Mar.11: Generation NOW with Petr Cancura @ Chalmers

Sunday, March 11
2pm
Chalmers United Church
$20 general admission
free for students with valid ID

The creative drive that spawns unique musical voices are the lifeblood of the Canadian Jazz Scene! Generation NOW features some of today’s most important Canadian jazz musicians. This group is carefully assembled to create a band that will not only relish in great time feel, but give you, the listener, a canvas of true original canadian musical personalities. Stacked with seasoned, award winning composers and brilliant performers, Generation NOW is a snapshot of a once in a lifetime event featuring:

  • Petr Cancura – woodwinds
  • Michael Blake – woodwinds
  • Rebecca Hennessy – trumpet
  • Marianne Trudel – piano
  • Rémi-Jean LeBlanc – bass
  • Greg Ritchie – drums.

Jan.21: Hannah Barstow Quartet @ Chalmers

Sunday, January 21
2pm
Chalmers United Church (side entrance)
$20 general admission
students free (with valid ID)

  • Hannah Barstow – piano/voice
  • Mike Murley – sax
  • Steve Wallace – bass
  • Keith Barstow – drums

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Hannah Barstow (b. 1994) is an up-and-coming performer and composer in the Toronto music scene. Originally from Napanee, Ontario, she began studying piano at the age of four, and started singing and playing professionally at the age of twelve. In June of 2012, Hannah received an ARCT in piano performance with first class honours. In August of that year, she won first place in the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations Music Writing Competition, for her piano suite entitled A Day. Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance on piano with honours.

While at U of T, Hannah received a number of awards, including the Albert and Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship in Music (2012-2016), the U of T Jazz Arranging Prize (2015), and the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance as part of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grant program (2015). Hannah has studied with some of Toronto’s leading musicians, including U of T faculty Mike Murley, Christine Duncan, Terry Promane and Chris Donnelly. Before university, she studied with Mark Eisenman and Kingston-based composer Martha Hill Duncan.

Hannah is involved in a number of groups of varying styles, including her jazz trio, which has regularly performed at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar since June of 2015, and they were featured as the student performers at the Ken Page Memorial Trust Fundraising Gala in October of 2015. She has also led groups at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival for the past nine years, including the summer of 2016 when she was featured as the Rising Young Star. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by the U of T Jazz Orchestra and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Dec.10: The Woodhouse with Barbra Lica @ Chalmers

Sunday, December 10
2pm
Chalmers United Church (side entrance)
$20 general admission
students free (with valid ID)

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  • Barbra Lica (vox)
  • Matt Giffin (piano)
  • S​ø​ren Nissen (bass)
  • Will Fisher (drums)
  • Nevin Dunn (sax)
  • James Ervin (trumpet)

With over 10 years of sold-out shows throughout Canada, The Woodhouse amazes audiences with their unique arrangements of holiday classics mixed with jazz and pop. Described as a “little big band” with their quintet plus vocals configuration, they have received regular rotation on CBC Radio and Jazz.FM91, as well as featured performances on CTV Atlantic News and CP24 to name a few.

Their debut album, Home for Christmas, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and features Order of Canada recipient Don Thompson on vibraphone as well as Nova Scotia vocalist Jennah Barry ​(Ron Sexsmith, Rose Cousins, David Myles) who was featured on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.

This year, The Woodhouse will be once again be collaborating with Juno nominated vocalist Barbra Lica​, who was named one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz Singers by the CBC. After a string of successful shows together in 2015 and 2016, The Woodhouse is excited to be hitting the road with all-new songs and arrangements.

Oct.29: Mike Murley Trio @ Chalmers United

Sunday, October 29th
2pm
Chalmers United Church
$20

Formed in 1998, Murley’s original trio featured Ed Bickert (guitar) and Steve Wallace (bass). In 2000, this group released “Live at the Senator”, winning that year’s Juno Award for best mainstream jazz album.  Bickert retired from playing professionally shortly after this but in Nov 2012 a recording of the trio’s previously unissued material, “Test of Time”, was released and promptly produced another Juno.  These recordings are certainly made significant by the fact that they represent the final two contributions to the legendary guitarist’s rich discography.

