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.

Please note that only Grand River Jazz Society events are shown below.

Top Pocket
Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Often described as “progressive”, Top Pocket prefers versatile; performing a mix of jazz, blues, rock, funk, New Orleans Second Line and even Celtic, music.

Throughout Top Pocket’s 33 year storied history the band has endured an early change of focus, one break up, one reunion, a few members leaving to be replaced by the two current members, an expansion from 4 members to 6 and throughout the long history that is Top Pocket, two of the six current members (Michael Bergauer and Don McDougall) remain, having been in the band from the very beginning. Another focus change happened when Paul Stouffer joined the band and was strengthened even further when Robin Habermehl joined in 2011; the band went from playing standards to focusing on performing their own original material, both in live performance and on record. The band is very pleased to have had Alex Showdra join the ranks this last year; bringing not only his vast talents on guitar but adding his songwriting skills to Robin’s and Paul’s. With a number of tracks already in the can for a new album, Top Pocket plans to complete that album in 2019.

Robin Habermehl: Saxes and Flute
Paul Stouffer: Keyboards and Harmonica
Alex Showdra: Electric and Acoustic guitars
Michael Bergauer: Bass
Sean Habermehl: Percussion
Don McDougall: Drums

Listen to Top Pocket “Fragment

Gentiane MG Trio
Nov 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Gentiane MG (Michaud-Gagnon) studied several years at the Quebec Music Conservatory in Saguenay before pursuing superior studies in Jazz Performance at McGill University. While there, she had the opportunity to study with Jan Yarczyk, Rémi Bolduc, Andre White and internationally renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.

Michaud-Gagnon has been active on the Canadian jazz scene for several years. She has performed alongside numerous renowned musicians such as Yannick Rieu, Jim Doxas, John Hollenbeck, Adrian Vedady, Frank Lozano, Andre White and Dave Laing. She has toured in Canada, China and in Mexico.

Following the release of her first trio recording entitled Eternal Cycle, she received the CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award 2018-2019 and the Prix François-Marcaurelle de la Guilde des Musiciens du Québec. This album was also classified among 10 best Canadian jazz recordings of 2017 by CBC Music. Her trio will release their second album, Wonderland, in May 2019 and will be touring Canada in the fall of 2019.

  • Gentiane Michaud-Gagnon (piano)
  • Levi Dover: (bass)
  • Louis-Vincent Hamel (drums)


Here is an interview and music excerpt on the recent album “Wonderland“. Also, listen to “Empty Canvas” and “Road to Nowhere

Rob Gellner’s Herbie Hancock Tribute
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Rob Gellner is returning for a fifth time, this time with a Septet and fresh new arrangements of Herbie Hancock standards, crafted for four horns and rhythm section, plus some of Rob’s own originals from the album “What If“.

Rob studied Composition at Wilfrid Laurier and has a B Mus in Composition.  He has studied arranging privately with Rob McConnell as well as Mike Malone and  Dave McMurdo for a number of years.  Rob arranges for other groups in the area including a recent Jazz Room release of Jason Raso’s Funktet arranging 6 of the 8 songs on Jason’s  album.  Rob plays with and has arranged a number of songs for Big Band Theory on their album “Evidence”.

Featuring the talents of Tim Moher and Robin Habermehl on woodwinds, Robin Jessom on trombone, Jeff Daniels on keys, Greg Prior on bass, Andy Macpherson on drums and Rob Gellner on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Check out:  “Cantaloupe Island”     “Stolen Moments”


Mark Kelso “Fezziwig Project”
Nov 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Mark Kelso, the Jazz Room’s Artistic Director requires no introduction.  Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland,  Mark has made Toronto his home. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums in any style, but he is also a singer, producer, composer and band leader as well.  Mark has also been the Head of the Percussion Dept at Humber College in Toronto since 2005. “The Chronicles of Fezziwig” is a new album release exploring a more traditional jazz rather than the Fusion styles of the “Jazz Exiles”.

Mark Kelso           Drums

Kelly Jefferson     Saxophone

Mike Downes       Bass

Gord Sheard          Piano

Ted Quinlan            Guitar


Check out:

“Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles -Slank”


Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please note Sunday concert 8:00PM show  (Doors open at 6:30PM)



Emile d’Eon’s B3 Organ Jazz Trio
Nov 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Guitarist Émile d’Eon is an in-demand session player and clinician. He is an honours graduate of Humber College’s Jazz Diploma Program and was awarded Jazz Report Magazine’s Post-Secondary Musician of the Year in 2000.

Guitarist Émile d’Eon has performed with Rik Emmett, Natalie McMaster, Don Thompson, Chris Cummings, Divine Brown, Sarah Slean, Paula Cole, Tara Oram, Marshall Dane, Laura Rose, Jake Leiske, The Canadian Tenors, Alex J. Robinson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Rich Little. Emile’s playing can be heard on CBC radio and television, Jazz FM radio, and College radio across Canada.

In 2011 Émile released Storyline, his debut album and has performed and recorded with artists including Robben Ford, Rik Emmett, David Grissom, Duke Robillard, Andy Timmons, Natalie McMaster, Don Thompson, Chris Cummings, Divine Brown, Sarah Slean, Paula Cole, Tebey, Jason Blaine, The Lovelocks, Tara Oram, Marshall Dane, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jessie Farrell, The Tenors and Rich Little.

