemistryof three musicians who have been playing together for nearlythree decades.I first heard Eisenman play in a YouTube video – which is still up –of Bonnie Brett (a name to keep your eyes peeled for!) singing “ComesLove,” along with Eisenman on piano, Sumner on drums, and MikeDownes on bass. From the video, you can, or at least I can, hearEisenman thinking like an arranger as he plays: he exploits the widerange of the instrument exploring the various combinations of availabletextures, while tastefully inserting responses to Bonnie’s phraseswhich to my ear sound as though they are a permanent part of thesong, inextricably linked to the written melody. In fact, I think thatlast phrase describes most of what you’ll hear at these four concerts.You’d better not miss them, because as I’ve said, Eisenman’s namedoesn’t show up in the listings very much, so you might not getanother chance for a long while.When it comes to jazz, I think in general that singers are underappreciatedby instrumentalists. Their craft is brushed off as thoughit’s easy (it’s not), trivial, and frivolous, and I’m not too sure why.I’ve heard a lot of explanations for this: some people think a failure120 Diner120 Church St. (full schedule)April 24 6pm Voice, Bass, & Sax: Ori Dagan,Jordan O’Connor, & Allison Young PWYC.80 Gladstone80 Gladstone Ave. (full schedule)April 3 8pm Secret Keeper: Stephan Crump& Mary Halvorson / (st).Alleycatz2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865alleycatz.caAll shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated.Call for cover.Every Mon 8pm Salsa Night w/ Frank Bischunand free lessons. Every Tue 8:30pm BachataNight w/ DJ Frank Bischun and free lessons.Every Wed 8:30pm Carlo Berardinucci Band.No Cover. April 2 Toronto Salsa Festival &Kizumba Cong. April 3, 4, 11 Lady Kane. April10 North of 7 Band. April 17 Taxi. April 18,25 Soular. April 24 Ninetimes Band.Annette Studios566 Annette St. 647-880-8378annettestudios.comEvery Mon 9:30pm Jazz Jam w/ Jared GoldmanQuintet. Suggested donation /(st).D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Artword Artbar15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. (full schedule)April 10 8pm Doug Murphy (guitar) Quartetwith Tim Kulakowsky (guitar), Brian Ropcean(drums), Alanna Gunn (bass) PWYC. April 188pm Kite Trio: Eric Couture (drums), Eric Dew(drums), Paul Van Dyk (bass) . April 238:30pm Craig Pedersen (trumpet) Quartet,with Linsey Wellman (saxophones), Joel Kerr(bass), Eric Thibodeau (drums) / (st).April 25 8pm Diana Braithwaite and ChrisWhiteley $20.Blakbird, The812b Bloor St. West (full schedule)April 17 African D’Jelly.Bloom2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315bloomrestaurant.comAll shows: No minors. Call for reservations.April 30 7pm Gillian Margot Trio (withdinner).Boat Restaurant, The158 Augusta Ave. (full schedule)Castro’s Lounge2116e Queen St. E (full schedule)All shows: No cover/PWYCEvery Wed 6pm The Mediterranean Stars.Every Saturday 4:30 Big Rude Jake.C’est What67 Front St. E (416) (full schedule)April 4, 18 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers Nocover/PWYC. April 11, 25 3pm The BoxcarBoys No cover/PWYC.Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro247 Marlee Ave. (full schedule)Every Wed 8pm Girls Night Out Jazz Jam w/host Lisa Particelli. PWYC.April 11 6pm Mark Eisenman (piano) Trio withSteve Wallace (bass), John Sumner (drums). April 12 7pm Coleman Tinsley (voice)Sextet with Mark Kieswetter (piano), BrendanDavis (bass), Tom Cummings (vibes), TonyQuarrington (guitar), Louis Botos (drums). April 18 6pm Bernie Senensky (piano)Trio with Kieran Overs (bass), Terry Clarke(drums), feat. Mike Murley (sax) . April 256pm Lorne Lofsky (guitar) Trio with KieranOvers (bass), Barry Romberg (drums) .DeSotos1079 St. Clair Ave. W (Full schedule)Every Sun 11am-2pm Sunday Live JazzBrunch hosted by Anthony Abbatangeli.No Cover.Dominion on Queen500 Queen St. E (full schedule)Call for cover charge info.Emmet Ray, The924 College St. (full schedule)All shows: No Cover/PWYCApril 2 9pm John-Wayne Swingtet: WayneNakamura (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass),John Farrell (guitar).Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. (full schedule)Fat City Blues890 College St. 647-345-8282Free Times Cafe320 College St. (full schedule)Gate 403403 Roncesvalles Ave. All shows: PWYC.April 1 5pm Angie Gunn and Nichol RobertsonDuo; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. April2 5pm Joanne Morra & the France St. JazzEnsemble; 9pm Mélanie Brûlée’s Band. April3 5pm Paul O’Conner: Concord Jazz Quintet;9pm Fraser Melvin Blues Band. April 4 5pmBill Heffernan and His Friends. April 5 5pmJohnny Cox and the Magnetic Line; 9pm Jazz50 | April 1 - May 7, 2015

of music education has led toan overabundance of obliviousyoung singers; some people thinkit’s about sexism (jazz singers arewomen, more often than not);some people just think jazz voiceis not a serious artistic pursuit.I don’t know the answer – butit’s definitely not the last one. Allthat said, I always try to make apoint of promoting this underratedart form. So, keep an eyeMark Eisenmanout for singers in the clubs thismonth; Coleman Tinsley, Alex Samaras, Alex Pangman, Jordana Talskyand more, will be gracing stages around Toronto throughout April,and you’d be a fool to miss them.Within the deep pool of fantastic jazz singers who play regular gigsin Toronto, a personal favourite of mine is the theatrical and excitingperformer, Whitney Ross-Barris, who will be playing an earlyeveninggig at Gate 403 on April 24. She will be joined by pianist MarkKieswetter, whose ability to accompany with spontaneity, whimsy andsensitivity makes him a friend to singers everywhere (watch out forhim this month in bands led by Coleman Tinsley, Rebecca Enkin andJohn MacMurchy, as well as at Chalkers Pub’s weekly jam). The duohas been playing this gig at this venue for five years now, and they stillhave not settled into the trap that is playing things the same way everytime. “I love playing the Gate with him because we tend to do on-theflyarrangements of standards that go to crazy places,” Ross-Barrissays. “What results is a number of performances that both of us kickourselves for never having recorded.”The jazz scene in this city is teeming with talent and creativity. Ican’t wait to get back out there and take in more of it, and I hope tosee many of you In the Clubs, my southern-Ontarian friends.Bob Ben is The WholeNote’s jazz listings editor. Hecan be reached at jazz@thewholenote.comForge. April 6 5pm Mike Daley Jazz Trio; 9pmMichael O’Grady with His Friends. April 7 5pmHoward Willett Blues Duo; 9pm Bruce ChapmanBlues Duo with feature guests. April 85pm Michelle Rumball with Friend; 9pm JulianFauth Blues Night. April 9 9pm KevinLaliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio. April 105pm Linda Carone Jazz Band; 9pm DenielleBassels Jazz Band. April 11 5pm Bill Heffernanand His Friends; 9pm Tiffany Hanus JazzBand. April 12 5pm Peter Bull Jazz Band; 9pmJojo Bazooke Jazz Band. April 13 5pm ClelaErrington Root Music Duo; 9pm Chris StaigTrio. April 14 5pm Thom Mason Jazz Trio.April 15 5pm Paul O’Conner: Concord