Saturday, September 17, 5 - 6pm

Poetry Jazz Cafe - 224 Augusta Ave.  

NO ADVANCE TIX - $15 cash @ door

Yvette Tollar - Voice, David Restivo - Piano, Mike DOwnes - Bass

Jazz has always been Yvette’s main focus but growing up in Toronto’s multi-cultural and inclusive society, she was exposed to a myriad of roots and folk music from around the world. By remaining open to the world of influences that surround her, Yvette sports immense versatility by lending her talents to Hungarian, Arabic, Yiddish, Brazillian, Jamaican, African and Indian projects. She has sung in at least 9 different languages and more than a dozen genres including Traditional and Modern Jazz, R&B, Classical and Klezmer music.

Ima and Cactus Flowers are Yvette’s two Modern Jazz offerings. Many of the songs are self-penned but in Ima other songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, brother, Ernie Tollar, Dave Restivo and Kevin Breit also take the spotlight. The arrangements are mainly piano trio and voice but also draw on instruments as diverse as bansuri (bamboo) flute, mbira (African thumb piano), mandolin and tabla. Ms Tollar has performed at dozens of Jazz and World Music Festivals while touring across Canada, Europe and South America. She has written music for film, sung for television and live radio broadcasts and has released two Modern Jazz albums under her own name.

The recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, Yvette has studied with Jazz legends, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Dave Holland. She studied voice at The Royal Conservatory of Music and with Canada’s first Speech Level Singing expert, Bill Vincent. As well, she has studied theory, jazz improvisation, composition, Arabic and Hungarian singing, organ and piano.

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