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Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks
Tickets: $150

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 7:30pm

Get ready for a showcase of Toronto’s top blues talent.

BLUZ.FM host Danny Marks is joined by some of Canada’s most renowned blues musicians and emerging artists for one night only at Hugh’s Room Live on Wednesday, February 26.

Enjoy performances by Harrison Kennedy, Paul Reddick, Alison Young, Jenie Thai, Anwar Khurshid, Carolyn Fe, Bill and Jesse King, and many more. They’ll all be backed by the house band featuring keyboardist Jesse O’Brien, drummer Matt Burns and bassist Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer.20 *

Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy is a music legend all around the world, having taken his homespun, globetrotting blues to Europe and back. His origins with the group Chairmen of the Board give him that lasting Motown cred.

Paul Reddick, known as “Canada’s poet of the blues,” has many awards under his harmonica belt and brings a profound lyricism to every note he sings and plays.

Bill and Jesse King are the celebrated co-hosts of Soul Nation on JAZZ.FM91. Bill King’s music legacy is legendary, while his son Jesse is an award-winning musician on the cutting edge of mixing modern and timeless funk.

Montreal-based actress, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and activist Carolyn Fe brings a touch of Mae West to her stage show. She likes her blues on the edge and off-centre.

The sensational Alison Young is on every band leader’s list as the first call for support. This time, the sassy saxophonist steps into the spotlight and will dazzle with her soulful diversity.

Rising star Jenie Thai is an accomplished singer-songwriter and pianist who is capturing hearts across Canada and beyond. Her composition Now Is All You Have is a JAZZ.FM91 fave.

Anwar Khurshid is a genre-bending sitar master who will lend an exotic touch to the proceedings. His experience in both blues and classical music will come to the fore.

Matt Burns and Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer make up a fine young rhythm section well known as the heartbeat of Hamilton. The two will bring their deep groove over to Toronto to back up all the features in Blues Party Tonight.

And last but not least, Danny Marks is our congenial master of ceremonies, well known to JAZZ.FM91 listeners as Saturday night’s host of BLUZ.FM. He promises a night of spontaneous combustion in music and spirit, featuring all the many colours of the blues.

For tickets, head to Jazz FM.

JAZZCAST International Jazz Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 8:30PM

JAZZCAST International Jazz Day
featuring Laila Biali, Alex Pangman, Heather Bambrick, Pat LaBarbera, Ted Quinlan, Michael Shand, Ross MacIntyre, Michael Occhipinti, Ben Wittman and other surprise guests
Student $15.00 / Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Canada’s top jazz and blues talent come together at Hugh’s Room Live to mark International Jazz Day and officially launch, an incredible new all-jazz online radio station originating in Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto, ON – Some of Canada’s best and brightest musicians will grace the stage of Hugh’s Room Live for All Together Now: A JAZZCAST Celebration of International Jazz Day. The evening will not only be one Toronto’s contributions to this world-wide event, it will also launch one of the most exciting things to happen to Jazz radio in years:

The evenings top-tier talent includes: Laila Biali (2019 Juno Award-Winner for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Juno-nominated vocalists Alex Pangman and Heather Bambrick, renowned saxophone superstar Pat LaBarbera, eminent guitarist Ted Quinlan, multi-faceted pianist Michael Shand, bassist extraordinaire Ross MacIntyre, versatile guitarist Michael Occhipinti, highly sought-after drummer Ben Wittman, and other surprise guests throughout the night.

Besides adding to UNESCO and The Herbie Hancock Institute’s Jazz Day global calling, All Together Now: A JAZZCAST Celebration of International Jazz Day will also raise support for, an online radio station born out of a grassroots operation in Toronto featuring 24/7 music that’s jazz and jazz-inspired. Co-founded by broadcast veterans Dani Elwell, Walter Venafro and Garvia Bailey, along with JUNO-nominated jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick, JAZZCAST will also feature shows from across Canada and around the world, with hosts including Rich Brown ( rinsethealgorithm), Chris Butcher (Heavyweights Brass Band), Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), Duchess, Cory Weeds , Céline Peterson, Shakura S’Aida, Alex Pangman, CoCo Jazz and more.

Full programming will begin on May 1 and the evening’s musical contribution to International Jazz Day is the perfect way to launch JAZZCAST into the global jazz community and raise awareness and support.

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