Venue Calendar

Oct
11
Wed
2017
Rik Emmett – Artist Life Stories @ Orillia Opera House
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm

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Rik Emmett –
Artist Life Stories

Online Ticket SalesAn up close and personal evening.  A speaker night with a difference. Cameron Smillie interviews Rick about his 50 years in music including stories and he will play some tunes!

www.rikemmett.com

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Oct
12
Thu
2017
Alleycats Music & Art Store with Jazz Records & more…. @ Alleycats Music & Art Store
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

AlleyCats Music

Alleycats Music & Arts will be playing jazz, selling jazz records, displaying stuff, etc.

Drop in and listen to Jazz while browsing the extensive Vinyl & CD Collection.

www.alleycatsmusic.com

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Turbo Street Funk – Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party @ Geneva Event Centre
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

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For more info CLICK HERE!

“These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun. 

You don’t want to miss them.” – Mariposa Folk Festival
Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show that gets people moving.Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level”  – BlogTO“…Turbo Street Funk have become a fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks.
They gather crowds wherever they go”
  – Torontoist

The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill,who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The album features unique artwork and design from JUNO Award Winning graphic artist, Michael Wrycraft.

In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music).Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received two 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts from across Canada.

After hundreds of performances throughout Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for powerful live performances that bring audiences to their feet. The band has become a “must-see” event at festivals such as the Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival (2016), Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), and many more.

“One of the best bands that I have seen in my life.” 
– Rob Rapiti, see Aliveband.com                                www.turbostreetfunk.com/bio

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Oct
13
Fri
2017
Alleycats Music & Art Store with Jazz Records & more…. @ Alleycats Music & Art Store
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

AlleyCats Music

Alleycats Music & Arts will be playing jazz, selling jazz records, displaying stuff, etc.

Drop in and listen to Jazz while browsing the extensive Vinyl & CD Collection.

www.alleycatsmusic.com

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Linda Carone @ Apple Annie's Cafe
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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LINDA CARONE IS A VINTAGE JAZZ AND BLUES VOCALIST: a niche song stylist and interpreter of popular music from the 1920’s and beyond. With a voice that has been described as ‘beautiful, rich, sultry and provocative’. Ms. Carone’s raw, natural and diverse approach to music has shaped her vocal style in a way that is playful, intimate and unpretentious. She boasts an expressive voice and is known to caress lyrical phrasing often lost in todays’ interpretations. “Music is timeless.

If it’s a forgotten song that one has never heard before, then it’s considered new. Recreating the sound of an era is not my goal – I discover songs that I love and transport them into the present”. Linda sings with a pure vocal style all her own while – TRANSCENDING THE HEART OF THE SONG. An early passion for jazz and blues developed upon first hearing the raw and emotive melancholy of Billie Holiday. This inspiration laid the foundation for growth as a vocalist and as an artist. Linda’s musical journey was further influenced by jazz and blues vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Mildred Bailey, Helen Humes, Valaida Snow and Lil Armstrong. Linda’s eclectic repertoire includes rare and sometimes risque vintage songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, classic jazz and swing standards, cocktail lounge and torch ballads, to boogie woogie & roots blues. Linda continues to earn rave reviews and is an impressive regular in the music scene today. Working with some of Toronto’s best musicians in the industry, performances can include mellow’n smooth duos with piano or guitar accompaniment, to lively trios, quartets or quintets. Her performances generate rave reviews with audiences finding themselves both entertained and educated as she plays the Toronto circuit with impressive regularity, wowing crowds at venues such as Jazz Bistro, Hart House, 70Down Yorkville, Relish Bar & Grill, SpiritHouse GastroPub, RasaBar, 120 Diner, Saluté Piano Bar, Gate 403, White Elephant Lounge and Rasputin Vodka Lounge. “Linda Carone’s taste in music is born of great jazz vocalists, (Bing Crosby, Julia Lee, Una Mae Carlisle) and her voice is refreshingly grown up & womanly. It’s the voice of a singer who has stories to tell, great diction, affection for the melody, and the lovely inflections that one might expect from a 78rpm, but recorded here in a modern crisp recording of some delicious yet lamentably overlooked songs in jazz history. I’m very excited about this recording, and this great singer!” Alex Pangman – Juno Nominee, Vocalist, Band Leader Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing “yeah, baby! you’re one of the very few authentic singers in the tradition.xo” Rita Di Ghent – Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

 

www.lindacarone.com

 

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Floyd Hall & Amanda MacLeod @ Rustica Pizza Vino
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Floyd Hall – Saxophone

