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September 2019

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
February 2020

Mark Segger Sextet: ‘Lift Off’ Album Release Celebration!

The weightless feeling of release when an airplane’s wheels leave the pavement; the moment in a concert when time suddenly slows to a halt, transporting the listener to another dimension; an out of body experience that leaves a performer feeling as though they’re in the audience, watching themselves improvise on stage. These experiences – simultaneously otherworldly and familiar – helped inspire Lift Off, the second recording by the Mark Segger Sextet.

Founded in 2008, Segger’s group features a top shelf selection of Toronto’s most accomplished improvisors. The project has been a common thread in the output of bandleader Mark Segger, who is currently based out of Edmonton where he is a doctoral Killam Scholar in composition at the University of Alberta. Segger has performed in jazz rooted scenarios with the likes of Allison Au, Lina Allemano, Jane Bunnett, Dave Burrell, Steve Swell, and Nate Wooley, among many others.

Much of this music was written in the two weeks leading up to the recording session, after a tour playing improvised music in Europe. Segger’s music reflects a wide range of creative interests, from the swing of Mel Lewis and his jazz orchestra to the revolutionary string quartet writing of the composers Bartok and Ligeti (heard clearly on For the Bees.) Bees also nods to the “insect music” of the 1960’s British Free Improvisation scene. An affinity for Berlin’s Echtzeitmusik tradition is apparent on the piece One Note.

Lift Off is a giant leap forward for Segger’s group, and is sure to become a touchstone recording in Canada’s jazz and creative music history.

www.marksegger.com

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February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way
Edmonton, AB T6E 2M2 Canada

Mark Godfrey – “Square Peg” CD Release Tour!

Feb 22: Studio 242 Recital Hall, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
Feb 26: The Rex Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Feb 27: The Rex Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Feb 28: The Upstairs Jazz Club, Montreal, Quebec
Feb 29: The National Arts Center, Fourth Stage, Ottawa, Ontario
Mar 6: The Jazz Room, Waterloo, Ontario

Allison Au: alto saxophone
Matt Woroshyl: tenor saxophone
Chris Pruden: piano
Mark Godfrey: bass
Nick Fraser: drums

The minivan: a timeless icon that evokes memories ranging from little-league baseball games to nation-wide music tours. Square Peg is bassist and composer Mark Godfrey’s first full-length album, and it hits harder than the sliding door on your family caravan.

Named the 2019 Emerging Jazz Artist by the Toronto Arts Foundation, Mark has firmly secured himself in the fabric of the jazz idiom in Canada. Square Peg is Mark’s second release as a leader and features nine original compositions for jazz quintet and one original piece for solo bass. Joining Mark on this album are four of his longtime collaborators: saxophonists Allison Au and Matt Woroshyl, pianist Chris Pruden, and  drummer Nick Fraser.

Square Peg is a collection of compositions that span four years of Mark’s life during which he found himself living in Toronto and New York. Naturally, the most efficient form of travel between these two cities with a double bass was his 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, Jean Claude Van Tan. The reflection that occurred during these drives sparked creativity and ideas for Mark that ultimately resulted in this album. The music on Square Peg connects Mark to his family and friends, both cities, and the deep tradition of jazz performance that informs and inspires his voice as an artist.

From the ethereal and ambient opening of Black Stars to the raw, acoustic solo performance of Bucket List, Square Peg takes the listener on a joyride that is both turbulent and relaxing and thoroughly engaging from start to finish. Buckle up.

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February 22 @ 7:00 pm - March 6 @ 11:30 pm
Ontario and Quebec, Canada

Shuffle Demons “Crazy Time” CD Release!

Doors: 6:30pm

2 sets starting at 8pm

Toronto’s iconic musical magicians the Shuffle Demons are excited to release their 9th album, Crazy Time. Their first studio album in 6 years, Crazy Time features 10 new original Shuffle Demons songs, 7 instrumental and 3 vocal that run the stylistic gamut, from hard driving instrumental modern jazz, to vocal driven funk rap, to blues.

