Live Music at The Jazz Room

Featuring International jazz acts that play the world’s top clubs (the Saturday program features artistic direction from Mark Kelso). For the latest news and & promotions, click here.

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David Alexander and The Arrangements -SOLD OUT!!!
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Lakeview Diner #2 (1)

Doors – 6:15

Show – 7 to 9

Jazz Society Passholders – $15 at the door


David Alexander (Tiviluk) steeped himself in the music of the 1960′s during his adolescence which instilled within him a deep musical love for simple, beautiful melodies and harmonies.  His entry into the love of jazz happened at that time upon hearing Dave Brubeck’s Take Five.

The thread of this love of beautiful melodies and harmonies was deepened and broadened during his time singing in the chorus with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit with whom he recorded Carmina Burana for London Decca records. At this time he began composing songs and simultaneously started hearing parts, influenced by working with choir and orchestra.  Moving to Vancouver, he sang with the Vancouver Symphony in the Vancouver Bach Choir and occasionally on the jazz scene there, performing music he’d written with jazz ensembles. In Kitchener Waterloo he sang with the KWS in the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

He seeks to create trans-genre music which interweaves seamlessly and touches the transcendent, like his musical hero J.S. Bach. He has brought together some of KW’s finest musicians for this  presentation of his original music, jazz standards and jazzy pop arrangements with a touch of latin and world music.

Andriy Tykhonov–piano
Andy Macpherson–drums and percussion
Andy Klaehn–sax, flute, clarinet
David Alexander–voice, composition
Juneyt–flamenco guitar, guitars
Lorna Heidt–cello
Matthew Lima–upright bass

Special guests – Jerzy Kaplanek – violin and David Cheon – jazz guitar

Jazz Festival!! Sienna Dahlen and Amanda Tosoff – sponsored by Safeguard Business Systems
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sur la place des Festivals, la chanteuse Sienna... (PHOTO OLIVIER PONTBRIAND, LA PRESSE)

Sienna Dahlen

“My first thought when hearing her enigmatic swooping vocals was of Jeff Buckley… The whole album has an enchanted feel; the songs are personal but not confessional, and the orchestration develops them perfectly. There’s unflinching clarity and also beauty in these songs of love and loss.“  -Alison Bentley, London Jazz News, UK

Amanda Tosoff

Amanda Tossoff
Amanda Tosoff is a B.C.-raised Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader, with five albums to her credit. Along her fascinating career path, Amanda has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Ingrid Jensen, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, and Jodi Proznick. She has also opened for jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Brazilian singer Luciana Souza, and her groups have recorded for CBC Radio programs Hot Air, Tonic, Jazz Beat, and Espace Musique’s series, Portraits Jazz.Tosoff has earned critical kudos, the respect of her peers, and such prestigious awards as the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2007 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2009 Montréal Jazz Festival. In 2010, her quartet was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Banff Centre Winter Workshop, and in 2011 Tosoff received a Canada Council grant to live and study in New York City. Most recently, she was awarded a graduating scholarship – given out to promising graduates – after completing her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto.
Jazz Festival!! Jerzy Kaplanek – Jazz Violin Tribute -sponsored by Safeguard Business Systems
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Jerzy Kaplanek

Jerzy Kaplanek


Come and hear the versatile violinist Jerzy Kaplanek, member of the acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet, with an exciting line up of musicians:  Thomas Hammerton – keyboards, Lukas Bouda – guitar, Tyler Wagler – bass, Adam Bowman – drums.

With his sublime, soulful sound, Kaplanek will explore the jazz classics but also introduce us to the varied and powerful tunes written and made famous by iconic jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Didier Lockwood, and Polish sensation, the young Adam Baldych. Spend an evening at the Jazz Room going on this musical journey with Kaplanek and his group as they bring the high-powered jazz-fusion vibe that suits his violin playing so perfectly.

On the Jazz stage, Kaplanek has collaborated with such artist as David Braid, Dave Young, Robi Botos, Roberto Occhipinti and is a member of the New Vibe Quintet.

It’s an evening not to be missed!

Jerzy Kaplanek -violin

Thomas Hammerton – keyboards

Lukas Bouda – guitar

Tyler Wagler – bass

Adam Bowman – drums


Jazz Festival!! Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot sponsored by Safeguard Business Systems
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

gk_profileWith his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release, Heart of the Piano (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his upcoming album “On My Way To You” is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.