  • Over 40 years’ experience as music instructor

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    Floyd Hall

  • Studied clarinet with Walter Hekster of the Amsterdam Conservatory, saxophone with John Husser and Brian Minor, and Oboe with Douglas Bairstow (former Principal Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony)
  • Conversant in all musical genres
  • Has attended workshops and had private instruction from Phil Woods and Lee Konitz
  • Has worked extensively as a freelance musician
  • Strong sense of teamwork and willingness to help and mentor young musicians
  • 30 years as a musician and instructor with the Canadian Forces
  • Taught saxophone and woodwind techniques at the University of Manitoba
  • Played 2nd Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony

 

Amanda MacLeod     www.amandamacleodmusic.com

Amanda MacLeod

Amanda MacLeod

Amanda MacLeod, a Barrie-born pianist, has traveled the world, performing in bands on cruise ships and then spending a year living in Argentina. The Nantyr Shores Secondary School graduate went to Humber College for two years of contemporary music. She studied classical music growing up.

Since her return home to Barrie, MacLeod has immersed herself in the local music scene.

She worked with Bravado, as a pianist for the show choir’s Christmas concert, is an accompanist for the Hawkestone Singers under director Tara Johnson. She also teaches piano at the Music Pro Education Centre in Cedar Pointe. In addition, she has followed up on a high school interest in theatre and played in the band for the Kempenfelt Community Players’ show, Once Upon a Mattress.

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Matt Dusk & Band @ Orillia Opera House
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm

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A celebrated Canadian singer who has expanded on his crooner roots, Matt Dusk has forged an international career highlighted by 8 critically-acclaimed studio albums, countless TV and DVD specials, and unforgettable live performances worldwide. Dusk’s latest solo release, the JUNO award nominated MY FUNNY VALENTINE:  THE CHET BAKER SONGBOOK was a return to his jazz roots to pay homage to one of the most prolific musicians of the twentieth century – Chet Baker.  Dusk recently launched an innovative project that sees him being the first musical artist in history to release multiple versions of a duets album in different global markets, each showcasing a celebrated duet partner from that local geography.  The first two were released in the fall and winter of 2015, with Karen Aoki in Japan and pop sensation Margaret in Poland, including tours to support the album release.  The third installment of this project is in Canada with a release featuring Florence K.  The next releases scheduled are the Netherlands, Germany, The UK and the US.
Dusk has been awarded multiple GOLD and PLATINUM albums and has enjoyed numerous NUMBER ONE radio hits globally.  His performances showcase his classy cool style, his top band of musicians, and his seemingly effortless way of taking his audiences on a journey through his music and making them feel part of something special.  2016 also sees Dusk releasing multiple singles in specific global markets, starting with the spring launch of his latest pop single “Danger” in Europe.  www.mattdusk.com
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Barbara Jordan & Danny McErlain Duo @ Hog 'n Penny Pub
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Barbara Jordan & Danny McErlain Duo

Barbara Jordan is a talented, versatile vocalist who performs throughout the GTA and internationally. She has performed in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe with leading jazz bands. She is also the leader of her own band based in the GTA.

Barbara was born in Montreal and began her musical career as a folk singer and then moved on to become a dynamic, multi-lingual vocalist with several leading bands in and around the Montreal area.

 

She currently lives in the Town of Ramara near Orillia and has performed at The Leacock Museum.

A passionate performer, for the past 10 years, Barbara has appeared at well-known jazz locales in Toronto such as The Rex,  C’est What,  744, ( formerly the Chicken Deli ) and the iconic Grossman’s Tavern singing traditional and swing jazz, as well as the Great American Songbook. She also appeared monthly at The Red Lantern in Toronto.

Internationally, Barbara has appeared in New York City , New Orleans, Barbados, Nassau and Paris, France. Barbara performed at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival in Newcastle England in as well as The Glacier Jazz Stampede in Kalispell Montana, and in 2017 at The Sarasota Jazz Festival in Florida and Alexandria Bay Jazz Festival in Alexandria, New York.

Contact Information:  jordan_barb@hotmail.com    www.BarbaraJordanSings.com

 

Danny McErlain

Danny McErlain – Performing at local clubs including the Home Smith Bar and The Rex, and guesting with the Canadian Jazz Quartet at Kama Club, pianist Danny McErlain joins such stellar sidemen as Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson and Terry Clark.

With 20 years experience alongside the late Henry Cuesta (clarinet), Danny’s interest in traditional swing led him to the piano chair with Bob DeAngelis’s symphony orchestra tribute to Benny Goodman.

Concerts throughout Canada and the U.S. include the 70th anniversary tribute to Goodman at Carnegie Hall, appearances with Ross Wooldridge and his salute to the Goodman Sextet at clubs and jazz festivals across the GTA and Southern Ontario, as well as the Jazz FM Goodman Tribute broadcast, and a live Jazz FM tribute to the late Jim Galloway with the Don Vickery Quintet.

