Joel Visentin's Boogaloo Squad

Sun Jun 23 5:30pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

This concert is presented under the Toronto Jazz Up Next banner. Toronto Jazz Up Next is an initiative, supported by private donations, through which Toronto Downtown Jazz aims to provide prominent public exposure to emerging jazz acts, based in the Greater Toronto Area, through professionally produced performance opportunities at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, with a goal of fostering the growth and vitality of the Toronto jazz community overall. Find our more, or make a donation, here.

Winnipeg native and Toronto keyboardist Joel Visentin has a passion for the sound of the Hammond B3 organ. Originally a pianist the organ first grabbed him while he was studying music at Humber College. He had the immense fortune to see the great Doug Riley in concert at the Humber auditorium and ever since he has been striving to stand on the shoulders of Doug and other soul/jazz giants like George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, and Jack Macduff. In 2015 he joined up with guitarist Adam Beer Colacino and drummer Jeff Halischuk to form his group JV’s Boogaloo Squad. The musical connection was electric and immediately all three recognized that they had stumbled on something greater than the sum of it’s parts. They have since worked their way up the club circuit becoming a regular fixture at Toronto’s jazz and blues ground zero The Rex. This summer they were asked to perform at the Markham Jazz Festival where they had the great fortune of playing before living Jazz Organ Legend Dr. Lonnie Smith. In the short time since their inception they have crafted a soulful sound that is simultaneously lost in the thrill of the moment and evoking a timeless musical nostalgia. With an extensive repertoire of classics from the soul hits of Stax and Motown as well as their own original music no two concerts with JV’s Boogaloo Squad are alike. This blend of the familiar and the unknown, the distant past and the pressing moment keeps music lovers coming back to see them again and again.

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