Season 10 REDUX (September 2021)

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We are excited to announce the artist line-up starting September 10, 2021. Check out the Calendar! Please note, we will be opening ticket sales via Ticketscene on the website starting Monday, August 2nd at 9:00AM.  Given current constraints (see below) we anticipate significant demand for popular shows, so purchase early to not be disappointed!

As we enter Season 10 Redux at The Jazz Room, things will be different than in years past (note the time and set change listed below). There will be no season’s passes (for the time being) and we will have to remain flexible determined by public health guidelines and the state of COVID in Ontario and our community.

We will initially limit on-line ticket sales to 50 for each concert with the option of increasing the number (if conditions permit) as we get closer to the show time.  We will necessarily follow whatever public health dictates (e.g., masking, distancing) at the time.

We will ask that people (including musicians) who are not double-vaccinated stay away until they are fully vaccinated.  To support this protocol, we will ask people to provide a screenshot of their official vaccination receipt/confirmation when they enter The Jazz Room. When capacity limits allow, walk-ins will be permitted with proof of vaccination using credit card or debit for payment. Exceptions to the vaccination requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We plan to open doors at 6:30. Seating will be on a “first come- first serve” basis with two 60 minute sets (approx.) starting at 8:00 and 9:30.  We will experiment with this timing/set formation and adjust as needed. We are excited with our stellar line-up including perennial favourites like Larry Larson and Andriy Tikhonov, as well as many Juno award winning artists including Marc Jordan, Laila Biali, and The Shuffle Demons, to name a few.

See you in club!

Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Larry Larson's Jazz Guys
8:00 pm
Comments (modified) 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 …
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Marc Jordan
8:00 pm
Marc Jordan was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of singer Charles Jordan, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Jordan’s music career really took off in 1978 when he was signed to Warner Music in Los Angeles and began writing songs for and with the likes of Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Bette …
Sep 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Andriy Tikhonov
8:00 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 …
Jocelyn Gould Quartet “Women in Jazz Series” sponsored by DIVA International
8:00 pm
Jocelyn Gould is a jazz guitarist based in New York City and Toronto. She cites Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass as primary influences of the instrument. Jocelyn maintains an active performance career in the U.S. and Canada. She has performed at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the …
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
New Vibes Quintet
8:00 pm
       Photo credit: Tia Loryssa Abbott The New Vibes Jazz Quartet began as a trio in the spring of 1999 with Andy Macpherson (vibes, drums), Dan Brennan (bass), and Tom Wilson (piano) and evolved quickly into a quartet with the addition of Gary Tomlin on drums. Andy leads New Vibes that has recently featured Dan (bass), John Zadro (piano), Jay Boehmer (drums) and often Jerzy Kaplanek (violin) who …
Laila Biali “Women in Jazz Series” sponsored by DIVA International
8:00 pm
Photo Credit- Julia Hembree Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada’s GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album …
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Andy McAnsh
8:00 pm
  An award-winning trumpeter/composer/educator and masters graduate of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Andrew McAnsh was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario. There, at the age of 12, upon his first exposure to the sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he fell in love with music. Now in his 30’s, and an established professional musician with his …
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Shuffle Demons
8:00 pm
Photo by Yvonne Bambrick 35 years and 9 albums later, The Shuffle Demons are still going strong! Talking about energy-don’t miss this concert! The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene with an electrifying musical fusion that drew in equal measure from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. The …
Denise Pelley “Women in Jazz Series” sponsored by DIVA International
8:00 pm
Denise Pelley 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 …
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Elmer Ferrer
8:00 pm
Elmer Ferrer is a Cuban-Canadian multi-awarded guitarist, music composer, producer and session musician, known for exceptional guitar and musicianship skills as one of the strongest voices in modern guitar music, as much as for being one of the most versatile and prolific session musicians ever from the legendary high-quality music producing island. Born in 1973 in …
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Matt Rait
8:00 pm
Matthew Rait completed a Ph.D in musicology in 2019. Matthew has extensive performance and research experience in the study of Jazz and popular music and has completed his dissertation entitled “The Music of Sting”. He has had the opportunity to interview prominent artists such as Sting, Branford Marsalis, Rob Mathes, Laila Biali, and Jason Rebello throughout …
Free Spirits “Women in Jazz Series” sponsored by DIVA International
8:00 pm
FREE SPIRITS, a new quintet led by pianist TERI PARKER, features some of Canada’s top young musicians. The group was formed in the Spring of 2019 to celebrate the music of Geri Allen (1957-2017) and Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981).  Parker, a longtime fan of both musicians, first put the project together for a multi-night residency at Toronto’s Rex Jazz & …
Carey West “Women in Jazz Series” sponsored by DIVA International
8:00 pm
Carey West is a dynamic vocalist who has lent her talents to several collaborations.  She has built a reputation energetic and heartfelt performances whether leading her Jazz ensemble “Carey West and The Millionaires”, fronting Carribean Funk group “The Liquidaires” or easing in with alt-bluegrass group “The Jeremiahs”. Her exploits have led to many high profile performances including a …
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Andy Milne & UNISON
8:00 pm
For 30 years, award-winning pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. With UNISON, enriched with creative insights from his multiple projects, Milne returns to his first love, exploring the intimacy of the piano trio. The synchronistic relationship Milne has …
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jakob Durst Quartet
8:00 pm
Jakob Durst is an exciting and engaging young musician on the Ontario jazz scene. A Guelph native, Jakob currently attends Centennial CVI, where he participates in a diverse range of ensembles and extracurriculars. In addition to leading his own bands, Jakob has also had the pleasure of playing with various ensembles such as the Hamilton …

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