Season 10

THE JAZZ ROOM FALL 2020 REOPENING PLAN DURING COVID-19!

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Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Neil Swainson Quartet
7:30 pm
Neil is a fixture of Jazz music in Canada and we are delighted to have him return with his absolutely stellar sideman! He has played with, toured with, or recorded with: Herb Ellis, Barney Kessell, Sonny Stitt. the Paul Horn Quintet, Tommy Flanagan, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Jay McShann, Moe Koffman, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, George Coleman, Woody Shaw  George Shearing  Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Diana …
Brownman's HALLOWEEN THRILLER Michael Jackson’s music through the lens of electric-jazz!
7:30 pm
  Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI  will once again lead an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion this multiple National Jazz Award winning improviser has …
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Phoenix Jazz Group
7:30 pm
  Photo Credit – Rebecca Teutsch The Phoenix Jazz Group performs jazz in a melodic fusion style. Group members are very versatile in a number of different genres. A review from The Jazz Society of Oregon stated ” they’re a Canadian quintet of musicians with impressive credentials whose program of all original music swings with ease. ” …
Elizabeth Shepherd/Michael Occhipinti “Women in Jazz Series” Sponsored by DIVA International
7:30 pm
  photo credit: massimo de dominicis ESMO is a collaborative effort between singer/pianist/composer Elizabeth Shepherd and guitarist Michael Occhipinti. They have been featured in each other’s projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth being the vocalist and pianist for Michael Occhipinti’s “The Universe of John Lennon”, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth’s group …
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Andriy Tykhonov
7:30 pm
  Andriy Tykhonov (MMus, BMus) is recognized as one of Ukraine’s leading jazz pianists. After initial studies in classical piano, he graduated from the Jazz Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev in 1995; in 2001 he was awarded the Artist Diploma in Theory of Jazz and Jazz Pedagogy by the Kiev University of …
OKAN “Women in Jazz Series” Sponsored by DIVA International
7:30 pm
Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the women-led ensemble OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. ​Having recently worked with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta and Bianca Gismonti, OKAN followed up on their Juno-nominated and Independent Music Award-winning …
Sonja Gustafson “Women in Jazz Series” Sponsored by DIVA International
7:30 pm
London’s award-winning Jazz songstress Sonja Gustafson is a talented vocalist with a unique style and polish.  Her traditional approach reflects an appreciation for the forerunners of vocal jazz, bringing a cool verve to classic and lesser-known standards.  Honest and soulful in her delivery and grace, Sonja Gustafson is dazzling whether performing torch ballads, scatting with …
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Lorne Lofsky Trio
7:30 pm
  “Lofsky’s imagination is fertile (and) his technique it’s match” – Toronto Globe and Mail Lorne Lofsky started as a typical teenage rock ’n roll guitar player, playing in basement bands and at high school dances. In his late teens, a friend turned him onto Miles Davis’ Classic disk “Kind of Blue” which dramatically altered …
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ralf Buschmeyer Quartet
7:30 pm
    The evening will be a celebration of the music of Thelonius Monk. It will feature some original arrangements, Monk classics as well as some less commonly played Monk compositions. Guitar Player Magazine calls guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer ‘as smooth and sophisticated as James Bond taking a holiday in Monte Carlo’ and Blues Review Magazine …
Colleen Allen Quartet “Women in Jazz Series” Sponsored by DIVA International
7:30 pm
Colleen Allen is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. Based in Toronto, the acclaimed and versatile multi-instrumentalist has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists including Molly Johnson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan, Andrew Craig and …


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