Tim Tamashiro and his wife Michelle blew into town for a vacay and a gig at Hugh’s Room. Tim Tam has been one of my best friends since touring together back in the nineties and we ended up seeing each other four days in a row! It began with Sushi…our ship came in…over at Koja on Atlantic in Liberty Village.
I bumped into him briefly at Pantages Hotel. (Tim and his wife were checking out Steve Koven doing solo piano in the martini bar. Koven is one of the most entertaining and unique performers in town…go see him live!)
Barbra Lica surprised the jazz safari by jumping on the bus from the Jazz Bistro on Friday after an impressive show by Montreal singer Sonia Johnson.
We bee-lined to The Old Mill Inn and then to Pantages.The following night I hosted a large jazz safari of 32 people (all generous donors to JAZZ.FM91) to four clubs, beginning with a delicious meal and remarkable soundtrack, courtesy of Eric St. Laurent Trio.
I am happy to report Jazz Bistro makes a perfect Bourbon Manhattan. It’s my cocktail of choice since I came back from New Orleans. At the end of the night I told the safari gang they might catch a celeb.
Sightings of people like Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt or Michael Buble have occurred and on this occasion we ended up being treated to a song by Danielle Wade; Dorothy from the Mirvish production of Wizard Of Oz.
Another highlight of my weekend was seeing Alex Pangman and Lyne Tremblay at Lambton Golf Club.
Alex makes the room feel so cozy and she saved my favourite song, “Shanghai Lil” for the finale!
Late Saturday I caught Tim Tamashiro’s last set at Hugh’s Room. Alex Pangman, Lyne Tremblay and Barbra Lica all got up to sing a song.
Tim got me up a few times…I sang and played kazoo along with Mark Eisenman, Steve Wallace (who was totally cracking up to my lycis) and Ted Warren (also all smiles). The highlights included Lyne Tremblay “riding the camel” with Steve Wallace’s bass and Tim’s sincere and spot-on rendition of “It’s A Wonderful World”.
Finally Sunday, Tim, Michelle, Mary B., Lyne Tremblay, Captain Paul and I all went sailing. We set sail at 11am…that’s a first. We came back about 2:30 and only had a wee mist of rain to deal with. One of the best sails of the year so far!
Her drummer is freakin Clayton Cameron! Clayton started with Sammy Davis Jr. and played for years with Tony Bennett. I’ve seen him several times and the things he can do with one snare and a couple of brushes.
Wow! Molly is singing at Hugh’s Room tonight…Monday July 8 at 8:30. www.hughsroom.com