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2016-2017 Jazz Pass now on sale at a reduced price of $325 until June 30, 2016! If you are a new passholder, the reduced price includes admission to all of the June Jazz festival (June 19 to 25) events.

Birth of the Cool Orchestra under the direction of Robin Jessome.
This nonet will be recreating the sound of the famous 1957 Miles Davis album: “Birth of the Cool” which advanced the jazz world into the post-bop era, nudging jazz into something orchestral, experimental and definitely “cool”. This album featured predominantly the writing and arranging skills of the band more than the individual soloing of some …
May 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for some fantastic dinner jazz!   Patrick Duxbury – Flute Jack Pender- Guitar
May 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Lorne Lofsky
“Lorne plays the guitar as if it is an extension of his brain” – Andre White One of Canada’s foremost jazz guitarists, Lorne Lofsky has performed with many notables, including Ed Bickert, Chet Baker, Pepper Adams, and Bob Brookmeyer in Toronto, across Canada, and in Spain, Brasil, and many cities throughout Europe. From ’94-’96, Lorne …
Dodecaphunk (Kyle Brenders Septet) with opener 2016 Juno Winner Allison Au @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
SPECIAL 10 PM SHOW, as part of Open Ears 2016!  Free for GRJS Passholders!   Atonal “12-tone” music gets funked up by the Kyle Brenders Big Band. 2016 Juno Award winner Allison Au opens. Perhaps no single movement in western music has fractured and divided audiences, performers and composers alike as the rise of serial, …
Ryan Cassidy Band with special guest Brownman
Local multi instrumentalist Ryan Cassidy  grew up with  the tutelage of Robin Habermehl  as well as music staff at Forest Heights Collegiate. Ryan developed his skills to become one of the area’s top young jazz musicians. He continued his formal training through the Applied Music program at Mohawk College, immersed in the musical theory and …
Jun 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Laila Biali (NYC)
  “She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly” – Sting We are thrilled that award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, is making a return visit to the Jazz Room. She’s has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea …
Jun 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Lydia Persaud
“Mature, sophisticated and authoritative presence.” -Rik Emmett “A voice the public loves.”  -Lee Fields We are excited that the wonderful Singer – Lydia Persaud -  is returning for her third visit to the Jazz  Room with her fantastic quartet comprised of Toronto’s Chris Pruden, Julian Anderson Bowes and Eric West. She combines the rich sounds of …
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Rich Brown and The Abeng
Rich Brown & The Abeng is the latest project from Canadian bassist and composer Rich Brown. The band takes its name from an African instrument made from a hollowed out cow horn and used by the Maroons of Jamaica to call the community together for all social gatherings. The music of The Abeng has been described …
Jun 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tara Kannangara Group
2016 Julian Award for excellence in emerging Canadian jazz artists “This is the kind of jazz aficionados should prefer…whether it’s as a singer or trumpeter (and I can’t decide in which role I prefer her, so strong are these performances), Kannangara is always in service of the song.“ -Mark Rheaume, - CBC Radio “Tara has the …
Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mandy Lagan Quartet
For those of you who love singers, Mandy Lagan is someone you must hear. Mandy was born in England and raised in Ridgetown, a small town in southwestern Ontario. She studied piano with her mother who was a piano teacher, organist and choir director, and sang in various choirs. She eventually picked up a guitar …
June Jazz Festival - Dave Young/Doug Lawrence Quintet (NYC) Sunday Matinee Performance
Doug Lawrence “Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl.” …
June Jazz Festival - Francois Jalbert and Jerome Beaulieu (Montreal) Monday Evening
Modeled after the great Django Reinhardt, François Jalbert made his own name by taking first place in the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix in 2006 and 2008 in the jazz category.  The  young Québécois musician and composer returns to the Jazz Room with his quartet and compositions from Sens unique, his first album as a bandleader. …
June Jazz Festival  - Genevieve Marentette Trio (back by popular demand!) Tuesday Evening
“She is, to me, the perfect balance of fragile beauty and a burning intensity that makes her and her music irresistible.” – Don Thompson (Canadian Jazz Giant, Order of Canada) “A lovely muse of music…a femme fatale from film noir…jazz improvisation at its best…that’s Geneviève “Gigi” Marentette” - Don Franks (Actor, musician) “This fresh new jazz singer …
June Jazz Festival - Mark Kelso's Jazz Exiles featuring Robi Botos  Wednesday Evening
The Jazz Exiles is an exciting new super group formed by drummer/composer Mark Kelso. Featuring Torontonheavyweights Rich Brown on bass, Robi Botos on keys, Luis Deniz on sax and newcomer Joey Martel on guitar, this group plays original music that is exciting & wild, yet melodic and accessible to all. Formed to continue on in …
June Jazz Festival - Matt Baker (NYC) Friday Evening
“The Australian piano whiz..” -Stephen Holden, The New York Times, Oct 2014 “Baker has a playful approach to melody, particularly on the standards that he interprets with Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson.” -Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT Magazine, March 2012 “Swings confidently …  full of clever reharmonizations and hip syncopation. The threesome demonstrates seamless group chemistry.” - …
June Jazz Festival Closing Night!! Spin Cycle (NYC)
Spin Cycle, the new band led by saxophonist Tom Christensen and drummer Scott Neumann, plays an eclectic blend of hard hitting original music composed by the members of the band, four veterans of the New York City freelance jazz scene. Each member has recorded multiple albums as a leader and played in the bands of …

 


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