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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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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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