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Big Band Theory
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Can we fit them all on the stage??? Yes we Can!

The Big Band Theory had its genesis in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, without any clear idea where this project might end up. And… WOW! what an explosion of sound when seventeen of Kitchener-Waterloo’s (and beyond) most talented jazzers showed up for that first rehearsal in October 2011.

The band’s music ranges from the danceable swing music of Benny Goodman’s orchestra and Sammy Nestico to Jazz Rock of the 1970s right up to the extraordinary contemporary sound of the Big Phat Band of L.A. The Big Band Theory is an exciting band to listen to and hear live.

For the gig, the band will be joined by guest conductor, arranger: John Macleod, leader of the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He is joining BBT for this special show along with guest trumpet player Steve McDade (Mantecca, Boss Brass, Rob McConnell…)

From the Rex Hotel Orchestra (RHO) website: In 2003 the Rex Hotel Orchestra made its debut performance at the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. Under the leadership of veteran jazz trumpet player/composer/arranger John MacLeod, the RHO is a collection of the top jazz and studio musicians in Canada. All of the music that they perform is written specifically for them by the leader or other members of the band. In addition to concert and jazz festival appearances, they have performed once a month at the Rex continually since their inception. The band has been nominated twice for Juno Awards and their debut CD – OUR FIRST SET received the Juno award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year in 2011. Their most recent recording is being released by JazzFM and is a celebration of Toronto’s big band legacy – THE TORONTO SOUND

Robin Habermehl, musical director, reeds
Ken Hadley Flute, soprano & alto sax
Ken Foster Tenor Sax
Tim Moher Tenor sax
Gabriella Ellingham, alto, clarinet, flute
Taylor Ellingham Baritone sax

Keith Billinsky Trombone
Randy Brown Trumpet
Paul Ellingham Bass Trombone
Rob Gellner Trumpet, French Horn
Steve Hagedorn Trombone
Robin Jessome Trombone
Kevin Kalbfleisch Trumpet
John Macleod Trumpet

Steve McDaid (Guest) Trumpet
Alan Ralston Trumpet
Kathryn Scobie Trombone
Emma Wolfe (Guest) French Horn

David Cheon Guitar
Andy Macpherson Drums
Greg Prior Bass
Andriy Tykhonov Piano



BBT plays “The Count is In”

Jam Session!!
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm



Saturday afternoon from 3 – 5 PM, practice your improvisation by playing jazz on the Jazz Room stage at the monthly Jazz Room jam session. It’ is a great opportunity for local musicians to meet and play together, share ideas and learn new tricks. If you ever wanted to play jazz music, but don’t have place or band to play with it’s your chance to do so. Please, pass this message to all your friends, so we will have great crowd at the Jazz Room.

The house band consists of Andriy Tykonov (piano), Robin Habermeyl (sax) and Steve Montgomery (drums). Jammers bring your own musical instrument, except for pianists and drummers. Drummers, bring your own sticks and brushes.

Every musician who wants to play will get opportunity to play. You can either substitute for a house band member, or play with the house band if you play a different instrument.

Brian Dickinson’s “The Rhythm Method”
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Brian Dickinson has been a mainstay on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty-five years. His skills as a jazz pianist, composer and arranger have been heard on well over sixty recordings including over ten of his own releases as leader.

As a sideman, Brian has performed and recorded with many of the greatest international players including: Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake, Ron McClure, Bob Mintzer, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Mike Murley, Tom Harrell, Lee Konitz, the Woody Herman Band, Cab Calloway, Nick Brignola, Sonny Greenwich, Eddie Daniels, Don Thompson, Jane Bunnett, and Dewey Redman.

In July, 2015 Brian will be recording with a new group “The Rhythm Method”, comprised of Kelly Jefferson and Luis Deniz (saxophones), Neil Swainson (bass) and Ted Warren (drums). The original music from this session will be featured in a new publication also titled “The Rhythm Method”.

As well as touring Canada extensively, Brian has also toured the US, Europe and Asia.



Brian Dickinson – piano

Kelly Jefferson- tenor

Luis Deniz – alto

Neil Swainson – bass

Ted Warren – drums

Adrean Farrugia (Toronto) and Joel Frahm (NYC) Sunday Matinee CD Release – “Blued Dharma”
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.