His jazz festival appearances include the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival,  the Festival Of The Sound (Parry Sound), as well as festivals throughout Southern Ontario.

Summer 2014 saw Danny in a concert series at Toronto’s Casa Loma where sold-out performances included tributes to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. This summer Danny returns to Casa Loma for shows including an evening of Sinatra and a reprise of the memorable Piaf tribute.

Danny is a favourite with vocalists such as Jackie Richardson, Matt Dusk, and John Alcorn.

www.dannymcerlain.com

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Colleen Allen & Joe Huron Trio @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

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Colleen Allen is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. Based in Toronto, the acclaimed and versatile multi-instrumentalist has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists including Molly Johnson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan, Andrew Craig and Jackie Richardson, to name a few. Known for her warm, authentic tone and soulful style of soloing, she works frequently with Brian Barlow’s Big Band, Cirque du Soleil, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, and a member of Manteca, Canada’s premier fusion jazz big band. She has been in the house band of the Toronto Blues Society’s Women’s Blues Revue since its inception in 1986.

Colleen’s own recordings as a leader draw from her seasoned experience as a musician performing in a variety of genres and situations. Her first CD “Colleen Allen” displays her talents as instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader and producer. Her sophomore release “Flashlight” features bassist George Koller, guitarist Rob Piltch and Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis.  As she notes, “I heard an interview recently with Wayne Shorter, where he described the past as a flashlight to the future.  I loved the image of the past shedding light, informing the steps we take into the future.  Each of the songs on this recording, represents some past light that has guided me on my path.”

Colleen is a beloved mentor and teacher of music for 15 years now at Humber College and a regular adjudicator/clinician for musicfest, and the TD jazz education festival in Picton.   www.colleenallen.ca 

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Oct
14
Sat
2017
Alleycats Music & Art Store with Jazz Records & more…. @ Alleycats Music & Art Store
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

AlleyCats Music

Alleycats Music & Arts will be playing jazz, selling jazz records, displaying stuff, etc.

Drop in and listen to Jazz while browsing the extensive Vinyl & CD Collection.

www.alleycatsmusic.com

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Floyd Hall  & Mike Lewis Duo @ Carousel Collectables Store
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Carousel~ Floyd Hall  & Mike Lewis Duo – Featuring Floyd Hall on horns and Mike Lewis Piano Man

Floyd Hall – Saxophone

  • Over 40 years’ experience as music instructor

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    Floyd Hall

  • Studied clarinet with Walter Hekster of the Amsterdam Conservatory, saxophone with John Husser and Brian Minor, and Oboe with Douglas Bairstow (former Principal Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony)
  • Conversant in all musical genres
  • Has attended workshops and had private instruction from Phil Woods and Lee Konitz
  • Has worked extensively as a freelance musician
  • Strong sense of teamwork and willingness to help and mentor young musicians
  • 30 years as a musician and instructor with the Canadian Forces
  • Taught saxophone and woodwind techniques at the University of Manitoba
  • Played 2nd Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony

Mike Lewis  – Mike Lewis is a veteran piano player who is widely known and respected for his huge repertoire of songs written by the great American Composers from the first half of the 20th century.

His professional career has spanned over more than 60 years, playing with groups of various

sizes including a year with Tex Beneke and the Glen Miller Orchestra.Mike Lewis

Since moving to Canada more than 50 years ago, he has been working primarily as a solo

performer playing concerts and nightclubs. He is presently residing in Innisfil, Ontario.

Mike Lewis is a perennial favourite, delighting local audiences with well known songs from yesteryear. Next week, he returns to Barrie with a ‘Tribute to Fred Astaire’ show.

Mike Lewis is his stage name but his real name is Mike Markowitz and he has performed under that name with the Newtones in Newton Robinson, north of Bondhead.

He was born and grew up in Philadelphia where he studied both classical piano and be-bop jazz. Lewis marked his first professional gig in 1948, and was a full-time musician from 1949 on. He was part of a quartet called The Continentals in the late ’40s and ’50s, and the Glen Miller band in the ’60s.

He has also performed solo in piano bars and hotels in the Toronto area. A gig in Winnipeg brought Lewis to Canada more than 40 years ago. It was also where he met his wife. Today, the Bradford-based pianist and singer is semi-retired, but Lewis continues to enjoy performing.

The Midday Music With Shigeru concert takes place Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, located at 50 Anne St. N., at noon. Admission is $5 each, free for students.

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Jerry Leger & the Bop Fi’s @ Apple Annie's Cafe
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Apple Annie Logo It’s unfair to call Jerry Leger a hipster, but in many ways he’s the embodiment of the term’s original meaning. As a singer/songwriter, he’s one of our nation’s best, able to naturally blend the raw emotion of Hank Williams with the sly sophistication of Bob Dylan. And sometimes when your primary influences are as untainted as those the original pre-hippie hipsters gravitated to in the late 1940s and 1950s, that’s all you need.

