Andy DeCampos at Alleycatz July 17/2012 8pm

Have you had enough hot dogs this Summer yet?




Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar -hip catz roll through this alley.

Mostly music lovers and food enthusiasts
but they have other kinds too, which has made this
one of Toronto’s top popular dining and party destination!


Jazz Singer Andy De Campos

will be performing at Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar,
accompanied by pianist Rick Maltese and bassist Ken MacDonald on:

Tuesday July 17 at 8pm  
2409 Yonge Street,  Toronto,  ON M4P 2H5
For reservations call  416-481-6865 or click here.
Andy’s Favourites on the Alleycatz Menu:

Sorry, I’m a sucker for seafood!  I say the alligator also counts because, well, they do have SALT WATER alligators in Australia (or is that crocodiles?!)


Pan fried tiger shrimp brushed with Spanish garlic butter


Toasted bread, roma tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil, balsamic drizzle and shaved parmesan (add goat cheese $2)


Grilled alligator tenderloin skewers with bell peppers and red onion served in a Creole tomato sauce
Sweet potato, Ontario corn, lobster, breaded, served with jalapeno lime mayo


Marinated grilled calamari brushed with a bagna calda olive oil, cured tomatoes, kalamata olives


* not endangered species but definitely an endangered dish at Alleycatz. It goes like hot (lobster) cakes!

Andy DeCampos and Trio at Rocco’s July 6th, 2012

A Warm Summer’s Evening. June & July, 2012
Restaurant Grand Opening Header Image
Andy at Rocco's

Rocco’s Plum Tomato
is having me, Andy De Campos, and my trio of piano, bass and drums perform outside on their newly licensed patio.

As we have found out that the patio is indeed licensed to sell alcohol (!!!) we had to change the name of the trio. So it is no longer called the “SpeekEZ!” (Frankly, I don’t know what to call it – but you can surely drop off your suggestion.)
Saturday, June 23,
Saturday, June 30  and
Friday, July 6th,
at 6:30 pm.
…is well known for it’s fine dining but I gotta say it has the best veal sandwich anywhere within a 100 km radius!


  • Roasted Garlic Salad
  • Marguerita Pizza
    (yes the pizza is that good you’ll still think this simple one is the best – ask for the thin crust slightly toasted)
  • Lamb Chops
    (when available)
  • Stuffed Chicken
    (my piano player likes it!)
  • Veal Sandwich

    I am the pianist in case you were wondering.

    Heart and Soul by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser

    *     C         Am   F           G
    1.    Heart and soul,  I fell in love with you,
    2.    Heart and soul, I begged to be adored,
    3.    But now I see,   what one embrace can do,
    *     C         Am   F            G
    1.    Heart and soul,   the way a fool would do,
    2.    Lost con-trol, and tumbled overboard,
    3.    Look at me, it's got me loving you,
    *  C   Am    F             G       C      Am
    1. Madly...    Because you held me tight,
    2. Gladly...   That magic night we kissed,
    3. Madly...    That little kiss you stole,
    *  C     Am           Dm7         G7
    1.        And stole a kiss in the night...
        C                    C7                                
    2.     There in the moon mist.       TO BRIDGE
    3.     Held all my heart and soul.  END
    F            E          A7  D7      G7    C7  A7    E7
    Oh! but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling,
    F          E       A7  D7    G7  C7   B7 G7                      G
    Never before were mine so strangely   wil- ling.

    Cocaine by Eric Clapton

    (remember to sing all 1s first then 2s
    Each verse is followed by a CHORUS in this case)

    *         Em  Em D   Em            Em  D  -  -  -
    1. If you wanna hang out. You've gotta take her out
    2. If you got bad news. You wanna kick them blues
    3. If your thing is gone. And you wanna ride on
    *        Em  Em D Em     Em D - - -
    1.  Co - caine
    2.  Co - caine
    3.  Co - caine
    *         Em  Em D  Em   Em D
    1. If you wanna get down.   Down on the ground
    2. When your day is done.  And you wanna run
    3. Don't forget this fact.     You can't get it back
    *           Em  Em D Em    Em D - - -
    1.  Co - caine
    2.  Co - caine
    3.  Co - caine
    *             Em        D             C       B
    She don't lie She don't lie She don't lie
    *    Em  Em D  Em     Em D - - -
    CO - CAINE

    Minor Blues

    Is there a definitive minor blues song? Let me know if you find one.

    There are three songs I’d like to mention.

    The Thrill is Gone by BB King   LINK YT
    Am Am Am Am Dm Dm Am Am F E Am Am (12 bars – each chord is a bar)

    Summertime by George Gershwin
    Am6 E | Am6 E |Am6 E | Am6 E | Dm | F | E B7#9 | E7 | LINK YT

    Am6 E | Am6 E |Am6 E | C | D7 | E7 | Am | E7 | 16 bars

    Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Bill Withers  LINK YT

    Am G | Am | Am G | Am | Em | Dm | Am G | Am | 8 bar pattern.

    St Louis Blues has a minor blues middle section.

    Use a lead sheet to gig with different band members without a lot of rehearsing.

    Singers and soloists who have two jobs and a family to support will find it difficult to get musicians together for rehearsals. Centres like Toronto have a wide assortment of musicians who can read. A lead sheet can provide a way for musicians to see where your song is going and in a single page can follow the structure and perform without any mistakes.

    What does a musician see in a leadsheet
    1) The structure of the song
    2) The Key, the timing, the tempo and feel of the song
    2) The pattern of chords in convenient easy to remember layout
    3) A Bass player or keyboardist can see the Bass note if slash notation is used in the chords
    4) A guitarist or keyboardist can see when the vocal melody is present and avoid playing on top of the words or the soloist.
    5) If a musician cant read the staff they still have the chord symbols to use.

    So a leadsheet will convey a whole lotta stuff that might be hard to explain to everyone
    without it.

    To be more complete the band can use one sheet for nearly everyone unless there is a transposing
    instrument like a trumpet, sax or clarinet in which case the sheets can be prepared for if needed.

    Re: Original Songs Page updated

    I have not posted here for a while. Here ‘s an update.

    1) now has local links to the words.

    2) Observations about harmonic rhythm  I want to share with you.

    From the days of Bach in the 17th century to the twentieth century harmonic rhythm went through a slowing down process. It was common for Bach to change harmony on every beat. 100 years later it was typical for Beethoven and Mozart to change harmony on every bar. There are plenty of exceptions but generally slow harmonic change became more and more a preference over the centuries. Some traditions in folk music from different cultures chose to limit chords to just three harmonies and some even chose no harmonic rhythm where the foundation was static based on a drone or a root and 5th.

    As a composer songwriter I have found myself in recent years avoiding unnecessary harmonic rhythm. I now reconsider a traditional jazz standard or a new song with a look to harmonic change when it’s needed. I am happier with the sound. What I’ve discovered is that the melody has an opportunity to stand out and words seem more poignant. I’m not saying it’s the best way but it’s a direction that pleases my ears.