Brian Blain Quartet

First Tuesday and every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the Fall and Winter, The Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto showcases some of the most important entertainers on today’s jazz scene performing for your pleasure in the cozy intimacy of one of Toronto’s best-loved lounges.

BRIAN BLAIN returns to the Old Mill to celebrate the “re-boot” of his 2011 solo live recording, New Folk Blues, which has been “sweetened, stacked, mixed and mastered” with new instrumentation on all the songs and a new lease on life. New Folk Blues 2.0 features his highly original blues-based material, much of which lampoons his life in the music industry. He will be joined by a quartet of musicians who appear on the recording, Alison Young on saxophone, Michelle Josef on drums, and George Koller on bass. The last set will feature Blain’s son Joel who did a remix of “The Ghost of Clinton’s Tavern” on the CD and will bring an element of blues tinged electronica (definitely a first for the ‘Year Round Jazz Festival’ at the Home Smith Bar).  

At 70, Brian Blain could be considered one of the “elders” on the Toronto blues scene, but despite four CD releases, he is probably better known for his work promoting other artists in his role as resident desktop publisher and computer guru for various music societies and associations. He has provided a launching pad for many young artists with his legendary “Campfire Jams” at Highway 61, The Gladstone Hotel, and numerous festivals including the Toronto Jazz Festival where he hosted a blues jam at the Rex a few years back and had jazz luminaries like Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, and Russell Malone “playing 12-bar blues all night long and loving it”.

Jazz Entertainment 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
* Minimum Food & Beverage * $ 20.00 per person 
* Tax & Gratuity Additional 
*  Limited Seating Available / No Reservations 

Entertainment 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Home Smith Bar October 29