Archive for jazz – Page 2

Debi Botos

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 8:30PM

Debi Botos

Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00 *

From an early age, Debi Botos has cultivated an interest in Hungarian Gypsy music (where she was born). Now 23, as a self taught musician, Debi continues to explore and experiment with the sounds of the Legendary Django Reinhardt. Through gigging around the Toronto Circuit and growing up in a very musical Botos Family, she has found a sound that is both contemporary and an homage to the Greats. Debi has had amazing opportunities to meet and play with some of the most influential musicians in this style. Incorporating colourful and inventive sounds from her Hungarian Gypsy roots to the music of Django Reinhardt, she is creating a beautiful fusion of swing and free improvisational music. She will be joined by her family and good friends on stage singing and playing authentic Hungarian Gypsy folk music as well, all with a jazzy twist. Ever-evolving, Debi has written multiple compositions (that she will be debuting) infusing both these styles and creates a moving yet very enjoyable atmosphere that feel electric, traditional yet modern and continues to amaze her audiences at venues and concert halls across the country.

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Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 8:30pm

Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer, and producer based in Fort Worth, TX.  Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lettieri came to Texas via Texas Christian University (TCU), studying advertising and public relations, and competing in track and field. A passionate guitarist since middle school, he began his music career in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area upon graduating from TCU.

Playing in the vibrant Metroplex gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008, where he contributes as guitarist, as well as arranger and composer. The group has earned three GRAMMY Awards: Best R&B Performance for “Something” feat. Lalah Hathaway in 2014, and twice for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (Sylva in 2016, and Culcha Vulcha in 2017). Snarky Puppy tours constantly, having performed on every continent except Antarctica.

Outside of Snarky Puppy, Lettieri has released four albums as a leader: Knows (2011), Futurefun (2013), Spark and Echo (2016) and most recently, Deep: The Baritone Sessions in (2019). Spark and Echo reached #11 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart, and #2 on iTunes’ Jazz Chart, with Deep debuting at #21 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart. Due in large part to Lettieri’s vibrant social media presence, these records have created a sizable buzz among fans of instrumental music worldwide. He performs this music live with the Mark Lettieri Trio, featuring Wes Stephenson (Funky Knuckles) on bass and Jason “JT” Thomas (Snarky Puppy, Forq) on drums.

In 2018, Lettieri joined up with Vulpeck spin-off group The Fearless Flyers, featuring Cory Wong and Joe Dart of Vulfpeck on guitar and bass respectively, and drummer Nate Smith (Chris Potter, Pat Metheny) The quartet has released two EPs, The Fearless Flyers in 2018, and The Fearless Flyers II in 2019.

As an in-demand session guitarist and touring sideman, Lettieri has logged miles with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer Anthony Evans, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He’s also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Nelly, Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N’dambi, Bilal, and even comedians Dave Chappelle and Harry Shearer.

Recent recording work includes David Crosby, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Tori Kelly, Ledisi, Tamela Mann, Eric Roberson, Lecrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri is also a member of SKP, a production collective led by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce).

He can also be seen on television, in the house band for the Marcus & Joni Show, a Christian morning talk/variety show broadcast in over 200 countries Daystar Television Network.

Lastly, Lettieri serves as a clinician and gear demonstrator, often on behalf of companies he endorses; namely J. Rockett Audio Designs, Supro, Grosh, Collings, Paul Reed Smith, Jim Dunlop, and TC Electronic.

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Friday, June 28, 2019 | 8:30pm

Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Honest, genuine, skillfully executed music without limitations that is uplifting and cannot be quantified.” – Jon Batiste

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music.

The band formed in Columbus, Ohio and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. They’ve performed in over 20 countries world wide and continue to tour the US and abroad. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world.

