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Current Listings

Last updated: Tuesday August 23 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!
August Tuesdays, 6:30 - Worst Pop Band Ever with Adrean Farrugia (piano), Drew Birston (bass), Tim Shia (drums) and this week Chris Gale (sax); possible player change-ups throughout the month
August Wednesdays, 6:30 - Johnny Griffith Trio (sax) with Artie Roth (bass) and Chris Wallace (drums); possible player change-ups throughout the month
Wed Aug 24, 9:30 - Alexander Brown's Sextet (trumpet) with Kelly Jefferson (sax), Adrean Farrgia (piano), William Carn (trombone), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums)
August Thursdays, 6:30pm - Jeff MacLeod Organ Trio (organ) with Ben Bishop (guitar) and Morgan Childs (drums); possible player change-ups throughout the month
Thurs-Fri Aug 25-26, 9:30 - Phil Dwyer's Sax Summit (sax) with Jake Koffman, Allison Au, Jeff LaRochelle and Taylor Cook (saxes), Amanda Tosoff (piano), Ben Dwyer (bass) and Morgan Childs (drums)
Fri Aug 26, 6:30pm - Chris Gale Quartet (sax) with Jeff McLeod (organ), Ben Bishop (guitar) and Morgan Childs (drums)
Sat Aug 27, 3:30 - The Cookers featuring Alex Coleman (bass) and Ryan Oliver (sax), Richard Whiteman (piano), Tim Hamel (trumpet) and Joel Haynes (drums)
Mondays in August, 6:30 - Andrew Downing's 'Otterville' (cello): Tara Davidson (sax), Christine Bougie (guitar), Michael Davidson (vibes), Paul Mathew (bass), and Nick Fraser (drums); possible player change-ups throughout the month
Mon Aug 29, 9:30pm - Kirk MacDonald Quartet (sax) with Virginia MacDonald (clarinet)

120 Diner - Jazz Tue thru Sundays, various times
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 Wed-Sundays ComingUp ...
Wednesdays, 8-Midnight: Lisa Particelli's "Girls Night Out East Jam" featuring some of TO's greatest sidemen; Gentlemen welcome too!

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) ...
Aug 23 Mike Arthurs (sax), Bernie Senensky (keys) and George Koller (bass)
Aug 30 Mike Murley and Pat LaBarbera (saxes) and Neil Swainson (bass)
Sep 6 Reg Schwager (guitar), Perry White (sax) and Dave Young (bass)
Sep 13 Jeff McLeod (organ), Alex Dean (sax) and Tim Hamel (trumpet)
Sep 20 TBA
Sep 27 Alison Young (sax), Stacie McGregor (keys) and Neil Swainson (bass)

La Revolución - Jazz Tuesdays, 9-11:30pm (no cover)
2848 Dundas St W; (416-766-0746)
Piano & Horn Duos with Peter Hill ...
Aug 23 Bill McBirnie (flute)
Aug 30 no jazz
Sep 6 Shawn Nykwist (sax)
Sep 13 Jesse Barksdale (guitar)
Sep 20 David French (sax)
Sep 6 Shawn Nykwist (sax)

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.
Every Tue & Sat, 8:45/9:45 Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm Band

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 Aug 24-30, 2016 Tranzac Newsletter for full calendar.
See latest Tranzac Newsletter link above for all events ComingUp; some details below
Aug 26 Friday, 10pm: Ryan Driver Sextet

Duggans Brewery - 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.
Aug 24 Brendan Davis with Reg Schwager (guitar) and Perry White (sax)
Aug 31 Peter Gregory Gypsy Jazz Duo

Whistlers Grill - Jazz Wed and Sundays, 6-9pm ; 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)

Poetry Jazz Cafe - Various Jazz Wed thru Sat 9pm; 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

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.

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);
T-F Tim Hamel's Reposadists (trumpet) with guests

Bloom Restaurant - Jazz Thursday/Fridays, 7pm;$45 Prix Fixe Dinner-Show
2315 Bloor St West (416-767-1315). See Bloom's Website for more info on this unique Nuevo Latino cuisine restaurant.
Aug 25 Eliza Pope Group

