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The Advocats are very excited to be returning to perform at The Rex Hotel (194 Queen Street West, just west of University) on Saturday, November 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. This is an excellent venue where live jazz has been celebrated for many years. We always have a great time when we play at The Rex! Join us! Parking and TTC are convenient. No reservations so we recommend getting there early to get a seat! PWYC.

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SOULidified was busy in the studio bringing you these great new videos. Click here and check them out!



— Bouncer at a New York jazz club after telling us that the scheduled band for the night didn’t show up. New York, 26 July 2016.


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SOULidified is the brainchild of leader and arranger Rick Blechta. While his playing experience covers virtually every music genre and kind of ensemble, the soul songs he played as a teenage hold a special place in his heart. He figures it’s now time to share it with a wider — and younger — audience. Otis Redding, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and many others were all giants of this special music. It’s the goal of SOULidified to play this music with the passion these artists brought to their stage performances, and with the authenticity that is so often lacking when these classic tunes are occasionally performed today.

“Anybody who can hear this music and not at least tap their foot – let alone be overwhelmed by the urge to get up and dance – is either not listening or dead. You can’t help but be captured by the potency of it. Fifty years after it was created, the original examples of Soul Music haven’t lost one drop of their power. Whether you’ve heard these songs or not, we guarantee they will not leave you unaffected.”




Behind one line of a great solo lies the weight of thousands of hours of practice. Years of listening. Dozens of transcribed solos. Decades of private instruction. Tough lessons picked up in jam sessions and revelations passed on by mentors.

…all in just a dozen notes.

My good friend and incredibly talented photographer Carsten Domnick created this awesome black&white photo art trip through New York City. I was very honored to be chosen to design and provide music and audio for this great work of art!


Below is the full version of a customer review of 7Digital that I tried to post on April 08, 2014 through the Google Play store. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post the entire review to the Google Play Store due to space constraints. Please note that I will update this entry periodically to share any progress (or lack thereof). Feel free to share your own experience.


7Digital is great, as long as it works properly. But dare it not, good luck, it seems you are on your own!

Right now, I cannot recommend this service and its application (from google play) to anybody!

What’s my issue?

I switched devices, i.e. I upgraded my old Samsung tablet (8.4) to a new one (tabpro 10.1). I installed 7Digital from the Google Playstore and attempted to download my music that I previously purchased through 7Digital. The app fails to download any music and instead reminds me each time that the download was not successful (and of course encourages me to try again). The same happens with a newly purchased album.

I reached out to 7Digital through their help/customer support section. I did that on March 24 (case number 00019734, March 30 (case number 00019967) and April 04 (case number 00020284). Each time, I was greeted with an auto-reply with very helpful tips such as “try to re-download your purchase” (yeah, didn’t figure that one out on my own…), and all such auto-reply mails ended with an encouraging “Love from 7”.

So, let’s try to be fair and analyze how 7Digital’s service compares to its promises (as per their website, I quote directly!)?

“You can expect a response within 48 hours, or less, during normal business hours […].

Verdict: FAILED. On all my inquiries, we are generously past 7Digital’s self-imposed response deadline (including my most recent request from April 4). Nobody has bothered to connect with me, try to assist or show any Love.

“Purchase a song from us and you can stream or download it instantly. […], you can access it wherever you are, simply by logging-in from any computer or connected device. Perfect if you like to listen to music on several different devices, and great for covering your back, should you ever lose or damage your computer or phone.

Verdict: FAILED. I can’t download instantly. I can’t access it anywhere. I can’t listen to music on several different devices.

As it stands now, I have paid 7Digital money for a library of albums that I am unable to listen to and a service that I have yet to receive. I kindly ask you, show me some Love and tell me how I can get my music back!

For anybody interested in how 7Digital honors its promises, I will share any future updates and progress right here. Also, I will periodically share any feedback (or lack thereof) through what I believe should be the appropriate, corresponding product review submissions on the Google play store until this issue is resolved. My next entry with a star rating will be around April 12 or 13 (weekend).

Love, Daniel.

This is a great piece written by a great musician and friend, Phil Emery. It was a great honor and lots of fun to be part of this project! Thanks for including me!



— Q.


— Quincy Jones.


“Anything that can sound different, will.”


If your bass player sends you an email that starts with “Errr…I am at a hospital…” and then continues with “[…] I got hit from behind at the soccer game (but I did stop a goal with my face) and had to go to a clinic to check for a concussion on the medic’s orders[…]” you know that you have to change your original plans…

While we were certainly hoping that he is ok and ready to come back to join us as soon as possible, the remaining two thirds of the band (yes, we are only a trio) tried to move ahead as much as we could…

Here are some impressions!

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