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Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.



Sunday, September 5, 2020

Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan
$75 Advance / $80 Door

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

It’s only natural that pianist Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington would strike the kind of special accord heard throughout this intimate duo encounter in their latest release, Chunks and Chairknobs. They’ve shared countless hours in the studio over the years playing on each other’s albums, beginning with Beard’s 1990 debut “Song of the Sun” and continuing through to Herington’s 2016 album “Adult Entertainment”. They’ve worked together as sidemen on recordings by bassist Victor Bailey, saxophonists Bill Evans and Bob Berg, drummer Dennis Chambers and brothers Michael and Randy Brecker. And they’ve shared the bandstand on tour with Steely Dan for the past several years — 20 for Herington, 11 for Beard. “There are many, many records and gigs and times of our lives,” said Herington, reflecting back on their musical partnership. “Not only that, we’ve been sharing a studio ever since we got to New York, which is probably since 1987.”

At the time of this latest recording, Beard and Herington had just come off a three week residency with Steely Dan at the Venetian in Las Vegas, so their Dan chops were polished to a bright sheen. But they were also basking in the after-glow of having recently recorded this superb duet album. And though guitar and piano are not generally regarded as ideal mates in a duo setting, the two kindred spirits found a way to seamlessly blend in the studio, divvying up duties on eight tunes, easily alternating roles, comping for each other while delivering melodic gems and brilliant solos along the way.

“Not all of that happened right away spontaneously,” Beard pointed out. “We did have to think about who could do what where, because it’s not the most natural duo instrumentation. It’s so much different than if it were piano and bass or guitar and bass, piano and saxophone or guitar and saxophone. Because the two instruments are so similar in the way they function and behave in a group, particularly the chordal aspect of it. So it did take a little bit of think-time to figure out what would be best.”

“It’s two instruments that do not necessarily cooperate too well,” added Herington. “And because the role of each instrument is similar, it kind of presents a real problem — Who’s going to play the bass part? Who’s going to keep time? So we had to hunt for different tunes and figure out what we could do to them to make them work. And it took quite a while.”

At Hugh’s Room Live, Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan presents an eclectic evening of instrumental music performed on guitar and piano in celebration of their latest release, Chunks and Chairknobs. Join us for the magic. Tickets available right now.

website: http://www.jonherington.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euklbIfq414

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $75.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $10.92

* Total Ticket Price: $94.92

– POSTPONED – Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra
Advance $25  / Door $30*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Wintergarten Orchestra is known and loved for delivering popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris during the roaring 1920’s and 1930’s. Their influences include Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra.

Needless to say, you’ll love this band if you’re a fan of  movies like: The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot Television series: Downton Abbey, Jeeves & Wooster, Boardwalk Empire.

This big collection of seasoned Toronto musicians are coming back to Hugh’s Room Live this July with gems of early swing, cabaret, latin, and salon music. Brash horns, crooning vocals and soaring violins take us back nearly a hundred years to the dawn of The Jazz Age!

Website: https://wintergartenorchestra.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAPBiF7Qmo

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $25.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $4.42

* Total Ticket Price: $38.42

POSTPONED – The Bad Plus

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Bad Plus
Advance $25 / Door $35*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. A democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. For the past two decades they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. In 2018 they announced a change of line-up that shook the jazz world, bringing the astonishing and remarkable pianist Orrin Evans into the group alongside Reid Anderson and Dave King. The result instigated a new wave of excitement and anticipation within the band that re-energized their sound and inspiration. With an abundance of adventure and spirit, their joy of making music together is clear and paramount – it’s their driving force and their ultimate purpose.

Their first album with the new lineup, 2018’s Never Stop II, won huge critical acclaim building on the passionate fan base developed over the years. The release kickstarted a new era for the trio in a way they could not have foreseen – a period of intense creativity, renewed energy and excitement.

Their Fall 2019 Edition Records release will see the journey evolve further. This is The Bad Plus in their most creative and expressive form.

Website: https://www.thebadplus.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNI-2i6t7Zs

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $25.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $4.42

* Total Ticket Price: $38.42

POSTPONED Jazz Goes to the Movies with Ann Hampton Callaway

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jazz Goes to the Movies with Ann Hampton Callaway
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Jazz Goes To The Movies is an album by Ann Hampton Callaway released in 2018. World renowned Tony nominee, New York Cabaret Award “Best Jazz Vocalist” winner and Theater World Award winner Ann Hampton Callaway delivers a must have album. “Jazz Goes To The Movies is a spectacular collection of all-time great movie songs lovingly performed by Ann and her ensemble led by Ted Rosenthal, inner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.” Jazz Goes To The Movies” conjures stirring images from the golden age of Hollywood. Highlights include the iconic “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca, Irving Berlin’s immortal “Blue Skies” from The Jazz Singer, Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time and many more movie classics!

