This week I caught a few shows for Canadian Music Week and went to a party hosted by a bunch of Japanese music industry folk. I also had a weekend filled with safaris and hit eleven clubs. It was great to see j.p. Saxe at Hugh’s Room for his showcase. The first set was a singer-songwiter material and the second set featured a larger ensemble playing original party music as well as some covers. Robert Scott, who j.p. calls his mentor sat in and wailed on the piano and synth. It was a rockin’ show – totally packed of young and old. This young man is going to get signed any day now!
Barbra Lica is preparing for all kinds of sporting events this summer including a trilogy of triathlons and is looking better than ever.
She regaled some Japanese business-types singing songs she learned from Anime cartoons. What a riot!
On Friday night, the jazz safari was over the top! A favourite concert was by Fred Spek and Camp Combo who played their infectious brand of irritainment. Fred opened by singing like an angry David Byrne mixed with Shirley Temple in the song “Animal Crackers”. Marcel Aucoin and Victor Bateman somehow kept a straight face during the proceedings and Great Bob Scott was his wonderful, manic self…a perfect foil for Spek’s unique style of singing and blowing sax.
On Saturday Juian Fauth played Grossman’s Tavern and blew my guests and I away. During one song I asked him if I could help him sell CD’s and three minutes later he had $240!
If someone ever says “Julian Fauth sold out” you can bet they are only talking about selling out of product!
Dovercourt House never fails to impress…and on this swing night Patrick Tevlin’s New Orleans rhythm rocked the joint. About a hundred kids were doing the lindy hop and most of my crew joined in. There was also some other forms of dancing as you can see here on the left!
Another hot stop is Gate 403…both nights were a ton of fun. Seeing Danielle Bassels and her band play by candle light (it was Earth Hour) was an unforgettable treat. Sunday I had brunch with Mary B. who is super duper busy in her scholastic endeavours but informed me she’s ready to party frequently on my birthday week coming up April 8-14. We always crack each other up so that is very good news in deed.
The Jazz Bistro opens with an Alex Pangman concert on Tuesday, Gord Sheard on Wednesday and Lew Tabackin on the weekend. Also a radio show on CHRY this Friday from 9pm-12midnight with Rob Fogel on “My Experiences In Jazz”.
As for my birthday, I still receive calls from people asking if I can score them tickets. This just in: I Can’t. All the info for the seven events (April 8,11,13 and 14) are open to the public and I have nothing to do with tickets…so please visit http://www.jaymzbee.ca and you’ll get all the info you need. I hope to see you at one of these fun evenings of great music!