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Volume 25 Issue 5 - February 2020

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Visions of 2020! Sampling from back to front for a change: in Rearview Mirror, Robert Harris on the Beethoven he loves (and loves to hate!); Errol Gay, a most musical life remembered; Luna Pearl Woolf in focus in recordings editor David Olds' "Editor's Corner" and in Jenny Parr's preview of "Jacqueline"; Speranza Scappucci explains how not to reinvent Rossini; The Indigo Project, where "each piece of cloth tells a story"; and, leading it all off, Jully Black makes a giant leap in "Caroline, or Change." And as always, much more. Now online in flip-through format here and on stands starting Thurs Jan 30.

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C. Music Theatre Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! ●●Vera Causa Opera. Rapunzel & The Dino Opera by Dylan Langan. Parkwood Gardens Church, 501 Whitelaw Rd., Guelph. 519- 277-9277. ; free(st/ch). Feb 15, 2pm. Also Feb 15(7pm, Cambridge), 16(2pm, Waterloo). ●●Vera Causa Opera. Rapunzel & The Dino Opera by Dylan Langan. Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St., Cambridge. 519- 277-9277. ; free(st/ch). Feb 15, 7pm. Also Feb 15(2pm, Guelph), 16(2pm, Waterloo). ●●Vera Causa Opera. Rapunzel & The Dino Opera by Dylan Langan. First United Church Waterloo, 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519- 277-9277. ; free(st/ch). Feb 16, 2pm. Also Feb 15(2pm, Guelph), 15(7pm, Cambridge). ●●Victoria College Drama Society. 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. vcds. ca. ; (sr); (st). Opens Jan 30, 8pm. Runs to Feb 1. Thurs-Sat(8pm). ●●VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. Kamouraska. Music and libretto by Charles M. Wilson, based on the novel. Sung in English. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. -. Feb 16, 2:30pm. ●●Wavestage Theatre. Into the Woods, Youth Production. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl. wavestagetheatre.com. . Opens Feb 8, 7pm. Also Feb 9(2pm). ●●Westben. Chocolate Voices Experience. Come taste the music with us! Join the multiple award-winning chocolatier Angela Roest, chocolatier; Chris Cameron, opera singer/author; Brian Finley, piano. Clock Tower Cultural Centre, 36 Front St. S., Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. . Feb 15, 7pm. D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 120 Diner 120 Church St. 416-792-7725 120diner.com (full schedule) Most shows - All shows: PWYC (- suggested) Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865 alleycatz.ca All shows: Call for cover charge info. Mon 8:30pm Salsa Night with DJ Romantico with free lessons. Tues 8:30pm Bachata Night with Weekly Guest DJ with free lessons. Wed 7pm Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Andrew “Voodoo” Walters. Thurs 7pm Spotlight Thursdays. Fri & Sat 9:30pm Funk, Soul, R&B Top 40 cover after 9pm. Sat 3pm-6pm Matinee Jazz. Sun 4pm Blues in The Alley w/ Big Groove. Feb 1 Lady Kane. Feb 6 The Garden. Feb 7 Switchbeat. Feb 8 Lady Kane. Feb 13 The Neckties. Feb 14 Blonde Ambition. Feb 15 Von. Feb 20 Sonic Curators. Feb 21 Gyles. Feb 22 Veronica & The Sound. Feb 27 Cheryn Lyn & The Catalysts. Feb 28 Red Velvet. Feb 29 York Jazz Ensemble (matinee), Soular (evening). Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512 artword.net (full schedule) The Blue Goose Tavern 1 Blue Goose St. 416-255-2442 thebluegoosetavern.com (full schedule) Bloom 2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315 bloomrestaurant.com (full schedule) All shows 7pm 19+. Call for reservations. Burdock 1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033 burdockto.com Ticket prices vary by show, but typically -; check website for individual show prices. Feb 1 5:30pm Oscat Presents: Coffehouse 2.0, 9:30pm Fawkes & Hownd w/ Andrew Machum. Feb 3 8pm Emile D’Eon. Feb 8 9:30pm James Hill Presents: Local Talent. Feb 9 3pm The Henrys. Feb 14 6:30pm Naomi Froese: A Sad Valentine’s Show, 9:30pm Danielle Knibbe and Major Love. Feb 16 6:30pm Nathan Smith. Feb 18 6:30pm Prude. Feb 20 8pm Zachary Lucky w/ Melanie Brulée. Feb 23 8pm Dark Day Monday. Feb 28 6:30pm Les Fils du Facteur, 9:30pm Delta Will and Year of Glad. Feb 29 8pm Jacob Moon. Cameron House 408 Queen St. W. 416-703-0811 thecameron.com Castro’s Lounge 2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272 castroslounge.com (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC C’est What 67 Front St. E. (416) 867-9499 cestwhat.com (full schedule) All concerts are PWYC unless otherwise noted. Feb 1 3pm The Vic Lawrence Seven. Feb 7 9pm Felix’s Belt. Feb 8 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers, 9pm Julia Tynes Band. Feb 14 9pm Fool Hearts Valentine’s Special. Feb 15 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Feb 21 9pm Bluenatics. Feb 22 3pm The Hot Five Jazzmakers, 9pm Leaving Esmerelda w/ Glamatron. Feb 27 9pm The Hiltz Family Singers. Feb 28 9pm An Evening of JSG/Grateful Dead w/ The Mark T Band. Feb 29 3pm The Boxcar Boys. Emmet Ray, The 924 College St. 416-792-4497 theemmetray.com (full schedule) All shows: No cover/PWYC Grossman’s Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 grossmanstavern.com (full schedule) All shows: No cover (unless otherwise noted). Every Sat 4:30pm The Happy Pals Dixieland Jazz Jam. Every Sun 4:30pm New Orleans Connection All Star Band; 10pm Sunday Jam with Bill Hedefine. Every Wed 10pm Action Jazz History at Hugh’s With Russell Malone Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560 hirut.ca Every Sunday 3pm Hirut Sundays Open Mic. First and Third Tuesday 8pm Fingerstyle Guitar Association. Feb 4 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association. Feb 5 8pm BTBs Trio. Feb 7 8pm Steve Koven Trio. Feb 14 8:30pm Jazz of the Americas. Feb 16 6:30pm + 8pm Dunstan Morey Quartet. Feb 18 8pm Finger Style Guitar Association. Feb 19 8pm The BTBs. Feb 21 8pm Marty Harrison Jazz Quintet. Feb 28 9pm Hirut Hoot Comedy Night. Home Smith Bar – See Old Mill, The Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas St. W 416 533 5483 hughsroom.com All shows at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted. See website for individual show prices. Feb 1 Dan Bern. Feb 2 Sonia Johnson. Feb 3 7:30pm Downbeat: A Launch Concert for Garner Theatre Productions. Feb 4 Jenie Thai and Jack Semple. Feb 5 Trumpet Rhapsody: Luca Seccafieno and Fabrizio Viti. Feb 6 Let It B3 – JV’s Boogaloo Squad Does The Beatles. Feb 7 8pm Russell Malone. Feb 9 J.P. COLIN STORY On February 7, the American guitarist Russell Malone plays at Hugh’s Room Live. For those unfamiliar with his work, Malone is a swinging, bluesy player, steeped in the hard bop tradition, who has worked with many of jazz’s leading names, including bassists Ron Carter, Ray Brown and Christian McBride, keyboardists Benny Green, Jimmy Smith and Monty Alexander, and crossover star vocalists Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. It is unusual to see someone of Malone’s stature playing in Toronto outside of a major festival setting; to see him in a club, as opposed to a soft-seat theatre, is more unusual still, and speaks to the singular nature of this event. Malone favours large, hollow-body guitars, minimal effects and clear, articulate right-hand technique. He is a representative of a jazz guitar tradition that extends back to George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian, and he is an expert interpreter of the Great American Songbook. A highly recommended show, for fans of the guitar generally, Malone specifically and, really, anyone who has an interest in the living history of jazz. A day before Russell Malone, JV’s Boogaloo Squad – a classic-format organ trio led by keyboardist Joel Visentin, with guitarist Adam Beer- Colacino and drummer Jeff Halischuk – plays at Hugh’s Room Live. The theme of this particular evening? The Squad “does the Beatles.” There is a rich history of jazz musicians playing Beatles repertoire, from Grant Green’s 1965 album I Want To Hold Your Hand, with Cormier. Feb 12 Ian Maksin and Zaria Band. Feb 13 Red Zeppelin. Feb 14 Craig Cardiff. Feb 15 1pm Craig Cardiff, 8:30pm Alfie Zappacosta. Feb 19 Tom Allen. Feb 20 David Essig. Feb 21 Western Swing Authority. Feb 22 Glendale One. Feb 23 Jim Beard and Jon Herington. Feb 24 The Sweetest Noise: A Birthday Celebration of Justin Haynes. Feb 26 7:30pm Blues Party Tonight w/ Danny Marks. Feb 29 Miss Emily. Jazz Bistro, The 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299 jazzbistro.ca (full schedule) Feb 1 9pm Jeremy Ledbetter Trio feat. Eliana Cuevas and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo. Feb 2 7pm The Mildly Amusing Songs of Eli Pasic. Feb 4 8pm Debi Botos. Feb 5 8pm David Rubel’s 251 Jam Session. Feb 6 8pm Carl Bray Trio. Feb 7 9pm Bernie Senensky Trio feat. Eric Alexander. Feb 8 9pm Bernie Senensky Trio feat. Eric Alexander. Feb 9 6pm Jazz Bistro Oscar Party. Feb 12 8pm David Rubel’s 251 Jam Session. Feb 14 9pm Valentine’s Day w/ June Garber and Stu Mac. Feb 15 9pm June Garber and Stu Mac. Feb 16 7pm Kevin Morris. Feb 20 8:30pm Colin Hunter and The Anthony Terpstra Seventet. Feb 21 9pm Colin Hunter with The Joe Sealy Quartet. Feb 22 9pm Colin Hunter with The Joe Sealy Quartet. Feb 23 7pm Adi Braun. Feb 27 9pm The 56 | February 2020 thewholenote.com

Russell Malone Anthony Fung George Garzone saxophonist Hank Mobley, organist Larry Young and drummer Elvin Jones, to Brad Mehldau’s ever-popular 1996 cover of Blackbird, amidst innumerable other examples. Visentin and company have been steadfast in their commitment to the organ trio, a format which – in Canada, at least – remains something of a rarity. Also happening at Hugh’s Room Live, on February 24, is “The Sweetest Noise: A Birthday Celebration of Justin Haynes.” Haynes, one of Canada’s leading avantgarde musicians, passed away early last year at the age of 46. The proceeds from this show will go towards the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, a resident-led community land trust that seeks to “acquire land and use it to meet the needs of Parkdale by leasing it to nonprofit partners who can provide affordable housing, furnish spaces for social enterprises and non-profit organizations,” and create a sense of balance for the Parkdale community in the midst of development and gentrification. (Haynes was a longtime Parkdale resident, and lived there at the time of his passing.) The Rex At The Rex on February 20 and 21, George Garzone – another preeminent American jazz musician – plays with JabFung. JabFung is an ongoing partnership between Toronto bassist Julian Anderson- Bowes and Toronto-born, LA-based drummer Anthony Fung, that has evolved into one of the city’s most interesting collaborative projects. Typically presenting a handful of events each year, the mandate for JabFung is to bring special guest artists into the fold for specific shows, with the constant being the synergy between Anderson-Bowes and Fung. Recent concerts have included a Wayne Shorter tribute, with saxophonist Leland Whitty and pianist Brian Dickinson in December, and a show with vocalist Mingjia Chen, saxophonist Luis Deniz, and guitarist Andrew Marzotto, last April. This month will mark the second time that the group has appeared with Garzone at The Rex; the three musicians played for two nights in July, 2017. Garzone is a masterful tenor player in the post-Coltrane style, with a far-reaching D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Stefan Bauer Quintet. Feb 28 9pm The Stefan Bauer Quintet. Feb 29 9pm The Stefan Bauer Quintet. Jazz Room, The Located in the Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565 kwjazzroom.com (full schedule) Attendees must be 19+. Cover charge varies (generally -$25) Feb 1 8:30pm Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet. Feb 6 8pm Bernie Senensky Trio feat. Eric Alexander. Feb 7 8:30pm Tim Moher Octet. Feb 8 3pm Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, 8:30pm Kevin Breit and The Sisters Euclid. Feb 14 8:30pm Joni Nehrita. Feb 15 8:30pm Remy Le Boeuf Group. Feb 21 8:30pm New Vibes. Feb 22 8:30pm Patrick Boyle Group. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 lula.ca (full schedule) Every Fri 7:30pm Afterwork Global Party Series free before 8pm; Every Fri 8:30pm Havana Club Fridays ; Every Sat 10:30pm Salsa Saturdays . Feb 2 12pm Lula’s Drag Brunch Extravaganza, 4:30pm TDot Batu Fundraiser. Feb 6 6pm One-Stop Jazz Safari. Feb 9 5pm Songs from the Heart. Feb 13 6:30pm The Tiki Collective. Feb 16 7pm The Salida Project. Feb 20 7pm STORRY. Feb 25 Red Hot Ramble. Feb 27 6:30pm Shuffle Demons CD Release Party. Manhattans Pizza Bistro & Music Club 951 Gordon St., Guelph 519-767-2440 manhattans.ca (full schedule) Mezzetta Restaurant 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687 mezzettarestaurant.com (full schedule) Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St. 416-531-5833 themonarchtavern.com (full schedule) Feb 4 8pm Belleville-Ville. Feb 10 7:30pm Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils Orchestra. Feb 11 8pm Belleville-Ville. Feb 23 8pm The Shivas. Feb 29 8pm The Mattson 2. N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King St. W. 416-595-1958 nawlins.ca All shows: No cover/PWYC. Every Tue 6:30pm Stacie McGregor. Every Wed 7pm The Jim Heineman Trio. Every Thur 8pm Nothin’ But the Blues with Joe Bowden. 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 nicebistro.com (full schedule) Live jazz and dinner, .00 per person. Dinner from 6pm and music from 7pm to 9pm. Feb 12 Paper Moon (Zoey Adams & Tony Quarrington). Old Mill, The 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641 oldmilltoronto.com (full schedule) The Home Smith Bar: No reservations. No cover. food/drink minimum. All shows: 7:30-10:30pm unless otherwise listed. Feb 1 William Carn & Tara Davidson Quartet. Feb 4 Gene DiNovi. Feb 5 John Sherwood. Feb 6 Lenny Solomon. Feb 7 Canadian Jazz Quartet w/ Danny McErlain. Feb 8 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire Jam. Feb 12 Alana Bridgewater. Feb 13 Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia’s Thursday Night Jazz Party. Feb 14 Wendy Lands Quartet. Feb 15 Terry Clarke. Feb 19 Russ Little Quartet. Feb 20 Kathleen Gorman Quartet. Feb 21 Reg Schwager & Don Thompson Duo. Feb 22 Chris Gale Quartet. Feb 26 John MacMurchy. Feb 28 Lily Frost Quartet. Feb 29 Tina Turner Tribute. Only Café, The 972 Danforth Ave. 416-463-7843 theonlycafe.com (full schedule) Pilot Tavern, The 22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716 thepilot.ca All shows: 2:30pm. No cover. Feb 1 Jim Gelcer Quintet. Feb 8 Ewen Farncombe Quartet. Feb 15 Gord Sheard and Sinal Aberto. Feb 22 Richard Underhill Quartet. Feb 29 James Brown Trio. Poetry Jazz Café 224 Augusta Ave. 416-599-5299 poetryjazzcafe.com (full schedule) Reposado Bar & Lounge 136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474 reposadobar.com (full schedule) Reservoir Lounge, The 52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887 reservoirlounge.com (full schedule). Every Tue & Sat, 8:45pm Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm. Every Wed 9pm The Digs. Every Thurs 9:45pm Stacey Kaniuk. Every Fri 9:45pm Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis. Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 therex.ca (full schedule) Call for cover charge info. thewholenote.com February 2020 | 57

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