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Volume 22 Issue 5 - February 2017

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In this issue: an interview with composer/vocalist Jeremy Dutcher, on his upcoming debut album and unique compositional voice; a conversation with Boston Symphony hornist James Sommerville, as as the BSO gets ready to come to his hometown; Stuart Hamilton, fondly remembered; and an inside look at Hugh’s Room, as it enters a complicated chapter in the story of its life in the complex fabric of our musical city. These and other stories, as we celebrate the past and look forward to the rest of 2016/17, the first glimpses of 2017/18, and beyond!

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leads and co-leads at least five ensembles in varying styles and genres, McBride has had a drive to create; not to recreate what’s been done, but to create music that is new, interesting and authentically her own. “My whole thing is original music,” McBride says, “I love doing covers, but it’s not me as an artist and composer.” This is an endeavour which, for any creative person, is neverending. It’s one that requires not only curiosity and imagination, but dedication and hard work. A whole lot of hard work. And that labour bears fruit; Socialist Night School, McBride’s large ensemble project which, for five years, has served primarily as a vehicle for her own composition and arranging, released The Twilight Fall, their first full-length album (their second recorded effort after a short, self-titled EP was released in the spring of 2014) this January, on McBride’s 25th birthday. The music on The Twilight Fall seems to tell a story. Even though there are some tracks with words (sung by the illustrious Alex Samaras, about whom I have written before), it’s hard to decipher what, exactly, that story is. But it’s there. One song speaks to the next. Universal themes are suggested by the lyrics. Tunes range from the angular and assertive (Intransitory) to the poignant and mellifluous (In Dreams). Like Valentina, I can’t recommend The Twilight Fall enough. It’s the kind of album that you can’t use as background music. It insists upon the foreground. It’s a time commitment of about an hour, but it will pay off. You can see Socialist Night School live at The Rex on February 20 at 9pm. I have no way of knowing what the cover charge will be, but just like the time commitment you put into listening to the album and doing nothing else, it will be worth it. Bob Ben is The WholeNote’s jazz listings editor. He can be reached at Quartet. February 17 Jeff Daniels (piano) Group with Rob Gellner (trumpet), Ken Foster (sax), Jesse Turton (bass), Andy McPherson (drums) . February 18 Dapp Theory (NYC) . February 24 Randy Lyght Octet . February 25 Larnell Lewis Group . La Revolucion 2848 Dundas St. W. 416-766-0746 Every Tue 9pm Duets with Peter Hill and featured guests. Every Fri Les Petits Noveaux. Every Sat 7:30pm Saturday Night Jazz (lineup TBA). Local Gest, The 424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425 February 12 4:30pm Levi Collins Trio. Local Pub, The 396 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-535-6225 (full schedule) Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 (full schedule) February 5 7:30 Brother Levon and The Achromatics (adv)/(door). Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 (full schedule) All shows: PWYC. Mây Cafe 876 Dundas St. W. 647-607-2032 (full schedule) February 14 Brownman Ali. D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 (full schedule) All shows: 9pm, (unless otherwise noted). February 1 Lorne Lofsky & David Occhipinti guitar duo. February 8 Dave Young (bass) & Reg Schwager (guitar). February 15 Dan Ionescu (guitar) & John MacMurchy (clarinet, sax). February 22 Brazilian Jazz: Bill McBirnie (flute) & Bernie Senensky (piano). Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 (full schedule) February 13 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra . Morgans on the Danforth 1282 Danforth Ave. 416-461-3020 (full schedule) All shows: 2pm-5pm. No cover. February 26 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) February 22 Barry Sears Trio .99 (dinner included). Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30pm-10:30pm February 2 Lynn McDonald (voice) Trio with Dave Restivo (piano), Bill McBirnie (flute). February 3 Canadian Jazz Quartet: Frank Wright (vibes), Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Pat Collins (bass), Don Vickery (drums) feat. Mike Murley (sax). February 4 Adrean Farrugia (piano) Trio with Colorado’s Brad Goode (trumpet), Neil Swainson (bass). February 7 In Concert & Conversation with Gene DiNovi. February 9 Barry Elmes (drums) Quartet with Mike Murley (sax), Mark Eisenman (piano), Steve Wallace (bass). February 10 Lara Solnicki (voice) Trio with Ted Quinlan (guitar), Mike Downes (bass). February 11 Jake Koffman (sax) Trio with Bernie Senensky (piano), Steve Wallace (bass). February 16 Genevieve Marentette (voice) Trio with Carl Bray (piano), George Koller (bass). February 17 Terry Clarke (drums) Trio with John Sherwood (piano), Steve Wallace (bass). February 18 Brian Dickinson (piano) Trio with Jim Vivian (bass), Ethan Ardelli (drums). February 23 David Buchbinder (trumpet) Trio with Jeremy Ledbetter (piano), Artie Roth (bass). February 24 Don Thompson (piano) & Reg Schwager (guitar). February 25 Amy McConnell (voice) Trio with Mark Kieswetter (piano), Ross MacIntyre (bass). Only Café, The 972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843 (full schedule) All shows: 8pm unless otherwise indicated. Paintbox Bistro 555 Dundas St. E. 647-748-0555 (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 All shows: 3:30pm. No cover. February 4 Steve Holt (piano) Quartet with Kirk Macdonald (sax), Neil Swainson (bass), Terry Clarke (drums). February 11 Frank Botos Quartet. February 18 Jake Koffman Quartet. February 25 Adrean Farrugia (piano) Quartet with Tara Davidson (sax), Mark Godfrey (bass), Ernesto Cervini (drums) Poetry Jazz Café 224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299 (full schedule) February 4 9pm Quincy Bullen Group. Remix Lounge 1305 Dundas St. W (full schedule) Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 (full schedule) Every Wed Spy vs. Sly vs. Spy. Every Thu, Fri 10pm Reposadists Quartet: Tim Hamel (trumpet), Jon Meyer (bass), Jeff Halischuck (drums), Roberto Rosenman (guitar). Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 (full schedule). All shows: 9:45pm Every Tue, Sat Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed The Digs. Every Thu Stacey Kaniuk, Mary McKay. Every Fri Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. February 2 Alex Pangman. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. February 1 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 9:30pm Vaughan Misener. February 2 9:45pm Mike Downes Quartet CD Release. February 3 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad 9:45pm Mike Downes Quartet CD Release. February 4 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm Swing Shift Big Band; 7pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:45pm Alex Pangman. February 5 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Club Django; 7pm Jake Wilkinson Group; 9:30pm Mostly Monk. February 6 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm Humber College Student Jazz Ensembles. February 7 6:30pm Ken McDonald Quartet; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam hosted by Chris Gale. February 8 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 9:30pm Harris Eisenstadt Old Growth Forest (NYC). February 9 6:30pm Tetrahedron; 9:30pm Harris Eisenstadt Old Growth Forest (NYC). February 10 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad 9:45pm New York’s Adam Nussbaum with Kirk MacDonald & Pat LaBarbera Quartet. February 11 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm George Lake Big Band; 7pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:45pm New York’s Adam Nussbaum with Kirk MacDonald & Pat LaBarbera Quartet. February 12 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Red Hot Ramble; 7pm Jake Wilkinson Group; 9:30pm Phil Dwyer Group. February 13 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm Humber College Student Jazz Ensembles. February 14 6:30pm Ken McDonald Quartet; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam hosted by Chris Gale. February 15 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 9:30pm Mark Godfrey Quartet. February 16 6:30pm Tetrahedron; 9:30pm New York’s Andy Milne & Dapp Theory. February 17 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad 9:45pm Dave Young Quintet. February 18 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm Sonuskapos Big Band; 7pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:45pm Ted’s Warren Commission. February 19 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters; 7pm Jake Wilkinson Group; 9:30pm Barry Romberg Group. February 20 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; 9:30pm Socialist Night School. February 21 6:30pm Ken McDonald Quartet; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam hosted by Scotland’s Graeme Stephen. February 22 6:30pm Laura Hubert Band; 9:30pm Lucien Gray Quartet. February 23 9:45pm Rich Brown’s The Abeng. February 24 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm Bugaloo Squad 9:45pm Rich Brown’s The Abeng. February 25 12pm The Sinners Choir; 3:30pm Connor Gains Band; 7pm Worst Pop Band Ever; 9:45pm Amhed Mitchel & Naciente. February 26 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Freeway Dixieland; 7pm Jake Wilkinson Group; 58 | February 1, 2017 - March 7, 2017

9:30pm Way North. February 27 6:30pm University of Toronto Student Jazz Ensembles; 8:30pm John McLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra. February 28 6:30pm Ken McDonald Quartet; 9:30pm Classic Rex Jazz Jam hosted by Scotland’s Graeme Stephen. Salty Dog Bar & Grill, The 1980 Queen St. E. 416-849-5064 (full schedule) Every Tue, Wed Jazz Night. Sauce on the Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave. 647-748-1376 All shows: No cover. February 4 Alec Trent. February 11 The Lesters. February 18 Glen Filazek. Competitions ●●Feb 05 7:30: Melos Choir and Period Instruments. Baroque Idol: Workshop and Competition. Baroque Idol for local young singers, and Baroque Masters for vocalists aged 40 and over. Judges and a live audience. Winners receive cash prizes. St. George’s Cathedral (Kingston), 270 King St. E., Kingston. 613-767-7245. ; (sr/st). ●●Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). OSM Manulife Competition, 2017 edition. Open to woodwinds, brass and voice. Over 0,000 in prizes and scholarships to talented young Canadian musicians. Competition takes place November 21 to 25, 2017. For more information: 514-840-7400, x7415; Registration deadline: May 12, 2017. Galas and Fundraisers ●●Feb 18 6:30: Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Blues Bash Fundraiser. Features the Paul James band and special guests Soul Collective. Silent auction; cash bar and food. Best Western PLUS Orangeville Inn and Suites, 7 Buena Vista Dr., Orangeville. 