Jazz, Sailing and Soccer!

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IMG_0924I took friends to a TFC vs. Montreal soccer game and while it was really fun to see six goals, we were all chagrined it ended in a tie.

Hayden finds soccer therapeutic!

Hayden finds soccer therapeutic!

IMG_0927Mary is from Toronto and Jessica is from Montreal and we had hoped for a close game to keep it exciting, but not that close! IMG_0929

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.

Sam is in from Florida. We pull shapes on the dance floor whenever possible!

Sam is in from Florida. We pull shapes on the dance floor whenever possible!

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: Superstar!

Barbra Lica: Superstar!

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.

Eric St. Laurent Trio!

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.

Dorothy!

Dorothy!

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.

Zoe is my Girl Friday (uh, but this was on Saturday) when it comes to organizing safaris!

Zoe is my Girl Friday (uh, but this was on Saturday) when it comes to organizing local or “classic” jazz safaris!

Another highlight of my weekend was seeing Alex Pangman and Lyne Tremblay at Lambton Golf Club.

Drew Jurecka photo bomb extraordinaire!

Drew Jurecka photo bomb extraordinaire!

Alex makes the room feel so cozy and she saved my favourite song, “Shanghai Lil” for the finale!

Purple and Pointy!

Purple and Pointy!

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.

Alex Pangman ALWAYS delivers the magic!

Alex Pangman ALWAYS delivers the magic!

Beeootiful Lyne!

Beeootiful Lyne!

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). IMG_0995The 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”.

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Tim and Michelle.

Tim and Michelle.

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!

raindrops keep fallin on my seat?

raindrops keep fallin on my seat?

I beelined up to have dinner with some friends I’d met on a Havana jazz safari and then slid by Hugh’s Room to see Molly Ringwald and her band during the rehearsal.IMG_1057

Molly: Pretty in any colour!

Molly: Pretty in any colour!

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

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