The Association for Black Law Enforcers 26th Gala Fundraiser was held in Halton this year. More than 500 guests & dignitaries were in attendance!
HE FOUND US! Rocco Continenza is our fourth singer (again) which re-positions us (Siona, Jason, Rocco & Darcea) as a jazz vocal quartet. Rocco was a student (trumpet & vocals) at Humber College back in the 1980’s. His passion of playing trumpet came to a halt with the onset of severe jaw & muscle soreness in his facial nerves – generally brought about from intense repeated activity causing tension in the mouth. So, he ‘found another day job’ to pay the bills but always hoped to return to his first love of singing & playing the trumpet.
Rocco recently retired from his day job and decided to pursue music as his hobby in retirement. He ‘googled’ & found Halton JAZZ Singers website. He was up for the challenge of a rigorous audition to see if we both measured up to each other’s expectations.
We are so delighted to welcome Rocco as our fourth member of HJS. He’s a meticulous musician-vocalist. There is a load of material for him to learn but we fully expect that he will do it with zest, zeal & full commitment.
We are just so pleased to welcome him as our fourth singer, once again! Yay!
We’ve had your typical ‘life gets in the way issues these past 6 months but all 3 of us in Halton JAZZ Singers Trio (Siona, Jason & Darcea) are back ‘on our feet’ in all ways so we decided to head into Toronto to check out & participate in the vocalists open mic event which is held weekly – usually at the 120 Diner at 120 Church Street; once a month it’s held at the JAZZ BISTRO on Victoria Street – both locations in downtown Toronto. It was a great event – Since we now have our own charts we took the one for “Take Five” with us & hit the stage with their piano man, & bass player. Lisa Particelli runs the show smooth as velvet. Our sound was LOVED!
But THE BIG EVENT is that WE ARE THE OPENING ACT FOR JUNO AWARD WINNER, Liberty Silver…that’s coming up soon on Saturday May 25th, a black tie fundraiser gala in it’s 21st year, sponsored by the ASSOCIATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCERS at Burlington Convention Center MAIN HALL with over 600 paying guests in attendance for the cocktail hour and sit down dinner…
We are grateful to our returning sponsors – OS&B, Dr. Plewik and others, and we hope to rally additional financial support in the coming months!
As always Halton JAZZ Singers are available to entertain with backing tracks or with our live jazz trio. Our price range is fair & flexible so keep us in mind for your upcoming events…
If you know of a local event in your ‘hood’ please refer us – we’ve got all the ‘tools’ to make it happen, with YOUR help!