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    JAZZ LIVES in Canada

    JAZZ.FM91 presents JAZZ LIVES in Canada, Celebrating Our Songs, a tribute to our nation’s songbook with the best in jazz in association with Canada’s 150. 

    On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 JAZZ.FM91 brings together incredible jazz artists from Canada and abroad for this special celebration. The lineup includes Grammy-winning singer-songwriter David Clayton-Thomas; Juno-nominated Barbra Lica; flutist Bill McBirnie; one of Canada's most recognized artists, Steven Page; the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; and composer Lou Pomanti together with Davide DiRenzo, Eric St-Laurent, & Marc Rogers!

    With special guests, world-class musicians, musical partners and Radio Deluxe hosts - guitarist, vocalist, John Pizzarelli and vocalist Jessica Molaskey, PLUS Juno Award-winning pianist Robi Botos, and Jackie Richardson!

    AND Just announced ... JAZZ.FM91 is proud to welcome Shawne Jackson!  Including Heather Bambrick, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Colleen Allen, Jason Logue, William Carn and The Willows!

    JAZZ LIVES in Canada, Celebrating Our Songs
    Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Venue: Koerner Hall
    Ticket Prices: $30-$100

    Purchase your tickets with the Koerner Hall Box Office
    By Phone – (416) 408-0208
    ONLINE by clicking HERE

    David Clayton-Thomas

    David Clayton-Thomas is an Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and author, best known as the lead vocalist of the American band Blood, Sweat & Tears.

    Clayton-Thomas got his start in the early 1960s, where he would perform at clubs. By 1968, his debut album with Blood Sweat & Tears sold 10 million copies worldwide. Since then, he's launched an All-Star 10-piece band, toured and recorded almost a dozen albums under his own name.

    Barbra Lica

    Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian music scene and has been receiving accolades for a unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety and grace. Based in Toronto, Canada, Barbra’s live show captivates audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence.

    ​Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO.  She is now promoting her latest project, I’m Still Learning, which was released September 2016, and was nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”.

    Steven Page

    Steven Page’s distinctive and powerful tenor is among the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music today.  The singer/songwriter is a founding member of The Barenaked Ladies with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums.  Page has continued his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects.  To that end, he has composed six Stratford Festival scores, has collaborated and toured with the innovative Art of Time ensemble and journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater while continuing to write, release and perform his original music.  His latest opus, HEAL THYSELF, PT. I: INSTINCT, was released in 2016.

    Bill McBirnie

    Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues.

    Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his numerous recordings as a sideman with the likes of Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emilie-Claire Barlow.

    Lou Pomanti

    Gemini award winner Lou Pomanti is one of Canada's most accomplished composers, musicians, and musical directors. Lou's original music and performances have appeared on recordings all over the world. Most recently, Lou arranged the orchestra for Michael Buble’s smash hit “Haven’t Met You Yet”, which has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is currently at work on Michael Buble’s new CD due out later in 2013.

    Lou composed the music for the 2011 Pan Am Games Handover Ceremony in Guadalajara, an 8-minute suite for multimedia. And in 2012, the City of Toronto named a street after Lou to honour his accomplishments.

    Davide DiRenzo

    Drummer Davide DiRenzo is a Juno Award winner and National Jazz Award nominee. 

    He was the house drummer for the ‘Canadian Idol’ television talent competition for three years, and has worked with many of the country’s top performers and recording artists including Jacksoul, Holly Cole, Ashley McIsaac, Melissa Stylianou, Dione Taylor, Heather Bambrick, Eliana Cuevas, Richard Underhill, Bill King, Sarah Slean, Carol Welsman, David WIlcox, and Emilie-Claire Barlow.

    Eric St-Laurent

    Eric St-Laurent is a versatile guitarist, composer and producer who was born in Montreal and studied in New York and Berlin. Eric has composed scores for short films and theatre; has been featured on over 50 recordings, including his most, “Planet” with the Eric St-Laurent Trio. When not leading his own trio, he’s been busy recording and/or touring with Dave Douglas, Till Broner, Slide Hampton, The Shuffle Demons, Bernard Primeau and most recently, appears on the David Clayton Thomas CD, “Canadiana”.

    Marc Rogers

    Marc Rogers is a Juno-nominated bassist, producer, and composer.  He has worked with Rachel Platten, Nelly Furtado, Tryon, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Nikki Yanofsky, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Barbra Lica, Norah Jones, The Philosopher Kings, Fefe Dobson, Anjulie, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Lionel Richie, Bernard Purdie, K'naan, Kreesha Turner, Al Jarreau, Jarvis Church, Gary Burton, Lisa Fischer, Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, Robi Botos, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Adam Rogers, Dave Binney, Kelly Jefferson, Lewis Nash, Rahzel, Holly Cole, and many others.


    John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey

    John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “Hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by the Toronto Star. When he performs with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they were labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker.

    Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows: A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center written by Terrance McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Parade (directed by Hal Prince), Dream, Tommy, Crazy For You, Les Miserables, City of Angels, Chess, Cats and Oklahoma! and she has performed off Broadway and regionally in dozens of productions.

    According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.” The duo host Radio Deluxe which airs Sunday's at 9 a.m. on JAZZ.FM91.

    Robi Botos

    Robi Botos' dynamic performances have earned him international recognition – winning competitions in Montreux, Paris and Jacksonville’s, Florida’s Great American piano competition. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 he was chosen Keyboardist of the Year and was nominated for a JUNO award for One Take in 2006. He was a member of the late Archie Alleyne’s bebop ensemble “Kollage”, and a respected and sought after sideman, Botos also performs frequently with his brother, drummer Frank Botos in a trio setting.

    Shawne Jackson

    Shawne Jackson began her career at the age of 15 with a steady gig on CBC-TV’s ‘Music Hop’.  In the 60's, Shawne spent time in The Silhouettes and with Jay Smith & The Majestics.  She found herself back in Toronto clubs again for the early 70's, where she met producer, musician Domenic Troiano (her future husband).    Recording several albums together, she later signed with Playboy Records and had a Top-10 hit in Canada with ‘Just As Bad As You’.  Television work, hit singles, work with the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation and a very successful one-woman show dedicated to Billie Holiday, we can't think of a better performer to begin our Celebration of Canadian Songs. 

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