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March 2019

Michael Davidson & Dan Fortin: Clock Radio CD Release

Michael Davidson: vibraphone
Dan Fortin: bass
Opening: Chris Pruden

Vibraphonist Michael Davidson (Hobson’s Choice, Otterville) and double bassist Dan Fortin (Myriad3, Bernice) are two of Toronto’s most in demand musicians. They have been playing together for over a decade: in the experimental jazz-rock band Stop Time; on Fortin’s 2015 album Brinks; and in groups lead by the likes of Tara Davidson and Allison Au. Having been hired so often as a team, it made perfect sense for the two to focus on the unique musical aesthetic they’ve cultivated over the years. Hence, the birth of a new duo and a new album: Clock Radio.

There is no musical setting more intimate than the duo. Each musical gesture is exposed, and without empathic listening on the part of both musicians, it cannot succeed. In the summer of 2017, Davidson traveled to Berlin to study with renowned mallet percussionist David Friedman. In the course of his two month trip, Davidson experimented with a variety of new compositional techniques, and returned to Canada with a new book of songs that he felt best suited the flexibility of the duo setting. These pieces blur the line between composition and improvisation, and draw equally from jazz, free music, and classical composition.

Clock Radio will be released on Elastic Recordings on Friday, March 22nd, 2019.

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March 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St Joseph St
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9 Canada
$20
April 2019

Friendly Rich Sings Frank Sinatra’s ‘Only The Lonely’ – Record Launch!

Friendly Rich is launching a new studio recording at The Burdock on the night of April 27th. It’s a complete re-imagining of Sinatra’s classic 1958 recording, Only the Lonely.

Friendly Rich Sings for Only the Lonely features: Dave Clark, drums; Julia Hambleton, clarinet; David French, sax; Nichol Robertson, electric guitar; Jon Meyer, double bass; Tania Gill, piano; Rich Marsella, voice.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this incredible band bring these thoughtful David French arrangements to life, for one night only!

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April 27, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
$10
June 2019

Audrey Ochoa Trio: 2019 Summer Jazz Festival Tour

Audrey Ochoa: trombone
Mike Lent: bass
Sandro Dominelli: drums

Trombonist Audrey Ochoa is a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene. After having completed studies in classical trombone at the University of Alberta, Audrey began performing professionally across Canada and abroad as a member of multiple ensembles. Though never having formally studied Jazz or contemporary music, Audrey has found a home in composing her own tunes that often have a Latin feel, and definitely convey her sense of humour.

PJ Perry describes Audrey as “a real talent,” and mentor and trombone aster Hugh Fraser describes her as “an inspired emerging artist that embodies the talent, inspiration and focus to make a major contribution at the highest level.” Having worked with or shared a stage with jazz legends like Hilario Duran, PJ Perry, and Tommy Banks, Audrey has also played with international musicians like Lew Tebackin, Dan Akroyd and the Temptations.

Audrey released her debut album “Trombone and Other Delights” in 2013, which spent consecutive weeks as the number one Jazz album on the Earshot charts and received excellent reviews.

Audrey’s second album “Afterthought,” is an extension of her compositional skill and talent on her instrument. The project includes collaborations with Electronica artist Battery Poacher.

Saturday, June 22nd
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Robson Stage (Robson St & Hornby St) @ 6:45pm

Sunday, June 23rd
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
The Cube @ Old Market Square (124 King St) @ 4:15pm

Tuesday, June 25th
Rochester International Jazz Festival
Max of Eastman Place (25 Gibbs Street) @ 6:15pm and 10pm

Wednesday, June 26th 
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ontario Stage, Confederation Park @ 7:30pm

Thursday, June 27th
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Hazelton Ave Stage (Hazelton Ave & Scollard St) @ 6:45pm

Friday, June 28
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Club Jazz Casino de Montreal, Place SNC-Lavalin @ 6pm

Saturday, June 29th
TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival 
The Works Outdoor Mainstage, Capital Plaza (9820 107 St. NW) @ 12pm

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June 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - June 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
September 2019

Sam Kirmayer Trio feat. Ben Paterson – Canadian Tour

Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer started 2018 on a high note. 