Adrean comes from a musical family. His father Bruno is a professional drummer in the music scene. His grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was a Maritime fiddler. Adrean studied classical piano with Shirley Coit and Donald Cook before discovering a love of jazz music in college.

In 1992 Adrean enrolled in the Mohawk College Applied music program studying with Mark Eisenman, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Christopher Hunt, and Brian Dickinson. In 1996 Adrean continued his Education at the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program studying with Gary Williamson, Kevin Turcotte, and Phil Nimmons. Also in 1996, Adrean attended the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Summer Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with Don Thompson, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler, Pat and Joe Labarbera, and Norma Winstone. Adrean has also received private instruction from jazz legends Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, and British pianist John Taylor.

Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.

Adrean has appeared on more than 30 recordings to date and his debut recording as a leader Adrean Farrugia v1.0: Live at the Senator was released in the summer of 2006 on ROMHOG RECORDS. It features his skills as both a pianist and composer. This album has enjoyed regular play on Toronto’s JazzFM and the CBC as has led to appearances on JazzFM’s ‘Joe Sealy’s Duets’ as well as a feature article in Performance Magazine by jazz journalist Geoff Chapman.

A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound — fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine’s critics’ poll has named him a rising star.

Jerzy Kaplanek and David Braid Duo
May 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm



Internationally renowned violinist Jerzy Kapłanek has established himself as a chamber musician, member of the celebrated Penderecki String Quartet, soloist, dedicated teacher, adjudicator, artistic director of QuartetFest and lately as a jazz violinist

He performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His album of works by Karol Szymanowski with pianist Stéphan Sylvestre was highly praised by The Strad magazine as “an outstanding release”. His discography with the Penderecki Quartet comprises over two dozen CD’s (Marquis, Eclectra, CBC, CMC, EMI labels), including the highly acclaimed recording of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók.


Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music” (The Ottawa Citizen), and “a jazz genius to call our own” (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is an eight-time Juno nominee, and winner of two Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, and ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’

Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Russia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada.

Combining the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of jazz, Braid’s music is described as “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “wide-ranging, exploratory” (South China Morning Post), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail).

David Braid is a Steinway Artist, a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK, an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, and a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: ’Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.’

Tevet Sela Quartet featuring John Roney (Montreal)
May 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


“An intriguing concert for all who love innovative and exciting jazz … Tevet Sela Quartet presents an intelligent and skillful mix of classical harmonies with a Kleizmer influence and North-African rhythms… ” - Time Out Magazine

Tevet Sela is a Montreal-based saxophonist and composer of Israeli origin. In his repertoire, Tevet weaves Jazz with elements of Klezmer, African and Middle Eastern music.

He started his professional musical career while he was in his teens and began to compose and perform frequently. He became a much sought-after session player, playing at house bands of popular Israeli television shows as well as contributing his unique sound to many albums, TV and film soundtracks. Among these albums, Tevet played on the multi-platinum ‘’Idan Raichel Project’’ album.

Tevet, a graduate of the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of Arts, has toured in France and the Netherlands as its big band featured soloist. He was featured in an international UNICEF benefit concert that was broadcasted from the Netherlands to 35 countries and that featured artists such as David Bowie, Youssou N’dour, Al Jarreau.

In addition, Tevet holds a diploma in music education, and won several scholarships and grants from the America-Israel cultural fund and the Canada council for the arts. The 4 albums Tevet released as a leader: ‘’Tevet Sela’’, ‘’Coming True’’, ‘’Jazz Flute’’ and ‘’Lying Sun’’, are frequently played by radio stations such as the BBC, CBC (Radio-Canada), Israeli radio, Jazz.fm and many more.

Tevet Sela – alto saxophone
John Roney – piano
Ross Macintyre – bass
Mark Kelso – drums

Here is the Tevet Sela Quartet featuring Yotam Silberstein in Montreal.

Carey West Band
May 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Carey West is a dynamic vocalist who has lent her talents to several collaborations.  She has built a reputation energetic and heartfelt performances whether leading her Jazz ensemble “Carey West and The Millionaires”, fronting Carribean Funk group “The Liquidaires” or easing in with alt-bluegrass group “The Jeremiahs”. Her exploits have led to many high profile performances including a live broadcast on CBC Radio One and appearances at Young and Dundas Square, Nathan Phillips Square, Harbourfront Centre and Roy Thompson Hall. She has also held several residencies at venerated venues such as The Rex Jazz Bar, The Cameron House, The Old York, and Mitzi’s sister.

