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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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Beat by Beat | Mainly

Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz!In EqualMeasureBOB BENWhen I think of contemporary jazz musicians who are both greatsingers and great pianists in equal measure, three names rise to thetop of the list: NYC-based Brenda Earle Stokes and Laila Biali (bothCanadian-born), and the Nova Scotia native, relatively new to theToronto Jazz scene, Steve Amirault. The latter, though primarilyknown as a pianist, will occasionally bust out the mic and sing atune or two. And when he does, it’s the warm timbre and the conversationalphrasing that will draw you in. It almost sounds effortless,until you remember how much work he must have put intomastering both these instruments — yes, the voice is an instrument —to such a degree where he can be expressive and free with both at thesame time.On May 15, Steve will be leaving to do a solo voice/piano gig inKorea for four months. So before he leaves, don’t forget to check outsome of his gigs, the last in Toronto until autumn: May 1 and 10 (atHirut and The Local Gest, respectively), with trios led by drummerChris Wallace, who is, like Amirault, a recent arrival on the Torontoscene, and May 2 at Chalkers Pub, in his own trio, featuring jazzveterans Jim Vivian on bass and Barry Elmes on the drums. The groupwill be playing some of Amirault’s original music, mixed in withselections from the standard repertoire. “I’m very happy to have Jimand Barry on the gig,” he says, “Jim and I have recorded and touredD. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Barry Elmestogether and it’s always fantasticto work with him. This willbe my first time sharing thestage with Barry Elmes. Barryis a great drummer and I’mreally looking forward to ourmusical meeting.”Barry Elmes, by the way, willbe leading his own group a weeklater at the Home Smith Bar, aclassy, intimate venue, completewith stone walls, fine wine andthe obligatory fireplace. TheHome Smith doesn’t charge acover for the top quality musiciansthey showcase — thatcost is covered by the food and drinks, which you will inevitably betempted into purchasing if you catch a whiff or a glimpse of someoneelse’s dinner!Extraordinarily well-versed in the tradition, insistently originalboth as a drummer and a composer, with an enviable musical resumethat includes Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, JoeHenderson and more, Elmes (and the ensembles he leads), puts on ashow that is not easily passed up; when he plays two nights in a row atthe same venue, I go both nights. And so should you.The Toronto Jazz Festival begins next month, and, of course, the officiallistings can be found at — but check back herein June for those listings in great detail and more. Aren’t you excited?I’m excited.Bob Ben is The WholeNote’s jazz listings editor. Hecan be reached at DinerBlakbird, TheDeSotosGate 403120 Church St. (full schedule)May 29 6pm Voice, Bass, & Sax: Ori Dagan,Jordan O’Connor, & Allison Young PWYC.80 Gladstone80 Gladstone Ave. (full schedule)Alleycatz2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865alleycatz.caAll shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated.Call for cover charge info.