Red Hot Ramble
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Red Hot Ramble

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Red Hot Ramble @ The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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"Red Hot Ramble - CD Review - Jim Galloway"

Recorded at The Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, March 30, 2012 with Roberta Hunt, lead vocals, piano, Alison Young, baritone and alto sax, Glenn Anderson, drums, percussion and Jack Zorawski, bass. All three also sing background vocals. They are joined by Andrej Saradin, trumpet and Jamie Stager, trombone on some of the numbers.

Roberta Hunt and Red Hot Ramble have established a following in Toronto with their New Orleans influenced brand of jazz and this CD is a good representation of their entertaining approach to the music.

The music is infectious and I particularly enjoyed the soloing of Alison Young. The music is a mix of material ranging from Doctor Jazz by Joe "King" Oliver to Horace Silver's The Preacher and all of it with a contemporary New Orleans feel. Purists might raise an eyebrow or two at the chord changes of Lonesome Road, the 1927 song by Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austin, but with repeated listening I got accustomed to this version.

The band is propelled along nicely by Glenn Anderson and Jack Zorawski. Anderson's playing, for example, on the Eddie Harris number Cold Duck Time shows a real understanding of the idiom. Roberta herself lends her own distinctive styling to the proceedings and the overall result is like party night in a friendly bar. - Jim Galloway - Wholenote Magazine

"Red Hot Ramble CD Release"

“Bands should all be this fun. Red Hot Ramble play from the roots yet keep it contemporary.” - Bill King - Bill King


Still working on that hot first release.



Roberta Hunt
With her personal and exuberant approach, Roberta adds her own voice to the jazz and blues repertoire. The over 15 years spent as rhythm pianist with the legendary New Orleans Jazz band Kid Bastiens Happy Pals (Grossmans Tavern, Toronto) nurtured her love of New Orleans music which she now takes to the next level with Red Hot Ramble!

With a rootsy and bluesy style, Roberta was described by one music writer as Mix big piano with beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot of charisma. With a penchant for those you-done-me-wrong songs and her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans: a picture of Roberta Hunt starts to emerge

In addition to time spent songwriting and solo vocal/piano performances, Roberta stays active in the Toronto/Southern Ontario music scene with Red Hot Ramble, Bertie and the Gents and sit-ins with various ensembles. Roberta has also participated in the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans; Davos Sounds Good Festival, Davos; Rapperswil Jazz Festival, Switzerland; Jazz in Mortigliano, Italy as well as Southern Ontario jazz festivals over her career.

Alison Young
A relatively new force to reckon with in the Toronto music scene, Alison is from Ottawa where she honed her craft playing in local blues and R&B bands. After studying at the University of Toronto with Canadian sax greats Mike Murley and Kirk MacDonald, Alison has emerged as one of the Toronto music scenes hottest and most sought after reed players. Alison plays all kinds of music and has toured Canada with pop group Kelly and the Kellygirls and with the one and only Big Rude Jake!

Jack Zorawski
Jack first appeared on the Toronto jazz scene in 1986. Originally from Poland, Jack has become a much in-demand acoustic bass playing sideman for many different artists in many different styles of jazz. Jack has toured all throughout Europe and North America and is a well known bassist in the Traditional jazz scene in Toronto and the GTA with many, many traditional jazz bands and other great jazz artists such as Brian Dickinson, Bernie Senensky, Peter Appleyard, Big Rude Jake and the great Michael Urbaniak.

Glenn Anderson
Born and raised in Toronto, Glenn has been playing jazz drums since his teenage years. Well known for his hard swinging drumming, Glenn is a favourite drummer for many vocalists in Southern Ontario and a first-call drummer in the Traditional music scene in Greater Toronto Area. When hes not busy with Red Hot Ramble, Glenn is currently busy playing and touring with Canadas Sweetheart of Swing Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats, the legendary singer/songwriter/entertainer Big Rude Jake as well as clarinet/keyboard virtuoso Ross Wooldridge in Ross Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet, featuring living legend Don Thompson on vibes. In the traditional scene, Glenn plays with The Excelsior Jazz Band every Sunday at noon at The Rex Hotel for the past 7 years and can be seen around town playing drums with bands including The Climax Jazz Band, Dinny & The All Stars, The Ragweed Jazz Band, Mr. Jordan Klapman with American trumpeter/pianist Jon Seiger, The Dixie Demons, and New York based band Sly Blue who visit Toronto on a regular basis Wowing the Swing Dance crowds!

Jamie Stager, Trombone
A rare and powerful combination of wit and musical prowess, Jamie bursts at the seams with enthusiasm while on stage. Trombonist Jamie Stager is frequently heard in concert halls, festivals and nightclubs in a wide variety of musical settings including symphony orchestras (Toronto Philharmonia), musical theatre (Shaw Festival and Soulpepper Theatre), world music (Moda Eterna, Cach), and jazz groups (Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble). His performing career has taken him to festivals and concert venues throughout North America and Europe. Jamie has appeared with a diverse list of artists including the Temptations, the Four Tops, Big Sugar, Matt Dusk, Ben Heppner, Michael Burgess, NOJO, and many others. A highly sought-after teacher, Jamie teaches music theory and history at The Royal Conservatory of Music and York University. Jamie is also pursuing a doctorate in musicology, with research focussing on jazz improvisation, pedagogy and phenomenology.

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