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.
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.
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.
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.
Attention All Jazz Lovers
The Kingston Symphony’s Vinyl Records Sale has the best Jazz collection it has ever had! There are over 1,000 CDs and 500 LPs, as well as a large selection of Jazz 78s. Lots of European pressings (The Chronological Classics Series, for example).
The sale starts tomorrow, Thursday, November 3 at 4 pm. We are open Thursday evening until 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale takes place at 785 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., Unit 7A.
For more information, please call (613) 546-9729 or visit www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca. Come early for the best selection.
Thursday, June 16th
St. Marks Lutheran Church
263 Victoria Street
$10 / $5 students and seniors
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Co-presented by the Skeleton Park Arts Festival.
The Porch Jazz Parade (entering its sixth year!) offers a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts along the way. At each location, local jazz ensembles will play a half-hour set—dance in the streets or bring a portable lawn chair and relax. Kid and family-friendly!
This year’s parade will be lead by the amazing WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE, with the following porch locations:
- 303 Montreal St: PAUL MORRISON
- 133 Charles St: BINKY SWINGS
- 32 Patrick St: SPENCER EVANS
- 13 Redan St: TALK OF THE STREET
- Skeleton Park: INSIDE OUT
For more information, please check the Skeleton Park Arts Festival website.
Always a good time, and 12 hours of music!
For more information, see 2016 Schedules & Bios on the homegrown site.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016
ADVANCE: STUDENT $12/ GENERAL ADMISSION $15 – DAY OF SHOW $20
Afro-Cuban jazz piano meets classical meets world music. Havana-based pianist Aldo López-Gavilán almost defies categorization. His piano solos mesmerized audiences at a sold-out Isabel show in October 2014 when he accompanied Carlos Varela. Now he’s back for a solo show that will illustrate why piano great Chucho Valdés calls him “simply a genius, a star.”
A portion of the proceeds from this concert will go to the Sonia Enjamio Fund at Queen’s to support Cuban and Canadian student exchange programs.