Paul J. Youngman

Paul J. Youngman

29.01.2011

Angels Among Us

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Christmas came early for me a glorious performance by the duet of Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart. A performance that was as a gift from heaven. Actually we must thank the good folks at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival for bringing this amazing duet to town. Originally slated for the Diesel Playhouse, the venue changed on rather short notice to the larger Bathurst Street Theatre, a less intimate venue, but with better sound quality and better sight lines.

Heather Bambrick, vocalist a

Kurt Elling performed one extended set a the intimate Diesel Playhouse, a sold out show, standing room only. Thankfully the organizers of the show did their best to find chairs for everyone. Audience members also shared tables and chairs so that the concert became a warm, friendly and comfortable experience.

Kurt Elling came out on stage, standing midway between his microphone and the stage left curtain, he sang to the audience, "Autumn". Impressive was his delivery, intonation, cocky phrasin

Singers unlimited could be a more descriptive title for this group of high energy singing sensations under the direction of media mogul Jaymz Bee. Jaymz made mention of the fact that he had a very limited role in leading this group, "I made sure to pick people in the orchestra who are all leaders of their own groups, that makes my job much easier."

The orchestra is comprised of a who’s, who, on the T.O jazz scene. Names such as Juno award winners, Richard Underhill (alto saxophone) and Christ

29.01.2011

A Heavenly Concert

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Rinsethealgorithm, a high powered contemporary quintet of incredible keys, melodic bass, wicked drums and killer saxophone in digital format is excellent. To see them live in concert is exceptional. The bands recent engagement at Lula Lounge in Toronto was a special performance, promoting their new CD, Locutions. Under the leadership of electric bassist Rich Brown, Rinsethealgorithm performed two sets, about twelve songs, the complete CD, plus a couple of new tunes.

The show started wi

An intimate jazz club concert with two dynamic saxophonists. Dave Liebman, American tenor and soprano saxophonist and Mike Murley, Canadian tenor and soprano saxophone player. The two, along with bassist Pat Collins and New York based drummer Ian Froman performed at Hugh’s room, a jazz club in the west end of Toronto. The quartet put on a high energy show for an appreciative audience, a packed house. The crowd was primarily older looking, but a good contingent of students appeared to be on hand.
The headline concert of the festival, a double bill by John Zorn featuring his bands, The Dreamers and Electric Masada. John Zorn’s role in the Dreamers was primarily as conductor, although he played alto saxophone on a couple of numbers. The Dreamers is comprised of Marc Ribot (guitar), Jamie Saft (piano), Kenny Wollesen (vibes), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion) and Joey Barron (drums).

The show started with a tune that featured the guitar playing of Ribot sounding very similar

29.01.2011

Jazz Renaissance

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I enjoy all different types of music, jazz being one of my favorites, classical being another of my favorites. When jazz meets classical with an eye for discovery, experimentation and reaching outside the box, it is a wonderful thing. The concert at the Youth Music Centre in Guelph, an intimate performance theatre with fine acoustics, featured three excellent musicians, Barry Guy acoustic bassist, Maya Homburger, violinist and Jeff Reilly, bass clarinetist. The material that they presented was e
29.01.2011

Mr. Personality

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Michael Kaeshammer seems to be on a mission, he is driven, charismatic, talented and determined. Blessed with boyish good looks, charm and oozing a vibrant personality he transfers this zest for life to his attentive audience. His performance is an attack on your senses, you have no choice but to like this guy. It helps that his piano playing and singing are very good. Stage presence in abundance, anyone else on the stage becomes a near distraction.

Michael Kaeshammer comes on fast, a little

The Huntsville Jazz Festival now in its second year and with the backing of a major sponsor, TD Canada Trust, is booking international acts and big name Canadian talent. I am very happy that I came across this festival, it takes place in one of my favorite places and it features my kind of entertainment.

The lineup for the festival, Hilario Duran Trio, Marcus Belgrave Septet, Michael Kaeshammer, Dionne Taylor and Manteca. Hilario Duran trio started the festival Wednesday evening. I didn’t wit

Age, experience, the sage like qualities of a master musician all translated into a performance of perfection by octogenarian alto player Red Holloway. He set the bar very high for his younger summit attendees at this Toronto Jazz Fest Alto Summit. His younger alto saxophone band mates, Bobby Watson, Donald Harrison and Greg Osby, specialists each and everyone, have amassed a wealth of experience playing with a whose who of musicians.

The spokesman of the group, the energy igniter for the eve