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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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Sep
8
Fri
2017
Larry Larson’s Jazz Guys
Sep 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

Larry Larson and the Jazz Guys
Comments from KW’s favorite Trumpeter…

Although most people know of me as a “legit” trumpet player who is most comfortable exploring the symphonic repertoire, I have an equally gregarious “other side” that yearns to continue the development of my early jazz training – a path that took a 20-year detour!  Thus began “Larry’s Jazz Guys.”

 

I am lucky enough to have as friends some of the finest jazz musicians in Canada.  For the past ten years we have headlined the “Jazz At The Registry” series at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, and opened the series again in January, 2016.  We have performed at the Stratford Festival as part of their “Night Music” series for the past 7 seasons.

 

Without a doubt, we are most proud of being the Opening Night act at THE JAZZ ROOM at The Huether Hotel in Waterloo, Ontario back in September, 2010.  We will be back on September 9, 2017 to open Season #7!  Thank you, Grand River Jazz Society!

This is a video of Larry playing and discussing his love of Jazz…

Sep
9
Sat
2017
Morgan Childs Quintet
Sep 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Originally hailing from Invermere, BC, in that province’s mountainous East Kootenay region, Morgan spent 10 years on the Vancouver music scene before making the move to Toronto in the fall of 2009. During that time, Morgan has built an international career as a performer and educator with some of the world’s finest musicians. Morgan is highly regarded among his peers for his deep swing feel, sensitivity, versatility and musicality, as well as his reverence for jazz history and wide-ranging musical vocabulary.

Morgan has performed across North America as a leader and a sideman at major festivals, universities, clubs and concert venues. Some of the notable artists has performed, recorded, and toured with include; Ingrid Jensen, Rob Scheps, Mike Murley, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Mike Allen, Phil Dwyer, Laila Biali, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Brandi Disterheft, David Braid, Hugh Fraser, Robi Botos, Zach Brock, Chris Gale, Kelly Jefferson, and Don Thompson. In 2007, Morgan released his debut CD as a leader, “Time” on the Vancouver-based Cellar Live record label.

 

Morgan Childs – Drums

Kelly Jefferson – Tenor Saxophone

William Sperandi – Trumpet

Jon Maharaj – Bass

Dave Restivo – Piano

Here is Morgan in a Trio format with “My Favorite Things”

Sep
15
Fri
2017
Joni Nehrita
Sep 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

 

Toronto-born Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter/musician Joni NehRita has become a staple on the regional scene of KW/Guelph since relocating there a decade ago. She is known for steadily releasing great music & being an engaging performer. While her musical tastes are eclectic, she is best known as a soul/R&B artist and as a jazz vocalist.

The release of her 3rd album, Bloom showcases her best writing and production yet. The songs are infectious, poignant and groove hard.  It is noticeably more “pop/funk” than her previous releases yet the themes of social consciousness and inner reflection that has connected her to her listeners remain. NehRita has a gift for writing well-crafted songs that are deeply personal.  Much of her music hearkens back to a time when soul and funk music made you dance while also serving up social commentary and a call for change.

She shines brightly during her live show & demonstrates her strength in be able to reach and connect with an audience.  You know she feels the music and she leads you into feeling it too.
Raji Sohal from CBC 3 Montreal may have put it best, “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural.  Joni had me hollering and cheering like I haven’t at an R&B show in a while.”

Here is Joni at the Jazz Room

Sep
16
Sat
2017
Rinse the Algorhythm
Sep 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Rinse the Algorithm is a Jazz Room favorite!!

Bassist Rich Brown formed Rinse The Algorithm in 2004 with the purpose of taking a modern approach to the idea that Jazz was the original dance music. The music, while rooted in the Jazz tradition, is also heavily influenced by the Jazz-Rock and Jazz-Funk groups of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (i.e. Weather Report, Miles Davis, Steve Coleman) but the main objective is to combine these older and newer traditions with elements of modern forms of dance music. The result of this amalgamation of musical ideas is a fresh new sound that combines sophisticated harmonic and melodic concepts with a heavily groove oriented rhythmic base.

