Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 8:30PM, JAZZ.FM91 presents an evening of French Jazz featuring Amy McConnell & Lyne Tremblay, with Mark Kieswetter on piano, Jesse Barskdale on guitar, Drew Jurecka on violin, Fabrice Sicco on accordion, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Ernesto Cervini on drums.

We will be performing the songs of Michel Legrand, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Django Reinhardt, Josephine Baker and more.
This performance is part of the first annual JAZZ.FM91 World Music Festival – with 5 concerts running from Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Hugh’s Room. The festival showcases jazz fusion from around the world featuring an eclectic mix of international and local jazz artists.

Tickets are $39.50 each or $99.50 3 Show Pass.  Call Hugh’s Room at (416) 531-6604 or go to

For its jaw-dropping chutzpah Stealing Genius deserves a Juno. The nerviness begins with the Oscar Wilde aphorism used for its title. It continues as singer McConnell, who sings in French and English, and trumpeter Sperandei take on the A-list of musical egos: Elvis Presley (“Suspicious Minds”), Edith Piaf (“La Vie en Rose”) and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (“Thank You”). The pluckiness hits warp drive, though, when the pair bring an upstart brashness to “From Russia With Love” that’s entirely absent in Matt Monro’s original crooning of the Bond flick’s theme.

There are moments in this 13-song offering that leave you a little shaken, mostly when McConnell hits high notes; other moment can stir you, however. In “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” fromThe Fantasticks, she’s cool, calm, breathy and collected. Sperandei’s playing is lush and well-matched to McConnell voice. Pianist Mark Kieswetter’s arrangements are intuitively right and Douglas Romanow’s production brings a big-money feel.

Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star–album-reviews