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October – December 2014

October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – October 24, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Joni NehRita Fundraising Spectacular (non-GRJS show) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Join Joni NehRita and her splendid band for a great fund-raising show, in support of her upcoming album!  This is not a Jazz Society show, so passes won’t be valid, but your admission will be supporting a great local artist! An accomplished singer/songwriter/musician, Joni manages to blend the time- honoured qualities of classic soul with …
Big Band Theory @ Jazz Room
October 24, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Big Band Theory @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
The Big Band Theory had its genesis in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, without any clear idea where this project might end up. And… WOW! what an explosion of sound when seventeen of Kitchener-Waterloo’s (and beyond) most talented jazzers showed up for that first rehearsal in October 2011.   The band’s music ranges from the danceable swing music …
October 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Workshop: Improvisation for String Players with Matt Brubeck @ The Jazz Room @ The Huether Hotel | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Workshop Description Matt Brubeck (cello) will be presenting a workshop for string players who are interested in exploring jazz and improvisation on their instruments (violin, viola, and cello). Topics and playing exercises will include modes of listening, variation of musical materials, and how to develop a practice of improvisation. Classical players who are curious about …
October 25, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Joe Sullivan Quintet (Montreal) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. During his youth, he led an active musical life that included …
October 31, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Boom Crane (Berlin) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. Boom Crane’s rough-and-tumble interplay meets in a place where everything is an option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. A trio of long time musical …
November 1, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Petr Cancura Band (NYC) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  “The saxophonist/banjoist’s Down Home is three parts roots music, two parts jazz, one part blues, mixed on a country porch, and, pardon the cliché, it cooks.”  - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz  Born in Eastern Europe, brought up in the wilderness of the Great White North, and later thrusting into the urban Jungle of New …
November 7, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Stretch Orchestra @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“Yes, guitarist Kevin Breit, cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer-percussionist Jesse Stewart are decidedly tall drinks of water, and together they have cooked up a refreshing new spin on the jazz-rock-world-groove vibe.”                           – Josef Woodard, Jazz Times In addition to being perhaps the tallest band in Canada (average height =6’5”), Stretch Orchestra is also one of …
November 8, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Top Pocket @ Jazz Room
November 14, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Top Pocket @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Top Pocket returns to the Jazz Room on November 14. 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 and …
November 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tara Davidson + Friends CD release event -"Duets" @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
…a fine player with a fertile imagination who most definitely bears watching…” - AllAboutJazz.com Tara Davidson is regular visitor to the Jazz Room as a sideperson in various ensembles. She played the opening weekend as a member of the Mike Murley Octet. A JUNO Award nominated alto and soprano saxophonist, Tara has performed around the …
November 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Stephen Zurakowski Quartet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Stephen Zurakowsky (www.anumi.ca) is a graduate from The University of Toronto.
 He has studied with Norbert Kraft, Eli Kasner, David Russell, Stepan Rak and Phil Nimmons.
 He plays composed music in the European tradition, but he is also a brilliant jazz player. Recently he has been awarded an International CD Distribution grant from The SOCAN …
November 22, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Don Thompson Trio @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Multi Instrumentalist (Vibraphone, Bass, Piano) Don Thompson is a jazz legend.  He has won Eight Jazz Report Awards for Vibraphonist of the Year, Six National Jazz Awards for Instrumentalist of the Year, Three Socan Awards for Best Composition of the Year, Three Juno Awards and achieved the Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. …
November 28, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
David Braid Septet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
 “A jazz genius to call our own” - Macleans’ Magazine Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to his training in European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s original music engages audiences with a quiet, thoughtful, lyrical voice that does not conform neatly to any one musical genre. His work has been described as “refreshingly …
November 29, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Joel Miller Quintet (Montreal) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Winner of the 2013 Juno Award  – Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for “Honeycomb”!! “Passionate and creative, melodic yet exploratory” — Sharonne Cohen, Downbeat Magazine “positively engaging”— Donald Elfman, The New York City Jazz Record “…album excellent parce que virevoltant de la nanoseconde numéro 1 à la dernière.” — Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir Montreal saxophonist Joel …
December 5, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mary-Catherine Quartet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
A recent University of Waterloo Music grad, Mary-Catherine has burst onto the jazz scene with particular verve and style, performing in such venues as Toronto’s Rex Hotel and Gate 403.  Mary-Catherine has a penchant for classic films, and her musical preferences for many of the favorite jazz standards follows her vintage style. Not content to …
Boom for Rent @ Jazz Room
December 6, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Boom for Rent @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Chris Gale – Saxophones Reg Schwager – Guitar Brendan Davis – Bass Ted Warren – Drums Boom For Rent plays the Gershwin standard – “Soon”
Randy Lyght Band @ Jazz Room
December 12, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Randy Lyght Band @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  “Who says Romance is passé?  These fresh arrangements of timeless standards sung in Randy’s warm, lyrical style … will light the fire of romance again and again, especially for jazz lovers.  A Return To Romance  is our kind of music… five out of five stars.”     Rich Germaine, Jazz Radio Network( www.jazzradionetwork.com) For all of …
December 13, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mark Eisenman Trio @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“Eisenman’s heart belongs to the golden age of jazz… This kind of playing can only come from the inside, after having spent decades listening and playing. Your foot may just start tapping, your head may rhythmically nod, and your fingers may snap on the two and four.” – All About Jazz.com Mark Eisenman is one …
December 19, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tom Nagy Christmas Experience @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
December 20, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
TBA @ Jazz Room
December 26, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jason White @ Jazz Room
December 27, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 


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