JazzQuintet; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. April16 5pm Roger Chong Jazz Band; 9pm AnnieBonsignore Jazz Duo or Trio. April 17 5pmSam Broverman Jazz Duo; 9pm Terry Gillespie:Canada’s King of Roots Music. April18 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pmSweet Derrick Blues Band. April 19 5pm JeffTaylor and the SLT; 9pm Sean Bellaviti LatinJazz Trio. April 20 5pm Robert Wannell JazzTrio; 9pm Rob Davis Blues Duo. April 21 9pmChris Wallace Jazz Quartet. April 22 9pm JulianFauth Blues Night. April 23 9pm KristinLindell Jazz Band. April 24 5pm Whitney RossBarris Jazz Band; 9pm Lisa Hutchinson BluesQuartet. April 25 5pm Bill Heffernan and HisFriends; 9pm Donné Roberts Band. April 265pm Cheryl White Rhythm & Blues Band; 9pmCat Berrnardi Quartet. April 27 5pm KalyaRamu Jazz Band. April 28 9pm The SleaperGroup. April 29 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night.April 30 5pm Cyndi Carleton: At Ease Music.Grossman’s Tavern379 Spadina Ave. (full schedule)All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted.)April 1 10pm Bruce Domoney.Habits Gastropub928 College St. (full schedule)April 3 9pm Chelsea and the Cityscape .April 10 9pm Laura Fernandez Trio . April17 9pm Steve D’Angelo Trio. April 18 9pmBossa Tres.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. (full schedule)All shows: 7:30-11pm (unless otherwisenoted.) Call for cover charge info.April 2 6pm Dirty Jazz. April 3, 10, 17,24 Dave Hutchinson Jazz & Blues Band. April4 ZimZum. April 6, 13, 27 Neil Brathwaite.April 11 Liz Loughrey & Adrian X. April25 Kristin Fung.Hirut Cafe and Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560All shows: PWYC / / Every Sun 3pm Open Mic with NicolaVaughan: folk/country/jazz/world/R&B.Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, TheHugh’s Room2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604hughsroom.comAll shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted).April 2 Happy After April Fool’s Day 14 YearsLater – Hugh’s Room Anniversary Celebration$20(adv)/.50(door). April 4 TheJohn Prine Shrine 10th Annual Tribute Show(adv)/.50(door). April 7 Alexandria(adv)/(door). April 8 Jon Brooks – CDRelease – “The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside”(adv)/$20(door). April 9 A Celebrationof David Wiffen (adv)/(door).April 10 Tangled Up in Blue – Tribute toBob Dylan (adv)/.50(door). April 11“Seems Like Only Yesterday” – A Tribute toJesse Winchester (adv)/.50(door).April 12 11am Michael Johnston Music Studio– 8th Annual Student Recital & SpringCelebration (adults)/(children 16and under); 8:30pm Birds of Chicago(adv)/.50(door). April 15 Hugh’s RoomSongwriter’s Series .50(adv)/(door).April 16 8pm Jazz in April – A Benefit Concertfor the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s GrandmothersCampaign (adv)/(door).April 17, 18 7pm Blues @ Hugh’s Festival(adv)/0(weekend pass). April19 11am Michael Johnston Music Studio– 8th Annual Student Recital & SpringCelebration (adults)/(children 16and under); 7pm Blues @ Hugh’s Festival(adv)/0(weekend pass). April22 Jeffrey Straker – CD Release “NorthStar Falling” (adv)/$20(door). April 238pm The 2015 JAZZ.FM91 Cabaret Series(general)/(students). April 24 GhostTown Blues Band $20(adv)/.50(door).April 25 3 rd Anniversary ‘A Celebration ofLevon Helm’ (adv)/(door). April26 11am Michael Johnston Music Studio– 8th Annual Student Recital & SpringCelebration (adults)/(children16 and under); 8:30pm Dark Angel: TheMusic of Roy Orbison featuring PatrickBrealey .50(adv)/(door).April 27 8pm Bob Bossin’s Davy the Punk(adv)/.50(door). April 29 FergusHambleton – CD Release – “Written On