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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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Mar
22
Fri
2019
The Mingus Appreciation Society
Mar 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Featuring members of the Blunt Object collective from Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/Waterloo, the seven-piece Mingus Appreciation Society brings together unique musicians and pays tribute to the quirky music of Charles Mingus.
Weaving complex arrangements with group improvisation, the personality and sense of humour in Mingus’ timeless compositions reflect a man who was an eclectic and uncompromising musical force, and hugely influential on jazz musicians that followed him.
  • Francis Smith – alto sax, baritone sax
  • Robin Habermehl – alto sax, tenor sax
  • Jesse Malone – trumpet
  • Robin Jessome – trombone
  • Andriy Tykhonov – piano
  • Tom AltobellI – acoustic bass
  • Jordan Snider – drums

At the Waterloo Jazz Festival

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Laila Biali Quartet (SOLD OUT–Only People with Advanced Ticket Sales and Passholders will gain entry)
Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mar
24
Sun
2019
Bernie Senensky Quartet Featuring Dan Faulk (Montreal) (Note 7:00 show)
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dan Faulk

Celebrated tenor/soprano saxophonist Dan Faulk has recorded on several CDs with many of jazz’s legendary masters including Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, J.J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, and James Spaulding. For nearly 2 years, Dan was a full-time member of the J.J. Johnson Quintet until J.J. retired from music in December ’97. Dan recorded on 2 CD’s with Johnson for Verve Records. Since July ’97, Dan has regularly been a featured soloist with Steve Turré and the Sanctified Shells. Dan has 3 CD’s as a leader. Dan’s first CD, Focusing In, made such an impact that it was chosen to be featured on the cover of the 1995 Bielefelder Katalog–Europe’s most widely-circulated and extensive jazz discography. In addition to his extensive performance career, Dan served as Director of Jazz Studies and a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook 1999-2003 and as a professor at City University of New York-York College 2003-2004. He is currently focusing on his performance career and writing a book on jazz improvisation.

Dan was raised in the West, mainly in Arizona. At the age of 8, he began playing the alto

saxophone, but at 14, switched to his primary instrument–the tenor. Shortly after, he began to work and perform throughout the area in various musical settings. As a high school senior, Dan was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and held the First Tenor seat in the 1st Arizona All- State Big Band Ensemble.

In 1987, Dan attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music and studied with tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce. A year and a half later, he transferred to New Jersey’s William Paterson College and continued his musical studies with Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Harold Mabern, Steve Turré, Norman Simmons, and other members of WPC’s outstanding staff. Also, during this time, Dan studied with the legendary pianist Barry Harris and the illustrious saxophonist/composer Benny Golson. In 1991, he finished his studies at William Paterson and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Dan received the jazz department’s Outstanding Senior Award. Soon after graduation, he was hired by WPC’s Director of Jazz Studies and Performance–the world-renowned bassist Rufus Reid–to join his co-led TanaReid quintet. Dan was a continual member of this ensemble for three years and recorded two albums with the group. Dan received his M.A. in Jazz History in 1999 from the prestigious Rutgers University and was selected for the Walter C. Russell Scholarship, a highly selective award given to outstanding graduate students.

Dan has performed with several groups including the Cindy Blackman Quartet, the Henry Butler Quartet, the J.J. Johnson Quintet, Ronnie Mathews’ Sextet, the Mingus Dynasty, the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, the James Spaulding Quintet, TanaReid, and Steve Turré and the Sanctified Shells to name a few. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Greece, the West Indies, Holland, Italy, Israel, Portugal and Turkey at many of jazz’s top clubs including New York City’s “Blue Note” and “Sweet Basil,” Oakland’s “Yoshi’s,” Toronto’s “Top of the Senator,” and Cologne, Germany’s “Subway.” Some of Dan’s highlight performances in the jazz festival scene have included the “Playboy Jazz Festival” in Los Angeles, France’s “Jazz a Vienne Festival,” Holland’s “North Sea Jazz Festival”, Canada’s “du Maurier Jazz Festival” (in Vancouver and Toronto), and NYC’s “Panasonic Jazz Festival.”

