The Jimmy Byron Trio w/ Dave Haffey and Rob Clarke had the pleasure of playing Relish Bar and Grill, East Danforth, Toronto, ON. Fri June 23, 2017. It was our first time performing there as a unit, and are pleased to say we will be doing it again in NOV. Looking forward to it! Here is a collection of photos and videos taken by Jennifer Schmitt.
During the summer, a very talented photographer and film maker, Dominique Van Olm, (from Toronto via Calgary,ALTA) approached the Jimmy Byron Acoustic Trio with the idea of filming a few live videos. This OCT, we were finally able to complete the project. I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Thank you to Dominique, Matt, Darren, Mitchell, Dave, and The Great Hall, Queen West, Toronto for seeing this project through and for being such gifted professionals in every way.
Here are the videos:
JIMMY BYRON- Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
DAVE HAFFEY- Lead Guitar
MITCHELL THOMSON- Upright Bass/Backing Vocals
Directed, Produced, and Filmed by: Dominique Van Olm
Sound and mixing by: Matt Lodder and Darren Snowden
Filmed at: The Great Hall, Queen W. Toronto, ON.
All Songs written by: James L. Byron/Montgomery Music
2016. All Rights Reserved.
BIG BAD WOLF and THE JOB appear on "Jimmy Byron:Transition"(2016) which is available worldwide on Vinyl (w/Download Cards), CD, and for Download. You may purchase through link above or download individual tracks on iTunes, CdBaby, and Bandcamp.
Available for purchase in local Stores: HERE
Sadly, on October 28, 2016, the infamous Willowbrook Ballroom of Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL burned to the ground. Willow Springs is one of the many places I called home as a child, and The Willowbrook Ballroom was where my grandmother and my great aunts worked as servers for just over 40yrs. It was a beloved institution to Chicago and the Chicagoland area, and to my family for many years. It is also the famous sight of the legendary, world renowned ghost story, Resurrection Mary. Legend says she was walking home from a dance at the Ballroom in 1927, when a car struck her dead. Since then, many reports have seen a woman walking down Archer Ave from that site to Resurrection Cemetery. Ironically, my great grandfather (my grandmother's father) worked as a gravedigger at Resurrection Cemetery starting in the 1920s and continuing for many many years after. Most of my family is buried there as well.
Opened by John Verderbar in 1921 at 8900 Archer Ave, as an outdoor dance pavilion known as Oh Henry Park, it soon rose in popularity and became enclosed in 1923. In 1930 it was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt. It reopened on a grander scale in 1931 as The Oh Henry Ballroom. It became a huge attraction and hosted many popular orchestras of the time including: Ozzie Nelson, Harry James, Count Basie, Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, and Bob Crosby (Bing's brother).
They expanded in 1955, and renamed it The Willowbrook Ballroom in 1959. By the late 1960s, the ballroom saw more pop and rock n roll acts including: The Cryan Shames, Chubby Checker, The Association, The Buckinghams, Martha Reeves, Otis Day, and The Village People. Even though music tastes were always changing, the Ballroom proved it was able to accommodate many styles throughout the years, while still maintaining the old big band styles as well. It was often a sought out place to go for New Years Eve, and even hosted the famous "Winter Dance Party Tour" a Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, for many years.
In 1997 the Verderbar family sold the Ballroom to the Jodwalis family. The Jodwalis family kept up with it's rich history and tradition over the years. Unfortunately, just a few days ago, it is currently believed, roofers working on the building caused a 4 alarm fire. Due to a lack of water pressure, firefighters were forced to wait for tanker trucks to arrive. The wait proved to be fatal to the building and its possessions. No one was harmed luckily, but history was lost.
Willow Springs has changed and gentrified over the years since I last lived there. I hope the Jodwalis family has the same spirit as the Verderbar family had when they met the same tragedy in 1930...I hope they rebuild and keep the show going! The world needs it.
A live action video posted on youtube by artist GunterSnaps
We were very fortunate to return to The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, this August. The show was a blast! Once again, we did the new album, "Transition" in it's entirety. If you were unable to catch it, here is a collection of photos and videos from the night featuring: Jimmy Byron (vocals/guitar), Dave Haffey (lead guitar), Mitchell Thomson (upright bass), and Michael Brushey (drums).
Enjoy my friends,
Here is videos from the "Transition" set.
Here are other originals and covers from the night.
July found "The Jimmy Byron Trio" (w/ Dave Haffey and Mitchell Thomson) doing a 'Monday Night Residency' @ a new place called Wolf Like Me, Bloorcourt, Toronto (834 Bloor St. W.). What a grand little spot! Thank you to Mark Martyre for booking us. We hope to be back. Here's a collection of photos and videos throughout the month.
Come see us sometime, and say hi.
Hope all is well
*Photos and Videos by:Jennifer Schmitt
Here is a collection of photos and videos from The Jimmy Byron Trio show w/ Dave Haffey (Guitar) and Rob Clarke (Upright Bass) @ The Local, Roncesvalles, Toronto, ON. SAT July 2, 2016 (Canada Day 'Weekend').
Jimmy Byron's shirt by: LennyNYC of Lenny's Shirts.
If you have purchased a Vinyl copy of Transition, and the download card did NOT work, my apologies. I have just been alerted to this problem and am sorting it out with the company. Please do NOT just throw them away...we'll get it fixed and I will update you ASAP.
UPDATE May 31, 2016:
I believe the issue with the download cards HAS been FIXED! Hurray! Sorry for any inconvenience. Please feel free to report any further problems.
Jimmy Byron:Transition is now available for purchase. Of course, the best way to buy a copy is to come and see us LIVE, however, if that isn't possible due to your schedule or location, then the second best way is to support your local record store.
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If you do NOT live in Toronto and you'd like to purchase a copy, please don't fret! You can purchase one online, either CD, Vinyl (w/ Download card), or online download via:
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