The Whig: Festival significantly jazzes things up

Last year, the Kingston Jazz Festival took place over four days. This year, it’s stretching over two weeks. In the arts world, good things happen when you have many partners. It runs from June 14 to 29 at the Grand Theatre and other venues throughout the downtown core.

– Greg Burliuk, The Whig

You can find the entire article at The Whig’s website.

Live @ Your Library March 25: Peripheral Vision

Live @ Your Library 2012 concludes on Sunday March 25th with a final concert by Toronto-based Peripheral Vision.

We will also be announcing the full line-up for the 2012 Kingston Jazz Festival, running June 21, 22 and 23.

Tickets ($20) are available at Brian’s Record Option and will of course be available at the door. In an effort to expose the series to new audiences, $5 student tickets will be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.

March 25: Peripheral Vision

March 25: Peripheral Vision
March 25: Peripheral Vision
  • Don Scott – Guitar
  • Michael Herring – Bass
  • Nick Fraser – Drums
  • Trevor Hogg – Sax

Peripheral Vision is an exciting and innovative Toronto-based jazz quartet. The creative leaders of the group are long-time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging semenax ultimate male potency booster the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. You can hear the influences of the classic 1960s era of jazz – Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, Charles Mingus – mixed with the modern New York scene with hints of Radiohead, reggae and electronica.

Peripheral Vision has just released their second album, “Spectacle: Live!”. Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott’s, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960s jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process.


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, GoSaBe Development and Design, Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd., Chez Piggy, Novel Idea, and Main Street Market.

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New to our YouTube Channel: PRAM Trio and Porch Jazz

We’ve just updated our YouTube channel to include a video collage of the Kingston Arts Council’s 2011 Porch Jazz, part of the 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival in June.

You can also enjoy a newly posted a playlist of Toronto’s PRAM Trio who visited The Mansion this past May.

Thanks best electronic cigarette online once again to Dave Dove for filming and editing the videos.

The 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival – June 23 to 25

The 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival

The Kingston Jazz Society, in partnership with The Grand Theatre and The Kingston Arts Council, is incredibly excited to be a part of the upcoming Kingston Jazz Festival running June 23 to June 25, 2011.

Festival Locations Posted!

If you haven’t had the chance yet be sure to pick up your tickets or festival passes now on sale through the Grand Theatre.  Full festival passes to all five shows are $115  Back to BASSics three-show passes for the Grand Theatre shows are $99 and $87.  Single tickets to the Mansion shows are $20 each.  All tickets are available through the Grand Theatre.  Porch Jazz and Confederation Park events are free.

Here are all of the details:

Thursday June 23, 7:30:  Dave Holland Quintet at The Grand Theatre

Dave Holland Quintet - June 23

Grand Theatre, Regina Rosen Auditorium, 218 Princess Street.

This jazz bassist, composer and bandleader has been performing has been a forceful presence on the jazz scene for more than five decades. Holland has performed many of the greats including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Kenny Wheeler. The multi Grammy Award winner will perform with his legendary quintet at the opening night of the Kingston Jazz Festival.

Tickets start at $37 at The Grand Theatre

Friday June 24, 7:30:  Kurt Elling at The Grand Theatre

Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling - June 24 at 7:30

Downbeat’s male vocalist of the year for 11 consecutive years, this Grammy Award winner performs an evening of classics by ‘Ol Blue Eyes, as well as selections from his most recent album, The Gate. Noted as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time” by the New York Times, Elling will show why he is in the same league as Mel Torme, Satchmo and Jon Hendricks.

Tickets start at $37 at The Grand Theatre

Friday June 24, 8pm and 10pm: Brandi Disterheft at The Mansion

Brandi Disterheft, Friday June 24 at The Mansion

Bassist and composer Brandi Disterheft is fast becoming one of jazz’s brightest lights. Still in her twenties, she’s already made a huge impression on thousands of listeners, including her Juno Award winning debut album, Debut.

Tickets are $20 per set available at The Grand Theatre or at the door

Saturday June 25 Casino En Ligne:  A Day of Jazz

12:00-3:00: Porch Jazz Hosted by the Kingston Arts Council

The Kingston Arts Council is proud to present Porch Jazz from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The free neighbourhood jazz performances feature a star-studded line-up of local musicians including Dave Barton, Greg Runions, The Limestone Trombone Quartet, The Sounds of Jazz Big Band, Paul Clifford and The Downtown Trio.

Performances will start in the Skeleton Park Neighbourhood and parade down to Confederation Basin.

Porch Jazz 2011
Porch Jazz 12:00 to 3:00

3:00-6:00: Jazz By The Waterfront (Confederation Park)

Mauricio Montecinos
Mauricio Montecinos & Latin Fusion

The fun continues with a free performance of Jazz in the Park presented by the Grand Theatre and the Kingston Jazz Society on Saturday, June 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The whole family is invited to dance on Ontario Street and listen to the sounds of The Brandi Disterheft Quintet, The Shuffle Demons, and Mauricio Montecinos. Admission is free.

7:30: Christian McBride and Inside Straight at The Grand Theatre

Christian McBride and Inside Straight
Christian McBride and Inside Straight - June 25, 2011

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator and administrator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important figures in the jazz world for 20 years. As a musician with Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting and Don Henley, McBride has been an omnipresent force in jazz, pop, and R&B. In his debut at the Grand Theatre, McBride will be joined by his award-winning quintet, Inside Straight who will close the festival with swing-to-bluesy groove tunes.

