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Jazz in the Village

The S-Cafe offers an exciting jazz lineup on Friday nights. From blues to R&B, to jazz standards-with-a-twist, there is a genre for everyone. Scroll down to see our Featured Artists. From 9PM to midnight (no cover).

 

Roberta Hunt: January 25

With her personal and exuberant approach, Roberta adds her own voice to the jazz and blues repertoire. With a rootsy and bluesy style, Roberta was described by one music writer as “Mix big piano with beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot of charisma. With a penchant for those you-done-me-wrong songs and her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans: a picture of Roberta Hunt starts to emerge…“. In addition to solo vocal/piano performances, Roberta stays active in the Toronto/Southern Ontario music scene with her Trio, Red Hot Ramble and swing dance group 'Bertie and the Gents'. Roberta has also participated in the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans; Davos Sounds Good Festival, Davos; Rapperswil Jazz Festival, Switzerland; Jazz in Mortigliano, Italy as well as Southern Ontario jazz festivals over her career.

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John Roby: February 1

Over the years John has been a mainstay of the Toronto music scene composing music for theatre, radio, television and feature films. He was awarded, with Doug Riley & Tyler Yarema, Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2005 by the Canadian Collectors’ Congress. He has scored several feature films including the award winning The Hanging Garden and Beefcake for which he won an Atlantic Film Festival Award for Best Music Composition. He is a two time winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Theatre Award. The first for the score for Theatre of the Film Noir and the second with Raymond Storey for Best New Musical Girls In The Gang. With playwright Raymond Storey, he created a musical adaptation of Lulie The Iceberg from the book by the Imperial Princess of Japan, Princess Hisako Takamado. This show opened in Tokyo and has toured both Japan and Canada.

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Mike Cado & Mike Ferfolia: February 8

Mike Cadó is a Toronto-based guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose diverse experiences reflect his interest in a multitude of genres that span the musical gamut including jazz, blues, Rhythm & Blues, and more. Most recently, Mike Cadó’s artistic expressions, creative energy and curiosity have stimulated him to pursue a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology at York University, where he is also a Faculty member in the Music Department. Mike’s decision to continue graduate studies has been inspired by his interest in exploring the unique relationships between the compositional and improvisational processes, which are unequivocally motivational forces behind his own vitality and music-making. His ability to blend creativity and skill, alongside intellectual sophistication distinguishes Mike Cadó as a unique and dynamic artist.

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Lady Be Good: February 15

Lady Be Good is a Toronto-based band playing the best of jazz, r&b and pop for the best parties and venues in town. The group uses their jazz roots to breathe new life into some of your favourite modern songs. The trio is led by vocalist Kat Langdon Ward and features Ewen Farncombe on keys and George Chenery on bass. In addition to being one of the top-called bands in the city for private events, Lady Be Good is regularly featured in Friday Night Jazz at Ripley's Aquarium.

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