Jazz Weekly: Jan 23
Posted by Harry Vetro

This week in jazz…

Hello fellow teachers and colleagues. January is off to a great start! I recently discovered the ability to livestream on facebook, and apparently it’s a big hit around the jazz community…….

Last Friday the students enjoyed the privilege of taking a masterclass with the great guitarist, Marco Tulio. Marco was visiting from Brazil and brought some very valuable knowledge of Brazilian music to the students. This knowledge was accompanied by beautiful music including the classic Brazilian Choro styles and Samba styles.

I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend and is ready to start the week off. We have some great music listed below for the week.


University of Toronto Rex Jazz Night
The Rex Hotel
194 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z1
Tips Suggested

1st Set -Steve Wallace Ensemble
Piano: Andy Kitusa
Piano: Max Donaldson
Guitar: Harry Bartlett
Guitar: Jason Jones
Drums: Koal Porter

Second Set – Patrick O’Reilly Ensemble
Voice: David Bruce
Sax: Kieran Murphy
Guitar: Mike Bowell
Piano: Ben Isenstein
Bass: Kieran Dicke
Drums: Keagan “Drums and Cymbals” Eskritt

Third Set – Kelly Jefferson Ensemble
Trumpet: Maddy Ertel
Sax: Alec Trent
Guitar: Thom Mason
Piano: Alexa Belgrave
Bass: Kieran Dicke
Drums: Mackenzie “mac daddy” Read

The Emmett Ray Jazz Night
John Scofield Tribute
David Riddel- Guitar + Leader
Patrick Smith – Tenor Sax
Jacob Thompson – Piano/Organ
Alex Lakusta – Upright Bass
Andrew Miller – Drums



No faculty or student shows but here is something worth checking out…

Rex Hotel ~ 6:30pm

Lee Wallace – Guitar
Amanda Tosoff – Piano
Richard Whiteman – Bass
Morgan Childs – Drums


Upper Jazz Concerts

David Occhipinti Ensemble

Geoff Young Ensemble

There is an optional Jazz Jam that follows after these live shows, stuck around and lets jam!

Mike Murley and Reg Schwager

Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm ~ Cover charge $10.00
681 St Clair Avenue West (at Christie)

120 Diner
Last night of Marie Goudy’s residency at 120 Diner!

From 6-8, playing and singing with pianist Mark Kazakevich. If you don’t
know of Mark yet, he’s an amazing pianist who’s another member of the
Brandon Tse “School of Non-Music Majors Who Are Better Than You”. You
gotta check this guy out! And as always, the Girls Night Out jam starts at
8:00 as soon as we get off the stage.

Poetry Jazz Cafe
Nerissa Bradley Quartet

Nerissa Bradley – Voice
Reuven Grajner – Piano
Ryan Johnston – Drums
Bennett Young – Bass


Upper Jazz Listening Lecture

Our fellow grad student John Nicholson will be presenting a lecture on the music of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers.
Art Blakey is a key figure in the history of jazz. Come out to the lecture. 12pm. Bring your lunch!

The Rex Hotel
9:30pm ~ Cover TBD
The Carn Davidson 9
Tara Davidson – Alto Saxophone
Andy Ballantyne – Tenor Saxophone
Perry White – Baritone Saxophone
Jason Logue – Trumpet
Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet
William Carn – Trombone
Alex Duncan – Trombone
Andrew Downing – Bass
Ernesto Cervini – Drums

The Horseshoe Tavern
A Fellow Ship
$5 Cover
Folk Band Feat. UofT’s Tristan Schultz, Ryan Johnston, and alumnus Austin Jones


Upper Jazz Masterclass

This week’s guest is NYC’S Saxophonist Dan Blake

Dan will be playing the 9:30pm set at the Rex, go check it out!

The Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill
The William Carn Quartet
William Carn – Trombone
Michael Davidson – Vibes
Dan Fortin – Bass
Ernesto Cervini – Drums

What Ifs: Is the Impossible, Possible?
This is supposed to be a great lecture presented by ASX: Astronomy & Space Exploration Society

Time: 7-10 PM **Doors open at 6:30 PM**
Location: JJR MacLeod Auditorium (MS 2158), 1 King’s College Circle

Tickets: Free for all students with a valid ID (make sure you still reserve a ticket online) and $15 otherwise



The Rex Hotel
Chris Donnelly – Piano
Dan Fortin – Bass
Ernesto Cervini – Drums


Quotes of The Week

“I look pretty cute.” – Miles Fuller

“There’s a cure for that, it’s called shedding” – Evan Gratham

“Biological turtleneck” – Ben Isenstein

“What’s Mullins?” – Mira’s mom

“I’m pretty sure that don’s in my Finish folklore class.” – Harry Bartlett

“Guys, here we are, 24 hours later and I can’t feel my skin again.” – Ben Isenstein

“What does my voice sound like?” – Ben Isenstein

“Guys I need a banana.” – Max Donaldson

“It reminds me of my polyp.” – Andrea Walker

“Let’s eradicate the last little bits of Vivian” – Mike Murley

“I was walking with my bass and fell…those must have been some heavy quartet notes” – Noah

“Let the record show that the hang is important!” – Max Forster

He has his fingers in a lot of pies – Chase Sanborn

“You’re a fatter cat than I” – Evan Gratham

Music / Video to Check Out

* I have been checking out Brazilian Drummer Edu Ribeiro, after seeing the masterclass Friday. Featured on this album is a groove that comes from the northeast of Brazil called a Baião. Baião comes from a family of rhythms called Forró

* Here is a session That features the “Kind of Blue” band live at The Plaza Hotel
Philly Joe Jones is originally credited on the vinyl but in a recent interview, Jimmy Cobb shed light that it was him on the session.

* I’ve been listening to The Fleetfoxes during my mornings. This music is paired well with a lonely walk in the forest

* I discovered this while on a hike Saturday morning. Harold Budd and Clive Wright. Really relaxing stuff.

* Here is some classic Simpsons humor

Educational Videos

* Drummers! Here is a video of Ulysses Owens Jr. (Christian McBride) talking about practice warmups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGFwy-rvJTA

I hope everyone has a great week,

Harrison Vetro

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