January 2016

BTW with Daniela Nardi, Lily Frost/Slakah The BeatChild, Jason Collett, SheLoom, Aidan Knight, Savages, Ty Segall

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Photo: Daniela Nardi

Down at the Jazz Bistro, in the heart of old T.Dot, there's a new residency in town. Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto sees the Italian/Canadian chanteuse take the stage Sunday Mar.20 and Sunday Apt.17, backed by The Espresso Manifesto Band special guests, including Lina Allemano (trumpet), Mar.20. Showtime's 7:00 pm for  two – one hour sets.

Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto is a musical and cultural experience that’s attracting national and international audiences alike. Her latest album CANTO (EOne Music), has received high praise from the press in Italy, prompting a release there on February 15th. While in Toronto, Nardi presents the highly acclaimed intercontinental musical journey at the legendary Jazz Bistro, beginning on January 17, 2016. As part of the Bistro's cabaret series, Nardi will continue through to April 17, showcasing her incredible ensemble with intimate and ever-changing sets that celebrate voice, song and music. The Espresso Manifesto quintet is comprised of Nardi on vocals, guitarist Kevin Barrett, pianist Ron Davis, drummer Steve Heathcote and bassist Mike Downes.

Avery Raquel Learning Life Lessons

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One of the hardest things for young people these days is trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. There are so many options and it’s hard to make up your mind at a young age to decide what you would like to spend your life doing. But that’s not a dilemma for young Avery Raquel. At 14 years old, Avery is focused and primed for a career in music. When asked about her favourite musical memory Avery says, “I remember my parents taking me to see  Annie when I was about 4, and I came home and learned all the songs.”

From the age of 4, she began traveling from her home in Hamilton, Ontario, across the country to perform and quickly became proficient in singing, dancing and acting. But of the three, although Avery has worked in film with television productions for Disney and Dreamworks, music is the source of her passion. “I remember my Dad playing Ray Charles’ version of ‘Over The Rainbow’ and calling me down to listen and sing along. I loved singing those great songs.”

Al Muirhead Releases Seond Album on Chronograph Records – Oop!

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Al Muirhead’s second album, “Oop!” is named after his longtime nickname (Alley Oop). The album follows on the Fall 2014 release of hisdebut album at 79 years old! Now at 80 years young, Al was joined in studio by two close friends and jazz legends in their own right, Order of Canada and JUNO Award winner Tommy Banks (piano) and JUNO Award winner PJ Perry (saxophone), to record this project of favourite jazz standards.

There is a special musical connection on ‘Oop!’ that can only be found when three good friends who have over 60 years of experience playing together.

Al Muirhead has long been an iconic fi gure on the Canadian jazz scene. The trumpeter, composer, arranger, sideman and recording artist has been making listeners take notice for longer than jazz fans might realize.

Born in Regina in 1935, by age 12, he was playing in the Regina Symphony and dance bands. In his teens, Muirhead began to take notice of greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Charlie Parker. While Muirhead’s playing is infused with the indelible influence of jazz giants, his flowing, melodic sound is his own — and has become influential in its own right.

Muirhead has worked with legends such as Guido Basso, Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Mills and Dizzy Gillespie. In 2013, he was honoured with the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Heritage Award for his mentorship and industry-building.  In 2015, he earned the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition Award.

Proudly Canadian: Prism

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Prism (or PRiSM) are a Canadian rock band originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that formed in 1977. They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1988 to present. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Ron Tabak, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, keyboardist John Hall, bassist Al Harlow, and drummer Rocket Norton.

The band's sound is a mix of Album-Oriented Rock (AOR) and pop rock, and they have released a total of thirteen studio albums, three compilation albums, and one live album.

Prism's success has been primarily in Canada where they won the Canadian music industry Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1981, although they also reached the US top 40 charts with 1981's "Don't Let Him Know". Prism is also noteworthy for launching the careers of several former group members, including international record producer Bruce Fairbairn, songwriter Jim Vallance, Powder Blues Band frontman Tom Lavin, and Headpins and Chilliwack musician Ab Bryant. A pre-fame Bryan Adams also contributed as a songwriter to several early Prism releases.

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, Prism's "Spaceship Superstar" was chosen as the wakeup song for the Space Shuttle Discovery crew members. This was a significant point in history as it was the last day that the crews of Discovery and the International Space Station were together beforeDiscovery returned to earth in the last mission of Discovery.

Rebecca Binnendyk Set to Release Debut CD at Jazz Bistro

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On her vibrant new debut album, Rebecca Binnendyk declares she wants to get Some Fun Out Of Life. The Canadian jazz/pop singer/songwriter certainly got plenty of fun out of making the record, and it's a safe bet you will from listening to it.

Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Rebecca has honed her vocal chops by singing in choirs and musical theatre productions as well as performing jazz in settings ranging from duos up to big bands. In response to regular demands from fans, she realised it was time to take the plunge into making an album, and the stars then seemed to align fortuitously.

Rebecca connected  with John "Beetle" Bailey, a noted Toronto producer/engineeer/studio owner and the two initially were just going to do a demo of five songs, but enjoyed working together so much they decided to go for a full length album. A successful Indiegogo campaign helped cover the expanded budget, and Binnendyk, Bailey, and an elite group of T.O. players set up shop at the renowned Drive Shed Recording Studio.

In just six days, vocal and band tracks, horns and strings were laid down. Rebecca's core band comprised Attila Fias, Kevin Laliberte, Drew Birston, Davide Direnzo and Rosendo 'Chendy' Leon, and they were augmented by horn aces William Carn, John Johnson, and William Sperandei, cellist Amy Laing, pianist Steve Wingfield, and violinist Drew Jurecka. Wingfield, Don Breithaupt, and Charles Cozens (Elton John) came up with the sophisticated and lush arrangements here.