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Dave Coules

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Dave Coules is a resident of Oakville Ontario and has been on the Toronto music scene full time since 2012. He is a retired educator with over 30 years of experience in the profession during which time he led award-winning high school big bands and jazz ensembles. Dave’s musical resume comprises work with a number of Toronto area ensembles including Swing Shift Big Band, the George Lake Big Band and the Bob Clegg Big Band. He has also been a guest artist with the Bob Cary Orchestra, the Chris Hunt Tentet, the Anthony Terpstra Septet and the OctoKats. As well as playing lead alto sax for the Advocats Big Band, Dave is an accomplished soloist, featured regularly in their performances

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Fifth Element

In classical thought, the four elements are earth, water, air and fire. The fifth element, quintessence or spirit, is captured in the music we love to play. A jazz quintet featuring Dave Coules, Dale Scaife, Ron Johnston, Glenn Anderson and Nina Richmond.

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Nina Richmond

Nina has been passionate about singing her whole life, performing in genres from musical theatre and pop to jazz and blues. During her many years practising law and raising a family, Nina was the featured singer with the Advocats Big Band and the Tokyo Giants, R & B band, as well as the swing band, Atomic Cocktail, and many other smaller formations. She has performed at high-profile events such as the Beaches International Jazz Festival, Eat to the Beat for Willow, the Angel Ball for Providence Centre, AidsBeat, as well as at weddings, parties and book launches. She has appeared at many venues around Toronto, including, The Rex, The Duke Live, The Old Mill, Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge, Gate 403, the Rivoli, Revival Bar, The Pilot and more

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Platinum-Selling Classical Kids Releases First New Album In 20 Years 'Gershwin's Magic Key'

In work Billboard lauds as “one of the most completely wondrous examples of children’s entertainment… ever,” multi-award winning and Platinum selling non-profit Classical Kids LIVE! present their newest studio recording, Gershwin’s Magic Key—available now! It’s ‘Extra, extra! Read all about it!’ as audiences step into the streets of 1920s New York as a newspaper boy has ...

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Jesse Ryan

Saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago surrounded by a rich heritage of music. Perhaps, it’s no surprise that he has steadily earned his place as one of Trinidad’s bright, young stars, being the grandson of one of the islands’ calypso veterans, Clifton Ryan, aka the “Mighty Bomber”. Jesse is the 2020 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award - an award that puts a spotlight on emerging jazz musicians with a keen sense of the grand tradition behind jazz music, while putting their own stamp on the genre and the Toronto music scene with their unique style and approach

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The Aubrey Wilson Quartet

In many ways, Aubrey Wilson was born to be a musician. Growing up, Wilson was immersed in jazz, soul, and show tunes without even knowing it; her father, a singer, was part of a successful barbershop quartet, which toured across Canada and the United States. Being around so much music – and accompanying her vocalist father to many of his shows – Wilson developed a natural affinity for performing. In addition to singing, she danced from a young age, performed with her high school jazz band, and, when deciding on her post-secondary education, elected to attend Mohawk College’s Applied Music program, where she studied with Carol McCartney and Bob Shields

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Jacob Wutzke

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Jacob Wutzke is a Montréal/Toronto based drummer, bandleader, author, composer and music educator. Noted for his exceptional technique, creativity and ability to listen and improvise in the moment, he has become an in-demand sideman in the jazz and creative music scenes and continues to compose and perform music regularly. He has performed and recorded with Allison Au, Trevor Giancola, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Michael Davidson, Brownman Ali, Miles Black, Jeff McGregor, Jim Brenan and more. Jacob has also studied with the likes of Larnell Lewis, Mark Kelso, Kirk MacDonald, Barry Romberg and Geoff Young

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Whisky Kisses by Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks Available On October 23, 2020

Whisky Kisses by Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks Available On October 23, 2020

Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor from Toronto, Canada. Alex is quickly becoming one of the top new Jazz crooners on the scene. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released original 11 track debut ...

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Jazz-Pop Singer-Songwriter Laura Fernandez New Release - Okay, Alright - Release Date: October 2nd

Jazz-Pop Singer-Songwriter Laura Fernandez New Release - Okay, Alright - Release Date: October 2nd

Canadian singer/songwriter, pianist, producer, artist, and JAZZFM.91 Toronto radio producer/host Laura Fernandez is taking the time to “Breathe Life" in this, her new single. An intense, emotional ode to love, its recurrent line 'you breathe life into me' is fervent, and almost prayer-like; Alexander Brown shines with a beautiful, muted trumpet and the overall sense of ...

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Orhan Demir

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Canadian Jazz Guitarist, Composer Orhan Demir was born in Turkey in 1954 on September 29th. In 1977 he left Turkey and came to Canada. Some of his earliest influences include the principal groups of the “1970`s jazz-fusion” era and afterwards the cream of the 1950`s and 1960`s , jazz stylists (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, etc..). Discography: Freedom in Jazz Vol.2 (CD-2020), Freedom in Jazz (CD-2019), Originals Vol.2 (CD-2018), Originals (CD- 1997), Guitar Plus (CD-1998), Hot Cargo (CD-1993), Sultan Of Strings (LP-1990), Windmill (LP-1989), North West (LP- 1988), The Way I See You (LP-1986).


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