Sunday, July 20, 2014

To Web or not to Web

I am contemplating my future on the web. Ironic as I often try to stay away from screens on Sundays. (just a random day of the week I have chosen to take a break)

My website is temporarily down and I just paid to renew another year of whatever it is they offer me there at my server. (it should be back up by monday)

Do I really need a website? With Facebook, twitter, soundcloud, youtube and all the places you can learn about, listen to or contact me, what am I really achieveing?

I suppose I could catch up with this decade and have more links to buying my music online as a download. However, I know that you first need to drive traffic to your site and THEN there has to be interest in the music before anyone is buying it.

I do think I should modify my site to let people know I am available for doing banjo studio sessions online ie. sending tracks by email.  This has been a fun and rewarding way to make some money playing music in the last couple of years.  I also play guitar (my main instrument) and mandolin and a bit of fiddle.

Of course I will come over to your home studio to do these sessions if you prefer, but I don't think we need my website to make that happen. Do we? Some of my fave artists either don't have websites or have very expired and outdated ones like mine.

I know one thing for sure; If I update my website I am going to learn how to do it on my own this time. I have been threatening to do that for so long I have to get on it.

So....stay tuned at big exciting changes coming. (or not)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jazz guitar festival!

I thought I would do a quick blog to tell you about some of the "guitar action" you should catch at this years festival. (Yes, I include my gig on this short list!)

Tonight at 9pm at The Steady on Bloor  you can hear /six-plus-four. This is a duo gig of guitarist James Brown and bassist Mike Milligan. Both these guys are among the best in the city at what they do. A guitar duo is a great place to hear some attention to detail. James spent a lot of time playing classical guitar and this is one of the things that makes his style unique.

I will be playing at the same bar (The Steady!) on Wednesday June 25 at 9pm. Unfortunately our special guest Emilyn Stam is not able to join us. I am however really into playing with these guys as a trio. I have been playing music with bassist Rob Clutton for more than 25 years now and Anthony and I have played together almost as long.

Our music on this night will be mostly things I have written. It is a nice opportunity to play some old and new compositions. You should note however that I will be playing a lot of 5-string banjo too so if you have an allergy; beware! S

Hopefully you already know that Kevin Eubanks is in town for this years festival with Dave Holland. Kevin was an early influence for me and a teacher of mine at the Banff School of the arts. You may remember him from his years as musical host on the Jay Leno show. I am glad that time is over as I hope he has a long life and lots more great music to make in concert and on record.

The Dave Holland show is Thursday June 26 at 8pm.

I always enjoy any excuse to go to the Horseshoe. Tuesday June 24 at 10pm you can hear Julian Lage and Nels Kline on the same bill. Besides being a member of Wilco Nels has made all kinds of electric creative modern jazz over the years. I first heard of him through my friend Ron Gaskin who brought him to town way back. (This city needs more Ron Gaskin shows!!)

Julian Lage I know less about but whenever I see him on youtube I am impressed. He strikes me as versatile and has one foot in the roots/gypsy jazz scen and another one...oh forget it. ha!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Here is my May newsletter:

Hi folks, hope this note finds you happy and healthy. I have some upcoming shows I wanted to let you know about.

If you can only go out once I hope you can come to this show; a rare opportunity to hear me playing my original music.  I will be playing banjo and guitar with old pals Rob Clutton (bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums)

2014 Toronto Jazz Festival
Posgate/Clutton/Michelli (and a surprise special guest!)
June 25, 9-11pm
The Steady Café and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (just west of Dovercourt)
This weekend (Saturday night) I am performing with Friendly Rich, doing the entire Farewell to Kings Album at the Open Ears festival in Waterloo. (on Banjo!!)

Also this weekend (Sunday) performing in front of the Tranzac as part of the Bloor St. Festival with Ronley Teper’s Lipliners.  4pm, one set only.

Monday June 16 at the Rex Jazzbar 930pm
Jazz Hockey Fundraiser for Mayor Candidate Richard Underhill!
I have been playing hockey with these guys for 25 years and we are finally coming together to make some music. A stellar cast of jazz hockey dudes including Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, Kevin Turcotte and many more.

