Celebrating Jazz Greats in Honour of Black History Month

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Please join the Al Henderson / Kirk MacDonald Duo Thursday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of Black History Month for an evening of wonderful music and commentary on jazz history.  Al and Kirk will venture from their duo format of performing jazz standards and their original compositions by performing important compositions from Great Jazz Musicians and will comment on their historical context.

Al has more than thirty years of experience teaching and performing jazz and is an Assistant Professor at York University.  His areas of research include jazz composition, performance and theory with a special interest in jazz history.  Al directs the York University Jazz Orchestra with Ron Westray, the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance endowed by the Government of Ontario in 2009.  Al arranges many of the orchestra’s pieces drawing on the rich history of jazz composers and performers from Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.

Kirk also has numerous years of experience teaching and performing and is part of the full-time faculty at Humber College, just west of The Gallery Studio Café on the Lake Shore.  Kirk, a previous JUNO award winner has just received yet another 2011 JUNO nomination for his CD “Songbook Vol. 2″.  For more information, please check out www.kirkmacdonald.com

The Gallery Studio Café
2877 Lake Shore Boulevard West (east of Islington Avenue)

Friday, January, 21, 2011 9:45 p.m.

Please join the Al Henderson Quintet performing new works and old favourites in Toronto’s best known jazz bar, The Rex Hotel. Featuring saxophonists Alex Dean and Pat LaBarbera, pianist Richard Whiteman, bassist Al Henderson and drummer Barry Romberg.

The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar\
194 Queen Street West, Toronto
416-598-2475   www.therex.ca/

Thursdays starting at 7:30 p.m.

January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2011

The Gallery

 2877 Lake Shore Boulevard West
just east of Islington) 416-253-0285