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Genevieve Marentette has established herself as one of Toronto’s most recognizable and illustrious vocalists. “She has always had the type of voice and stage presence that mesmerizes an audience and is simply one of Canada’s finest singers.” – Says Jaymz Bee (JAZZFM.91).
Genevieve spent 8 years in Asia and Europe and since her return to Toronto has released an EP produced by George Koller and worked with David Clayton-Thomas, Don Thompson, The Order Of Canada Band & Jane Siberry. Genevieve is known for her fearless approach to interpretation and has an extensive background in Brazilian, World, Blues, and Jazz. She is also one of the producers of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival and is currently working on several recording projects, including a tribute to the late great actor and singer Don Francks, who described her as “a lovely muse of music…a femme fatale from film noir…jazz improvisation at it’s best…an honest little girl with a great sense of humour that the world’s been waiting for.” Genevieve likes to make every performance unique and spontaneous, with exciting combinations of the finest musicians and diverse repertoire.
Genevieve Marentette (Vocals)
Adrean Farrugia (Piano)
Drew Jurecka (Violin)
Kieran Overs (Bass)
Eric St-Laurent (Guitar)
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. “Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!” CriticalJazz Review2012. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.
In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times. Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years! As an ardent student of the organ, it’s no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well. In addition to private students, classes and clinics, Tony has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled “Playing Jazz Hammond” that have become indispensable for many serious students of the organ. Tony continues to expand his catalogue and has created MotherHenMusicEd.com. He developed a system of giving lessons one on one online and gives lessons to students around the globe! Presently, Tony maintains a very busy schedule that includes festival appearances , clinics, and workshops!
Tony Monaco (B3)
Vito Rezza (Drums)
Ted Quinlan (Guitar)
Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera since arriving in NYC has become well known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist and composer Joshua Bell among many others.
This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded 12 cds as a bandleader with touring projects ranging from his Grammy nominated group New Cuban Express to his modern contemporary trio to solo piano. His latest trio recording The Seasons will be released on MAVO Records spring 2017.
Valera is the recipient of many composition grants — most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has travelled the world performing in more than 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals in the world.
November 30 / December 1 – Jazz @ The Gasworks Presents: Darcy Hepner’s R&B All Star Band
Celebrating their annual residency at The Gasworks with two performances this year, this high powered 12 piece band featuring vocalist Mary McKay and an all-star cast performs classic and contemporary R&B hits. This year they will include a special tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire!