Jazz Weekly: April 1
Posted by Mira Riselli

This week in jazz…

Hello hello!

Happy Easter to those celebrating! And happy last week of classes! And happy April Fools!

Okay so there’s a lot going on. Speaking of what’s going on…

Sunday, April 1st


Monday, April 2nd

Monday Night at the Rex!

Join the Vocal Jazz Ensemble for an exciting evening of vocal jazz! We will be individually showcasing the incredible talents of each vocalist with some classic standards and even some originals! Plus, the evening will be featuring a special Nolan Murphy-style surprise.

The Rhythm Section:

Max Filazek – Guitar
Ben Isenstein – Piano
Mira Riselli – Bass
Lukas Newman – Drums

The Vocalists:

Abigail Mathew
Avery Cantello
Brooklyn Bohach
Chrissy Vrjienhoek
David Bruce
Dominique Lalama
Isabella Hay
Rachel Hearn
Madalen Tojicic
Jenna Pinard
Vanessa Gaduci
Nolan Murphy
Jackson Welchner

Tuesday, April 3rd

Irene Harrett’s 120 Diner Jam!


Really great house band this month!

Madeleine Ertel: trumpet
Jay Yoo: guitar
Josh Sinclair: piano
Jacob Wutzke: drums

Lovely people and musicians; it’s gonna be a hang and a half.



Wednesday, April 4th

Nothing to report.

Thursday, April 5th

Harry Bartlett Trio at The Cavern (76 Church Street) – 8:30pm
Caleb Klager b.
Harry Vetro d.

I’m really excited to present some original music with some great musicians this Thursday. Come celebrate the end of classes!

Friday, April 6th

Emergents III: The Music of Ken Aldcroft + Fundraising Afterparty

The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst St.
Doors 7:30PM/Concert 8PM
Concert tickets: regular price $12 / members & students $8 / advance $12 at www.musicgallery.org
Reception & silent auction to follow

Guitarist, composer and community organizer Ken Aldcroft is fondly remembered by improvisers in Toronto old and young. Since his untimely death in 2016, saxophonist and member of Ken’s Convergence Ensemble Karen Ng has been sorting through his music in the hopes of cataloging it all. Ken’s “pan-idiomatic” compositional style was all his own and both bands and students expanded their personal vocabularies upon coming into contact with it.

Such a wealth of music ought not only to be catalogued but shared: tonight is a celebration of Ken’s work as passed from one generation to another. Karen has selected music and her and trumpeter Emily Denison have brought a very special ensemble together to bring Ken’s music to life in a new context. As an educator, Ken would no doubt have been pleased to see his peers imparting his music to an emerging generation of players.

Set 1 – Daniel Kruger (guitar) + Emily Denison (trumpet)
Karen Ng (saxophone) + Andrew Furlong (bass) + Mark Zurawinski (drums)
Set 2 – quintet – Karen Ng, Emily Denison, Andrew Furlong, Mark Zurawinski, Daniel Kruger

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/404741936633991/

From Emily Denison: I’m not sure how well Ken’s music is known in the U of T community these days, but at my time he was a driving force of creative music in Toronto, and a real bridge between older and younger generations of musicians. His music is a very unique blend of composition and improvisation, and incorporates a hand-cuing system that allows it to go in totally unexpected directions (and is fun to watch).

Saturday, April 5th

Recitals! Upper Jazz!

12:00pm – Aiden Salvati

1:00pm – Kieran Murphy

2:00pm – Zach Griffin 3rd Year Recital

Come listen my 3rd year recital! I’ve arranged six of my favourite originals for sextet and I’m very excited to share this music with you all!

Zach Griffin – Alto Sax
Thomas Houlden – Trumpet/Flugel
Nathaniel Jenkins – Trombone
Noah Franche-Nolan – Piano
Caleb Klager – Bass
Harrison Vetro – Drums

7:00pm – Bernard Dionne


“The winters are too cold, the summers are too hot, but the jazz is good.” – Harry Bartlett

“Don’t be like Keagan.” – Keagan Eskritt

“It doesn’t sound Chris Pottery.” – Thomas Houlden
“Chris Pottery Barn?” – Andrew Gormley

“We’re not here to debate the finer points of Latin.” – Andrew Downing

“Jazz!” – Renee Rosnes

That’s all folks!


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