August 15: Justin Grounds and Conrad Good at The Mainstreet Market

This just in from Tim at the Mainstreet Market:


Irish-based violinist and ‘electro-acoustic visionary’ Justin Grounds returns to Canada this summer to team up with Canadian double-bass virtuoso Conrad Good in a unique collaboration of Baroque Violin, Double-Bass, Electronics and live visuals.Drawing on his past work as a Baroque violinist, electronic producer and jazz improviser, Grounds will perform some of his own solo violin and laptop pieces, and then be joined by Good in performances reinterpreting music from the early baroque to jazz with some unique modern pieces.

The show will be at 7pm on Friday August 15 at 126 York Street.

June 20th: Music and a Show

KJS Annual General Meeting today at Le Chien Noir

The Kingston Jazz Society will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday June 29, 2014 at 11:30am at Le Chien Noir (69 Brock Street.) Please join us to discuss the future direction of the Kingston Jazz Society.

In particular, the AGM would be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to discuss their role within the organization. This year, we are looking for volunteers to help out with our social media and on-line presence.

We chose Le Chien Noir as our meeting place because Sundays at noon you can catch The Chien Noir All Stars (Jon Stewart, Zak Colbert and friends) on their patio. It’s the perfect way to wind down from our Jazz in June programming with the Skeleton Park Arts Fest.

Full Jazz in June Line-up

Jazz in June with the SPAF: Davies Lounge Concerts June 26 and 27

Complimenting France’s Kandinsky Effect and Toronto’s Heillig Manoeuvre, top Kingston talent will be taking to the Davies Lounge at 7pm on June 26th and 27th for what promises to be outstanding free jazz!



June 26 | 7pm
The Davies Lounge, Grand Theatre

Lightbox plays original music and unique arrangements of jazz standards and lesser-known works. The recently-formed group consists of:

Rich Bannard – drums
Paul Clifford – bass
Cam Schaefer – keyboards
James Wannamaker – saxophones


 Catch Lightbox on June 26 at 7pm  for a free concert in The Davies Lounge presented by the Kingston Jazz Society as a part of the Skeleton Part Arts Festival.


Inside Out

June 27 | 7pm
The Davies Lounge, Grand Theatre

Inside Out is the brainchild of Benji Perosin (trumpet) and Jonathan Stewart (saxophones), with Mike Perlin (bass) and Rob Radford (drums). The group perfoms a mix of original music while examining the line between the melodic “straigh-ahead” music of Duke Ellington, and freer music of the likes of Ornet Coleman. The chord-less format of the band allows the horns much freedom in interpreting harmony and form, and there is much group improvisation.

Catch Inside Out on June 27 at 7pm and 9:30pm for a free concert in The Davies Lounge presented by the Kingston Jazz Society as a part of the Skeleton Part Arts Festival.


Jazz in June with the SPAF: The Heillig Manoeuvre June 27

What is a Heillig Manoeuvre?

A vehicle for sharing music that is both challenging and satisfying, without intimidating its audience … contemporary jazz from a songbook, not a doctoral thesis.

“As a composer, I set the starting points for our musical adventures. Then they come to life in the hands of these, my favourite companions. As a bassist, I am influenced greatly by the conversations we create together, and I play my best when in their company.”
Henry Heillig

Bassist Henry Heillig is best know for his 30+ year stint as musical director of Manteca. The Heillig Manoeuvre is a quartet founded by bassist Henry Heillig in 1998 with the intention of performing and recording Heillig’s original jazz compositions. He describes the bands repertoire as more songbook than doctoral thesis.

Alison Young – Saxophone
Stacie McGregor – Keyboards
Charlie Cooley – Drums
Henry Heillig – Bass



Sound like something you’d be interested in?
You can see them at this year’s Skeleton Park Arts Festival on June 27th 2014.
Until then, listen to their music:

Presneted by the Kingston Jazz SocietyPresented by the Kingston Jazz Society as a part of the Skeleton Part Arts Festival, you can catch The Heillig Manoeuvre on June 27 at 8pm in The Baby Grand.
Tickets will be available at The Grand Theatre box office.

