Thursday, April 30, 2009

This and that

A goddess does need some pampering and that's what went on at Lush and Lavish salon on Ossington yesterday - marvelous facial from the soothing and assured hands of Carol using Eminence facial products - a wonderful organic Hungarian line that smells wonderful and works! Carol is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare and enthusiastic - such a relaxing experience.
Then a trim with the effervescent Veronica who enjoyed singing along to "Killing me Softly" - Lauren Hill's version while cutting. Veronica is not only charming but very quick and skilled.
I hung around for a special event afterward which included a seminar by stylist/educator Kevyn Martel on Kevin Murphy hair products - then another wash with a product called Maxi Wash which totally cleans the hair, Angel Wash for me and a treatment for volume (some people had the shine treatment) - later styled. The place was bustling and all the ladies looked amazing - they were even taking before and after shots...I felt great!
And now to jazz....
A few things you should know about - Kollage's Rhythm section is performing with singer Michael Danso tomorrow night (May 1)at a place called Pero's Lounge on Bloor - an Eritrean restaurant. Cover is $20 which includes a CD, $10 without CD. Showtime 8ish, jazz time...
- speaking of drummers, Max Sennitt is playing with Alex Cuba, a wonderful singer/songwriter/guitarist at the Mod Club tomorrow night as well start time 7:30 ish.
Justin Gray, one of my favourite Humber graduates, is back from his amazing sojourn in India and is presiding over the Tuesday jazz jams at the Rex - featuring such people as Larnell Lewis, Alex Goodman and Luis Deniz.
What promises to be a great show - Neal Caine's Quintet with Jason Marsalis at Chalkers Pub. The last time I caught Neal Caine he was here at a very sparsely attended showing at the Diesel Playhouse - smaller cabaret theatre - the band was really hot! Too bad if you missed out...here is your chance for redemption....Contact http://www.torontojazzbuzz.com/ for early bird tickets $ 15 in advance or $35 at the door. Chalkers is a cozy north Toronto pub which has been really supportive of live jazz thanks to Steve, the owner.
On Sunday, I am planning on going to the Rex, starting at 11 a.m. - yes, 11 because, well, maybe jazz people will be up by then or at the very least the parents of the band members. It's Humber College Community Music School recitals, a series of ensembles featuring promising young jazz musicians - a number of whom start when they are knee high to a grasshopper. As the afternoon progresses so does the performance experience of the musicians...catch some rising stars and good grub.
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