Shine On: The Music of John Lennon (from Montreal and Toronto) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Shine On: the Universe of John Lennon is a spectacular group performing music by John Lennon and the Beatles uniquely arranged by Michael Occhipinti. The musicians in the group collectively boast over 20 JUNO Award nominations, and include the distinct voices of Elizabeth Shepherd, Yvette Tollar, and Dominic Mancuso, paired with the singular talents of …
Jan 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Wayne Cass / Richard Underhill Quartet @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
Richard Underhill’s warm alto sound, great writing and arranging skills and in-from-the-outside soloing make him one of Canada’s most distinctive jazz performers. Richard was awarded the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition in 2008 for his contribution to Toronto musical and artistic community. He won a 2003 Juno Award for his jazz debut ‘Tales from …
Feb 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Alfredo Caxaj Latin Jazz Ensemble
Alfredo Caxaj is a multi-talented musician. Originally from Guatemala, he has been living in London for the past 16 years and has become a vital member of the community.He has formed many musical groups, and is also the founder of London’s world music festival “Sunfest.” Alfredo teamed up with the writing skills of Peter Hysen …
Feb 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Robi Botos Trio
“A prodigious pianist who is about to become a national treasure” – Ross Porter CEO Jazz FM 91 “Robi Botos plays the piano with love and mastery”  – Benny Green Robi Botos is no stranger to the Jazz Room having appeared here on multiple occasions as a sideman in various bands and accompanying any number …
Feb 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Francois Jalbert (Montreal)
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. …
Feb 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Vinx/Julie Michels Quartet
“Alternately described as jazz, world music and soul, Vinx’s music is a uniquely compelling blend of rich vocal melodies and harmonies supported and propelled by sophisticatedly primal hand percussion that connects with audiences the world over.” ~ Drumhead Magazine This is Kansas City native Vinx’  first visit to the Jazz Room.  For lovers of jazz …
Genticorum – Québécois Trad Folk Power Trio (Non-Jazz Society Show) @ Jazz Room | Waterloo | Ontario | Canada
  Genticorum a new generetion of Tradinional Quebecois Music: Over the past decade Quebec band Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music scene performing across Canada, the USA, Europe, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia and South America. This energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates dynamic, contemporary …
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Ted Gibbons Band
Ted Gibbons is the quintessential gentleman jazz player.  His guitar and band-leading chops are impeccable as this group promises to wind their way around known and less-known standards in what will be a night to remember.  As an educator, Ted is beloved in the community, and this is an opportunity for teacher to shine.  Gibbons …
Feb 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tom Guarna Quartet (NYC)
“Captures the listener’s ears in a genuine calm while still containing the fiery essence of… Latin jazz…” “Guarna enlightens us with a burning fusion solo… a definite must buy for every jazz fan who wants to listen to new music from a master in his prime”  – Lenny White   “This cat can play anything …
Feb 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Rachel Therrien (Montreal)
“Rachel is a young trumpet player with a luxurious opus in her compositions and her multicultural rhythms. A musical, fluid and mature phrasing” – Lionel Loueke The Rachel Therrien Quartet is a fantastic emerging Jazz ensemble. Rachel is a graduate of Universite de Montreal where she completed a degree in Jazz interpretation under the direction …
Feb 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Turboprop Sextet
Led by Toronto based drummer Ernesto Cervini, Turboprop is a hard-driving sextet featuring the stellar front line of Kelly Jefferson and Tara Davidson on saxophones with William Carn, trombone, and supported by Adrean Farrugia on keys. Downbeat Magazine describes Cervini’s drumming as exemplifying, ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’. He’s following in a …
Mar 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jaron Freeman-Fox
“like a fiddling Frank Zappa or Sun Ra and his Arkestra, changing pace and styles on a dime but always with consummate musicality…” – Penguin Eggs (Summer 2013) “….veers happily from traditional Indian raga riffs to Celticreels to suave Latin jazz before arriving at — wait for it — “People Are Strange,” where the Doors’ …
Mar 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Canadian Jazz Quartet
  The original CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET was founded in 1987, the result of a musical collaboration among four of the best musicians on the Toronto club and studio scene. The band plays mainstream jazz with a swinging and graceful treatment of standards and original material. The CJQ The lineup has evolved somewhat over the years, …
Murley-Braid Nordic Project  (Finland, Denmark, Canada)
Anders Mogensen, Drums (Denmark) Johnny Aman, Bass (Finland) Mike Murley, saxophone David Braid, piano
Mar 21 @ 8:30 pm – Mar 22 @ 1:00 am
Gray Matter with Ingrid Jensen (NYC)
      Gray Matter brings a unique blend of modern jazz and groove-based music, with influences ranging from John Coltrane to James Brown. This contemporary jazz group co-led by the bass/drum duo of Justin Gray– bass and Derek Gray- percussion were born and raised in Toronto’s east end.  For the Jazz Room performance, they …
Mar 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Alysha Brilla Sextet
“Step aside Torontonians; we got ourselves the next Amy Winehouse.” – Music Vice Magazine “There is something remarkably bonafide and refreshing about Brilla as an artist, storyteller, and composer. A definite breath of fresh air doing Tanzania and Canada proud.” – Okay Africa Magazine Alysha Brilla -  2014 Juno Nominee  – is a critically acclaimed …
Robi Botos – Piano Robert Hurst – Bass Seamus Blake – Saxophone Jeff “Tain” Watts -  Drums
Apr 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Shirantha Beddage Quartet
“Beddage has a well-developed identity on the demanding baritone, playing with real power…”  -The Whole Note Magazine “…An example of what a powerful and modern baritone could be… ” – modernbarisax.com JUNO-nominated and Galaxie award-winning musician Shirantha Beddage is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John …
Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jun 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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