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Just a reminder, Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats play EACH AND EVERY TUESDAY at LOBBY Restaurant/Bar, 192 Bloor Street West, (Yorkville) Toronto. 9:30pm-12am, No cover. You've never seen martinis this large before.
Pack up your dancing shoes and come hear the Alleycats THIS SUNDAY October 29th at the Pepperjack Cafe in HAMILTION. This lovely club has yummy food, a great stage, and a welcome dancefloor. Admission is $10, and the band plays from 7:30pm- 10pm, 38 King William Street.
The beef is in...........
Featuring the boys in the band: Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, Geoff Young, Hugh Marsh, Rich Brown, Blair Mackay & Barry Romberg. Read about it here: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=23261
Also....watch for the Random Access Large Ensemble in coming soon at the Rex Hotel: Sunday Jan 28/Sunday Feb 25/Sunday Mar 25/Sunday April 29.
NEW SONNY ROLLINS LABEL - HIS OWN DOXY RECORDS
Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has just released "Sonny, Please" -his first studio recording in five years - on his own Doxy label, and has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Classics & Jazz International for worldwide distribution and marketing of the CD. (In a separate pact, JVC will license the CD for release in Japan.)
Universal Classics and Jazz International will release the CD digitally in America and Europe on November 21st, with a traditional CD release date to follow on January 23rd, 2007. According to Wulf Muller, London-based Vice President of International Marketing for Universal Classics and Jazz International, "We are very pleased and excited to be affiliated with Sonny Rollins in his new label venture, and feel very strongly about the marketing possibilities for this eagerly anticipated CD".
After nearly 35 years with Milestone Records, and after the death in 2004 of his wife Lucille, who had been his manager and co-producer, Rollins decided to "take a more proactive stance [in handling his own business affairs]… "The business seemed to be going in the direction of artist-owned labels, and so I made the leap." In late 2005 he established Doxy Records, naming it for a famous composition of his that had first been recorded by Miles Davis 50 years earlier.
Rollins recorded "Sonny, Please" shortly after returning from a sold-out Japanese tour in November 2005. The CD captures his working band "at a good pitch." As he puts it. "Anytime you do a string of performances, it tightens up the ensemble, and the band was playing well - very high powered. Toward the end of the tour, the group really began to come together, and as a result I began to be able to play much more fluently."
"Sonny is really playing on this record," concurs Clifton Anderson, Rollins's long-time trombonist who also served as the new CD's producer. "Each track has its own beautiful distinction, yet there's a clear continuity throughout the recording. I'm sure this is because Sonny was more involved at every level of this project than I've ever witnessed before."
In addition to Anderson, the group is comprised of bassist Bob Cranshaw, an esteemed Rollins collaborator since 1959; guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom had worked with Sonny on prior occasions in the 1980s; and the percussionist Kimati Dinizulu, who joined the band about six years ago.
The CD programme is a fine mix of Rollins originals ("Nishi," "Remembering Tommy." "Park Palace Parade," the title track) and standards from his boyhood ("Stairway to the Stars," "Serenade," "Someday I'll Find You").
Bookings thus far for 2007include April concerts in Boston and Newark, and several late-spring appearances in Canada.
International and Virtuosic Jazz Multi-instrumentalist,
"The Champagne Symphony"
"Bob De Angelis 'KING OF SWING' is one of the snazziest orchestral pop shows that I've heard. The arrangements by John MacLeod were top notch!"
Rob McAlear, Artistic Administrator
"Bob De Angelis is a wonderful artist…exciting and sensitive…his tribute to Benny Goodman is a great vehicle for his virtuoso talents and fun for the orchestra and audience."
Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor
TORONTO - September 10, 2006 - A thrilling, sensational and thoroughly entertaining musical event is coming to Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto this New Year's Eve. On December 31st, 2006, virtuoso jazz clarinetist (and multi-reed player), Bob De Angelis will be debuting his latest performing ensemble, "The Champagne Symphony Pops Orchestra". For this occasion, Bob has focused on his accomplished clarinet playing, and created a special holiday presentation, "The King of Swing" - a celebration of the music of the legendary swing-era clarinetist, Benny Goodman.
