Sailing with David Clayton Thomas and other spring adventures

Captain Paul's thumb makes this a complete group photo, per se...

Captain Paul’s thumb makes this a complete group photo, per se…

We just had a perfect sunny sail this aft…and there have been a number of cycling expeditions, sailing tours and jazz safaris that have kept a perma-smile on my face since that long winter finally bid adieu. Most fun of all was just now with David Clayton Thomas as our special guest. He and I have been pals for ages and Gigi is sure to contact him whenever she is in town briefly. Captain Paul, Rina and Mel made it six in total…sailing and sunshine all day long while Clayton regaled us in some old Blood Sweat & Tears stories. Riveting!

What a healthy wholesome day...ending with wine at DCT's penthouse apartment on the lake.

What a healthy wholesome day…ending with wine at        DCT’s penthouse apartment on the lake…                             and some great tunes blasted on a supersonic stereo!

 

Jake is more than just another Gilligan!

Jake is more than just another Gilligan!

Jake Vanderham came down with a friend recently, as did Carter Easler…both fine thespians.

Camila Diaz-Varela complimented me on the cap Barbra Lica gave me.

Camila Diaz-Varela complimented me on the cap Barbra Lica gave me.

Gigi Chick, Jessica and Kira...Charlie's Angels of the lake!

Gigi Chick, Jessica and Kira…Charlie’s Angels of the lake!

 

Jake is a new neighbour and we’ve vowed to write a few songs together this summer – stay tuned!

Kira is a riot. I can't wait to see her perform one day soon!

Kira is a riot. I can’t wait to see her perform one day soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing, aside, Gigi is visiting for a very short time and was happy to hear I had planned a quiet party for just a few friends Friday night. I won’t be hosting another Chez Bee Salon Night until the fall; and this wasn’t a big grand finale or anything…but a perfect night of friends and song. As often is the case, my pal Tibi showed up to take some great photos of the party.

Gigi continues to make new fans (fanatics actually) every time she sings a song! Wow - a round of cold showers for the house!

Gigi continues to make new fans (fanatics actually) every time she sings a song! Wow – a round of cold showers for the house!

 

THANKS TO TIBI HEGYESI FOR THE COOL PHOTOS!

Perl Haze debuted a few tunes. Sophia and Terra are adorable!

Perl Haze debuted a few tunes. Sophia and Terra are adorable!

A captive audience on a mellow Friday night.

A captive audience on a mellow Friday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Hyatt was a riot!

Pam Hyatt was a riot!

June Garber just arrived in town and will host four nights at Old Mill Toronto’s Home Smith Bar during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. She was so pleased to see everyone.

2:30am (don't ask)

post party 2:30am       (don’t ask)

Meanwhile, jazz-wise things moved along nicely these past two weeks! I hosted a couple jazz safaris…

June and Marie at Toni Bulloni for a Sam Broverman concert!

June and Marie at Toni Bulloni for a Sam Broverman concert!

I hit four clubs on a Friday and then again Saturday night and I had a blast at McMichael Gallery all this month; most recently at a show by Hilario Duran and Robi Botos. IMG_4862Jessica Ferg joined me for a nature hike and dinner, then a stroll through the gallery and finally a bind-mending, (that’s a beeism for mind-bending), time-flying, four-handed-two-pianoed marvel of showmanship.

Whitney...so witty!

Whitney…so witty!

I continue to dine at Toni Bulloni on their jazz nights; currently Tuesdays and Saturdays in June. Sam Broverman packed them in, then Pam Hyatt and most recently I enjoyed a set by Whitney Ross-Barris and Mark Kiewswetter. The food is the best deal in Yorkville: tasty, large portions and not pricey. I’ll be back soon!

Speaking of great food, I hosted a contest winner luncheon at Barberians...with Molly Johnson. Brilliant!

Speaking of great food, I hosted a contest winner luncheon at Barberians…with Molly Johnson. Brilliant!

IMG_4967More jazz news: Heavyweights Brass Band played JAZZ.FM91 for a Live To Air and I thought their set was truly inspired. The nailed their version of YYZ (epic Rush tune) which is no small feet.

Maxine studies classical, digs jazz and likes to rock!

Maxine studies classical, digs jazz and likes to rock!

But speaking of small feet, I met a 9 year old fan of the band who also seemed to like the songs that rocked out the most. Pick up their new CD “Brasstronomical” if you don’t have it yet!

BFFs

BFFs

Mel has frequent sailing, flying and all manner of travel miles!

Mel has frequent sailing, flying and all manner of travel miles!

Boy, am I feeling the love this spring. So many of my favourite people are in town right now.

 

 

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