Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the Spring, the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto showcases some of the most important instrumentalists and leading vocalists on today’s jazz scene in the cozy intimacy of one of Toronto’s best-loved lounges.
Bass genius NEIL SWAINSON is one of the jazz genre’s international treasures. An incontestable jazz icon, he grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, working with Paul Horn’s band, and legendary jazz names including Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt before relocating to Toronto in 1977. He played with Woody Shaw frequently in the 1980s and gigged with James Moody, George Coleman, and Zoot Sims.
A member of the Moe Koffman Quintet from 1978 to 1982, Swainson perhaps gained his greatest fame when he started working with piano genius George Shearing in 1988, an association that continued into the late ’90s. His discography includes numerous recordings with Shearing, and dozens of other records with leading artists including Jay McShann, Doc Cheatham, Pat LaBarbera, Geoff Keezer, Rob McConnell, and Ed Bickert. In recent years, he has toured frequently with celebrated jazz singer Roberta Gamborini. In 2014, he released his critically-praised “Tranquility” duo CD (Cornerstone) featuring his friend and musical equal of nearly four decades, multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson.
This evening’s all-star NEIL SWAINSON TRIO also features jazz masters PERRY WHITE on saxophones and ROB PILTCH on guitar, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.
* Minimum Food & Beverage
* $ 20.00 per person
* Taxes & Gratuities Additional
Limited Seating Available
Location: Home Smith Bar May 29