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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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Sep
25
Fri
2020
Olivier Babaz Trio (Montreal) 7:30-8:30 PM Set
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

olivier babaz

 

A sought-after bass player and composer, Olivier Babaz multiplies artistic projects and collaborations. He accompanies numerous artists and takes part in various bands. Born and raised in Paris, he lived and built his musical path mainly in France, the Netherlands and on Reunion Island. He established himself in Montreal in 2010. After “La Lune de Kala”, Akoz Duo’s disc, “Midnight Cafeine” , “Virages” and “Odd Light”, Olivier presents his fifth album as a leader, ”Fragments”, which features compositions that meander between modern jazz and acoustic rock, incorporating surprising elements of Reunion Island rhythms and contemporary music. Babaz has been developing an intriguing interplay of Kalimba and acoustic bass, opening a panoply polyrythmic possibilities and exploring the unique texture created by these two instruments. He is one of the official tutors and instructors at discoverdoublebass.com and holds masterclasses and clinics. In 2019, he officially launched “Midnight Cafeine Music” in order to coordinate creative projects in Montreal, Paris and on Reunion Island.

Mark Nelson-drums ,

Nic Ferron-guitar

Olivier Babaz-Bass & Composition

 

Check out:

C.lymao

Stairway to Heaven

Olivier Babaz Trio (Montreal) 9:30-10:30 PM Set
Sep 25 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

olivier babaz

A sought-after bass player and composer, Olivier Babaz multiplies artistic projects and collaborations. He accompanies numerous artists and takes part in various bands. Born and raised in Paris, he lived and built his musical path mainly in France, the Netherlands and on Reunion Island. He established himself in Montreal in 2010. After “La Lune de Kala”, Akoz Duo’s disc, “Midnight Cafeine” , “Virages” and “Odd Light”, Olivier presents his fifth album as a leader, ”Fragments”, which features compositions that meander between modern jazz and acoustic rock, incorporating surprising elements of Reunion Island rhythms and contemporary music. Babaz has been developing an intriguing interplay of Kalimba and acoustic bass, opening a panoply polyrythmic possibilities and exploring the unique texture created by these two instruments. He is one of the official tutors and instructors at discoverdoublebass.com and holds masterclasses and clinics. In 2019, he officially launched “Midnight Cafeine Music” in order to coordinate creative projects in Montreal, Paris and on Reunion Island.

Mark Nelson-drums ,

Nic Ferron-guitar

Olivier Babaz-Bass & Composition

 

Check out:   

C.lymao

Stairway to Heaven

Sep
26
Sat
2020
Denzal Sinclaire 7:30-8:30 PM Set
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This show will be repeated (7:30 set and 9:30 set will be the same music–at least somewhat!)

Denzal Sinclaire is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation.  From the moment he steps on stage, he seems to naturally and effortlessly evoke a profound emotional interaction with his audience, touching the listener with his passionate and sincere delivery and the purity of the message in every song he sings.

He has graced the stages of numerous concert halls and festivals around the world, and performed with renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, The Count Basie Orchestra, and the WDR Big Band.

Denzal Sinclaire – piano, vocals, acoustic guitar, melodica
Devon Henderson – acoustic bass
Davide DiRenzo – drums
Nick Tateishi – electric guitar

Check out: “Treat me good”

 

Denzal Sinclaire 9:30-10:30 PM Set
Sep 26 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This show will be repeated (7:30 set and 9:30 set will be the same music–at least somewhat!)

Denzal Sinclaire is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation.  From the moment he steps on stage, he seems to naturally and effortlessly evoke a profound emotional interaction with his audience, touching the listener with his passionate and sincere delivery and the purity of the message in every song he sings.

He has graced the stages of numerous concert halls and festivals around the world, and performed with renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, The Count Basie Orchestra, and the WDR Big Band.

Denzal Sinclaire – piano, vocals, acoustic guitar, melodica
Devon Henderson – acoustic bass
Davide DiRenzo – drums
Nick Tateishi – electric guitar

Check out: “Treat me good”

Oct
2
Fri
2020
Dave Hjin Trio and Friends 7:30-8:30 PM Set
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This show will be repeated (7:30 set and 9:30 set will be the same music–at least somewhat!)

Dave Hjin is a 19-year old guitar player and singer-songwriter with a jazz background. He has released a solo album and is continuing his artistic efforts in many directions such as arranging and producing.

Although rock music is his predominant direction, he still very much loves to play in any kind of genre or style that is accessible to him. He’s played for local artists such as Big Band Theory, Tim Moher and David Alexander while continuing his solo efforts.

Dave studies at Humber College’s music program.

