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“The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra filled me with love and excitement because it reminds me of my days in Harlem, NY where I met the giants of the jazz world who touched me in a way that’s indelible.” – The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander
Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra celebrates their 10th anniversary!
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.
“Her impeccable technique and heartfelt delivery are on display from the outset … one of the finest jazz singers in this country – her projects are a guaranteed musical treat.” – Cathy Riches (The WholeNote)
Heather Bambrick is a JUNO-nominated vocalist, voice actor, and broadcaster. Her solo recordings have earned her international praise, and her latest – You’ll Never Know – received a 2017 JUNO Award-nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. She’s been a guest vocalist for numerous recordings in various genres, from Jazz vibraphone legend Peter Appleyard, to the Caliban Bassoon Quartet. Heather has performed internationally with Jazz ensembles and has been featured with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a regular voice on numerous commercials and Emmy Award-winning animation series such as Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. She can also be heard weekly as a host on JAZZ.FM91. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Heather has taught at U of T and Humber College, and works often as an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada.
“I’ve heard a lot of musicians and bands working within the Jazz idiom.
Over the years, certain artists have stood out as having that certain something extra.
Heillig Manoeuvre is one of those stand-out groups.” – Heather Bambrick (JAZZ.FM91)
Heillig Manoeuvre is a Toronto-based quartet whose repertoire consists of original instrumental jazz. Bassist/bandleader Henry Heillig describes what they do as thoughtful fun.
“I write songs, with melody and elements of my own character. They become jazz in performance with my musical partners.” – Henry Heillig
Heillig is best known for his twenty+ years as musical director of Manteca, the nine-piece afrolatinworldbeatcalypsojazz ensemble.
“Manteca was a great ride, much like an ocean liner. Heillig Manoeuvre by comparison, is a sailboat that can change direction on a gust of spontaneity. Our performances have form, but also room for fresh ideas, and we push each other to be our very best. Audience reaction to our approach has been uniformly rewarding!” – Henry Heillig
“I love Robi’s super sensitive playing. It was a special experience to have him accompany my singing.” – Al Jarreau
Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.
Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.
Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two Juno Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist . Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This award led to a main stage outdoor concert presentation in front of over 5,000 people, and a subsequent invitation to headline their own outdoor concert in 2013.
In June of 2012, Robi was invited by the Edmonton Jazz Festival to open for the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Canada Council helped support this important concert, which led to a friendship with both Wayne Shorter and his pianist Danilo Perez.
In early March of 2013, Robi was involved in a special commemorative concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar Peterson album, ‘Night Train’. This concert occurred in Oscar’s hometown of Montreal and featured Robi leading the trio with former Oscar Peterson band mates, Order of Canada recipient Dave Young on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. This trio (with Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke on drums) embarked on a second tour in November 2013, playing in Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.
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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!