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Never Was

November 8, 2023 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

The final Never Was performance of 2023 will feature Brandon Davis on bass, Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Patrick O'Reilly on guitar, and Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion.


Never Was is a quartet featuring Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Naomi McCarroll-Butler on alto saxophone and clarinet, Patrick O'Reilly on guitar, and Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion.

The group often gathers in the Southern Cross Lounge of Toronto's much-beloved Tranzac Club for a semi-monthly residency exploring original music in the Black American Creative Music tradition. Of late, they have been joined by a group of friendly adventurers including bassists Brandon Davis and Adrian Russouw, violinist Kelvin Mansaray, vibraphonist Racha Moukalled, and multi-instrumentalist Kae Murphy. Perhaps the expanded ensemble could be called Never Was No Net.

The group's name comes from a Sorbara composition called "It's a line that never was," itself named after a curious sentence from The You Train by science fiction and fantasy writer, N.K. Jemisin.


November 8, 2023
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Southern Cross Lounge, Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave
Toronto, ON M5S 2M7 Canada
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(416) 923-8137

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