Mar.8: Experimental Music @ St Mark’s

Thursday, March 8
St Mark’s Lutheran Church
PWYC / Suggested $10 minimum / No one turned away!

Tone Deaf presents a wonderful duo and trio of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel, who will also play together as a quintet in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a longtime leading figure in Canada’s creative music community.

A celebrated international figure in American jazz and experimental music (“rugged and scintillating,” New York Times), Jason Robinson has teamed with acclaimed guitarist Eric Hofbauer (“a significant force in Boston’s improvised-music scene,” Stereophile) to perform and record a collection of sophisticated and virtuosic original music for guitar and tenor saxophone that Aldcroft and Robinson worked closely to develop through numerous performances over seven years throughout Canada and the U.S. “Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late,” a title drawn from an Aldcroft composition, is a celebration of Aldcroft’s music for saxophone and guitar and a culmination of the project the two began together.

Riding shotgun is Canadian trio, Mars People—which also draws its name from an Aldcroft composition. Trumpeter Emily Denison, acoustic guitarist Daniel Kruger, and drummer Joe Sorbara—all long-time Aldcroft friends and collaborators—will perform “Music By & For Ken Aldcroft” as an extension of an ongoing series in celebration of Ken’s life and music that takes place monthly at The TRANZAC, the de facto home for Toronto’s creative music scene for many years.

Of course, once five creative souls begin talking about spending time together, those souls can hardly resist imagining the possibilities inherent in making music as a quintet. We all look forward to hearing where that journey will take us as well.

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Apr.8: Rich Bannard Trio @ Chalmers

Sunday, April 8
2pm
Chalmers United Church
$20 general admission
free for students (with valid ID)

  • Rich Bannard-drums
  • Paul Morrison – piano
  • Paul Clifford – bass

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Ottawa born drummer Rich Bannard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University before moving to Toronto in 1979 where he studied with Jim Blackley, and subsequently Andrew Cyrille. Over the next ten years he performed extensively with Rainer Wiens’ Silk Stockings, the Bill Smith Ensemble, the Fred Stone Orchestra, and Lisle Ellis, appearing at the Toronto and Vancouver jazz festivals.

He performed with international musicians Roscoe Mitchell, Joe McPhee, Vinny Golia, and John Tchicai before returning to Kingston in 1990. There have since been opportunities to tour Czechoslovakia with Sound Image Theatre as well as Western Canada with the ReFrayne Quintet. He is currently a member of The Jive Ass Slippers, recently interpreting the music of Charles Mingus.

I feel fortunate to be able to play with great musicans in Kingston, and we have a very supportive audience for our music. Many thanks

 

Mar.11: Generation NOW with Petr Cancura @ Chalmers

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

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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.

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