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Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – Sep 2 @ 10:00 am
Thank you for a spectacular Season Four!  We couldn’t have done it without you. Please stay tuned for information about Season Five – to be unveiled soon!   The season begins the first weekend of September! Until then – have a look at our Uptown Jazz Festival offering, and our very special David Braid presentation …
Sep 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Larry Larson's Jazz Guys
      KW’s favorite trumpeter brings his “Jazz Guys” band back to the Jazz Room to open the season.  The “Jazz Guys” have opened every season but one and we are thrilled that he can do it again for our fifth year. Larry Larson has been Principal Trumpet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1993. …
Sep 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Kieran Overs' Eleven
Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass, and for the past 34 years on acoustic bass. Overs holds an Honours Diploma from Humber College, a B. Mus. from Humber/BCOU and an M. Mus. from McGill University (Montreal). He has also studied privately …
Jaron Freeman-Fox and the  Opposite of Everything  (Vancouver)
  If you missed him last season,  you should take advantage of this opportunity.  Jaron and his band were a big hit with the Jazz Room audience with their mix of jazz, bluegrass and just plain strange stuff.. Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives …
Sep 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Andrew Downing's "Otterville"
OTTERVILLE is a new project named for the small town in Ontario ex-Tobacco country that was home to many generations of Downings. The music evokes the slow pace of small-town Canada, the rustling of the trees and the rolling of the Otter River in a song-like, sentimental collection of original music and a few choice …
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dave Wiffen Quartet
  David Wiffen is a mainstay on the local music scene.  He’s toured with the Tommy Dorsey Big Band, and the Peter Appleyard Orchestra and has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin and Nathalie Cole. David can play any style – jazz, rock, blues, and classical music and his muscular, soulful sound makes him the …
Sep 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
A Sondheim Jazz Project
        “…crisp arrangements with plenty of jazz meatiness to them…without overwhelming the Sondheim material at its core…. Samaras is simply a formidable talent with rich timbre, unfettered expressiveness and a broad emotional range.” – Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen “Best jazz albums of 2014, honorable mention “– Francis Davis, NPR Saxophonist and arranger …
Sep 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Monsoon
Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz collective whose music combines elements of creative Jazz with traditional Indian Classical music to produce a rich and meaningful cross-cultural expression. Their elegant synthesis of penetrating Indian Ragas with creative Western expression has earned them International critical acclaim as innovators of the Indo-Jazz genre. Captivating audiences with memorable original compositions, and creative improvisation, Monsoon creates a truly unique, and vivid musical experience. Monsoon features some of Canada’s most respected …
Peter Hum Quintet (Ottawa) CD Release - "Alpha Moment"
Based in Ottawa, Peter Hum has played with the leading jazz artists in Canada’s capital, including John Geggie, Rob Frayne, Mike Essoudry, Roddy Ellias, Vince Rimbach and Mike Tremblay. He considers himself very fortunate to have performed with some of Canada’s leading jazz artists, including Sonny Greenwich, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Nimmons, Reg Schwager, Kelly Jefferson, …
Special Sunday Matinee  - Dave Young Quintet
  Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of …
Oct 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jason Razo Quartet
  “Jason Raso’s bass is a full-on orchestra of ground vibrating pleasure.” - Exlaim Magasine “With influences like Stanley Clark, Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan and Marcus Miller, Jason has an effortless ability to morph from blistering fingerstyle passages to funky slap from one beat to the next.” -   Bass Guitar Rocks Jason Raso has a funk …
Oct 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Russ Nolan Quartet (NYC)
“Besides being graced with clarity in tone, originality and fluent, assertive phrasing, saxophonist Russ Nolan is a rhythm master.” — Owen McNally, WNPR News Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High-Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those …
Oct 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jonathan Chapman Trio
  Kitchener native Jonathan Chapman brings his trio to the Jazz Room for their first appearance. Jonathan has studied at Humber college, and in the summer of 2012, he participated as 1 of 10 students worldwide in the Berklee 5-Week Jazz Workshop directed by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio. That following September, Jonathan enrolled …
Oct 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Artie Roth Quartet
Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as …
Oct 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Fern Lindzon Trio
“Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.”–Mark Miller, jazz writer Toronto singer, pianist, arranger, composer and 2012 JUNO Award Nominee  Fern Lindzon draws on a wide range of inspirations, finding both the personal and the universal in the work …
Oct 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
George Colligan Trio (New York City)
“Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition….” John Kelman , All About Jazz “One of the best kept secrets in jazz….” Chris Hoven, All About Jazz George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists …
Special Thursday Show: Zerafa Sandro Quartet (Paris)
” .. a characterful composer and a player of skill … :”  -PETER BACON (TheJazzBreakfast, May 2014, UK) ” Highly reminscent of Jim Hall in his warmth of tone and sense of space, Zerafa nurtures a certain notion of ‘cool’, strongly poetic and deserving our attention…” VINCENT BESSIERES (JazzNews, France) Some lovely playing, reminiscent of …
Oct 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Top Pocket
Top Pocket returns to the Jazz Room on October 23. One of Waterloo’s best-known, and most popular Jazz bands since the late 80′s, this quartet has ranged from be-bop, fusion, Latin, traditional and jazz these guys with tremendous versatility and depth!   The original line-up at the Coyote and the Circus Room included current members Michael Bergauer on bass …
Oct 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mike Murley Trio
Mike Murley’s current trio, which features Reg Schwager  on guitar and Steve Wallace on Bass, continues its tradition of intimate, lyrical explorations of jazz standards. This is not your average trio – no piano, no drum kit. It’s mainstream chamber jazz at it’s finest. Formed in 1998, Mike’s original trio featured the legendary Ed Bickert (guitar) …
Special Sunday Matinee: Mark Kelso's Jazz Exiles
‘Mark Kelso, the one who now most often sits at the rhythmic helm, usually no more than seven paces behind me on stage, has that certain quality of precision, passion and metric poetry, that can allow me the freedom to sing and lose myself in the music.” – Gino Vannelli “Mark Kelso may have the …
Oct 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Keith Price Trio (Winnipeg)
  Having strummed since the sixth grade on his grandfather’s old guitar, Keith Price landed his first gigs at age fifteen. First influenced by pop, punk and heavy metal, he discovered jazz through the intensity and spirituality of John Coltrane. Price began his formal studies in music at age nineteen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. …
Oct 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Yvette Tollar Group
Born and raised in Toronto by parents who supported their children’s musical experimentation (her dad encouraged Yvette to get her welder’s license just in case, but she didn’t), Yvette Tollar spent her teen years taking lessons at the Royal Conservatory and hanging out with her older brother Ernie and his roommate Holly Cole – whose …

 


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