BULLHORN: JANUARY 2014
JANUARY 16, 17, 18
Dave Young Quintet: Tribute To Horace Silver
The Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria Street
show at 9:00pm
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This month at the Jazz Bistro, as always, there is plenty of exciting stuff to check out. This week Neil Swainson and Don Thompson release their new CD called "Tranquility". Andrew Craig continues his residency with Soul Nannies every Wednesday and on top of the famous names that frequent this venue all month (including Darren Sigesmund and Mike Francis); there are also young musicians performing early sets most nights.
There is one show that will certainly be sold out, so heads up! Toronto-based, multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young is, without a doubt, one of Canada's most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he's performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. On this special occasion, Dave has some of his favourite musicians to pay tribute to the great pianist and composer Horace Silver. Silver's most famous songs include; "Sister Sadie", "Senor Blues", "Filthy McNasty", "Nica's Dream" and "Song For My Father". Mr. Young is joined by veteran musicians Gary Williamson (piano), Perry White (sax), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet) and Terry Clarke (drums). Don't miss this unforgettable event – tickets available at the door but you are best to make dinner reservations directly from the club as soon as you can, to ensure the best seats.
SUNDAY JANUARY 19
Jazz by 3 - Lara Solnicki, Fern Lindzon and Sinal Aberto featuring Luanda Jones
1585 Dundas West
doors 6:00pm | show 7:00pm
Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
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Three fabulous small jazz ensembles in one night! With Ted Quinlan, Gord Sheard and Mark Kelso. Each group features celebrated bassist George Koller. Note the early 7:OOpm start time and Lula's great dinner package!
Lara Solnicki's debut at Lula features trio-band mates Ted Quinlan, guitar and George Koller, bass, in a colourful performance featuring orignials, standards and a preview of songs from the soon to be released second CD.
JUNO Award nominee Fern Lindzon is a multi-faceted pianist/ vocalist/ composer with a technique that The WholeNote calls "intricate, yet commanding", and her latest CD Two Kites, "breathtakingly beautiful." Montreal critic Irwin Block writes that Fern is a "rare and fascinating talent", and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene's Scott Yanow describes her as having "a warm and haunting voice along with excellent technique on the piano and an adventurous spirit." From Jobim to Norma Winstone, with stop-overs in Brazil, Eastern Europe and on Basin Street, Fern's highly original arrangements fly gracefully on the winds of contemporary jazz.
Sinal Aberto featuring Luanda Jones
Sinal Aberto is an exciting Brazilian jazz quartet featuring outstanding musicians from Brazil and Canada. The group brings a jazz approach to a repertoire consisting of classic Brazilian songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Pixinguinha, Cartola and others, as well as vibrant original compositions by band members Gordon Sheard and Luanda Jones.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22
Ron Davis's Symphronica + David Buchbinder's Odessa Havana
1585 Dundas West
doors 7:00pm | show 8:30pm
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Ron Davis launches a monthly residency with this double bill featuring jazz classical "mashup" symphronica followed world music force of nature, David Buchbinder and the Odessa Havana ensemble featuring Hilario Durán.
Internationally celebrated jazz pianist Davis fuses his passion for both jazz and classical music in this latest project. His tuneful and invigorating collection of melodies arranged for jazz trio with symphony orchestra has garnered rave reviews. Davis describes Symphronica as "a place where music worlds collide. It's the jazz trio integrated into the orchestral palette, jazz-fused new symphonic music -- a jazz/classical mashup, rather than jazz with orchestral accompaniment or jazzed-up classical."
David Buchbinder's Odessa Havana -
National Jazz Award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder teams up with JUNO-winning, pianist and composer, Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians to create a high-powered collision of two great musical styles, building an original sound from their natural connection.
THURSDAY JANUARY 23
(and various dates)
The JAZZ.FM91 Cabaret Series
2261 Dundas Street West
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Gene DiNovi kicks off the 2014 Cabaret Series this month, sponsored by Churchill Cellars and JAZZ.FM91; but we are recommending you pick up Seasons Tickets for all four shows! Each month there is a different act: Broadsway perform February 20th, The Songs of Sondheim with Alex Samaras and Sophia Perlman takes place on March 20 and finally Cadence take to the stage for their A Cappella show, April 17th.
On Thursday, January 23rd world renowned pianist, vocalist and composer Gene DiNovi and Order of Canada recipient and bassist Dave Young present "Memories of The Cotton Club" at the JAZZ.FM91 Cabaret Series. DiNovi will tell tall tales from over five decades of performing and will include plenty of music and stories about one of the most prolific artists of all time, Duke Ellington.
And here's something to those of you who live in Toronto!
RICHARD UNDERHILL FOR MAYOR
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It's a little early in the election to know how will be running for office in Toronto but there is one candidate who can pretty much guarantee lively debate and great concerts... saxophonist/composer/bandleader and activist Richard Underhill has already hosted some phenomenal events to raise awareness of his bid for the big chair. He's performed with Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Molly Johnson and Dr. John... but is best known for leading his own jazz band and as a founding member of The Shuffle Demons.
Underhill is taking this seriously, but has also stated if close to the election he is far away or might split a crucial vote, he will bow down and suggest another candidate. For now; he's serious about leading this city into a new era. On his website, underhillformayor.com he states: "I have been a keen observer of city politics over my 30 years in Toronto and feel that now more than ever it is time to join the race. I will offer a creative, compassionate, non-partisan, idea driven approach to city politics."
We are not telling you who to vote for... but we are suggesting you bee-line to one of his events to share ideas on how to make Toronto a better city... and to enjoy some amazing live music no doubt!