Archive for Live Music – Page 2

Romani Jazz

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 8:30PM

Romani Jazz
Advance $25 | Door $30 *

Inspired by gypsy roots, Romani Jazz seamlessly blends the traditional folk melodies of the  “Roma” people with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz to produce a unique , fusion acoustic experience. The concept of RomaniJazz was a result of the combined imagination of an eclectic group of Canadian musicians (George Koller, Robi Botos, Jozsef Botos and Nenad Bogdanovic) who share the same passion for exploring and interpreting Roma folk melodies in an unconventional way. As musical storytellers, they are able to take their audience on a nomadic journey into uncharted territory.

To join the journey, make sure to get your tickets early. Hugh’s Room Live is honoured to play host to this line-up of masters as they take the stage for the first time at Hugh’s Room Live this February. Tickets available right now.

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Don Ross: Louder Than Usual

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Don Ross: Louder Than Usual
Advance $45.00 / Door: $50.00

Canadian guitar legend, Don Ross, has been touring internationally for the last 30 years, bringing his trademark groove-based style to audiences in Canada, the USA, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, India and Australia in the process. His new project, Don Ross: Louder Than Usual, is a new collaborative unit that Don has started to achieve some of the arrangements of many of his tunes that, though they work well in the solo context, were actually conceived as working well with a full band.

The core of the band is a quartet consisting of Andrew Craig on keyboards, Jordan O’Connor on bass, Marito Marques on drums and Don Ross on guitar and vocals. The band got its start in 2018 when Don was invited to perform in ensemble at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Their sold out show was very well received, and made the band eager to showcase further.

Don Ross was born and raised in Montreal to an Indigenous Canadian mother and a Scottish immigrant father. His bilingual, multicultural upbringing was, perhaps, one of the most quintessentially Canadian experiences one could hope for! He eventually graduated with a Music degree from Toronto’s York University, and then embarked on an award-winning solo composing, recording and performing career that has taken him to dozens of countries over the course of 18 CD releases. In addition to guitar, Don plays about a dozen other instruments, but is certainly well-known primarily for his groundbreaking work as a solo “fingerstyle” guitarist. His music shows affinity for the music that influenced him along the way, including the traditions of urban music (jazz, funk, R&B, soul), traditional music, world music, and 20th and 21st century composers, such as Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.

Don Ross: Louder Than Usual is a quartet that can grow to a larger group with the inclusion of a four-piece horn section, led by luminary wind player and bandleader, Colleen Allen. The band consists primarily of Toronto-based musicians. Despite living on Canada’s East Coast, Don still considers Toronto (where he lived for many years) as his musical home, and from whose awesome talent pool he often chooses his collaborators. Given the realities and expenses of touring however, Don plans to form regional versions of Louder Than Usual in order to open up performance possibilities in other parts of the world.

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Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra 

Monday, February 18, 2019 | 8:30PM

Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra
Advance $25 | Door $30 *

Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra pays tribute to Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer at Hugh’s Room, February 18

 

 One of Canada’s top jazz orchestras is returning to the Toronto stage. 

The 18-piece Toronto Art Orchestra (TAO) will perform for one night only at Hugh’s Room on Monday, February 18, 2019. Tickets are $25 advance; $30 at the door, and are available from Hugh’s Room Live.

 

An all-star event

TAO, led by bass trombonist and jazz educator Timothy Booth, includes many of Canada’s first-call jazz players, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Andrew McAnsh, and John McLeod.

On February 18 the ensemble features vocalists Jessica Lalonde and Tanya Wills. TAO will present the works of two of the greatest jazz orchestra composers of all time: Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer.

Attend in-person or online

The Toronto Art Orchestra concert will also be video-streamed with professional production values by JazzOvation.org (formerly TheJazzBox.ca) — a platform for Canadian jazz composers and performers that currently serves more than 60 artists. Be on the lookout for a growing series of upcoming JazzOvation concerts, featuring the best of Toronto’s – and Canada’s – jazz artists, as they perform at our finest jazz venues.