Murley’s current trio, which now features Reg Schwager (guitar) continues this tradition of intimate, lyrical explorations of jazz standards.  Often Guido Basso (trumpet/flugelhorn) joins the trio as a special guest. His incomparable musicality is always welcome and the addition of his voice lends the group a unique and truly special dynamic.  With Basso as a guest the group has made two tours of Mexico including an extensive trip as featured artists at Festival Internacional Cervantinoin 2007.

Oct.10: House Concert with Ethan Ardelli Quartet

Tuesday, Oct.10
68 Centre Street
Kingston, ON
$20 (+ service fee) general admission

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Please note, there is limited seating available; please purchase tickets online to ensure a space. There may be a couple more seats available at the door but no guarantees.

Wine and cheese are included with entry.

About

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a freelancing drummer on the Toronto jazz scene. Since graduating from the University of Toronto in 2006, Ethan has had the good fortune of working with such artists as Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz and Mulgrew Miller​​. Ethan has played on two Juno award winning albums (Jane Bunnett’s “Radio Guantanamo” and Mike Downes’ “Ripple Effect”). As well as leading his own group Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Quintet, Nancy Walker Quintet, Mike Downes’ Trio, Brian Dickinson Trio, Harley Card Quintet and William Carn’s “Run Stop Run”.

Ethan Ardelli – drums
Luis Deniz – alto sax
Chris Donnely – piano
Devon Henderson – bass

Sep.9: Gordon Webster and Friends @ Sydenham Street United

Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire)
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Dinner and concert: $40
Concert only: $20.

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. On Saturday, September 9th, he’ll be performing with musician friends at Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire), at a fund raising concert in support of the accessibility renovations that are taking place in the building.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., and is preceded by a roast beef dinner. Tickets for dinner and concert are $40 each; for the concert only the price is $20. Tickets are available from the office at 82 Sydenham Street, and from Brian’s Record Option.

Jun.29: Michael Blake and Red Hook Soul @ Wolfe Island Grill

Thusday, June 29
8pm
Wolfe Island Grill
$15 at door / $10 advance

  • MB (sax)
  • Tony Scherr (guitar)
  • Avi Bortnick (guitar)
  • Rob Jost (bass)
  • Moses Patrou (percussion)
  • Tony Mason (drums)

Red Hook sits on the southern end of Brooklyn. Just a short ride from Manhattan, it has a rich history and a gritty past having been a major player in the bustling days of NYC’s harbor. It was the centerpiece in Eli Kazan’s film On the Waterfront. There’s a funky sea fare vibe there and in some areas it’s still an active port. You’ll find rusted out ships sitting next to the water taxi stands that shunt shoppers to and from popular consumer warehouses There are loads of low-rise buildings so the light spreads over the flat lands and you can see the skyline of lower Manhattan and the harbor from many vantage points. Cut off from neighbors by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (one of the most devastating urban projects in NYC history) it is tied together by a strong community driven housing project and a random mash up of residential and industrial buildings that somehow all seem to get along. I used to jog down the long pier on Columbia Street where impounded vehicles are held and I’ll always remember stopping in my tracks one day because I came upon the emergency vehicles that were towed there after 9/11. Most people will remember seeing residents waste deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Sandy pummeled it in 2012. But New Yorkers find a way to rise above adversity and Red Hook is no different. From gentrification the landscape has changed a lot but ‘old’ Red Hook is still evident – especially at places like Sunny’s – a long-standing former speakeasy where this band played its first gig. There is a lot of community spirit in this music; built on the same kind of familiarity and roughneck Brooklyn character as the neighborhood it is a tribute to.

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Jun 25: Porch Jazz Parade @ SPAF

Sunday, June 25th
12pm-4pm
Around McBurney Park
Free!

The Porch Jazz Parade offers a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for half-hour concerts along the way. Dance in the streets or bring a portable lawn chair and relax. The 2017 Porch Jazz Parade will be led by Spencer Evan’s Goat Steppers Parade Band, along with animating performances from Birdbone Theatre.

Porch Jazz Bands

  • Parade Band: Spencer Evan’s Goat Steppers
  • 12pm: Swamp Ward Orchestra @ Mulberry School #25 Markland Street / John Street side Playground
  • 12:45pm: Son Latino @ Barrie Street & Plum Street
  • 1:30pm: Kitchen Gypsies @ Barrie/Raglan Road w/ special guest Brant Peppley
  • 2:15pm: Chris Alfano @ Redan Street
  • 3pm: Georgette Fry @ Skeleton Park Main Stage

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