Private event featuring KLO on vocals and Rob Martin on guitar.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the superb Ottawa guitarist Rob Martin and as we both agreed, it’s been too long! Please join us for our gig at Zolas Restaurant on March 7, 2020 when we’ll feature some swinging tunes from the Great American Songbook and showcase Rob’s beautiful guitar style.
We will surely also feature some wonderful music from the repertoire of the great Django Reinhardt, a favourite artist of Rob’s and mine. We did a tribute concert to Django’s music at GigSpace many moons ago. A recording from that show entitled “Si tu savais” may be heard here.
Rob began playing guitar as a teenager and absorbed jazz through the influence of his guitarist father. Rob studied with a number of notable private teachers in Toronto, and attended the Humber College Jazz Program. He was a regular fixture in alternative music groups in Toronto and in the 1990s he studied classical guitar with Danielle Kassner at the Guitar Society of Toronto. Since his move to Ottawa in 1996, Rob has regularly performed in jazz and gypsy jazz formats. Regular partners in crime include Paul Bourdeau (Swing Guitars), Gerri Trimble, Mark Fraser, Peter Hum, Karen Rauh, Mark Fraser and Charley Gordon.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be returning to Millbrook, Ontario for another edition of the Ladies of Jazz concert series at the Pastry Peddler café. This time, the series will pay special tribute to three great ladies of jazz. I am thrilled to celebrate the career of the fabulous Miss Peggy Lee on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth this year.
Millbrook is a charming town about three hours west of Ottawa and I am looking forward to spending more time visiting the local shops on this visit. The menu at the Pastry Peddler is inventive and delicious, the desserts are sublime and the ambience is relaxed and cosy. They always put together a wonderful special menu for their musical events. There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 pm and one at 7:45 pm; price TBA. Check out the video below for a preview of their beautiful establishment.
I hope you’ll join us at the Pastry Peddler for Ladies of Jazz!
I have a little secret to share with you. While jazz is my passion, I also love listening to and singing country music;
I have for years! Well, I am finally going to present a concert that marries those two worlds together.
Please join me and guitarist Pierre Monfils, pianist Ginny Simonds and bassist Pat Moore as we put a jazzy spin on some country classics and dig into some of our favourite jazz standards. It all takes place on May 31, 2020 as part of Katie Diamond’s Sunday Jazz Cabaret series at Music at Mill Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
We’ll feature tunes by some of our favourite jazz artists — think Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee (it will be the 100th anniversary of Miss Peggy Lee’s birth in 2020) plus a few others — as well as jazzy versions of some great country classics by these same artists and more traditional country singers like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and, of course, the incomparable country song stylist Patsy Cline.
We look forward to seeing you at the crossroads in Chelsea where jazz and country music really swing. And if you feel like dressing up in your best Western gear or something jazzy or both, we’d be delighted. I’ll be sporting my new cowgirl hat; yee-haw!
Tickets are NOW ON SALE at eventbrite.