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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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Jan
20
Sun
2019
Rebecca Hennessy And the FOG Brass Band sponsored by Diva International
Jan 20 @ 5:43 pm – 6:43 pm
Igor Wilcox Group (Brazil)
Jan 20 @ 5:57 pm – 6:57 pm

Igor Wilcox

Wagner Barabosa

Vini Morales

Glecio Nascimento

Jan
25
Fri
2019
The Delegation (NYC)
Jan 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Delegation

★★★★½ “a fascinating form of sonic installation blending wild improvisation, classical strings, disciplined unison passages and untrammeled solo excursions.” — Carlo Wolff, Downbeat

“In Zucker’s almost confrontational writing I find the vision of one who is hugely expressive. Here is a young man with a profound sense of tone and colour and how it can be wrought from diverse instrumentation to be affectingly ‘cantorial’, expressive and hugely symphonic too.” — Raul da Gama, World Music Report

★★★★ “Evergreen (Canceled World) totally lives up to its larger-than-life sweep and scope.” — Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

“Evergreen is a rewarding example of what Brooklyn has to offer avant garde jazz-rock and demonstrates that ESP-Disk’ hasn’t lost its adventurous spirit.” — Alex Henderson, New York City Jazz Record

The brainchild of pianist/composer, Gabriel Zucker, New York indie jazz  orchestra The Delegation continues to break new ground. Combining Zucker’s metric complexity and maximalist approach with the melodic stylings of indie rock, the group’s impressive roster of jazz players forge a unique and emotionally immediate sound, representing a singular approach to improvisation in the 21st century. This event is a co-production between the Grand River Jazz Society and NUMUS (GRJS passholders get free entry).

Gabriel Zucker – piano, vocals

David Leon – saxophones

Tal Yahalom – guitar

Alex Goldberg – drums

 

 

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Andrew Scott Quartet
Jan 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Multi-faceted guitarist, arranger, composer, educator, and prolific recording artist ANDREW SCOTT’s music has been heard in concerts, on recordings, and in film and television projects for the past twenty years. He swings on a repertoire of blues, ballads and bebop that demonstrates a commitment to the rich tradition of jazz guitar, and entertainment excellence that has earned him a Toronto Independent Music Award, a Canadian Urban Music Award, four Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, and two National Jazz Award nominations.

Scott has released five internationally recognized CDs, most recently his 2017 Top 50 North American jazz charting CellarLive release, The Brightest Minute, a recording that The WholeNote Magazine described as “…easily one of the best small jazz group recordings of the year…”.

In addition to his activities as a recording artist and performer, Dr. Scott is Acting Dean at Humber College’s School of Creative & Performing Arts.

 

Andrew Scott – guitar

Jake Wilkinson -piano and trumpet

Jon Meyer – bass

Jeff Halischuck – drums

“Denzil’s Best Move”

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Paul Mitchell and the Jitterbugs
Feb 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Photo Credit – Gee Wong

‘The JitterBugs’ is a swing jazz, jump and jive style combo based in London, Ontario that has been enjoying success since they first formed around the year 2000. Since then, they’ve been a popular favourite in many clubs and festivals with members who are all busy and active pros in a variety of musical styles. The JitterBugs approach jazz by featuring music from the times when jazz and the dance floor were one. Call it vintage jazz, call it jump’n jive, put whatever label on it you must, it all boils down to the same thing ……jazz that entertains and excites.

Paul Mitchell – trumpet

Larry Smith – saxophone

Peter Hysen – trombone, tuba

Aaron Macdonald – Saxophone

Brian McHugh – drums

Doug Balfoura – piano

 

Feb
2
Sat
2019
William Sperandei Quintet
Feb 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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WILLIAM SPERANDEI (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet.

At the recommendation of the great Wynton Marsalis, Sperandei left Canada to continue his studies at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis. During the time he lived in Louisiana, he performed  Nicholas Payton, Marcus Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Victor Goines, Charmaine Neville, and Harry Connick Jr. In 1992, two years prior to his graduation from the UNO, he opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Rome Jazz Festival. It was during the same 1992 European tour Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria

Possessing wide-ranging performance skills, William Sperandei has played Polish Opera, Flamenco music, worked with Canadian soul/pop artist, Gerald Eaton (Jarvis Church), and blues legend Colin James. He is a respected sideman on the Toronto jazz circuit in live performance and in the recording studios. He performs in two classical ensembles – The Niagara Brass, led by former tutor and internationally renowned recitalist James Tinsley, and a classical ensemble headed by Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with various Toronto-based artists and ensembles includingTyler Yarema and His Rhythm, Janice Hagan, Danny B., and Jake and the Blue Midnights.