Gillian Margot is the rarest sort of singer – the kind that makes people sit up and listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that eschews jazz singer clichés in favor of an original, interpretive delivery grounded in a song’s lyrical and emotional content. Her voice can be heard in commercials and in film and television programs, from which it is clear that Ms. Margot feels equally at home in many musical worlds including jazz, R&B, and pop. She offers a stage presence and confidence honed through years of performing major venues on several continents with top-tier talent.

A native of Toronto (Canada),Gillian Margot started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned way. Performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of ensembles, she also studied under a generation of jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, Carol Welsman, and Norman Simmons before expanding her talents beyond borders through collaborations with artists in the United States, Australia, and Asia, where she’s earned devoted followings.

Geoffrey Keezer – piano
Gillian Margot – vocal
Ross MacIntyre – bass
Isaiah Gibbons – drums


Jazz Festival!! Jaron Freeman-Fox Quartet – sponsored by Safeguard Business Systems
Jun 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Jaron Freeman Fox


If you missed him last season,  you should take advantage of this opportunity.  Jaron and his band were a big hit with the Jazz Room audience with their mix of jazz, bluegrass and just plain strange stuff..

Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives you no choice but to take his mutant species of music on it’s own termsHaving produced or played on over 40 albums (Teresa DoyleJayme StoneAutorickshaw) and toured the globe many times over as a solo artist, bandleader or collaborator with artists such as Delhi 2 DublinBen Caplan, and Sam Lee, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of fiddling and jazz with his musical studies in India, Sweden, and Indonesia, while playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor; fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroder

Folks may be intrigued by the fact that JFF has performed for 100,000 people and the young royal couple on Parliament hill, or that the Canadian Embassy was kind enough (or foolish enough) to send him off to collaborate with a troupe of nomadic Rajasthani gypsies at the Delhi International Arts Festival, or that his first ever album Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius won an Independent Music Award, or that he’s shared the stage with Canadian legends Marc Destrubé, Tanya Tagaq, Trichy Sankaran and James Kudelka.  Jaron however, is most proud of the fact that he’s broken three different fiddles on stage and zero bones, had his violin stolen by monkeys in Bali and got it back without contracting rabies, and has the honour of featuring his absolute favourite musicians in the world, in his band The Opposite of Everything.

Jaron Freeman-Fox – violin

David Atkinson – accordion/keys

Edwin Sheard – saxophone

Derek Grey – Drums

Julllian Anderson-Bowes – Bass

Here is JFF and the Opposite of Everything playing the Tom Waits classic Get Behind the Mule


Jazz Festival!! Steve McDade Quintet Sponsored by Safeguard Business Systems
Jun 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm



Steve McDade (trumpet / flugelhorn) has become an integral name on the list of top Canadian trumpet players. Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, McDade began playing the trumpet at the age of 12 with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, touring Europe and North America to participate in band competitions, and at just 14 was featured as a soloist at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario. He played professionally throughout the area after that, and entered the Humber College Jazz Studies program when he was 16 years old.

McDade has been a member of Manteca and The Boss Brass since the 1980′s, touring the world with both bands and playing on their Grammy and JUNO Award-winning recordings. He has performed in major jazz festivals all over the world with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass and as a member of The Rob McConnell Tentet.

Steve has played and recorded with some of the biggest names, ensembles, bands, and orchestras on the arts and entertainment scene including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, The Toronto Symphony, Manhattan Transfer, and worked and recorded with Doc Kupka of Tower of Power.

As a commercial and jazz trumpet player, McDade has played in a variety of  Motion Picture soundtracks, recorded hundreds of radio and television jingles and commercials, and themes for a lengthy list of important TV shows. and musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, The Rat Pack, and many others.

Steve McDade is presently living in Stratford, Ontario, playing at the Stratford Theatre in the musical productions.

Steve McDade – trumpet and flugelhorn

Mark Eisenman – piano

Pat Collins – bass

Terry Clarke – drums

Leo Sullivan – tenor saxophone and flute


“In your own Sweet Way” at the Jazz Room


Concerts On Demand

VFest! Ted Warren Commission NUMUS Neu Berlin Ensemble (Penderecki String Quartet and Patricia O’Callaghan)