Soulful, tasty and groovy. I dare you not to dance or be in a good mood during and after listening to this beautiful music.” – Lionel Loueke

​Dan White: Saxophones
Jon Lampley: Trumpet/Sousaphone​
Chris Ott: Trombone/Beatbox
Adam DeAscentis: Bass
John Hubbell: Drums
Josh Hill: Guitar
Justin Stanton: Keys/ Trumpet

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Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 8:30PM

Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti 
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Featuring Marc Nelson (drums) and Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass)

Blending jazz with soul, funk, and her own boundless creativity, Elizabeth Shepherd’s voice has been called “Arrestingly soulful….irresistibly hip” and she has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.

Michael Occhipinti‘s chameleon-like guitar playing has been called “magical” with a sound and approach that is distinctly his own. A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael Occhipinti’s many musical projects showcase both his own genre-crossing original music , and his brilliance at interpreting everything from Sicilian Music to iconic songwriters.

Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have been featured in each other’s projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth at the centre of Michael Occhipinti & Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth’s group, including a May European tour promoting her brilliant last album MONTRÉAL. As co-leaders, they mix their respective repertoires, as well as paying tribute to songwriters they love such Canadian luminaries Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti will be recording their first duo record of new material in June 2019, centred around poets nominated for the famed Griffen Poetry Prize

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Los Variants

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 8:30PM

Los Variants
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Los Variants is the brainchild of Vince Maccarone. This seven-piece super multicultural collective combines elements of Jazz, AfroFunk, Cuban and Middle Eastern melodies to create a seamless mosaic of international groove. Los Variants’ personnel is made up of some of Canada’s top musicians such as Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Algerian superstar Fethi Nadjem on violin, Justin Gray on bass and bass veena, Vince Maccarone on drums and Chendy Leon on percussion and vocals. Each show also features special guest artists ranging from Lady Sol, Yeti Ajasin, Demetri Petsalakis and Andrew McAnsh. The members of Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including a couple Junos and Doras over their collective and individual careers. Now, these award-winning performers will be bringing all of their rich musical history to Hugh’s Room Live on June 7, 2019. Be prepared to move and groove at a Los Variants show, folks. Tickets are on sale right now.

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Leonard Cohen Koans

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 8:30pm

Leonard Cohen Koans with Jane Siberry
Advance $40.00  /Door $45.00 *

Australian vocalist Ali Hughes plays Toronto’s beloved Hugh’s Room this June, celebrating Leonard Cohen with her critically acclaimed narrative concert, LEONARD COHEN KOANS!

Buoyant and vigorous in its celebration of the music and spirit of the iconic legend, LEONARD COHEN KOANS is a must see for Cohen lovers and newcomers alike – the critically acclaimed show being hailed as

Heart-stopping” (

Spine-tingling” (SX Magazine)

“… Hands down the best I’ve ever heard!” (

Supported by outstanding jazz musicians, LEONARD COHEN KOANS moves from ethereal to full throttle in a heartbeat through a thoughtfully curated collection of Cohen’s famous poetry, prose and song.  As well as lesser known gems such as ‘The Guests’ and ‘The Butcher’, you will hear Cohen favourites – ‘If It Be Your Will’, the magnificent ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’, and the undeniable masterpiece ‘Suzanne’ – in all new arrangements highlighting the dynamism and intimacy in his incredible musicality.

Inspiring, passionate, intimate and sincere, LEONARD COHEN KOANS gives you another chance to savour the creative spirit with which he so exquisitely courted the world.

“… Ali & the thieves majorly succeeds!!”  –Amber Gallery, NYC

“…  Sensual, enigmatic… intense warmth, startling range.”  -Veronica Hanlon, SX Magazine

“… Exceptionally well-crafted…***1/2 out of ****” -Michael Giltz, Huffington Post NYC

Opening guest and moderator for Q+A at end of show: Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:30pm

Jane Siberry
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.

Iconic and enigmatic; Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world.

Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists. Jane’s recent album Angels Bend Closer has been released to rapturous acclaim and she will be performing tracks from this alongside her classics some new songs as yet unrecorded. A Canadian native, Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d. lang on her stunning renditions of Love is Everything and the 23rd psalm-inspired The Valley.