A few weeks into the new year, he won the Julian Award for Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists, a prize given by Simon Fraser University’s CJSF 90.1FM to an album by a young Canadian jazz up-and-comer. Kirmayer’s 2017 debut disc, a quartet release called Opening Statement, richly deserved the recognition. For an encore, Kirmayer has climbed further still, with his new album High and Low, which finds the 28-year-old devotee of bop and swing assuredly leading an organ trio. 

Kirmayer chose wisely when he picked sidemen for his new project that casts his warm tone and lyrical focus in a different setting. On drums, it was a no-brainer to play again with veteran Montreal drummer Dave Laing, who laid down the unflinching, impeccable groove on Opening Statement. “Dave has been one of my favourite musicians for a while,” says Kirmayer. “I’ve learned a lot playing with him over the last few years and he brought so much to the first CD we made together that it was never a question for me that I wanted him on this record as well.” 

Hiring New York-based organist Ben Paterson on organ, a 35-year-old who demonstrates consummate taste and fire on High and Low, was more of a leap of faith. “I discovered Ben through his work with Bernstein and Bobby Broom,” Kirmayer explains. “He’s got such a great sense of swing and is a truly melodic improviser. When I found out he was a friend of a friend, I jumped at the chance to do some playing with him.” 

The band prepped by playing two nights at Montreal’s lynchpin jazz venue, the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, and then went into the studio for two days. They might have begun as two friends and an out-of-towner stranger, but the simpatico and eloquence that they’ve achieved on High and Low sound like the hallmarks of a seasoned band. 

Sam Kirmayer: guitar
Ben Paterson: organ
Dave Laing: drums

Sept 19: Avalanche Bar, Courtenay, BC – presented by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society. 7:30pm.

Sept 20: All Saints by the Sea, Salt Spring Island, BC – presented by Salt Spring Jazz & Blues. 7pm.

Sept 21: Hermann’s, Victoria, BC. 8pm.

Sept 22: Osborne Bay Pub, Crofton, BC – presented by Pat’s House of Jazz. 2pm.

Sept 22: Lighthouse Bistro, Nanaimo, BC. 7:30pm.

Sept 25: Frankie’s Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC – presented by Coastal Jazz. 8pm.

Sept 26: The Nexus, Salmon Arm, BC – presented by Salmon Arm Jazz Club. 7pm.

Sept 27: Lolita’s, Calgary, AB. 7pm.

Sept 28: Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, AB. 8pm.

Sept 29: The Artesian, Regina, SK. 7pm. (Double bill w/ the Trent Reschny Group.)

Oct 1: Mardi Jazz @ Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain, Winnipeg MB, 8pm 

Oct 2: Jazz Bistro, Toronto, ON. 8pm.

Oct 4: The Jazz Room, Waterloo, ON – presented by the Grand River Jazz Society. 8:30pm.

Oct 5: Dièse Onze, Montreal, QC – L’OFF JAZZ. 10pm.

Oct 6: Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, QC

 

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September 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

TuneTown – There From Here CD Release Tour!

Kelly Jefferson: saxophones
Artie Roth: acoustic bass
Ernesto Cervini: drums

Sept 19: Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, ON. 9pm.

Sept 20: Cafe Resonance, Montreal, QC. 6pm.

Sept 21: GigSpace, Ottawa, ON. 9pm.

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September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - September 21, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa,

Allison Au Quartet – California Tour 2019

Allison Au: alto saxophone
Todd Pentney: piano & keyboards
Dan Fortin: bass
Fabio Ragnelli: drums

allisonau.com

Sept 21: SFJAZZ Center – The Joe Henderson Lab
San Francisco, CA. 2 shows: 7 & 8:30 pm

Sept 22: Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA. 4:30pm

Sept 23: West Valley College Theatre
San Jose, CA. Workshop: 12:30pm. Concert: 7pm.

Sept 24: Workshop: California State University
Sacramento, CA. 1:30-2:45 & 3-4:20pm

Sept 25: Workshop: Sonoma State University
Sonoma, CA. 9:20am-12:20pm.