Émile keeps a busy touring schedule and is on faculty at Humber College, Mohawk College and Centennial College in Ontario, Canada. He is also a guitarist for K. W Glee and Cyanide and Happiness.

  • Emile d’Eon (guitar)
  • Brian Humphreys (drums)
  • Tyler Viaene (organ)

Here is Emile performing “On That Morning” and “Eyes Full of Stars“.

Emilie Claire Barlow – Winter Lights
Nov 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Emilie-Claire Barlow is an award winning and critically acclaimed Canadian jazz singer, arranger, record producer and voice actress. A two time Juno Award winner and six-time
 nominee, she has released 11 self-produced albums on her own label, 
Empress Music Group.

Ms. Barlow has led bands featuring the finest musicians in Canada. Her work as a band leader and producer has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for “Producer of Year” for her recording “Clear Day” featuring the Metropole Orkest— notable for being only the 2nd Jazz recording nominated in this category. Ms. Barlow is also one of a very small group of women to be honoured with a “Producer of the Year” nomination.

Her performing career spans over 20 years in venues ranging from Toronto’s storied Montreal Bistro, Tokyo’s Cotton Club and more recently concerts with symphony orchestras at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on seven occasions including a 2015 performance on the Main Stage with 50,000 people attending. Ms. Barlow has led bands featuring the finest musicians in Canada. Her work as a band leader and producer has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for “Producer of Year” for her recording “Clear Day” featuring the Metropole Orkest— notable for being only the 2nd Jazz recording nominated in this category. Ms. Barlow is also one of a very small group of women to be honoured with a “Producer of the Year” nomination.

Emilie Claire live in Tokyo – Surrey With the Fringe on Top


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Andriy Tykhonov Quintet
Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Andriy Tykhonov has become a Jazz Room favourite having performed to capacity crowds numerous times since the venue’s inception.  Andriy’s enthusiasm, energy and musicianship are infectious and always leave the crowd smiling.  A graduate of the Jazz Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev in 1995, Andriy Tykhonov is recognized as a prominent Jazz pianist now living in the Waterloo Region.  He has been a regular performer at various venues in Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph.  Moreover, he has been recognized for crafting three attention-getting CDs in the recent past, including “Live from the Floor”, “Live in Manhattans, “One More Time”.

Andriy’s performing genres include swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, movie themes, ragtime, rock, blues, country and Russian and Ukrainian folk music. This diversity lends inspiration to his improvisation, adding depth to each tune without ever losing the color and intent of its genre.  Andriy plans to draw special guests from the community.  Don’t miss this performance of one of KW’s most beloved jazz players.

Andriy  Tykhonov – piano

Brian Dickinson Trio
Dec 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 Photo:   Sanja Antic


Brian Dickinson has been a fixture on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty-five years. He has performed internationally with artists including Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael and Randy Brecker, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Kenny Wheeler and John Abercrombie.

He is a multiple Juno award winner with two recent nominations for his recordings, “Fishs Eddy”, a trio offering featuring the bass work of George Mraz and “The Rhythm Method”, a quintet recording. His most recent recording is, “Music For Jazz Orchestra” (October 2017), a recording of original music for big band featuring some of Canada’s best, including: Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte, John MacLeod, Luis Deniz, Perry White and Al Kay, among others. As a sideman, he has played on over eighty recordings.

This trio performance at “The Jazz Room” will be a tribute to the great Bill Evans, featuring his compositions and standards associated with this highly influential artist. Joining Brian will be Jim Vivian (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums).

Check out:         “Falling”        “Limbo”         “Insomnia”



Mary-Catherine Quartet
Dec 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

“Mary-Catherine Pazzano shines throughout with energy and luscious tone, as she soars with her quartet. Mary-Catherine possesses a gorgeous, classically trained contralto voice capable of projecting the full gamut of emotions, as well as an uncanny skill with rendering the lyrics of current music, jazz standards and show tunes.”

–Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The WholeNote Magazine (December 2017 Issue), reviewing album “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”

Described as a performer who “has her audience enthralled throughout the entire show” (Thornbury Paper), a musician who sings as if she is “reciting poetry” (Meaford Express), and “a talented jazz and ballad singer with an attractive voice and subtle improvising style” (Scott Yanow), Mary-Catherine Pazzano is a jazz vocalist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Mary-Catherine’s performance highlights include: Birdland (New York City), Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The Rex (Toronto), Jazz Bistro (Toronto), The Jazz Room (Waterloo), and The Registry Theatre (Kitchener). She has also toured New Zealand as a lead vocalist, and has been a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Mary-Catherine has shared the stage with jazz notables Mark Eisenman and Pat Collins, as well as the world-class chamber ensemble Penderecki String Quartet.

  • Mary-Catherine Pazzano, vocals
  • Mark Eisenman, piano
  • Pat Colins, bass
  • Steve James, guitar
  • Jason Hunter, trumpet


Here is “A Cottage For Sale” recorded at The Jazz Room

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