HJSTRIO …2018…a look back…OH WHAT A YEAR!

JULY 18 PARK HJSTRIO singing2018  – it’s been A BANNER YEAR for Halton JAZZ Singers TRIO! NO COMPLAINTS & LOADS OF GRATITUDE…

To Our Corporate Sponsors:

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A HUGE Thank you to our sponsors for 2017-18:

Unquestionable fact: The projects that HJSTRIO took on in 2018: i) pro bono community shows in Oakville e.g., at Bronte Legion as the Opening Act for Paulie & the Goodfellas!

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ii) HJS commissioned GARY MARTIN COMPOSING & ARRANGING – Thanks to corporate sponsorship funding, HJS had the funds to hire Gary to arrange 8 songs for vocal jazz trio & 9 piece little big band – WHOA! Now that’s a whack of dollars! 

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iii) Joint rehearsals & 2 ninety minute shows, “Harlem Hits & Southern Swing!” (Bronte Legion on July 8th & Burlington Central Park, July 18th) with the AMAZING SWINGLINE little big band & in particular the co-operation from manager Urmas Soomet!

iv) HJS now has access to 2 affordable, committed & competent sound technicians who know & care about getting OUR SOUND RIGHT! Ryan & Eric, two sound experts – these fellas deserve mentioning here – a) Ryan Miller (son of tenor, Jason Miller) has the qualifications, gear, & expert keen ear & familial ties too! Ryan has consistently delivered quality sound for HJS in some tight & challenging situations – Thank-you Ryan

Eric Bower Audio Services… It’s so heartwarming to hear from an independent audio expert, “I really like your sound!”  That’s what Eric tells us! Then is able to demonstrate it by his mastering of our sound output:  Finally, we have found an independent community minded sound technician who thinks quality output ahead of  ‘fees’ – ERIC WANTS & IS ABLE to match HJS in his own audio expertise delivery! Thank YOU Eric! 

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HJS’s Instrumental Combo IS IN DEMAND! 

Need an instrumental combo – well, HJS HAS it’s own trio or quartet depending on YOUR budget – Brent (bass), Heiki or Rob (keyboard), Gary (sax/clarinet), Vince or James (drums) – these guys have gelled like jello! They are out & about on demand for cocktail hour & mix & mingle pre-dinner events…keep them in mind! Pictured are Heiki, Gary & Brent – it’s their 2nd time hired by “HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT @ Oakville Executive Banquet Center – Speers Road, Oakville.

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As if that wasn’t enough… we broke into the Toronto scene with our sound…

Toronto gets a taste of Halton JAZZ Singers  

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” HJSTRIO sure has chemistry!” … It’s true AND we have fun! Try us out… see what YOU think… 

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Don’t forget… we’re here & ready for all of your entertainment projects ANY SIZE… give us a call (226-909-2152) or email us Haltonjazzsingers.info@gmail.com

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Let’s see what else HJSTRIO will dig into in the new year? …See you in 2019! 

TODAY…DECEMBER 1, 2018 HJS’s Inaugural TORONTO GIG ….(read on!)

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Berczy Park (35 Wellington Street East, – between Scott & Church Streets… Halton JAZZ Singers launches their Toronto gig from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. outdoors at the St Lawrence Market Neighborhood B.I.A. event, “CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS” … Halton JAZZ Singers (Trio) are the featured entertainment… it’s all free & there’s hot chocolate too!

Bundle up…COME HEAR SOME SWINGING FESTIVE TUNES ABOUT THIS YULETIDE SEASON THAT YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE.. COME & SWING IT WITH US!

 

“Harlem Hits & Southern Swing!”…there’s a hot blues & jazz show of epic proportions, pullin’ in to the town of Oakville… SOON! Got YOUR TICKET yet? $15 NOW!

What a ride! So much to compliment to our AWESOME band “SWINGLINE” for this EPIC project! It all started with a) a successful corporate sponsorship campaign March – September 2017 & our gratitude to dollar for dollar matching via “ARTSVEST – BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS”  —> that heaped a well needed reasonable pile of cash into HJS bank account AND 11 very supportive corporate partners [Please check out our list of business partners who support “Halton JAZZ Singers” scroll to the bottom of this link: HJS Corporate Partners! – ] – there it is… it gave us impetus to GO FORWARD!

November, 2017 Halton JAZZ Singers received a contract for hire – “Concerts in the Park – Central Park – 2018 Wednesday nite Summer Series.” We’ve been hired!

Next ‘challenge is…’ – who will play our music for this 1.5 hour event? To be clear: Halton JAZZ Singers need a band to play their charts; moreover, HJS needed MORE charts:  At least enough vocal music with corresponding band instrumental arrangements for 90 minutes of entertainment by HJSTRIO … Who? The answer was an amazing 9 piece little big band, SWINGLINE, managed by Urmas Soomet, –  a Shining Knight, a music ‘rock star for Halton JAZZ Singers!  Urmas is HJS’s music ‘Rain-Maker’...a fabulous string & bass guitar player, recording studio owner (Studio 13), competent sound engineer for many talented music artists, Canadian, international, & from withing the local surrounding communities including Halton JAZZ SingersStudio 13 – audio sampling – HJS first demo CD

Honestly, It’s been an amazing ride so far!  The network of musicians, band leaders, managers, etc.  that have ‘an ear’ and a kind willingness to give a ‘hand up’ with open arms to explore the sounds & musicianship of Halton JAZZ Singers – curious or otherwise for Halton… WOW! MAGNETIC!  HJSTRIO & team are VERY GRATEFUL!

SWINGLINE’s music director, Darren Blundell, is a talented tenor sax player & quite a Scots bloke  at rehearsals, we have come to  experience.  This is a band of equitable decision making: Thank goodness the 9 band members SWINGLINE Musicians  willingly opted to ‘come along’ for this 4 month music journey: What would that require: i) an undertaking to master 11 big band charts for vocal jazz trio – Six of these are brand new arrangements by Gary Martin,  (mega-talented composer/arranger; sax player with Octokats, band leader of his own big band, MEGACITY & just a plain wonderful gentleman!) ii) Plan for & execute 4 intense rehearsals in order to get these new charts gelled with HJSTRIO – Siona, Jason & Darcea & band members!

Well ….It’s happenin’…Oh! My! Is it ever happenin’! – Give a listen – here’s a ‘taste’ of our last rehearsal – (HJSTRIO vocals are saved for your entertainment pleasure upon your arrival on Sunday, July 8th 3:00 pm. CLUB ROOM downstairs, Bronte Legion, 79 Jones Street, Oakville!

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GET YOUR TICKET NOW! $15 CASH or $20 at the door OR on line: Tickets – HJS “Harlem Hits & Southern Swing!” Wanna buy on line – here’s the link: Tickets – Halton JAZZ Singers & SWINGLINE “Harlem Hits & Southern Swing” Sun. July 8th 3:00 p.m.

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