Ann Hampton Callaway is one of America’s most gifted and prolific artists. A leading champion of the great American Songbook, she’s made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” and two years in a row as “Best Jazz Vocalist,” Ann is born entertainer. Her unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny.” Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, Amanda McBroom and Shelby Lynn to name a few. Callaway has shared the stage with great artists from many genres- George Shearing, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Liza Minnelli, Betty Buckley, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Audra McDonald, Harvey Fierstein, Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling and Michael Feinstein. Callaway’s performances and recordings have garnered her The Theater World Award, 15 MAC Awards, several Bistro Awards, The Mabel Mercer Award, The Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriting and The Blanton Peale Award for Positive Thinking. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.”

website: http://www.annhamptoncallaway.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr29GbevFQY

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37

POSTPONED Benny Golson

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 8:30PM

Benny Golson
Advance $60 / Door $70 *

Featuring
Benny Golson – tenor saxophone
Sharp Radway – piano
Ibrahim Jones – bass
Gaylyn McKinney – drums

Jazz Icon, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Golson has played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few musicians can claim a recording career that literally redefines the term “jazz”. Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?

Benny Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career and continues to impress critics, fans and fellow musicians.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $60.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $8.97

* Total Ticket Price: $77.97

Chris Platt “Sounds of Brazil” CD Release * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Chris Platt “Sounds of Brazil” CD Release
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Angela Turone & Chris Platt have been creating music and performing together since 2014. Angela (vocals/piano) and Chris (guitar) met while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love for Brazilian music and formed the Angela Turone & Chris Platt Duo.

For the past four years, the Duo has been refining their sound and building their fanbase by performing throughout the GTA and Ontario. They have performed at Toronto’s top jazz venues, including the Rex, the Jazz Bistro, Mezzetta and the Home Smith Bar in the Old Mill Toronto. In 2017 and 2018, the Duo performed in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and in 2017, they were also featured in a special concert hosted by the festival called Generations of Jazz. The concert featured six other notable Toronto-based ensembles, including the Terry Promane / Dave Young Octet, Carn Davidson 9 and Myriad 3.

Angela Turone & Chris Platt recorded their debut album ’Sounds of Brazil’ (produced by Gordon Sheard) in 2019 featuring Chase Sanborn (trumpet), John Nicholson (sax/flute), Andrew Downing (cello), Pat Collins (bass), Robin Claxton (drums), and Hélio Cunha (percussion). The album release concert will be at Hugh’s Room Live on April 20th, 2020.

Website: http://angelaturone.com/duoepk/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg9tYOClNz0

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $15.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.12

* Total Ticket Price: $27.12

Dan Hill * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 8:30PM

Dan Hill
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s 30 plus million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five Juno Awards and the Harold Moon Award (Canadian Lifetime Songwriting Achievement Award), Dan Hill has recorded and released multiple gold and platinum albums. His classic hits, such as “Sometimes When We Touch” (closing in on 5 million spins in America alone, and covered by hundreds of artists around the world), “Can’t We Try” (#1 Billboard AC Record of the Year), and “Never Thought (That I could Love)”, another #1 AC record, all remain staples of AC radio stations around the world. Dan has also enjoyed consistent success as a ‘behind the scenes’ songwriter, his compositions recorded by so many artists spanning so many musical genres that it’s, well, incredible. Pop singers Celine Dion, Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, The Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Donny Osmond, Jennifer Rush and Michael Bolton, R&B singers Tina Turner, George Benson, and Jeffrey Osborne and country singers Tammy Wynette, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Wills, Reba, Alan Jackson, and Lorrie Morgan, to name a select few.

In 2009, Dan Hill published his highly acclaimed memoir, I Am My Father’s Son (HarperCollins Canada). On the heels of completing his memoir, Dan recorded his 14th album, Intimate, with producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin, his first studio album of new songs in almost 15 years. Thus began a hectic period of composing and recording, touring and writing that continues to this day.

Intimate was released in March 2010. The album featured new songs such as the CD’s lead track “(Don’t Tell Me) How I Feel” and revised versions of his hit songs recorded by 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, Reba McEntire and Michael W. Smith. After making friends with one of the world’s greatest boxers, Manny Pacquiao, Dan and his producers joined Pacquiao at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California to record “Sometimes When We Touch”. Out of this session emerged 7 versions of the song (including a hip-hop version with Toronto based, Grammy winning producer Boi 1da), a 4 minute music video and a 26 minute documentary issued as the CD/DVD combo set, Sometimes When We Touch: Manny Pacquiao Sings featuring Dan Hill.

Dan continues to tour the Philippines where he has played sold out shows with Stephen Bishop and Yvonne Elliman at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. He was front and centre for the Juno’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2011 where he presented the “Pop LP of the Year” award, performed in the Juno Decades shows and was featured in the book, Music from Far and Wide: Celebrating 40 Years of the Juno Awards (Key Porter Books).

