How about some good news for a change?

Two weeks ago I reported on the unfortunate demise of Cafe Paradiso, Ottawa's main jazz club. This week, I've got only good news to report from Toronto's main jazz club, The Rex Hotel.

First - air conditioning! I was playing at The Rex last Saturday afternoon with the Chris Hunt Tentet and wasn't sure what to make of the big holes in the ceiling...until one of the waitstaff filled me in. It's central air - and it's in now! If you've been to The Rex during any sort of heat wave you'll understand how monumental this is - it can get pretty sweaty. And - if you've avoided The Rex during heat waves for the aforementioned reason, here's your chance to enjoy some great music in a much more comfortable environment.

And speaking of great music...Dave Douglas, Steve Swallow, Chet and Jim Doxas are coming to The Rex. Montreal brothers Chet (sax) and Jim (drums) Doxas are bringing along some pretty heavy-hitting friends in trumpeter Dave Douglas and bassist Steve Swallow for a special gig on Saturday, August 11, 9:45 pm. Cover is $15. This gig came together very last minute - they just happened to have an empty slot in their tour and Tom at The Rex just happened to be able to accommodate them - so spread the word. It's going to be a great night of (air conditioned!) music and a rare opportunity to see these musicians in such an intimate setting. You can find out more about the show - a tribute to clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Jimmy Giuffre - here.

Meanwhile, things are relatively quiet here at TDJ HQ. I'm doing lots of programming brainstorming, catching up on some reading - I had a backlog of online articles to get to - and am FINALLY checking out some of the albums recommended to me over the past 18 months or so. (Barry - thanks for Hank Mobley's Soul Station; Morgan - thanks for Coleman Hawkins and his All-Stars; Todd - thanks for Belle and Sebastian's Write About Love; Henri - thanks for Thundercat's The Golden Age of Apocalypse. And David - Milton Nascimento's Clube Da Esquina is next on the playlist.)

I hope you're enjoying your summer so far. Feel free to drop me a line with your album and lineup recommendations - I'm always happy to discover something new.


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