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Celebrating Jackie Washington’s 100th Birthday

FILMING NOTICE-

This performance will be filmed for promotional use by Hugh’s Room Live.

 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 2:00pm

Celebrating Jackie Washington’s 100th Birthday
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Doors: 12:30pm
Brunch: 1:00pm
Performance: 2:00pm

* Please note that cameras will be on-site for the performance to record the event for promotional purposes. If you wish not to be on camera, please let the host know up entry. Apologies for any inconvenience, folks. 

Jackie Washington was born 100 years ago and we’re celebrating his life and music with a special afternoon concert including Sneezy WatersChris WhiteleyJohn SheardVictor Bateman and host Ken Whiteley.This concert will celebrate the release of “The World Of Jackie Washington”, a new cd of 22 unreleased performances with contributions from Colin Linden, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mose Scarlett, Graham Townsend, Reg Schwager and producer Ken Whiteley, and the package also includes the documentary DVD, I Want To Be Happy.
Jackie Washington was born on November 12, 1919 in Hamilton, ON., the second oldest of 13 children. He began performing at age 5 and over his almost 90 years gave untold happiness to thousands of people across Canada.  Right after the Second World War he became Canada’s first black disc jockey.  He had a repertoire of over 1,256 songs as well as a remarkable memory for people, places, birthdays and trains among many other things.  His song “Alone In The Dark” from the Juno nominated recording he made with Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley, was selected by the Canada Council as one of the songs honoured to mark 100 years of recorded music in Canada. He was a living connection to early African Canadian music, the swing era and much more. He received many awards and honours including an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster U., but it was his positive attitude to life that really made him so loved.
The legendary Sneezy Waters is another national treasure.  From his early years performing with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Susan Jains and many others to “His Excellent Band” with which he toured to every province and territory in the 1970’s.  He is perhaps most well known for his title role in Hank Williams – The Show He Never Gave, which toured across Canada, the United States and Europe.  He won the Best Actor award at the 3e Festival du Film Musical in Grenoble, France for his role in the film version of the Hank show.  An expression of his long friendship with Jackie Washington including getting Jackie to appear in the film and sing “Mind Your Own Business”.
Chris Whiteley has carved a unique path playing trumpet and swing music in the folk world, making a mark as a songwriter in the blues world and is most often seen performing these days with his wife, the wonderful singer Diana Braithwaite.  Chris has won multiple Maple Blues Awards as a horn player, songwriter and winner of the Blues With A Feeling Lifetime Achievement honour.  He played with Jackie Washington many times, including on most of his recordings and embodies that positive attitude to life.
John Sheard was one of Jackie Washington’s favourite piano players with his imaginative sensitivity, his profound knowledge of older jazz styles, his technical expertise and his good humour.  For most of Stuart MacLean’s long run with the Vinyl Cafe, John was the musical director and band leader and in that role performed hundreds of radio shows and live concerts in every part of Canada.  He is also an accomplished record producer and session musician.  Look for the twinkle in his eye as he tinkles the ivories.
Victor Bateman is a highly accomplished string bass player.  He has led his own contemporary jazz ensembles, large improvised music groups and along with the late Justin Haynes and David Baxter, Another Country, a wacky group that pushed the envelope of country music. He has recorded with many people including the Whiteley Brothers and he currently tours with Murray MacLachlan.  He plays bass on most of the cuts on “The World Of Jackie Washington”.
Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. He first saw Jackie Washington live at the Orillia Winter Folk Festival in early 1966. Ken admits that he didn’t initially know what to make of Jackie. However his mind was opened when the great singer, Geoff Muldaur, who was in Orillia playing with Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, commented that Jackie was one of the best scat singers he had ever heard.  Over the following years Ken would play with Jackie every chance he got at summer festivals (Home County in London, Northern Lights in Sudbury, Festival of Friends in Hamilton,) and they would hang out together at the festival after-parties where they would invariably be up playing until the wee hours. In 1975, when Jackie made his first long play album called “Blues and Sentimental” he was accompanied by Ken, Chris Whiteley and fellow Original Sloth Band members. In 1986, Ken had the idea to make a recording with Jackie and another friend Mose Scarlett. The process of recording “Where Old Friends Meet”, stretched out over a number of years and by the time of its release in 1991, the three of them began a new phase as Scarlett, Washington and Whiteley.  As they began to tour together Ken’s appreciation of the scope of Jackie’s repertoire grew. He knew that it would be an important cultural document if he could get Jackie back into the studio so when time and money permitted, they spent a number of days over the next decade-and-a-half recording.  “The World Of Jackie Washington” includes previously unreleased cuts from some of those recording sessions.