Leger’s latest project, The Bop-Fi’s, illustrates this more than ever by showcasing his poetry for the first time, laid over cool jazz backdrops played by many of his regular musical compatriots. The overall effect of the 10-track album entitled Don’t Lose Your Beauty is a shockingly invigorating step back in time; back to when Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl contained all the information anyone needed to know. 

Over the past 30 years or so, Tom Waits has taken this concept to the extreme, making it nearly impossible for young poet/musicians to escape his shadow. But what makes Leger’s Bop-Fi’s unique is that he speaks in his own confident voice, one developed over the course of six brilliantly unpretentious albums.

Leger is currently finishing up a new record with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, slated for an early 2017 release on Timmins’ Latent Recordings. However, The Bop-Fi’s is more than just an appetizer; for millennials, Don’t Lose Your Beauty will likely sound completely alien, while for the rest of us it’s a potent reminder that what you say still means more than how you say it.  www.JerryLeger.com

Five Questions With… Jerry Leger

What inspired you do this project?

I love jazz, bebop and cool jazz in particular, guys like Thelonious Monk, although I can’t really play it. Then I thought, it could be interesting to do something like those old Jack Kerouac albums, you know, like the one where he read his poetry with Steve Allen improvising jazz piano underneath it. I have a side project, a band that I love called The Del Fi’s, which has been a great vehicle for me in between my own albums and that’s how The Bop Fi’s were born. I asked some friends with jazz chops if they’d like to spend a day and just record live in the studio, just like how The Del Fi’s album was made. I wrote all the words, poetry and prose, a mixture written specifically for the album and some that were from previous years. I just went through old notebooks; a good portion of words just lives in these piles of books if they don’t end up making it into a song. Most of the guys came in with a piece of music or two that they composed and that’s really how Don’t Lose Your Beauty was made.

What’s the biggest difference between writing poetry and writing song lyrics?

In some cases, there’s no difference at all, because it can start as a poem and then I end up using it in a song, or the whole thing becomes a song. In other cases, it’s ripped out from a deeper, secretive place.

The loss of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan winning the Nobel have both sparked a lot of debate about song lyrics being considered literature. What’s your take?

Those two are giants to me in terms of words, it doesn’t matter what you want to consider it as. They’re beautiful writers forever and always.

You’re currently finishing a new album with Michael Timmins for Latent Recordings. What can you say about that?

It’s done and will be released early next year. It’s basically two albums packaged into one with a bit of a concept behind it, not a story with characters or anything though. It was great to make another record with Mike. We work well together and there’s a lot of mutual respect.

What song by another artist do you wish you had written?

“Alice,” by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, is up there.

www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2016/12/01/five-questions-%E2%80%A6-jerry-leger

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Orillia Brassworks & Orillia Secondary School Jazz Band @ Geneva Event Centre
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The Orillia Brassworks was formed by a group of local musicians with a love of the jazz repertoire and brass ensemble musicOrillia Secondary School Jazz Band. Orillia Brassworks has been reinvigorating the big band tradition to critical and popular acclaim, according to its members. Orillia Brassworks mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and at the same time place it in a unique context without offending too many patrons. The eight brass musicians accompanied by rhythm section that make up this Orillia-based group are driven by an innovative spirit and a desire to get out of the house. We are honoured to be included in the upcoming Orillia Jazz Festival.

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Curtis Metcalf of Orillia Brassworks

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Floyd Hall & Amanda MacLeod @ Rustica Pizza Vino
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Floyd Hall – Saxophone

  • Over 40 years’ experience as music instructor

    floyd-hall-profile

    Floyd Hall

  • Studied clarinet with Walter Hekster of the Amsterdam Conservatory, saxophone with John Husser and Brian Minor, and Oboe with Douglas Bairstow (former Principal Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony)
  • Conversant in all musical genres
  • Has attended workshops and had private instruction from Phil Woods and Lee Konitz
  • Has worked extensively as a freelance musician
  • Strong sense of teamwork and willingness to help and mentor young musicians
  • 30 years as a musician and instructor with the Canadian Forces
  • Taught saxophone and woodwind techniques at the University of Manitoba
  • Played 2nd Oboe with the Winnipeg Symphony

 

Amanda MacLeod     www.amandamacleodmusic.com

Amanda MacLeod

Amanda MacLeod

Amanda MacLeod, a Barrie-born pianist, has traveled the world, performing in bands on cruise ships and then spending a year living in Argentina. The Nantyr Shores Secondary School graduate went to Humber College for two years of contemporary music. She studied classical music growing up.

