The 2009 Jazz Festival will showcase the diverse talents of multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. He is featured Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. This year’s Festival is the first to be done in collaboration with the Grand Theatre, who have scheduled an Oliver Jones/Ranee Lee concert for the Friday night.
The festival begins on Thursday, October 1st, with a duo performance featuring Don Thompson on bass and vibes and Reg Schwager on guitar. In a unique twist, they will share the main stage of the Grand Theatre with the audience, who will be seated bistro-style at tables. Drinks will be available on-stage. This very different, intimate setting will seat 120 people, so it’s best to book early. Each table seats four people and tables can be purchased together.
As mentioned, Friday October 2nd will feature Oliver Jones and Ranée Lee again at the Grand Theatre. After the main show be sure to catch the up-and-coming Toronto band Yuka for a free show at Aroma Resto-Winebar. (10:30 PM start)
On Saturday, October 3rd, Don Thompson will return to the stage with a veritable who’s who reverse phone lookup for cell of Canadian jazz in a nonet featuring:
Don Thompson – Bass, vibes, piano
Reg Schwager – Guitar
Jon Challoner – Trumpet
Kelly Jefferson – Saxophone
Terry Promane – Trombone
Andy Ballantyne – Saxophone
Perry White – Saxophone
Jim Vivian – Bass
Terry Clarke – Drums
The first half of this concert will feature Duke Ellington compositions while the second half will feature the compositions by the great Canadian trumpeter, Kenny Wheeler.
Again,Aroma will host Yuka in the free after-show on the Saturday night.
Finally, the Festival will draw to a close on Sunday, October 4th, with a 2:00P.M. show at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Library. The final show will feature Don Thompson’s famous quartet of Reg Schwager, Jim Vivan and Terry Clarke.
A full festival pass is $99, prices per-show are:
8:00 P.M. at the Grand Theatre:
– October 1st, Don Thompson & Reg Schwager: $30
– October 2nd, Oliver Jones and Ranée Lee: $39
– October 3rd, The Don Thompson Nonet $35
2:00 P.M. at the Wilson Room:
– October 4th, The Don Thompson Quartet: $20
Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre box office, 613-530-2050