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. May 1, 2 Taxi. May 8 The UniversalBoogie Band. May 9 Soular. May 15, 16,22, 23 Lady Kane. May 29 Ninetimes Band.May 30 Sound Parade.Annette Studios566 Annette St. 647-880-8378annettestudios.comEvery Mon 9:30pm Jazz Jam w/ Jared GoldmanQuintet. Suggested donation /(st).Artword Artbar15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. (full schedule)May 2 8pm Marcelo Puente . May 6 8pmThe Shoeless: Frank Evans (banjo), Eli Bender(cello), Emilyn Stam (5-string fiddle) .May 8 8pm Art Crawl with Sophia Perlman& Friends PWYC. May 9 8pm Michael Pickett$20. May 14 8pm John Imre .812b Bloor St. West (full schedule)May 22 African D’Jelly.Bloom2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315bloomrestaurant.comAll shows: 19+. Call for reservations.May 7 7pm Jorge Lopez Trio (with dinner).May 10 7pm Broadsway Trio: HeatherBambrick, Diane Leah, Julie Michels (with dinner).May 28 7pm Elizabeth Shepherd (voice) Triowith Scott Kemp (bass), Michael Occhipinti(guitar) (with dinner).Castro’s Lounge2116e Queen St. E (full schedule)All shows: No cover/PWYCEvery Wed 6pm The Mediterranean Stars.Every Sat 4:30pm Big Rude Jake.C’est What67 Front St. E (416) (full schedule)May 2, 16, 30 3pm The Hot Five JazzmakersNo cover/PWYC.Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro247 Marlee Ave. (full schedule)Every Wed 8pm Girls Night Out Jazz Jam w/host Lisa Particelli PWYC. May 2 6pm SteveAmirault (voice, piano) Trio with Jim Vivian(bass, Barry Elmes (drums) .1079 St. Clair Ave. W (full schedule)Every Sun 11am-2pm Sunday Live JazzBrunch hosted by Anthony Abbatangeli Nocover.Dominion on Queen500 Queen St. E (full schedule)Call for cover charge info.Emmet Ray, The924 College St. (full schedule)All shows: No cover/PWYCMay 4 9pm Adrean Farrugia. May 7 9pmJohn-Wayne Swingtet: Wayne Nakamura(guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), John Farrell(guitar).Fat City Blues890 College St. 647-345-8282May 8 9pm Jazz Money No cover.Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. (full schedule)Free Times Cafe320 College St. (full schedule)Garage @ CSI Annex, The720 Bathurst St. 416-619-4621livefromtheannex.comMay 5 ‘Live From the Annex’ monthly Cabaretofficial opening (adv).403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930gate403.comAll shows: PWYC.May 1 5pm Collette Savard Jazz Duo; 9pmFraser Melvin Blues Band. May 2 5pm BillHeffernan and His Friends; 9pm MelissaBoyce Jazz & Blues Band. May 3 5pm PeterKauffman Jazz Trio; 9pm Ben Walker JazzTrio. May 4 5pm Mike Daley Jazz Trio; 9pmMichael O’Grady with His Friends. May 55pm Howard Willett Blues Duo; 9pm BruceChapman Blues Duo with featured guests.May 6 5pm Phill Albert Swing Trio; 9pm JulianFauth Blues Night. May 7 5pm Johnny Coxand the Magnetic Line; 9pm Mélanie Brûlée’sBand. May 8 5pm Denielle Bassels Jazz Band.May 9 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends;9pm Root Down Trio. May 10 5pm Hans LuchsJazz Quartet (Chicago); 9pm ChristopherPlatt: CP3. May 11 5pm Clela Errington RootMusic Duo; 9pm Chris Staig Trio. May 12 5pmSarah Kennedy and Matt Pines Jazz Duo; 9pmBartosz Hadala Group. May 13 5pm MichelleRumball with Friend; 9pm Julian Fauth BluesNight. May 14 5pm Roger Chong Jazz Band;9pm Kevin Laliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio.May 15 5pm Ken Taylor: Fixin’s Jazz Trio; 9pmLisa Hutchinson Blues Quartet. May 16 5pmBill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm SweetDerrick Blues Band. May 17 5pm Rob Thaller& Joanna Reynolds Jazz Duo; 9pm Steve FarrugiaJazz Quartet. May 18 9pm Jazz Forge.May 19 5pm Chris Reid Jazz Band; 9pm TheBig City Trio Feat. Wendy Irvine. May 20 5pmConcord Jazz Quintet; 9pm Julian FauthBlues Night. May 21 9pm Annie BonsignoreJazz Duo or Trio. May 22 5pm Leigh Graham56 | May 1 - June 7, 2015

