140521We Shows - BTBs Fusion Jazz combo shows amorphous quality of genre



BTBs Fusion Jazz combo shows amorphous quality of genre

/TORONTO EAST/ Given the fact that the term “Jazz” started out as being coined to describe music that fit no other genre, because it incorporated elements of other, often widely disparate forms as it first emerged in the early 20th century, it shouldn’t be surprising that the BTBs instrumental Fusion combo is itself so eclectic in its musical selections and how they are interpreted.

A famous quote from Louis Armstrong, talking to Bing Crosby on his radio show about the then-popular term “Swing”, described the evolution of the form thusly: “We used to call it syncopation, then they called it ragtime, then blues, then jazz. Now it’s swing.” Iconic trombonist J.J. Johnson told Downbeat magazine: “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will. It is forever seeking and reaching out and exploring.”


BTBs @ Relish -Gary 17

BTBs @ Relish -Gary 17

Johnson’s description pretty much also sums up the approach of the BTBs trio, which appears each Wednesday from 7:30-10:30 at Relish on Danforth Ave. a block east of Woodbine in east TO. While there are dozens of variations and sub-genres of Jazz generally recognized by music writers these days, most bands tend to fall into a particular groove and stick with it –but not the BTBs, who feature the guitar stylings of Ed Kopala, the endlessly versatile bass of Bob Bilton and drumming of Peter Griffin (or occasionally a guest drummer).

Bilton in particular brings elements of Funk and Rock into the groove –he has a long history of gigging with a wide variety of Top 40 bands—and Kopala is constantly throwing little twists and curves into the mix as well. In addition to a wide range of covers (though they certainly give them their own interpretation) they also have some originals, such as “Big Dog’s Tooth”, which you can see them perform live in the room at 2152 Danforth Ave. on YouTube at

There’s no cover but there is a tip jar you’ll want to help fill and by all means arrive hungry –the food here, prepared by chef and owner Joanne Clayton, is its own kind of Jazz tapas culinary adventure that you’ll also cherish and want to return for. -Gary 17,


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