William Sperandei – trumpet/flugel

Pat Labarbera – saxophones

Roberto Occhipinti -bass

Adrean  Farrugia -piano

Mark Kelso -drums

Here is William with vocalist Amy McConnell

Feb
3
Sun
2019
David Braid + Penderecki Quartet sponsored by Diva International
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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“Sophisticated and authentic” – New York Observer
“Refreshingly uncategorizable” – Paris Transatlantic

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 three Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, large ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’, and small ensemble, “The North”.

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 “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “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 an adjunct professor at the Danish National Academy of Music. 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.’

Celebrating their 31st anniversary, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Łódz, Poland in 1986.   Now based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991, The Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation.  The four Penderecki musicians (now originating from Poland, Canada, and USA) bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail).

The PSQ’s international performing schedule has included appearances in New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hong Kong (Academy for the Arts), Los Angeles (REDCAT Hall at Disney Center), St. Petersburg (Sheremetev Palace), the Adam Festival in New Zealand, and throughout Europe in Rome, Madrid, Paris, Belgrade, Prague, Krakow, Vilnius, and Zagreb.  The PSQ has also toured extensively in Mexico, Australia, Venezuela and Brazil and from coast to coast in Canada.

“Wash Away”

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

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Feb
7
Thu
2019
Steve Mcdade Sextet–Winter Jazz Festival
Feb 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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Photo credit – Pat Lacroix

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.

 

 

 

Feb
8
Fri
2019
Glen Buhr and Margaret Sweatman + Penderecki Quartet sponsored by Diva International–Winter Jazz Festival
Feb 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

Composer, Glenn Buhr and novelist Margaret Sweatman join forces with the Penderecki String Quartet for a jazz cabaret featuring words and music with a jazz twist.  Their original music is a mix of lyrical jazz, tender songwriting, classical modernism, and quite a bit of deft humour.  The cabaret also features words and music by: Leonard Cohen, Thelonious Monk, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus.  Special guests: Peter Lutek on electric bassoon/clarinet and Andrew Downing on bass.

 

Glenn Buhr, piano/guitar/vocals
Margaret Sweatman, harmonica/vocals
Jeremy Bell, violin
Jerzy Kaplanek, violin
Christine Vlajk, viola
Katie Schlaikjer
Peter Lutek, electric bassoon/clarinet
Andrew Downing, bass

Buhr and Sweatman – Blade Runner Windows

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

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Feb
9
Sat
2019
Robi Botos Trio–Winter Jazz Festival
Feb 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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ROBI BOTOS has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists  of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old, and never looked back. He continued to perform throughout Hungary and when he turned 20, decided to move his wife and children to Canada, to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country.

“Close to You” at Koerner Hall

Feb
15
Fri
2019
Derek Hines Quartet sponsored by Diva International
Feb 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Wonderful local singer and chef brings an amazing band to his yearly Jazz Room show.  Derek sings jazz as it should be sung, with skill and emotion.  Year of touring have honed Derek’s art to a fine edge.

For this show, Derek has assembled an all star cast of musicians…

Derek Hines – vocals

Jason White – piano
Jill McKenna – bass
Ernesto Cervini – drums

 

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

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Feb
16
Sat
2019
Richard Whiteman Quartet
Feb 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.

For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas.

Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.

In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at both Humber College and York University in Toronto.

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Harold Danko

Pat Labarbera

Andre White

The Richard Whiteman Quartet at the Rex…

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Florian Hoefner Trio
Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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“A composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” New York Times (USA)

“A harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory.” Downbeat (USA)

“Sublimely evocative music.”  The WholeNote (Canada)

 

Born  and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist […] reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.

 

With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album … that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. The Group also received the Stingray Rising Star Award after their performance at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015.

 

As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, he has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards. Florian’s work as a sideman has led to numerous additional CD releases including a collaboration with guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel on Fresh Sounds Records. He has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, John Riley, and New York Philharmonic clarinetist, Mark Nuccio.

 

A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Hoefner’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.

 

Since 2018 Florian is working with a new Canadian trio with Andrew Downing on bass and Nick Fraser on drums.  The group is performing a completely new repertoire of his originals and arrangements of folk songs from different parts of the world. Their debut album will be released in September 2019 on Alma Records.