Her latest release of a Jazz “unStandards”album is titled “Made of Clay”. This is a carefully curated collection of songs featuring arrangements by pianist Marcel Aucoin and vocalist Rebecca Campbell was produced in partnership with Jeff Wilson.

Worst Pop Band Ever
May 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


“The Worst Pop Band Ever is the total package – great compositions, unique covers and standup-worthy comedic banter…the band showcased the players’ unique ability to jump from jazz to hip-hop flavoured rock with minimal effort…”  torontojazz.com

“This may be one of the worst band names ever, …but the jazz on its seven tunes is intriguing, well-calibrated and focused in a very contemporary, accessible fashion.. The music’s fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.”       Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, this Toronto based group tries to combine a love of jazz and indie pop. Whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist & bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. The ugly lovechild of Miles Davis & Radiohead.

Adrean Farrugia – piano
Dafydd Hughes – Keys
Tim Shia – drums
Michael Herring – Bass

Here is the Worst Pop Band Ever at Frankies, Vancouver

Here is a video that is great fun.  They are with a bunch of dancers at the Toronto Jazz Festival.  

John Tank Quartet (NYC) – Special Mother’s Day Show!!
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Bernie Senensky – Piano
Jim Vivian – Bass
Greg Pilo – Drums

Florian Hoefner (Montreal) and Subtone Sponsored by the Goethe Institut
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Subtone is a rare phenomenon in today’s jazz world. Founded in 2005 in Berlin, Germany, the quintet has been playing together for 13 years with an almost unchanged line-up. And that despite the fact that its members are now separated by vast geographic distances with part of them living in North America and part of them in Germany. The pianist of the band is St. John’s, NL based Florian Hoefner who is known to Canadian audiences through the work with his quartet and solo. The other ensemble members are Magnus Schriefl on trumpet, Peter Gall on drums (both from Berlin, Germany), Malte Duerrschnabel on woodwinds (Cologne, Germany) and Matthias Pichler on bass (NYC).


With early invitations to prestigious festivals like the Bohemia Jazz Fest in the Czech Republic and Jazz Baltica in Salzau, Germany Subtone quickly established themselves as one of the most sought-after jazz ensembles from Germany. Today the five can look back on 4 record releases on labels including ENJA Records and Laika Records and concerts on 4 continents including dates in the US, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Turkey and of course many European countries. This tour will mark their first visit to Canada.


The individual members are all accomplished performers. Collectively, they have won prestigious awards like the US National Trumpet Competition (Magnus Schriefl), the Bass Competition of the International Bass Convention (Matthias Pichler) and the Stingray Rising Star Award (Florian Hoefner) and have collaborated with artists and groups like the Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio, Seamus Blake, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Randy Brecker. As a group, Subtone is also the winner of the Jury and Audience Award of the International Jazz Competition “Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon” in France.


With their own imaginative compositions, the five artists offer an inexhaustible selection, from voluminous big-band sound to a bare-essential chamber music approach. In addition to the apparent mastery on their instruments, it is above all the implicitness with which they communicate that is so striking.

What makes Subtone stand out from other ensembles is the impressive artistic connection among the five musicians. The listener perceives this intense communication and fundamental understanding among all members of the band in the very first notes.

MAGNUS SCHRIEFL – trumpet, flugelhorn




PETER GALL  – drums


The Florian Hoefner Quartet with “Eleanor Rigby”

Barry Romberg Quartet
May 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


After 42 years at the drums, Barry has established himself as one of Canada’s most unique drumset stylists. Since leaving York University’s music program (and studying drumset with Stan Perry & Pete Magadini) Barry has gone on to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians, lead his own groups, accompany international artists, and has been featured on over seventy recordings, including 18 as a leader/co-leader.

The Barry Romberg Group won the Alcan Jazz Competition (central region) in 1990; Barry won a Juno Award in 1991 for his participation in Brian Dickinson’s “In Transition” as well as eleven Juno nominations; from 2001 to 2012; with the likes of, Micheal Occhipinti, Chris Tarry, Nojo, Creation Dream, The Sicilian Jazz Project, Kirk Macdonald small group twice, the Kirk Macdonald Jazz Orchestra and Al Henderson.

