Mar.5: Robi Botos Solo Piano @ Chalmers

Sunday, March 5
2 PM
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!

About

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.

Read more about Robi >>

Feb.19: Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory @ Chalmers

Sunday, February 19th
2pm
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.

(LA Weekly)

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.

Get tickets online via Ticketscene >>

Feb.10: Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest @ Chalmers

Friday, February 10th
 7:30 PM
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.

Kingston Symphony’s Vinyl Records Sale

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.

Jun.26: Porch Jazz @ Skeleton Park Arts Festival

June 26
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free

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:

  1. 303 Montreal St: PAUL MORRISON
  2. 133 Charles St: BINKY SWINGS
  3. 32 Patrick St: SPENCER EVANS
  4. 13 Redan St: TALK OF THE STREET
  5. Skeleton Park: INSIDE OUT

For more information, please check the Skeleton Park Arts Festival website.

May 7: Homegrown Live Jazz Venue @ Monte’s

Always a good time, and 12 hours of music!

12:00
12:45
1:45
2:30
3:30
4:30
5:30
6:30 EASEMENT
6:45
8:00
9:00
10:15 Sam Berniker
11:00

For more information, see 2016 Schedules & Bios on the homegrown site.

Aldo López-Gavilán @ The Isabel

Aldo López-Gavilán

Wed, Mar 23, 2016
7:30 pm
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.”

http://aldomusica.com

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.

Buy tickets online

Announcing our 2016 Winter Concert Series

Our 2016 Winter Concert Series entitled New Voices In Canadian Jazz.

Admission is $20, $5 for students, and $75 for a series pass

Lineup

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A Sondheim Jazz Project

Sunday, January 17th 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

No stranger to Kingston, Bobby Hsu (alto saxophonist, educator) is a Toronto-based musician, composer, and arranger with  a range of performing and teaching experience. Bobby has recently focused his efforts on A Sondheim Jazz Project, a group that performs modern jazz arrangements of songs by Stephen Sondheim with singer Alex Samaras. The group released their first recording, “City of Strangers,”

…crisp arrangements with plenty of jazz meatiness to them…without overwhelming the Sondheim material at its core…. Samaras is simply a formidable talent with rich timbre, unfettered expressiveness and a broad emotional range.

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

 

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Inside Out – Playing the Music of Ornette Coleman

Sunday, February 7th 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

Inside Out is the brainchild of Benji Perosin (trumpet) and Jonathan Stewart (saxophones), with Paul Clifford (bass) and Rich Bannard (drums). The chord-less format of the band allows the horns much freedom in interpreting harmony and form, and there is much group improvisation.

 

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The Griffith Hiltz trio

Sunday, February 21st 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

Johnny Griffith saxophone
Nathan Hiltz guitar
Sly Juhas drums

GHT begins rooted in tradition and launches into the unexpected appealing to more than just your average jazz listener. They’ve rallied impromptu dance parties with hippies on Salt Spring Island, elated elementary school students and festival audiences from St. John’s to the Yukon. They incorporate influences from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding, from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath, from Webern to Kermit the Frog, blending them seamlessly into a purely enjoyable ride. Prepare yourself for some rock and roll raunch, classic post-bop, and one of the catchiest pop tunes you’ll ever hear.

 

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot

Friday, March 11th 7pm
Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church (263 Victoria St.)
a co-presentation with Tone Deaf

Lina Allemano  trumpet
Ryan Driver  analog synth
Rob Clutton  electric bass
Nick Fraser  drums

Trumpeter Lina Allemano‘s newest Toronto-based project, TITANIUM RIOT, is an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic. Called “uncompromisingly explorative” by Europe’s experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow.

 

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Chantal Thompson

Sunday April 3rd 2pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (in The Wilson Room)

Chantal Thompson is a local jazz and multidisciplinary artist who just moved back to town from NYC, where she recorded her first solo jazz CD with some great players from New York and Kingston. Chantal toured around previously with other bands such as Directions a seven piece fusion band playing the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Jazz Café in London England and was remixed by numerous international DJ’s. On her latest CD Sirens & Stars, Chantal re- imagines beautiful soulful standards and originals in the cool jazz genre, with a bluesy introspection. “People have described the record as having a cinematic quality and this is something I am definitely interested in exploring.” To sum it up, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday and Ornette Coleman.


Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of Kingston, The Kingston Arts Council, Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial, and GoSaBe Development and Design