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Danny Marks

Danny Marks

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Danny Marks (voice/guitar)


Danny Marks is the current holder of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues with a Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast. This iconic rocker's roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records' group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor. A house band gig at Toronto's famed Albert's Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio's hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto's R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny's in his fifth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91's Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm.


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Percussion for Everyone

Percussion for Everyone

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Andrew Timar (percussion), Rick Sacks (percussion)


Hello Community Gamelan members. After five Community Gamelan Meetups we are scheduling another SEVEN at the Array Space. We'll keep the requested $10.00 per person but will hold off on making that mandatory. If you don't have it, come and donate what you can. There will still be light refreshments and juice, coffee and tea for all.

I have scheduled the Gamelan meetup for the THIRD Saturday of each month from November through May so there are lots of chances to attend. As for the cap on attendance, I discovered, with the help of the first attendees, that 13 or 14 people are ideal. However I can make room for up to 20 with some additional instruments and most times something comes up and every rsvps can't make it.

So The cap will now be 20. If enough people are on the waiting list, I may try to schedule another within the same time period. Let's see how it goes!

It's best to be able to remove your shoes. Tight pants or short skirts are going to make playing uncomfortable so wear loose, comfortable clothing. You sit on the floor or on low stools. Have a look at the picture and you can see the height of the instruments.

The music was absolutely lovely and just what I had hoped it would be. We can dig a bit deeper next time and discover more musical pathways.


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Octokats CD Release

Octokats CD Release

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Sarang Kulkarni (saxophone), Gary Martin (saxophone), Jim Shea (trumpet), Paul Tarussov (trombone), Galen Weir (bass), Stephen Landsberg (guitar), William Bryant (piano), John Collin (drums)


The OCTOKATS specialize in West Coast Jazz, a style of Jazz that was developed in the Los Angeles area in and around the time of the 1950's….very cool and very laid back. Our music library contains arrangements of some of the well-known West Coast Jazz Musicians such as Dave Pell, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Henry Mancini and Gerry Mulligan. Sorely missing for the Greater Toronto-Area Jazz scene, The OCTOKATS have resurrected this cool jazz style. We've just released our debut CD entitled, "Cool West Coast Jazz Comes to Toronto". It featured the band with special guests Pat LaBarbera and West Coast Jazz Tenor Sax legend, Dave Pell.


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Nick Teehan Group

Nick Teehan Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Joe Ernewein (bass), Alex Ernewein (piano), Nick Teehan (voice/saxophone), Nicolas Buligan (trumpet), Phil Miles (guitar)


Originally from Oshawa, Teehan loves Toronto where he now resides. You'll often find him scribbling song lyrics on napkins at greasy overnight diners or singing to himself on the Wallace Bridge. He is a product of his environment, and his work reflects the grim yet joyful balance of living in a big green and grey city. An imaginative and unique artist, his storytelling broaches a wide range of subjects: the love starved "Racoon" (#1 Toronto Star Anti-Hit List, April 2012), the "False Love" of a Portuguese mannequin and various meditations on the end of the world. Teehan is well known in Toronto clubs for his compelling live performances; the raucous blend of his unconventional instrumentation mixing with his complex and tuneful arrangements.


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coexisDance Duet Series

coexisDance Duet Series

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Jasmine Melrose (dance), Rod Campbell (trumpet), Michael Lynn (bass)

Alison Keery (dance), Rob Piilonen (flute)

Corrie Sakaluk (dance), Andy Yue (piano/synth)

Jessica Houghton (dance), Rob Piilonen (flute)

Mika Lior (dance), Michael Lynn (bass)

Deanne Kearney (dance), Dimitar Pentchev (piano)

Aisha Sasha John (dance), Michael Lynn (bass)

Alison Keery (dance), Jessica Houghton (dance), Rob Piilonen (flute), Rod Campbell (trumpet)

Riverside: Chet & Jim Doxas (Montréal) with Dave Douglas & Steve Swallow (NYC)

Riverside: Chet & Jim Doxas (Montréal) with Dave Douglas & Steve Swallow (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Chet Doxas (saxophone), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Jim Doxas (drums), Steve Swallow (bass)


Riverside
Anyone who has followed the career of trumpeter Dave Douglas, knows that he has been strongly influenced by and paid his own tributes to a wide range of music – from Lester Bowie to Mary Lou Williams to Joni Mitchell to Booker Little to Don Cherry and Wayne Shorter. However, few to date know of his admiration for the late clarinetist and erstwhile saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre. Douglas, like Giuffre, constantly reinvents himself, never allowing himself to be defined by one project or association.Similarly, Douglas' main collaborator in Riverside, Canadian saxophonist Chet Doxas has led a career of great variety – from touring with Canadian pop and folk singers Sam Roberts and Rufus Wainwright to leading bands with Canada's leading jazz players such as Oliver Jones and Guido Basso as well as stints with American jazz stars Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, and Bill Stewart.As it turned out, Chet Doxas shared a love and mutual admiration for Giuffre's work. Unbeknownst to Doxas, Douglas had previously worked on charts for a Giuffre-inspired project that was never recorded. After meeting at the Banff Centre when Douglas was Director, Doxas invited him to play, and they found their shared interest to be a perfect match. "For me", Doxas says, "it was his trio with Bley and Swallow. I quickly started studying his earlier work with Shorty Rogers, moving my way forward until his reunion record with Bley and Swallow, Fly Away Little Bird."The quartet, co-led by Douglas, on trumpet, and Doxas, on clarinet and tenor saxophone, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow (a former member of the Jimmy Giuffre 3) on electric bass and Jim Doxas (Chet's brother and frequent collaborator) on drums. Riverside blends a love for improvised music, bluegrass, sacred hymns and Appalachian music to create an aesthetic rooted in both Americana and jazz.Douglas adds, "For me, I have always been fascinated by the trio with Giuffre, Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer. It's kind of unparalleled the way they dealt wit h harmony and rhythm in such a stark setting and in such an open way. Showed how a band can swing so hard without always being driven by the drums or playing ferociously energetic all the time. That trio was so smooth!""The name Riverside represents the image of the music we both brought to the table", says Doxas. Douglas adds, "The name references nature – like standing in the mud down by the river – that relaxed and organic quality in folk music and improvisation."The quartet aims to show their appreciation and respect for the late reedsman and composer, but rather than being just a tribute band and simply performing Giuffre's repertoire, Douglas and Doxas have composed new music that highlights their inspiration. The piano-less configuration allows for harmonic freedom and gives the group the ability to emphasize the original compositions as well.

Chet Doxas
Chet Doxas is a Montreal based saxophonist and composer who is often called upon for his ability to bring his unique voice to a number of different musical settings. Chet leads his own quartet which includes Matt Stevens on guitar, Zack Lober on bass and Eric Doob on drums. He also co-leads a group, Riverside, with trumpeter, Dave Douglas, which features Steve Swallow on bass and his brother Jim Doxas on drums. He is currently a touring member of the multi-award winning, Sam Roberts Band, and has performed or recorded alongside a diverse range of artists including, John Abercrombie, Dave Binney, Rufus Wainwright, Oliver Jones, and Maria Schneider.

Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter-composer of his generation. Since 1993, he has released more than 30 recordings and created a composition catalogue that exceeds 400. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition some of which includes a Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Copland award, Grammy-nominations, trumpeter, composer, and jazz artist of the year by such organizations as the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society and —most recently a recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz.NEXT grant. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active: the Dave Douglas Quintet, Keystone, Brass Ecstasy, and beginning in 2012, the Sound Prints Quintet with Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, James Genus, and Joey Baron. Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings, albums by other artists in the jazz idiom, and continues to prove himself as a forward-thinking leader in the realm of digital music distribution. He is in his 9th season serving as the artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada and is co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2012.


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Sunday, April 20th

Beyond The Pale

Beyond The Pale

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Eric Stein (mandolin), Bret Higgins (bass), Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Milos Popovic (accordion)


Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.

1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45

Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.

Beyond The Pale
For over a decade Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion. Mixing Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, the band members’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersect in a shared impulse to push the boundaries of contemporary acoustic roots music into new realms. Their exuberant live performances range seamlessly from raucous dance rhythms to intricate chamber-folk dynamics, taking audiences on an invigorating musical ride with stunning virtuosity and thrilling arrangements. Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, NY’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. The group will make its first tour to Australia in Spring 2011.


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Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band

Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Jim Purdy (clarinet/saxophone), Al Cox (trumpet), Syd Calvert (banjo), Miro Letko (trombone), Glenn Anderson (drums), John Floyd (piano)


The New Excelsior Jazz Band is a six-piece traditional jazz band playing in the Dixieland/New Orleans style. Our repertoire includes blues, spirituals, marches, show tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and novelty numbers. It's toe-tapping, listening and dancing music at its finest!


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Toronto Improvisers Orchestra

Toronto Improvisers Orchestra

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Eugene Martynec (conductor/laptop)


Toronto Improvisers Orchestra
The Toronto Improvisors Orchestra was formed to explore improvised music played by a large group of musicians. It uses a simplified version of hand signals made popular by Butch Morris. These hand signals are used by many large improvising ensembles in Europe and North America. Computers, synthesizers, found and invented instruments, strings, brass, percussion, winds, sound singers and vocalists have all found their way into performances. The size of the ensemble varies but there is a core group as a foundation.


