Oh what a lovely, brisk evening it was on Saturday, November 30th outside at Toronto’s Berczy Park (Front & Church Streets). The weather co-operated; our swingin’ tunes brought more & more people into the crowd to sing & swing with us! Tunes of Big Band Santa, December’s Finally Here, Caribbean Noel, as well as sing-along crowd pleasers “Santa Claus is coming to town, Silver Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer worked to get the crowd warmed up & in a fun festive mood!
Thanks to the event sponsors B.M.O. & TIM HORTONS and especially to the St. Lawrence Market Neighborhood B.I.A. for inviting us back again this year! How fun it was! Until next year, “Merry Cheer!”
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!