Since her return home to Barrie, MacLeod has immersed herself in the local music scene.

She worked with Bravado, as a pianist for the show choir’s Christmas concert, is an accompanist for the Hawkestone Singers under director Tara Johnson. She also teaches piano at the Music Pro Education Centre in Cedar Pointe. In addition, she has followed up on a high school interest in theatre and played in the band for the Kempenfelt Community Players’ show, Once Upon a Mattress.

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Orillia Silver Band @ St Paul's Centre
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
Barbara Jordan & Danny McErlain Duo @ Hog 'n Penny Pub
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Barbara Jordan & Danny McErlain Duo

Barbara Jordan is a talented, versatile vocalist who performs throughout the GTA and internationally. She has performed in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe with leading jazz bands. She is also the leader of her own band based in the GTA.

Barbara was born in Montreal and began her musical career as a folk singer and then moved on to become a dynamic, multi-lingual vocalist with several leading bands in and around the Montreal area.

 

She currently lives in the Town of Ramara near Orillia and has performed at The Leacock Museum.

A passionate performer, for the past 10 years, Barbara has appeared at well-known jazz locales in Toronto such as The Rex,  C’est What,  744, ( formerly the Chicken Deli ) and the iconic Grossman’s Tavern singing traditional and swing jazz, as well as the Great American Songbook. She also appeared monthly at The Red Lantern in Toronto.

Internationally, Barbara has appeared in New York City , New Orleans, Barbados, Nassau and Paris, France. Barbara performed at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival in Newcastle England in as well as The Glacier Jazz Stampede in Kalispell Montana, and in 2017 at The Sarasota Jazz Festival in Florida and Alexandria Bay Jazz Festival in Alexandria, New York.

Contact Information:  jordan_barb@hotmail.com    www.BarbaraJordanSings.com

 

Danny McErlain

Danny McErlain – Performing at local clubs including the Home Smith Bar and The Rex, and guesting with the Canadian Jazz Quartet at Kama Club, pianist Danny McErlain joins such stellar sidemen as Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson and Terry Clark.

With 20 years experience alongside the late Henry Cuesta (clarinet), Danny’s interest in traditional swing led him to the piano chair with Bob DeAngelis’s symphony orchestra tribute to Benny Goodman.

Concerts throughout Canada and the U.S. include the 70th anniversary tribute to Goodman at Carnegie Hall, appearances with Ross Wooldridge and his salute to the Goodman Sextet at clubs and jazz festivals across the GTA and Southern Ontario, as well as the Jazz FM Goodman Tribute broadcast, and a live Jazz FM tribute to the late Jim Galloway with the Don Vickery Quintet.

His jazz festival appearances include the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival,  the Festival Of The Sound (Parry Sound), as well as festivals throughout Southern Ontario.

Summer 2014 saw Danny in a concert series at Toronto’s Casa Loma where sold-out performances included tributes to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. This summer Danny returns to Casa Loma for shows including an evening of Sinatra and a reprise of the memorable Piaf tribute.

Danny is a favourite with vocalists such as Jackie Richardson, Matt Dusk, and John Alcorn.

www.dannymcerlain.com

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Paul James Band @ Geneva Event Centre
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

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Paul James is one of the most exciting and energetic Toronto-based Canadian musicians – past, present and future.

Paul James has received many music awards during his long career in the music business. He is winner of a Juno Award, multiple Toronto Music Awards,‘The Maple Blues (Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues Music in Canada), the London Fire Hall Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has many more music awards to grace his mantle. However, winning the respect of his musical peers always rated more highly than winning any awards for Paul.

Bo Diddley asked Paul to open his show and to back him up over 100 times between the years 1973 and 2007. Paul co-wrote a song with Bo, recorded with him and helped him to create the whole soundtrack for the movie, ‘Diary of a Sinner’. Bo Diddley played on Paul’s first vinyl album,’ Almost Crazy’, and wrote the liner notes for his second album, ‘The Paul James Band’. In 1986 Bo wrote: “From the beginning of his young career, I predicted that Paul James would be a big star one day and that time is now! The man is a true professional and dynamic! Listening to Paul James is listening to the building of a new thing, and he is a new thing. Paul James is a great musician, He’s a great tribute to Rock’n’Roll.”

Bob Dylan sat in with Paul’s band, and came to see Paul perform on numerous occasions. In 1990, Dylan invited Paul James to play an acoustic set to open his show at Canada’s Wonderland. Dylan further invited Paul to sit in with his band many times in Toronto, London, Oshawa and Buffalo. In 1986, when they first met, Dylan advised Paul that if he would move to L.A. and just do what he does in Toronto there, he would make it big for sure. Unfortunately, Paul had to keep his home base in Toronto for family reasons.

