Final week of the 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

The 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival!

The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival 2013

The Grand TheatreKingston Jazz Society, and Kingston Arts Council and The Skeleton Park Music Festival are proud to announce the full 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival line-up! The festival, part of Limelight, runs from June 14 to June 29, 2013.

Fans of the festival can pick up their very own 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival T-shirt available through the Campus Bookstore.  A portion of shirt sales will go to support the KJS.

Tickets are on sale now through the Grand Theatre Box Office!

See the official Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival website for more details.

The Festival This Week:

We’re now in to the final week of the 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival, and what a line-up we have ahead of us!

First up, many thanks to Dave Dove for providing this glimpse at last weekend’s Porch Jazz event.  The trip through the Big Dig up Princess Street was a hoot, and the sun thankfully stayed with us for the entire march.

Restaurant jazz continues at Olivea on Tuesday, and then at Tir nan ‘Og, Le Chien Noir, and The Common Market later this week.

Main stage concerts continue on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with shows by Joshua Redman, Ron DiLauro’s Kind of Blue Tribute, and Hilario Duran’s 20-piece Latin Big Band!

Finally, the festival will close with the Kingston Jazz Society’s final Baby Grand concert, percussionist Rob Garcia’s Quartet featuring Ben Monder (guitar) Noah Preminger (sax) Matt Pavolka (bass)

You can find festival details below and on the Kingston Jazz Festival website.

June 25-29 | 5-7pm

Stop in at one of Kingston’s fabulous restaurants from 5-7pm for live local jazz during the Kingston Jazz Festival. Enjoy a drink and a meal before the show and the smooth sounds of our amazing local performers. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the restaurant directly.

  • Olivea Restaurant – June 25 – 5 to 7pm: Spencer Evans
  • The Tir Nan ‘Og– June 27, 28 and 29 – 5 to 7pm: Hannah Barstow, Paul Clifford, Rich Bannard
  • Le Chien Noir Bistro – June 28 and 29 – 5 to 7pm: The Chien Noir All-Stars
  • The Common Market – June 29 – 5 to 7pm: Chantal Thompson

Tir Nan OgCommon Market

June Online Pokies 27 | 7:30pm
Regina Rosen Auditorium, Grand Theatre

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Performance sponsor: Shoalts and Zaback Architects

One of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists on the scene today, the Grammy nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman makes a stop with his quartet featuring Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson.

“When the conversation ensues about who is carrying on the great tradition of jazz musicianship today…if Joshua Redman’s name does not come up, the conversation is not worth having.” — JamBase

Ron Di Lauro Sextet: Kind of Blue

June 28 | 7:30pm
Regina Rosen Auditorium, Grand Theatre

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This iconic album was released over 50 years ago and remains not only Davis’s masterpiece, but one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time. Now the tracks from Kind of Blue will be recreated live by some of this country’s top musicians. Italian-Canadian trumpeter and bandleader Ron Di Lauro will lead a sextet with a set of Miles classics from the late fifties and return in the second set for a full re-creation of Kind of Blue.

Hilario Duran & his 20-Piece Latin Jazz Big Band

June 29 | 7:30pm
Regina Rosen Auditorium, Grand Theatre

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Hilario Duran, pianist, producer, arranger, composer, bandleader, and educator, better known as “Con Tumbao” represents an important musician in contemporary Cuban music history. Noted as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, this multi Canadian Juno and National Jazz Award winner; American Grammy Award nominee and recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award will bring his 20 piece Latin Jazz Big Band to the Festival finale.

Jazz, Mix and Mingle: June 29 | 9-10pm

Intermission between performances in the Grand Theatre.

Bassist Paul Clifford’s trio entertains in the Davies Lounge before Rob Garcia’s quartet takes to the Baby Grand stage

Rob Garcia Quartet

June 29 | 10pm
Baby Grand, Grand Theatre

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The Kingston Jazz Society presents a series of late night performances in the Baby Grand at the Grand Theatre

  • Rob Garcia – drums
  • Noah Preminger – Sax
  • Ben Monder – guitar
  • Matt Pavolka – bass

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene” (Time Out-New York), Rob Garcia continues to be a strong presence in the international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. Having performed on over 40 albums including Grammy Award winners, Garcia will showcase his “remarkable chemistry” (Jazz Times) for his Kingston debut.