Sept 27: Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA. 4:30pm

Sept 30: bluewhale
Los Angeles, CA. 9pm

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September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
San Franciso, Half Moon Bay, San Jose, Sacramento, Sonoma, Monterey, Los Angeles, CA United States
November 2019

Gentiane MG Trio Canadian Tour – Fall 2019

Gentiane MG: piano
Levi Dover: bass
Louis-Vincent Hamel: drums
Guillaume Pilote: drums

Gentiane MG (Michaud-Gagnon) studied several years at the Quebec Music Conservatory in Saguenay before pursuing superior studies in Jazz Performance at McGill University. While there, she had the opportunity to study with Jan Yarczyk, Rémi Bolduc, Andre White and internationally renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.

Michaud-Gagnon has been active on the Canadian jazz scene for several years. She has performed alongside numerous renowned musicians such as Yannick Rieu, Jim Doxas, John Hollenbeck, Adrian Vedady, Frank Lozano, Andre White and Dave Laing. She has toured in Canada, China and in Mexico.

Following the release of her first trio recording entitled Eternal Cycle, she received the CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award 2018-2019 and the Prix François-Marcaurelle de la Guilde des Musiciens du Québec. This album was also classified among 10 best Canadian jazz recordings of 2017 by CBC Music. Her trio will release their second album, Wonderland, in May 2019 and will be touring Canada in the fall of 2019.

Nov 5: Hermann’s Jazz Club – Victroria, BC. 7:30pm.

Nov 6: Tyrant Studio – Vancouver BC. 9:30pm.

Nov 7: Yardbird Suite – Edmonton, AB. 8pm.

Nov 9: King Eddy – Calgary, AB. 9pm.

Nov 13: Brookstreet Hotel – Ottawa, ON. 7pm.

Nov 14-15: Jazz Bistro – Toronto, ON. 9pm.

Nov 16: The Jazz Room – Waterloo, ON. 8:30pm.

www.gentianemg.com

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November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
Cross-Canada Tour, Canada

Aaron Dolman Album Launch @ Long Winter w/ Mingjia

Presented by Long Winter 

Aaron Dolman weaves together two of his great musical loves – Folk and Jazz – to create works that sway between evocative melodies, exciting improvisations and ethereal soundscapes. His debut release, “Nostalgia and Other Fantasies”, is a collection of original music inspired by the feelings of nostalgia that are stirred up when sifting through old family photos, driving though the Canadian Prairies or sitting by a quiet lake at midnight.

Caitlin Smith // viola
Zach Enright Bachand // acoustic + electric guitars
Marcus Lowry // acoustic + electric guitars
Eli Davidovici // bass
Aaron // Drums + compositions + a large bag of sound-toys

aarondolman.com

Beijing birthed, Toronto dwelling vocalist-pianist-composer-improviser mingjia (MING-jee-ya) writes music that’s equal parts fantastical & relatable, & performs it with courage & honesty. Aside from making mischief with her chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra & artists in & around Canada, she enjoys drawing, dancing & watching the nickelodeon hit series Avatar: the Last Airbender.

mingjia will b joined by:
hunab felix flores // violin
meghan cheng // violin
adrian irvine // viola
jillian sauerteig // cello

mingjiamusic.com

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November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, ON
December 2019

Eric St. Laurent – ‘Bliss Station’ CD Release!

The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote extensively about “following one’s bliss.” These influential writings form the conceptual basis for Bliss Station, the 13th album of original music by Toronto-based guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent. With plenty of time set aside to write, undisturbed by the fast pace of our ever-changing world, the creation, editing, and mixing of this album took place over several months in Berlin and Toronto. Every step of the production was slow, relaxed, and deliberate.

St-Laurent conceived this set of music with his 
long-time friend Sebastian Studnitzky in mind. The Berlin-based trumpeter’s soft, reflective tone lends an introspective quality to the recording. The fiery rhythm section of Michel DeQuevedo (percussion) and Jordan O’Connor (bass) provides a muscular counterpoint, while St-Laurent’s post-Benson approach to the guitar supplies the blues.

Born and raised in Montreal, St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin, where he toured with both big and small names in the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Since returning to Canada, he has been leading his own band, recording and touring extensively throughout Europe and Canada.

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December 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, ON M5T 2L9 Canada
January 2020

Trevor Giancola ‘Sonnet 18’ Album Release!

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January 4 @ 9:00 pm - January 5 @ 12:00 am
The Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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