Mar 2: Joel Harrison Group continues Live @ Your Library

Live @ Your Library continues on Sunday March 2 at 2pm in The Wilson Room (130 Johnson) of the K&F Public Library with New York City’s Joel Harrison Group!

Tickets available on-line, from Brian’s Record Option, or at the door. 

Joel Harrison’s musical journey has few parallels in modern music. Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader – Harrison deftly juggles all of these roles, melding influences from jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music.

He is best known for his composing and arranging skills and has twice been selected as the winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Julius Hemphill Composition Competition, and has been the recipient of grants from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the Cary Trust, NYSCA, and others. His allies in his various projects have included Dave Liebman, Mark Feldman, Marty Ehrlich, David Binney, Dan Weiss, Dewey Redman, Norah Jones, Uri Caine, Todd Reynolds, Wendy Sutter, Christian Howes, and Caleb Burhans.

For the March 2nd concert, Joel will share the stage with fellow NYC luminaries:

  • Joel Harrison – guitar
  • Drew Gress – bass
  • Chris Cheek – sax
  • Jacob Sacks – piano
  • Jordan Perlson – drums

 

This concert is sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial.

 


Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of KingstonThe Kingston Arts CouncilCarolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life FinancialGoSaBe Development and DesignShoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.Chez PiggyNovel Idea, and The Main Street Market.

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Feb 16: Rafael Zaldivar Trio continues Live @ Your Library

ZaldivarR_Portrait-000210Tickets available on-line, from Brian’s Record Option, or at the door.

Rafael Zaldivar was born in Camagüey, Cuba. Coming from a family of musicians, he started playing percussion and piano at age 10 and pursued his undergraduate studies at the Superior Art Institute of Havana. Moving to Canada at age 22, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montreal and a Master’s degree at McGill University within three years.

During his musical career, Rafael has had the opportunity to learn with the great Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Greg Osby, and to play with the excellent Steve Coleman, Francisco Mela and Danilo Perez. He has also had the pleasure of meeting the great Herbie Hancock in Havana, where the two men shared a highly instructive conversation on the subject of music. He now performs in concert halls and at festivals throughout Canada.

For his first visit to Kingston, Rafael’s trio will be:

  • Rafael Zaldivar (piano)
  • Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass)
  • Michael Medrano (drums)

 

 

 


Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of KingstonThe Kingston Arts CouncilCarolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life FinancialGoSaBe Development and DesignShoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.Chez PiggyNovel Idea, and The Main Street Market.

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One week to Live @ Your Library!

Happy New Year, jazz lovers!

The first concert of the 2014 Live @ Your Library concert series is just a week away.  Tickets for Sunday’s show are now available on-line, at at Brian’s Record Option, and will of course be available at the door.
Series passes can also be purchased on-line or at the door on Sunday.

2014 LIVE @ YOUR LIBRARY TICKETS AVAILABLE!

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Series tickets and details available. We’ll add more information as soon as possible.

 

LIVE @ YOUR LIBRARY KICK OFF: MIKE PERLIN GROUP

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 As a founding member of the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective, bassist Mike Perlin is a man of many talents. He has been playing in Kingston since his high-school  days, and while he may be based in Toronto now, he still finds time to visit and perform in Kingston throughout the year. Mike will be completing the Jazz Composers  Collective collaborations that formed the theme for our successful 2013 Live @ Your Library concert series.

 He will be joined on the stage by some of Kingston’s best players, who will début his original five-movement suite exploring the collective experience of Kingston’s  1998 ice storm, which is rather timely given the recent weather.The full band is:

Jon Stewart – sax
Bobby Hsu – sax
Greg Runions – vibes
Mike Cassells – drums
Mike Perlin – bass

The concert will start at 2pm in The Wilson Room. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the door. Full series details, tickets, and a series pass are also available.

This concert is sponsored by GoSaBe Development & Design.

Merry Christmas from the Kingston Jazz Society

Hello Jazz Fans!

On behalf of the Kingston Jazz Society executive, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holiday, and a very musical new year.

Our 2014 Live @ Your Library concert series kicks off on January 12 with the Mike Perlin Quartet. We haven’t had the chance to get tickets to Brian’s Record Option yet, but you can buy concert tickets and series passes on-line. More information can be found below.

If you still need to spread the Christmas cheer, tickets would make a great gift, as would charitable donations to the KJS through Canada Helps.

I wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.

Cheers,

Ben Hall
Kingston Jazz Society

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2014 Live @ Your Library kick off: Mike Perlin Group

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As a founding member of the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective, bassist Mike Perlin is a man of many talents. He has been playing in Kingston since his high-school days, and while he may be based in Toronto now, he still finds time to visit and perform in Kingston throughout the year. Mike will be completing the Jazz Composers Collective collaborations that formed the theme for our successful 2013 Live @ Your Library concert series.

