Jazz Safari Season Begins!

Sophia Perlman rocked the house once again!

Sophia Perlman rocked the house once again!

I began my week with an outrageous loft party. My salon nights are usually evenings where a small group of friends and a few lucky voyeurs hang out for a few hours but on this occasion I counted 55 people in my loft at one point! (Then I stopped counting.) IMG_7098This happened for a few reasons…first of all, people love a theme party and I called it Winter Denial and made fresh fruit cocktail drinks. (After a few of those everyone was back into the wine and whiskey as usual) Another reason was that I normally invite twice as many since everyone is busy and the parties are usually without a ton of notice. I suppose the biggest reason had to be that all my guests invited guests. While I love meeting new people, this aint that, so I’ll have to tighten up on the guest list and let people know RSVP is the way to go. No matter, it was a magical night – one of the best nights of music this year (I know, it’s early!) and certainly the most fun – thanks to the stellar talent and a puppet named Allan who hasn’t shut up since he moved in with me.utf-8''J13_1027AllanJaymzTony J13_0996LauraFernandesAtillaLeslieTonyJanet Jardine and her hubby Bob came into town and as she is known to do, Janet supplied me with my favourite photos of the night.

Ross MacIntyre sat in!

Ross MacIntyre sat in!

Schramm blew everyone away with his spoken word performance!

Schramm blew everyone away with his spoken word performance!

Also this past week my loft had another mini golf party. IMG_8308I’ll never forget last year – nine lofts each designed one mini putt hole. One was an actual wooden windmill with ramps (stylish and traditional), one you had to climb a ladder to make your first shot and one ended on a table hockey game and when the golf ball went in the net a light and siren went off. IMG_8333This year, I didn’t have a team as I was on a jazz safari, but I did make it back to play a few holes and party for a couple hours. What fun!

Liberty Village 2013 - Best Dressed Golfer. (What, no plaid?)

Liberty Village 2013 – Best Dressed Golfer. (What, no plaid?)

Did I say Jazz Safari? Yeah…it’s club-hopping season for me for the next two months. This month, thanks to the JAZZ.FM91 Jazz Safaris, every Friday and Saturday, I’ll see over 40 bands. I do 5-6 clubs a night and bring about twenty 91.1 listeners who donated to the station…in case you don’t know JAZZ FM is a registered charity and extra money we make goes to develop new programs like Jazz for Kids and The Youth Big Band. I’ve been hosting these jazz club crawls for seven years, met thousands of jazz fans and seen countless bands. Here are just some of the great acts I saw last week:

Mr. Rick with Terry Wilkins and Reid Kaiser at Gate 403!

Mr. Rick with Terry Wilkins and Reid Kaiser at Gate 403!

OMG! Steve Koven does beautiful things to a piano and touches every single key!

OMG! Steve Koven does beautiful things to a piano and touches every single key! Artie Roth and Anthony Michelli played along effortlessly. What a show!

Saturday I invited Allimang to join me. (A much better looking James took the photo)

On one safari this week, I invited Alli to join me. (A much better looking James took the photo)

Deedee & The Dirty Martinis at Reservoir Lounge!

Deedee & The Dirty Martinis at Reservoir Lounge!

Habits on College has over 170 single malt whiskies to sample!

Habits on College has over 170 single malt whiskies to sample!

Zim Zum at Habits Gastro Pub on College near Dovercourt. This new place has over 170 scotches!

Zim Zum at Habits Gastro Pub on College near Dovercourt.

Hisaka was my date for the night and sat in the throne at The Old Mill Inn.

Hisaka was my date one night and sat in the throne at The Old Mill Inn.

A pre-Valentines Day show with  Jackie Richardson and Micah Barnes made for a totally packed Hugh's Room!

A pre-Valentines Day show with Jackie Richardson and Micah Barnes made for a totally packed Hugh’s Room!

Yeah, I love my job!

COMING UP THIS WEEK: Three Jazz Safaris, so you can expect to hear about many local combos including several big bands.

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