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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Sat, May.6: Homegrown Live Jazz Venue @ Monte’s

Sat, May.6
Monte’s (in Tir Nan Og)
11am-10pm

It’s time for another full (and usually packed) day of jazz as part of the annual Homegrown live festival. All proceeds go to Joe’s M.I.L.L. See the Homegrown website for full details. The lineup is:

11:00
Hot Club of Lansdowne
11:40
Standards@7
12:25
John Sommerville
1:00
Jazz on Colborne
1:45
Glenna Green
2:20
The Kitchen Gypsies
3:05
Oscar Evans Quintet
4:00
Spencer Evans Trio
4:55 Blue Swing

5:30
The Saxobelles
6:25

Out of the Blue Trio
7:25

The Dave Barton Group
8:35
Lisa Vee and The VIP
9:35
The 20th Century

Mar.26: Chris Alfano Quartet @ The Tett

Sunday, March 26th
2 PM.
Tett Centre (Rehearsal Room)
370 King Street West
, Kingston, ON
$20 / free for students

Chris and band will be playing a selection of music featuring works by Benny Goodman and other great clarinetists.

About

Chris is a frequent player in chamber, orchestral and jazz music in Kingston as well as having appeared several times with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has performed with David Braid, Peter Appleyard, Don Thompson, The Brian Barlow Big Band and many other noted Canadian musicians. He is the founder and leader of the Swingmasters jazz band and runs a highly respected intergenerational music education program at La Salle Secondary School. Chris has degrees from Saint Francis Xavier University and Western University, a Master of Music from SUNY Potsdam and a PhD from McGill University. In November 2016, Chris was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M) by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for his work and research on Intergenerational Music Learning.