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Volume 22 Issue 4 - December 2016/January 2017

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In this issue: a conversation with pianist Stewart Goodyear, in advance of his upcoming show at Koerner Hall; a preview of the annual New Year’s phenomenon that is Bravissimo!/Salute to Vienna; an inside look at music performance in Toronto’s health-care centres; and a reflection on the incredible life and lasting influence of the late Pauline Oliveros. These and more, in a special December/January combined issue!

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to Dec 31. Days and times vary. Visit for details. ●●Young People’s Theatre. James and the Giant Peach. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Timothy Allen 120 Diner 120 Church St. 416-792-7725 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC (- suggested) Every Tue 6pm Leslie Huyler; 8pm Annie Bonsignore; 10pm Chris Brikett. Every Wed 6pm Whitney Ross Barris(7, 14, 28)/ Laura Hubert(21); 8pm Lisa Particelli’s GNO Jazz Jam. December 1 6pm Julie Michels & David Restivo. December 2 6pm Kevin Morris. December 3 6pm Sharon McLeod & Kevin Barrett. December 4 6pm Lana Carillo & Sarite Harris; 8:30pm Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster & Brittany Kay. December 8 6pm Donald Quan & Friends. December 9 6pm Carolyn Credico. December 10 6pm Hampton Avenue Four. December 11 6pm Lauren & Meredith Busteed and Chris Ning with John Pugh; 8:30pm Theresa Tova & David Warrack. December 15 6pm Beverly Taft Sings Frank Loesser. December 16 6pm Tomoko Abe. December 17 6pm Melissa Shriner. December 18 6pm Benefit for PAL; 8:30pm Nancy White Christmas Show. December 22 6pm Pat Murray & Riley Murray. December 23 6pm Discovery for the Arts Showcase. December 29 6pm Billy Newton Davis. December 30 6pm Parkside Drive. Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865 All shows: 9pm unless otherwise indicated. Call for cover charge info. December 2 Urban Jive. December 3 Soular. December 8 Uptown Soul Concert Series. December 9, 10, 17, 23 Lady Kane. December 16 Universal Boogie Band. December 30, 31 Jamesking. Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512 (full schedule) Bloom 2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315 All shows: 19+. Call for reservations. Blue Goose Tavern, The 1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442 Every Sun 5pm Blues at the Goose with the Big Groove Rhythm Section. Burdock 1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm December 15 8:30pm E.M.S.: Emergency Musical Services feat. Jocelyn Barth (voice) (adv)/(door). Cameron House, The 408 Queen St. W. 416-703-0811 (full schedule) December 11, 18 Candy Apple Jazz Band. C. Music Theatre McDonald, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St.E. 416- 862-2222. -41. Opens Feb 6, 10:15am. Runs to Mar 18. Days and times vary. Visit for details. D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Castro’s Lounge 2116e Queen St. E. 416-699-8272 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC December 11 4pm Fraser & Daley. December 12 8:30pm The Fraser Melvin Band. Cavern Bar, The 76 Church St. 416-971-4440 (full schedule) December 9 9pm Brownman Ali. C’est What 67 Front St. E. 416-867-9499 (full schedule) December 3 3pm The Boxcar Boys. December 10, January 7, January 21, February 4 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. De Sotos 1079 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-2109 (full schedule) Every Sun 11am Sunday Live Jazz Brunch No cover. Emmet Ray, The 924 College St. 416-792-4497 (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC December 1 9pm John-Wayne Swingtet: John Farrell (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (bass), Wayne Nakamura (guitar), Alexander Tikhonov (clarinet). Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930 All shows: PWYC. December 1 5pm Bruce Chapman Blues Duo; 9pm Darcy Windover Band. December 2 5pm Ken Taylor: Fixin’s Jazz Trio; 9pm The Pearl Motel. December 3 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band. December 4 5pm Grateful Sunday feat. Trevor Cape & The Field; 9pm The Ault Sisters. December 5 5pm Mike and Jill Daley Jazz Duo; 9pm Drew Austin Jazz Band. December 6 5pm Roots and Branches Blues Band; 9pm Tomi Allen from Halifax. December 7 5pm Marshall Jacklin Jazz Trio; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 8 5pm Rosita Stone with Jazz Plazma; 9pm Kevin Laliberté Jazz & Flamenco Trio. December 9 5pm Evan Desaulnier Jazz Trio; 9pm Sean Bellaviti Latin Jazz Trio. December 10 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Quartet. December 11 5pm Heather Luckhart Blues/Roots/Jazz Band; 9pm L.A. Turcotte: Sultans of Soul. December 12 5pm Chris Reid & Nina Richmond, voice and guitar; 9pm Chris Staig Trio. December 13 5pm Grant Lyle Blues Music; 9pm Chelsea McBride Jazz Trio. December 14 5pm Michelle Rumball with friend; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 15 5pm Concord Jazz Quintet; 9pm Root Down Trio. December 16 5pm Mr. Rick Solo; 9pm Jerry Quintyne Jazz Band. December Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! Christmas From Latkes to Monk? BOB BEN I am not built for the cold. Not only am I unable to handle subzero temperatures – I’m also incapable of acclimating to all temperature shifts. Every winter I have this problem, and every winter I don’t know how to solve it: I walk around outside wearing layer upon layer of clothing. I’m talking multiples of everything: I’ve got sweatpants on under my jeans, regular socks on under my thermal socks, and under my sweater is at least one other sweater. And I’m still cold, so I go inside. All of a sudden, I’m frantically stripping off at least three layers of clothing, but by now I’m boiling hot and sweating bullets. It’s my least favourite thing about winter. My favourite thing about winter, on the other hand, is the irreverent stuff non-Christians do to poke fun at themselves for being the outsiders during the holiday season. One such example is Sam Broverman’s annual engagement, “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas,” happening at Jazz Bistro, in which he pokes gentle fun at the culture and the experience of being Jewish in a Christian-dominated North America. I’ve always known Broverman for his ability to write amusing alternate lyrics to tunes, which seem to work perfectly with 17 5pm Bill Heffernan and His Friends; 9pm Sweet Derrick Blues Band. December 18 5pm Jeff Taylor & The SLT; 9pm Dennis Song Jazz Band. December 19 5pm Andy Malette Piano Solo; 9pm Linda Carone Vintage Jazz & Blues. December 20 5pm Sarah Kennedy & Matt Pines Jazz Duo; 9pm Rob Davis Blues Duo. December 21 5pm Levi Collins Trio; 7pm Gate 403 Christmas Party; 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 22 5pm G Street Jazz Trio; 9pm Toby Hughs: The Big Three. December 23 5pm Sam Broverman Jazz Duo; 9pm Nick MacLean Quartet. December 27 9pm Kalya Ramu Jazz Band. December 28 9pm Julian Fauth Blues Night. December 29 9pm Denise Leslie Jazz Band. December 31 5pm Ken Taylor: Fixin’s Jazz Trio; 9pm Chris Staig & The Marquee Players New Year’s Eve Show. Gift Shop Gallery 21 Rebecca St., Hamilton December 16 8pm HAVN Records Double Album Release feat. Lee/Palmer/Bennett Trio: David Lee (bass), Chris Palmer (guitar), Connor Bennett (reeds); BELLWETHER4: Emily Denison (trumpet), Anthony Argatoff (sax), Andrew Miller (percussion), Victor Vrankuli (bass); Susan Alcorn (pedal steel) /. Grossman’s Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Every Sat The Happy Pals Dixieland jazz jam. Every Sun 10pm The National Blues Jam with Brian Cober. Every Wed 10pm Bruce Domoney. Harlem Restaurant 67 Richmond St. E. 416-368-1920 (full schedule) All shows: 7:30-11pm (unless otherwise noted). Call for cover charge info. December 2 JWT. December 17, 31 The Sean Stanley Trio & Sokhna-Dior. December 23 Fibralou. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 Every Sun 3pm Open Mic with Nicola Vaughan PWYC. December 2 8:30pm In the Round w/ Boris Buhot, Frank Wilks, Tony Newman PWYC ( suggested). December 6, 20 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar Association PWYC. December 31, January 27 9pm Hirut Hoot Cabaret . January 6 8:30pm In the Round w/ Boris Buhot, Arlene Paculan, Nicola Vaughan PWYC ( suggested). Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604 All shows: 8:30pm (unless otherwise noted). December 1 Jeffrey Foucault (adv)/(door). December 2 8pm Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase (adv)/.50. December 3 11am Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase (adv)/.50; 8:30pm Elizabeth Shepherd & Jaron Freeman Fox .50(adv)/(door). December 4 1pm Rosie and the Riveters (adv)/$22.50(door); 8:30pm Kevin Fox $22.50(adv)/(door). December 7 8pm JAZZ.FM91 Presents Our President’s Choice Concert Series – Sophie Milman . December 8 Jane Siberry – CD Release – Angels Bend Closer (adv)/(door). December 9 Craig Cardiff $22.50(adv)/(door). December 10 Toronto All-Star Big Band – A Swinging Christmas (adv)/(door). December 11 Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan! (adv)/(door). December 14 Susan Aglukark (adv)/(door). December 15 A Quartette Christmas (adv)/(door). December 16 Dr. Draw (adv)/(door). December 17 Maria Doyle Kennedy with Kieran Kennedy .50(adv)/(door). December 18 1pm The Ault Sisters Celebrate the Season 64 | December 1, 2016 - February 7, 2017

the pacing of the tune. The comedic effect is always impeccable. In “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas,” Broverman sings such charming lines as, to the tune of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, “Both my thumbs are numb from spinning dreidels / Kiss my gelt goodbye / I’ll be eating frozen latkes till July.” Broverman’s voice is unassuming and conversational. But the palpable relaxation in his sound speaks to his immense skill; singing is hard, and making it look easy is harder still. You can hear Broverman and his guests (among them, members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with whom he has served as a chorister, and Whitney Ross-Barris, about whom I have written) at Jazz Bistro on the evening of December 11. Monk Is Here To Stay With a vast repertoire from which to draw, a revolving-door-style lineup and a fervent desire to explore, there’s very little risk of Toronto mainstay Monk’s Music going stale. As the name suggests, Monk’s Music is a project dedicated to exploring the music of Thelonious Monk. One of the project’s two co-founders, Dan Gauche, moved to the West Coast. The remaining co-founder, Michael Davidson, is a vibraphonist of remarkable dexterity and wit, whose fascination with Monk’s body of work has led to this weekly ongoing tribute to the jazz piano colossus. Davidson uses elements and trademark gestures of the Monkian style – playing with four mallets, in the tradition of Gary Burton, must help, I imagine, with the idiomatically pianistic phrases and textures he plays with – and he also channels the playful, curious spirit, the sense of humour and whimsy, for which Monk was known. Monk’s Music, a project that has been happening for about seven years now, plays every Sunday evening, alternating between the Tranzac at 5pm on the first and third Sunday of each month, and the Emmet Ray at 6pm on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. There are no cover charges, and no excuses! It’s getting really cold out there, friends. Bundle up, but don’t bundle up too much. Bob Ben is The WholeNote’s jazz listings editor. He can be reached at Sam Broverman MARIE BYERS $22.50(adv)/(door); 8:30pm Jane Siberry – ‘Angels Bend Closer’ CD Release – 2nd Show (adv)/(door). December 20 A Bluesy Christmas (adv)/(door). December 21 Avalon’s Garden Swings for SickKids (adv)/(door). December 23 The Arrogant Worms – Christmas Show (adv)/(door). December 28 Don Ross (adv)/(door). December 29 Suzie Vinnick $22.50(adv)/(door). December 31 9:30pm New Year’s Eve with Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite and Special Guests 5. January 7 The Al Lerman Band $22.50(adv)/(door). January 12, 13, 14, 15 15th Annual “Way We Feel:” A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot (adv)/(door). January 18 Jan Kudelka presents JANIS JOPLIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH! $22.50(adv)/.50(door). January 19 “In the Can” A Fundraising Concert for Children’s Aid Foundation (adv)/(door). January 20 Richard Sabsay Band Video and CD release No cover. January 27 Harpdog Brown $22.50(adv)/.50(door). January 28 Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond – Featuring the Music of Peter and Gordon (adv)/(door). January 29 2pm Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinee (adv)/$22.50(door). February 1 8pm JAZZ.FM91 Presents Our President’s Choice Concert Series – Guido Basso . Jazz Bistro, The 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299 