Thusday, June 29
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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Sunday, June 25th
Around McBurney Park
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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Saturday, June 10th
30 Edgehill Street
Please join us to discuss the future direction of the Kingston Jazz Society. In particular, the AGM would be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to discuss their role within the organization. We are again looking for volunteers for various roles.
Monte’s (in Tir Nan Og)
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:
Hot Club of Lansdowne
Jazz on Colborne
The Kitchen Gypsies
Oscar Evans Quintet
Spencer Evans Trio
Out of the Blue Trio
The Dave Barton Group
Lisa Vee and The VIP
The 20th Century
Sunday, March 26th
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.
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.
John MacLeod’s credentials as a trumpeter, composer and arranger have been firmly established, with a distinguished career spanning almost thirty years on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with Toronto’s most elite musicians and musical organizations in both the jazz and commercial music fields. In 2003, John formed his own large jazz ensemble, the 20-piece Rex Hotel Orchestra (named after the club where it performs the last Monday of each month). The Rex Hotel Orchestra is now one of Canada’s finest Big Band Jazz Orchestras.
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Sunday, March 5
Chalmers United Church (Sanctuary)
212 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON
$20 / free for students
We are very happy to have pianist Robi Botos join us for an afternoon of solo piano!
Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.
Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008.
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Sunday, February 19th
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall, side door)
212 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON
$20 / free for students
The idea behind Dapp Theory is to create complete musical compositions that groove as hard as they express melodic and poetic lyricism.”— Andy MilneDapp Theory is a quintet that blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.
Their music is indefinable yet highly recognizable, intersecting lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz.
This show is co-presented with Tone Deaf Kingston.
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Friday, February 10th
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)
Part of this year’s Winter Concert Series.
About the Band
Old Growth Forest features an augmented version of drummer Harris Eisenstadt’s old trio with Chicago-based bassist Jason Roebke and fellow Windy City trombonist Jeb Bishop. Ten years ago, when he moved from Los Angeles to New York, Eisenstadt decided to expand the ensemble into a quartet that included saxophonist Tony Malaby.
About the Artist
One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, Brooklyn-based Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, and performance credits in jazz, film, theater, poetry, dance, contemporary concert music and opera.
Saturday, December 17th
Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive
$25 / $10 students
The band is going to play 4 movements from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite, and holiday favourites and the like. 2 saxes, 2 trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums.