April is Jazz Appreciation Month (named by the Smithsonian Institution), culminating on the 30th with International Jazz Day (a project of UNESCO, organized by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz).
In Toronto, we have another reason to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the opening of a fine Jazz club, aptly named Jazz Bistro, which is giving a new life to the location (251 Victoria Street) previously occupied by the legendary club known as Top O’ The Senator. Elegant, modern and classy, Jazz Bistro was fully renovated by new owners, Colin and Joan Hunter. Mr. Hunter is also the founder and owner of Sunwing Travel Group, and a jazz crooner who has released several albums with Juno award-winning artist Joe Sealy and other big band orchestras.
I’ve been at the Jazz Bistro twice already. The first time on March 28th for a concert with the great flutist and tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin, who was backed by the Mark Eisenman Trio (Mark Eisenman on piano; Steve Wallace on bass and Terry Clarke on drums). The vibe that evening was fantastic. (See pictures below by our contributing photographer Atael Weissman)
Then I was there for the Media Night on Wednesday April 3rd, which served to introduce the club to the local press and media people. On stage and in charge of live music we had the Robi Botos Trio (Robi Botos on piano; Mike Downes on bass and Morgan Childs on drums) and the Eddie Bullen Quartet (Eddie Bullen on piano, Joaquín Hidalgo on percussion, Roberto Riverón on bass and Elmer Ferrer on electric guitar). (See my iPhone shots below). Every Wednesday by the way, will be the night for everything Latin.
Brought from Vancouver, British Columbia, the “Red Pops” Steinway piano, valued in $100,000 will surely be the talk of live music fans and Jazz Bistro patrons. Maestro Hilario Durán already played on the Red Pops on March 23rd, during Canadian Music Fest (accompanied by Roberto Occhipinti on bass and Mark Kelso on drums). (See pictures below from our contributing photographer Robert Saxe).
A combination of factors will help Jazz Bistro to establish itself as the jewel of jazz clubs in Toronto: central location (in the core downtown area of Yonge & Dundas); elegant venue; refined dining, wonderful music and the fact that the area where is located is undergoing a very important urban/commercial re-development.
After my two visits to Jazz Bistro I thought how listening to live jazz music in a great venue is an irreplaceable experience. I encourage you to celebrate Jazz Month this April and support your local jazz scene. Go out and listen to live jazz music! You won’t be disappointed.
In Conversation with Trombonist, Composer, Arranger Papo Vázquez
Miguel de Armas: Miguel de Armas and The Ottawa Latin Jazz Orchestra
Django Festival Allstars with special guest Edmar Castañeda Featuring Dorado Schmitt and sons Samson & Amati
Christian McBride’s New Jawn at Koerner Hall: Concert Review
Papo Vázquez Holiday Jazz & Latin Jazz Parranda with The Mighty Pirates Troubadours
Donald Vega: As I Travel
“They Shot The Piano Player” Screening At The Village East in New York And The Royal in Los Angeles
Una Navidad Nuyorkina: Celebrating 40 Years of Los Pleneros de la 21
The Latin Side of Jazz Episode 35
Sebastian Schunke: Existential Intensities
NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas with Melvis Santa, Alfredo Rodríguez and Hilario Durán
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Borrowed Roses
Juan García-Herreros – The Snow Owl: Normas
Raphael Cruz Reaffirms His Commitment To Latin Jazz!
Edy Martínez, the Music Architect Behind the Piano
Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta · Son de Panamá
Celebrating Emiliano Salvador and his Musical Legacy
Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: A Memorable Night in Toronto with Poncho Sánchez
A Conversation with Percussionist, Bandleader Poncho Sanchez
The Odyssey of Anat Cohen
Paquito D’Rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón: Aires Tropicales
Have You Seen My Nana? The Enduring Genius of Moacir Santos
Enrique Rodríguez: Enriquito – Me Quito El Sombrero
Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra: Azul
Most Read in 2023
Featured Albums9 months ago
Aymée Nuviola feat. Kemuel Roig: Havana Nocturne
News10 months ago
Wilson “Chembo” Corniel Releases New Album: “Artistas, Músicos y Poetas”
News10 months ago
Aymée Nuviola To Release New Latin Jazz Album: “Havana Nocturne”
Events8 months ago
Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez Centennial Celebration