As a leader, Dan has toured with his own ensembles as well as with the collaborative group Quintet X. His first release, Focusing In, is available on the Criss Cross Jazz label. Dan’s 2nd release, Spirits In The Night, is available on the Fresh Sound Records label. Dan’s 3rd release, The Dan Faulk Songbook, Vol.1, is available on the Ugli Fruit Productions label.

 

Bernie Senensky – piano

Dan Faulk – Saxophone

Terry Clarke – Drums

Neil Swainson – Bass

 

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Denise Pelley Sponsored by Diva International
Mar 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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Denise has performed with many great artists including acclaimed trombonist Ray Anderson, Gospel/Blues legend Jackie Richardson and Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook.  She has opened for Aretha Franklin at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.

Denise has performed with symphony orchestras and festivals which have included the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival (Toronto), Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Royal Canadian Big Band Festival (London), Bluesfest (London), Waterloo Jazz Festival and Sunfest (London), among others.

Denise also enjoys acting and has been part of The Grand Theatre (London) seasons performing in the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, Wang Dang Doodle with Denis Simpson and A Streetcar Named Desire.  Denise’s one-woman show, Jazzabel premiered in September 2004 at the McManus Theatre (Grand Theatre), London, Ontario to sold out audiences!  In October 2005 Jazzabel was performed in Washington, DC at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and in February 2006 to audiences in New York City at Urban Stages Theatre.  As well, she was premiered in the February 2006 issue of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine.  Denise’s recording credits include seven CD’s.

At the Registry Theatre in Kitchener. A bit of a documentary by the late Philip Bast

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Ken Foster – saxophone
Don DiCarlo – piano
Larry Ernewein – Bass
Sandy MacKay – Drums

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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Mar
30
Sat
2019
Harkness-Herriott Quartet
Mar 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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International guitar artist Sean Harkness is in high demand as a performer/composer on solo guitar, and accompanies an astonishing array of world class vocalists, musicians, and ensembles. Sean’s multiple awards include the coveted MAC, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld.com awards. Harkness represents Washburn guitars and DR Strings, and has eight commercial releases as an artist, many on Windham Hill Records [BMG/RCA/Sony]. Sean has an active international touring schedule – most recently including Africa, the Caribbean, and Japan – of concerts, clubs, festivals, corporate events, and intimate private home salons or fundraisers. A musician’s musician of exceptional versatility, Sean is often requested to teach Guitar Master Classes and music workshops. www.seanharkness.com.

Canadian trumpeter, Mike Herriott, a respected multi-instrumentalist in both the classical and jazz genres, is in demand as a lead trumpeter, jazz improviser, orchestral soloist, bassist, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively through North America and South East Asia and has shared the stage with a host of luminaries, including Maynard Ferguson, Rob McConnell, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Buble, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Nimmons, Maria Schneider, Seth MacFarlane and more.

His recording career is diverse, including CDs, radio, television and film soundtracks including the Canadian Brass (JUNO nomination 2011), the Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies (EMMY WINNER 2011), Michael Bublé, Jann Arden, Paul Brandt, and for Warner, Universal, Sony, Disney, CBC, CTV, and NBC.

As soloist, Mike has performed with the symphony orchestras of Victoria (BC), Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor, Newfoundland, Mississauga, Kingston, Okanagan, Chilliwack, as well as with a number of big bands including Prime Time (Calgary), Hard Rubber Orchestra (Vancouver), Monday Night Big Band (Victoria), Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Ron Paley Big Band (Winnipeg), University of Sherbrooke Big Band, Jazz East Big Band (St. John’s), the Rolf Becker Big Band (Shanghai), and the JZ Big Band (Shanghai).

