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TD Toronto Jazz 2019: DIANA ROSS @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (June 24, 2019)

Dazzling. Legendary. Iconic. Stunning. Diana Ross graced the stage at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for the 2019 edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Dazzling… Starting off with “I’m Coming Out”, apropos as the Toronto Jazz Festival over-lapped with Toronto’s Pride Week. Legendary… With an immaculate catalogue of some of the most […]

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KAMAAL WILLIAMS / HENRY WU – The Return Tour @Velvet Underground (March 3, 2019)

An ocean away from South London UK, Kamaal Williams, the latest project spearheaded by Henry Wu (formerly Yussef Kamaal, Breakthrough Act of 2017 Jazz FM Awards) made its live debut in Toronto. Equally adventurous, many braced the frigid temperatures on a Sunday night to see Wu’s Canadian appearance at the Velvet Underground. A sold out, […]

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MAX WEINBERG’S JUKEBOX @ The Horseshoe Tavern (Oct 10, 2017)

Celebrating The Horseshoe Tavern’s 70th year as one of the legendary landmark music  venues in Toronto, Bruce Springsteen E-street drummer co-hort Max Weinberg graced the legendary stage.       Named Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, like a “jukebox”, the audience get to choose the songs for the band to play. Flanked by word-class “musician’s” musicians: Marshall […]

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LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: US Soulfire Tour 2017 @ Danforth Music Hall (Oct 9, 2017)

A little bit of music royalty from Asbury Park, New Jersey, graced the Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall for Canadian Thanksgiving. Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul armed with a 15-piece band played to a turkey-hangover crowd of Springsteen devotees. Promoting the latest release LP “Soulfire”, attendees were treated to revisiting songs that span the […]

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ROY AYERS & LONNIE LISTON SMITH & The Superstars of Jazz Fusion @Chene Park Detroit (July 19, 2017)

Legendary Superstars… Many artists owe a great debt to the “Superstars”, who have been sampled or have (directly/indirectly) influenced virtually every R+B & Hip Hop artist working today. Here’s a small sample sized list (anyone familiar?): Tyler, the Creator Michael Jackson Chance the Rapper Young Jeezy Puff Daddy Rick Ross Jay-Z Mos Def Nas Masters […]

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PRINCE: Piano and a Microphone @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (March 25, 2016)

Words+Images+Video: HUMsandy    Bright white ivory keys are no match for the colourful palette of a masterful talent such as Prince. As pointed out to me by my colleague (an accomplished concert pianist) the last time Prince visited Toronto for his “PRINCE + 3RDEYEGIRL – HITnRUN Tour“, his focus was (finally) playing the guitar backed by his three-piece band. However, […]

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