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Last updated: Wednesday Nov 30 2016
The Rex - 2-4 shows/day; 7 days/Week; (cover varies)
194 Queen St West (416-598-2475); See The Rex website for COMPLETE selection of all performances!
... see below for a few of many choices available; more options on their website link above!
Dec Fridays, 6:30 - Artie Roth Quartet (bass) with Mike Felice (sax), Geoff Young (guitar) and Anthony Michelli (drums); possible player change-ups throughout the month
Fri Dec 2, 9:30 - Joe Bowden Sextet (drums) with Kelly Jefferson and Luis Deniz (saxes), Alexander Brown (trumpet), Dave Restivo (piano) and Andrew Stewart (bass)
Sat Dec 3, 9:45 - Dave Young Quintet (bass)
Monday December 5 & 12, 6:30 - U.of T. Jazz Ensembles; See UofT website for details.
Tue Dec 6, 6:30 - Closed for Private Party till 9pm
December Wednesdays, 6:30 - Bud Powell Tribute with: Brian de Lima Trio (piano)
Sat Dec 10, 9:45 - Mark McLean's Quintet (drums)
Wed Dec 14, 9:30 - Virginia Frigault-MacDonald Quartet (clarinet) with Emily Steinwall (piano), Hayden Farrar (bass) and Norbert Botos (drums)
Thur Dec 15, 9:30 - Norbert Botos Quartet (drums) with Dave Restivo (piano), Lucian Gray (guitar) and Daniel Ko (sax)
Tue Dec 20, 9:30 - Jake Wilkinson's BeBop Xmas (trumpet) - becoming an annual Rex tradition, expect this 7-8 piece to jazz up your Xmas in a special kind of way!

120 Diner - Jazz Tue thru Sundays, various times and cover
120 Church St, just south of Queen St East (416-792-7725). See 120 website for full calendar.
Weekly Tuesdays thru Sun; see their website's link above for player line-ups ComingUp ... most shows 6-8pm, Tues 6-11:30
Wednesdays, 8-Midnight: Lisa Particelli's "Girls Night Out East Jam" featuring some of TO's greatest sidemen; Gentlemen welcome too!
"Sunday" Cabaret Series, Two Shows: 6-8pm & 8:30-10pm: See Cabaret Nights here for full schedule and artist line-ups.

Table 21 Kitchen & Wine Bar - Jazz Fridays, 6-8pm; no cover
(formerly Stratosphere's) 2956 Bloor St West; (416-236-2867). See Table 21's website for more info.
Weekly Fridays: Virginia Frigault-MacDonald (clarinet) with Marshall Herridge (bass) and Yunjin Claire Lee (keys)

The Home Smith Bar - Jazz Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 7:30-10:30 pm;
($20 min food-bev)
21 Old Mill Road (416-236-2741). See Home Smith Bar website for more info, and these links for player line-ups for November and December.
Dec 2 Canadian Jazz Quartet with Frank Wright (vibes), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Pat Collins (bass), Don Vickery (drums) and this week showcasing Drew Jurecka (violin)
Dec 3 Micah Barnes Quartet (vocals) with Michael Shand (piano), Russ Boswell (bass) and Al Cross (drums)
Dec 6 Monthly Tuesdays! Gene DiNovi Residency (piano), in Concert and Conversation
Dec 8 Steve McDade Trio (trumpet/flugel) with Robi Botos (piano) and Scott Alexander (bass)
Dec 9 Sean Bray Trio (guitar) with Mark Dunn (bass) and David MacDougall (drums)
Dec 10 Colina Phillips Quartet (vocals) with Stacie McGregor (piano), Mike Millegan (bass) and Ted Warren (drums)
Dec 16 Bob DeAngelis Trio (clar/sax) with Phil Disera (guitar) and Ron Johnston (bass)
Dec 17 Julie Michels Trio (vocals) with Dave Restivo (piano) and Ross MacIntyre (bass)
Dec 18 Dave Young Quartet (bass) with Jim Lewis (trumpet), John Sherwood (piano) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Dec 22 Russ Little Trio (trombone) with Tom Szcznesiak (piano) and Scott Alexander (bass)
Dec 23 Julie Mahendran Trio (vocals) with Adrean Farrugia (piano) and Ross MacIntyre (bass)

