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NOLAJazzToronto and Grossman's Tavern Present: Jazz Legend to be Celebrated the "Kid Bastien Forever Weekend" at Grossmanís

Toronto, Canada, January 19, 2013 --( NOLAJazzToronto, Grossman's Tavern and Toronto musicians pay tribute to one of the legends of New Orleans Jazz, Cliff “Kid” Bastien, at famed live music venue Grossman’s Tavern on the 10th anniversary of his passing.

Of his friend and bandmate, Chuck Clarke has said, "Over the years, many musicians and potential musicians fell under the spell of Kid Bastien, and through him, under the spell of New Orleans jazz. In addition to being a musical mentor to many, he also had a big impact on audiences over the years and was a much loved musician, non-conformist, character and fun person to be around." A decade after Kid Bastien passed away, some of Toronto’s premiere jazz musicians are coming together at Grossman’s Tavern to celebrate the life and music of one of their greatest influences.

“Kid Bastien Forever Weekend” Tribute Details
February 8th to 10th, 2013
Grossman’s Tavern
379 Spadina Ave. (Map)
All-ages. Admission varies. Media welcome.
Friday, February 8th
Red Hot Ramble
9pm to 1am
$5 at the door

Saturday, February 9th
The Happy Pals
4:30pm to 8pm

Sunday, February 10th (Double Bill)
The Silver Leaf Jazz Band and the N.O. Connection All Stars
3pm to 9pm
$5 at the door

About Red Hot Ramble - Featuring the one and only Roberta Hunt, Red Hot Ramble reflects the New Orleans music that inspires the ensemble, each performer adds their own flavour to the musical gumbo they create together.

About The Happy Pals - A seven-piece jazz band playing authentic old-time New Orleans party music. They’ve been featured every Saturday at Toronto’s legendary Grossman’s Tavern for over thirty years, and have attracted literally generations of fans. The Happy Pals play down-to-it rocking tunes you can dance, sing or just hang out to – blues, hymns, pop songs, marches, calypso, even a jazz song now and again. Tunes by Kid Thomas, George Lewis, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Glenn Miller, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and more.

About The Silver Leaf Jazz Band - Led by 'Creole' Jack King, The Silverleaf Jazzband has been in existence for the past twenty-seven years playing many venues from the New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festival, the Buffalo Jazz Festival, du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival and many clubs, bars, private functions, T.V. shows (with Peter Appleyard), as well as The Classic Jazz Society of Toronto.

About The N.O. Connection All Stars - Led by Chuck Clarke, the band features various members of the Toronto jazz community including some great, less "grizzled", younger musicians who joined the party post 2003.

Please direct all media inquiries to Toby Hughes (
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NOLAJazz Toronto
Toby Hughes
416 588 9292

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