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Volume 7 Issue 6 - March 2002

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  • Toronto
  • Theatre
  • Jazz
  • April
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JAZZ LISTINGS continued from page 17 . Swing Thing. For information call Josh Grossman at (416)899·5299 Ben Wicks Restaurant and Pub, 424 Parliament Street, Toronto · 8 to 12 pm · (416)961·9425 Call for information. C'est What, 67 Front Street Toronto (Front & Church St) · Saturdays 4 to 7 pm . 416·867·9499. Mar.2, 9, 16, 23,30 Hot Five Jazzmakers Chick 'N' Deli, Mount Pleasant Ave, Toronto (just south of Eglinton) · Saturdays 4 to 7 pm · 416· 489· 7931. Mar.2, 9, 16,23,30 Climax Jazz Band Gate 403 403 Roncesyalles Avenue (416) 588-2930 Call for details Grossman's Tavern, 379 Spadina Ave, Toronto (south of Colleg~) · Saturdays 4 to 7 pm· 416·977-7000. Mar.2, 9, 16, 2~. 30 Kid Bastien and the Happy Pals Hot House Cafe Market Square (416) 366· 7800 Sun Jazz Brunch w/Ken Churchill Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant. 681 St. Clair West. 416-658·5687. · 9:00 & 10: 15pm: Call for information. Montreal Bistro, 65 Sherbourne St. (416). 363·0179. Mar 1·2 Molly Johnson Quintet; Mar 4 Dave Reddock Quartet; Mar 5-6 Jim Galloway/Joe Sealy ·Quartet; Mar 7 .9 Jay McShann Quartet w/Jim Galloway; Mar 11 Tracey Wilkins with her little Big Band; Mar 12· 16 The Barry Elmes Quintet; Mar 18 The Paul Neufeld Trio; Mar 19-23 Dave Young/Phil Dwyer Trio w/Michel Lambert; Mar 25 Jay Boehmer Jazz Quartet; Mar 26-28, 30 Julie Michels w/George Koller Mezzrow's, 1546 Queen W. (416) 535· 4906. Call for information. N'Awlins Jazz Bar & Dining 299 King W. (416) 595· 1958. Thurs, Fri, Sat Real Deal; Mon-Tues Dave McMorrow; Wed, Sun Jim Heineman Orbit Room 580A College St. (416) 763- 3470. Every Sun Dave Murphy;Every Mon Sisters Euclid w/Kevin Breit; Every Wed LMT Connection; Every Thurs Planet Earth Pilot Tavern 22 Cumberland St. (416) 923· 5716. Call for information. Portly Piper Pub, 235 Bayly St. W. Ajax · 5 to 8 pm 905 426 9535 · (formerly Fiddler & Fireman) Call for information. Ouigley's 2232 Queen E. (416) 699-9998 · Call for information. Reservoir Lounge 52 Wellington E. (416) 955-0887 Every Mon Bradley & The Bouncers; Every Tues Tyler Yarema; Every Wed Louis T re w/Oanny B; Every Fri Chet Valiant Combo; Every Sat Tory Cassis Rex Jazz & Blues Bar 194 Queen St. West (416) 598·2475. Mar.1 Melissa Stylianou T rio/Quinsin Nacho ff Quartet; Mar. 2 Laura Hubert Sextet/Leah State Trio/Jennifer Ryan & "Cash Cow"; Mar.3 ."Club Django" /"Quadruped/Sharron Macleod Sextet; Mar 4 Carey West and Monday's Millionaires/Colin Rosati Quartet; Mar5, 6,7 tba; Mar.8 Melissa Stylianou Trio; Mar.11 Carey West and Monday's Millionaires; Mar.12, 13,14 tba; Mar.15 Melissa Stylianou Trio; Mar.16, 17 tba; Mar.18 Carey West and Monday's Millionaires; Mar.19, 20, 21 tba; Mar .22 Melissa Stylianou Trio; Mar.23,24 tba; Mar.25 Carey West and Monday's Millionaires; Mar.26, 27, 28 tba; Mar.29 Melissa Stylianou Trio; Mar.30,31 tba Rhodes Restaurant 1496 Yonge St. (416) 968-9315. Call for information. River 413 Roncesvalles ~ Every Thurs: Julie Michels/Kevin Barrell Rockit 120 Church St. (416) 947.9555 Call for information. Sunny Thai Restaurant, 359 Eglinton Ave. West. (416) 488-8807 Every Thursday 7:00 · 1 O:OOp.m. Peggy Mahon and Danny McErlain Top O' The Senator 249 Victoria St. (416) 364-7517. Mar 1·3 The David Braid Sextet CD Release; Mar 5-10 Archie Alleyne & Doug Richardson's "Kollage"; Mar 12-17 Doug Hamilton's Brass Connection II; Mar 19-24 The Lina Allemano Four; Mar 27-28 Alex Pangman Where Jazz lives In Toronto Tranzac Club, Brunswick Ave, Toronto (just south of Bloor) · 9 to 12 pm · 416·9238137.Mar.6, 13,20,27,30The Grande Bouche Swingtette Gypsy Swing in the style of Django Reinhardt VAN GO, 71 Lakeshore Rd.E. Port Credit · 7 to 11 pm -(905) 278·2296 Call for information. Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St. (round the back of Honest Ed's) · upstairs 9.30 to 12.30 pm416·516·5787 Call for information. Im Long & McQuade - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS• www.lon11-mcqu• SALES - RENTALS - REPAIRS - IN STORE FINANCING TRADES - USED INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT & SOLD Toronto North York Sea rborough Oshawa Brampton Burlington 925 Bloor St.W. 2777 Steeles Av.W. 1133 Markham Rd. 380 Simcoe St.S. 370 Main St.N . 3180 Mainway Dr. (416)588-7886 (416)663-8612 (416)439-8001 (905)434-1612 (905)450-4334 (905)319-3330 Where the Music Begins. .JAZZ ANO BAND ~BAND STAND by Merlin Williams This has been a very busy month -- dare one say Olympic --for me so far. This week alone, I've played in the Musicfest regionals (gold standard award), taken a school orchestra to Kiwanis (bronze certificate) and played a band concert with pipes and drums, chorus and organ. Add to that workshops in percussion technique, rehearsal tips, band repertoire and Paul Brodie's workshop on self promotion ... well, let's just say I found myself having ,to apologize to the editor for the tardiness of my column. Incidentally, those of you who missed Paul Brodie's workshop should be kicking y?urselves. It was excellent. The concert I played last week was with the Brampton Concert Band. This is a group that is experiencing a real renaissance. The band received a Trillium grant last year which was used to purchase new instruments and uniforms. They now have a fully outfitted and staffed percussion section, and band membership and morale are way up. This has raised the playing standard of the band tremendously. It makes me wonder why more bands haven't gone after any of the Triliium grant money. Looking to the month ahead: March 3 has two bands competing for your attention: the Etobicoke Youth Band Children's Concert: Simply for Kids is on at 3 p.m., as is the Markham Concert Band's "Flights of Fancy". The Glenn Gould ·Professional School Wind and Brass Orc hes tr a performs music by Stravinsky, Gabrielli, R. Strauss and Tomasi on Mar 14. Guest con- Gary A Toronto's Center for Clarinets and Oboes SALES * REPAIR * 18 ductor is virtuoso trombonist Alain Trudel. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band/Etobicoke Swing Orchestra is presenting "Radio Days", a 50's style show with song & script. Conductor John Edward Liddle and the band are joined by vocalist Virgil Scott and host Jim Paulsen. You've got two chance to catch this show: March 22 and 23 . If you' re a bit west of the city, or don't mind the drive, the Guelph Concert Band is presenting "A Brass Feast" featuring the Niagara Brass Ensemble on March 22. This concert, at Chalmers United Church in Guelph is a lienefit for the Guelph Concert Band. · Keith Reid and the Hart House Symphonic Band present a free concert at the Great Hall in Hart House on March 23 . The program will include John Williams' Olympic Fanfare and Theme, and ClaudeT. Smith'sSymphony#l for Band. Looking ahead to early April, I see that the University of Toronto Wind Symphony & Concert Band is performing on April 5, under the batons of Denise Grant and Jeffrey Reynolds. I'm familiar with the Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis - it's an excellent piece, and worth the price of admission by itself, however I must admit it's Whitacre's "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas" that has piqued my interest. As always, please check the main listings section of The WholeNote for complete information about each concert mentioned here. If you would like an upcoming band everu to be featured in the Bandstand column, feel free to contact Merlin at (416) 489-0275; by e-mail,; on the web, -merlinw/. 6-535-6000 Warranty Repair Depot Used instruments bought & sold 2002