Sean Harkness – guitar
Mike Herriott – flugelhorn
Rich Brown – bass
Terry Clarke – drums
Apr
4
Thu
2019
Alysha Brilla sponsored by Diva International
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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“Alysha’s music is the sound of summer. It’s pop, a bit jazzy and bit bluesy. That’s what makes it fun.’James Keelaghan

Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. Brilla’s new music draws on the influences of her unique background. An ancestral journey to her father’s homeland in 2015 delivered inspiration for Brilla to write and produce the 10 new songs on “Human”; a lyrically timely record blending Indian & East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic. The first single from this newest release, “No More Violence”, is currently charting in the top 3 of the CBC Top 20 Countdown.

Born in Mississauga, Ontario to an Indo-Tanzanian immigrant father and a European-Canadian mother, Alysha Brilla grew up in a household with unique discourse around the arts and social politics. Brilla is an arts educator; frequently conducting music and social justice workshops in elementary schools across Canada and internationally.  TEDx speaker and Oktoberfest Woman Of The Year Arts & Culture Award recipient, Brilla has been a mentor for YWCA’s “Rock Weekend”, helping marginalized female youth develop social skills through music. A multi-racial child of the Indian diaspora, Alysha’s art aims to unite people through the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope and bring light to social inequity issues in Canada and abroad. Her music and workshops feature strong themes of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusivity.

Here is Alysha with “Rescue”

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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Apr
5
Fri
2019
Jerzy Kaplanek Quartet sponsored by Norton Engineering
Apr 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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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.

Jerzy Kaplanek violin
Nancy Walker piano
Roberto Occhipinti bass
Ethan Ardelli drums

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Apr
6
Sat
2019
Rebecca Hennessy and the FOG Brass Band sponsored by Diva International
Apr 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Rarely do performers shine in all their radiant apparel, creating an unmatched nimbleness of sound, as Hennessy and her ensemble.  – The WholeNote

It’s a one-two punch beginning that says this is a different type of brass band… a uniquely enchanting recording.  – All About Jazz (4.5/5 Stars)

Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader who has been performing, recording and touring with various projects since moving to Toronto in 2003 from Vancouver Island, BC. As a leader and co-leader, Rebecca has released seven albums to date and has toured Mexico, Panama, Sri Lanka, Europe, USA and extensively in Canada. She has also performed and recorded with internationally recognized artists including Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ab Baars and Ken Vandermark.

In July 2016, Rebecca Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band was nominated for both the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prix de Jazz and the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Halifax Jazz Festival. Immediately following this tour, FOG recorded their first full-length album, Two Calls, funded by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. FOG performs Rebecca’s original music, which merges the traditions of New Orleans party brass bands, Balkan folk music, country blues and high-energy jazz-rock together. These songs, in all their diversity, evoke her myriad musical and extra-musical influences, and feature Toronto’s most creative and exciting improvisers.

Rebecca Hennessy//bandleader, trumpeter, composer

Tom Richards//trombone

Jay Burr//tuba

Don Scott//guitar

Tania Gill//piano

Nico Dann//drums

Here they are at the Burdock

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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Apr
12
Fri
2019
John Zadro Quartet
Apr 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

John Zadro

After numerous performances  as a sideman in ensembles over the past several years at the Jazz Room, this long awaited appearance features John on keyboard at center stage.  He will be showcasing original compositions and arrangements in which he attempts to capture the stylistic character of the great composers of jazz, ranging from master writers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and Horace Silver to more current artists such as John Medeski and Jeff Beck.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Kevin Breit has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Serena Ryder, Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas and countless others. Known for his inimitable guitar playing, exquisite lyrics and eccentric performances., Breit is a humble Canadian treasure. With multiple awards including a Maple Blues Award, Gemini Award, National Jazz Award, Canadian Folk Music Award and two Juno Awards for his recordings, as well as for his work on albums that have a collective 10 Grammy Awards, Breit’s unparalleled creativity is infinite.

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Kevin Breit

Ian DeSousa

Mark Lalama

Gary Taylor

Perry White

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Carmen Spada Trio featuring Jerry Weldon (NYC)
Apr 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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Carmen Spada graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA, obtaining a dual major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. While at Berklee, he earned the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, was nominated for the Boston Jazz Society Scholarship, represented Berklee internationally as a Student Ambassador and was the recipient of the 2007 Herb Pomeroy Award for excellence in Jazz Composition.