Here is Barry Romberg with Kirk Macdonald

Andy Klaehn
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Andy KlaehnAndy Klaehn is a dynamic, multi-talented, professional musician, bandleader, and master teacher. He is a highly sought after alto, soprano, and tenor sax player, as well as a flute and clarinet player performing with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is also a founding member of the renowned Top Pocket Jazz Quartet.

Andy was born in Kitchener, Ontario where he studied classical clarinet under K-W Symphony clarinettist, Victor Sawa, a renowned world class performer. Andy’s interest in jazz and contemporary music led him to enrol at Humber College in Toronto where he studied under Eddie Sossin and Pat Labarbera. Andy has played with many jazz legends, including Woody Herman and Buddy Rich and is internationally recognized as a performer and teacher.

Andy has performed for appreciative audiences at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, the Hillside Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Thursday at Noon Concert Series in Guelph, and at the legendary Rex Jazz and Blues Bar in Toronto.

In his numerous travels, Andy has shared the stage with many musical giants, such as Maynard Ferguson, Moe Koffman, Kenny Barron, Carol Welsman, Barry Elmes, and Peter Appleyard. He has also played with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the K- W Symphony, and as a sideman for Bo Diddley, in addition to being a show band musician for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Andy is an active member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph, as well as a woodwind teacher in local private studios. In addition to teaching, Andy also maintains a busy performance schedule in the live music scene.

Whitney Ross Barris
May 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


WHITNEY ROSS-BARRIS is a Toronto-based jazz singer and actor who has performed on stages all around the world.   She sings an eclectic mix of classic jazz standards, dark and colourful singer-songwriter covers, and vintage-sounding originals with a playful and sultry edge.

Following the release of her debut album, “Everybody’s Here,” Ross-Barris recently released her second album, “The Bright Lunch Trio” with her group of the same name, featuring guitarist Nathan Hiltz and bassist Ross MacIntyre. The album of original music by Ross-Barris and Hiltz continues to receive regular support by Canadian radio stations (JAZZFM.91, CBC Radio One).

She lives in Toronto’s Leslieville district “with the coffee snobs”, where she “whiles away the tedious hours chasing her three adorable young hellions”.

Tara Kannangara
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


“Tara has the goods to back up the ambitious scope of her musical projects: clarion voice, solid lyrics, heavy trumpet chops and the kind of depth and sincerity that will keep you interested and wanting to dig deeper into what it is she’s offering.” -Elizabeth Shepherd

Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno- nominated artist, Tara Kannangara’s preferred tag is “Groove-Based Indie Jazz,” for elements of melodic indie pop are seamlessly meshed with fresh jazz grooves. Similarly, the mellow feel of her trumpet playing neatly complements the subtle nuances of her unaffected vocal style.

Growing up in Chilliwack, BC, she studied classical piano and singing from an early age. She was active in musical theatre and choirs, then picked up the trumpet in high school, concentrating on classical before later moving into jazz. Tara studied at the University of Victoria and concentrated on classical trumpet and vocals; later, Tara moved to Toronto to pursue jazz studies at the University of Toronto where she came into her own as a performer and songwriter.

As a bandleader, Kannangara is quickly making a splash on the Toronto jazz scene and continues to perform all across Canada and throughout the United States with notable performances at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and New York City’s Jazz Gallery. Tara’s group has been awarded the 2016 Julian Award for excellence in emerging Canadian jazz artists, the Sting Ray Rising Star Award as a part of the TD Montreal Jazz Festival and her debut album “Some Version of the Truth” has been nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Tara – trumpet and vocals “Show Me Where to go”

Eliana Cuevas
Jun 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm



Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (2009), a nomination for Best World Music Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2008), a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2007), a nomination for Best Latin Song (‘Llegó from ESPEJO) at the Independent Music Awards (2014) and, most recently, an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album for ESPEJO (2014) and another Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2014).

Eliana has release 5 albums of original music to this date and in Europe she also released an anthology of her music with Minor Music Records: Cohesión (2001), Ventura (2004) Vidas (2007), Luna Llena (2009), Espejo (2013), and most recently Golpes y Flores (2014).  She has performed with Juno-winning Latin artists Alex Cuba, Jesse Cook and Jane Bunnett. Cuevas also continues to collaborate with diverse ensembles including Caribbean Jazz powerhouse CaneFire, the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, and Juno-nominated jazz composer Darren Sigesmund, touring venues as far as Australia and Japan.