In the 1930's, the enormous breakout success of The Benny Goodman Orchestra heralded the birth of the "Swing Era", which was a unique time in our social and musical history, earmarked by the events leading up to World War II, domination of big bands on the radio airwaves, and the elevation of their leaders to the status of major pop stars. In 1938, Benny Goodman turned the world on its ear with a phenomenal performance at Carnegie Hall, that clearly established him as "The King of Swing".
Experiencing the upcoming "The King of Swing - A Tribute to Benny Goodman" will be like stepping into a time-capsule filled with warm and vibrant Technicolor memories of a period in time that was loaded with musical creativity, energy and plenty of heart. Bob De Angelis and "The King of Swing" show for symphony pops orchestra has already received enthusiastic rave reviews and spontaneous standing ovations everywhere that they have performed. Enjoying this power-packed and nostalgic event with "The Champagne Symphony Pops Orchestra" will be a glorious way for the whole family to ring in the New Year! Audiences for these two performances will no doubt be delighted and entertained by this full-throttle symphony pops orchestra with a big band heart, augmented with lush vocals, stunning dancers and of course featuring the world-class clarinet of Bob De Angelis and sparkling arrangements and musical performance by the talented and renowned jazz trumpeter/composer/arranger, John MacLeod.
There will be two performances on December 31st, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are available a the Roy Thompson Hall Box Office (416-872-4255), and range in price from $37.50 to $95.00. For information on hotel and dinner packages, Please log on to www.thechampagnesymphony.com.
About Bob De Angelis…
Multi-instrumentalist, Bob DeAngelis, has become one of Canada's most accomplished bandleaders and freelance musicians. He's a model of professionalism and integrity, and has evolved into a driving force in the area of live jazz entertainment and is held in the highest regard throughout the music industry. Bob DeAngelis is an acknowledged master of the clarinet, saxophone and other woodwind instruments, and has enjoyed a high-visibility career for more than 20 years. He is as comfortable in the recording studio as he is onstage, and has guested on numerous CDs, including projects by noted artists such as Anne Murray, film soundtrack recordings for Steven Spielberg, HBO documentaries, as well as on countless commercials for radio and television.
A few of Bob DeAngelis' many career highlights include a memorable performance as a featured soloist in the Tony Award winning "Fosse" - a semi-autobiographical celebration of the choreography of Broadway and film legend, Bob Fosse. For the Toronto production, Bob re-created Benny Goodman's memorable performance of "Sing, Sing, Sing" at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Bob De Angelis has also made special appearances for numerous Heads of State, including Canadian Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney, several members of the British Royal Family, as well as United States Presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Bob's various musical ensembles, including his dance band, " Music Spectrum", "The Bob DeAngelis Orchestra" and his latest project, "The Champagne Symphony Pops Orchestra", regularly receive spontaneous standing ovations, and are actively engaged at various functions, festivals, jazz venues and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Canada. In his hometown of Toronto, Bob has headlined at the city's most prestigious and elegant hotels, including The Fairmont Royal York's "Imperial Room" and at the grand opening of the Windsor Arms Hotel. A few of the many artists with whom Bob has been honoured to have shared the stage include Peter Appleyard, Rosemary Clooney, Marvin Hamlisch, Jackie Richardson, John McDermott, Carol Welsman, Salome Bey, Joe Sealy and Frank Leahy.
Bob DeAngelis is a JUNO winner (Best Instrumental Performance - 2004), and has released several recordings as a leader, arranger and featured performer, including the recent Jive for Joni, In A Sentimental Mood and What a Wonderful World for the Avalon/Solitudes Label and his debut 1986 recording, Runnin Wild. As a Musical Director/Entertainment Consultant, Bob has also staged an array of productions for corporate award ceremonies, theme galas and charity fund-raisers.
For more about Bob De Angelis, log on to www.bobdeangelis.com
For further information, photo art, or to arrange a media opportunity with Bob De Angelis or John MacLeod, please phone LMC Media at 416-486-6742, or contact us by e-mail at [email protected]
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2006-2007 SEASON FOR POPULAR JAZZ.FM91 'SOUND OF JAZZ' SERIES
...veteran broadcaster Glen Woodcock celebrates his 30th year bringing the best of the big bands to JAZZ.FM91 audiences by hosting the award-winning 17-piece "Swing Shift" Big Band in live concert to launch the star-studded new season of Canada’s longest-running jazz series...