Jazz Duo; 9pm Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band.May 23 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends;9pm Donné Roberts Band. May 24 5pm KenMcDonald Jazz Band; 9pm Ed Sweetman:Perspectives. May 25 5pm Jay Yoo Jazz Trio;9pm Kalya Ramu Jazz Band. May 26 5pmJordan Saull Jazz Trio; 9pm Simone MorrisJazz Trio. May 27 9pm Julian Fauth BluesNight. May 28 5pm G Street Jazz Trio; 9pmCyndi Carleton: At Ease Music. May 29 5pmLinda Carone Jazz Band; 9pm Kurt Lund JazzQuartet. May 30 5pm Bill Heffernan and HisFriends; 9pm “The Pearl Motel”. May 31 5pmCheryl White Rhythym & Blues Band; 9pmKarl Silverira Jazz Trio.Grossman’s Tavern379 Spadina Ave. (full schedule)All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted).May 1 6pm Sandi Marie & Under the Bus Jam;10pm Combo Royal. May 2 4:30pm The HappyPals; 10pm Caution Jam. May 3, 10 4:30pmNew Orleans Connection All Star Jazz Band;10pm The National Blues Jam with BrianCober. May 4 10pm Transgalactic Skankers(Blue World Jam). May 5 9:30pm DjangoGypsy Jam. May 6 10pm Bruce Domoney.May 7 10pm Starship Experience. May 94:30pm The Happy Pals; 10pm Chloe Watkinson.May 11 10pm The Band Called ‘No BandRequired’.Habits Gastropub928 College St. (full schedule)May 1 9pm Chelsea McBride Group. May 29pm Chris Wallace Trio. May 8 9pm LauraFernandez Trio. May 9 9pm Chris Platt Trio.May 16 9pm David Rubel.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. (full schedule)All shows: 7:30-11pm (unless otherwisenoted). Call for cover charge info.May 1, 8, 15, 22, 28 Dave Hutchinson Jazz &Blues Band. May 2 Liz Loughrey & Adrian X.May 4, 11, 18, 25 Neil Brathwaite. May 9 Gyles.May 16 Sean Stanley and Sokhna-Dior.May 23 Kristin Fung. May 30 Madette.Hirut Cafe and Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560Every Sun 3pm Open Mic with NicolaVaughan: folk/country/jazz/world/R&B.May 2 7:30pm Open Mic Brigade: Jazz/world/spoken word. Hosted by Robbie Patterson,and Mathieu Alepin PWYC. May 12, 26 8pmFinger Style Guitar Association PWYC. May 158pm Arlene Pacular and Wonder WomanPWYC/. May 29 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret.Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, TheHugh’s Room2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604hughsroom.comAll shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted).May 1, 2 “Borrowed Tunes” 8th Anniversary –The Music of Neil Young (adv)/(door).May 3 11am Michael Johnston Music Studio– 8th Annual Student Recital & SpringCelebration (adult)/(children);8:30pm For the Love of Pete – A Tributeto Pete Seeger (adv)/(door).May 5 10am Toronto Ravel .May 6 David Lindley (adv)/.50(door).May 7 David Rotundo Band with specialopening acoustic blues set by Danny Marks$20(adv)/.50(door). May 8 Tinsley Ellis(adv)/(door). May 9 Luke & the Apostles$20(adv)/.50(door). May 11 8pmThe Doug Alcock Band $20(adv)/(door).May 14 Jewish Music Week presents What’sIt All About – The Burt Bacharach/Hal DavidSongbook (adv)/(door). May 15 Towerof Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen(adv)/$20(door). May 17 Craig Cardiff$20(adv)/.50(door). May 19, 20 TheLegendary Ian Tyson – CD Release – CameroVaquero (adv)/(door). May 21 RussellDrago Trio .50(adv)/(door).May 22 6th annual birthday celebrationof the music of Bob Dylan – On a NightLike This – Robert Morgan & Friends.50(adv)/(door). May 23 7:30pmTin Pan North $20(adv)/.50(door).May 24 Mad Dogs & The Englishmen –The Music of Joe Cocker & Leon Russell(adv)/(door). May 26 Jane Harburypresents Discoveries (adv)/(door).May 27 Celebrating the