 ”The Maid on the Shore”

Florian Hoffner – Piano

Andrew Downing – bass

Nick Fraser –  drums

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Steve D’Angelo Quintet
Feb 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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“Delightful , Infectious , Wonderfully Rhythmic and Melodic
 This Music is  Fun to Listen to and Definitley Danceable
 Sideways or any otherways “

  -Ralph Hopper
                                            OKCU 93.1 -Ottawa ,Canada

Steve D’Angelo is an Emmy award winning composer and guitarist . He has composed and arranged
music for hundreds of TV shows ,films and documentaries  . He has written and arranged for Blues legend Taj Mahal , New Orleans icon Dr John and the world acclaimed acapella group Lady Smith Black Mambazo . He has toured with inuit singer Susan Aglukark , Canadian RnB diva Liberty Silver
and performed with Canadian Jazz greats Doug Riley and Guido Basso .
Performing  with bandmates Steve Lucas on bass ,Lorenzo Castelli on drums,Todd Pentney on keys and Arturo Avalos on percussion Steve will be playing selections from his latest recording “Dancing Sideways” a thrilling fusion of jazz, world music and funk .

Steve D’Angelo – guitar

Todd Pentney – keys
Steve Lucas – bass
Lorenzo Castelli – drums
Arturo Avalos – percussion

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Comedy Festival
Mar 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mar
2
Sat
2019
Comedy Festival
Mar 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mar
3
Sun
2019
The Marie Goudy 12tet featuring Jocelyn Barth Sponsored by Diva International
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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A native of Toronto, trumpet player/vocalist Marie Goudy started her professional career at the age of sixteen. By the age of nineteen, she had already played with many notable musicians including Benny Golson, Cleo Laine and Maria Schneider. Since then she has performed with Michael Buble, Donny McCaslin, and many others.

She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Masters in Jazz Performance program in 2017. She has made her mark on the Toronto music scene playing jazz, funk, mariachi, folk and Latin music, and was a featured soloist in the 2018 SOCAN Awards. Marie has played on three JUNO-nominated albums with folk-funk singer/songwriter Alysha Brilla and toured to France, Chile, Yellowknife, and Singapore with that group.

Marie currently leads the Marie Goudy 12tet, a large jazz ensemble that is quickly rising through the Toronto jazz ranks. This group’s first album, “The Bitter Suite” featuring vocalist Jocelyn Barth and produced by John MacLeod, will be released in October of 2018.

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.

“Isfahan”

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

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Mar
8
Fri
2019
Tim Moher Group
Mar 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

Born into a musical family, along with his older brother, Peter, an accomplished pianist. In high school, Tim’s music teacher brought the class on a trip to hear Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band in Toronto. This experience ignited Tim’s passion for jazz.

He went on to receive an Honours Bachelor of Music, B.A. and B.Ed from The University of Western Ontario.

Tim has been featured as a jazz, classical, and ragtime soloist with many musical groups including, Orchestra London, The Royal City Saxophone Quartet, The Wellington Winds, and The Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa. Additionally, Tim is the newest member of the Kitchener-Waterloo band, the ‘KW Big Band Theory’.

Locally, Tim managed entertainment and continues to perform at The Food and Drink Show, along with performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, and corporate events.

With a greater focus on creativity and composition in the past two years, he produced his inaugural CD in 2013 alongside Rick Hutt of the Cedartree Recording Studio that featured all original music.

After 30 years of performing fresh and inventive sounds across the region, Tim aspires to become a full time performer and writer. Presently, a retired music teacher for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, he continues to work on bringing music to the people through his various entertainment ventures including the Belmont Village Bestival.

At the Jazz Room

Mar
9
Sat
2019
David Occhipinti’s Camera Ensemble sponsored by Diva International
Mar 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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“David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening…
His music is an absolute work of art!”
-Jim Hall

David Occhipinti has released five CDs as a leader that feature his unique voice as a composer and as a guitarist.

On David’s release, Camera (2012), he combines elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation. The recording features David’s compositions and guitar playing, with a unique ensemble, consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, marimba, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.

“David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!” -Jim Hall

David has multiple nominations for JUNO awards including his CD Forty Revolutions (2007), and Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley. Another collaborative effort called Bristles (2014), whcih David produced and mixed, was also nominated for a JUNO and given four stars in the internationally acclaimed Downbeat magazine.

As a composer, David has received numerous commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. His compositions appear on CDs by Beverley Johnston, Random Access Large Ensemble and many others.

 ”Promised Kiss”

David Occhipinti – guitar

Aline Homzy

Michael Hutchinson

Virginia MacDonald

Dan Fortin

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

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Mar
15
Fri
2019
Joni NehRita + Mary-Catherine Pazzano and the Revolutionary Band sponsored by Diva International
Mar 15 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Mar
16
Sat
2019
Phillipe Lemm Trio (NYC)
Mar 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading his own group Wazabe. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Philippe was extensively playing with renown Dutch jazz musicians like; Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans), Jorg Kaaij (Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw) and Peter Tiehuis (Metropole Orchestra).