Friday June 20, Hughs Room, IN CASH WE TRUST (Johnny Cash Tribute)
featuring: Paul Reddick
Brian Litvin & Jabulani
Jon Brooks
Gathering Sparks
JD Edwards
Tim Posgate & Andrew Downing
Kristen Bussandri
The Rucksack Willies
with your host Michael Wrycraft

June 21 in Hamilton Ontario (I was born there!)
The Something Else! Festival of Creative Music
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners with Mary Margaret O’Hara

Thursday, May 22, 2014

People have been asking me of late where they can find out when I am performing.

It is true that with the invention of Facebook I have been much less of a blogger. My website is so old I should just take it down. I think Facebook is probably the best place to find out however I do usually post my monthly (didnèt do one this month) email newsletter here.

I guess I am doing less these days of my own music so I have less promo stuff going on. There are still lots of gigs. ie. Always keeping busy with something .

I am playing the banjo at the Emett Ray Tonight with a fun Country singer named Shannon Hoff. She is also a philosopher and is very shy on stage but a good singer and a really fun person. It is a great band too; Nick Fraser, Chris Banks and Don Scott. (and me)

Please drop me a note if you want to be facebook friends, as I rarely say yes to strangers or send me your email address and I will add you to that list. At twitter I am @tposgate

See you soon.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hey! Now you can listen to my third CD; Jazzstory for free, right here:

Please share with everyone you know that likes music. (does anyone not like music?)

Review by 

The Canadian co-op quartet Jazzstory consists of guitarist Tim Posgate (who wrote all but one of the six originals performed on this disc), trumpeter Lina Allemano, bassist Rob Clutton, and drummer Jean Martin. They perform adventurous post-bop, music that leaves space and is not without melodies but is quite unpredictable. At timesAllemano's playing is a little reminiscent of Dave Douglas, while Posgate ranges from Jim Hall to rockish in tone;Clutton and Martin are very alert is support of the lead voices throughout this intriguing set. This is the type of music that grows in interest with each listen, because even after a few times, there is still more to discover. Recommended.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The sideman life!

I spent so many years (decades!) playing my own music and leading my own bands almost exclusively. These were great times, I learned a lot and made 7 CDs.

As of late I am really enjoying being a sideman. Part of the reason is because I am fortunate to work with great musicians; most of who are my good friends. This phase is also allowing me to play all my new instruments that I am working on too. In the next four days I have gigs where I play guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Oddly enough, the Thursdays (830-930pm) I am doing with Ronley Teper at the Painted Lady on Ossington is allowing me to get back to playing some electric guitar. (yes, it has been a while) She is such a fun person to work with. She is very talented as a singer, songwriter and performer (almost in the performance art category).

Here is a  of our first week at the club:

Tonight I am playing with the Earthtones at the Rex at 930. Super fun band that brings together folk, jazz, bluegrass and more. I am playing mando and banjo. (excited about trying out my new LR Baggs mando pickup!)

I am playing a Jazz Ceilidh with Heather Bambrick on Sunday at McMichael art gallery at 130pm. I am playing acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle on this one.

Exciting times! All I have to do now is figure out how the Olympic hockey schedule works around all this musical excitement.

No worries; I do have some of my own projects (or collectives) still. Watch for upcoming Oolong 7 shows in March!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Banjo Hockey on Youtube

I am slowly uploading all my CDs to youtube so you can listen to them. Hopefully purchase them too!

You can listen to Banjo Hockey here.

If you didn't already know; it features the great jazz tuba legend Mr. Howard Johnson. He is also a killer baritone sax player and shows it on this CD.

The two other member of the hornband are amazing too and bothing making big waves these days. Lina Allemano is a great trumpet player that has released many CDs of her own. Lately she is getting lots of invites and attention in New York and Europe.

Quinsin Nachoff is a tenor player and composer with a unique voice. He is living in New York these days and making an impact on the scene there. (My old pal Andy Milne and Quinsin have been making a bunch of music together lately!)

Please share the Banjo Hockey link with others. The more that hear it the better!


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