part one: the live SLY BLUE performance at lula lounge october 24, 2012
swingjazz sex! dance floor on fire joy exploding sweat glistening hearts flying yah. that Fabulous.
a band matured in confidence & sharpened in craft during their few months of european/north american touring.
the incomparable chris norton buttoning his mad exuberance into his jacket, ripping the seams with showman precision rather than tearing through the show. a masterful performance that elevates soul and spirit. even so, i’d pay good money to see his manic genius on display again. (see previous view posted february 8, 2012 below)
two of my favorite toronto musicians filling out the NY sly compliment: denis keldie on accordion, glen anderson on drums. (more…)
raw. cracked open the heart, shivered the skull. reminiscent of the rich, authentic theatre work i experienced in LA during the ’90’s. a commitment to truth. the necessity to communicate. the brave john patrick shanley would be deeply satisfied by this visceral interpretation of his play. deep bows to all concerned. http://www.sterlingstudiotheatre.com. playing to september 22nd ’12
here’s a 7 minute, recent performance of my own … poor video/sound, alas.
prologue to one of my one woman plays, Under Our Wild Sky, We Hatched
i wrote it 20 years ago but getting this piece on the boards encouraged me to delve into the full length script, so it’s now in revision. one of many of my scripts that i’m re-working during this sabbatical year of re-writes and out-puts…
Traveling in an alternate universe. One that speaks languages I’m not sure I’ve heard.
Jason himself a startling force of musicianship. With his band, pure radiation. Tilting left, rising north from his piano bench. Connecting his band with a fury of precision, muscle and melody. (more…)
Michael Kash’s entrance onto Hughie’s stage is imprinted like a sizzling poker. The creaking, twisted-bone staggering, as fragile as a broken dish. Dean Ifill’s pained tiptoeing feet equaled the thrill. A poetic production. Verbiage thrumming against mulling, with tentacles of each awakening dormant life in the other. (more…)
Robust. Precise. Nuanced. The illusion of a full orchestra … created by four musicians and 21 sax’s.
Yes. Four lads. Twenty-one saxophones.
Doug Pipher, arranger, leader, masters eight of them. His glee in playing the tiny soprillo through to the outrageously oversized contrabass (made to order in Brazil and the only one in Canada) is a baton inspiring his colleagues to giddy heights.
Three full sets incorporate jazz to opera. The unusually packed house at Dominion went ballistic with the full tilt glory of Bohemian Rhapsody. http://www.allsax.ca An act worthy of lighting votive candles in thanks for musicians who care so much to become this good. (more…)
Sly Blue! Sly Blue!!!!! I LOVE YOU! Oh. OHOHOH. Yesssssssssssss. The New York swing band swung into TO’s Dovercourt House recently and I WAS THERE!
All I could say to them was “This is a Good Day To Die!” And mean it.
A Thrill of TALENT!
Affirmation of Life.
Slams the Uber into Exuberance. (more…)
Reveled in a Jaymz Bee loft salon recently. Almost as many performers as guests! Ergo, we were Spoiled by talent! “thank you jaymz and all you wow performers” The featured act? The Allsax4tet. Emphasis on STARS. Join me at the Dominion House on Queen, February 11th and shatter your own expectations. Ten buck cover. http://www.Allsax.ca
Embedded in Jaymz’ CV as producer, songwriter, JAZZ.fm host, impresario, is his penchant for skyrocketing young talent. Kate Sloan rode the comet that night. (more…)
started the night out celebrating the launch of the Toronto Jazz Blog
view: the toronto jazz blog a vibrant (& bilingual!) pastiche: interviews with jazz musicians, photography, video, and artistic jumpstart … created and produced by the romantic partnership of samantha clayton & mikel mata.
samantha is one of toronto’s little gems – a compelling jazz singer with smokey blue undertones and slinky mischief. sam graced lizzyjacks! a few times as the guest artist, accompanied by pianoman nonpareil steve hunter.
ELECTRIC ECLECTICS FESTIVAL 6
July 29 – 31, 2011
OF THE UNEXPECTED
What epitomizes cultural cool these days? How about camping on 100 acres of lush Ontario farmland, meeting musicians and artistic beacons from around the world? Open-air concerts of avant-garde music & multi media. Art & sound installations in a silo, a tent, a dome. In industrial sized trailers. A field.
Electric Eclectics is an experiential art junkie’s bonanza percolating in the rolling sweep of Meaford. Two hours north of Toronto. Three nights of live music. Starting early in the evening, tripping through sunsets and fleeing into the night where it slings forward under a sultan’s tent of DJ’s until dawn. Six years successful.