Music of Oliver Schroer$20(adv)/.50(door). May 28 8pmRegeneration Community Services BenefitConcert (adv)/(door). May 29 TheVaudevillian (adv)/(door). May 30 JoryNash – CD Release (adv)/(door).May 31 8pm Awakening (adv)/(door).Jazz Bistro, The251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299jazzbistro.caMay 1, 2 9pm Alex Goodman (guitar) Quintetwith Andrew Downing (cello), FelicityWilliams (voice), Michael Davidson (vibes),Rogerio Boccato (percussion) . May 3 12noon Sunday Brunch with Eli Pasic ; 7pmThe Heilig Manoeuvre CD Release: “Wait,There’s More!” with Henry Heillig (bass), AlisonYoung (sax), Stacie McGregor (piano),Charlie Cooley (drums) . May 4, 5 7pmJAZZ.FM91 Piano Series: Dick Hyman .50.May 6 8pm Jane Bunnett (flute, sopranosax) with Maqueque: Yissy Garcia (drums),Dayme Arceno (percussion), Yusa (guitar,bass) Danae (piano), Magdelys (hand percussion). May 7 7:30pm Shuffle Demons; 9pm Jane Bunnett (flute, soprano sax)with Maqueque: Yissy Garcia (drums),Dayme Arceno (percussion), Yusa (guitar,bass) Danae (piano), Magdelys (handpercussion) . May 8 7:30pm Vito Rezza’s‘5 after 4’ ; 9pm Jane Bunnett (flute,soprano sax) with Maqueque: Yissy Garcia(drums), Dayme Arceno (percussion),Yusa (guitar, bass) Danae (piano), Magdelys(hand percussion) . May 9 7:30pm BarbraLica ; 9pm Jane Bunnett (flute, sopranosax) with Maqueque: Yissy Garcia (drums),Dayme Arceno (percussion), Yusa (guitar,bass) Danae (piano), Magdelys (hand percussion). May 10 12 noon Mother’s DayBrunch feat. Colin Hunter with the AnthonyTerpstra Seventet ; 7pm Ori Dagan (voice)with Ross MacIntyre (bass), Adrean Farrugia(piano) . May 13, 14 9pm Jovino SantosNeto with Jamey Haddad. May 15, 16 9pmCarol Sloane (voice) and Bill Charlap (piano). May 17 12 noon Sunday Brunch with EliPasic ; 7pm Beth Anne Cole (voice) “I Lovea Gershwin Tune” with Richard Whiteman(piano). May 19 8pm Eliza Pope (voice) CDRelease with Mark Kieswetter (piano), RossMacIntyre (bass), Eric St. Laurent (guitar),Maxwell Roach (drums) . May 20 8pmCaribbean Jazz Collective: Andrew Stewart(bass), Neil Brathwaite (sax), Gareth Burgess(steel pan) Eddie Bullen(piano), JoaquinNunez Hidalgo (percussion) . May 21, 22,23 8pm(May 21)/9pm(May 22, 23) PJ Perry(sax) Quartet with Neil Swainson (bass),David Restivo (piano), Terry Clarke (drums)(May 21, 22)/$20(May 23). May 24 12 noonSunday Brunch with Eli Pasic ; 7pm IlanaWaldston . May 26 8pm Aimee Butcher(voice) with Chris Pruden (piano), BrandonWall (guitar), Jeff Deegan (bass), RobinClaxton (drums) . May 27 8pm The VintageSouls: Leah Canali (voice), Todd Pentney(piano), Mike Meusel (bass), MackenzieLongpre (drums), Alison Au (sax) . May 289pm The Jeanine Mackey (voice) Band withLou Bartolomucci (guitar), Matt Horner (keyboards),Steve Lucas (bass), John Johnson(saxophones), Al Cross (drums), Quisa Wint(voice), Sherie Marshall (voice) . May 3112 noon Sunday Brunch with Eli Pasic ; 7pmKat Langdon (voice) with Ewan Farcombe(piano), George Cherny (bass) .Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N.,Waterloo. (full schedule)All shows: 8:30pm-11:30pm unless otherwiseindicated. Attendees must be 19+.May 1 Ryan Cassidy (sax, flute) Quintet withSean Solakis (trumpet), Paul Stouffer (keys),Greg Prior (bass), Don McDougall (drums). May 2 Ethan Ardelli (drums) Quartetwith Luis Deniz (sax), Reg Schwager (guitar),Devon Henderson (bass) . May 8 BradCheeseman Group . May 9 Adrean Farrugia(piano) Trio with Jim Vivian (bass),Ted Warren (drums) . May 14 6:30pmTower of Song – A Creative Tribute to LeonardCohen . May 15 John Zadro Trio/(st). May 16 Derek Hines Little BigBand $20. May 22 Ron Fetkete (piano) Quintetwith Mike Malone (trumpet), Mike Filice(sax, flute), Clark Johnston (bass), JoelHaynes (drums) . May 23 From NYC: MelissaStylianou (voice) Group with Jamie Reynolds(piano), Dan Fortin (bass), Nick Fraser$20. May 24 8pm VICO: Sound of Dragon$20(adv)/(door). May 29 Rob GellnerSextet May 30 Elizabeth Shepherd Quartet(Montreal) $20/(st).