647-525- 8494; (door); (advance); reserved VIP tables for 10 available. ●●Feb 24 7:30: Melos Choir and Period Instruments. A Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser! A masked evening of Carnevale entertainment with period music, food, drink, and Silent Auction of Talents and Experiences. Renaissance Hall Event Centre, 285 Queen St., Kingston. 613-767-7245. . Lectures, Salons, Symposia ●●Feb 01 6:30: UofT New Music Festival. Sciarinno: The Killing Flower. Pre-concert introduction with composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Hosted by Renaissance musicologist Catherine Moore; features Gesualdo Madrigals sung by UofT’s Theatre for Early Music Madrigalists; David Fallis, coach. Walter Hall Lobby, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. ●●Feb 02 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Thursdays at Noon – New Music Festival: Lecture by Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750; Free. ●●Feb 02 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Lecture by Suzanne G. Cusick, E. The ETCeteras Seven44 (Formerly Chick n’ Deli/The People’s Chicken) 744 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-489-7931 (full schedule) All shows: 7:30pm Every Mon Big Band night. Tranzac 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137 3-4 shows daily, various styles. Mostly PWYC. Every Mon 10pm Open Mic Mondays. Every Fri 5pm The Friends of Hugh Oliver (folk). This month’s shows include: February 5, 19 5pm Monk’s Music. February 7 10pm Peripheral Vision. February 12 10pm The Lina Allemano Four. February 14 10pm Michael Davidson. February 19 7:30pm Diane Roblin. February 21 10pm The Ken McDonald Quartet. February 28 10pm Nick Fraser Presents. professor of music at the Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80 Queen’s Park. 416- 978-3750; Free. ●●Feb 06 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Götterdämmerung from Scratch: A Novice’s Guide. COC music director Johannes Debus leads participants through the score of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on piano and shares insights into this complex work. No musical background required. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. To reserve tickets in advance: 416-363-8231 or OperaInsights Free. ●●Feb 09 3:30: U of T Faculty of Music. Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory Research Colloquium. Led by Dr. Aine Heneghan, assistant professor of music theory at the University of Michigan. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. ●●Feb 15 8:00: Canadian Opera Company/ Toronto Wagner Society. Götterdämmerung: Singer’s Round Table. An opportunity to meet some of the world’s great Wagnerian singers, currently appearing in Götterdämmerung. The singers will share stories from their careers, reflect on Wagner’s music, and discuss what it takes to perform this challenging music. Jackman Studio, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363- 8231. (cash only at the door); Toronto Wagner Society members free. ●●Feb 16 8:00: David Lidov. Paper and Keys. Lecture-recital about what music notation has done to music making. Includes performance of Bach: Second Partita for keyboard and Lidov: Voice Mail. Arrayspace, 155 Walnut St. 647-866-2785; minimum donation appreciated at the concert or the website, or at Canada Helps). ●●Feb 18 9:00am-5:30: U of T Faculty of Music/ Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Music and the Jewish World: Expression across Real and Imaginary Boundaries. Keynote address by Benjamin Brinner (UC Berkeley); panels and lectures by Caryl Clark (U of Toronto); David Conway (University College, London); Dan Deutsch (U of Toronto); Jardena Gertler-Jaffe (U of Toronto); Charles Hersch (Cleveland State U); Lily E. Hirsch; Sherry Lee (U of Toronto); Evan Rapport (New School, NY); Anna Shternshis (U of Toronto). Jackman Humanities Bldg, Room 100, 170 St. The Ken Page Memorial Trust and WholeNote Media Inc. proudly present a Happy Hearts performance by JIM GALLOWAY’S WEE BIG BAND UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MARTIN LOOMER Thursday 16 th February 2017 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm featuring international guest, Warren Vaché working his lyrical magic on cornet with romance and passion. with tributes to the music of Duke Ellington and more, this fabulous swing band will certainly have you in the mood for toetapping and even dancing your way through the night! in The Garage, that spacious, acoustically friendly venue on the ground floor of the CSI Building at 720 Bathurst Street (two blocks south of Bloor ) Doors 7:00 pm for Open Seating Tickets each, cash only please Questions: phone Anne Page at: 416 515 0200 or email: The special appearance of Mr. Vaché is made possible through the generosity of the Toronto Duke Ellington Society Licensed Premises New quick service menu Street parking This concert is dedicated to the memory of saxophone master, Jim Galloway, the band’s founder and leader for 35 years and to members passed February 1, 2017 - March 7, 2017 | 59

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