Dave Hjin Trio and Friends 9:30-10:30 PM Set
Oct 2 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This show will be repeated (7:30 set and 9:30 set will be the same music–at least somewhat!)

Dave Hjin is a 19-year old guitar player and singer-songwriter with a jazz background. He has released a solo album and is continuing his artistic efforts in many directions such as arranging and producing.

Although rock music is his predominant direction, he still very much loves to play in any kind of genre or style that is accessible to him. He’s played for local artists such as Big Band Theory, Tim Moher and David Alexander while continuing his solo efforts.

Dave studies at Humber College’s music program.

Oct
3
Sat
2020
Sarah Thawer 7:30-8:30 PM Set
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Sarah Thawer is a JUNO-Award nominated drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5. She is currently touring, recording and performing with international artists playing a wide range of genres from Jazz and Fusion all the way to Indian, Latin, funk, R&B and Hip Hop.

Sarah is a self-taught drummer and later decided to study Jazz and world music at York University. She was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

Sarah has shared the stage and played with various artists including: George Watsky, AR Rahman, Mark Lettieri, Sekou Bunch, Jane Bunnett, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Gabriel Palatchi, Del Hartley, Charlotte Day Wilson, Osman Mir, Ruth B., Vijay Prakash, Benny Dayal, Jon Batiste at NPR’s Tiny Desk, Tegan and Sara on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Robert Sput Searight and Ghost Note to name a few.

Sarah endorses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Sunhouse/Sensory Percussion, 64 Audio, Gruv Gear and ProLogix Percussion.

Sarah Thawer 9:30-10:30 PM Set
Oct 3 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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Sarah Thawer is a JUNO-Award nominated drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5. She is currently touring, recording and performing with international artists playing a wide range of genres from Jazz and Fusion all the way to Indian, Latin, funk, R&B and Hip Hop.

Sarah is a self-taught drummer and later decided to study Jazz and world music at York University. She was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

Sarah has shared the stage and played with various artists including: George Watsky, AR Rahman, Mark Lettieri, Sekou Bunch, Jane Bunnett, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Gabriel Palatchi, Del Hartley, Charlotte Day Wilson, Osman Mir, Ruth B., Vijay Prakash, Benny Dayal, Jon Batiste at NPR’s Tiny Desk, Tegan and Sara on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Robert Sput Searight and Ghost Note to name a few.

Sarah endorses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Sunhouse/Sensory Percussion, 64 Audio, Gruv Gear and ProLogix Percussion.

Oct
9
Fri
2020
New Vibes Quartet 7:30-8:30 PM Set
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 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 now features Dan (bass), John Zadro (piano), Jay Boehmer (drums) and usually Jerzy Kaplanek (violin) who augments the group when they can play as a quintet. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, New Vibes will be in a quartet format at the Jazz Room. Not a gig goes by when Andy and Dan don’t remember Tom (2019) and Gary (2018) and they play with gratitude for their special presence in their music and lives. 

The group interprets jazz standards with a polished sound and fluid improvisation. Their two percussionists provide an extensive range of rhythmic expression. The group has often collaborated with other musicians including the Breigthaupt Brothers (N.Y.C. and L.A.), the Penderecki String Quartet, Joni NehRita, Derek Hines, and many others.

NVJQ now also features a number of original compositions by members of the group as they begin to prepare for a new recording in the future.

John Zadro, piano

Greg Prior, bass

Jay Boehmer, drums

Andy Macpherson, vibes and percussion

Check Out:

“Jazz Promo”

MP3 audio of West Tracks Runnin’ (by John Zadro)  Sound recording: Jeremy Bernard,February, 2020

 

New Vibes Quartet 9:30-10:30 PM Set
Oct 9 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 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 now features Dan (bass), John Zadro (piano), Jay Boehmer (drums) and usually Jerzy Kaplanek (violin) who augments the group when they can play as a quintet. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, New Vibes will be in a quartet format at the Jazz Room. Not a gig goes by when Andy and Dan don’t remember Tom (2019) and Gary (2018) and they play with gratitude for their special presence in their music and lives. 

The group interprets jazz standards with a polished sound and fluid improvisation. Their two percussionists provide an extensive range of rhythmic expression. The group has often collaborated with other musicians including the Breigthaupt Brothers (N.Y.C. and L.A.), the Penderecki String Quartet, Joni NehRita, Derek Hines, and many others.

NVJQ now also features a number of original compositions by members of the group as they begin to prepare for a new recording in the future.

John Zadro, piano

Greg Prior, bass

Jay Boehmer, drums

Andy Macpherson, vibes and percussion

Check Out:

“Jazz Promo”

MP3 audio of West Tracks Runnin’ (by John Zadro)  Sound recording: Jeremy Bernard,February, 2020