* All-you-can-eat brunch ($25) not included in ticket price
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The TIki Collective Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 2:00PM

The Tiki Collective Mother’s Day Brunch
Advance $25.00 / Doors $30.00

To all the mothers on earth and beyond, you’re beautiful.

DJ Swankenstein (aka Peter Weinzettl) will spin vintage vinyl to set a summery exotic ambience in Toronto’s favourite listening room at 12:30PM

The Tiki Collective take the stage at 2PM. The Tiki Collective perform a blend of jazz styles, exotica, pop and surf. The singers for this matinee include: Denielle Bassels, Jocelyn Barth, Lily Frost and Heather Luckhart.

The band’s musical director is Eric St-Laurent (guitar) and features Michael Davidson (vibes) George Koller (bass) and Great Bob Scott (drums).

On Mother’s Day, Jaymz Bee presents this very special brunch with The Tiki Collective for an afternoon of beautiful food and beautiful music in celebration of motherhood past, present and future.
The Tiki Collective is a group of individuals who make music that is a blend of Exotica (Polynesian), Pop, Classical, Surf and Jazz. The Tiki Collective members are based in Toronto, Canada and have been performing together live since 2016. Their debut CD, Muse, released last year is available for listening and purchase now at http://smarturl.it/tcmuse. Muse was produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant with executive producer, Lorenzo DiGianFelice.

Vocalists

Genevieve Marentette, Joanna Majoko, Heather Luckhart, Lily Frost, Tyra Jutai, Melissa Lauren, The Willows (Krista Deady, Andrea Gregorio, Lauren Pedersen), Jessica Lalonde, Paget Biscayne, Irene Torres, Jocelyn Barth, Mingjia Chen, Avery Raquel, Denielle Bassels

Instrumentalists
Eric St-Laurent, George Koller, Great Bob Scott, Michael Davidson, Attila Fias, Ernie Tollar, and guests Drew Jurecka, Bill McBirnie, Carlos Del Junco, Tom Walsh, John MacMurchy, William Sperandei, Jono Grant.

The Tiki Collective is produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant with executive producer, Lorenzo DiGianFelice.

Doors: 12:30PM
Performance: 2:00PM
Brunch: $25.00

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Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Sacred Steel

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 2:00pm

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Sacred Steel
Advance $25.00  /Door $30.00 *

“Sacred steel is one of the most exciting forms of music today and Nikki D. Brown and her sisters are some of the most amazing proponents of the style. I first met Nikki through Toronto’s jazz luminary, Jane Bunnett, who had invited her to come and jam with some of Cuba’s best young jazz women. Powerhouse blues vocalist and songwriter Shakura S’Aida is no stranger to Sacred steel as she regularly employs Chuck Campbell to play steel guitar in her band. I’m delighted to have her back on this show with us as we explore a unique afternoon of original and traditional gospel and blues.”  ~ Ken Whiteley

Below is a look into the performers coming to play this Sunday.

Nikki D. and the Sisters of Thunder
Nicolle “Nikki D” Brown and her sisters, all singers from an early age, grew up in the House of God church in Toledo, Ohio. Their parents, Rev. Curtis Brown and Ruth Brown, encouraged them to learn various musical instruments and eventually forming the Brown Family Singers in the 1970s. Nikki D gravitated to the steel guitar, and has become not only an accomplished steel guitarist in her church but one of only a few female guitarists in the Sacred Steel tradition. As one reviewer wrote, “She’s the perfect combination of chops and showmanship. If Jimi Hendrix played Sacred Steel, he’d sound and act like Nikki D.” Joining Nikki are four of her sisters: Gloria Brown (lead guitar), Chayla Brown (drums), Tomika Webb (bass guitar), and Belinda Brown (vocals).

