Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 26

Harold Mabern plays The Jazz Room in early December

By Terry Pender http://terrypender.blogspot.ca/2014/11/new-york-city-friday-nov.html NEW YORK CITY, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 — The legendary pianist Harold Mabern steps outside the front door of Mezzrow – the newest club in the West Village jazz scene – to talk about his upcoming gig at The Jazz Room in Waterloo. The 78-year-old Mabern is among the greatest-living practitioners of …

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Nov 26

David Braid is breaking the boundaries of contemporary jazz

By Terry Pender http://terrypender.blogspot.ca/2014/11/david-braid-is-breaking-boundaries-of.html   WATERLOO ON., Nov. 25, 2014 — Juno-Award winning pianist and composer David Braid has a new project that breaks the format of traditional-small ensembles. Usually there is an introduction, everyone plays the melody, and then one-by-one each musician does a solo.  That pattern is repeated for every piece. “It’s fun to …

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Nov 25

Stephen Zurakowsky finds his groove for jazz-classical-contemporary fusion

By Terry Pender http://terrypender.blogspot.ca/2014/11/waterloo-on.html WATERLOO ON., Nov. 14, 2014 —  After celebrating his 50th birthday this past summer Stephen Zurakowsky found a new sound he will share at The Jazz Room on Friday. Nov. 21. The veteran classical-jazz guitarist and composer has a special night of live music planned.  It features 10 funky-jazz compositions he …

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Nov 13

Childhood trips to Village Vanguard had huge impact

By Terry Pender - http://terrypender.blogspot.ca/2014/11/childhood-trips-to-village-vanguard-had.html   WATERLOO ON., NOV. 13, 2014 — The musical journey that brings alto-sax sensation Tara Davidson to the stage of The Jazz Room started decades ago with trips the legendary Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. “My dad took us to New York a lot,” Davidson says.  “Lucky us, for sure.” Davidson is …

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Nov 06

Tall musicians stretch all the boundaries

By Terry Pender - Thursday, 6 November 2014 http://terrypender.blogspot.ca/2014/11/tall-musicians-stretch-all-boundaries.html One of the most unique voices in contemporary jazz, the genre-defying Stretch Orchestra, is coming to town. If you never heard this trio before, you will never forget it. Three virtuoso musicians, and a bundle of instruments, producing a big sound unlike anything you ever heard before. …

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Nov 05

Rest in peace, Phil Bast

Phil Bast

This week, we lost a huge supporter of the KW art scene, an early and ardent supporter of the Jazz Room, and a good friend with a big voice and easy smile.  Philip Bast passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday at the young age of 63.  He had spent the weekend filming a local …

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