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
Thursday Aug 25; 8pm; $12 - Brian Katz (guitar) with Ernie Tollar (sax) and George Koller (bass)
Fri-Sat Aug 26-27; 9pm; $15 - Kalabash: a jazz sextet built around the steel drums! ... with Gareth Burgess (steel pans) and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo (drums), Colleen Allen (sax/flute/clarinet), Michael Shand (piano), Andrew Stewart (bass) and Anthony Pierre (percussion)
Wed Aug 31; 8pm; $15 - A Tribute to Tenor Classics with Kirk MacDonald and Peter Cheslie (saxes), Paul Novotny (bass) and Chris Wallace (drums)
Fri-Sat Sep 2-3; 9pm; $20 - Chicago's Paul Marinaro (vocals) and Ben Patterson (piano) with our own Dave Young (bass) and Morgan Childs (drums)
Thur-Sat Sep 8-10, 9pm; $15/20 - The Cookers Quintet featuring Alex Coleman (bass), Ryan Oliver (sax), Tim Hamel (trumpet), Richard Whiteman (piano), Joel Haynes (drums) with special guest from NYC Johnny O'Neal (vocals/piano)
Thur-Sat Sep 29-Oct 1; 9pm; $20 - Renee Lee (vocals) and Richard Ring Quartet (guitar) with TBA

The Home Smith Bar - Jazz Summer 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 July-Aug and September.
Aug 26 Danny McErlain Trio (piano) with Peter Telford (bass) and Kevin Dempsey (drums)
Aug 27 Rosemary Galloway Quartet (bass) with Pat LaBarbera (sax), Gary Williamson (piano) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Sep 2 Ross Wooldridge Trio (sax/clarinet) with Bernie Senensky (piano) and Neil Swainson (bass)
Sep 3 Mark Eisenman Trio (piano) with Steve Wallace (bass) and John Sumner (drums)
Sep 8 Thursdays return!! John Sherwood Trio (piano) with Kieran Overs (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Sep 9 Amhed Mitchel Quartet (drums) with Luis Deniz (alto), Raphael Zaldavar (piano) and Roberto Occhipinti (bass)
Sep 10 Nancy Walker Trio (piano) with Kieran Overs (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums)
Sep 15 Reg Schwager (guitar) and Kiki Misumi Trio (cello) with Kevin Coady (drums)
Sep 16 Chris Butcher 4 (trombone) with Jeremy Ledbetter (piano), Justin Gray (bass) and Lowell Whitty (drums)
Sep 17 Melissa Lauren Trio (vocals) with Nathan Hiltz (guitar) and Dan Fortin (bass)
Sep 22 Debbbie Fleming Quartet (vocals) with Mark Kieswetter (piano), John MacMurchy (sax) and Russ Boswell (bass)
Sep 23 Ottawa's Brian Browne (piano) with Pat Collins (bass) and Don Vickery (drums)
Sep 24 John MacMurchy Quartet (sax/clarinet) with Mark Kieswetter (piano), George Koller (bass) and Charley Cooley (drums)

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 below; see their website's link above for all jazz ComingUp ...
Aug 27 Fridays Jazz Hour, 7:30-8:30; No Cover before 8pm 7:30pm: :Yoser Rodriguez Trio (bass)
Sep 7 Wednesday! 8pm; Cover $15: Alexis Baro's (trumpet) CD Release: Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project with Jeff King (sax), Jeremy Ledbetter (keys), Yoser Rodrigues(bass), Amhed Mitchel (drums) and J.L. Torres (percussion)

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.
Aug 27 Steve Holt Quartet (keys) with Kirk MacDonald (sax), Kieran Overs (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Sep 3 2016 Juno Winner: Allison Au Quartet (sax) with Todd Pentney (keys), Jon Meyer (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums)
Sep 10 CD Release with Alexis Baro and the Pueblo Nuevo Project (trumpet) with Jeff King (sax), Jeremy Ledbetter (keys), Yoser Rodrigues(bass), Amhed Mitchel (drums) and J.L. Torres (percussion)
Sep 17 Richard Underhill Quartet (alto sax)
Sep 24 Bob Brough Quartet (sax) with Steve Amirault (keys), Artie Roth (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums)
Oct 1 Sugar Daddies Sextet: Gord Sheard (keys), John Johnson (sax), Dave Dunlop (trumpet), Tom Bellman (guitar), Steve Conover (bass) and Peter Howard (drums)

Morgans - Jazz August Saturdays; 9pm-12; (no cover)
1282 Danforth Ave, just east of Greenwood (416-461-3020). See Morgans' website for more info.
Aug 27 The 501 East Band with Carlos Lopes (guitar), Aidan Mason (guitar/violin/vocals) and Russ Boswell (bass)

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.
Aug 28 Melissa Lauren Duo (vocals) with Eric St Laurent (guitar)
Sept 4 No Jazz
Sept 11 No Jazz
Sept 18 Carlos Lopes Trio (guitar)
Sept 25 Kingsley Etienne Trio (keys) with Steve Cole (guitar) and Sylvester Goshay (drums)
Oct 2 Carin Redman Trio (vocals) with Mark Kieswetter (keys) and Ross MacIntyre (bass)

