Spring has Sprung

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These past two weeks have been filled with terrific concerts and plenty of visits from some of my favourite people. Brandi Disterheft flew from London England for a show at Jazz Bistro. We grabbed lunch and she gave me a bee-lated birthday gift…a mega bottle of Aberfeldy 12 which is now IMG_4821my new favourite scotch. Mary B dropped by with some cold beer for a surprise visit and we sampled the tasty single malt. It was so good we decided to do a short promo video, extolling it’s virtues. ABERFELDYIMG_4684

Also in the past couple weeks, Lyne Tremblay was in from Montreal and performed a wonderful show at McMichael Art Gallery. She and Amy McConnell had an all-star band and performed an entire set of French jazz standards.IMG_4675

Also at McMichael, Alex Pangman and her Alleycats wowed a full room. This gallery is a favourite place to visit for the art; but add great music and it’s doubly worth the drive to Kleinberg.

It's a pleasure to emcee shows at McMichael and work with these lovely ladies.

It’s a pleasure to emcee shows at McMichael and work with these lovely ladies.

 

I made it through yet another Fund Drive. It’s hard work but very rewarding. Four hours of talking each morning to get people to donate to a radio station…I normally drink a cup of coffee a day, if that – but during this two week period I’m Java Man.

Heather, Kellylee Evans and Emilie Claire Barlow...fun on 91.1

Heather, Kellylee Evans and Emilie Claire Barlow…fun on 91.1

Working with Heather Bambrick is so much fun and the weekends are a blast too. Laura Fernandez and I often have a couple people “testify” briefly on the air and follow it up with a dinner party at my loft.

Laura with Juliann Kuchoki and Sheena Turcotte. 91.1 weekends are fun too!

Laura with Juliann Kuchoki and Sheena Turcotte. 91.1 weekends are fun too!

 

I caught some great music at Toni Bulloni in the last wee while. Big Rude Jake and Roger Clown.

Breaking bread to great jazz? Count me in!

Breaking bread to great jazz? Count me in!

It’s a truly intimate and delicious evening. Live music Tuesday and Saturday nights! http://www.tonibulloni.com

ClayZee was a big hit at The Painted Lady for Crad's Wake.

ClayZee was a big hit at The Painted Lady for Crad’s Wake.

Sara Waxman showed up at Lula to see Don Francks sing.

Sara Waxman showed up at Lula to see Don Francks sing.

CRAD’s WAKE was a total blast! About 100 people showed up…some of his $3 books were selling for $100. The testimonials and toasts, the music and poetry…it was better than I ever dreamed. Crad would’ve loved to have hated it.

Great Bob Scott, Bobby Wiseman and Spooky Reuben at Crad's Wake!

Great Bob Scott, Bobby Wiseman and Spooky Reuben at Crad’s Wake!

The money we raised went to “The Crad Kilodney Literary Foundation” and we plan to make all his books available free on-line, in accordance with his final wishes.

I also sang with Don Francks and Tony Quarrington at Lula Lounge last week and did a show at Nottawasaga Inn a week before; so much fun!

Gord Sheard Trio

Gord Sheard Trio

Since my last post I hosted a couple jazz safari’s and caught some killer bands. Gord Sheard Trio gave a remarkable performance at Habits Gastropub on College (at Dovercourt). I love the octopus and the ginormous scotch menu… On this night Gord was joined by Mark Kelso (his usual drummer) and Mike Downes (who just picked up a Juno and subbed for George Koller who had a gig with Bobby Vinton of all people). It was an unforgettable performance by all three!

Jazz Generation

Jazz Generation

We hit Jazz Bistro and The Old Mill’s Home Smith Bar a few times and went to a freaky little bar inside the Imperial Tavern to watch Jazz Generation. I don’t know if I’ll ever bore of hosting tours of the Toronto jazz scene to raise money for JAZZ.FM91. So far, I just can’t get enough and I’ve been doing about forty nights a year for eight years!IMG_4738

I got a call from Captain Paul last week. The boat was in the water and ready for our first sail. The weather was perfect and we putted through the islands with a handful of friends.

Mel loved the food at Toni Bulloni

Mel loved the food at Toni Bulloni

I have been so lucky to spend several days with Melissa who I hadn’t seen since Costa Rica in January. It never rains it pours? If that’s so and if the rain is Mel…storm away!221603_10150164105135855_513675854_7277981_6450964_n

Sheena making herself at home at Chez Bee.

Sheena making herself at home at Chez Bee.

To make matters even more blissful, Sheena Beena was staying with me for the past couple weeks and just went back to Quebec. Having her stay at Chez Bee was a sweet treat and I hope she’ll be back soon for more musical adventures and a million laughs!

 

People ask me why I’m always so happy. Here are five reasons I can think of off the top of my head. Try it!  1. Pick an adventurous soundtrack for your life. 2. Don’t commute – live near where you work (or at the very least find a way to avoid rush hour). 3. Surround yourself with incredible, smart, witty, lovely women. 4. Stay active all summer (in my case cycling, hiking and sailing) 5. Drink scotch.

SAILING SEASON - HERE WE COME AGAIN!

SAILING SEASON – HERE WE COME AGAIN!

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One Response to Spring has Sprung

  1. Vesna says:

    Love your energy Jaymz! Viva Spring:) Spring makes everything better … Even Regina:) V

    Date: Tue, 20 May 2014 23:48:27 +0000 To: vesna13@live.com

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