In 1982, Willy DeVille asked Paul to join his New York based band, Mink DeVille. Paul stayed in New York living in Willy’s apartment in Greenwich Village for about a month while learning all the Mink DeVille material for an upcoming twelve country world tour. Paul also recorded with Mink DeVille while he was in New York before the tour. There is a Great DVD documenting that tour titled ‘Mink DeVille Live at Montreux 1982’.

Paul played lead and rhythm guitar for New York Bluesman John Hammond. They played about 100 nights together over a thirty year period, mostly in Toronto and also in Ottawa, London, Montreal and Edmonton. Paul played on one of Hammond’s albums, ‘Nobody But You’ and Hammond played on two of Paul’s albums,’Acoustic Blues’ and Rockin’ the Blues’.

Paul has played guitar for Texas guitar great Lightning Hopkins, and piano greats Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Johnson, and Dr, John.

Paul James was a trailblazer for the independent music scene in Canada, as he was an independent recording artist long before it was popular to be one. He released his first vinyl 45 RPM original single, ‘Joint Out Back’ in 1973, on his own label Lick’n’Stick Records. Paul proved he could be successful as an Indie artist and many others followed his lead thereafter. He probably was the first independent recording artist to play all ten provinces in Canada, traveling in his van with his band.

Paul was a Canadian Blues Crusader! He played the Blues in bars since 1968 when it was not nearly as popular as it is now and long before there were any ‘Blues Societies’ or ‘Blues Awards in Canada.’ Paul James kept the Blues flame burning in Toronto even through the late 1970s when the disco era caused so many live bands to give up.

Currently, Paul James is a Canadian cultural icon. He is a veteran entertainer who has seen all that this crazy music business has to offer. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, stage acrobat, producer, songwriter, trailblazer, and owner of his own Indie record label have all allowed Paul to perform and produce the music he loves for close to five decades. Paul is not over the hill yet – in fact, he is still going up it!

Paul James is a real musician’s musician. He has been constantly surrounded by the world’s stage of big time players, such as Mink DeVille, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, John Hammond, Dr. John, Spencer Davis, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jeff Healey, Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Johnson, Jack Scott, and Sunnyland Slim, just to name a few.  www.pauljamesband.com

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Adrean Farrugia & Joe Huron Trio @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

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Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.

Adrean comes from a musical family. His father Bruno is a professional drummer in the music scene. His grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was a Maritime fiddler. Adrean studied classical piano with Shirley Coit and Donald Cook before discovering a love of jazz music in college.

In 1992 Adrean enrolled in the Mohawk College Applied music program studying with Mark Eisenman, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Christopher Hunt, and Brian Dickinson. In 1996 Adrean continued his Education at the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program studying with Gary Williamson, Kevin Turcotte, and Phil Nimmons. Also in 1996, Adrean attended the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Summer Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with Don Thompson, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler, Pat and Joe Labarbera, and Norma Winstone. Adrean has also received private instruction from jazz legends Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, and British pianist John Taylor.

Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat Labarbera.

Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.

Adrean has appeared on more than 30 recordings to date and his debut recording as a leader Adrean Farrugia v1.0: Live at the Senator was released in the summer of 2006 on ROMHOG RECORDS. It features his skills as both a pianist and composer. This album has enjoyed regular play on Toronto’s JazzFM and the CBC as has led to appearances on JazzFM’s ‘Joe Sealy’s Duets’ as well as a feature article in Performance Magazine by jazz journalist Geoff Chapman.

In 2008, Adrean forged a new project entitled RICOCHET . The band released their JUNO nominated debut recording in 2010 on the Mainstage at the TD Canada Trust Toronto International Jazz festival.

Adrean is currently on the faculty of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology where he teaches jazz piano and improvisation. He has also done workshops/clinics at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, The Banff Centre for the arts, and in Warsaw Poland as part of the Polish Jazz Society’s 35th annual Summer Jazz Workshop. As well, Adrean has been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication “The Piano Book”, the world’s foremost publication on all things piano.

In April of 2011 Adrean was invited to perform and to participate as a panelist at the 63rd annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado, a week long event bringing together individuals from all walks of life from around the world to discuss the current state of politics, the world economy, human rights, the arts, the environment and many other topics in panel discussions for the general public. As the sole invitee from Canada, this was a great honour for Adrean

Adrean Farrugia is a Shigeru Kawai artist.  www.adreanfarrugia.com

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Will Davis Trio @ Mariposa Market
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mariposa-marketWill Davis Trio is a classic bebop trio playing the music of Monk, Miles, Parker and more.   These City of Orillia boys can swing like the best of the legendary jazz rhythm sections from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Will Davis – Piano, Mike Milner- String Bass & Ron Hill – Drums.Will Davis Trio (2)

 

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Alleycats Music & Art Store with Jazz Records & more…. @ Alleycats Music & Art Store
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Alleycats Music & Arts will be playing jazz, selling jazz records, displaying stuff, etc.