Lula Lounge - usually Jazz Thursday-Fridays; (dates & cover vary)
1585 Dundas St West, 416-588-0307. See full calendar Lula Lounge events for more info.
"Some" of the Jazz Hilites listed below ;see their website's link above for more info and all jazz ComingUp ...
Fridays Jazz Hour, 7:30-8:30; No Cover before 8pm:

Jazz at Oscar's - Fridays, 9-11:30pm;(no cover)
Arbor Room, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto (licensed)
See Oscar's website for more info and all music listings. This is a licensed room.
Dec 2 U of T Jazz Orchestra

Gate 403 Restaurant - Jazz, Blues, Latin & Boogie 7 days/Week; (no cover)
403 Roncesvalles, south of Dundas St West (416-588-2930) (Free parking at Howard P.S. parking lot located on west side of Roncesvalles on Howard Park Ave.)
See Gate 403 website for FULL calendar.

Poetry Jazz Cafe - Various Jazz Wed thru Sat 9:30pm; 4pm Sundays; $10 cover;
PWYC Sunday
224 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market(416-599-5299)
See full music schedule here at Poetry's website. Limited seating! Pay $5 cover if you arrive before 8:30!
See their website link above for all ComingUp

Tranzac Club - Jazz Sundays, Tuesdays, plus! (PWYC)
292 Brunswick Ave, just south of Bloor (416-923-8137). See Tranzac website for some music details. See Nov 30-Dec 6, 2016 Tranzac Newsletter for full calendar.
See Tranzac's weekly newsletter above for more info and all jazz ComingUp ...

The Pilot Tavern - Jazz Saturdays, 3-6pm (no cover)
22 Cumberland St, 1/2 block west of Yonge, 1 block north of Bloor (416-923-5716)
See The Pilot website for more info.
Dec 3 Bernie Senensky Quartet (keys) with Kenji Omae (sax), Brian Chahley (trumpet) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Dec 10 Sugar Daddies Sextet
Dec 17 Dave Young Quartet (bass) with Jim Lewis (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Dec 24 Bob Brough Quartet (sax)
Dec 31 Luis Deniz Quartet (alto) with Ted Quinlan (guitar), Roberto Occhipinti (bass) and Anthony Szczachor (drums)

Jazz Bistro - Evening Shows, Tue thru Sun; (cover and show times vary)
251 Victoria St (416-363-5299)
See Jazz Bistro's website for COMPLETE weekly schedule and reservations.
"Some" of the Jazz Hilites ComingUp ...; see their website link above for all choices
Sat Dec 3; 9pm; $20 - CD Release "Blue Canvas": Brandy Disterheft Trio (bass) with Harold Mabern (piano) and Joe Farnsworth (drums)
December Sunday Brunch 11:30-2:30pm - Eli Pasic (solo piano)
Sat Dec 17; 9pm; $20 - Representing their countries and their roots with Xmas Classics & jazz standards: 2nd Annual Piano Duo (piano) with Hilario Duran and Robi Botos

The Reservoir Lounge Swing, Jump Blues & Boogie Woogie 5 nts/wk;
Tue thru Sat; 7 pm or 9:45 pm
(cover varies)
52 Wellington St East, west of Church (416-955-0887); Light club menu till 2 a.m.!
See Reservoir Lounge website for monthly calendar.
"Some" of the Jazz Hilites listed below; see their website's link above for more info and all jazz ComingUp ...
Every Tue & Sat, 8:45/9:45: Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm Band

Morgans - Jazz Sundays; 2pm; (no cover)
1282 Danforth Ave, just east of Greenwood (416-461-3020). See Morgans' website for more info.
Dec 4 closed for private event
Dec 11 Joanne Barth (vocals) and Dave Restivo (guitar and vocals)
Dec 18 Lisa Particelli's "Girls Night Out East Jam"; Gentlemen welcome too! featuring Mark Kieswetter (keys)

The Local GEST - Jazz Sundays, 4:30-7:30 pm (no cover)
424 Parliament St, south of Carlton (416-961-9425). See The Local's website for more info.
Dec 4 Alison Young Trio (sax) with Amanda Tosoff (keys) and TBA (bass)
Dec 11 Brendan Davis Trio (bass)
Dec 18 The Local Xmas Carol Singalong

