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Announcing our 2016 Winter Concert Series

We are excited to announce our 2016 Winter Concert Series entitled New Voices In Canadian Jazz. Full details for each concert will follow shortly.

Tickets will be available at the door or through TicketScene.

Admission is $20, $5 for students, and $75 for a series pass

Lineup

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A Sondheim Jazz Project

Sunday, January 17th 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

No stranger to Kingston, Bobby Hsu (alto saxophonist, educator) is a Toronto-based musician, composer, and arranger with  a range of performing and teaching experience. Bobby has recently focused his efforts on A Sondheim Jazz Project, a group that performs modern jazz arrangements of songs by Stephen Sondheim with singer Alex Samaras. The group released their first recording, “City of Strangers,”

…crisp arrangements with plenty of jazz meatiness to them…without overwhelming the Sondheim material at its core…. Samaras is simply a formidable talent with rich timbre, unfettered expressiveness and a broad emotional range.

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

 

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Inside Out – Playing the Music of Ornette Coleman

Sunday, February 7th 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

Inside Out is the brainchild of Benji Perosin (trumpet) and Jonathan Stewart (saxophones), with Paul Clifford (bass) and Rich Bannard (drums). The chord-less format of the band allows the horns much freedom in interpreting harmony and form, and there is much group improvisation.

 

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The Griffith Hiltz trio

Sunday, February 21st 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

Johnny Griffith saxophone
Nathan Hiltz guitar
Sly Juhas drums

GHT begins rooted in tradition and launches into the unexpected appealing to more than just your average jazz listener. They’ve rallied impromptu dance parties with hippies on Salt Spring Island, elated elementary school students and festival audiences from St. John’s to the Yukon. They incorporate influences from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding, from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath, from Webern to Kermit the Frog, blending them seamlessly into a purely enjoyable ride. Prepare yourself for some rock and roll raunch, classic post-bop, and one of the catchiest pop tunes you’ll ever hear.

 

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot

Friday, March 11th 7pm
Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church (263 Victoria St.)
a co-presentation with Tone Deaf

Lina Allemano  trumpet
Ryan Driver  analog synth
Rob Clutton  electric bass
Nick Fraser  drums

Trumpeter Lina Allemano‘s newest Toronto-based project, TITANIUM RIOT, is an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic. Called “uncompromisingly explorative” by Europe’s experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow.

 

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Chantal Thompson

Sunday April 3rd 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

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.


Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of Kingston, The Kingston Arts Council, Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial, and GoSaBe Development and Design

Featured

Weekly Jazz in Kingston

  • Tuesdays at Olivea from 6-9
    Jazz weekly: Tuesday and Friday 6-9
    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 Fridays at Monte’s with Craig Jones and Friends from 6-9
    Join Craig Jones and a host of fellow of Kingston Jazz Musicians every Friday from 6-9. Sit by the fire and enjoy a wonderful evening of music and food.

Dec 5: Craig Pedersen // Mark Molnar // Matt Rogalsky @ Musical Chairs

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Musical Chairs
330 Division St (at York)
Doors at 7, music at 8!
$8 / PWYC

Tone Deaf is happy to present CRAIG PEDERSEN’s
CUT AND GOUGE: solo trumpet tour

There will also be performances by:
MARK MOLNAR – Ottawa cellist, composer
MATT ROGALSKY – Kingston sound artist
(more info coming soon!)

Craig Pedersen is out on his CUT AND GOUGE solo-trumpet cross-Canada CD-release tour. At each stop on the tour, he’ll be joined by some of the musicians he most admires – in this case, Matt Rogalsky and Ottawa’s Mark Molnar. More information about the tour and the new disc at www.craigpedersen.com

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player and experimental musician living in Montréal, Canada. Since 2011, Craig has released nine albums, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Shayna Dulberger, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore). His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.

Dec 11: KJE @ Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
7:30PM
Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive – Kingston
$25 & $20 – Available at the door
Military & Students: $15

Join 19 of Kingston’s finest jazz professionals and music educators for this very special one night performance featuring Swinging BIG BAND and COMBO arrangements of traditional standards as well as timeless Christmas favorites like Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and more.

Information: Call 613-546-9868

Upcoming Shows: McGill Jazz Orchestra // Inside Out

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Tonight! Oct.26th
8pm
KCVI auditorium
FREE!

Come see one of Canada’s premiere university big bands; directed by Joe Sullivan.


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Thursday, Oct.29th
8-11pm
Musikki (73 Brock St.)
PWYC

Inside Out performs a tribute to trumpeter Dave Douglas, featuring music from The Magic Triangle and Leap of Faith

Benji Perosin – trumpet
Jon Stewart – sax
Seamus Cowan – bass
Rob Radford – drums

Oct 22: Artie Roth Quartet @ The Wilson Room

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Thursday, October 22nd
7:30pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – upstairs in The Wilson Room
$15
$10 students

We are happy to present this fall show featuring the Artie Roth Quartet. The group will be featuring music from their latest release Discern.

Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As a leader of his own group, Artie released “Parallels” in 2005, “Currently Experiencing” in 2013, and most recently “Discern” in 2015. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet, Kollage and The Jazz Collective.

More information at artieroth.com

 

Oct 17: The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble Tribute to Dave Brubeck @ The Grand Theatre

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Saturday October 17th
7:30 pm
The Grand Theatre
more information here

Tickets are:
A Section $37.50
B Section $27.50
C Section $19.50
plus HST and handling fee

In 1950-60, very few American jazz artists have had as much influence and were as popular as Dave Brubeck. The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble with special guest pianist François Bourassa are proud to present a brand new production, Tribute to Dave Brubeck, performing the music of Brubeck’s celebrated band, also recognized thanks to the excellent saxophonist Paul Desmond. “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and several other compositions from the album Time Out are included in the program – one of the most famous and best-selling albums in the history of jazz.

Featuring music from his latest CD.

Remi Bolduc, alto saxophone
François Bourassa, piano
Fraser Hollins, bass
Dave Laing, drums

Sep 20: The Greg Runions Septet @ The Isabel

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Sunday, September 20th
7:30pm
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts
The Rehearal Hall
$15

Tickets available at the door or from gregrunions@gmail.com

This should be a good one – the septet featuring some old and new music from Greg Runions and a few works by Canadian master Kenny Wheeler!

  • Dave Barton – guitar
  • Mike Cassells – drums
  • Brian Dickenson – piano
  • John MacLeod – trumpet
  • Artie Roth – bass
  • Greg Runions – vibes
  • Jon Stewart – sax