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About the Squad

Winnipeg native and Toronto keyboardist Joel Visentin  has  a passion for the sound of the Hammond B3 organ.  Originally a pianist the organ first grabbed him while he was studying music at Humber College.  He had the immense fortune to see the great Doug Riley in concert at the Humber auditorium and ever since he has been striving to stand on the shoulders of Doug and other soul/jazz giants like George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, and Jack Macduff.  In 2015 he joined up with guitarist Adam Beer Colacino and drummer Jeff Halischuk to form his group JV’s Boogaloo Squad.  The musical connection was electric and immediately all three recognized that they had stumbled on something greater than the sum of it’s parts.  They have since worked their way up the club circuit becoming a regular fixture at Toronto’s jazz and blues ground zero The Rex. This summer they were asked to perform at the Markham Jazz Festival where they had the great fortune of playing before living Jazz Organ Legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.  In the short time since their inception they have crafted a soulful sound that is simultaneously lost in the thrill of the moment and evoking a timeless musical nostalgia.  With an extensive repertoire of classics from the soul hits of Stax and Motown as well as their own original music no two concerts with JV’s Boogaloo Squad are alike.  This blend of the familiar and the unknown, the distant past and the pressing moment keeps music lovers coming back to see them again and again.

JV’s Boogaloo Squad is:

Keys / Joel Visentin
Guitar / Adam Beer Colacino
Drums / Jeff Halischuk

Press Quotes:

"This is very good!" ~ Jazzcast.ca

"We loved this track (“Squadzilla”) here at SPILL HQ!" ~ SPILL Magazine

"A uniquely talented group who display all the hallmarks of a classic organ trio, while still moving the genre forward." ~ Justin Abedin (Jacksoul)

"They put on a fantastic show, demonstrating musicianship of the highest quality and excellent engagement with the audience – this is a group of musicians who take their craft seriously, but know how to have a good time." ~ Josh Grossman, TD Toronto Jazz Festival

"A dedicated and engaging group of musicians. They display a high level of musical ability while remaining accessible and fun for a wide range of music lovers." ~ Sarah Kim Turnbull, Markham Jazz Festival