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& noises from the tool shed


Saturday April 23 @ The Gladstone Hotel

w/High Plains Drifter


Doors: 8:30 pm cover $8


Stephen Franke & noises from the toolshed bring their furiously played fusion of groove, jazz and dirty dog to the Gladstone Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Saturday, April 23, doors 8:30 pm.

With hard bop/ jazz and New Orleans frunk, a dash of Zydeco, and aye carumba Cuban rhythms Stephen Franke has created a monster collection of gypsygroove/jazz tunes. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Little Feat and DJ Jazzy Jeff and on this tour they open in Hamilton for John Scofield and for the Jim Byrnes Acoustic Band featuring Zubot & Dawson in Kingston.

Franke, a former student of jazz notables Hugh Fraser and Pat Coleman, has played guitar with acts as diverse as Kinnie Star, violinist Lorrina Belluz and members of Luther Wright and the Wrongs. For this solo venture he assembled an ace rhythm section made up of ex Lift players Dan Mock (Bass), Brent Norman (Drums), and Chris Van Sickle (Keyboards). Stephen Franke and noises from the toolshed, play a distinctively Canadian brand of jazz and world fusion with hats off to Django Reinhardt, MMW, Charlie Hunter, Coltrane, Bela Fleck and Tom Waits.


OPENER - 10:30 PM

High Plains Drifter is an original groove/funk and world-beat music collective fronted by guitarist Jay Cleary. High Plains Drifter's live performances have been captivating audiences across Atlantic Canada at the Halifax International Jazz Festival, The Spring Shaker and Evolve Music Festivals. Showcasing funk, jazz fusion, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, High Plains Drifter's original material displays an innovative blend, creating a highly infectious and danceable sound that is their own.

Tour Dates

Tuesday April 12, Kingston @ the Elixir

Thursday April 14, Montreal @ Upstairs Jazz Club

Friday April 15, Peterborough @ TBA

Saturday April 16, Ottawa, Café Dekcuf

Wednesday April 20, Hamilton @ Club 77 w/ John Scofield

Thursday April 21, Guelph @ Manhattan's

Friday April 22, Sudbury @ Townehouse Tavern

Saturday April 23, Toronto @ The Gladstone Hotel


www.evolvefestival.com www.elmocambo.ca

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I spoke with SF at the Scofield show, albeit briefly - I can’t believe I became one of those dreaded “talkers” and got shushed before I even realized! I blame Stephen :o;)

Anyway, he assured me that they are going to be unloading a whole whack of new material all over us on Saturday night!!! Yee-haw! I saw Noises 5 times last summer and have been listening to their album all winter… I’m ready for MORE jazzy goodness!

He’s right about the Gladstone as well; a Toronto venue that must be seen! It’s about to be turned into another boutique hotel, so come and see it while it’s still in all of it’s amazing character glory!

Oh yeah, them HPD boys are pretty good too


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Hey, it's Friday and I'm in Sudbury.

Just wanted to say we had a blast in Hamilton, meeting a lot of the board members face to face and having Scofield open my mind on thew guitar.

We played in Guelph the next night at a little jazz club called Manhattan's, with a nice baby grand piano and it was the jazziest and most different show we've ever played.

We're hoping to keep the creative musical vibes of the last few nights going at the Gladstone, and it's our last night in Ontario for a while, so hopefully we can see a bunch of you out...

Ciao fer now,


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Thanks to all the board memebers that came out last night.. we had a blast!!

Happy Birthday to April!!

Thansk to: Willam, Chameleon Josh, Margaret, Super Dave, Andrew, The PhunkyB, The Doctor, Geoff and Kate, Heidi, April and Byson, Kaity Maie, Nathan, Tim, Helen and Champ! (great to see ya!) and the rest of the Toronto crew for makin' it a great night!

Good jazzin' by Stephen Franke & The Tool Shed... hope to see you again soon!


Here's the set list for High Plains Drifter

It's a C thing (J.Cleary)

When I feel the sea beneath my Soul (Taj Mahal)

Rough Luck (Ray Bonneville)

My Sista (J.Cleary)

Rust A Bout (Kevin Breit)

12 Slugs (Hot Toddy)

White Shadow Dove (AMB) *with guest Chris Van Sicle on Keyboards.

High Plains Drifter was:

Tim Croft (upright bass)

Nathan Beranger(drums, percussion & back-up vocals)

Jay Cleary (acoustic,electric guitars and vocals)

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Great show last night!!!

I'm feeling it today though... or maybe it's this high pressure cell that seems to have snagged itself on the CN Tower :P. Stephen plays one mean (and shiney) guitar. And the rest of the Toolshed was buzzing aways nicely too. Hope you guys had a nice trip back home! And congrats, in waiting, to Stephen and his wife for their new arrival due this summer! High Plains, you guys were wicked, and so much better when the bass is actually pumped through!!!

Thanks a million Jay, once again!


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