I’ve written before about how glad I was to report that power Pop-Jazz combo the Laura Hubert Band –which in addition to the eponymous singer also includes piano virtuoso Peter Hill— has finally started getting some better slots at longtime earthy Jazz mecca The Rex.
For several years it seemed the only times she ever played in the room at 194 Queen St. West (a stone’s throw from University Ave.) were on Saturday afternoons. Not that there’s any such thing as a bad spot at this iconic venue, where many of the greats have laboured, but I was always puzzled why she never seemed to get a higher-profile evening slot.
Earlier this year she finally did and has had a couple more since. Now this month, including tonight, she and the combo —which also includes a rotating roster of superb reeds players such as Shawn Nykwist and Jim Bish, plus solid drums and sometimes bass accompaniment— has three Saturday evening 7-9:30 shows.
What ’d really like is to see the Juno-winning singer (who started out as a Folk-Rock sensation with Leslie Spit TreeO in the mid-late 80s then switched to Pop Jazz around the turn of the century) get a 9:45 showcase set one of the nights. If fans keep getting out to support the earlier sets (and if the band remembers to tell them about where they’ll be in good time) then I have to believe that a further promotion to the primo spots is inevitable.