By Sarah B. Hood OPERA & Mt1s1c THEATRE Do-It-Yourself Baroque Seminar Opera, oratorio, cantata, sonata, concerto: this mellifluous list emboclies the contribution of the Baroque era (roughly the period from 1580 to 1730) to the world's musical repertoire. Toronto being relatively well endowed with exponents of Baroque music, performances of Baroque stage works. - even on period instruments and with period tuning - are hardly a rarity .here. That having been said; this ' month offers a particularly rich selection: almost a "self-directed tour" of the era. The ear'liest composer represented is Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi, who lived from 1567 to 1643; (in a sense, he saw the Baroque era in). Monteverdi was an Italian violinist who became court musician to the Duke of Mantua and later Maestro di Cappella at St. Mark's in Venice. Toronto Consort is offering two performances of his The Return of Ulysses, complete with a l 7th-cen- MARCH BOASTS FINE SELECTION OF 17TH-CENTURY GREATS tury orchestra under the direction of David Fallis, on April 5 and 6 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. The vocalists are the always"entertaining Laura Pudwell and David Hite. English composer Henry Purcell lived right through the heart of the Baroque era, from 1659 to 1695. There are not one but two opportunities this month to hear his only full opera Dido and Aeneas. On March 13 the York University Department of Music presents an opera-in-concert version of the complete work: an always-welcome chance to hear a live rendition of one of the most luscious songs in the entire Baroque repertoire, "Wqen I am laid in earth". Also known as "Dido's Lament", it is sung by the betrayed and lovesick queen of Carthage who, preparing to die in her shame and sorrow, begs her followers to "remember me but (ah!) forget my fate" . Then, on March 23 and 25 the Royal Conservatory of Music "Opera Night" presents selections from Dido and Aeneas, along with the notat-all Baroque Trouble in Tahiti by Bach of course needs no intro- Leonard Bernstein, at Ettore duction, bu~ it's interesting to note Mazzoleni Concert Hall (273 Bloor that he was so precisely a contem­ St. West). porary of George Frederick Handel Michel Pignolet (1667 to (whom he ne;ver met). They were 1737)wasbomapoorweaver'sson born in the same year, 1685, (as in a small French town, but daringly was Domenico Scarlatti), and died added the noble-sounding "de only a few years apart (Bach in 1750 Monteclair" to his name (after a and Handel in 1759, well past the local fortress) and set off for the end of the Baroque age). Handel's bright lights to become a member Semele is being performed by Opof the Paris Opera orchestra. Un- era in Concert on March 16 and der the service of the Prince de 17 at the Jane Mallett Theatre with Vaudemont he traveled to Italy, and a wonderful cast: Tracy Dahl, also. achieved great renown in his Catherine Robbin, John Tessier, time as a music teacher. AlainCoulombeandGilesTomkins, Undeservedly, many details of among others. The Aradia Ensem-. his life have been lost to the histori- hie under Kevin Mallon provides the cal record, but you should think of instrumentals. To top off your Bahim when you hear almost any sym- roque tour, take advantage of Iain phonic recording, for it was he who Scott's pre-concert discussion 45 thought to add the double bass to the minutes prior to either perform-. orchestra. I Furiosi Baroque En- ance. semble is presenting a staged performance of Monteclair · OSCAR WINNER and Johann Sebastian Bach on When once I visited the grave of March 15 and 16 at Artword Thea- Oscar Wilde in Paris there were tre, featuring bass baritone Brian fresh gladiolas on the stone. Al­ McMillan. SPOTLIGHT CONTINUES ON PAGE 20 M ar·c-111 -~- Apri 1 7 2002 19

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