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Jazzcast n’ Joy

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 8:30PM

Jazzcast n’ Joy
Featuring Alexis Baro, Jay Douglas, Drew Jurecka, Alex Pangman, Denielle Bassels, Eliana Cuevas and Jeremy Ledbetter Trio as Musical Director
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

 

Alexis Baro
JUNO nominated trumpet player Alexis Baro was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana.  He moved to Canada in 2001 and has been wowing Canadian jazz fans ever since.

Jeremy Ledbetter
An engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries, Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter has made a career from travelling the far-flung corners of the globe in search of the most fascinating and unique musical ideas out there, then seamlessly integrating them into his work as a pianist, composer, and producer.

Alex Pangman
Proudly known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’, Juno Nominee Alex Pangman’s natural vocal abilities and deep appreciation for the classic jazz era have earned her a place in our nation’s heart.  Alex is also a host on Jazzcast.ca with her show Swing Set.

Eliana Cuevas
Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (2009), a nomination for Best World Music Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2008) and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2007).

Drew Jurecka
Drew Jurecka is a Toronto-based accomplished violinist who is comfortable in many genres. He has spent the last ten years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles in Toronto. Though violin is his primary instrument, he also works frequently as a performer and recording sideman on viola, saxophone, clarinet and mandolin.

Denielle Bassels
Denielle Bassels is a rising star on the Canada jazz scene.  Her whimsical brand of music is a caravan of jazz manouche, blues, folk, with a tinge of pop, all wrapped in an innovative and scintillating package. Already an award-winning artist for the song “Cool Cool Water” from her 2017 album What About Wool Wishbags, Bassels garnered the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition, for Jazz.

Jay Douglas
Jay Douglas first took to the stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica many years ago as youth. With over 45 years of showmanship, he has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, jazz standards, fancy footwork, and plenty of stage charisma and is a two-time Juno nominee.

 

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Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 8:30PM

Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. Originally known as Satellite, the Memphis company was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, and took its new name in 1961 from the first two letters of their last names. Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax and its Volt subsidiary during the Sixties were Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs (an interracial instrumental quartet that also served as the company’s rhythm section), Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and Otis Redding.

Under the direction of Juno Award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the September appearance at Hugh’s Room Live will also bring together three legends of the ‘Toronto Sound’, The Blue-eyed Prince of Soul, George Olliver, (Mandala) the irrepressible John Finley (Checkmates, and the supergroup Rhinoceros) and Jay Douglas (The Cougars). These wonderful soul veterans, all grew up on this music. They are the real deal! Add extraordinary singers Cheryl Lescom and Kitchener phenomenon, Matt Weidinger, and you have a show not to be missed.

The show will feature Memphis-born Shamakah Ali (The Bar-Kays, Al Green) on drums laying down that fat southern backbeat; Collin Barrett on bass; Toronto veteran Terry Blersh (Danny Brooks, The Royals) on guitar; Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on the saxophone; Dave Dunlop (The Boss Brass) playing trumpet; and musical director, Lance Anderson (Joint Chiefs of Soul, Shakura S’Aida) on piano and Hammond B3 organ. This is truly an all-star line-up.

Stax Records was a breeding ground for the Soul music explosion of the mid sixties to late seventies. With The MG’s as the house band and Booker T. and Steve Cropper (amongst others) as songwriters and producers, they created a string of hits that continue to influence R&B music today. The hits kept coming, and ‘Soulsville’ will feature them all, like: Hold On I’m Coming, Soul Man, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood, In The Midnight Hour, and instrumentals like Green Onions and Time is Tight by Booker T. and Soul Finger by the Bar Kays. This infectious music will soothe your soul and have you dancin’ in the aisles. And when you hear Cheryl Lescom sing ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You too Long’, you will think you have died and gone to heaven.

Anderson says, “These singers and players are some of the best that Canada has to offer. The music is a combination of Gospel and Blues that was born on the Mississippi at Memphis but was ground out in the clubs across Canada. This is not the slick soul of Detroit’s Motown, but the gritty Yonge St. soul that captured Canada’s bar scene and turned Toronto and Kitchener into soul towns.”

This will be the fourth in a series of concerts that Anderson has brought to the Hugh’s Room Live. Previous concerts include:

The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of The Band
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
Genius and Soul: The Music of Ray Charles

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