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Red Hot Ramble

Red Hot Ramble

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Jamie Stager (trombone), Glenn Anderson (drums), Jack Zorawski (bass), Alison Young (saxophone), Roberta Hunt (voice)


Red Hot Ramble
Red Hot Ramble reflects the New Orleans music that inspires the ensemble, each performer adds their own flavour to the musical gumbo they create together. Roberta Hunt's sultry, saucy vocals and romping piano stir the pot, Alison Young's energetic saxophones engulf you in a jazz hurricane, while Glenn Anderson lays down the essence of a NOLA parade beat with his infectious drums, and Jack Zorawski's "mean-streets" bass grooves can't help but conjure a stroll in the French Quarter. When the stage affords, Andrej Saradin, trumpet and Jamie Stager, trombone, add their own musical spice to the quartet.


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Radiohead Jazz Project with Toronto Jazz Orchestra & Idioteque

Radiohead Jazz Project with Toronto Jazz Orchestra & Idioteque

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Toronto Jazz Orchestra
Josh Grossman (conductor/trumpet)

Idioteque


The Radiohead Jazz Project returns for another incarnation. You'll hear two sets of big band interpretations of Radiohead tunes, followed by an extended set from Idioteque, Toronto's best Radiohead tribute band. Previous Radiohead Jazz Projects have been standing room only...so plan to arrive early!

Toronto Jazz Orchestra
Formed in 1998, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece big band made up of graduates from Toronto’s top university and college jazz programs – some of Toronto’s best young jazz musicians. Performing exciting and interesting big band music – from the leading edge of contemporary composition to the classic tunes of the past – the Toronto Jazz Orchestra seeks to educate, entertain, and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of jazz.

Idioteque
Founded in 2010, Toronto’s best and busiest musicians dare to take on Radiohead’s most challenging material and all the classic hits, accurately recreating true-to-recorded versions, spanning ALL of Radiohead’s studio albums, plus some B-sides and rarities.

Having gained a huge following in a very short time, and selling out the majority of shows they play, Idioteque blows audiences away with their high-energy performances, attention to detail, and passion for the music.


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Circles Quartet

Circles Quartet

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Alex Tait (voice), Neil Whitford (guitar), Scott Metcalfe (keyboard), Mackenzie Longpre (drums), Matt Roberts (bass)


$5 tallboys from Wellington Brewery.

Circles
"Not only are these four powerhouse musicians, but they all happen to be strong and unique composers as well." This summarizes what the exciting Toronto-based group Circles is all about - virtuosic jazz performance and adventurous modern jazz composition. Listeners may detect the influences of David Binney, The Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Kenny Wheeler, and even artists such as Bjork and Radiohead. Formed in 2006, Circles' performances have been described as "fresh, luminously dark, glorious, delicious, and energetic through any tempo." The Edmonton Journal described their 2008 debut album I Understand as "an impressive range of accessible melodies, improvisations and atmospheres." They released their second album, Autumn Dance, in 2010, and are currently working on a third, a suite of original compositions exploring the history of Toronto.


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Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Gaye Zimmerman-Huycke (guitar/voice), Dean Cavill (guitar), Brian Morgan (violin), Bart Clarke (bass), Wayne Neon (saxophone/flute), Barry Pausey (guitar), Jonathan Rudin (mandolin), Rory Sinclair (bagpipes), Terry Campbell (percussion)


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Monday, April 21st

Peter Hill Group

Peter Hill Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Brendan Davis (bass), Sly Juhas (drums), Bob Brough (saxophone), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Gale (saxophone)


The Peter Hill Group plays a wide range of jazz standards and originals from boogie-woogie inspired swing to soulful ballads and post-bop gems. They have honed their repertoire with a permanent residency for several years at The Rex Hotel at this Monday cocktail-hour timeslot, fashioning their show into a tight and powerful performance.

One Big Song

One Big Song

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Mario Potestio (guitar), Paul Fitterer (drums), Wes Neal (bass), Ernie Tollar (saxophone/bansuri)


$5 tallboys from Steam Whistle.

One Big Song
One Big Song" formerly known as "New and Used" is an eclectic Jazz ensemble that has been in existence most actively, for the past four years, (2009-13) performing and recording locally in Toronto, Ontario.

The group is spearheaded by Ernie Tollar, (winds, keyboards, composition) and Paul Fitterer,(drums, composition) who both met in the mid-1980s to form the innovative, World-Jazz group "Space Trio". (along w/ John Gzowski, toured Canada extensively, pre-internet, with four indie-jazz releases)

The current group is a continuation of our shared historical aesthetic, and spirit of co-creation. (also featuring stablemates Wes Neal on bass, and Mario Potestio on guitar)


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Alex Zdravkovic hosts Open Stage Mondays

Alex Zdravkovic hosts Open Stage Mondays

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Alex Zdravkovic (voice)


Signup at 7pm.

Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

Impulse: A Tribute to John Coltrane

Impulse: A Tribute to John Coltrane

Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue)

Andrew Kay (saxophone), Jonathan Kay (saxophone), Chris Pruden (piano), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Justin Gray (bass/bass veena), Derek Gray (drums/percussion)


For two back-to-back nights, "Impulse" will celebrate and pay homage to John Coltrane, one of the most brilliant, innovative and influential musicians in the history of Jazz. The concerts will focus on exploring his late-period music, from the mid-to-late 1960's. The ensemble embraces Coltrane's open approach to composition and group interaction, cultivated deeply in his iconic albums with the Impulse record label.

Throughout each of their careers, the "Impulse" ensemble members have drawn considerable influence from the music of John Coltrane. In these special performances, the group invites listeners to explore and appreciate this rarely performed repertoire. Please join us at Array Space and the Rex Hotel as we embark upon this journey together.

Jason Stillman Group

Jason Stillman Group

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Noam Lemish (piano), Evan Cartwright (drums), Jason Stillman (saxophone), Alex Lakusta (bass)


$5 tallboys from Steam Whistle.

Jason Stillman
Jason Stillman began playing saxophone at the age of 12. He was primarily self-taught until post-secondary studies where he received formal training from some of the country's most esteemed saxophonists including Remi Bolduc, John Johnson and Kelly Jefferson. Other influential teachers during this time included Oscar Peterson, Andre White, Joe Sullivan, and David Liebman.

In 2006 and 2007, Jason was the winner of the Schulich Scholarship from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. He was also the recipient of the 2013/14 Glenn Carter Jazz Fellowship in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.

Jason is currently the leader of The Office Party, featuring Joe Sullivan (trumpet), Martin Garbulinski (bass) and Andre White (drums), as well as the Jason Stillman Quartet, featuring Josh Rager (piano), Paul Rushka (bass) and David Laing (drums). Jason was featured on clarinet in the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts' 2013 version of Ain't Misbehavin' starring Juno Award winner Kim Richardson. He currently divides his time between Montreal and Toronto and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.


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John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra

John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Bruce Cassidy (E.V.I./trumpet), Russ Boswell (bass), John Cheesman (drums), Gord Sheard (piano), Brownman Ali (trumpet), Ted Quinlan (guitar), William Carn (trombone), Turner King (saxophone)


This 14-piecer features the compositions of drummer-leader John Cheesman and comprises some of Canada's best musicians.

John Cheesman
John Cheesman is a composer, arranger and drummer. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in New Brunswick. He has played with such artists and ensembles as Martin Short, the R.C.M.P. Band, Joan Rivers, Banda Brava, and Paul Horn. He has arranged and conducted featured music for the Juno Awards TV broadcast. As a composer for TV, he has scored two series featuring Dr. David Suzuki, one a Genie winner, and two seasons of Mighty Machines.

John writes all the music for the John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra, a 14-piece labour of love that he leads from the drum chair. The ensemble has appeared nationally on Bravo! TV, CBC Radio and the Toronto Jazz Festival. A new CD of the band is in preparation.


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Tuesday, April 22nd

Carissa Neufeld Group

Carissa Neufeld Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Carissa Neufeld (piano/vibraphone), Paul Metcalfe (saxophone), Kurt Nielsen (bass), Jeff Halischuk (drums)


Carissa Neufeld is a musician of many dimensions whose musicality is rooted in classical training and steeped in jazz. This diverse musical background has fuelled a colorful professional career that includes composing, performing, teaching and adjudicating across Canada. Carissa's own jazz compositions and arrangements have been showcased at Toronto venues such as The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, Gate 403, Arts and Letters Club, McMichael Gallery and "Jazz on the Ridge" at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Her many varied performance engagements include pianist with the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and Composers Collective Big Band, pianist and vibraphonist with the Christ Hunt Tentet, harpsichordist with the Fraser Valley Symphony and percussionist for internationally acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner. She is currently performing with the TJO, Sarah Jerrom's "Yeats Project", her own quartet as well as a new project with Alex Samaras and Rob McBride "Songs of Self".

For over 20 years, Carissa has been teaching classical and jazz piano, successfully preparing students for specialized university programs and RCM accreditations. She has also been an adjudicator and clinician across Canada including the Yukon, British Columbia and Ontario and currently owns and manages an ensemble based music school in Leslieville called "On the Off Beat" together with her husband Michael Skinner. She currently sits on the executive of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association where she has organized master classes with internationally renowned clinicians such as David Braid as well as developed a jazz curriculum for their student scholarship auditions. Her award winning piano students are currently studying at arts schools in Toronto and San Fransisco as well as university music programs across Canada.

Carissa completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Humber College studying with Don Thompson, Dave Restivo and Hilario Duran. Early piano studies include completion of her ARCT in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Betty Suderman and extensive classical piano studies at the University of Victoria with Dr. Robin Wood.


