Wednesday, 5 June 2019 from 21:00-23:00
Mezzetta Restaurant - 81 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7
(416) 658-5687 /
$10 cover

Ron Davis and bass virtuoso Ross MacIntyre  in one of Toronto's premier jazz series: the Mezzetta Wednesday Night concerts. An evening of great original jazz, wine and some of the best Mediterranean food you'll ever have. Reservations recommended. Details at the Mezzetta website (here).

SymphRONica Back for a Fourth Year at the World's Largest Arts Fest - Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

**** (4 Stars) – The Scotsman
**** (4 Stars) – The Herald

When SymphRONica first appeared on the Fringe in 2016, audiences and media alike responded to the band’s chamber music panache and jazz dive grit with enthusiasm. BBC Radio 3’s In Tune featured them on three episodes. Subsequent visits to Edinburgh in August, which have included rave receptions at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, have seen the SymphRONica Appreciation Society’s UK division gather momentum.

With a brand-new album, SymphRONica UpfRONt leading the charge and a line-up that combines Davis’ compatriot, guitarist and musical director, Kevin Barrett with leading Scottish players including drummer and Jazzwise magazine ‘One to Watch’ Stephen Henderson and violinist and radio presenter Seonaid Aitken, SymphRONica is set to take Fringe 2019 by storm. This is the music you’ve been looking for, the jazz you want to hear.

August 6–10, 2019 - 10:00pm - The Jazz Bar (info/tickets)
August 12–23, 2019 - 8:50pm - theSpace @ Niddry Street (info/tickets)
Fringe box office:  +44 131 226 0000 /

The Instrumental Liberation Front: A Manifesto by Ron Davis

The Instrumental Liberation Front: A Manifesto

By Ron Davis (Instrumental Musician)

Instrumental music has gone missing. I’m not sure if it’s been abducted, suppressed or shrouded in a dark veil of neglect, but it’s become nearly invisible. Or rather, inaudible.

On the radio (with the rare exception of such mainstays as JazzFM). On the Internet. Certainly on television, where it used to have a constant presence. In old media. In new. It’s gone. Instrumental music is gone, or just about. Words and music, yes. Music alone, no. Text plus music, check. Music sans text, negative.

Instrumental music needs to be liberated. It needs to restored. Restored to its rightful place on culture’s stages.

We who love music need to make this happen. We must help carve a path of return for the many great instrumentalists alive today. For the jazzers. The classical musicians. The fingerpickers. The bluegrass guys. The composers. The arrangers. For them whose voice is a collection of notes. For all the musicians in all styles of instrumental music.

We need to liberate instrumental music. We need an Instrumental Liberation Front.

The history of western music is the history of the instrumental coexisting in harmony (ahem) with the vocal. A Beethoven symphony, a Verdi opera. A Scott Joplin rag, a Stephen Foster tune. Billie Holiday Strange Fruit, Duke Ellington Isfahan. The Beatles’ Let It Be, Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man.

This instrumental-vocal coexistence ran right up until the 1980's. Before then, you could rely on finding instrumental tunes on the charts: Wipeout, Baby Elephant Walk, The Homecoming, even the much maligned Popcorn.

But then… commercial, Top 40, focus group-based, metric driven Command-and-Control McMusic started squeezing out instrumental music. There was more marketing juice in personalities than in notes. The musician was subordinated to the person (although we all know the artist is not the person). The music was subordinated to the text.

Consequence: popular music is now all vocal. No more instrumental. Scan the top playlists and charts: nada instrumentala.

What have we lost? Whole swaths of music styles and stylists. Deeply talented musicians who cannot make a living. Great players who have mastered their craft, but have no means to sustain themselves. Yesterday’s brilliant pianist is today’s divorce lawyer.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being a divorce lawyer. But, for crikey’s sake, if the world can expend so much energy in saving the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis), can it not step up for the instrumental musician (Melodious problematicus)?

Now, I’m not a disinterested advocate. I have skin in the game. I’m a jazz pianist. I don’t sing. I don’t write lyrics. If I want to wax lyrical, it’s via the notes on the keyboard.