Shakura S’Aida

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida-pronounce her name “Shack-ooo-ra Sigh-ee-da”— performing at Festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise; with her new symphony orchestra concert, “Blues in G Minor: 4 Women”, featuring the blues music of Etta James, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, “The Nina Project” or acting in TV shows such as Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek or Flashpoint. From her beginnings as the world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.

Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries.

Shakura S’Aida has consistently been thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years, most recently as a guest host on CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award winning solo artist.

 

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Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Sunday Allstars

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Sunday Allstars
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Over the almost 18 years of doing these shows, some of the guests have become almost like family to me and each other. If I could pick any group of people to sing gospel music with on the planet, it would have to include these amazing singers. David Wall has a bell-like tenor, Pat Patrick a bottom shattering bass and Amoy and Ciceal Levy can slide effortlessly into harmony with Amoy’s impassioned soprano and Ciceal’s rich alto. It all becomes transcendent when we come together with you in the audience to share this joy of singing. While we’ve all been involved in lots of different musical projects, you could say that this marks a 25th anniversary for us. We worked together for the first time back in the early 1990’s for the making of the recording ‘Thank You, Lord!’. ~ Ken Whiteley

 

Below is a look into the performers coming to play this Sunday.

David Wall is a composer, lyricist, singer and vocal coach. He has performed and recorded with an impressive cross-section of artists including Big Sugar, The Barenaked Ladies, Lorraine Segato and Ken Whiteley. As lead vocalist of the much revered rhythm and blues band the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, David toured Canada extensively, appearing regularly on television and radio. His most recent musical journey as a singer had been into the world of Jewish tradition where he has achieved success recording and touring internationally as lead voice of Toronto’s Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Winnipeg’s From Both Ends of the Earth.

Pat Patrick is one of Toronto’s, and possibly the country’s, deepest bass vocalists. He has an incredibly rich bass voice, which is infused with sincerity and musical skills. Whether singing harmonies or a solo, Pat is always an engaging performer and an audience favourite. He can be heard singing on many of Ken’s cds, including ‘Gospel Makes Me Feel Alright!’ and ‘One World Dance’.

The Fabulous Levy Sisters are respected for their groundbreaking work within the gospel community in Toronto. They have been singing with Ken for over 15 years and have also performed with people as diverse as Pete Seeger, Celine Dion and Kirk Franklin. Amoy’s gorgeous soprano and Ciceal’s rich alto have graced many of Ken’s recordings, most recently ‘Freedom Blues’, and they are always audience favourites wherever they sing.

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Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Bluegrass to Blues

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Bluegrass to Blues
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

A theme for this show could also be “interconnections”. I thought it would be fun to have interlocking bands. Rob McLaren is in both the Barrel Boys and The Beulah Band. The Bluegrass gospel cannon has some of the best folk singing that North America has produced and the Barrel Boys do it proud. With the Beulah Band, I explore some of the bluegrass roots in Appalachian, old time and Afro-American song. Going back to my roots is a friendship of over 45 years with Colin Linden, a blues and roots music legend, who performed at the very first Ken Whiteley Gospel Sunday, almost 18 years ago.” ~ Ken Whiteley

Below is a look into the performers coming to play this Sunday.

Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. He’s a member of the highly successful trio, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a singer and songwriter, an in-demand and prolific record producer, musical director on the hit TV show Nashville and sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Rich In Love is the most recent of his sizeable solo recording catalogue.

The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece powerhouse of rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence. Informed by the deep traditions of bluegrass, country, old-time and Americana, fiddler Nathan Smith, banjoist Rob McLaren, guitarist Ben Wright, dobro player Kyle Kirkpatrick and bassist Tim O’Reilly have crafted their own unmistakeable sound into an exuberant and deeply soulful musical experience. Check out their recordings, Cold Spring, Gospel Hour, Early On, and their EP, Carols from The Barrel.

Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band are creating exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You’ll hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds. They are all outstanding and versatile instrumentalists and great harmony singers. And if anyone can match the youthful energy of his bandmates fiddler Rosalyn Dennett, banjoist Rob McLaren and bassist Gord Mowat, it is Ken Whiteley. Guaranteed fun for all ages. Check out their self-titled recording, Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band.

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