Adrean Farrugia Quintet-Jazz Bistro

Not long after I moved from Toronto to Qualicum Beach, pianist Adrean Farrugia brought me back out here to play a week with his quintet. The band included a blue-chip Toronto rhythm section of Jim Vivian and Barry Romberg and Colorado-based trumpeter Brad Goode. I had played with Jim and Barry lots over the years, I met Jim at Banff in 1982 and I played with Barry frequently starting almost from the day I moved to Toronto in 1988. A truly...

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Back home in Toronto

I always enjoy being in Toronto. Since moving away from here in 2004 I have managed to get back a few times a year. Having spent 16 years as a working musician in this city I have a lot of friends and colleagues both in the music and ‘civilian’ worlds. Since arriving on Saturday night I have already heard-and played-some great music and enjoyed a few tasty meals with friends. Sunday evening I played a duo concert with Don Thompson...

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Don Thompson/Phil Dwyer Duo this Sunday

Don and I are at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave-Toronto (416) 822-9781) at 8 pm this Sunday, Feb 23. We will be playing songs from our Look For The Silver Lining recording and whatever else comes to mind at the time. Hope to see you there. Here is something from the record. 1I'll Be...

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upcoming dates

Lots of great stuff happening in the next couple of weeks. For anyone in my local (Parksville/Qualicum) area you can stop by the Swirl event at Tigh-Na-Mara on March 21st and say hi. Then on the 22nd I fly to Toronto for a week of shows and workshops. The festivities start with a duo show with Don Thompson at Gallery 345 on the 23rd. I will be at Humber doing a sax clinic on the 26th and then three nights at the Jazz Bistro Thursday-Sat (Feb...

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