About Tim Booth

Tim Booth has been on the Canadian music scene for over 30 years, performing with a wide array of groups in the Montreal and Toronto areas. He has played with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Yes, John Pizzarelli, George Burns, Chris De Burgh to name just a few. He has also played such musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Showboat, Ragtime, Miss Saigon. Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In 2006 he created the Toronto Art Orchestra, a jazz orchestra devoted to playing the greatest jazz master’s works.

 

For more information, contact

Timothy Booth,
Founder, Toronto Art Orchestra and JazzOvation.org
timothybooth9@gmail.com

Willie Nile

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Willie Nile
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.

In November 2014 he released an album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to universal critical acclaim. “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” said The New Yorker. No Depression raved “Willie Nile’s artistic renaissance continues unabated.”

His 2016 album World War Willie appeared on numerous year end top ten lists as did hid his live shows. As American Songwriter said “Nile cranks up the volume and tears into these tunes with the same hunger, passion and exuberance he displays in his legendary sweat-soaked shows.” World War Willie was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville Magazine and the song Forever Wild was named “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage. In 2017 he released the critically acclaimed album “Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan”

Willie has toured across the U.S. with the Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary”. His 12th studio album ‘Children of Paradise’ was released in the summer of 2018 to universal acclaim. He is currently bringing his dynamic live show and amazing rock and roll band to enraptured audiences worldwide.

This February, Hugh’s Room Live is proud to keep rock and roll alive through the mighty presence of Willie Niles. Tickets available right now.

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Wintergarten Orchestra

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 8:30pm

Wintergarten Orchestra
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

It’s Valentine’s Day.

For some, love is in the air. For others, not so much. Either way, escape the hallmark destinations and pair this crafted holiday with a night of live music. Wintergarten Orchestra is an eleven-piece ensemble that recreates the music of the twenties and thirties. It gives life to the night. If a little love seems far off, you’ll find it on the stage at Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Genre: 1920’s and 1930’s popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris

Influences: Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra

You’ll love this band if you’re a fan of  movies like The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot or television series such as Downton Abbey, Jeeves & Wooster and Boardwalk Empire.

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Rory Block

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rory Block
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

“Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.” – The New York Times

Heralded as a living landmark (Berkeley Express), a national treasure (Guitar Extra), and one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.

Born in Princeton, NJ, Aurora Rory Block grew up in Manhattan a family with Bohemian leanings. Her father owned a Greenwich Village sandal shop, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian all made occasional appearances. The rich and diverse Village scene was a constant influence on her cultural sensibilities. She was playing guitar by age ten, and by her early teens she was sitting in on the Sunday jam sessions in Washington Square Park.

During these years, her life was touched—and profoundly changed—by personal encounters with some of the earliest and most influential Delta blues masters of the 20th century. She made frequent visits to the Bronx, where she learned her first lessons in blues and gospel music from the Reverend Gary Davis. She swapped stories and guitar licks with seminal bluesman Son House, Robert Johnsons mentor (He kept asking, Where did she learn to play like this?). She visited Skip James in the hospital after his cancer surgery. She traveled to Washington, DC, to visit with Mississippi John Hurt and absorb first-hand his technique and his creativity.

This period seemed to last forever, Block Recalls nearly forty years later. I now realize how lucky I was to be there, in the right place at the right time. I thought everyone knew these incredible men, these blues geniuses who wrote the book. I later realized how fleeting it was, and how even more precious.

By the time she was in high school, her family had splintered in different directions. With nothing holding her down, she left home at 15 with her guitar and a few friends—heading for California on a trip marked by numerous detours and stops in small towns. Along he way, she picked her way through a vast catalog of country blues songs and took her first steps in developing a fingerpicking and slide guitar style that would eventually be her trademark.

She recorded an instructional record called How To Play Blues Guitar in the mid-60s (she was billed as Sunshine Kate on the original recording), but then took a decade off from music to start a family. In the mid- and late 70s, she made a few records that ran counter to her inherent blues instincts, and the result was frustration. Eventually disgusted with trying to accommodate a business which never seemed to accept me or be satisfied with my efforts, she says, I gave up totally and went back to the blues. The result was a record deal with the Boston based Rounder label, which released her High Heeled Blues in 1981. Rolling Stone referred to the album as some of the most singular and affecting country blues anyone—man or woman, black or white, old or young—has cut in recent years.