The Emmet Ray Bar - Live Music 7 nts/wk; Jazz Sunday & Mondays; (PWYC)
924 College St, just east of Dovercourt (416-792-4497). Trendy Bistro food! Eclectic variety of music.
See Emmet Ray website for full music schedule.
Dec 4 Sunday, 6pm: Alan Lakusta (bass) and John Smiley (keys) with Marie Goudy (trumpet)
8:30pm: "Too Much Guitar": Nathan Hiltz, Lucian Gray, Trevor Giancola and Ben Bishop (guitars) with Morgan Childs (drums)
Dec 5 Monday, 7pm: Ken MacDonald Quartet (bass)
9:30pm:David French and Perry White Quartet (saxes)
Dec 11 Sunday, 6pm: Monk's Music with Michael Davidson (vibes)
8:30pm:Woodshed Horns
Dec 12 Monday, 7pm: Felicity Williams (vocals) and Justin Haynes (guitar)
9:30pm:Blessings
Dec 18 Sunday, 6pm: Alan Lakusta (bass) and John Smiley (keys) with Kalya Ramu (vocals)
8:30pm: Harrison Vetro (vibes)
Dec 19 Monday, 7pm: Jacob Gorzhaltsan Quartet (clarinet/sax)
9:30pm:Ernesto Cervini Trio (drums) with Luis Deniz (alto) and Rich Brown (bass)

Whistlers Grill - Jazz Wed and Sundays, 7pm; no cover
995 Broadview Ave at Mortimer(416-421-1344). See Whistlers website for more info.
Weekly Wednesdays: Jazz Response Unit with Aaron Harnett (keys) and guests
Weekly Sundays: Harris Mark (guitar) and Steve Candib (bass/guitar)

Byzantium Martini & Supper Club - Jazz Sundays, 7-10pm; (no cover)
499 Church St at Wellesley (416-922-3859)
See Byzantium's Website here for more info. Consider their Sunday Roast Beef Dinner special!
Harry Vetro (drums), Nick Arseneau (bass) and Jacob Thompson (keys)

Pour Boy - Jazz Sundays, 7pm; (PWYC)
583 College St, between Clinton & Manning (647-350-7687)
See Pour Boy's Website here for more info.
Tim Hamel (trumpet) with guests

The Motel - Jazz Mondays, 10:30-1am (no cover)
1235 Queen St St W; (647-381-6246) just W of Dufferin St
Weekly Mondays: Nathan Hiltz solo guitar

The Salty Dog Bar and Grill - Jazz Tuesdays, 7-10pm (PWYC)
1980 Queen Street East, north side @ Waverley Ave, 4 blocks east of Woodbine, just west of Kew Gardens (416-849-5064)
Playing with Greg Pilo (drums) ...
Dec 6 Colleen Allen (sax), Dave Restivo (keys), George Koller (bass)
Dec 13 Stacie McGregor (keys), Alison Young (sax) and Neil Swainson (bass)
Dec 20 Brian Dickinson (keys), Pat LaBarbera (sax) and Neil Swainson (bass)
Dec 27 Perry White (sax), Tim Hamel (trumpet) and Bernie Senensky (keys)

La Revolución - Jazz Tuesdays, 8-10:30pm (no cover)
2848 Dundas St W; (416-766-0746)
Piano & Guest Duos with Peter Hill (keys) ...
Dec 6 Shawn Nykwist (sax)
Dec 13 Reg Schwager (guitar)
Dec 20 Bill McBirnie (flute)
Dec 27 Chris Banks (bass)

Duggans Brewery Music Listening Room - Jazz Wednesdays, 7-10pm; PWYC
1346 Queen St West, two blocks west of Dufferin at Brock; (416-588-1086). See Duggan's website for more info.
Dec Check out their new "Music Listening Room" - entrance to basement at back of building on Brock St: TBA

Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar - Jazz Wednesdays, 9pm ($12 cover)
681 St Clair Ave W, west of Christie (416-658-5687
See Mezzetta's website for more info.
Dec 7 Rob Piltch (guitar) and Neil Swainson (bass)
Dec 14 Portuguese and Brazilian musicLouis Simao (guitar/accordian/vocals) and Pedro Joel (guitar/vocals)
Dec 21 The Holiday Concert: Rebecca Enkin (vocals) and Ron Davis (keys)