The record introduces virtuosic newcomer Matt Lagan on tenor sax and bass legend Mike Downes to the Shuffle Demons universe, alongside veteran demons Kelly Jefferson, Stich Wynston, and Richard Underhill. In celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, original band members Mike Murley and Jim Vivian are welcomed back in to the fold to work their magic on 5 of the album’s 10 tracks. This is a dynamic new recording that features in-from-the-outside writing, virtuosic playing, and that classic 3 horns and rhythm Shuffle Demons sound.

One of Canada’s hardest touring bands, the Shuffle Demons recorded Crazy Time between tours of Central America, New Zealand and Australia, and the Canadian jazz festival circuit. Long time Shuffle Demons listeners will find modern jazz instrumentals alongside the classic Bop/Rap vocal tunes that have comprised the band’s repertoire for 35 years. Nine of the 10 songs were written by Juno award winner Richard Underhill and one by Kelly Jefferson. The album was recorded by iconic engineer Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music and produced, mixed and mastered by Jono Grant at Victory Drive Music.

www.shuffledemons.com

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February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M6J 1T9 Canada

LOCAL TALENT – ‘Higienópolis’ Album Release!

James Hill  – Piano and Keyboards
Rich Brown – Electric Bass
Ian Wright – Drums

LOCAL TALENT combines 3 of Canada’s most eminent instrumentalists performing together on record for the first time. The group is lead by composer and keyboardist James Hill, a rising star of the Toronto scene, known best for his work with international  jazz and hip hop sensations BADBADNOTGOOD and Autobahn Trio. Accompanying him are electric bassist Rich Brown (Rinse The Algorithm, Dapp Theory, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa) and drummer Ian Wright (one of Hill’s Autobahn Trio bandmates, and one of his earliest collaborators.)

The concept for this project came to Hill while he was travelling in Brazil: the majority of the works were composed during a stay in the Higienópolis neighbourhood of São Paulo. Moved by the world’s ongoing issues of economic disparity, and completely enthralled with Brazil’s abundance of artistic and musical talent, Hill was inspired to explore new musical directions. Higienópolis’ musical themes present a tableau of stark contrasts, ranging from dark, melancholic motifs to bright, yet eerily apprehensive anthems.

This album is a debut of sorts for Hill: it’s his first full-length release as a group’s sole composer and director. Aesthetically, Hill’s ensemble is grounded in the improvisational realm of jazz music, though sonically, their reach is expansive, with elements that bring to mind ambient music, Classical, Brazilian pop, and fusion. The tongue in cheek name LOCAL TALENT serves as a reminder to audiences that wherever you are in the world, the odds are you’re surrounded by a wealth of artistic ability. With this album, Hill shines a light on the rich local talents of his adopted home town of  Toronto, Canada.

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February 28 @ 9:00 pm - February 29 @ 12:00 am
The Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
March 2020

Mark Segger: “Lift Off” CD Release in Toronto!

The weightless feeling of release when an airplane’s wheels leave the pavement; the moment in a concert when time suddenly slows to a halt, transporting the listener to another dimension; an out of body experience that leaves a performer feeling as though they’re in the audience, watching themselves improvise on stage. These experiences – simultaneously otherworldly and familiar – helped inspire Lift Off, the second recording by the Mark Segger Sextet.
Founded in 2008, Segger’s group features a top shelf selection of Toronto’s most accomplished improvisors. The project has been a common thread in the output of bandleader Mark Segger, who is currently based out of Edmonton where he is a doctoral Killam Scholar in composition at the University of Alberta. Segger has performed in jazz rooted scenarios with the likes of Allison Au, Lina Allemano, Jane Bunnett, Dave Burrell, Steve Swell, and Nate Wooley, among many others.
Much of this music was written in the two weeks leading up to the recording session, after a tour playing improvised music in Europe. Segger’s music reflects a wide range of creative interests, from the swing of Mel Lewis and his jazz orchestra to the genre expanding string quartet writing by composers like Bartok and Ligeti (heard clearly on For the Bees.) Bees also nods to the “insect music” of the 1960’s British Free Improvisation scene. An affinity for Berlin’s Echtzeitmusik tradition is apparent on the piece One Note.
Lift Off is a giant leap forward for Segger’s group, and is sure to become a touchstone recording in Canada’s jazz and creative music history.

Find out more »
March 29 @ 10:00 pm - March 30 @ 12:00 am
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, ON
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