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Rita di Ghent & Donald Quan: Wolf Woman Songs

Rita di Ghent & Donald Quan: Wolf Woman Songs

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Donald Quan (piano/tabla/viola), Rita di Ghent (voice)


Rita di Ghent performs her songs accompanied by her longtime friend Donald Quan on the musical instruments of Musideum.

Donald Quan
Donald Quan is a well-established composer with vast experience in contemporary, traditional and world music areas. He has an impeccable reputation for creating unique and innovative scores derived from his extensive experience. Quan started his music career when he won a composition competition at the age of 14. That pivotal event sparked a diverse musical journey that has spanned many idioms, styles and forms. Quan was born in Toronto and schooled at the Berkeley College of Music in Boston. He is especially well known for his diverse work in the area of World Music.


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Allyson Murrell + Albany Street

Allyson Murrell + Albany Street

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Allyson Murrell (voice), Albany Street (voice/guitar), Melaney Stanberry (voice/guitar)


Allyson Murrell
Allyson Murrell (b. March 9, 1992) is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Pickering, Ontario who is currently studying music at the University of Toronto. Allyson sings, plays piano and saxophone, and composes music in many different genres, including pop, jazz, and soul.

Allyson began playing the piano at the age of 7, and grew up immersed in music at home. Through her musical studies at the University of Toronto she has been able to expand her skills on the piano and her knowledge of musical composition. She always had a passion for singing, and became even more serious about it as she grew older. Allyson wrote her first song at the age of 12, and has continued to develop her song-writing skills since.

Currently, Allyson has been recording her latest compositions as well as working on musical ideas for new songs. She often spends her spare time performing at open mics in Toronto. Allyson loves to compose, teach, and perform music and is positive that music will be a significant part of her future.


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Impulse: A Tribute to John Coltrane

Impulse: A Tribute to John Coltrane

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Justin Gray (bass/bass veena), Andrew Kay (saxophone), Jonathan Kay (saxophone), Derek Gray (drums/percussion), Chris Pruden (piano)


For two back-to-back nights, "Impulse" will celebrate and pay homage to John Coltrane, one of the most brilliant, innovative and influential musicians in the history of Jazz. The concerts will focus on exploring his late-period music, from the mid-to-late 1960's. The ensemble embraces Coltrane's open approach to composition and group interaction, cultivated deeply in his iconic albums with the Impulse record label.

Throughout each of their careers, the "Impulse" ensemble members have drawn considerable influence from the music of John Coltrane. In these special performances, the group invites listeners to explore and appreciate this rarely performed repertoire. Please join us at Array Space and the Rex Hotel as we embark upon this journey together.

Wednesday, April 23rd

Morgan Childs Group

Morgan Childs Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Morgan Childs (drums), Jon Maharaj (bass), Dave Restivo (piano), David French (saxophone)


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Zack Werner Idol School Showcase

Zack Werner Idol School Showcase

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Zack Werner (guitar/voice)


The singers of Zack Werner's Idol School will be doing a showcase evening on the second sunday of every month! This will be a largely acoustic evening of solo, group and ensemble performances by some amazing amazing young singers. Both original and cover material. Come down and listen or sing along. Great food and ambience at the Free Times. Reservations recommended. Followed by open mic/sing along with Zack.

Zack Werner's Idol School

Zack Werner's Idol School is a high performance vocal training program. Taught in small group classes of (max. 10) and in 5 week blocks of 2 hour classes, it is real singing for real singers.

Zack has been a manager, artist, songwriter, producer and record executive. He is also well known as the voice of reason as a judge on Canadian Idol for six years.

Raised by an opera singer mother, Zack was the lead vocalist in several bands in Toronto and Los Angeles. He also studied vocals with a wide range of teachers including the legendary Rosemary Burns. During his career, Zack played pivotal roles in the development of Down With Webster, Skye Sweetnam, Heather Russell, esthero, Robin Black, The Philosopher Kings, Patricia O'Callaghan Lukas Rossi, the first and second place winners of the Amatuer Singing Contest (with John Santos) sponsered by OMNI TV and a wide list of other artists. His artists also toured with and recorded alongside John Legend, Sugar Ray, The Black-eyed Peas, Brittney Spears and many more.

From all these exposures, Zack has built the program of Idol School. Technique, song choice, uniqueness, stamina and real stage presence are all key issues. Who are we? Where are we going? Why are we singing and why this song? what makes us stand out from the crowd and creates a true artist identity? These are the questions that singers need to ask. This is not memememe, lalalala, ooooooo singing. This is the truth path to self discovery as a singer and artist.


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Woodhead, Cohen and Wilde

Woodhead, Cohen and Wilde

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Doug Wilde (keyboard), Bob Cohen (guitar/bass), David Woodhead (bass/ukulele)


Three versatile and open-minded instrumentalists join for an evening of fascinating music at Musideum.