In 2011 he was a recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships in The Netherlands; Huygens Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. Philippe graduated in 2013 and receives his Masters Degree from this prestigious institute and becomes the first Dutch drummer that earns his Masters Degree for Jazz Drums from the Manhattan School of Music.

Philippe performs on drum set and percussion alike, covering a broad range of styles reflecting his wide interest in everything music and his natural feel for groove and texture regardless of genre.

Currently Philippe is working with the New York based group Life Size, Angelo Di Loreto Trio, Olli Hirvonen Quartet, Sharik Hasan New York Quartet, Pat Carroll Group, Roman Rofalski Trio and vocalist Andrea Wood to name a few.

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Angelo Di Loreto -piano

Jeff Koch -bass

“At Kennedy Centre…”

Mar
22
Fri
2019
The Mingus Appreciation Society
Mar 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Robin Jessome’s newest project is the Mingus Appreciation Society.

“Working on this Mingus thing I have been listening to (jazz trombonist) Jimmy Knepper who plays on a whole lot of Charles Mingus stuff. He is one of those guys that can bridge that early raw emotion with the bebop intricacies. That’s really interesting to me.”

Jessome wanted to bring his other band project — Blunt Object, an 11-piece ensemble based in Toronto — to Waterloo, but with a smaller stage, the logistics of accommodating of a large ensemble might have proved tricky. He pared it down to a seven-piece collective with members hailing from Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener.

“I could gone with a quartet and played some tunes and played it safe but I like to be a little adventurous so I am always looking for an excuse to play intriguing music that I don’t play very often, so I thought I may as well put this together,” says Jessome.

Kitchener members include Jessome on trombone; Robin Habermehl, saxophones; Andriy Tykhonov, piano; and Mike Rajna on drums, in addition to Toronto’s Jesse Malone and Hamilton’s Tom Altobelli on bass.

“I met (second sax player) Francis Smith for the first time the other day on the recommendation of someone else,” says Jessome.

“The word got around and this brings an interesting dynamic to the group where everyone has some loose connection to each other but there’s also a bit of that nervousness and working without a net. You trust everybody but you don’t exactly know what anyone is going to do at any time. It’s exciting!”

Jessome says the group’s repertoire includes “fun stuff” like “Haitian Fight Song,” “Moanin’,” plus “Jelly Roll,” “Self Portrait in Three Colours,” and “Open Letter to Duke” from 1959′s “Mingus Ah Um.”

“It’s in the spirit of Mingus,” says Jessome. “You mould it, shape it and let it evolve on its own. Personality-wise my two saxophonists will be completely different players and I like the way those two things collide. You never know what’s quite going to happen sometimes. There’s something about being uncomfortable that makes me comfortable!”

-KW Record

At the Waterloo Jazz Festival

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Laila Biali Quartet Sponsored by Diva International
Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali melds “traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). Sought after for tours with GRAMMY winning artists Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting, Laila has also headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Laila was a featured performer at the first-ever global TEDSummit. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up, Live in Concert, was named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine. In September of 2017, Laila became the host of CBC Radio’s national show, Saturday Night Jazz. Her new self-titled album releases January 26, 2018.

Laila Biali – piano, vocals

Larnell Lewis – drums

George Koller – bass

“Lets Dance” (Bowie)

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

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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

Denise Pelley

Don DiCarlo

Ken Foster

Larry Ernerein

Sandy MaCay

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
Mike Harriot Quartet
Mar 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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).

Mike Harriot – trumpet

Mark Kelso – drums

Marc Rogers

Sean Harkness

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Alysha Brilla sponsored by Diva International
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Apr
5
Fri
2019
Jerzy Kaplanek Quartet
Apr 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
6
Sat
2019
Rebecca Hennessy and the FOG Brass Band sponsored by Diva International
Apr 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
12
Fri
2019
John Zadro Quartet
Apr 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
13
Sat
2019
Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Kevin Breit

Ian DeSousa

Mark Lalama

Gary Taylor

Perry White

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Carmen Spada Trio
Apr 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
20
Sat
2019
The Willows sponsored by Diva International
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Andrea Gregario

Kristy Deady

Lauren Pederson

George Koller

Apr
26
Fri
2019
Fern Lindzon sponsored by Diva International
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
27
Sat
2019
Igor Wilcox Group (Brazil)
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Igor Wilcox

Wagner Barabosa

Vini Morales

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