The Kandinsky Effect

Jazz in June with the SPAF: The Kandinsky Effect June 26

The Kandinsky Effect is a post-modern jazz Trio searching for new ways to improvise within the jazz idiom by blending the borders of jazz, rock, electronica, hip-hop, and experimental sounds to create a truly singular voice within instrumental music. Improvisation is ever-present, and spontaneity is paramount.

The band, born in Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, has been touring extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe over the last few years building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

The Kandinsky Effect


The Kandinsky Effect, no strangers to Kingston, are touring after releasing their second album, Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay. The Kandinsky Effect are:

  • Warren Walker – Saxophone/Electronics
  • Gael Petrina – Double Bass
  • Caleb Dollister – Drums

Presented by the Kingston Jazz SocietyThe 8PM concert at The Baby Grand is presented by the Kingston Jazz Society as a part of the Skeleton Part Arts Festival on June 26, 2014.

Tickets will be available at The Grand Theatre box office.

“Synesthesia is an inventive album, a rare example of acoustic and electronic sounds. The Kandinsky Effect manages this tricky combination with confidence, crafting music that stimulates the brain and the dancing shoes simultaneously.” -

“Surging forward with fierceness, groove and trickiness, Synesthesia is a mind-bending, eclectic and challenging sonic stream that doesn’t contain even a shred of pretentiousness, but is full of creativity, individuality, expressivity and outside of the box thinking. An ambitious album that will appeal to fans of Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.” - Igloo Magazine

“The young Paris-based trio, The Kandinsky Effect, led by American-born saxophonist Warren Walker offers an invigorating take on modern jazz and improvisation.” - The L.A. Times

Chantal Thompson

Jazz in June with the SPAF: Chantal Thompson June 24 at noon!

Chantal Thompson is a local jazz and multidisciplinary artist who just moved back to town from NYC, where she recorded her first solo jazz CD with some great players from New York and Kingston. Chantal toured around previously with other bands such as Directions a seven piece fusion band playing the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Jazz Café in London England and was remixed by numerous international DJ’s. On her latest CD Sirens & Stars, Chantal re- imagines beautiful soulful standards and originals in the cool jazz genre, with a bluesy introspection. “People have described the record as having a cinematic quality and this is something I am definitely interested in exploring.” To sum it up, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday and Ornette Coleman.



See Chantel at this year’s Skeleton Park Arts Festival June 24th 2014.

Music in The Park Presents: Chantel Thompson
12pm at Confederation Park, in front of City Hall

Skeleton Park Arts Fest: Click for all jazz events!

Jazz in June with the SPAF: Free Jazz and World Music in Skeleton Park June 21

As you know, for 2014, the Kingston Jazz Society has partnered with the Skeleton Park Arts Festival to bring you an expanded and amazing line-up of jazz in June as a part of their ten day multi-disciplinary festival.

As is now a great tradition, Porch Jazz (starting at noon at The Mansion) will conclude at the main stage of Skeleton Park smack in the middle of their outstanding programming. The timing will be fantastic, with Maylee Todd with Jonathan Stewart on stage as the parade arrives, and the Woodshed Orchestra taking things over at 5pm.

If Porch Jazz and the main SPAF stage still isn’t enough for you, we’re sure you’ll love the Festival After Parties starting at 10pm at the Sleepless Goat Cafe 91 Princess St. Featuring The Heavyweights Brass Band, and The Ventanas at The Toucan Irish Pub 76 Princess St. Featuring The Mackenzie Rythm Section and Afterfunk.

For more information, see the 2014 schedule and artist line-up.


