Outreach

The Grand River Jazz Society is a charitable, non-profit organization with a mission to build community through excellence in Jazz right across Waterloo Region. That includes opportunities to listen, learn and participate in Jazz education for children, youth, adults and seniors.

For experienced and aspiring Jazz musicians, Jazz Jams are offered monthly in The Jazz Room at the historic Huether Hotel; usually on the second Saturday of the month from 3 – 5 PM. Whether or not you’re prepared to take the stage, there is live music to enjoy, opportunities to jam with professionals and amateurs, networking and collaboration opportunities, and a chance to dabble in a genre of limitless creative potential.

Occasionally, big name performers conduct a Master Class late in the afternoon of the evening they perform as part of our line-up on stage at the Jazz Room.
For dates and details see Calendar

GRJS supports a program in Jazz education at Waterloo Region District School Board high schools. Jazz in the Schools includes vocal and instrumental skills and talent development, as well as coaching for performances and competitions. Developed and presented by Jazz vocalist and musician Mary-Catherine Pazzano*, this program is currently (Spring 2019) operating at two secondary schools (Eastwood C.I. and Cameron Heights C.I.). It includes coaching of the Jazz choir at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School for their participation in a provincial level competition. This is an expanding program.

Local, professional Jazz musicians, performers and music instructors teacher are available to provide elementary schools with a live 70 minute educational experience, introducing Intermediate level students to the diverse musical genre. The objective is to expand Jazz music appreciation for all students in the grades 4- 6 age group and encourage budding musicians to consider further instruction and education in playing an instrument or vocal training. This educational opportunity is free of charge to Elementary schools during the 2018-19 school year. High School Workshops are being developed for the coming school year.

During the summer months, GRJS supports Jazz “Summer Camp for Seniors”. These two-week sessions offer a wonderful opportunity to renew and improve acquired skills, learn new material and enjoy the love of Jazz music in a community setting. The program is delivered by Vocal Jazz artist Mary-Catherine Pazzano* and  operated through the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo.

Please contact the GRJS Outreach Coordinator, Janine Sharp for further information or details about any of these programs.


Join us at THE JAZZ ROOM for our Jazz Workshop Series!

  The Grand River Jazz Society is offering a series of sponsored workshops led by celebrated jazz musicians.  These events will include a lecture/demo component geared to complement the evening show.  In addition to the insights and examples of technique, participants may have an opportunity to play along with the visiting professionals leading the workshops right on stage at THE JAZZ ROOM in Waterloo!

FAQ
Q.  When and where are the workshops?
A.   The workshops are held on the stage of The Jazz Room in the Huether Hotel at 59 King St. North in Waterloo, Ontario.  The workshops are held on selected Saturday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm and are followed by dinner jazz and an evening show.  For our full schedule, see kwjazzroom.com/calendar.
Q.  How much do the workshops cost?
A.   The cost is $5.00 and students with a clinic stamp can deduct $5.00 when purchasing their student priced tickets for the evening show (valid student ID required).  Most of the cost of the workshops are covered by our generous sponsors including the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation!
Q.  Do I need to be a musician to attend the workshops?
A.   Not at all!  The workshops are presented by the performers of the evening shows. So, the insights into their musicianship, arrangements and compositions will shine new light on the evening show.
Q.  Will I have an opportunity to ask questions?
A.   Yes!  The clinics are interactive and your questions are a big part of the workshop.
If you have more questions, please contact us at bookings@kwjazzroom.com.