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Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Alysha Brilla and the Brillion Dollar band
8:30 pm
“Alysha’s music is the sound of summer. It’s pop, a bit jazzy and bit bluesy. That’s what makes it fun.’ – James Keelaghan Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. Brilla’s new music draws on …
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mike Downes Quartet - 2018 Juno Award!!
8:30 pm
“As gifted a composer as he is a bassist.” – Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists “Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive…his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary.” Kim Richmond, Jazz Player Magazine “Emotionally direct, profoundly lyrical bass work.” - Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note JUNO award winner Mike Downes …
Blue Moon Marquee - Jazz Room Passholders - 1/2 price at the door!
7:30 pm
  “Whiskey soaked Cab Calloway” Blues Matters UK Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose country. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by …
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Big Band Theory
8:30 pm
Can we fit them all on the stage??? Yes we Can! 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 …
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jam Session!!
3:00 pm
  Saturday afternoon from 3 – 5 PM, practice your improvisation by playing jazz on the Jazz Room stage at the monthly Jazz Room jam session. It’ is a great opportunity for local musicians to meet and play together, share ideas and learn new tricks. If you ever wanted to play jazz music, but don’t …
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Brian Dickinson's "The Rhythm Method"
8:30 pm
  Brian Dickinson has been a mainstay on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty-five years. His skills as a jazz pianist, composer and arranger have been heard on well over sixty recordings including over ten of his own releases as leader. As a sideman, Brian has performed and recorded with many of the greatest …
Adrean Farrugia (Toronto) and Joel Frahm (NYC) Sunday Matinee
4:00 pm
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Adrean comes from a musical family. His father Bruno is a professional drummer in the music scene. His grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was a Maritime fiddler. Adrean studied classical piano with Shirley Coit and Donald Cook before discovering …
May 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jerzy Kaplanek and David Braid Duo
8:30 pm
  Internationally renowned violinist Jerzy Kapłanek has established himself as a chamber musician, member of the celebrated Penderecki String Quartet, soloist, dedicated teacher, adjudicator, artistic director of QuartetFest and lately as a jazz violinist He performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His album of works by Karol …
Tevet Sela Quartet featuring John Roney (Montreal)
8:30 pm
“An intriguing concert for all who love innovative and exciting jazz … Tevet Sela Quartet presents an intelligent and skillful mix of classical harmonies with a Kleizmer influence and North-African rhythms… ” - Time Out Magazine Tevet Sela is a Montreal-based saxophonist and composer of Israeli origin. In his repertoire, Tevet weaves Jazz with elements …
May 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Carey West Band
8:30 pm
Carey West is a dynamic vocalist who has lent her talents to several collaborations.  She has built a reputation energetic and heartfelt performances whether leading her Jazz ensemble “Carey West and The Millionaires”, fronting Carribean Funk group “The Liquidaires” or easing in with alt-bluegrass group “The Jeremiahs”. Her exploits have led to many high profile performances including a …
May 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Worst Pop Band Ever
8:30 pm
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, this Toronto based group tries to combine a love of jazz and indie pop. Whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist & bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and …
John Tank Quartet (NYC) - Special Mother's Day Show!!
4:00 pm
Bernie Senensky – Piano Jim Vivian – Bass Greg Pilo – Drums
Florian Hoefner (Montreal) and Subtone Sponsored by the Goethe Institut
8:30 pm
Subtone is a rare phenomenon in today’s jazz world. Founded in 2005 in Berlin, Germany, the quintet has been playing together for 13 years with an almost unchanged line-up. And that despite the fact that its members are now separated by vast geographic distances with part of them living in North America and part of …
May 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Barry Romberg Quartet
8:30 pm
After 42 years at the drums, Barry has established himself as one of Canada’s most unique drumset stylists. Since leaving York University’s music program (and studying drumset with Stan Perry & Pete Magadini) Barry has gone on to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians, lead his own groups, accompany international artists, and has been featured on over seventy recordings, …
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Andy Klaehn
8:30 pm
Andy Klaehn is a dynamic, multi-talented, professional musician, bandleader, and master teacher. He is a highly sought after alto, soprano, and tenor sax player, as well as a flute and clarinet player performing with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is also a founding member of the renowned …
May 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Whitney Ross Barris
8:30 pm
WHITNEY ROSS-BARRIS is a Toronto-based jazz singer and actor who has performed on stages all around the world.   She sings an eclectic mix of classic jazz standards, dark and colourful singer-songwriter covers, and vintage-sounding originals with a playful and sultry edge. Following the release of her debut album, “Everybody’s Here,” Ross-Barris recently released her second …
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tara Kannangara
8:30 pm
“Tara has the goods to back up the ambitious scope of her musical projects: clarion voice, solid lyrics, heavy trumpet chops and the kind of depth and sincerity that will keep you interested and wanting to dig deeper into what it is she’s offering.” -Elizabeth Shepherd Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno- …
Jun 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Eliana Cuevas
8:30 pm
  Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (2009), a nomination for Best …
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bernie Carroll Project
8:30 pm
Following their triumphant performances at The Jazz Room during The Winter Jazz Festival in 2016, and The Registry Theatre in 2017, The Bernie Carroll Project returns to The Jazz Room. Veteran Drummer Bernie Carroll will be joined by outstanding local Jazz musicians Dave Wiffen, Tenor Saxophone, Flutist Doug Wicken, Bassist Al Richardson and Pianist Ralph …
Jun 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mark Kelso Trio
8:30 pm
  Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Canadian drummer Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, but he is also a singer, producer, composer and band leader as well. Mark has also been the Head of the percussion …
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Stubble Jumpers Organ Trio
8:30 pm
Ted Warren – drums Kelly Jefferson – tenor sax Jeff McLeod – organ
Jun 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jocelyn Barth Trio
8:30 pm
Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s exciting emerging vocalists. As a jazz singer, Jocelyn is known for her emotional expressiveness and sensitivity. She delivers a lyric with intention, depth and authenticity while maintaining the playfulness of phrasing that comes from her instinctively instrumentalist-like approach to singing. While happy to keep it simple, she loves to stretch …
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
William Makuna Trio
8:30 pm
William Mukuna is a guitarist based in the Greater Toronto Area. Fusing elements of World music, Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation - the trio takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together.  The guitarist was featured on Jazz FM 91.1 on the jazzology program hosted by Larry Green.  Deeply influenced by …
Jun 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dave Young Quintet
8:30 pm
“To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.”   –Dr. Oscar Peterson “…Flawless time, big buoyant tone and bold solo ideas…keen instincts and depth of musicality. The results …

 


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