Sun Jan 25: Taylor Donaldson Live @ Your Library

Taylor Donaldson – Trombone
Jonathan Stewart – Saxophones
Mike Bjella – Saxophones
Alex Truelove – Trombone
Andrew Boudreau – Piano
Paul Clifford – Bass
Greg Runions – Drums

Kingston native Taylor Donaldson is a trombonist, composer and arranger living in Montreal, having completed his Master of Music degree from McGill’s Schulich School of Music in 2011. He is an active performer and writer for a variety of ensembles including his own jazz, big band, trombone, and classical chamber ensembles, and has written arrangements for Joe Lovano with the McGill Jazz Orchestra. As a performer, Taylor has appeared with Tim Hagans, Quinsin Nachof, David Braid, Carol Welsman, The Joe Sullivan Big Band, The Greg Runions Big Band, and was the Principal Trombonist of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. He has performed internationally throughout Europe and Asia, most recently in Normandy, to perform for the June 6th Juno Beach Memorial service.

For this concert, Taylor will present many of his own original compositions and arrangements featuring musicians invited from Montreal and Toronto, along with Kingston players.

Tickets for this concert are available at the door and through TicketScene.

Rich Bannard/Jon Stewart duo concerts Tuesdays at Musiikki Cafe

Rich Bannard and Jon Stewart will be performing what promises to be a stellar duo show Tuesday nights in January at the Musiikki Cafe (73 Brock Street). The performances are planned to be in preparation for a recording slated for February. So as not to conflict with the long-standing jazz night at Olivea’s down the street, they plan to start a little later than usual, between 8:30 and 9.

Cover will be Pay What You Can, and the proceeds will go to cover recording costs.

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 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.

Nov 29: Big Phat Horn Band at the RCHA

Need a reason to attend the Nov. 29 show of The Big Phat Horn Band at the RCHA? Here’s a few:
1. Free swing dance lessons provided by Tammy Swings at 8pm.
2. Door prize draw.
3. A performance by Special Guest Vocalist; Julia Moore.
4. New songs every month.
5. A rhythm section like no other featuring Mike Sakell, Dave Barton and Sylvain Gagnon.
6. SIX…SIX hard driving horns in the band.
7. Vocals by Kingston’s own famed Michael K. Myers.
8. It will be their last RCHA show until January 2015.

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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

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:
http://aldomusica.com/
http://havana-cultura.com/en/music/carlos-varela

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.

 

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