John Alcorn

The Halloween Songbook

Should we be afraid?!? Likely, not – this October 31 show will weigh in on the “treats” side, and not too many evil “tricks” :)

Please note that this evening will be the last of our “themed” Songbooks for a little while. Beginning on November 7, we’re switching to a new format that we think you’ll love. We’ll tell you more about that soon!

In the meantime, please visit the John Alcorn Facebook Music Page, and “Like” us:

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You can also join the Halloween Songbook Facebook Event Page here:

Halloween Songbook

ABOUT the HALLOWEEN SONGBOOK

The devilish Steve Wallace came up with this notion a few weeks ago, when he realized that one of our Flying Beaver Pubaret Wednesdays would fall on Halloween.

Within a few days, he’d compiled a list of great tunes related to such concepts as witches, magic, devils, the moon, evil, the colour orange et al – not to mention the general notion of autumn itself. A few fans have also added their suggestions and requests (thank you, Judy!). This theme has us kinda foolishly pumped, and we hope that you’ll join Steve Wallace (the King of Bass), Reg Schwager (Jazz Guitar Maestro) and me (costumes optional!).

Details:
6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

TICKETS:
$15.00 adv/$20.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.
647.347.6567
http://www.pubaret.com/

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One Night Only – The Home Smith Bar!


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We’ll be digging deep into our standards collections as we play our favourites (and, hopefully, your faves too!) tomorrow night for *Fridays to Sing About* at the beautiful Home Smith Bar in Toronto’s west end.

I’m thrilled that I’ll be working with two of the finest Canadian jazz musicians on this special engagement – David Restivo (piano) and Pat Collins (bass). If that’s not enough to tempt you, consider that there’s no cover charge :))

Details:
7:30PM – 10:30PM

TICKETS:
NO COVER CHARGE
*Minimum Food & Beverage * $ 20.00 per person * Taxes & gratuities included

416-236-2641

http://www.oldmilltoronto.com

 

The Chet Baker Songbook


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We think that all of our Songbook evenings are special, of course – each with its own unique charms and challenges. However, we believe that this one will be a particular standout. First, there’s the repertoire – exclusively songs that the charismatic Chet Baker loved and lived. Second, there’s the ongoing supreme artistry of guitarist Reg Schwager and bassist Steve Wallace – pure magic. Third, there’s our very special guest artist – New York cornet virtuoso Warren Vaché.

ABOUT CHET BAKER

Chet Baker (1929-1988) was a jazz trumpeter and singer most often associated with the West Coast, “cool jazz” style.

His repertoire included many songs that we now consider classic standards, like Alone Together, Everything Happens To Me, Time After Time and My Funny Valentine.

Here is Bruce Weber‘s 1988 documentary, Let’s Get Lost. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth checking out…

Details:
6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

TICKETS:
$15.00 adv/$20.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.
647.347.6567
http://www.pubaret.com/

The Billie Holiday Songbook


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Next Wednesday, October 17, we’re beginning a little detour into the songbooks of iconic interpreters of song. First up is one of my personal heroes and everlasting inspiration, Billie Holiday aka Lady Day. We hope that you’ll join us at The Flying Beaver Pubaret as Reg Schwager (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass) and I explore the songs that Ms. Holiday “owned”, either through her unforgettable – and often definitive – interpretations or through actual creation (yes, she was a gifted songwriter too).

ABOUT BILLIE HOLIDAY

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) had a formative influence on jazz and pop singing.

Her vocal style, strongly influenced by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo in such songs as Crazy He Calls Me, Solitude, Strange Fruit, Them There Eyes and God Bless The Child.

Here’s Billie singing Autumn In New York, with Oscar Peterson at the piano (1952):

Details:
6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

TICKETS:
$15.00 adv/$20.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.
647.347.6567
http://www.pubaret.com/

The Rodgers and Hart Songbook


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On Wednesday, October 10 we’re exploring the treasure trove of songs created by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz (Larry) Hart. We hope that you’ll join us at the Flying Beaver Pubaret in the heart of Toronto’s Cabbagetown – an intimate “listening room” with stellar sound and great food (and drinks!).

Canadian jazz greats Reg Schwager (guitar) and Steve Wallace (bass) will join John once again for the sixth evening in this ongoing series.

ABOUT RODGERS and HART

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Larry Hart (1895-1943) wrote an astonishing array of musical comedies for Broadway and London’s West End.

At their pinnacle, the team was writing an average of four new shows a year. In 1930, the team relocated to Hollywood, where they contributed songs and wrote the scores for several movie musicals, including the landmark Love Me Tonight starring Maurice Chevalier.

Legendary Broadway producer Billy Rose lured them back to New York in 1935 to write the songs for his circus musical spectacular, Jumbo. Their score introduced The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, My Romance and Little Girl Blue. From 1936 to 1943, Rodgers and Hart wrote a series of Broadway musical comedies, each of which seemed to top the one before in terms of innovation and box office success. These productions collectively offered such classic songs as There’s A Small Hotel, I Wish I Were In Love Again, My Funny Valentine, Where Or When, The Lady Is A Tramp, Spring Is Here, Falling In Love With Love, This Can’t Be Love, I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, It Never Entered My Mind, Bewitched, I Could Write A Book, and Wait Till You See Her.

Details:
6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

TICKETS:
$15.00 adv/$20.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.
647.347.6567
http://www.pubaret.com/