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Top it off with jazz

Despite all the interesting events that happen around Toronto, the city sometimes gets a bad rep for being stale. This isn't actually the case at all, it's just that sometimes you have to look for venues outside of your regular routine.

For me, that's jazz. I love the music as much as the next Torontonian, but actually getting myself to see a live show is another story. Some people have that problem with art galleries or theatre, for me it's jazz.

But just because it is under my personal radar, obviously does not mean there aren't fantastic shows going on in fabulous venues. So I am here to remind you, or anyone like me who does not regularly go to jazz but wished they did, of The Top O' The Senator.

If you don't mind the $12 cover charge, it is worth visiting this jazz bar. Climb the stairs over the Torch Bistro (253 Victoria Street), and immediately you will feel in the zone as you enter this sophisticated gathering of jazz aficionados. Picture this: dim light and club decor dating back to the early 1900's -- the days when jazz was pulsing everyone's veins. Portraits of famous jazz musicians don the walls, while serious music-appreciators tap their fingers and feet at the tables down the long and narrow room. Only the melodies and moods fill the air, continuing in your ears long after you leave.

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Tonight and tomorrow night, you can still catch the Mike Murley Septet. The Official Club Guide describes this show as:
Veteran saxophonist Mike Murley ventures into the world of the septet for this 5-day engagement. His band is comprised of six of the most 'in-demand' players in the country. Every musician a leader in his own right this week will bring five days of stellar jazz performances by this country's best.
Kevin Turcott - Trumpet
David Braid - Piano
Tara Davidson - Alto Saxophone
Ted Warren - Drums
Jim Vivian - Bass
Terry Promane - Trombone
Mike Murley on Saxophones


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