Concert Event Reviews

2018 Season

On November 8th the KPMT celebrated its 20th anniversary and while it remains an ongoing challenge to better our previous events, it appears last year’s Annual Jazz Fundraiser at the Old Mill was a smash hit! They say the camera never lies and as you will see from the photos below, our incredibly versatile “Lairds of Swing” not only raised the roof but caused much amusement among the audience with their diversity and humour.

The evening opened as usual with a complimentary cocktail reception during which entertainment was provided by the Jeremy Hucan Trio from Humber Music and the Anthony D’Alessandro Trio from U of T. Guests then took their seats for the main event and honorary trustee Ted O’Reilly,
welcomed the headliners to the stage РHarry Allen, Guido Basso, Terry Clarke, Ken Peplowski, Russ Phillips, Reg Schwager, Rossano Sportiello, Neil Swainson and musical director Warren Vach̩. For a second year leaders introduced their own sets while patrons enjoyed a leisurely gourmet dinner and continuous music throughout the night with just minimal interruption. Warren arranged inspired sets and groupings and following a standing ovation for the Grand Finale, we were thrilled to have another success on our hands.

Thank you for being with us and with your continuing support we will do our utmost to keep breaking the record!

Following on last year’s report, the Ken Page Memorial Trust and WholeNote Media continued to present performances of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band in The Garage at the Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst Street. Under the leadership of arranger-guitarist Martin Loomer, concerts took place in fall 2017 saluting the Count Basie Orchestra, in spring 2018 featuring Mike Murley on soprano saxophone and in fall 2018 featuring Pat LaBarbera also playing soprano. Plans to keep Jim’s legacy alive are ongoing and if you would be interested in sponsoring a guest musician on a future occasion, please let us know.