Boom Crane

Oct 30: Peter Van Huffel’s Boom Crane at The Mansion

BoomCraneIMG_8320Kingston’s Peter Van Huffel returns to The Mansion with his new project, Boom Crane, and will be joined on stage by the Queen’s Jazz Ensemble!

Boom Crane: Peter Van Huffel (sax) / Michael Bates (bass) / Jeff Davis(drums)
Thursday October 30th, 9pm
The Mansion
Tickets $10 ($5 student pricing)

Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. Boom Crane’s rough-and-tumble interplay meets in a place where everything is an option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. A trio of long time musical compatriots who play with intensity and fire; they take the music and manhandle it into unexpected shapes.


What is significant here is Boom Crane’s attitude, which is dutifully backed up by the band’s musicianship. They can navigate the sly time shifts of the swinging compositions “Automatic Vaudeville” and “Boom Crane,” the title track, both drawing from classic jazz but played with the reverence fitting a band of insurgents.

- AllAboutJazz review

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Oct 30: Cuba’s Carlos Varela returns to Kingston

 Thursday October 30th, 7:30pm Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King St W

One of the most popular and provoking singer-songwriters in Cuba, Carlos Varela returns to Kingston for another stellar concert.  Varela, who has performed with Spain’s Joan Serrat, and the Americans Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, received an honorary degree from Queen’s in June, in recognition of his musical talent and the importance of his voice inside and outside Cuba.

Varela will be accompanied by jazz pianist Aldo López Gavilán, termed by Chucho Valdés as “simply a genius” and the London Times as a “formidable virtuoso.”

This concert is in conjunction with the launch of My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela (2014) edited by Maria Caridad Cumana, Karen Dubinsky and Xenia Reloba, published by the University of Toronto Press.

Advance tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, available online or at Novel Idea bookstore located at 156 Princess Street. Tickets also available at the door: $20/ $15 for students.

This concert is organized by the Queen’s University Department of Global Development Studies, with support from the George Taylor Richardson Fund and the Departments of Film and Media Studies, and History.

More information about Carlos Varela and Aldo López Gavilán:

Weekly Jazz in Kingston

  • Tuesdays at Olivea from 6-9
    Paul Clifford Trio
    Live Jazz Weekly.
    Tuesday 6-9 @ Olivea
    Friday 6-9 @ Monte’s

    Each Tuesday evening from 6-9, Olivea restaurant (39 Brock Street) in downtown Kingston hosts live Jazz. See Paul Clifford, Dave Barton, Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio, and more. There is no cover charge and food is top class. Feel free to come for drinks or dessert as well.

  • Jazz at Monte’s with Craig Jones and Friends from 6-9
    October 24 2014: The 20th Century Band @ 6:00 PM. A great union of Kingston Jazz Musicians. Sit by the fire and enjoy a wonderful evening of music and food.

Oliver Jones Trio October 4th at The Grand Theatre!

Jazz legend Oliver Jones will be performing at The Grand Theatre this Saturday October 4th at 7:30pm.  Here are the full details:

Oliver Jones Trio

Oliver Jones’ six-decade musical career has been rich and varied. His classical music education started young, surrounded by talent. Oscar Peterson, who is considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, was an inspiration to Jones. Oscar’s sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeney, became Jones’ first piano teacher. From his teens to his early twenties, Jones could play anything from swing to rock ’n’ roll, although in those days playing jazz was not considered a viable career.Since coming out of retirement, Jones has been nominated for four Juno awards including a win for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year for Second Time Around in 2009.

An award-winning, talented jazz performer, Oliver Jones is one of the greatest Canadian artists around and an absolute must-see in concert.

Tickets: $19.50/$29.50/$39.50 + HST and handling fee.

This show qualifies for IMPACT pricing.



Ventanas play Main Street Market house concert

Following their Porch Jazz show during the 2014 Skeleton Park Arts Fest in conjunction with Kingston Jazz Society, the Ventanas play Main Street Market again Friday October 3rd at 7pm. They also offer guitar, dance and other workshops – watch our Facebook page for more details. Get your tickets here for $9, or at the door for $10-15 sliding scale.



Joe’s M.I.L.L. Presents An Evening with Chuck Rainey, Bass Workshop September 27

Joe’s M.I.L.L. Presents An Evening with Chuck Rainey
One of the best, most experienced and most celebrated bass players in the world is coming to Kingston. Discography includes Steely Dan and Louis Armstrong.  Chuck has played on literally thousands of recordings since the sixties.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see, hear and meet one of the great ones.

7:00 p.m.  Saturday September 27th, 2014
Wilson Room, Kingston Public Library Central Branch, 130 Johnson St
Advance tickets only $20.00
available at Brian’s Record Option 381 Princess St, Tara’s Natural Foods, 81 Princess, or online through Paypal
Tickets $25.00 at the door          


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.

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