But when I talk to colleagues who were active in the 60s and 70s, I am stunned by how much the level of engagement with jazz has diminished. Those guys were working all the time. My colleagues and I today are lucky to work a few times a week.

And it’s not that the music is any less great. In some ways, it’s never been better. Thanks to devoted operations like JazzFM, you can hear the stuff out there. It’s fabulous. Mike Downes, Tania Gill, Robi Botos, Lina Alemano… superb instrumentalists and composers, all.

Jazz players and fans do have to take some of the responsibility for the reduced attention we are getting. Jazz may have become too hermetic. Too specialized. Too heady.

But that’s not the root cause of current neglect. Classical, bluegrass, percussion and other instrumental forms are experiencing the same cricket-noises.

No. The musicians and the music do not bear the greater part of the blame. The music industry does. It has succeeded in marginalizing instrumental music. It has made no room for the new Charlie Parkers, David Sanborns, Ida Haendels, and Glenn Goulds.

This must change. Instrumental music must be allowed to graze again in the open minds of the public’s ears. We need to free instrumental music.

We need the Instrumental Music Liberation Front.

Ron Featured on Mark Wigmore's "Art at the End of the World" Podcast

One of the great arts broadcasters anywhere, Mark Wigmore, sat down with Ron Davis for a wide-ranging conversation covering his long career as a groundbreaking jazz, classical, world & traditional music composer, writer, teacher, and performer. Ron explains his openness to music and genre exploration and reflects on how the world around him influences his compositions. Plus, a deep dive into his thesis on Chronosemantics!

Listen to the podcast here,



"A quantum leap": SymphRONica UpfRONt Record Release & 2018/19 Concert Season Launch!

SymphRONica UpfRONt has arrived! Buy it now on CDBaby here (soon on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and other major outlets).

Ron Davis. Piano player, composer, band leader, Edinburgh can i buy ambien in mexico over the counter? Festival Fringe favourite, BBC Radio 3 repeat guest, solo artist, critics choice. Ron Davis is many things to many people, and audiences love his shows. Ron and his band of award-winning musicians have kept people listening, loving and coming back for more.

Ron Davis is a Canadian jazz visionary. His music blends genres and pushes boundaries, building on his jazz and classical training, influenced by world music (klezmer, Hungarian, Italian, Brazilian, Latin, Québecois). He seeks new textures, new forms, new compositions, new formations and new ways of presenting his signature sound without losing a connection to audiences. The music is diverse in a characteristically Canadian way.

Ron is the founder of SymphRONica – a creative project that combines jazz, world, groove, pop, classical music and a stellar group of Canadian musicians into a mix that can be found nowhere else. Ron and his musical collaborators have spent years working together, and it shows on stage and in the studio. In Ron’s words “We’ve become good friends over the years, and from that we’ve become attuned to each other’s playing. Just as Toronto is a city composed of many people from many places, SymphRONica is composed of a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds, and every one of them plays with intense passion and pleasure together.” SymphRONica is genre-defying – no one else is combining a jazz ensemble with full symphony orchestras or string quartets.

Ron and SymphRONica’s experiences include performances on BBC Radio 3, and in London (including Trafalgar Square for Canada 150 celebrations), and repeat invitations to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The positive reception and successes reached with their previous 3 albums have shown that SymphRONica is a true example of the height and skill of Canadian instrumental groups.

SymphRONica UpfRONt is Ron’s 12th and SymphRONica’s 3rd collection of his unique, and world renowned sound. UpfRONt, is a quantum leap from his previous works, representing the greater cross--cultural and cross-stylistic diversity of the players and contributors, including Juno Award winner Mike Downes (who also acted as producer). UpfRONt showcases the great Canadian talent that has coalesced in and around SymphRONica. UpfRONt is pure Ron Davis and the entire essence of the SymphRONica project at its peak.

October 25th, 2018 will be the inaugural show of SymphRONica’s 2018/2019 season at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. It will be a celebration of SymphRONica’s 6 years working together and coming together to form a unique jazz ensemble unlike any other in Canada or probably the world, and will include a presentation of some of the music from UpfRONt. You can purchase SymphRONica UpfRONt on CDBaby (here) right now! Soon available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and other major outlets.

