Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Red Guitar is a success already! Seriously, if success was measured in great music, vibe, friends, good sound, food, adult I am so happy. Kind of proud actually. I know all I did was call the musicians but I am truly excited about a new place to play and to listen and to hang.

Occhipinti/Murley were the right way to open the place. Heck...David had a red guitar. (not planned) corry and Tania did a great duo set too. People really responded to their music and the Underhill lead his quartet through some exciting, blues influenced jazz party music. They were so good. so good to hear Mike Milligan on the bass. I think it is a good room for bass sound...hurray.

I am looking forward to too more nights of jazz bashing over there. Make sure you come down.

for details:

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

sometimes there is nothing I like more than blogging from the road. Now I am back home for half a minute and thought I better throw up this news as it is truly exciting. My friend Corry Sobol is opening a new jazz club in toronto this weekend.

sure I am booking the music but that is really the less interesting part of the story. I hope people spread the word and make it out to the opening bash (no cover for that!!)

Must get there early as it is a tiny but cool music room that she has on the main floor.

p.s. Montreal gig was well attended and sold lots of Cds (even if folks had to go outside, fight the crowds etc. to get to a kiosk to find the disc) I think we played well but really wish we had more gigs in a row to get in a real "road groove".

Grand Opening /
Weekend-long Triple Bill Jazz Bash

DATES: Friday July 8 – Sunday July10, 2005 Sets at 8pm, 9:15pm & 10:30pm
LOCATION: 603 Markham Street, Toronto (Bloor & Bathurst)

(Intimate venue – No cover charge for the grand opening weekend.
No reservations. Arrive early to get in!)

The Red Guitar is a licensed restaurant set in a fabulous and funky 1922 Edwardian brick house located in the Annex neighbourhood in Mirvish Village. Vocalist Corry Sobol brings a vibrant energy to living out her dream of opening a live music venue. The Red Guitar will feature live jazz and improvised music five nights a week (Wednesday to Sunday). Hours of operation are 5pm to 1am with the first set at 9pm each night. Tuesday nights will feature other genres of music, spoken word and various arts events. Check out the July lineup on our website.

Corry has brought her old friend, Toronto jazz guitarist Tim Posgate onboard to handle the bookings. Tim is the Co-artistic director of the annual Grand Festival of Autumnal Happiness and runs his own label, Guildwood Records.

You don’t want to miss the opening of this small but important live music space! Come and be merry!


Friday, July 8
Mike Murley / David Occhipinti, Corry Sobol / Tania Gill, Richard Underhill Quartet

Saturday, July 9
Andy Milne, Corry Sobol / Tania Gill, Barry Romberg’s Random Access

Sunday, July 10
Don Rooke & The Henry’s, Corry Sobol / Tania Gill, Marilyn Lerner Trio

For more info & the July line-up visit: or call 416-913-4586

Sunday, July 03, 2005

heh, Blogger is giving me my prompts in French...oh yah...i AM in montreal. ACtually,I just got on the elevator that john mclaughlin got off of. that was funny (for me)

Had a great visit at the Musee contemporaine. I love the permanent collection so much. Borduas, Riopelle, Pellan...I love Quebec!

there is a nice review of our ottawa canada day concert on all about Jazz. I dont have the link right now but will try to post it when i get home. hmmm...soundcheck is quite soon. better run.

bought some good little toys for the boys just now in the giftshop. NOW i am ready to go home (after our concert)


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