Mar.18: John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Isabel

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.

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2017 Winter Concert Series: Friends & Neighbours

2017 Winter Concert Series

Our 2017 Winter Concert Series entitled Friends & Neighbours.

Performers


Paul Morrison Trio (tickets)
Sunday, January 22, 2 PM
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)


Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest (tickets)

Friday, February 10th, 7:30 PM
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)


Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory (tickets)
Sunday, February 19th, 2pm
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)


Robi Botos (tickets)

Sunday, March 5, 2 PM
Chalmers United Church (Sanctuary)


Chris Alfano Quartet (tickets)
Sunday, March 26th, 2 PM.
Tett Centre (Rehearsal Room)

Dec 3: Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with special guest Pilar

A Great Afternoon Double Bill of Jazz and World Music! Featuring Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with Special Guest (from Italy) Pilar

Michael Occhipinti is one of Canada’s most imaginative guitarists, and his work has been called “a masterpiece of cultural fusion,” mixing rare Old World Sicilian folk material with the New World sounds of electric guitars, chamber music, funk and reggae grooves, and modern jazz. With music sung by fishermen, sulphur miners, and folk musicians as a starting point, the Sicilian Project is like a trip on the Mediterranean that somehow manages to detour to Mali, Jamaica, and New Orleans. With astonishing Italian vocalist Pilar joining the band for shows across Canada, prepare for dramatic music that will have you on a plane to Sicily tomorrow!

Kingston’s Chantal Thompson will open the show with her unique songbook of jazz standards, soulful original music, and surprising covers.

Tickets are available through Ticketscene and at the door.

July 8 8pm: Jazz Soul Night featuring Elizabeth Shepherd & Chantal Thompson with Michael Occhipinti

Toronto’s Elizabeth Shepherd joins Kingston’s Chantal Thompson and Michael Occhipinti for what promises to be a fantastic evening of music. The show starts at 8pm at the Renaissance Event Venue. (285 Queen St.)

$20 tickets are available on-line or at the door.

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June 30 7:30pm: The Marianne Trudel Quartet

Come see Montreal’s fabulous Marianne Trudel on June 30th at 7:30pm in The Wilson Room of the Central Branch of the Kingston Public Library.

The Marianne Trudel Quartet is:

  • Marianne Trudel – piano
  • Jon Stewart – sax
  • Remy-Jean LeBlanc – bass
  • Rich Irwin – drums

Doors open for the show at 7pm. Please join us beforehand for the Kingston Jazz Society’s AGM just ahead of the show.

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.

Kingston Jazz Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) June 30th

The Kingston Jazz Society will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday June 30th, 2016 at 4pm in meeting rooms of the Central Branch of the Kingston Public Library (130 Johnson). Please join us to discuss the future direction of the Kingston Jazz Society.

In particular, the AGM would be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to discuss their role within the organization. We are again looking for volunteers to help out with our social media and on-line presence.

 

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