She is recognized as a forward-thinking artist, using her creativity both in song and in how she operates in the music business. She was one of the first to setup ‘self-determined transactions’ (otherwise known as ‘pay what you wish’) on her website. Preferring to create without grants or fundraisers (though she had a very successful one for her last recording), she continues to explore coaching, webinars, online fashion stores and passive income streams in order to ‘keep the joy up’ and remain aware that ‘it is a privilege to be a musician’. This is guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing some of her most beautiful music.

She is on tour for 7 months from November 2018 until June 2019 in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA performing in formal concert halls and living rooms with her style and enthusiastic aplomb.

13go CD Release with Vernon Reid

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 8:30PM

13go CD Release with Vernon Reid
Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 *

This is an ambitious record with great playing!” – Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo)

13go was born of the partnership of Drummer Aubrey Dayle (James Blood Ulmer, David Murray, John Popper) and guitarist Kim Ratcliffe (David Clayton Thomas, Ron Sexsmith, Holly Cole). The two have worked together in various creative projects for over a decade in the Toronto scene. They collaborated with bassist Brad Cheeseman in a group called On Topic for two years before the formation of 13go. The winds of change hit both of them, and this new group was born. Aubrey reached out to one of Toronto’s legendary bassist Ian DeSouza (Kevin Breit, LAL, Tabla Ensemble), to join the current lineup. He also enlisted his bandmate and friend from the James Blood Ulmer and Memphis Blood group, Vernon Reid (the great guitarist from the group ‘Living Colour’) to produce and play as a guest on the Upcoming release of the band’s new album called “Domestic Tranquility

Aubrey Dayle – Drums
Kim Ratcliffe – Guitar
Ian deSouza – Bass
Vernon Reid – Guitar / Producer

AUBREY DAYLE’S musicianship began at the age of 5 when he started to study the accordion and the piano. Formally trained at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey has performed in a variety of diverse situations. He has toured with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun, God Street Wine, Sam Rivers, and Ernest Ranglin. As part of the John Popper Band, he played on both the David Letterman and the Jay Leno shows. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass Choir.

Aubrey continues to work with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer in a trio, The Music Revelation Ensemble, and with his Memphis Blood Blues band that features guitarist Vernon Reid. In ‘Blood’ Ulmer’s own remarks: “I play off his beat, his beat runs up and down my spine.”  “My id: Featuring Aubrey Dayle” has included Vernon Reid as a special guest both in this 2004 release and in “My id: Jewel” (2012). “Live Revival: Aubrey Dayle’s My id with Vernon Reid” (2008) features both artists as well as Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Michael Stuart. His latest work is On Topic (2017).

In 2012 Aubrey Dayle became gravely ill because of acute kidney failure. Early in 2013, he received a kidney transplant from his wife, Julie. A documentary on their experience with this process, Stay Aubrey! premiered at TIFF in 2014. Aubrey is once again at full strength.

KIM RATCLIFFE is thrilled to be playing with Ian, Aubrey and Vernon!  Many paths meeting in a new place! When the band gets out on tour, things are going to be smoking on that stage!  He’s also very happy to be part of the Come From Away band at the Elgin Theater, drummer Paul Delong’s One Word, the Walrus Guitar Quartet (chamber music with David Occhipinti, Ted Quinlan and Roddy Elias), and spontaneous improv with Bruce Cassidy.  He’s been a member of the genre bending new music ensemble Hemispheres, and avant funk band Gotham City. He studied and performed with composers David Mott and James Tenney. There was ‘musical’ work such as ‘Chicago,’ ‘Hairspray’ in some grand theatres, and teaching in the music departments of Humber and Mohawk College.  He has two jazz/rock albums with Aubrey Dayle, with bassist Brad Cheeseman as On Topic and bassist Calvin Jones in 3 Fold. All three band members have original compositions on these recordings.