Rich Brown – Bass

Larnell Lewis – Drums

Robi Botos – Keys

Luis Deniz – Alto Saxophone

Here they are at the Beaches Jazz Festival

Sep
22
Fri
2017
Rob Fekete Quintet
Sep 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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The Robert Fekete Quintet is a progressive jazz group that focuses on the love of life, relationships and music as an art form. The Quintet is a newly formed original composition project with some standard repertoire from the American song book. The group’s goal is to bridge between the art form of Jazz music with some modern touches.
The band has changed its configuration to Piano, Bass, Drums, Saxophone, and Voice with what used to be all instrumental. The Quintet is an exciting, captivating sound adventure in mood swings and
improvisation.

Rob Fekete – Piano

Sal Roselli – Saxophone

Clarke Johnston -Bass

Dave O’Neill – Drums

Melissa DaCosta – Voice

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Synthesis
Sep 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Justin Gray is an award winning bassist, composer, producer, and educator based out of Toronto, Canada. He has performed across the world, playing with renowned artists in musical styles ranging from Jazz to Indian Classical. In 2010, Justin invented the Bass Veena, a fretless instrument designed for Indian Classical and Indo-Jazz performance. Justin is now emerging as the first artist to perform on this instrument worldwide. Justin currently leads his own jazz/world music ensemble Synthesis. This contemporary ensemble draws from the past, while remaining connected to the present, with a unique cross-cultural blend of Jazz, Indian classical and electronic music.

Justin Gray and Synthesis have recently been featured in concerts across Ontario, including: Dundas Square (Massey Hall 2016), Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts (JPEC 2016), The Aga Khan Museum (AKM 2016), Richard Bradshaw Theatre (Canadian Opera Company 2015) and Princess Margaret Hospital (Jazz for the Soul Series 2016). The ensemble is currently recording a new album, which will be released in the spring of 2017.

Justin Gray – Bass Veda

Ted Quinlan -Guitar

Drew Jurecka -Violin

Derek Gray – Percussion

Here is Synthesis with “Offering”

Sep
29
Fri
2017
Benjamin Deschamps (Montreal)
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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A Montreal native, Benjamin Deschamps started learning about music at Collège Notre-Dame where he chose to play classic saxophonone. Pushed by his profound desire to become a musician, he persued his musical studies at Cégep Saint-Laurent with Jean-Pierre Zanella.

 

It is during this period that he discovered his passion for jazz and joined the Montreal All City Big Band as lead alto. He played in the group from 2006 to 2010 which gave him the opportunity amongst other things, to participate in the recording of the album Lulu Hughes & The Montreal All City Big Band.

Benjamin went to McGill University to further his understanding and enlarge his musical horizons. It is while playing lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra 1 under the direction of Gordon Foote that he had the chance to meet many internationaly renowned invited artists such as Phil Dwyer, Jim McNeely, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, Barry Ries and Slide Hampton. The young musician stands out by his ability to interpret many musical styles and his versatility in his ability to play flute, clarinet and all the saxophones.

Benjamin at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014….

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Heather Bambrick
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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When Anita O’Day first heard Heather Bambrick sing, the Jazz vocal legend exclaimed “You’re good! You should have your own show!” After inviting Heather to jam with him, renowned Jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell said to her “Wow, you’re the real deal!” To this day, flugelhorn icon Guido Basso calls Heather his favourite singer.

This is the sort of praise that JUNO-nominated Jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick consistently receives from fellow musicians. Critics love her, as well. “Heather hits every right note”, says Mark Rheume of CBC Radio. WholeNote Magazine calls her “one of the finest jazz singers in this country”, and All About Jazz says her voice is a “paragon of clarity” and that “she’s the real deal in every way”.

More than just a vocalist, Heather is also one of Canada’s busiest voice actors, appearing on numerous commercial campaigns, as well as voicing characters on several Emmy-nominated animated series, including those for Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, and NBCKids. Since 2001, she’s become a beloved host at JAZZ.FM, Canada’s only all-Jazz radio station, and has twice been named National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year.

Heather Bambrick – Voice and Piano

Chase Sanborn – Trumpet

Ross MacIntyre – Bass

Here is Heather singing from behind the mic at Jazz FM…..