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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.
SOLD OUT! 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!
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HMC is thrilled to announce its upcoming winter series. For show details and ticket info please see ‘Concerts’
The Toronto based Rezza is known as a drummers’ drummer, the kind of player who awes his peers. Vinnie Colaiuta declared “Vito is the world’s best kept secret, killin!”, while Chick Corea told Vito “I heard your CD. Amazing. What planet are you from and would you be interested in playing with the Electric Band?” The fact that Rezza was featured on the cover of the November 2011 issue of musicians’ bible, Downbeat, further confirms this well deserved reputation.
There is far more to Vito Rezza than superb stickhandling skills. He is also a bandleader and composer with a string of highly acclaimed albums under his belt. For the past 22 years, Rezza has led Canadian ensemble 5 After 4 and the band has opened for the likes of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Eubanks, Boss Brass and Joe Henderson. 5 After 4 released their sixth record, Rome In A Day, last year, on the ALMA Records label. The eleven-track disc featured six Rezza original compositions and it confirmed he’s at the peak of his powers in all his different roles.
Vito Rezza (Drums)
Pat Kilbride (Bass)
John Johnson (Saxophone)
Matt Horner (Piano)
Toronto based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance.
“To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.” – Dr. Oscar Peterson
For this celebration of the music of Duke Ellington Dave has assembled five of the finest musicians playing on world stages today – stellar musicians performing timeless music.
Dave Young (bass)
Kevin Turcotte (trumpet)
Terry Clarke (drums)
Robi Botos (piano)
Toronto-born vocalist/pianist/composer, Denzal Sinclaire has earned his reputation as Canada’s most popular male jazz vocalist.
Denzal’s vocal timbre is similar to some of the great singers. Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and there are even glimpses of Johnny Mathis’ jazz days. However, Denzal does have what every artist strives for. After singing just a few notes you know it is him. His trademark is the joyfulness in his voice and a special approach to phrasing a lyric or pushing or laying back on a beat. He is blessed with exquisite delivery, sensitivity to melody and a lyrical imagination. For Denzal, singing is as natural as breathing.
A multiple Juno Award nominee, and recipient of the 2004 National Jazz Award for “Best Album”, he has graced the stages of numerous high-profile jazz festivals, performed with symphony orchestras, and starred in his own one hour television special for BRAVO! In 2005, Denzal was inducted into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of
Among Denzal’s admirers are Diana Krall, who was introduced to Denzal at the 1995 Jazz Winnipeg Festival and Diane Reeves, who became a fan after Denzal opened for her at the 2002 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Denzal Sinclaire (vocals)
Pat Collins (bass)
Joel Haynes (bass)
Nick Tateishi (guitar)
Formed in January 2008 the DHJO has established itself as one of the premier jazz orchestras in Canada featuring stellar players who individually have performed with music legends such as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra , The Count Basie Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer and many others.
What started out as a three-week-long Big Band engagement in Hamilton’s downtown Corktown Pub in 2008, turned into one of the year’s most interesting phenomena, (Hamilton Magazine 2008) creating a buzz well outside Hamilton’s borders. Since its inception the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra has performed over 100 shows in the GTA.