Reposado Tequila Bar - Jazz Wed-Thurs-Fri, after 9:30pm; PWYC
136 Ossington Ave, N of Queen St W; (416-532-6474); See Reposado's website for more info.
Wed Michael Herring and guests (bass)
Th-F Tim Hamel's Reposadists (trumpet) with guests

Gallery 345 - Jazz, various performance dates & cover
345 Sorauren Ave (416-822-9781). Find the full performance schedule at the Gallery's website.
see their website's link above for jazz ComingUp ...

For more jazz/blues club listings, plus, see our Other Jazz Links page.

E-mail us at info@ComingUpStraightAhead.com


previously 'round town ...


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Pat LaBarbera Quartet (sax) Nov 19 at The Pilot with Ted Warren (drums), Brian Dickinson (keys) and Neil Swainson (bass)
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Guesting on Nov 15 at Salty Dog Tuesdays: NYC's Stefan Bauer (vibes) with Bernie Senensky (organ)
Photos: Natasha Large


click to see larger version Daniel Barnes Quartet (drums) with Paul Novotny (bass), William Sperandei (trumpet) and (missing from above pix) Robi Botos (piano) at Jazz Bistro Nov 16
Photos: Natasha Large



click to see larger versionMike Murley Quartet (sax) with Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Jim Vivian (bass) and Ted Warren (drums) Nov 12 at The Pilot
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click to see larger versionclick to see larger version Marito Marques Quintet (drums) Nov 12 at The Rex with Rob Christian (sax/flute), Rich Brown (bass), Michael Eckert (guitar) and Adrean Farrugia (piano)
Photo: Natasha Large



click to see larger versionGreg Pilo Salty Dog Tuesdays (drums) Nov 8 with Alex Dean and Pat LaBarbera (saxes) and Neil Swainson (bass)
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click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionBernie Senensky Quintet (piano/organ) with Brian Chahley (trumpet), Terry Clarke (drums), Kenji Omae (sax) and Kieran Overs (bass) at the Rex Nov 4
Photos: Natasha Large



click to see larger versionAllison Au Quartet (alto) at the Rex November Wednesdays; above on Nov 2 with David French (sax), Dan Fortin (bass) and Nick Fraser (drums)
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Ernesto Cervini Trio at the Rex November Tuesdays with Luis Deniz (alto) and Rich Brown (bass)
Photos: Natasha Large



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Dan Fortin Quartet (bass) at the Rex Nov 4 with Michael Davidson (vibes), David French (tenor) and (not shown above) Nico Dann (drums)
Photos: Natasha Large



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Chris Gale Quartet (sax) with Ben Bishop (guitar), Jeff McLeod (keys) and Chris Wallace (drums) at the Pilot Oct 29
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Jazz Navigators at Rex Oct 28 with Pat Carey (sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Sophia Perlman (vocals), Ross MacIntyre (bass) and (missing above) Tom Jestadt (drums)
Photo: Natasha Large



click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionKelly Jefferson Quartet (sax) at The Pilot October 22 with Lucian Gray (guitar), Neil Swainson (bass) and Barry Elmes (drums)
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The Norman Marshall Villeneuve Sextet spreading his Jazz Message in Ontario this month, at the Rex Oct 23 ...Dave Restivo (piano), Artie Roth (bass), Mieron Kelly (trombone), Shawn Nykwist (tenor) and visiting from PEI, Ken Fornetran (alto)
Photo: Natasha Large



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Greg Pilo Salty Dog Tuesdays: Mike Arthurs (sax), Bernie Senensky (keys) and Neil Swainson (bass) with Kenji Omae (sax) joining for a few tunes
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click to see larger versionBarry Elmes Quartet (drums) with Reg Schwager (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (sax) and Pat Collins (bass) at The Pilot October 15
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click to see larger versionSugar Daddies Sextet Sat Oct 1 with Jeff King (sax), Dave Dunlop (trumpet), Steve Conover (bass), Tom Bellman (guitar) and (missing above) Gord Sheard (keys), and Peter Howard (drums)
Photo: Natasha Large
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