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January 27, 2006

Canadian Jazz Abounds in Toronto

Written by
cindy mcleod

Toronto is vibrantly alive with jazz, and this weekend there are some incredible choices to make. Listed below are some of the upcoming performances of note:

The Rex:

Kirk MacDonald tonight and tomorrow with his quartet of pianist Nancy Walker, bassist Neil Swainson, and drummer Barry Romberg.

Mike Murley on Saturday with his quintet featuring trumpeter John MacLeod, pianist Dave Restivo, bassist Jim Vivian, and drummer Ted Warren.

On Sunday, drummer Trevor Falls leads a group featuring trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, saxman Kelly Jefferson, pianist David Virelles and bassist Devon Henderson.

The Montreal Bistro:

Denzal Sinclaire performs tonight and celebrates the release of his new Verve CD My One And Only Love (open to the public after 11 p.m.). The band is guitarist Russell Malone, bass Pat Collins, saxman Kelly Jefferson and drummer Joel Haynes.

Tomorrow and Saturday, singer Lori Cullen releases her fourth CD, Calling For Rain. It’s pop covers, standards and her originals, backed by bass Drew Birston, drummer Mike Mariash, pianist David Matheson and trumpeter Sarah McElcheran.

The Red Guitar:

Toronto guitarist Dawn Thompson performs Saturday, backed by Big Apple players Gary Versace (organ) and drummer Hugh Sicotte.

MacMillan Theatre:

Famed Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes, who has been conducting master classes at U of T all week, is in concert tonight with bassist Swainson, drummer Terry Clarke and the U of T’s 10 O’Clock Orchestra. The artist and her ensemble will play her compositions and arrangements. Rosnes, who studied at U of T, will receive the varsity’s Distinguished Visitor Award.

Acqua in BCE Place:

Saxman Joe Amato performs tomorrow with vocalist Trish Colter, bassist Duncan Hopkins and drummer Anthony Michelli, along with a special guest vocalist.

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