On December 13th, Ron and SymphRONica will be reuniting with artists from the Tap Dance Centre for a third year of unique, vibrant and striking music and dance.

SymphRONica will finish their season with a May 23rd performance celebrating jazz and Western classical music, bringing them together to create The Instrumental Liberation Front – The Jazz of Classical Sound. This promises to be a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Ron Davis acknowledges with gratitude the invaluable support of the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council in the making of SymphRONica UpfRONt.

SymphRONica & The Instrumental Liberation Front!

Thursday May 23
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture – 918 Bathurst St, Toronto M5R 3G5
Doors: 7:00 Music: 8:00
TICKETS: $20 advance/ $25 door; students/seniors $10 (All prices HST included.)

Tickets & info:

The Instrumental Liberation Front - The Jazz of Classical Sound
Ron Davis and SymphRONica celebrate two great institutions of purely instrumental music: Jazz and Western classical, bringing them together in new compositions to to create a newly jazz-energized, one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Special food and drink menu by great Canadian chef Dinah Koo!


Jaymz Bee's Caravan of Music in support of Unison Benevolent Fund


Jaymz Bee's Caravan of Music

April 15th, 2019

A fundraising event for Unison Benevolent Fund
20 bands in 10 rooms!

Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road
$200 Gala Dinner 6pm
$40 Caravan 8pm - 12 midnight

Every year broadcaster-producer-impresario Jaymz Bee celebrates his birthday with at least one fundraising event for charity. This year will mark his biggest yet with a series of simultaneous concerts held in ten rooms at Old Mill Toronto that will benefit Unison Benevolent Fund, an organization that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music is a four hour event where hundreds of people tour the various rooms at Old Mill Toronto, taking in a few songs from each band in each room. Tickets (ie. a Passport) are $40 and get you into all of the rooms. As you exit the room your passport is stamped and those with completed passports (meaning those who have been inside every room at least once) are entered in a draw for some fabulous prizes at the end of the night.

Ron is proud to be a part of this fantastic event for a great cause.

The night also features a VIP Gala Dinner from 6-8 pm with a special concert from Tom Cochrane and friends. Gala tickets can be purchased for $200 and ticket holders also have full run of the Caravan that goes from 8pm to Midnight.

Information and details here.

RON DAVIS Trio at The Home Smith Bar

RON returns to the the Home Smith Bar in Toronto’s historic Old Mill for a rare trio outing as part of the Jazz Masters series. Paul Novotny on bass, Steve Heathcoate  on drums.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
The Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill, Toronto
Details at

Lawyer's Feed the Hungry Annual Christmas Dinner

Wednesday December 19, 2018
Law Society of Ontario

For the 18th year running, Ron and some of Canada's finest musicians are donating their time and talents to bring music and cheer to the less fortunate. This year's band includes Coleen Allen, Russ Boswell and Steve Heathcoate.

SymphRONica + the Tap Dancers Reunite!

Thursday December 13
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture – 918 Bathurst St, Toronto M5R 3G5
Doors / Special Dinah Koo meal/drinks menu: 7:00 Music: 8:00
TICKETS: $25 advance/ $30 door; students/seniors $20 (All prices HST included. Entry only; food and drink extra.)

Tickets & info:

For a third year, Ron Davis’ SymphRONica joins its internationally acclaimed jazz/groove/world instrumental sound to the dazzling artistry of some of the greatest tap dance artists anywhere from the Tap Dance Centre under the artistic direction of brilliant choreographer and tap wizard Kim Chalovich  (Director of the Tap Dance Centre) with 'What's On? TAP. Other dancers include: Travis Knights, David Cox, Ryan Foley, Johnny Morin, Dianne Montgomery, Mats Nixon and MacKenzie Greenwell. An incredibly exciting collaboration, combining art forms, creating experiences beyond imagination. The perfect jazz for tap.  A phenomenal experience. Come dance and play with us!

Guest Emcee: Jaymz Bee