Drop in and listen to Jazz while browsing the extensive Vinyl & CD Collection.

www.alleycatsmusic.com

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MILES of BLUE – Music of Miles Davis in stories and song @ St Paul's Centre
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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ON SALE Today! A Festival Highlight
MILES of BLUE – Music of Miles Davis in stories and song.
featuring Alexander Brown: trumpet, Lance Anderson: piano and MC, George Koller: bass
Presented in association with the 2017 ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Sunday, October 15 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the newly renovated St. Paul’s Center at 62 Peter St N, Orillia, ON    TICKETS on-line @eventbrite

  • Tickets are also available in person at:
  • Alleycats Music & Art at 95 Mississaga St. E. Downtown Orillia, Ontario, ON L3V 1V6
  • (705) 329-1339 11 am to 5 pm Mon. to Sat. 12 pm to 4 pm Sun.

Another afternoon of music and stories with Orilla’s own Lance Anderson. He brought the Ellington and Basie show to the festival last year. Lance has a way of weaving his considerable knowledge of music and love for the characters of Jazz, into a backstage look into the artistry of jazz. This year he is focusing on the early music of Miles Davis.

Lance has invited two internationally known jazz artists to play the early music of Miles Davis. Cuban-born trumpeter Alexander Brown has fast become one of Canada’s top jazz artists. He has played all the major jazz festivals around the world, and has performed with Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Don Thompson, Amanda Martinez, Luis Mario Ochoa and many others, since arriving in Canada in 2005.

George Koller is a member of the internationally renowned Shuffle Demons and is one of Toronto’s busiest jazz producers and session musicians.

Lance Anderson co-produced the music on ‘Oscar, With Love’ the critically acclaimed 3CD set of Oscar Peterson compositions featuring Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Monty Alexander, Oliver Jones et al. He also performed a piece written for him by Oscar called Sir Lancewell.

in May the Okanagan Symphony premiered lance’s orchestral arrangement of the Canadiana Suite in Kelowna BC.

Lance Anderson is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’. He was trained as a classical composer and has both film and TV credits as a writer.

In 2015, Lance was music co-producer and performer on ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed 3CD package that commemorated Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday, that included some of the world’s top jazz pianists including Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Michel Legrand, and Oliver Jones, playing Peterson compositions. It was released on December 11th,  2015. He performed ‘Sir Lancewell’ a new Peterson composition written for him, by the jazz great.Lance Anderson cropped - Mar. 2013-88

Considered one of Canada’s finest record producers, Lance has his own label Make It Real Records which only records live-off-the-floor and captures the drama of a real performance. Blackburn, Fathead, Garth Hudson, The Cameo Blues Band and 2B3 The Toronto Sessions are just some of the artists Lance has produced. In 2015 Lance produced ‘Inside Out’ by Harmonica wizard Roly Plat, and toured his productions of ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ and ‘Soulsville – The Music of Stax’ to sold out theatres all over Ontario.

As musical director and session pianist Lance has worked with Roger Whittaker, Shakura S’Aida, Danny Brooks, Jackie Richardson, John Finley, amongst many others. Lance has had an eclectic career, from writing songs with Gordon Pinsent to touring with Mr. Dress-up! From rockin’ boogie piano to jazz and orchestral music and filmscores.
Lance premiered the two man theatrical production ‘Oscar Peterson – The Jazz Legend and the Man I Knew’ in 2013 at the Orillia Opera House and performed it at Barrie’s Classical Colours of Music festival in 2014. The show interweaves Oscar’s compositions with Lance’s personal anecdotes of working with Oscar and witnessing first hand the extent of Oscar’s genius.

Lance is also an internationally known Hammond organ player, and his organ and drum duo, Anderson & Sloski are set to release their second CD in the spring of 2016. They have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, The Southside Shuffle and the Kitchener Blues Festivals amongst many others and have been featured on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues.

Lance spent ten years touring North America and the world with Shakura S’Aida and wrote two Symphony shows for her. He conducted the Wheeling West Virginia Symphony for the premiere of ‘Symphony in G Minor’ and wrote and performed piano in the show ‘Four Women’ featuring Shakura S’Aida which had it’s premiere with the Kamloops Symphony in 2013.

Lance also scored Judy and David’s Orchestral Adventure (children’s show for orchestra) which has thrilled young audiences across Canada and the U.S.  www.makeitrealrecords.com

 

Alexander Brown – trumpet

A native of Cuba, Alexander Brown is a hard-bop, post-bop and Latin oriented musician. He became one of Cuba’s prominent trumpet players in the late 90s, and is now one of the most vital and deft trumpeters and composers in Toronto’s dynamic musical scene.

