The Boxcar Boys deliver a veritable gumbo of wild gypsy, Dixieland jazz, Klezmer, and folk music performed with a good time New Orleans spirit. They are led by clarinetist John David Williams.
And by no means, all boys.
Covering SW & S. Ontario. Traditional New Orleans sound of theGolden Age composers, including Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Oliver, Clarence Williams, Fats Waller, W. C. Handy, Louis Armstrong. Popular standards as well as many less-well known tunes of the 20
Young and enthusiastic band brings the traditional music from the streets of New Orleans up here to Toronto. Led by Toby Hughes, the band has effectively morphed into The New Orleans Connection, but still plays occasional gigs under the DVS name, especially featuring Miz. Debbie on vocals.
(Note: the band ceased its monthly gig at The Rex, effective November 2018. Band leader Jack King advises that they should be back there at the end of February 2019). The Freeway aggregation comprises some of Toronto's best classical jazz musicians. Many are band leaders in their own right. They play New Orleans style popular in the 1920/30's and some British Trad-style too. Len Gosling/leader/cornet/vocals (ex-Climax), Glen Anderson (Red Hot Ramble)/Gary Scriven/drums (ex-Jazz Wizards), Brian Towers/trombone (Hot Five Jazzmakers), Janet Shaw/reeds (Hot Five Jazzmakers), Creole Jack King/banjo (Silverleaf), Brian Graville/piano (Silverleaf), Jorge Gavidia/bass. They play the last Sunday of the month, 3:30 to 6:30 pm, at The Rex. Guest players and an enthusiastic crowd make for a party atmosphere.
New Orleans Jazz in Toronto. The Happy Pals have been stomping at Grossman's Tavern since at least 1980. Founded and led by Kid Bastien until his death in 2003, Patrick Tevlin/trumpet leads the band today, Saturdays 4:30 to 8:00 pm, or whenever...
A 5 piece (personnel can vary) band that plays traditional jazz, swing and jump. Guitar, violin, piano, standup bass, snare drum & vocals. Infectious, accomplished happy-go-lucky style. Resident @ The Rex, Fridays, 4 to 6 pm., a fine way to start the weekend.
Jazz singer Laura Hubert has made Toronto her own. And Toronto loves Laura. Find her regularly at The Rex; irregularly at Grossman's, Gate 403 and elsewhere, along with her backing band, led by Peter Hill.
Reeds specialist, noteably on alto sax, Toby produces his own bands, including The New Orleans Connection (Sunday, Rex Hotel, 4:30 pm) and The Don Valley Stompers. Toby was resident reed player with The Happy Pals for several years. He often sits in with other bands around town. Gregarious and happy-go-lucky, Toby brings life and liveliness to his audiences.
Mix big piano with a beautiful voice - and strong arms! Add some attitude and a lot a charisma. With a penchant for those you-done-me-wrong songs and her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans: a picture of Roberta Hunt starts to emerge...
Her presentations can take a number of forms, notably that of Red Hot Ramble, whose success since coming-out in 2012 has got better and better. Roberta talks with her audience almost as much a she plays to them. A gem.
The Lakeridge Dixie Stompers came together in the spring of 2014 . We are best described as a traditional or dixieland jazz band. The band provides an acoustic sound. We provide a repertoire of happy swingin' jazz music, with some blues and ballads, for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Clarinet - Trad jazz: New Orleans, British Trad, Dixieland. 47 years experience. Born in Shirley, Solihull, England. Immigrated to Canada in 1965 - Member of the Calgary Musician's Assoc. - Former Member of: The Mick Lewis JB (England), Johnny Amatto Band (London, Ontario), Jim McHarg's JB (Toronto), The Climax JB (Toronto).
Toronto's very own version of New Orleans' famous parade brass bands. Comprised of members of many different local bands, the Magnolia Brass Band gets together on special occasions, including New Orleans' French Quarter Festival and local parades around the GTA.
Based in Buffalo, NY, the society sponsors jazz concerts & events. With 500 members, it has a bi-monthly newsletter, "The 4-Bar Tag". Annual membership is US$15 or family US$25. No known website.
Membership & general inquiries: Judy Gerlach: [email protected] or 716.260.1503.
Event info: Bob Webb: [email protected] or 716.689.3962
President: Don Burns: 716.282.7476
Playing jazz directly from New Orleans or with its roots there, the quartet has great talent: Roberta Hunt/piano/vocals, Alison Young/saxes, Jack Zorawski/bass, Glenn Anderson/drums. They play at various times/locations, including The Reservoir Lounge and The Rex.
2012 was their break-out year, their first CD and much acclaim. Passionate and hard-working; a treat to experience.
"The Regal Jazz Band, Collingwood?s Dixieland Band, has been entertaining audiences for over 10 years.
They play many Traditional and Dixieland tunes that were composed from the early 1900?s through the ?20?s and ?30?s. The happy, toe tapping music makes people of all ages want to get up and dance".
Leads and anchors many jazz bands around the GTA, in diverse styles. Specialty: upright bass. Best-known as bassist and stage announcer with Club Django (Rex Hotel, usually the 1st Sunday of each month).
The band has played around the Toronto Area in one form or another for over thirty years. They have a repertoire of well-known older jazz tunes and of lesser-known classics by Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and other legends of jazz.
Exploring traditional jazz by infusing gypsy, european and classical sensabilities. Groups include: AbbeySholzberg/bass, Reg Green/drums/vibes, Ted Major/piano, Ron Davis/piano, Richard Whiteman/piano, Tony Quarrington/guitar, David Blue Dunlop/guitar, Harris Mark/guitar, Cam Jobson/drums, Maxine Willan/piano, Alex Goodman/guitar/piano. See also http://www.myspace.com/edvokurkaviolinswingjazzensemble. Resident @ The Drake Hotel, alternatwe weeks, 8 to 10pm
A diversely talented jazz musician, Richard is equally at home with the upright bass as he is in front of the ivories.
Leader of his own ensembles, he is also resident with The Hogtown Syncopators, as pianist.
Clarinettist par excellence, Ross is well-known for his work in a number of Ensembles, being a member of the previous Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards. Ross leads a sextet, featuring the work of Benny Goodman
67 Front St. The C'est What? pub is 'home base' for The Hot Five Jazzmakers, who play there alternate Saturdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, September to May, now in their 30th year there. Famous for its great variety of craft-brewed beers, it brews its own beers too. A piece of New Orleans right here in Toronto.
The K-W Dixieland Jazz Club.Lancaster Jazz Club. 19 Regina St. N., Waterloo (2nd floor of Canadina Legion building). Gigs Saturdays, 2 to 5 pm, September through May, plus special events and excursions. Info: WaynePauli [email protected] or 519-744-2665. Annual membership $10. Sessions are open to non-members.
52 Wellington E A hotspot for jazz, swing & blues. Sophia Perlman & the Vipers were resident Mondays but the bar has recently not opened Mondays. Red Hot Ramble and Alex Pangman both have monthly slots here
June 22 - July 2, 2017. Not a Toronto location, but it has featured more classical jazz bands than some Toronto 'jazz' festivals. There is also a Winter Jazz Festival; February 9-12, 2017.
2018 dates tba.
The "Ralph Grugel Memorial Jazz Festival" is now a well-established replacement fro the famous Strongsville (Cleveland) jazz festival that ceased after many years in 2011, of which the late Ralph Grugel was a key organizer. Now in the hands of Ragtime Rick Grafing.
Bands in prior years: Cakewalkin' Jass Band, Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band, The Sunset Stomp Jazz Band, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, Easy Street Jazz Band, Climax Jazz Band.
Check website for this year's lineup.
April 12-15, 2018.
The famous annual event of traditional jazz in the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. 4 days, Thursday thru Sunday. Many bands. A popular festival with Toronto's jazz players and fans alike.
CDBaby is a merchandising website that has been gathering momentum.
Specializing in artists who can be described as "Indie" (independent of a major recording label), it is becoming a focus for people looking for recordings by such artists - a specialty market.
Local classic jazz musicians known to make their work available on CDBaby include:
Alex Pangman, Jordan Klapman, Mick Lewis.
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Many, many books, CDs, tapes, DVDs and other materials covering classical jazz, available to borrow and enjoy. There is also an e-books section, where you can read books on your computer or mobile device.
Not what you want at your local branch? Use the online reservation system and they will deliver to your branch and notify you when you can pick them up. And it's all free