Apr 3: Chantal Thompson closes our 2016 Winter Concert Series

Our 2016 Winter Concert Series draws to a close this Sunday with what promises to be a stellar concert by Kingston-native 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.

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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

Oct 22: Artie Roth Quartet @ The Wilson Room

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Thursday, October 22nd
7:30pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – upstairs in The Wilson Room
$15
$10 students

We are happy to present this fall show featuring the Artie Roth Quartet. The group will be featuring music from their latest release Discern.

Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As a leader of his own group, Artie released “Parallels” in 2005, “Currently Experiencing” in 2013, and most recently “Discern” in 2015. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet, Kollage and The Jazz Collective.

More information at artieroth.com

 

March 8: Gerry Shatford Trio Live @ Your Library with Kingston Writers Fest

Sunday, March 8th, 2-4pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
2nd floor, Wilson Room
130 Johnson St., Kingston, ON
Doors 1:30pm

$20 adults / $5 students; tickets at the door or through TicketScene

This concert is a Kingston Jazz Society/Kingston Writers Fest co-presentation sponsored by Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.

  • Gerry Shatford – piano
  • Neil Swainson – bass
  • Barry Elmes – drums

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  • Bruce Kauffman – narration

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Kingston Jazz Society 2015 Winter Concert Series: Help from our friends

The Kingston Jazz Society is excited to unveil our 2015 Winter Concert Series. The series, “Help from our friends” marks a change in format from our traditional winter Live @ Your Library series. This year, we have partnered to co-present with several other fantastic local arts organizations to bring you series of amazing concerts at varying times and several arts hubs throughout Kingston.

Full details of each concert will follow shortly.

Tickets will be available at the door or through TicketScene.

Upcoming:

March 12: The Shuffle Demons at The Toucan

Thursday at 9pm at The Toucan (76 Princess St.)

March 15: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen & Eli Bennett, Live @ Your Library (Ticket)
Sunday at 2pm at St. Mark’s Church (263 Victoria at Earl)

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial
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Jazz in June with the SPAF: Porch Jazz June 21 at Noon

Saturday June 21, 2014 12:00pm – 4:00pm
*Free*
The Kingston Jazz Society Presents: Porch Jazz Parade

Starting at The Mansion Bar & Restaurant, and making it’s way down Chatham & York St to the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, the fourth annual Porch Jazz Parade offers a series of performances by many of Kingston’s top jazz performers.

Porch Jazz is a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts along the way. Let the sounds of The Heavyweights Brass Band and The Woodshed Orchestra lead you along the parade route, and feel free to bring an instrument and join in the joyful noise. 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!

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12:00pm The Mansion Bar 506 Princess St: The Hannah Barstow Group
1:00pm 387 Alfred Street: The Pram Trio
1:30pm 128 Chatham St: Jonathan “Bunny” Stewart
2:30pm 126 York St: The Ventanas
3:00pm 104 York St: The Skeleton Bones
3:30pm 52 York St: Blue Swing Jazz
4:00pm Porch Jazz Parade ends at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival

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2013 Porch Jazz, part of the 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

Porch Jazz: 2012 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

Reminder: John Geggie Group concludes Live @ Your Library this Sunday

(Concerts held Sundays at 2pm in The Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library, 130 Johnson.)

Our 2014 Live @ Your Library concert series concludes in style on Sunday April 13 with the John Geggie Group! This final concert is a chance to celebrate one of the favourites of our long-running series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie, who will be joined on stage by a who’s who of the Canadian jazz scene.

Tickets are available available at Brian’s Record Option, on-line, or at the door. Tickets are $20. $5 student tickets available at the door, space permitting.

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Apr 13: John Geggie Concludes Live @ Your Library

(Concerts held Sundays at 2pm in The Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library, 130 Johnson.)

Our 2014 Live @ Your Library concert series concludes in style on Sunday April 13 with the John Geggie Group! This final concert is a chance to celebrate one of the favourites of our long-running series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie, who will be joined on stage by a who’s who of the Canadian jazz scene.

Tickets are available available at Brian’s Record Option, on-line, or at the door. Tickets are $20. $5 student tickets available at the door, space permitting.

April 13: JOHN GEGGIE GROUP

2014_KJS_apr16Renowned bassist John Geggie is active in the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a freelance double bass player and teacher. In addition to his work in the award-winning jazz quartet Chelsea Bridge and the Juno-nominated world beat group The Angstones, he is much in-demand for recordings and concerts/broadcasts on both the CBC and Radio-Canada. For many years, he has also worked with numerous artists including Ian Tamblyn, Lynn Miles, Three Sheets To The Wind and Meg Lunney, Justin Haynes and Roddy Elias.

For the final concert of our series, John is joined on stage by a who’s who of Canadian jazz:

  • Christine Jensen — sax
  • Joel Miller — tenor sax
  • Jim Lewis — trumpet
  • David Braid — piano
  • Ted Warren — drums
  • John Geggie — bass

 

 


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 The Main Street Market.

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Video Posted of Mike Perlin Quintet

As you may have noticed, we record many of our Live @ Your Library concerts. This included our January 12th concert by the Mike Perlin Quintet. We’ve finally had a chance to post his amazing suite of music that opened our current series. You can catch the suite below but be sure to visit our YouTube channel to see this and all of the fantastic videos there.

Many thanks to Dave Dove for donating his time to both record and produce these videos.

Mar 16: Myriad 3 continues Live @ Your Library!

Myriad3 - March 16Myriad3 was an accident. Chris Donnelly, Daniel Fortin, and Ernesto Cervini had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has been making music in every jazz club in the Greater Toronto Area.
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and contemporary composition. Myriad3 is modern jazz, meets classical, meets pop, meets Oscar Peterson.
In November 2012, Myriad3 released their debut album, Tell on Universal/Alma Records.
Myriad3 is:

  • Chris Donnelly – piano
  • Daniel Fortin – bass
  • Ernesto Cervini – drums

The 2pm concert in The Wilson Room (130 Johnson Street) is $20 for regular admission, $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door, from Brian’s Record Option, and on-line.

 

This concert is sponsored by Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.

 


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 The Main Street Market.

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