Various awards include winner of the Cuba Disco International music 2006, Juno award winning artist, nominee to the rising stars award for the best new musical composition at the Montreal Jazz Fest 2014, and winner of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects 2015.

Brown received his bachelor degree in classical Music at the Instituto Superior de Artes, where he after attended as trumpet professor. Although classical music deeply influenced Brown’s career, he decided to follow his passion for jazz, and began composing for his own quintet with which he performed in Havana’s main jazz venues and festivals.

While in Cuba Alexander was part of the project of notable national and international figures including: David Murray, Orlando Valle “Maraca”, Ernan L. Nussa, Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Tata Guines, and shared the stage with the like of Chucho Valdez among others. As part of many of these projects, Alexander had opportunity to tour extensively throughout Europe, The Caribean and South America and performed at major Jazz festivals. He assiduously collaborated in the albums of national producers such as Manuel Ceruto, and Cuban Grammy winner Joaquin Betancourt.

A resident of Toronto since 2005, Alexander Brown have collaborated with national bands and projects lead by Jane Bunnett, Archie Alleyne, Hilario Duran, Don Thompson, Andrew Craig, Amanda Martinez, and international figures like Carla Blay, Hermeto Pascual, Doctor John, La India, Danilo Perez, Paquito D’Rivera among others.

In Canada, Alexander has recorded two albums where he emphasize ensemble work rather than showmanship and presents a consolidated compositional style that is supported by his extensive musical experiences, solid musical education, and expertise in the modern jazz and Afrocuban music vocabularies. Brown’s tunes encompass a variety of genders than range from rumba, ballad, Latin, Joropo and swing. With these themes, he continuously challenges himself, listener and performers to a highly complex yet delicate music.  www.alexanderbrowntrumpet.com

George Koller: Producer, Bassist, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Promoter

George has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing, touring and recording credits in his expansive musical career. He has performed/ toured / recorded with Peter Gabriel, Holly Cole, Loreena McKennitt, Ian Tyson, David Clayton-Thomas, Phil Woods, The Shuffle Demons, Olivia Newton-John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Joe Sealy, Sharlene Wallace, John Mcdermott….just to name a few.

A prolific composer and producer and bassist, George also plays a variety of instruments; many of them featured on his award winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD entitled “ Music for Plants, Animals and Humans” He also has 9 solo
recordings on the Solitudes/Avalon/Reflections labels (Cello by the Sea, India, Bali, Breathing for Relaxation, Peaceful Harmony, Zen Tranquility, Zen Harmony, Zen Serenity, Rest Well) . He has performer/bassist/ producer credits on over 800 CDs.

George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “Bassist of the Year”
He has a Toronto Star Critics award and 2 “Porcupine” awards
Multiple film credits including “Such a Long Journey”, “Possible Worlds”, “Away from her” -George plays Sitar, Sarode, Dilruba, Tanpura and bass on these films.  www.georgekoller.com

 

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Carol McCartney & Joe Huron Trio @ Brewery Bay Food Co.
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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 Carol McCartney

Vibrant and dynamic jazz vocalist Carol McCartney was born and raised in North Toronto – in fact, in the Fall of 2013, the City of Toronto named a street after her “McCartney Street” located in the Weston area where she grew up. (Link to the Emery Village BIA Announcement)

Carol’s impeccable vocals and finely tuned musicianship have made her a favourite among musicians and audiences alike. She has shared the stage with a virtual “Who’s Who” of jazz including Guido Basso, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slam Stewart and the late great Peter Appleyard, who Carol worked with as his singer for 30 years. (She was one of the top ten Canadian jazz vocalists to be featured on Mr. Appleyard’s last CD “Sophisticated Ladies” in 2013.)

Other recordings that feature Carol include Chase Sanborn’s “Good to the Last Bop”, Bob Brough’s ” Like a Spring Day” and popular jazz big band “Freeflight’s” JUNO nominated recording “Taking Flight”.

Carol has recorded two solo CD’s of her own. “A Night in Tunisia” in 2007 and the just released “BE COOL” in 2014.

Edward Blanco of eJAzz News.com reviewed the first CD and commented, “From Ontario Canada comes the latest terrific jazz vocalist from what seems to be one excellent crop of singers from these northern parts … McCartney delivers with spice and electricity … a heck of a vocalist …(she) possesses a sexy voice that projects and reaches high notes with effortless ease. Dizzy Gillespie would have been proud to hear this version of his classic tune.”

Awards
Nominated for a JUNO Award with Big Band Freeflight
Received a MARTY Award for Established Artist from the Mississauga Arts Council in 2014  www.carolmccartney.com

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