He will be joined on the stage by some of Kingston’s best players, who will début his original five-movement suite exploring the collective experience of Kingston’s 1998 ice storm, which is rather timely given the recent weather.

The full band is:

  • Jon Stewart – sax
  • Bobby Hsu – sax
  • Greg Runions – vibes
  • Mike Cassells – drums
  • Mike Perlin – bass

The concert will start at 2pm in The Wilson Room. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the door. Full series details, tickets, and a series pass are also available.

This concert is sponsored by GoSaBe Development & Design.


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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2014 Live @ Your Library Tickets Available!

2014_KJS_Poster_Programme

Series tickets and details available. We’ll add more information as soon as possible.

 

 


Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of KingstonThe Kingston Arts CouncilCarolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life FinancialGoSaBe Development and DesignShoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.Chez PiggyNovel Idea, and The Main Street Market.

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Kingston Jazz Composers Collective on CBC’s Sunday Edition!

KJCC: Times & PlacesThe Kingston Jazz Society would like to thank Michael Enright and the Sunday Edition staff for playing the track M.C. from the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective’s first CD, Times & Places this morning on The Sunday Edition.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of the CD, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the Collective.

The Kingston Jazz Composers Collective were the focus of our recent 2013 Live @ Your Library series: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection which found the Collective first performing as a group and then collaborating with their national and international colleagues. We congratulate the Collective for their outstanding work, ably demonstrating that jazz is alive and well on air, across the country.

You can catch the group’s 2011 concert here!

Apr 7 Live @ Your Library: Greg Runions Septet

Live @ Your Library 2013
Live @ Your Library 2013: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

2013 Live @ Your Library: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

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

The Kingston Jazz Society’s Live @ Your Library Concert Series concludes with a bang on April 7 with the Greg Runions Septet. This series, “The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection” highlights our City’s amazing local talent like no other, creating a once-in-a-lifetime combination of artists of regional, national, and international acclaim on one stage.

Tickets ($20) are available at Brian’s Record Option and at the door. $5 student tickets will once again be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.

Greg Runions Septet, April 7 at 2pm
Greg Runions Septet, April 7 at 2pm

April 7: Greg Runions

  • John MacLeod — Trumpet
  • Jonathon Stewart — Tenor Saxophone
  • Dave Barton — Guitar
  • Greg Runions — Vibraphone
  • Brian Dickinson — Piano
  • Artie Roth — Bass
  • Mike Cassells Drums

Vibraphonist, composer and arranger, Greg Runions has been fortunate to perform with some outstanding artists, including Roy Patterson, Anthony Braxton, Don Thompson, Tony Bennett and Kenny Wheeler. He has studied at Queen’s, The Crane School of Music, and the Banff Centre and has been fortunate to have his works performed by many of Canada’s best musicians. He has created numerous works for big band and has arranged works for big band and full orchestra. Greg resides in Kingston where Payday Loans he performs in the Kingston Symphony and teaches at Napanee DSS and Queen’s.

Brian Dickinson, born in Guelph, has been active on the Toronto scene for decades, performing with the crème de la crème of the jazz world including Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Kirk MacDonald, Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Becker, and Dave Holland. He is now head of the Keyboard Department at Toronto’s Humber College. As a leader, Dickinson has released six records including the Juno Award-winning In Transition.

John MacLeod’s credentials as a trumpeter/composer/arranger have been firmly established in a distinguished career spanning over thirty years on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with Toronto’s elite musicians and musical organizations in both the jazz and commercial music fields. As a jazz artist, he has had the opportunity to perform with many musical legends. He has performed on well over fifty albums, including Grammy- and Juno-award winners. At the last National Jazz Awards ceremony held in 2009, John felt honoured to be voted “Arranger Of The Year”.

This concert is sponsored by SZA: 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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Mar 17 Live @ Your Library: Mike Cassells, Occhipinti & Maharaj

2013 Live @ Your Library: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

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

Live @ Your Library 2013
Live @ Your Library 2013: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

The Kingston Jazz Society’s Live @ Your Library Concert Series continues on March 17. The theme for the Series, “The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection” highlights our City’s amazing local talent like no other, creating a once-in-a-lifetime combination of artists of regional, national, and international acclaim on one stage.

Tickets ($20) are available at Brian’s Record Option and at the door. $5 student tickets will once again be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.