Eliana Cuevas – vocals

Jeremy Ledbetter – piano

Mark Kelso – bass and percussion

Bernie Carroll Project
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Following their triumphant performances at The Jazz Room during The Winter Jazz Festival in 2016, and The Registry Theatre in 2017, The Bernie Carroll Project returns to The Jazz Room.

Veteran Drummer Bernie Carroll will be joined by outstanding local Jazz musicians Dave Wiffen, Tenor Saxophone, Flutist Doug Wicken, Bassist Al Richardson and Pianist Ralph Hetke. Collectively, the band represents well over 150 years of playing Jazz in all of its formats, from duos to 18 piece big bands – and everything in-between.

An eclectic mix of music from some of the Jazz legends… Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others, will be featured alongside original tunes penned by band members Doug Wicken and Dave Wiffen, as well as the late Jazz Pianist Barry Wills, a great musician and dear friend who is sorely missed by our local Jazz community and musicians alike.

From subtle, expressive ballads, to energetic, foot-tapping, wailers The Bernie Carroll Project is one band that you don’t want to miss

To hear music by this terrific band visit  http://www.dougwicken.net/



Mark Kelso Trio
Jun 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Canadian drummer Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, 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.

Aside from playing many TV and radio jingles and movie soundtracks Mark has also been featured in Drums ETC, Canadian Musician, Drumhead, Drum Scene and Modern Drummer magazines. Mark has also been a featured clinician/performer at the Montreal Drumfest, IAJE, Musicfest, KOSA, Percussive Arts Society, Regina Drum Festival, The Stickman drum experience, Whack Bam Thudd festival, Victoria Drum Festival and the Cape Breton Drum Festival.

Mark Kelso – drums, vocals

Brian Dickinson – piano

Mike Downes – bass

At the Montreal Drumfest.

Stubble Jumpers Organ Trio
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Ted Warren – drums

Kelly Jefferson – tenor sax

Jeff McLeod – organ

Jocelyn Barth Trio
Jun 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
With David Restivo at Lula Lounge | Photo courtesy of George Gardiner and JAZZ.FM91

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s exciting emerging vocalists. As a jazz singer, Jocelyn is known for her emotional expressiveness and sensitivity. She delivers a lyric with intention, depth and authenticity while maintaining the playfulness of phrasing that comes from her instinctively instrumentalist-like approach to singing. While happy to keep it simple, she loves to stretch out into an explorative, improvisational adventure with her bandmates.

Jocelyn’s innate musicality and versatility have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings as a featured artist and a session musician. She recorded on Canadian music icon Jane Siberry’s albums Ulysses’ Purse and Angels Bend Closer and performed with Siberry at the launch of Ulysses’ Purse in Toronto in 2016. Jocelyn has worked with experimental vocalist and conductor Christine Duncan on multiple projects, including the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch. Additionally, with Duncan’s improvising mass choir The Element Choir, she performed with Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq at Massey HallNathan Phillips Square and The Great Hall and recorded on Tagaq’s Juno-nominated album Retribution.

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George Koller – bass

David Restivo – piano

William Makuna Trio
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

William Mukuna is a guitarist based in the Greater Toronto Area. Fusing elements of World music, Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation - the trio takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together.  The guitarist was featured on Jazz FM 91.1 on the jazzology program hosted by Larry Green.  Deeply influenced by the West African griots and Brazilian composers, through his original compositions, William uses folk melodies to tell his story.  The guitarist is also in demand as a performer, musical director, clinician and educator.  He performs as a sideman with other artists from the GTA and international touring groups.  He has  performed at the Brantford Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Afrofest, festivals in Calgary, in Montreal, Nuit d’Afrique in Québec, in Vancouver and Hot Springs, BC

“I Remember”

Dave Young Quintet
Jun 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


“To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.”   –Dr. Oscar Peterson

“…Flawless time, big buoyant tone and bold solo ideas…keen instincts and depth of musicality. The results of (his playing) are a testament to his ability to listen and adapt his concept of time from player to player.”
–Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES

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 his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.

Dave Young – bass

Terry Clarke – drums

Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet

Kelly Jefferson – tenor sax

Bernie Senensky – piano

“Easy does it”