Venue Calendar

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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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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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 Silver Band @ St Paul's Centre
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
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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Oct
15
Sun
2017
Alleycats Music & Art Store with Jazz Records & more…. @ Alleycats Music & Art Store
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 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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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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