 

Upon graduation, Carmen established firm roots in the New England area music scene in both jazz and world music, and to this day continues to balance networking and performance opportunities between Boston and his hometown of Toronto, ON. Though firmly rooted in jazz and world music, Carmen has enjoyed pursuing and establishing his solo career in a unique jazz crossover to pop niche, due to his success as a songwriter. He won the 2010 Rose Theatre Singer/Songwriter competition in Brampton, ON for best original song and lyrics with “Why You Make Me Fall In Love With You”, and was also awarded a creation grant from the Ontario Arts Council for his 2013 EP release, Buona Sera, featuring original songs and arrangements of Italian folk music for trio and sextet. His compositional style is currently focused on “contemporary standards”: songs featuring the commercial appeal of jazz standards through form and lyrics, but with a deeper and contemporary approach to harmony and melody.

In 2016, Carmen co-founded B-Jazzed, a non-for-profit organization curating performances, education series, and philanthropy of jazz music and its musicians, in the city of Brampton. Serving as its Artistic Director, Carmen has managed weekly performances in Brampton such as Joe’s Jazz Jam, Jazz @ J. Red & Co., and Sessions @ Studio 2, a monthly concert series featuring some of Canada’s best jazz musicians. Most importantly, however, Carmen created and programs the annual World of Jazz Festival in Downtown Brampton, a two-day festival boasting two stages and over 90 musicians highlighting the diversity and multicultural interpretations of jazz music. In May, 2018, the City of Brampton recognized Carmen’s work with B-Jazzed  with an Arts Acclaim Citizens Award.

Internationally renowned veteran sax man Jerry Weldon, has been a player on the jazz scene for more than 35 years. With eight CD’s as a leader and more sideman sides than even he can count…or remember, this native New Yorker’s performance/recording résumé reflects his venerable tenor tenure and reads like a virtual “Who’s Who of Jazz.”

After graduating from Rutgers University Jazz Studies Program in 1981, Jerry joined the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra and continued his association with Hamp into the new millennium. Next came a long, rewarding stint with master organist Jack McDuff & his “Heatin’ System.” Additionally Jerry has worked with organists Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Forrester, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Mel Rhyne, trombone great Al Grey, piano giants George Cables and Cedar Walton, drum legends Roy Haynes and Jimmy Cobb as well as guitarist/singer George Benson, guitarist Earl Klugh, bassist Keter Betts, singer Mel Tormé and a host of other legendary musicians.

In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist with Harry Connick Jr.’s newly formed big band. Since then Jerry has toured the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia with Harry and was also part of Connick’s Broadway musical production, “Thou Shalt Not” and appeared on stage as well as in the orchestra. He was also part of the “house band” on HARRY, Connick’s daytime television variety show.

Jerry, a “musician’s musician,” who is also a first class showman in the truest sense of the word, blows his horn with his entire body and delights audiences with his all-in, soulful playing.  Whether he’s walkin’ the crowded bar at Showmans in Harlem or wending his way through packed candlelit tables at Birdland in Midtown, Jerry Weldon is a tenor force that cannot be contained.  He becomes the music and brings the audience with him on a communal tuneful journey. This mastery of the message, and the medium, has kept Weldon working steady for nearly four decades.

Carmen Spada – piano and vocals

Neil Swainson – bass

Terry Clarke – drums

Jerry Weldon – sax

 

Carmen singing and playing some Zydeco…

Apr
20
Sat
2019
The Willows sponsored by Diva International
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the tri-hair coloured trio met as young dance students. Together, they not only nurtured an appreciation for the performing arts, but became the closest of companions. Their passion for the performing arts eventually brought them across the country to Ryerson University in Toronto to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degrees in dance. Little did they know, they’d soon discover that their talents would extend beyond dancing.