Doug Wilde
Doug Wilde is a master composer and keyboard player, trained at Eastman, York, Humber and the Royal Conservatory and has extensive experience in everything from live television to CD production. His CD Secret Places draws on his early years in Northern Ontario - a very evocative instrumental work. He is also musical director for the band Manteca, a nine-piece ensemble consisting of some of Toronto's finest players.

Bob Cohen
Bob Cohen has a huge list of credits as guitarist on albums by Tim Hardin, Jesse Winchester, Diane Tell, Felix Leclerc, and many others on the Montreal session scene, as well as doing much television and radio work. A few years ago he made the move to Toronto and is quickly acquiring a place on the scene here and is a regular here at Musideum.

David Woodhead
David Woodhead has explored much musical territory on his own and with other notable travellers. His creative instrumental work has appeared on over 200 albums in the contemporary folk field, and he has worked with countless artists including Perth County Conspiracy and it's many branches, Garnet and Stan Rogers, Scott Merritt, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Loreena McKennitt, Gil Scott-Heron and Valdy. David has been gigging with his own Confabulation band as well as Malagasy guitarist Donne Roberts, and has recently toured with singer-songwriter James Keelaghan through the US, UK and Australia.


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Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Noah Zacharin (guitar/voice), Peter Boyd (guitar/voice)


$5 tallboys from Kensington Brewing Company.

Peter Boyd
Peter Boyd has been a songwriter for over thirty years. Drawing on gospel and blues from Chicago all the way back to the Delta and re-invented upside-down-and-backwards, Peter's songs are a sepia-tinged glimpse into his messy, not-fully-developed soul where faith has as much a chance as folly to send you careening into the abyss.

Peter's new CD 'Beulahland' is garnering great reviews, most recently a rave from Greg Quill in the Toronto Star - "stunning and powerful blues-rooted original songs and astonishing guitar wizardry. Among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."

Noah Zacharin
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).

Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."


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Michael Webster Group (NYC) + Ingrid Jensen

Michael Webster Group (NYC) + Ingrid Jensen

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Ike Sturm (bass), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Michael Webster (saxophone), Greg Ritchie (drums)


Michael Webster
Tenor Saxophonist and composer Michael Webster manages to reside comfortably in the crease of New-York-style instrumental improvisational music while maintaining an eclecticism and sincerity all his own. The same can be said of Webster as of his contemporaries Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer – that he is not merely a musician but a facilitator of musical collaborations in whole greater than the sum of their parts and that he truly plays not only the horn, but the band.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, and son of a University of Ottawa music professor and a National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada violist, Webster releases his second solo album, Momentus, this year. His first, Leading Lines, received round praise for its sophisticated take on accessible material. Webster is known for his love of Afro-Latin music and extensive collaborations with some of its most luminary exponents, including William Cepeda, Arturo O'Farrill, and John Benitez, and the influence is audible in Leading Lines. Momentus exhibits elements of Webster's trademark style, but is notably different, building upon the artist's experience in the intervening years.


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Thursday, April 24th

Polar Bears and Lullabies

Polar Bears and Lullabies

The Canadian Opera Company (145 Queen Street West)

Rick Sacks (percussion)


Arraymusic presents Artistic Director Rick Sacks in Polar Bears and Lullabies, solo percussion music featuring the MalletKat, a 4-octave electronic percussion keyboard.

Program

- Bob Bauer (Halifax): Tuning in Tuning out
- Rick Sacks (Toronto): Polar Bear; Journey; Lullaby
- Dragnet, an improvised microtonal detective soundtrack from material by Peter Hannan (Vancouver)

Rick Sacks
Rick Sacks received his Masters in Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1976). During his stay at Stony Brook, Rick began freelancing in Manhattan performing with ensembles including The New Orchestra, Newband, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and The Composer's Ensemble under such directors as Arthur Weisberg and Charles Wuorinen. After teaching for two years at Bennington College in Vermont (1979/80), Rick began traveling to Toronto to perform in the art-rock band KLO. The band's success led to an LP record and Permanent Resident status in 1982. Once settled in Toronto, Rick founded the PhenomeNONsemble which he used as a platform for his unique performance works mixing contemporary music practices with theatre techniques.

Mr. Sacks also composes and creates sound designs for theatre and film. His work in children's theatre has resulted in continuous performances throughout Europe and the US. In 1986 Mr. Sacks revised and Edited, for COLFRANC Music Publishing Corp., Edgard Varèse's Hyperprism available through Boosey and Hawkes.

Rick performs with the Canadian Opera Company, on film tracks, in modern dance works and with the contemporary and avant-garde groups Arraymusic, The Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Ensemble Noir, Red Sky, Tapestry New Opera, The Evergreen Club Gamelan, Queen of Puddings and many others. He has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Europe with these groups and has worked with such masters as Pierre Boulez, Henry Brant, George Crumb, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Udo Kasemets, Helmut Lachenmann, Witold Lutoslawski, Terry Riley and James Tenney.