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.
Aug 28 Sunday, 6pm: Monk's Music with Michael Davidson (vibes)
8:30pm: Richard Whiteman Quartet
Aug 29 Monday, 7pm: Alexei Orechin (bass)
9:30pm: Residency Monday's in Aug! with Phil Dwyer Trio (sax): this week with Jon Maharaj (bass) Morgan Childs (drums)
Sep 4 Sunday, 6pm: TBA
8:30pm: TBA

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, 8:30-11pm; (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

Hirut Restaurant - Jazz Thursday or Friday, 8:30-10pm; (PWYC)
2050 Danforth Ave, one block west of Woodbine; (416-551-7560).
Sep 1 Thursday, 8:30pm: Marty Harrison Quintet (drums) with Alexander Brown (trumpet), Kurt Lund (sax), Tom Reynolds (keys) and Brendan Davis (bass)
Sep 6 Tuesday, 8pm: Finger Style Guitar Association and September 20
Sep 9 Friday, 8:30: Don Naduriak Quintet (keys) with Bob Rice (trumpet), John "JJ" Johnson (sax), George Koller (bass) and Joaquim Hidalgo (drums)

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.

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 for jazz ComingUp ...

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

E-mail us at info@ComingUpStraightAhead.com


'round town previously ...


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August Monday Residency continues at Emmet Ray with Phil Dwyer (sax) Trios: above Aug 22 with Terry Clarke (drums) and Ben Dwyer (bass)
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BRINKS Quartet, 1st show at Emmet Ray Aug 22: David French (sax), Fabio Ragnelli (drums),Dan Fortin (bass) and Michael Davidson (vibes)
Photo: Thanks to Eugene Beck




click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionGreg Pilo (drums) Salty Dog Tuesdays, Aug 9 with Reg Schwager (guitar), George Koller (bass) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet)
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click to see larger versionAugust Thurdays at The Rex: Jeff McLeod Organ Trio (organ) with Ben Bishop (guitar) and Morgan Childs (drums)
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click to see larger versionAugust Tuesdays at The Rex: Worst Pop Band Ever with Adrean Farrugia (piano), Michael Herring (bass), Tim Shia (drums) and Chris Gale (sax)
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"Life is alot like Jazz... it's best when you improvise."...Art Blakey 

click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionLuis Deniz Quartet (sax) with Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Geoff Young (guitar), and Anthony Szczachor (drums) Aug 6 at the Pilot
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click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionGreg Pilo Salty Dog Tuesday with Lorne Lofsky (guitar), Jeff McLeod (organ) and Ryan Oliver (sax) Aug 2
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Jake Koffman Quartet (sax) with Jon Meyer (bass), Nathan Hiltz (guitar) and Chris Wallace (drums) at The Pilot July 23
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Phil Dwyer Quintet (sax) with Steve McDade (trumpet), Mike Downes (bass), Ethan Ardelli (drums) and Robi Botos (piano) July 21-21 at The Rex
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Alex Dean Quartet (sax) with Ted Quinlan (guitar), Kieran Overs (bass) and Ted Warren ((drums) July 16 at The Pilot
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Kirk MacDonald & Pat LaBarbera Quartet (saxes) with Kieran Overs (bass) and NYC's Adam Nussbaum (drums) July 7 at the Rex
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Mike Murley Quartet (sax) with Ted Warren ((drums), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet) and Jim Vivian (bass) July 2 at The Pilot
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click to see larger versionclick to see larger versionclick to see larger versionGreg Pilo (drums) Salty Dog Tuesdays with Ryan Oliver Trio (sax) Dave Young (bass) and Bernie Senensky (keys) June 28
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click to see larger version Marty Harrison (drums) Quintet with Bob Brough (sax), Alexander Brown (trumpet), Peter Telford (bass) and Tom Reynolds (keys) June 23 at Hirut Restaurant
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Rich Brown's Rince the Algorithm (bass) with Robi Botos (piano), Luis Denis (sax) and Larnell Lewis (drums) at the Rex during June TD Festival
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Alison Young Quartet (sax) with Eric St Laurent (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass) and Sly Juhas (drums) during June TD Festival
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Richard Whiteman Quartet (bass) with Trevor Hogg (sax), Jake Wilkinson (trumpet) and Reg Schwager (guitar) during June TD Festival
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September Neighbourhood Jazz Fest!


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Kensington Jazz Fest: Fri-Sun, Sep 16-18, 2016
Find the complete schedule at the Festival's website here
...9 Venues, 100+ performers; cash$ only.

If you're travelling, find more Canadian & U.S Festivals here.
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