TheWind” $20(adv)/.50(door). April 30 AprilVerch Band – CD Release – The Newpart(adv)/(door).Jazz Bistro, The251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299jazzbistro.caApril 1 8pm R&B Night w/ Soul Stew: MichaelDunston (lead vocals, percussion), David Gray(guitar, background vocals), Matt Horner(keyboards, background vocals), John Johnson(saxophones), Mark Kelso (drums, backgroundvocals), Robert Occhipinti (bass,background vocals) . April 2 9pm RobertoRosenman (guitar) Quintet with John Mayer(bass), Drew Jurecka (violin), Chris Bezant(guitar) . April 3, 4 9pm Coldjack .April 5 12pm, 7pm Cyrus Chestnut .50.April 7 8pm Zeynep Ozbilen (voice): Jazz inLatino and Ladino with David Restivo (piano),Perry White (sax), Alberto Suarez (drums),Roberto Occhipinti (bass) . April 8, 98pm Fern Lindzon (voice, piano) with GeorgeKoller (bass), Mark Kelso (drums) feat. DavidFrench (sax) on Thursday only . April 10,11 9pm Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi$20. April 12 12pm Jonathan Feldman ;7pm Speak Low with Adi Braun $20. April 158pm George Olliver . April 16 8pm ColinHunter with the Anthony Terpstra Seventet. April 17, 18 8pm Colin Hunter (voice) withthe Joe Sealy (piano) Quartet: Paul Novotny(bass), Daniel Barnes (drums), AlisonYoung (saxophone) . April 19 12pm JonathanFeldman ; 7pm Bulgarian Arts FestivalCanada . April 21 8pm Mary Panacci‘Her Perfume’ CD Release: Mary Panacci(voice), Kevin Dempsey (drums), Kelly Jefferson(sax), Mike Downes (bass), Drew Jurecka(violin), Anthony Panacci (piano), Ted Quinlan(guitar), feat. John Alcorn and NataliePanacci . April 22 8pm John MacMurchy(reeds) Quintet with Bruce Cassidy (trumpet,EVI), Dan Lonescu (guitar), Mark Kieswetter(piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass), AlanHetherington (percussion) . April 23 8pmCaribbean Jazz Collective: Andrew Stewart(bass), Neil Brathwaite (sax), Gareth Burgess(steel pan) Eddie Bullen (piano), JoaquinNunez Hidalgo (percussion) . April 24,25 9pm Memo Acevedo’s Building BridgesBand $20(Fri)/(Sat). April 26 12pm JonathanFeldman ; 7pm John Alcorn & AlexSamaras . April 28 8pm Dianne Roblin(piano) Quintet with Jeff King (sax), Mike Pelletier(bass), Chris Wallace (drums), HowardSpring (guitar) . April 29 9pm GeneDinovi and Dave Young celebrate the musicof Duke Ellington . April 30 Alex GoodmanCD Release.Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30-11:30. Attendees must be 19+.April 3 HWO: Dave O’Neill (drums), TylerWagler (bass), Thomas Hammerton (piano),feat. Dave Thompson (guitar) . April4 Shirantha Beddage (bari sax) Quartet withDavid Restivo (piano), Mike Downes (bass),Mark Kelso (drums) . April 10 Kite Trio:Eric Couture (guitar), Eric Drew (drums),Paul Van Dyk (bass) . April 11 RichardWhiteman (piano) Trio with Brandi Disterheft(bass), Sly Juhas (drums) . April17 Andrew McAnsh Sextet $20. April 18 PatLabarbera Quartet $20. April 24 Joni NehRitaQuintet $20. April 25 Allison Au (sax) Quartetwith Todd Pentley (piano) Jon Maharaj (bass),Fabio Ragnelli (drums) .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.April 2 Canada Jazz Quartet: Frank Wright(vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins(bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat. Andy Ballantyne(sax), Reg Schwager (guitar). April9 Canada Jazz Quartet: Frank Wright (vibes),Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins (bass),Don Vickery (drums) feat. Tara Davidson(sax). April 16 Canada Jazz Quartet: FrankWright (vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), April 1 - May 7, 2015 | 51

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