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Ross Wooldridge Group

Ross Wooldridge Group

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Don Thompson (vibraphone), Ross Wooldridge (clarinet), Neil Swainson (bass)


Ross Wooldridge was born 1962 in Hamilton Ontario. He showed early musical ability, and was taking piano lessons by age four. He was self taught on clarinet at age 13, and took up saxophone at Ancaster High and Vocational School.

While attending Mohawk College and Humber College (where he also picked up the flute), he honed his skills as a multi instrumentalist, arranger, composer and copyist. After finishing his education, he added to his portfolio of skills the titles of producer, conductor, transcription specialist and teacher.

Ross enjoys co-leading an excellent traditional jazz band known as the Dixie Demons with trombonist Dan Douglas, as well as a busy career of performing and recording. Some of those he has worked and recorded with are Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats, Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra, Alfie Zappacosta, Terra Hazelton and her Easy Answers, the late Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards, and many other local artists. Ross has produced CDs for the Dixie Demons, and Alex Pangman, both of which have garnered rave reviews and continually receive airplay on JazzFm and other radio stations across North America.


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Walk with Jordan Scholarship Fund Benefit: Blacksparrow with Vivia Kay

Walk with Jordan Scholarship Fund Benefit: Blacksparrow with Vivia Kay

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Vivia Kay (voice), Mark Kieswetter (piano)


The Blacksparrow duo of Vivia and the incomparable Mark Kieswetter (piano) possesses a spiritual and musical synergy that is truly haunting in its power and authenticity. Although the programme contains lament, it shall always return to messages of joy and renewal; and the promises of justice and redemption.


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Kelsey McNulty

Kelsey McNulty

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Kelsey McNulty (voice/piano)


$5 tallboys from Junction Craft Brewery.

Kelsey McNulty
Kelsey is a freelance multi-instrumentalist and songwriter living in Toronto. What does this mean? Freelance! Multi-InstrumentalisT! ComPOSER! I could tell you she's from Ottawa, I could tell you she received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and attended Humber College, I could tell you she loves Jazz and Improvisation, I could tell you she relocated to Toronto with the hopes that there might be places to play on nights of the week other than Friday and Saturday, I could tell you that she now plays with some of Toronto's great performers (Jadea Kelly, Maylee Todd to name a few), but what good would that do you?! Lets continue with our story, shall we?

In her early teens Kelsey performed with several indie-rock bands that received extensive college radio play in the U.S and Canada. Music she has performed and co-written has been used in short films as well as on the 2008 Superbowl. yes, the Superbowl. Its hard to know anymore whether these bands even existed (my dad vs yours), (amos the transparent) and whether any of these things actually happened but you'll just have to trust me on this. "Trust who tho?!" you say. But isn't that is the great question, of life my friend?!?

Kelsey is about to release her first record (Yes, ever) by her band Son of Nulty. It is due out in the Fall. She is so excited she has to calm herself by chanting the phrase "very small rocks, very small rocks, very small rocks" almost constantly when she is not performing or teaching. While she waits for the release of this new synthesis of sounds to reach your ears, she'll be performing with some wicked bands in and around Toronto throughout the summer. check the LIVE section for all that info. You might also catch her playing accordion in the street, at a wedding or a private party near you.

Kelsey has taught piano and accordion for years. She loves it. No, she really does. She has 5 year olds that can beat-box, ones that write better songs than you hear on the radio, nine year olds that can play wicked renditions of the Imperial March from Star Wars and some adult students that she would like to incorporate into her family after teaching them the importance of the relationship between diatonic chords.


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Michael Webster Group (NYC) + Ingrid Jensen

Michael Webster Group (NYC) + Ingrid Jensen

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Ike Sturm (bass), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Michael Webster (saxophone), Greg Ritchie (drums)


Michael Webster
Tenor Saxophonist and composer Michael Webster manages to reside comfortably in the crease of New-York-style instrumental improvisational music while maintaining an eclecticism and sincerity all his own. The same can be said of Webster as of his contemporaries Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer – that he is not merely a musician but a facilitator of musical collaborations in whole greater than the sum of their parts and that he truly plays not only the horn, but the band.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, and son of a University of Ottawa music professor and a National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada violist, Webster releases his second solo album, Momentus, this year. His first, Leading Lines, received round praise for its sophisticated take on accessible material. Webster is known for his love of Afro-Latin music and extensive collaborations with some of its most luminary exponents, including William Cepeda, Arturo O'Farrill, and John Benitez, and the influence is audible in Leading Lines. Momentus exhibits elements of Webster's trademark style, but is notably different, building upon the artist's experience in the intervening years.


