First Tuesday and every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the 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.
Respected across the national jazz scene for nearly three decades, the hard-swinging CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET have established themselves, individually and collectively, among the elite of jazz musicians on air and in recording studios, in clubs and on concert stages, and at major music events and jazz festivals all over the country.
Founded by the late guitar luminary Gary Benson in 1987, the lineup has evolved over the years, but under the long-time current leadership of iconic vibes-master Frank Wright, today’s Canadian Jazz Quartet (FRANK WRIGHT on vibes, TED QUINLAN on guitar, PAT COLLINS on bass, DON VICKERY on drums) remains the standard of excellence in jazz in Canada.
After a record-breaking 9-year run creating new mainstream jazz collaborations weekly at leading downtown jazz venues, the classy CJQ now brings their graceful treatment of standards and original material to a “first Friday” residency at the Home Smith Bar, showcasing a different headlining superstar each month.
Tonight’s featured guest is an outstanding performer, composer, and recording artist based in Toronto. Saxophonist JOHN MacMURCHY has released four albums to critical acclaim and international airplay. He has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Emerson, and John Dankworth. MacMurchy’s latest album ‘Art of Breath – Volume 1’, features eight original compositions performed by seven of the finest instrumentalists in Canada and two superb vocalists. A versatile musician, MacMurchy is busy as a session player, sideman, and arranger. He is featured on June Garber’s latest record,“This I Know’.
* Minimum Food & Beverage
* $ 20.00 per person
* Taxes & Gratuities Additional
Limited Seating Available / No Reservations
Entertainment 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Home Smith Bar April 7