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Stephen Zurakowsky finds his groove for jazz-classical-contemporary fusion

By Terry Pender WATERLOO ON., Nov. 14, 2014 —  After celebrating his 50th birthday this past summer Stephen Zurakowsky found a new sound he will share at The Jazz Room on Friday. Nov. 21. The veteran classical-jazz guitarist and composer has a special night of live music planned.  It features 10 funky-jazz compositions he …

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Three Views of a Secret – Lead Sheet

Welcome to the Jazz Room

Hey music fans!  Welcome to the Jazz Room! We’re a great music venue in UpTown Waterloo.  We have killer jazz groups playing here every Friday and Saturday night during Jazz Season (which runs September through June)!  These groups come from KW, across Canada and around the world, to play at what has been called Ontario’s best jazz club! …

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Friday, Mar 22 – Randy Lyght

The smooth and smokey voice of renowned jazz vocalist Randy Lyght returns by popular demand to the jazz room! “… just a load of talent and a brilliant sense of the feel of the song.” – Fluently surfacing the deep bass in standards of the 40’s to the 60’s, his engaging presence is Steppin’ …

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Saturday, Mar 16 – Alex Dean Quintet

Alex Dean is known throughout Canada as a highly versatile jazz artist, composer/arranger, musical director, and classical saxophonist. Alex held the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and the Juno award winning Rob McConnell Tentet producing recordings such as Touch of your Lips. The Alex Dean Quintet is a high …

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Saturday, Jan 5 – Dave Young Quartet with John Tank

Simply among the finest jazz bassists anywhere, Dave Young is as close as we can get to jazz royalty—both in Canada and abroad.     “To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in …

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Saturday, Dec 15 – Reg Schwager Trio

Reg Schwager has become one of the hottest of rising Canadian musicians. “Schwager’s solos sprout like vines in the jungle, tangled and tough, and winding through everything. His fluency and jazz literacy are encyclopedic. And his tasteful elaborations of the changes seem to end all too soon.” – Halifax Chronicle Reg’s new releases include his …

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End of the World is Coming

New Year’s Eve with the Rebecca Binnendyk Quintet

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Friday, Jan 4 – Tim Louis Quartet

Tim Louis‘ sensitive vocal lead is reminiscent of Nat King Cole, and his beguiling phrasing on keyboard rings through in this performance of All Because Of You. Known for his interpretations of a broad range of styles through a jazz filter, his recent release Snowflakes in Bloom offers touches from Latin to swing. Tim Louis …

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