Sep.19: Satoko Fujii’s This is It! @ St. Mark’s Church

Wednesday, September 19th
Saint Mark’s Church (263 Victoria Street)
7pm
$15 at the door

  • Natsuki Tamura – trumpet
  • Satoko Fujii – piano
  • Takashi Itani – drums

Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising… Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.

― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“One of the most original pianists in free jazz.”

― Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“She could be the most important creative musician of our time.”

― Michael Nastos, allmusic

In pianist-composer Satoko Fujii’s native Japan, reaching the age of 60 is traditionally so important that there’s a special word for the milestone―kanreki. It’s a moment to remember life’s accomplishments and to put former troubles behind you. The celebrant enters the next stage of life with the all joy and expectations of a newborn child. To celebrate her own 60th birthday, Fujii, already a prolific bandleader with more than 80 releases to her name, will intensify her recording schedule, releasing one CD a month for all of 2018. Rather than using her kanreki year to look back at a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Fujii will emphasize new works for current projects, debut special projects, and introduce new working bands in an unprecedented 12-month spree of new releases. “I probably should think and notice that I am not young anymore,” she says, “but I just keep doing what I want to do.”

June.27: Gorilla Mask @ Mansion

Wednesday, June 27
8:30pm
The Mansion

Berlin-based punk-thrash-jazz trio, GORILLA MASK – first appearances in Canada since 2013!!!

Performances will be featuring music from the latest release on Clean Feed Records – “IRON LUNG” – as well as past two albums “Bite My Blues” (Clean Feed, 2014) and “HOWL!” (Between the Lines, 2012), plus some new music which they are currently preparing for a fourth recording sometime in the near future.

GORILLA MASK is:
Peter Van Huffel – Alto Saxophone
Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass
Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums

May 5: Homegrown Live 2018

Homegrown Live is this Saturday, May 5th! A great chance to see some local talent and support a fantastic charity (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) at the same time. The jazz venue this year is Sizzle (285 King St. E). Here’s the lineup:

12:30
1:30
2:30
3:30
4:30
5:30
6:30
7:30
8:30
9:30

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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