March 17: Mike Cassells

  • Michael Occhipinti — Guitar
  • Jon Maharaj — Bass
  • Mike Cassells — Drums
Mike Cassells, Michael Occhipinti, Jon Maharaj
Mike Cassells, Michael Occhipinti, Jon Maharaj

Mike Cassells has been playing music in Kingston for over 20 years and has established himself as one of the cities most creative musicians. He has been fortunate to perform with artists including Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Joe Sullivan, and Paul Tynan. Active as a composer and an educator, he creates music in a wide variety of styles and currently teaches at St. Lawrence College in their Digital Arts for Musicians program. His albums demonstrate his diversity of interests and talents, covering a range of styles, from jazz fusion to electroacoustic. His latest album features original Online Casino compositions in tribute to the great jazz drummer Paul Motian.

Jon Maharaj is one of Toronto’s busiest bassists. He has performed and/or recorded with Reg Schwager, Mike Murley, Christian Scott, Matt Stevens, David Braid, and many others. He’s appeared on dozens of recordings crossing a number of genres. Graduate of the U of T’s Jazz Studies program, he has lived in New York thanks to a Canada Council grant, where he had the opportunity to study with Drew Gress, Ben Street, Scott Colley, and Matt Brewer.

An eight-time JUNO Award nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (including 2009’s album The Sicilian Jazz Project), guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti’s modern and eclectic approach to jazz and creative music of all kinds has earned him a broad array of listeners and the respect of critics and musicians alike. As co-leader of the 16-piece band NOJO, Occhipinti has performed with such jazz greats as Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Ray Anderson, and Kenny Wheeler.

Upcoming:

April 7: Greg Runions

  • John MacLeod — Trumpet
  • Jonathon Stewart — Tenor Saxophone
  • Dave Barton — Guitar
  • Greg Runions — Vibraphone
  • Brian Dickinson — Piano
  • Artie Roth — Bass
  • Mike Cassells Drums

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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Feb 17 Live @ Your Library: Jon Stewart, Marianne Trudel, Devin Grey, Morgan Moore

2013 Live @ Your Library: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

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

Live @ Your Library 2013
Live @ Your Library 2013: The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection

The Kingston Jazz Society’s Live @ Your Library Concert Series continues on February 17.  The theme for the Series, “The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection” highlights our City’s amazing local talent like no other, creating a once-in-a-lifetime combibation of artists of regional, national, and international acclaim on one stage.

Tickets ($20) are available at Brian’s Record Option and at the door. $5 student tickets will once again be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.

February 17: Jon Stewart

  • Marianne Trudel — Piano
  • Morgan Moore — Bass
  • Devin Gray — Drums
  • Jon Stewart — Saxophones
Jon Stewart, Marianne Trudel, Devin Gray, Morgan Moore
Jon Stewart, Marianne Trudel, Devin Gray, Morgan Moore

Jonathan Stewart is a local saxophonist and composer who has been performing around the Kingston area for more than 20 years.  His study of jazz and, more recently, creative music has taken him to Toronto, Montreal, and Banff in search of new influences and inspirations.  This most recent quartet project, featuring long-time friends and collaborators Marianne Trudel and Morgan Moore, as well as New York drummer Devin Gray, continues a path of musical exploration involving music which is both structured and not, tonal and not.

Jon Stewart has studied saxophone with Pat Labarbera and has worked as a freelance musician in the pop and jazz field. His performance credits include Haskell and the Cleavers, the Linda Laurence Blues Band, Marianne Trudel, and the Greg Runions Big Band. Jon is a graduate of Humber College and the McGill University Jazz Studies program.

Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a Pokies performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings from solo to duos and trios, and larger quintet, septet and large ensembles. Recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montreal JF 2007), her four recordings have garnered rave reviews.

Devin Gray is quickly becoming a top-call young drummer in many modern jazz circles in New York City and throughout the East Coast. He works in multiple musical directions, striving for quality and sincerity in his work. He is as an artist who will both move the music forward, and share his unique musical vision with the world. He’s worked with musicians such as Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen,, Sam Rivers, Ted Rosenthal, Dave Liebman, and Vardan Ovsepian.

Morgan Moore’s dedication to serve the music has led to a very busy and successful career. Having played, recorded and toured with Sophie Milman and three members of the Order of Canada (Ranee Lee, Oliver Jones and Guido Basso), his career is just beginning to flourish.

1:30 pm pre-show discussion at: In Conversation with the artists

Musician and educator Bob Arlidge will again host a brief discussion with the artists ahead of the 2pm concert. Discover the motivations, influences, and themes of the music before the show.

This concert is sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow, SunLife Financial

Upcoming:

March 17: Mike Cassells

  • Michael Occhipinti — Guitar
  • Jon Maharaj — Bass
  • Mike Cassells Drums

April 7: Greg Runions

  • John MacLeod — Trumpet
  • Jonathon Stewart — Tenor Saxophone
  • Dave Barton — Guitar
  • Greg Runions — Vibraphone
  • Brian Dickinson — Piano
  • Artie Roth — Bass
  • Mike Cassells Drums

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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