Saturday, 11 January 2014

Allyson Morris and her All-Star Band at Jazz bistro Jan 14,2014 Why YOU shouldnt miss this!

Allyson Morris

This coming Tuesday, at the venerable JazzBistro on Victoria street a stunning lineup of musicians is set to back up the sultry vocal stylings of Allyson Morris. With the launch of her CD ''I Saw The Light'' this past November, Chatham native Allyson is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after vocalists in Toronto and beyond. 

"Allyson Morris sings a ballad from the heart. She is an honest performer, and that's very rare these days."   Robi Botos

Backing Allyson on keys is the incomparable Robi Botos. If you're a JazzFM devotee like I am, than you are sure to have heard the fabulous feature piece on Robi in the documentary series 'Identities'. Want to know HOW good Robi is? When Oscar Peterson was looking for a piano teacher for his own daughter, guess who he chose. 'Nough said

You can't have Jazz unless you throw in some Bass (at least in my mind!) . And not just any bassist will do when you play at JazzBistro, so Allyson snagged Russ Boswell!

Russ Boswell is an ACTIVE musician. His talents can be seen and heard in every artisitic endeavor you can imagine. Live theatre, movies, touring and recording. All that's left is for someone to paint his portrait. And with his skill I'm sure that's already in the works! He is the base (no pun intended) of any ensemble, solid and COOL.

photo courtesy of Janet Jardine
Now this next guy I've been following for many many years. Reg Schwager is far and away the BEST jazz guitarist in Toronto. If you don't know his name, you must have been hiding under a rock. His own trio is accomplished and renowned. his Django stylings are smooth, sexy and fun. If I see his name on the bill, I know it will be fantastic, because Reg is, and only gigs with, the best!

Now where would we be without a drummer?

Shiraz is the kind of drummer who doesn't just set the beat, but sets the tone as well. He possesses and earthiness that is funky yet tribal and ALWAYS Jazzy. He has played with fabulous people over the years and his name is popping up all over the city at some amazing gigs of all sizes. You are sure to be hearing a lot more about him in the weeks and months to come.

With these exceptional musicians backing the statuesque and soulful Allyson Morris in the gorgeous surroundings that are Jazz Bistro I grabbed a ressie quick. And so should you. This is sure to be a night to remember. 

See you at the Bistro!

for show details, go to JazzBistro  or Facebook

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