The girls had no idea harmonizing was a skill until the positive feedback from their peers gave them the push they needed to break out into Toronto’s music scene as a bona fide trio act called The Willows. Soon The Willows were dazzling crowds with their unique set list, incorporating synchronized dance steps to add an element of theatricality that reminds audiences of years gone by, with a modern touch. From those first few open mic opportunities to headlining their own shows at venues across the country like Koerner Hall, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Danforth Music Hall, The Bassment, and Blue Chair Café, The Willows have combined their dance and classical music training to become Canada’s newest entertainment delight.

Andrea Gregario – voice

Kristy Deady – voice

Lauren Pederson – voice

George Koller – bass

Boy Oh Boy

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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Apr
26
Fri
2019
Fern Lindzon sponsored by Diva International
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Fern has appeared in leading jazz clubs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa and Waterloo, and at several festivals in Ontario, notably the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, where she has been a favorite for several years and in 2011 presented a special concert in tribute to the great American pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams.

Fern’s embracing vision of music has further been evident in her work as the music director from 2005 to 2011 of the klezmer-swing Sisters of Sheynville, who appeared at world music events in Canada, the United States and Poland, and won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2008 for Vocal Group of the Year. She received a Canada Council grant in 2009 to study Yiddish repertoire and improvisation with Marilyn Lerner in Toronto and has also studied improvisation with Alan Bern at Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany. More recently, she has collaborated on special Jewish music projects in Toronto with singer Theresa Tova and trumpeter David Buchbinder.

“The Windmills of Your Mind”

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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Apr
27
Sat
2019
Igor Willcox Quartet (Brazil)
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Igor Willcox Quartet, is a jazz/fusion group formed by Igor Willcox (drums / compositions), Vini Morales (electric piano / synth), Wagner Barbosa (saxophone) and Glecio Nascimento (bass guitar). With elements of jazz, funky and fusion, the group plays originals compositions, exploring all musicality, spontaneity, and sinergy. The quartet has achieved great notoriety in the instrumental music scene, standing out and performing in the most important festivals and Brazilian Jazz clubs such as Bourbon Street, Sescs, Santos Jazz Festival, São Paulo Jazz Festival, Play Jazz Festival, Jazz no Hostel, Jazz nos Fundos, etc.

Igor Wilcox – drums

Wagner Barabosa – saxophone

Vini Morales – electric piano, synth

Glecio Nascimento – bass

Here is a teaser…

May
3
Fri
2019
Brenda Lewis Quintet sponsored by Diva International
May 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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“Her adept jazz sensibility (as well as her variegated alto voice) is beautifully displayed … Lewis is refreshingly fearless, committed and transparent in her approach and taste; her consummate vocal skill shines throughout” -Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The WholeNote – CD Review for “Far & Near”

“Between Lewis’ always strong singing, expert choice of material, and a small group that delivers big, the thrill in this case comes entirely from the music.” -Mark Rheaume, CBC’s NEW MUSIC PICKS on CBC Fresh Air

Originally from the Ottawa region, Guelph-based jazz vocalist Brenda Lewis’ http://www.brendalewis.ca versatility garnered its roots in R&B, country blues, gospel and folk music in groups with Ian Molesworth (Hurt n’ Run), Eddie Douglas and Nonie Crete – and now, vocal harmonies partner Gayle Ackroyd. For over two decades, Lewis has been captivating audiences across Ontario with some of Canada’s cream of the jazz crop accompanying: Margaret Stowe, Tony Quarrington, Rosemary Galloway, Jeff Bird … In Toronto she has recently been featured in concert series at The Old Mill’s Home Smith Bar, The Jazz Bistro, 120 Diner, Musideum and Flying Beaver Pubaret – as well as in the McMichael Gallery’s Jazz Series, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest, Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Arkell Schoolhouse, John Elliott Theatre and the Midland Cultural Centre, to name a few.

Brenda Lewis – vocals

Margaret Stowe – guitar

Andy Mcpherson – drums

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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May
4
Sat
2019
Michelle Mele Trio sponsored by Diva International
May 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Her parents were both professional musicians.