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Friday, April 25th

The Hogtown Syncopators

The Hogtown Syncopators

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

James Thompson (bass), Richard Whiteman (bass/piano), Jay Danley (voice/guitar), Drew Jurecka (voice/violin), Terra Hazelton (voice/percussion)


The Hogtown Syncopators
The Hogtown Syncopators, five musicians from downtown Toronto, have been generating a serious buzz with their authentic 1930s sound and entertaining show. Sonically, they combine the tight, elegant sound of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette of the Hot Club de France with the dazzling group vocals of the Boswell Sisters and Mills Brothers. The band enjoys a Friday afternoon residency at the respected Rex Hotel in downtown Toronto, and is quickly becoming a concert and festival favourite.


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Artie Roth Quartet

Artie Roth Quartet

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Mike Filice (saxophone), Artie Roth (bass), Geoff Young (guitar), Barry Romberg (drums)


Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage.

As a side-person, he has been recorded on over 40 CDs including Rich Underhill's 2003 JUNO award winning Tales from the blue lounge and 2007 JUNO nominated Kensington Suite, Sophie Milman's JUNO nominated debut CD and Rockit 88's 2004 JUNO nominated Too Much Fun. Artie has toured extensively, performing in theatres, festivals and jazz venues regionally, nationally and internationally. More specifically, on a national level, this touring has included dates on the east coast (2001), Quebec (2003) and Manitoba (2005) with jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou, as well as cross-Canada tours with The Sean Bray Quartet (1995), The Rez Abassi Quartet (2000) and The Rich Underhill Group (2010). Internationally, tours in the U.S.A. have included performances with The Greg Runions Sextet featuring Kenny Wheeler (1994) and The Lynne Arriale Trio (1997).

Artie's overseas engagements have included performances with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Germany (1996), The Steve Koven Trio in Mexico (2003) and Columbia (2005) and The Shuffle Demons tour of Europe and Scandinavia (2007). The year 2005 proved to be exciting for Artie. As well as being nominated for a National Jazz Award in the category of Bassist of the Year, he had the honour of accompanying such jazz legends as Anita O'Day, Curtis Fuller an Marcus Belgrave. In addition to his active composer/band-leading and freelance career, Artie currently holds the position of Bass Instructor at York University and is pursuing Classical Bass Studies through Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.


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Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur

The Emmet Ray (924 College Street)

Matthew Cowley (bass), Fabrice Sicco (accordion), Nick van Weerdenberg (clarinet), Tomaz Jardim (guitar), Patrick Gregory (guitar)


Croque Monsieur are based in Toronto and play classic jazz from the '20s and '30s, along with French waltzes and standards from the world of "gypsy jazz." Croque Monsieur's first eponymous album won the 2010 award for best classic jazz recording from the Canadian Collector's Congress. The album was recorded live by Matthew Barber.

Jennifer Noble

Jennifer Noble

Musideum (#133-401 Richmond West)

Jennifer Noble (voice), Russell E. Williams (guitar)


Jennifer Noble is a singer-songwriter who specializes in clever, powerful songs with deep lyrics and memorable, rich melodies. She is a singer's singer, with a wide range and a deep understanding of the human condition in all its pain and joy and nuance. Her work is straight from the heart.

As a recording artist, she has co-produced and released original music including "For As Long As We Both Shall Live". She wrote with and fronted the Foxrun Band and Three Stand Out "This Game of Life" (T. Chipman, Greg Hambleton, J. Noble), which charted on A/C stations across Canada. She was a vocalist with Crazy Leggs, Feast of Friends, sang backup vocals with Liberty Silver, Coconut Groove and many others. For television, "Question Marks" was placed in Doe-Eye Media Productions' 2013 "Made in Canada", a documentary about the film and TV business in Canada.

Jennifer splits her writing time between Ontario and Nashville, Tennessee. Recent writing partners include Jan Buckingham, Eddie Wilson, Howie Moscovitch, Annette Barkley, Kevin Nelson, Victor Fuke, Bryant Didier and Spynn as well as Nashville writers Phil Barton, Lisa Aschmann and Billy Dawson.


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A Night with Some Cool Idiots

A Night with Some Cool Idiots

Free Times Café (320 College Street)

Jenny Weisz (voice/guitar), Camila Diaz-Varela (voice/guitar), Carter Easler (voice/guitar), Matthew Monopoli (voice), Alexis Gordon (voice)


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Avi Granite Group (NYC)

Avi Granite Group (NYC)

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen Street West)

Avi Granite (guitar), Peter Lutek (saxophone), Chris Roberts (saxophone), Tom Richards (piano/trombone), Neal Davis (bass), Nick Fraser (drums)


Avi Granite is a guitarist, composer, improviser and educator who has performed across North America and Europe. As a leader Granite has released three CDs to critical acclaim. His most recent, "Avi Granite's Verse - Snow Umbrellas" is now available and features Ralph Alessi, Jerry DeVore and Owen Howard. The album was released on Granite’s own Pet Mantis Records.


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