8pm and 10pm: The Shuffle Demons at The Mansion

The 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival closes with a bang with The Shuffle Demons:

Throughout their more than 20 years performing together, The Shuffle Demons have had audiences up on their feet with their energetic blend of jazz and funk. “Outrageous and irresistible pretty well sums up the show. No matter where the music went, the dance floor was packed and people were moving in their seats and in the aisles. Bring back the Shuffle Demons soon and often.” – Ottawa Citizen

Tickets are $20 per set available at The Grand Theatre or at the door

The Shuffle Demons
The Shuffle Demons - June 25 at The Mansion

Tickets available for the 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival

Kingston Jazz Festival Tickets Available

The Kingston Jazz Society is incredibly excited to be a part of the upcoming Kingston Jazz Festival running June 23 to June 25.

If you haven’t had the chance yet be sure to pick up your tickets or festival passes now on sale through the Grand Theatre.  The three main-stage shows Viagra are:

In addition, the KJS will be presenting the Brandi Disterheft Quintet, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. June 24 and The Shuffle Demons 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., June 25 at The Mansion.

2011 Kingston Jazz Festival line-up announced

The Kingston Jazz Festival, June 23-25, 2011

The Grand Theatre, The Kingston Jazz Society and The Kingston Arts Council are proud to present the Kingston Jazz Festival from June 23 to June 25. This three day festival will feature a selection of the world’s best musicians performing at the Grand Theatre, a late-night series at the Mansion, live music on porches and a free afternoon of music and family fun at Confederation Park.

The Grand Theatre Back to BASSics Series will feature three of the industry’s top bass players in an unprecedented line-up. The opening night of the festival, Thursday, June 23, will feature The Dave Holland Quintet with Robin Eubanks, Chris Potter, Steve Nelson and Nate Smith. This jazz bassist, composer and bandleader has been a forceful presence on the jazz scene for more than five decades and is a multi Grammy Award winner.

The Back to BASSics Series will continue with a performance at the Grand Theatre on Friday, June 24 by the phenomenal Kurt Elling. Downbeat’s male vocalist of the year for 11 consecutive years, this Grammy Award winner performs an evening of classics by Frank Sinatra, as well as selections from his most recent album, The Gate. Noted as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time” by the New York Times, Elling will show why he is in the same league as Mel Torme, Satchmo and Jon Hendricks.

The final Back to BASSics performance will star bassist Christian McBride and Inside Straight on Saturday, June 25. As a musician with Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting and Don Henley, McBride has been an omnipresent force in jazz, pop, and R&B. In his debut at the Grand Theatre, McBride will be joined by his award-winning quintet, Inside Straight who will close the festival with swing-to-bluesy groove tunes.

The Kingston Jazz Society will present two incredible jazz artists at the Mansion. On Friday, June 24 at 8pm and 10pm, The Brandi Disterheft Quintet will delight audiences. This bassist and composer is fast becoming one of jazz’s brightest lights. Still in her twenties, she’s already made a huge impression on thousands Reverse Phone of listeners, including her Juno Award winning debut album, Debut. Late night jazz at the Mansion continues on Saturday, June 25 with the ever-popular Shuffle Demons at 8pm and 10pm. Throughout their more than 20 years performing together, The Shuffle Demons have had audiences up on their feet with their energetic blend of jazz and funk.

Five show Festival passes including five performances at the Grand Theatre and the 10pm shows at The Mansion are $115 plus applicable service charges. There are only 100 of these passes available due to space availability. The three-performance Back to BASSics passes are $99 and $87. Passes go on sale Friday, April 14 at noon through the Grand Theatre Box Office.

Single tickets to all performances at the Grand Theatre and the Mansion go on sale Friday, April 29.

The Kingston Arts Council is proud to present Porch Jazz from noon until 3pm on Saturday, June 25. The free neighbourhood jazz performances feature a star-studded line-up of local musicians including Dave Barton, Greg Runions, The Limestone Trombone Quartet, The Sounds of Jazz Big Band, Paul Clifford, Mauricio Montecinos & LatinFusion Band and The Downtown Trio. All ages welcome. For more info, please visit www.artskingston.ca

The fun continues with a free performance of Jazz in the Park presented by the Grand Theatre and the Kingston Jazz Society on Saturday, June 25 from 3pm to 6pm at Confederation Park. The whole family is invited to dance on Ontario St. and listen to the sounds of The Brandi Disterheft Quintet, The Shuffle Demons, and Mauricio Montecinos. Free admission. Jazz in the Park is made possible by the Kingston Culture Plan.

For more information on all of the Kingston Jazz Festival events please visit www.kingstongrand.ca. Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre Box Office in person at 218 Princess St., by phone at 613-530-5020 or online at www.kingstongrand.ca

The Grand Theatre would like to acknowledge its presenting sponsor, visitkingston.ca. A range of festival packages including accommodation
and tickets are available at visitkingston.ca. The Kingston Jazz Festival’s media partner is North Country Public Radio and the Festival is made possible in part by the Kingston Culture Plan.