Mele’s dad was a guitarist who regularly performed alongside other celebrated musicians in venues all over Toronto while her mom, who played accordion and sang, appeared on a local radio show in the late 1940s called Orange Crush Teenage High Review, she said.

And so Mele grew up in a house where musicians gathered to jam and sing all the time.

She followed in her parents footsteps and studied music at the University of Toronto then went on to teach in schools around York Region.

“Cha Cha”

 

Michelle Mele – vocals

Bernie Senensky – piano

Neil Swainson – bass

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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May
10
Fri
2019
Ted Gibbons Quartet
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 has a knack for seducing the audience with his pure musicianship, and ability to make the music sing and dance.His band lineup for this show is loaded with local and regional talent

Ted will be playing his new custom Telecaster style guitar – the Tedecaster 2!!

Ted Gibbons – Guitar

‎John Zadro – piano
Dan Brennan – bass
Gary Tomlin – drums

May
11
Sat
2019
Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles
May 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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MARK KELSO & THE JAZZ EXILES are back!  The Juno nominated group have arrived with their second recording, entitled “ELEMENTALS”.  Once again we have drummer/composer Mark Kelso leading the way on the drums, Rich Brown on the electric bass, Luis Deniz on alto saxophone, Joey Martel on electric guitar and the newest member on keyboards, Jeremy Ledbetter.

With their original Jazz/Funk/Fusion sound now familiar to Jazz radio stations all around the globe, the Jazz Exiles continue to craft their signature style on ELEMENTALS. Whether laying down the greasy grooves of “Slank” and “Boom Tune” or the melodic approach on “Solace” to the fiery intensity of “Elementals (Water) and “Zig Zag” the Jazz Exiles continue their commitment to playing music that grooves hard, has lots of rhythmic interplay and is all about the melody. This recording is the perfect continuation of what the group debuted on “Stealing From My Youth” back in 2016.

Kelso says, “After playing with the guys now, I have a better understanding of each individual voice so I am able to write more specifically for them yet still allow a lot of creative freedom for them to do their own thing!” Kelso also adds a personal touch on this recording by writing 2 tunes for his young children, Conor & Aoife.

Mark Kelso – drums

Luis Deniz – alto sax

Rich Brown – Bass

Jeremy Ledbetter – keys

Elmer Ferrer – drums

Whirlybird”

May
17
Fri
2019
Christian Howes (Ohio)
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Violinist, educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador twice, in Ukraine and Montenegro.  His release on Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure” earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Times, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center.  His release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings.

Christian Howes – violin

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May
18
Sat
2019
Andrea Superstein Quartet (BC) sponsored by Diva International
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

Andrea Superstein – vocals

Mark Nelson

Remi-Jean LeBlanc

Robbie Grunwald

 

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

 

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May
25
Sat
2019
Manuel Valera Trio (NYC)
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Manuel Valera – piano

Mark Kelso – drums

Roberto Occhipinti – bass

May
31
Fri
2019
David Tiviluk Quintet
May 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jun
1
Sat
2019
Teri Parker Quartet
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Teri Parker

Mac Longpre

Luis Deniz

Mark Godfrey

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Patricia O’Calahan + David Braid sponsored by Diva International
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
7
Fri
2019
Big Band Theory
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jun
8
Sat
2019
One Word featuring Paul DeLong
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Paul DeLong – drums

Will Jarvis

Kim Ratcliffe,

Eric Boucher

Aaron Solomon

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Dave Young Quintet
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Dave Young – bass

Kevin Turcotte – trumpet

Terry Clarke- drums

Brian Dickinson – piano

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Joe Huron Quartet
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jun
22
Sat
2019
Michael Occhipinti & Shine On sponsored by Diva International
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Michael Occhipinti – guitar

Kevin Turcotte – trumpet  

Elizabeth Sheppard – piano/vocals

Mark Kelso – drums

Yvette Tollar – vocals

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This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup

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