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: 5pm-8pm.May 7 Canadian Jazz Quartet: Frank Wright(vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins(bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat. ShiranthaBeddage (bari sax). May 14 CanadianJazz Quartet: Frank Wright (vibes), TedQuinlan (guitar), Pat Collins (bass), DonVickery (drums) feat. William Carn (trombone).May 21 Canadian Jazz Quartet: FrankWright (vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins(bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat. DrewJurecka (violin). May 28 Canadian Jazz Quartet:Frank Wright (vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar),Pat Collins (bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat.Jake Koffman (sax).La Revolucion2848 Dundas St. W (full schedule)Local Gest, The424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425 (call for concertschedule)Jazz Sundays 4:30pm-7:30pm. No cover.Lula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. (full schedule)May 1 7:30pm Chris Butcher, Jeremy Ledbetter,Justin Gray, Lowell Whitty Free before8pm; 10:30pm Café Cubano . May 210:30pm Raul Barbozo y su Orquesta .May 3 11am Jorge Maza, Freddy Suarez ;8:30pm Klox, Snowday, DJ Medicineman .May 5 9pm DJ Alberth Moreno Free before10pm, after 10pm. May 6 8pm Kobotown& Nomadic Massive . May 7 QuiqueEscamilla + Souljazz Orchestra . May 87:30pm Luanda Jones, Mark Kelso, GeorgeKoller Free before 8pm; 10:30pm CaféCubano . May 9 10:30pm Lula All Stars. May 10 11am Jorge Maza, Freddy Suarez; 6:45pm Josefina Torres, Joyce Aldrich. May 13 8pm Sultans of String,Jorge Maza y La Tipca Toronto, Yani Borrell,Changui Havana, Café Cubano, El Quinto,Salsa Brava, Dominic Mancuso, and Son Ache$20. May 15 10:30pm Changui Havana Freefor women before 10pm, . May 16 10:30pmRicky Franco . May 17 11am Jorge Maza,Freddy Suarez ; 9:30pm Los Otros .May 22 7:30pm Max Sennit Trio Free before8pm; 10:30pm Son Ache Free for womenbefore 10pm, . May 23 10:30pm ModaEtema . May 24 11am Jorge Maza, FreddySuarez ; 8pm Eric St. Laurent, Diane Roblin. May 25 7pm Andy de Campos $20(includes CD). LULAWORLD FESTIVAL:May 27-June 6: May 27 7pm Dance Migration,Irineu Nogueira, Alysson Bruno $20; 9:30pmMar Aberto Sound System, T.Dot Sound Crew(adv)/(door). May 28 8pm DwayneMorgan, Winston Farrell, El Jones, AdrianGreen, Ainsley Burrows, Hyf GypsySun .May 29 7:30pm Alexis Baro, Roberto Riveron,Christian Overton, Jorge Betancourt, PabloskyRosales, Luisito Orbegoso, Jorge“Papiosco” Torres Free before 8pm; 10:30pmLula All Stars $20. May 30 10:30 ConjuntoLacalú. May 31 11am Jorge Maza, FreddySuarez ; 8pm Ron Davis, The LombardTwins $20(adv)/(door). June 3 8pm AmaiKuda & Y Josephine (adv)/(door);9:30pm Ogguere (adv)/(door). June4 7pm Jorge and Yuri López, Rubén Vazquez,Laura Fernández, Valeria Matzner, ElianaCuevas, Alec Dempster, Kali Niño, Rosy Cervantes,Pablosky Rosales and Irene Torres(adv)/(door); 9:30pm HeavyweightsBrass Band, Jay Douglas (adv)/(door).June 5 10:30pm Jesus Alemany, La Reunion(adv)/$20(door). June 6 10:30pmHerman Olivera and the Lula All Stars(adv)/$20(door) May 1 - June 7, 2015 | 57

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