The Steve Wallace Quintet Plays Monk
Steve Wallace has played bass for a number of jazz shows in Peterborough. This time, he comes to town as a band leader, bringing the Steve Wallace Quintet Plays Monk. Wallace has been a top-of-the-line bassist in Toronto for many years, playing with Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Zoot Sims, and many others. He is currently the bassist in several jazz groups in Toronto, including the Juno award winning Mike Murley Trio.
Terry Clarke is a very well-known jazz drummer. In 1965 he moved to San Francisco to work with saxophonist John Handy. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City to pursue his jazz drummer career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilemans, Red Mitchell, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, and Roger Kellaway, to list just a few. Clarke returned to Toronto in 1999, where he has been playing with a range of groups. In 2010 his album “It’s About Time” won the JUNO Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2010.
Mark Eisenman is a great pianist from Toronto. He has performed and toured with numerous eminent jazz artists including Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw, Nat Adderley, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, and Pat LaBarbera. His most recent CD “Sweet and Lovely” features legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassist Pat Collins.
Another well-known Toronto jazz musician, Kevin Turcotte has been playing trumpet all over the world, with many musicians, including Claude Ranger, Phil Nimmons, Pat Labarbera, Doug Riley, Don Thompson, Brian Blade, Sam Rivers, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Tito Puente, Warren Vache and Carla Bley.
In 2016, he was chosen to play the trumpet parts on the soundtrack for a feature film about the life of trumpeter Chet Baker. “Born to be Blue”, starring American actor Ethan Hawke as Chet, was released in 2016 to rave reviews.
Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., saxophonist Perry White has been in Toronto since the 1980s. Since then he has performed and recorded with many musicians: Hilario Duran, Dave Young, The Shuffle Demons, Bill Mays, Hugh Fraser, Phil Dwyer, Holly Cole, John MacLeod, The Boss Brass, Reg Schwager, Ted Quinlan, Roberto Occhipinti, David Foster, Michael Occhipinti, Claude Ranger, Freddie Stone, and Don Thompson.
Dine with Jazz – Musician Profiles
At Brio Gusto:
Mike Graham – guitar
Dennis Pendrith – bass
Mike Graham is a successful guitarist, vocalist, composer, educator, and music producer. Dennis Pendrith is a sensational bass player, having toured and recorded with many of Canada’s elite acts, such as Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.
At Hot Belly Mama’s:
Pete Woolidge – piano
Federico Pontani – guitar
Pete Woolidge is an accomplished, Peterborough-based jazz pianist. He has been entertaining audiences around the continent for more than 30 years. Joining him on guitar is Federico Pontani, a talented guitar player who has played in numerous bands here and in Italy.
At La Hacienda:
Mike Francis – guitar
Neal Davis – bass
Mike Francis is a studio guitarist, writer, and record producer in the Toronto recording scene. He has recorded with Joe Sealey, Jackie Richardson, Nelly Furtado, Robi Botos, Natalie McMaster, and many more! Joining Mike on bass will be Neal Davis.
At the Curry Village:
Biff Hannon –piano
Donna Collison – vocals
Biff Hannon has played jazz for many years, touring with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinson. He has also been the music director for jazz singers Anita O’Day and Nancy Wilson. He now lives in Peterborough. Donna Collison has been involved in music in Peterborough her whole life, singing, arranging, teaching, and playing piano. She sings the American Songbook with Biff Hannon.
At The Lounge by Lignum:
Steve Holt – piano
Dave Young – bass
Hailing from Montreal, Steve Holt has played jazz piano since he was 17. He has played with Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Pat LaBarbera, and led his own trios and quartets.
Dave Young has legendary status as a bassist. He has played with Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, and led his own bands.