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

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

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

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

Check out:  “Cantaloupe Island”     “Stolen Moments”


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

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

Mark Kelso           Drums

Kelly Jefferson     Saxophone

Mike Downes       Bass

Gord Sheard          Piano

Ted Quinlan            Guitar


Check out:

“Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles -Slank”


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

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

Check out: “Dream”
               “25 New Moves” 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emilie Claire Barlow – Winter Lights (SOLD OUT) – Only Annual Passholders and those with advance tickets will gain admittance
Nov 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Andriy  Tykhonov – piano

Robin Habermehl – saxophone

Robin Jessome – trombone

Sean Habermehl – drums

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

 Photo:   Sanja Antic


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam – Perform on the Jazz Room stage
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join Steve Montgomery and Lukas Bouda as they host and coordinate the jam session at the Jazz Room on Saturday from 3 – 5 PM.

Now in Season 9 of the Jazz Room, the Jazz Jams are still free to attend and/or to play on stage. It is still open to all age groups. Both listeners and performers are welcome.

When you arrive, please sign in even if you are just listening. The Jazz Room is sponsoring the Jazz Jams to help involve the community more in jazz.

We have a drum set and grand piano for use by all during the jam session. Steve will bring cymbals for the drum set. If you plan to perform on stage with any other instrument, please bring your own instrument – do not ask to use another person’s instrument. Drummers bring your own sticks.

We supply original Real Books for charts on stage: three copies of concert C, two copies of Bb and one copy of Eb. For playing in the jam, we will perform  any songs from the Real Book, Volume 1. Songs played at each jam session change.

So that you can plan ahead, here are the dates for the Jazz Jams which  will always be the second Saturday of the month, as follows:

  1. September 14, 2019
  2. October 12, 2019
  3. November 9, 2019
  4. December 14, 2019
  5. January 11, 2020
  6. February 8, 2020
  7. March 14, 2020
  8. April 11, 2020
  9. May 9, 2020
  10. June 13, 2020
Ted Quinlan Group
Dec 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of Canada’s top guitar players. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD ” As If” received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. It was followed by “Streetscape” which features him in a trio setting and “Around the Bend”, a duo collaboration with piano great Brian Dickinson. His latest recording “Absolutely Dreaming” is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

Ted’s other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno winning CD’s “Ripple Effect” and “Root Structure”, Doug Riley’s “Con Alma”, Radioland Records’ ” Tribute to Wes Montgomery”, Phil Dwyer’s ” Road Stories”, Dave Restivo’s ” Prayer for Humankindness”, Ted Warren’s ” First Time Caller”, David Clayton-Thomas’ “Combo” and “Canadiana” and Nancy Walker’s “New Heiroglyphics” and “ ‘Til Now Is Secret”. Ted is the former Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College’s Music Program in Toronto.

Ted Quinlan: Guitar

Brian Dickinson: Piano

Kieran Overs: Bass

Ted Warren: Drums

Listen to Ted in Absolutely Dreaming