Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vincent Wolfe

Another sublime evening - this time Vincent Wolfe and trio at Chalkers - that's Mark Kieswetter on piano, Jordan O'Connor on bass and Ted Warren on drums.

Image courtesy of kmegd.com

Vincent was celebrating his newest release - "Dream Weaver" - artwork and cover by chanteuse, flautist and GNO founder,  Lisa Particelli who was meeting, greeting and selling CDs at the door. Vince has been away working on the cruise ship the Queen Mary II but what a joy to have him back on land and specifically Toronto once again.

There were a number of amusing anecdotes about ahem, knowing your place on the veddy British liner - including his rebellious act of selling his CDs from the stage..."it's just not done"...:) and trying to vault the castle walls to get a sandwich from the lounge - very "Upstairs, Downstairs".

How to describe his gorgeous tone - the lovechild of John Pizzarelli and Mel Torme? Weird but true - hearing is believing what a terrific vocalist he is...witness "I'm Glad There is You" - one of my faves, "Don't Let me Lonely Tonight" (yup, sweet baby James) and seasonal tunes like "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and that Vince Guaraldi classic "Christmastime is Here". Everything goes down as smoothly as rum and eggnog - and just as rich.

Let's hope we get to hear some Vincent and soon. In the meantime check out his MySpace page...

Not as much can be said for service there last night - after an enthusiastic greeting from server and order of 2 glasses of wine with the promise of ordering something to eat later....(early dinner at Sadie's was still much in evidence - burrito if you must know) we were pretty much ignored for the next 2 hours...not good. Would this have happened at say, the Rex, I asked myself? Answer - NO.

Got a Facebook notice from singer Beverley Taft that she and her "Waxotic Players" featuring Nathan Hiltz on guitar and Mark Cashion on bass are in my 'hood on Tuesday from 8 - 11 - Czehoski on Queen...how convenient....

On Wednesday night at the Reservoir - another of our former "Jazzology" guests - Mary McKay along with Adrean Farrugia from 7 - 9 p.m. Cool!

After a relaxing and invigorating class of Vinyasa Yoga, it was Peanut Butter Waffles for lunch - "Vegan Brunch" is the cookbook and later today out to Alhambra in Bronte for some Middle Eastern/Moroccan fare.

Shopping is mostly done - a major relief.
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