In 2018, the TJO turns 20. And to celebrate, we’ve recorded a new CD.
For three days in May, 2017, we were at Revolution Recording, along with the outstanding support team of producer Roberto Occhipinti and engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, to record 20 – an album which aims to capture the evolution of the band over the past 20 years. The repertoire comes exclusively courtesy of TJO Artistic Director Josh Grossman – compositions and arrangements created over the past 8 years. And, thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and a variety of generous individuals, we’re ready for liftoff!
Please join us on May 31 and help to make the night a real party.
June 2, 2018: PAUSA Art House | Buffalo, NY
June 3, 2018: Jewish Music Week / Lula World Festival, Lula Lounge | Toronto
June 6, 2018: Jewish Community Center | Rochester, NY
June 7, 2018: Silence | Guelph, ON
June 8 & 9, 2018: Diese Onze | Montreal, QC
June 10, 2018: Black Squirrel Books | Ottawa, ON
The Jeremy Ledbetter Trio releases their hotly anticipated debut album, “Got a Light?”, with a special concert at Lula Lounge. Featuring Jeremy Ledbetter (CaneFire), Rich Brown (rinsethealgorithm), and Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy), plus a guest performance by Eliana Cuevas. Raging, inspiring contemporary jazz played by one of the heaviest outfits in Canada.
Jeremy Ledbetter: piano
Rich Brown: bass
Larnell Lewis: drums
7:00 doors / 8:00 show
$15 adv / $20 at the door
Dinner reservations guarantee seating
Winners of a 2016 Juno Award, the Grand Prix du Jazz at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, and the Stingray Rising Star Award at the Halifax Jazz Festival!
June 14: JazzYYC @ Ironwood Stage & Grill 7pm
June 15: JazzYYC clinic @ Memorial Park Library, 2pm
June 16: Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival @ Owl Acoustic Lounge 3pm
June 18: Medicine Hat JazzFest @ Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre 9pm
June 21: Jazz Winnipeg @ Old Market Square 12pm
June 21: Jazz Winnipeg @ Kitchen Sync 6pm
June 22: Victoria International Jazz Fesitval @ The Rubber Boot Club 8:30pm
June 23: Vancouver International Jazz Festival @ Performance Works (Granville Island) 1:30pm
June 25: Edmonton International Jazz Festival @ Yardbird Suite 7:30pm
June 27: Toronto International Jazz Festival @ The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar 5pm *
June 30: Toronto International Jazz Festival @ OLG Stage 12pm **
July 5: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal @ Scène TD 5pm
Allison Au: alto saxophone
Todd Pentney: piano
Dan Fortin: bass
Fabio Ragnelli: drums
* Jon Maharaj: bass
**Michael Davidson: vibraphone
Aaron Shragge: Dragon Mouth Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Shakuhachi
Ben Monder: Guitar
This World of Dew is Aaron Shragge’s third release with Ben Monder.
The duo project, an exploratory, meditative collaboration, has been praised as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times) and “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound…” (The Birmingham Times).
The album features guitarist Ben Monder’s otherworldly harmonic virtuosity in expansive sonic textures that highlight Shragge’s subtle and distinctive lyrical voice on the shakuhachi and dragon mouth trumpet (a custom microtonal instrument).
The fourteen new compositions by Shragge are inspired by the writings of both ancient and modern poets: Kobayashi Issa, Matsuo Bashō, Li Po, Nishiyama Sōin and Charles Bukowski.
Tracks 2-7 make up “This World of Dew Suite” which follows the emotional arc of poet Kobahashi Issa’s grief as he mourned the loss of his young daughter. What ties all these compositions together is how they explore themes of loneliness, perseverance and impermanence.