Currently, Hill divides his time between writing songs and prose. In addition to writing several feature articles for leading publications and his regular column for Diabetes Magazine, he has captured his experiences with Manny in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine In the studio. Dan has just cut and mixed six new songs for his upcoming album to be released in 2020.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37

A Thousand Kisses Deep: My Time with Leonard Cohen * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 8:30 PM

Sharon Robinson
A Thousand Kisses Deep: My Time with Leonard Cohen

Advance $15 / Door $20*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Sharon Robinson is a Grammy-winning songwriter, singer and record producer. While she is best known as a frequent writing collaborator with Leonard Cohen, she has also written songs for a number of chart-topping artists including The Pointer Sisters, Aaron Neville, Brenda Russell, Diana Ross, Don Henley, Michael Bolton, Randy Crawford, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, and others.

“Co-writer of Everybody Knows, My Secret Life, Waiting for the Miracle, Alexandra Leaving, Boogie Street, so many other tunes I’m honored to sing, my friend and collaborator, the incomparable Sharon Robinson” – Leonard Cohen

More about the relationship and years of collaboration between Sharon Robinson and Leonard in this extensive article in the Financial Times.

Sharon also toured extensively with Cohen from 2008 to 2013, doing backing vocals and solos for millions of fans around the world in arenas and stadiums, including Madison Square Garden, Coachella, Royal Albert Hall, Red Rocks, the O2 Arenas, and Radio City Music Hall.  Leonard Cohen’s fans have fast become Sharon’s fans, many of whom have expressed a great interest in hearing more from Sharon Robinson both musically and to hear her intimate perspective on the many years of working with Leonard Cohen.

As a result,Sharon has decided to share the story of her collaboration with Cohen in a brand-new show called, “A Thousand Kisses Deep – My Time with Leonard Cohen”.  She will take us through their nearly 40-year collaboration with a behind-the-scenes narrative, combined with performances of songs they wrote together and photographic imagery.

In recent years, Sharon has toured on her own, supporting her albums, “Everybody Knows,” and “Caffeine,” playing venues from 150-350 capacity.  In 2016, as part of a 20-city tour, she sold out 2 nights at the 350 cap Minard Theater in Ghent, Belgium, and had similar successes around Europe and North America.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/380965366

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $15.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.12

* Total Ticket Price: $27.12

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks 
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

Doors: 6:00PM
Performance: 8:30PM

Coco Montoya
Henry “Coco” Montoya was born in Santa Monica, California, on October 2, 1951, and raised in a working class family. Growing up, Coco immersed himself in his parents’ record collection. He listened to big band jazz, salsa, doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll. His first love was drums; he acquired a kit at age 11. He got a guitar two years later. “I’m sure the Beatles had something to do with this,” Montoya recalls. “I wanted to make notes as well as beats.” But guitar was his secondary instrument. Montoya turned his love of drumming into his profession, playing in a number of area rock bands while still in his teens and eventually becoming an in-demand drummer.

Today, with his latest solo album, Coming In Hot, Coco Montoya again turns the burners to high and cooks from start to finish. Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to tour virtually nonstop, bringing audiences to their feet from New York to New Orleans to Chicago to San Francisco. Across the globe, he’s performed in countries including Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada. According to Living Blues, “Montoya is a show-stopper…heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn…he swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.”

Ronnie Baker Brooks
On the first day recording Times Have Changed – the eleven-track album from Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks that brings a sound so big it could topple a Louisiana juke joint – industry-revered album producer and drummer Steve Jordan told Brooks to put his pedalboard back in the van. For the first time in his professional life, Brooks, the son of Texas and Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks, would plug a Gibson into TKTK amp and rip it straight from there.

“Back to the basics. The pedals get in the way of your tone – your natural tone. Any distortion I had came straight out of the amp.” Brooks remembers from the Times sessions. “It was almost like going to college, or grad school. It was definitely an education.”

“My whole intention, when I started with Golddigger and up through this one, was to be authentic enough for the older generation but have something that the younger generation could latch onto,” says Brooks. “I try to be that bridge. With Take Me Witcha, I’ve got a rapper on that. On The Torch we went with Al Kapone. He’s a bridge. He’s a bridge from blues to hip-hop. With music, it all comes from the heart. It comes from the heart and from the soul. In blues, it doesn’t matter what you’re talking about, it definitely relates.

“That was my intention on this record: to build that bridge.”

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37

Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 8:30PM

Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio
Advance $60 / Door $70 *

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson,  McCoy Tyner and Harry Connick. Jr. (winning Grammy for the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack) he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy’s for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz.

In the film and television industry Jeff has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues”. Jeff joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.

Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose. A true jazz innovator, Watts never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene.

Jeff is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.

AWARDS
Grammy Awards of 1986
Wynton Marsalis for Black Codes From the Underground performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1987
Wynton Marsalis for J Mood performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1988
Wynton Marsalis for Marsalis Standard Time – Volume I performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1990
Harry Connick Jr. for When Harry Met Sally – soundtrack Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance
Grammy Awards of 1993
Branford Marsalis for I Heard You Twice the First Time performed by the Branford Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 2001
Branford Marsalis for Contemporary Jazz performed by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
Grammy Awards of 2011
Mingus Big Band for Live at the Jazz Standard performed by the Mingus Big Band.

VOTED BEST DRUMMER, MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE, 1988 & 1993

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $60.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $8.97

* Total Ticket Price: $77.97