IAN DE SOUZA became a professional musician 35 years ago, by his own estimate. He was born in Kampala, Uganda into a musical family and has traveled widely as a touring musician. Ian has composed, arranged and produced music for and with bands that include Sisters Euclid and the electronic duo, LAL. He has also produced music for theatre, notably for Anita Majumdar’s play, Misfit, where he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award. His compositions include music for his wife, dancer Joanna de Souza’s Chhandam Dance Company, and also for film, as in Vikram Dasgupta’s award-winning short, Calcutta Taxi.

VERNON REID was born in London and emigrated to Brooklyn with his family while he was still a child. He is the founder of Grammy Award winning group Living Colour (1983) and together with journalist Greg Tate, he formed the Black Rock Coalition; the latter continues to work at opening doors and guiding black musicians into possibilities beyond that of rapper or crooner. Reid is celebrated for his eclecticism. One of Living Colour’s big breaks happened when Mick Jagger invited them to perform on his Primitive Cool release, produced a demo and even helped in getting them signed by Epic. Living Colour’s latest recording is Shade (2017). Vernon Reid is the producer of domestic tranquility and performs on several tracks including “How Much Longer?” and “Bloodlines.”

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Manuel Valera Trio

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 8:30PM

Manuel Valera Trio
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer, Manuel Valera, since arriving in NYC has become well-known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist and composer Joshua Bell among many others. This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded 12 cds as a bandleader with touring projects ranging from his Grammy nominated group New Cuban Express to his modern contemporary trio to solo piano.

Valera is the recipient of many composition grants — most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has travelled the world performing in more than thirty countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals in the world.

This latest trio is exceptional and is comprised of the following musicians.

Manuel Valera – Piano
Roberto Occhipinti – Bass
Mark Whitfield Jr. – Drums

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Rob Tardik

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 8:30PM

Rob Tardik

$25.00 Advance / $30.00 Door *

In a career spanning over two decades, Canadian artist Rob Tardik has established himself as a multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary jazz/world instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues across North America, including the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Rob enjoyed a stellar release with his 2011/12 3rd CD release Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) which spawned 3 U.S Billboard singles two of which went Top 10. Rob was featured on the cover story for the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Smooth Jazz News Magazine and his single “Christmas Morning” was Billboard’s most added holiday track in 2012. B.E.L.L. also made the top 50 list of 2012 on coming in at #15 and was a top 10 album (#6) in Smooth Jazz News Magazine, 2011. Café Jazz Radio named Rob the #1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist for 2011 and B.E.L.L. its #1 CD for 2011 and “East Meets Wes” the #1 single of the year.

Rob recently placed first overall in the instrumental category in the prestigious 2017 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), for his acoustic fingerstyle song titled “Voyageur” off his Moments album. His latest album, SYNERGY, is now available, with the first title track debuting as the #1 added track on the Billboard contemporary jazz charts. His 2016 holiday track “Christmas Moments” and his sultry fall romantic single, “Eros” (Passion) both debuted as one of the most added tracks on the Billboard U.S Smooth Jazz charts, from his 5th Album “Moments” released in November 2015. His earlier two singles in 2016, “Right of Passage” and “Hang Time” were the #1 most added new tracks on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts. Rob released his 4th studio CD “Limitless” at the end of summer 2013. His first single “One World” went to #1 on the charts for 3 weeks in summer/fall 2013. In 2010, Rob won the prestigious Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year; and held the #1 spot on the U.S.-based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 weeks in Sept/Oct 2010. Rob is currently on the guitar faculty at Centennial College, Metal Works Institute, and the Merriam School of Music and studied music at York University in Toronto. He has worked for Roland Canada as a guitar product specialist. Rob also holds diplomas in Recording Engineering from TRW and in Media Arts from Humber College. Rob has also been honoured, being named Mississauga’s 2007 “Established Performer of the Year”, and nominated again in 2016, and 2017. This award was previously won by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett. Rob is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars, Roland Canada and D’Addario Music.

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