December 1 9pm Jacob Gorzhaltsan (clarinet, sax) – CD Release ‘Fly Softly’ with Denzal Sinclaire (voice), Ewen Farncombe (piano), Scott Hunter (bass), Colin Adhikary (drums) . December 3 9pm Brandi Disterheft (bass) Trio with Harold Mabern (piano), Joe Farnsworth (drums) . December 4, 11, 18 12pm(4, 18)/11:30am(11) Brunch with pianist Eli Pasic . December 5 8:30pm Matt Dusk: Old School Yule . December 11 7:30pm Sam Broverman: A Jewish Boy’s Christmas . December 14 8:30pm Cocktails & Candy Cabaret . December 17 9pm Hilario Duran & Robi Botos . December 18 7pm A Mitch Smolkin Holiday Special with Levon Ichkhanian (guitar), Wilson Laurencin (drums), Attila Darvas (bass), Robert Horvath (piano) . December 31 9:30pm New Year’s Eve with the Jeanine Mackie Band 0. Jazz Room, The Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565 (full schedule) All shows: 8:30pm-11:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Attendees must be 19+. December 2 Brandi Disterheft . December 3 So Long Seven: Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), Tim Posgate (banjo), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), William Lamoureux (violin, voice) . December 9 Barbra Lica . December 10 Alex Pangman (voice) & Her Alleycats: John MacLeod (cornet), Peter Hill (piano), Christopher Banks (bass), Glenn Anderson (drums) . December 16 Ted Gibbons (guitar) with John Zadro (piano), Dan Brennan (bass), Gary Tomlin (drums) . December 17 The Carn/Davidson 9: William Carn (trombone), Tara Davidson (alto and soprano saxes, flute), Kelly Jefferson (tenor & soprano saxes), Perry White (bari sax & bass clarinet), Jason Logue, Brad Eaton (trumpet & flugelhorn), Alex Duncan (bass trombone), Dan Fortin (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums) . December 23 Tom Nagy’s Christmas Experience . December 30 The Mary-Catherine Quintet: Mary-Catherine Pazzano (voice), Don Buchanan (piano), Jason Hunter (sax), Mike Grace (bass), Steve James (drums) . December 31 7pm NYE party feat. Elise LeGrow (adv). Joe Mama’s 317 King St. W. 416-340-6469 Every Tue 6pm Jeff Eager. Every Wed 6pm Thomas Reynolds. Every Thu 9pm Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm The Grind. Every Sat 10pm Shugga. KAMA 214 King St. W. 416-599-5262 (full schedule) Every Thu 5:30pm Jazz with the Kama House Band. La Revolucion 2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746 Every Tue 9pm Duets with Peter Hill and featured guests. Every Sat 7:30pm Saturday Night Jazz (lineup TBA). Local Gest, The 424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425 Local Pub, The 396 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-535-6225 (full schedule) December 3 9pm Candy Apple Jazz Band. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC. December 1 University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble. December 2, 18 Stan Chang & Erick Bruck. December 3, 7, 21 Jamie ‘Giggles’ Mitges. December 5, 12, 19 Sandy MacDonald. December 6, 20 Brad Halls. December 8, 22 Joe Lucchetta Trio. December 10 Bartosz Hadala Trio. December 14 Rob White. December 23 Latin + Jazz. December 28 Paul Taylor. Mây Cafe 876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032 (full schedule) Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm, (unless otherwise noted). December 7 Rob Piltch (guitar) & Neil Swainson (bass). December 14 Louis Simao (voice, guitar, accordion) & Pedro Joel (voice, guitar). December 21 Rebecca Enkin (voice) & Ron Davis (piano). Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) December 12, January 9 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra . January 25 Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto Morgans on the Danforth 1282 Danforth Ave. 416-461-3020 (full schedule) All shows: 2pm-5pm. No cover. December 11 Jocelyn Barth & David Restivo. January 29 Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out East Jazz Jam. N’awlins 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/ Joe Bowden (drums) and featured vocalists. Every Fri, Sat 8:30pm N’awlins All Star Band. Every Sun 7pm Brooke Blackburn. Nice Bistro, The 117 Brock St. N., Whitby. 905-668-8839 (full schedule) December 14 San Murata Duo .99 (dinner December 1, 2016 - February 7, 2017 | 65

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