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!
Jake Vanderham came down with a friend recently, as did Carter Easler…both fine thespians.
Jake is a new neighbour and we’ve vowed to write a few songs together this summer – stay tuned!
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.
THANKS TO TIBI HEGYESI FOR THE COOL PHOTOS!
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.
Meanwhile, jazz-wise things moved along nicely these past two weeks! I hosted a couple jazz safaris…
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. Jessica 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.
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!
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!
Boy, am I feeling the love this spring. So many of my favourite people are in town right now.