So first of all, what is A.R.C.C.?
Take six of Canada's top musicians with a foundation in jazz, mix in influences from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic musical traditions, add great writing and exciting soloing and what do you get? The all-night dance party that is Rick Shadrach Lazar and Montuno Police. And this Saturday night, as part of the Geary Lane Jazz Series, they'll celebrate their 25th anniversary.
A.R.C.C. began many moons ago as a collective called Women With Horns, at that time co-lead by Ingrid Stitt, Sarah McElcheran, Carrie Chesnutt and Colleen Allen. The idea was to create an opportunity for four busy horn players to play together, and it was modeled after the Count Basie Band - collective grooving, horn riffing and swinging. Arrangements were written with features for each individual player in mind, leaving lots of room for instant riffs and backing horn parts, catapulted by a deep-swinging rhythm section.
Donnybrook is an original, modern, soul jazz and straight ahead co-led organ trio from Toronto, Canada. The trio concentrates on a mix of historic repertoire and original music in the tradition of the great Hammond organ trios of the 1960s. Guitarist Ben Bishop, organist Jeff McLeod, and drummer Morgan Childs joined forces in 2015 with a mutual interest in the classic sounds of the records of Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Grant Green, and Dr.
Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra
The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra (DKJO) is a Toronto-based contemporary big band committed to the creation, performance, and showcase of new works composed by the next generation of artists. The group is led by and comprises of 19 of the finest performers, composers and arrangers under 35 in Southern Ontario. Formed in early 2017, DKJO has since developed a repertoire of over 20 original works from within the band and has performed in many of Toronto's iconic venues including Lula Lounge, Gallery 345 and Burdock.
See Through 4
See Through 4 is a new project that features Karen Ng (saxophone), Marilyn Lerner (piano), Nick Fraser (drums), and Pete Johnston on string bass.
It seems silly to say, but I sometimes forget just how good the musicians are who live in this city.
Jeremy Ledbetter Trio
Forged in a cauldron of raging, inspiring contemporary jazz, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio pushes the boundaries of jazz and world music, providing an undiluted display of rampaging energy and captivating musicianship. Audiences must exercise caution. People who see this band are rarely the same again. If the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio were an inanimate object it would be a runaway train.
The Cosmodemonic Brass Band
The Cosmodemonic Brass Band is made up of some of Toronto's hottest young players. Drawing on the fire and grit of a NOLA street band, they throw their weight into roots classics and modern hits. Featuring Tom Richards of the Heavyweights Brass Band and members of the T Dot Bangerz, this band is not to be missed!
Nathan Beja's Viper's Cloud
Viper’s Cloud is a Toronto based Gypsy Jazz collective curating traditional Eastern European music, 1940’s hot jazz and swing music in the style of Django Reinhardt. The group ranges from a guitar/violin duo arrangement all the way up to an 8 piece band expanding to include clarinet, saxophone, double bass, manouche guitars and trumpet.