The 31st season of the JAZZ.FM91 ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series gets underway with a big band blow-out at a first-time venue when JAZZ.FM91’s Glen Woodcock plays host to saxophonist Jim John’s 17-piece “Swing Shift” at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre (235 Queen’s Quay West in Toronto) on Monday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for the season opener are $30, with special discounts for students and JAZZ.FM91 members.
Formed in August 1996, “Swing Shift” has become a favorite with both dancing and listening audiences wherever they appear, performing big band standards from a wide-ranging repertoire including the complete Miller, Dorsey, Basie, and Ellington books, and featuring vocals by Dave Stratham and Larisa Renee. Glen Woodcock’s presentation of the evening will mark the anniversary of three decades of bringing his encyclopedic knowledge of big band music and exquisite musical taste to his widely popular Sunday evening program ‘The Big Bands’ which first began its consequential run on CJRT-FM in 1976.
Announcing the impressive talent line-up today, Ross Porter, JAZZ.FM91 President and Chief Executive Officer said the 2006-2007 Series will also enjoy the generous support of an important new presenting sponsor, investment dealer Raymond James, as well as the renewed associate sponsorship of Don Valley North Lexus, Furs by Leonard, Robert Mondavi Wines, and Tippet-Richardson.
Commenting on the new relationship, Raymond James President and CEO Peter Bailey said, “Raymond James is proud to partner with JAZZ.FM91 and the ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series. We view this as an exciting way we can support talented Canadian artists and help share their unique talents with others.”
Ross Porter, who is also Executive Producer of JAZZ.FM91 ‘Sound of Jazz’ presented by Raymond James, promises that the series just keeps building after the opening big band extravaganza with all shows in the 2006-2007 Series scheduled to take place at either the lakefront Harbourfront Centre Theatre or The Old Mill Inn in West Toronto. The ‘Sound of Jazz’ Concert Series is again under the dynamic production team headed by multi-talented pianist-composer-publisher-producer Bill King in association with JAZZ.FM91 producer and popular on-air host Jaymz Bee.
The remaining line-up follows:
Monday, October 16, 2006 – A Tribute to the Flute at The Old Mill Inn featuring master flautists Colleen Allen, Alex Dean, Vern Dorge, and Bill McBirnie.
Monday, October 30, 2006 – A Tribute to Oscar Peterson at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre showcasing the piano ingenuity of Robi Botos, Mark Eisenman, Dave Restivo, Bernie Senensky, Don Thompson, and Nancy Walker.
Monday, November 20, 2006 – Let’s Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker starring trumpet/flugelhorn maestro Guido Basso at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
Monday, December 4, 2006 – B3 or Bust featuring widely-acclaimed organist Denis Keldie and the Denis Keldie Quintet at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, December 11, 2006 – Christmas with Emilie-Claire Barlow hosted by one of Canada’s favourite vocalists at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, January 15, 2007 – showcasing the vibraphone genius of the great Peter Appleyard at the Harbourfront CentreTheatre.
Monday, January 22, 2007 – TV Theme Songs Go Jazz featuring entertaining pianist Waylen Miki in a sextet setting plus vocalists performing jazz versions of famous TV themes at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, February 12, 2007 – Louis and Ella: the Great American Songbook a Valentine’s Day Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald featuring vocalist June Garber, Mike Lewis on vocals and piano, Kevin Clark on trumpet at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, February 26, 2007 – Jazz on Broadway with illustrious pianist Gene Dinovi and his stellar Gene Dinovi Trio at The Old Mill Inn.
Monday, March 12, 2007 – A Trio of Trios at The Old Mill Inn featuring the Laila Biali Trio, the Robi Botos Trio, and the Steve Koven Trio.
All concerts in the 'Sound of Jazz' Series are recorded for later broadcast on JAZZ.FM91 throughout the year.
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