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Important!

Thank you for visiting!  Aside from the Waterloo Jazz Festival (July 17-20, see our calendar for details), we are on summer hiatus until September 5th/6th, when we reopen with the Ray Podhornik Sextet and Dave Young’s Horace Silver tribute – please see below for details.  Thank you for your support, and see you soon!

 

September – December 2014

September 5, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Ray Podhornik Sextet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
The great local trumpet man opens our 4th season with the best talent the region has to offer!!! Ray’s Sextet brings a Latin touch to what approaches a big band sound. A versatile and accomplished artist, Ray’s high energy trumpet lead can take many turns from soul and blues to rock to swing. “…his solo’s …
September 6, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dave Young Quintet - Horace Silver Tribute @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  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 …
September 12, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dave Wiffen Quintet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
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 “go …
September 13, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Lorne Lofsky Trio @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“Lofsky’s imagination is fertile (and) his technique it’s match” – Toronto Globe and Mail Lorne Lofsky started as a typical teenage rock ’n roll guitar player, playing in basement bands and at high school dances. In his late teens, a friend turned him onto Miles Davis’ Classic disk “Kind of Blue” which dramatically altered his …
September 19, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Paul Mitchell Quintet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Paul Mitchell is a very talented trumpet and flugel horn player who has played extensively in the region and toured throughout North America. His show will surface some of the gems from some of the best trumpet players from the mid ’40s to the mid ’50s including Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie …
September 20, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Brian Dickinson Quintet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Juno Award-Winning pianist and Jazz Room favorite, Brian Dickinson is one of Canada’s most versatile introspective and flexible acoustic artists and composers. Born in Guelph, Ontario in 1961, Brain started playing the piano when he was five. In his early teens, he quickly acquired a taste for blues and rock & roll. His father, an …
Derek Hines Band @ Jazz Room
September 26, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Derek Hines Band @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Derek Hines’ book of vocals is quite diverse and he is known across the region as a creative and thoughtful interpreter of jazz ballads.The themes focus on traditional standards from Evans to Monk.  The sub-plots are a jazz take on legends from Lennon/McCartney to Jimmy Webb. Derek is joined by Marc Girard, a swingin’ Mohawk …
September 27, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Barry Elmes Quintet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Galt native Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on …
October 3, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
New Vibes Jazz Quartet with Jerzy Kaplanek @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
There are very few vibes players around that inspire me the way that Andy Macpherson does with the creative lines that he weaves. Andy, Tom, Dan and Gary put me in a mood that I definitely did not want to leave…” – Larry Larson The New Vibes Jazz Quartet  returns to the Jazz Room to celebrate their …
October 4, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Brenda Earle Trio (from NYC) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
A native of a Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, singer/pianist Brenda Earle sings jazz standards, versions of great pop tunes by the likes of Ron Sexsmith and Joe Jackson, and she has been compared to Carole King. She grew up listening to her father’s old 45s which consisted of everything from Little Richard to Twisted Sister. “Looking …
October 5, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Johnny O'Neil Trio (NYC)--Sunday Performance  @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him” – Barry Harris “My jaw dropped when I heard him play piano” –Kurt Rosenwinkle “When he first started hanging at Smalls, he’d just sit at the piano and play, and there’d be about 10 piano players gathered about him. Everyone was scared to death to play,” …
October 10, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Andrea Marcelli Quintet (Italy) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“Andrea Marcelli’s music is vibrant and thought-provoking as today’s events” – Wayne Shorter “..Marcelli’s compositions transcend simple melody, transporting the listener to places known and unknown, eliciting hidden emotions” – John Kelman www.allaboutjazz.com   Italian drummer Andrea Marcelli plays drums the way Gary Burton plays vibes – music filled with air and space  – a European …
October 11, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Pete Mills Quartet (Ohio) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  “(Pete Mills) lets you know that straight ahead jazz is alive and well, juiced up even, in the hands of a younger generation” – All About Jazz “Your playing is wonderful and your writing is superb. I love it.” -Jimmy Heath. Toronto native and Ohio resident Pete Mills plays in the straight ahead, post …
October 17, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Norbert Kogging Band (Netherlands) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Norbert Kogging is an unexpected pleasure  – a Dutch jazz singer with very American Sinatra-like phrasing and a voice that would not be out of place in a Broadway musical. His music, affectionately described as singer-songwriter jazz, is inspired by artists like Brad Mehldau, John Mayer and David Linx. The songs are intimate, distinct and …
October 18, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Haruka Yabuno + Ehud Ettun (NYC) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
“two young masters creating dialogues of mesmerizing possibilities.” – Eliseo Cardona. YEP is a highly creative collaboration between two innovative musicians. Each one an imaginative composer, Ehud and Haruka have created, during the past few years, a unique interaction on stage. Their performances have been described by listeners as “captivating” and “fascinating.”  The music is …
Big Band Theory @ Jazz Room
October 24, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Big Band Theory @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
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
Peter Van Huffel Quartet (Berlin) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  Originally from Kingston, Ontario, saxophonist Peter van Huffel has been creating a growing body of work in New York and Berlin, much of it integrating improvised music, expanded jazz harmonies, and sometimes chamber music dynamics.  His new group Gorilla Mask—Roland Fidezius, acoustic bass and noise, and Rudi Fischerlehner drums and percussion—marks a significant departure, …
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
November 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tara Davidson + Friends @ 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. Tara  is a JUNO Award nominated alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed …
November 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Stephen Zurakowski Quartet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
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
November 29, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Joel Miller Quintet (Montreal) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
December 5, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mary-Catherine Quartet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Boom for Rent @ Jazz Room
December 6, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Boom for Rent @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Randy Lyght Band @ Jazz Room
December 12, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Randy Lyght Band @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada

 


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