Reg Schwager and Luanda @ TD Jazz Festival
Reg Schwager and Luanda Jones will be playing their own songs among classics of Brazilian music.
Reg Schwager was born in the Netherlands in 1962. When he was three his family moved to New Zealand where he studied Suzuki violin. When he was six his family moved again, this time to Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. There he took music lessons in recorder, flute and piano before settling on the guitar as his main instrument. By age fifteen he was playing jazz gigs in big band and small group settings and in duet with his sister Jeannette.
It was at two jazz workshops conducted by Phil Nimmons – at the University of Toronto (1978) and the Banff Centre (1979) that Reg met some of the musicians he would begin working soon after he moved to Toronto in 1979. These included fellow students Renee Rosnes and Ralph Bowen and faculty members including Nimmons, Dave McMurdo, Herbie Spanier and Pat Labarbera. Since then he has been working steadily on the Toronto jazz scene and in other musical areas including new music (New Music Concerts, Hemispheres and Sound Pressure, among others) and improvised music (with musicians such as Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink).
Friday- June 26th – 9pm
Mezzetta Restaurant ( Map)
681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto
TD Jazz Toronto
Sinal Aberto @ Jazz Bistro
Brazilian Jazz Music with Luanda Jones (vocalist),Gord Sheard (keyboards & arrangements),Will Jarvis (bass) and Mark Kelso (drums)
Brazilian singer/songwriter Luanda Jones presents a unique blend of bossa nova, funk, jazz and samba exploring the Brazilian classics as well as Jones’ own finely-crafted original compositions. Luanda launched her highly- acclaimed debut CD Aquarella earlier this year.
During her decade-long career, Luanda has carried forward the Brazilian musical tradition of singing about personal passion and the love for the natural beauty of Brazil and its people. A vocalist in the tradition of the great Brazilian singers Gal Costa, Elis Regina or Joyce, Luanda’s songs are replete with “Saudade” – the famous Portuguese word that is woven throughout Brazil’s musical fabric – especially that of Bossa Nova. (Saudade expresses the longing for something or somebody that one loves, now gone – perhaps never to return.)
June 24th- Wed
Jazz Bistro (Map)
251 Victoria St, Toronto
TD Jazz Festival Toronto : www.torontojazz.com
Buy tickets: www.ticketpro.ca
Advance $25.50+service charge
TD Jazz Festival
Luanda Jones Quartet feat Brownman Ali
In a collaboration that’s sure to delight audiences who love jazz and Brazilian music, the award-winning Brownman Electryc Trio joins forces with acclaimed Brazilian vocalist Luanda Jones for a unique & exciting cross-pollination of New York electric-jazz and modern Brazilian style, playing a combination of both Brownman’s and Luanda’s compositions & re-inventions of classics.
LUANDA JONES QUARTET
Luanda Jones – Voice and guitar (Brazil)
Brownman Ali - flugelhorn (Trinidad)
Ian de Souza – bass and effects (Uganda)
Marito Marques - drums and perc (Portugal)
Brownman and Luanda have collaborated in the past – he appearing as aguest soloist with her regular quartet, her often sitting in with the Electryc Trio. Their unique combination of sounds always prove infectious to audiences. Both are masterful with their respective instruments, both deliver passionate performances as leaders. Having them co-lead an ensemble is recipe for musical wonderment.
May Cafe, 876 Dundas St. West (Map)
9pm, $15 door, $10 advanced list
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Jovino Santos Neto trio + Luanda Jones @ Jazz Bistro
Three time Latin Grammy nominee brilliant Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto shares the state at Jazz Bistro with bassist Roberto Occhipinti – vocalist Luanda Jones and world renowned percussionist Jamey Haddad – two nights only Wednesday May 13 and Thursday May 14 – don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and hear these great musicians on the same stage before they embark on a US concert tour.
May 13 and 14
251 Victoria St., Toronto, (Map)
9pm – 2 sets