Jazz Weekly: Dec 12

This week in jazz…

Hello All,
Unless you have an art sci exam (calculus?), then congratulations…you made it through first semester.
The work doesn’t stop (it never stops) but now you don’t have to do school work for the next three weeks. Hooray!
There are still great shows happening this week. If you haven’t gone home yet, please come check them out.


U of T Vocal Jazz Night at the Rex.
Come here your fellow students make people cry with their beautiful music.

followed by….

Tom Upjohn’s We Are All large ensemble (9:30pm)
I’m not going to lie, this is a really good band. Tom is a brilliant composer and this band features some of the best young players in the city including Jeff LaRochelle, Emily Steinwall, Ben McCaroll-Butler (Saxophones), Mara Nesrallah (voice), David Baldry (trumpet) and many more.
Not to be missed.


Please Plant This Band @ the Tranzac
7:30pm PWYC
Justin Orok-Guitar
Ben Heard-Bass
Princess Keagan Eskritt-Drums and Life Advice

Please Plant This Band is a trio of young Canadian musicians who aim to explore the space between structure and improvisation. Musical partners since early in their careers, these three moved to Toronto from their hometown of Ottawa, Ontario in order to pursue their own paths in music. Each member is currently studying at a different post-secondary institution, those being the University of Toronto, Glenn Gould School, and Humber College. Now reunited, PPTB hopes to bring you sounds that meet at the crossroads of idiom, with the goal of providing an introspective and enjoyable musical experience.

some fellow Ottawa expats playing some great music.
Stop by on your way to the Rex for…

SAORSA @ The Rex with Jim Lewis
Cover Charge TBA

Jim Lewis-Trumpet
Patrick Smith-Saxophones
Dan Pitt-Guitar and FX
Harry Vetro-Drums


We’re very excited to be kicking of our tour at the Rex with Jim joining us. The night will feature music by all members of the band and some music by Tom Rainey, Ornette Coleman and others.
We would love to see some faces out, please support this mini-tour we’re doing.


Brodie West Quintet @ Tranzac


Art of Time Ensemble presents
A Different Holiday Concert

Dec. 15 – 17, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Art of Time Ensemble’s alternative holiday concert returns for a second edition. Seasonal favourites, classic carols and a few surprises are performed by singers Jackie Richardson, Tom Wilson, Jessica Mitchell, Liam Titcomb, and David Wall, plus a 15-piece big band performs excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (featuring U of T faculty Terry Promane, Mike Murley, John Johnson, and Andrew Downing).

Special Student price: Use code JAZZ10 and get $10 seats (regularly priced at $25) for Dec. 15 & 16. Visitartoftimeensemble.com to get your tickets.


EMS feat. Jocelyn Barth @ Burdock
Buy tickets: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show=464
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9pm


Co-lead by Marie Goudy and Liam Gallagher, EMS is a 12 piece jazz band that plays from a repertoire that’s all its own. Composed by its leaders, the band’s sound is a fusion of classic and cutting edge sounds delivering energetic solos and complex orchestra colours. With Maria Schneider, Marty Paitch, Kenny Wheeler and Quincy Jones as compositional touchstones, EMS embraces the jazz tradition before setting its own course.

“This is a really great band, at a great venue. If you’re in town go check it out.”
-Harry Vetro


Saorsa @ Silence
Silence (Guelph)
$10 Cover


If anybody lives in Guelph or knows anybody who lives in Guelph, let them know about this show. It’s going to be fun.


watching this video…questioning whether Tyshawn always wears sunglasses.


Emmet Ray Jazz Festival:

Alex Lakusta-Bass
Josh Smiley-Piano
Kalya Ramu-Vocals
Bryan Gilmartin-Vibraphone

Saorsa (at this point you know who’s in the band)

Somewhere There Presents:
Bellwether 4 CD Release
Emily Denison-Trumpet
Anthony Argatoff-Alto Saxophone
Victor Vrankulj-Upright Bass
Andrew Miller-Drums

It’s PWYC for all of these bands, but all these bands are good. So give at least $5.
It’s going to be really really fun.
Seven hours in the Emmet Ray? I think so.

Photo of The Week:
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This is a piece of art by Peter Brotzmann…you can find more on his website. If you contact him you could probably by it and pay obscene amounts of money to ship it from Germany. Harry and I really like it.

Message from U of T Alumnus the one and only Jon Foster:

Hey U of T-ers!

At long last, ‘Volume One’, the debut album from Collective Order, is being released in physical form!

We just launched a campaign on Indiegogo that gives you the opportunity to purchase Vol. 1 with the added option to pre-order ‘Volume Two’, our second album that we are in the process of making.

Please check out this link: https://igg.me/at/collectiveorder/x/5740174 to see all of the options for obtaining your copy.

Whether or not you pick up a copy, feel free to share our campaign on your social media.

By the way, in case any of you are wondering who Collective Order is, we are a group of musicians not unlike yourselves, many of whom went to U of T. This project is our way of coming together to record jazz standards and original compositions. We hope you’ll give it a listen.

Thanks for reading this far!

Quotes and Words of Wisdom:
“Can I take my guitar on the Greyhound as a carry on?”-Dan Pitt
“I’ve never been so frustrated with a joke.” -Harry “Is This Tonight” Vetro
“You guys are young, you can deal with a lot of stuff.” -Jim Vivian
“Trust.” -Carter Brodkorb
“Trust me.” -Zach Smith
“Yoooo, your socks match the aesthetic of this listening session!”
-Alex Manoukas
“We’re all on the same sinking ship, but at least we’re together.” -Nick Lavkulik

“You can quit music school, but you’ll never be able to really quit music.” -Logan Mills

Have a great week everybody, keep searching.

-Patrick Smith

“If you give yourself a lobotomy, you could probably get away from music.” -Alex Manoukas


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