Back in a groove that felt comfortable and fulfilling, Block threw herself headlong into an ambitious touring schedule that helped hone her technical and vocal skills to a razors edge, and at the same time nurture a distinctive voice as a songwriter. She stayed with Rounder for the next two decades, making records that simultaneously indulged her affinity for traditional country blues and served as a platform for her own formidable songwriting talents.

The world finally started taking notice in the early 1990s, and Block scored numerous awards throughout the decade. She brought home W.C. Handy Awards four years in a row—two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. Her visibility overseas increased dramatically when Best Blues and Originals, fueled by the single Love and Whiskey, went gold in parts of Europe.

Block joined the Telarc label with the 2003 release of Last Fair Deal, a mix of eight original tunes and six compelling covers of early blues and gospel songs—a recording she characterized as a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar. She joined blues soulmates Maria Muldaur and Eric Bibb less than a year later for Sisters & Brothers, a collaborative 2004 recording that captured the rootsy, gospel-flavored synergy of these three veteran performers.

Block second solo effort on Telarc is From the Dust, released in February 2005. Driven by Blocks soulful and fiery guitar/vocal attack and her impeccable rhythmic sense, the new album seamlessly merges distinctive original material from her own pen with timeless classics from some of the great bluesmen of the early and mid-20th century (Charley patton, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Son House). The result is a stripped-down recording—unfettered by extraneous instrumentation or superfluous arrangements—that reaches into the core of the human experience and bears witness to it in the most honest and intimate way possible.

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MOXIE

Monday, February 11, 2019

MOXIE
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music. -The Irish Examiner

After a year of hibernation below surface in Dublin, MOXIE have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style. They are now ready to present their genre defining, boundary busting Neo-Irish Music to the world.

Moxie consists of five young lads with traditional backbones deliver a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of new music from Ireland. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums).

Come check out this emerging style of music from an innovative new group at Hugh’s Room Live this February. It’ll be a rare performance in the City of Toronto and tickets are available right now.

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The Ward Cabaret

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Ward Cabaret
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

The Ward Cabaret reimagines the vibrant sound of Toronto’s first multi-cultural neighbourhood. JUNO Award-winning musician and composer David Buchbinder is joined by a collaborative team of musicians, singers, and actors for a musical event based on the songs and sounds of Toronto’s first cross-cultural community.

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The Life and Music of Leonard Cohen

Monday, January 28, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Life and Music of Leonard Cohen
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer known for his encyclopedic knowledge of musical history. He is also a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. In this new discussion and concert series, Mike discusses the life and music of Leonard Cohen, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. Along with his violinist wife Jill, Mike will perform several of Cohen’s best-loved songs throughout the performance. For true lovers of music, this talk series will shed light on of the industry’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Leonard Cohen, while also presenting some of the songs that made the man so influential in Canada and around the world.

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Rik Emmett + Dave Dunlop

Rik Emmett + Dave Dunlop

$40 Advance / $45 Door

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 8:30PM

BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT

After five decades in the biz, the adjectives ‘prolific’ and ‘eclectic’ recur often in Rik Emmett profiles.  Following over a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he’s produced 19 more as a non-platinum indie, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical – with a full-blown rock record released worldwide in 2016, RES 9, for the MASCOT / PROVOGUE label.

International notoriety earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame, and a star on the Walk of Fame in his old hometown.  He’s also  picked up a few Best Guitarist awards from different organizations, in various style categories,  along the way.

Author of a Guitar Player magazine column for over a dozen years, the resulting compilation instruction book, For The Love of Guitar, landed at number four (4) in Shawn Persinger’s review of “The 50 Greatest Guitar Books”.

As a music educator, Mr. E. is currently on hiatus from his long-standing inclusion on the heavily-respected Humber College faculty, where he’s taught Songwriting, Music Business and Directed Studies.  He’s also the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Songstudio Songwriting Workshop, which he launched with his pal Blair Packham fourteen (14) summers ago.