Porch Jazz 2014

Jazz in June with the SPAF: Porch Jazz June 21 at Noon

Saturday June 21, 2014 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Kingston Jazz Society Presents: Porch Jazz Parade

Starting at The Mansion Bar & Restaurant, and making it’s way down Chatham & York St to the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, the fourth annual Porch Jazz Parade offers a series of performances by many of Kingston’s top jazz performers.

Porch Jazz is a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts along the way. Let the sounds of The Heavyweights Brass Band and The Woodshed Orchestra lead you along the parade route, and feel free to bring an instrument and join in the joyful noise. At each location, local jazz ensembles will play a half-hour set—dance in the streets or bring a portable lawn chair and relax. Kid- and family-friendly!


12:00pm The Mansion Bar 506 Princess St: The Hannah Barstow Group
1:00pm 387 Alfred Street: The Pram Trio
1:30pm 128 Chatham St: Jonathan “Bunny” Stewart
2:30pm 126 York St: The Ventanas
3:00pm 104 York St: The Skeleton Bones
3:30pm 52 York St: Blue Swing Jazz
4:00pm Porch Jazz Parade ends at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival

Kingston Porch Jazz

2013 Porch Jazz, part of the 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

Porch Jazz: 2012 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

Full Jazz in June Line-up

Jazz in June with the SPAF: Restaurant Jazz

Stop in at one of Kingston’s fabulous restaurants from 6-9pm for live local jazz during the Kingston Jazz Festival. Enjoy a drink and a meal before the show and the smooth sounds of our amazing local performers. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the restaurant directly.

  • Friday June 20th
    6pm-9pm Monte’s (Tir nan Og) 200 Ontario St.
    Featuring Craig Jones and Friends
  • Sunday June 22nd
    Noon Time Brunch at Le Chien Noir 69 Brock St.
    with The Chien Noir All Stars
  • Tuesday June 24th
    Restaurant Jazz by Spencer Evans
    6pm-9pm at Olivea 39 Brock St.
  • Thursday June 26th
    Restaurant Jazz by Dave Barton and Friends
    6pm-9pm at Olivea 39 Brock St.
  • Friday June 27th
    6pm-9pm at Monte’s 200 Ontario St.
    Featuring Craig Jones and Friends
  • Sunday June 29th
    with The Chien Noir All Stars
    at Le Chien Noir 69 Brock St.

Tir Nan Og


Spencer Evans

Spencer Evans was born in Picton, grew up around the Quinte area, and graduated from B.C.I.

Spencer plays piano, clarinet, accordion, sings, dances, prances and has been a professional musician for the past 15 years. He has played Bermuda to Bosnia, New Orleans to the North Pole, and has recorded and toured with The Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and Pat Temple, and has performed with Jeff Healey, Dan Aykroyd, Willie P. Bennett, Jack Mahieu, Alex Pangman, Maria Muldaur, and Toronto’s Swing Gang, among countless others.

Spencer has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, MUCHmusic and CMT.

A resident of Kingston for several years, Spencer keeps busy playing with numerous local bands such as Bloom, Pico de Gallo, Ghetto Xpress, The River Cats and various jazzy combos.


Catch Spencer on June 24th 2014.
6pm – 9pm at Olivea 39 Brock St.

Dave Barton

Dave has studied classical guitar, composition and education at Queen’s University and has to studied jazz as a lifelong vocation. Dave taught high school band and guitar classes, and was also a guidance counsellor and special education teacher.

Dave is a busy performer, composer, teacher (currently teaching in the St. Lawrence College Music and Digital Media program) and arranger. Dave has performed live in all venues: jazz clubs, musical theatre, recordings, concerts.

Dave is currently performing in a duo format with his son Paul, with the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective, and various club dates around Kingston.

Dave has played in professional pit orchestras for the following musicals: Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Evita, Hair, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof (with mandolin), The Buddy Holly Story, Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Gypsy, Anne of Green Gables

Dave has been musical director for: Working, Godspell, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors.


Catch Dave Barton and Friends June 26th

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