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


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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



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.



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.



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

Upcoming Shows: McGill Jazz Orchestra // Inside Out


Tonight! Oct.26th
KCVI auditorium

Come see one of Canada’s premiere university big bands; directed by Joe Sullivan.


Thursday, Oct.29th
Musikki (73 Brock St.)

Inside Out performs a tribute to trumpeter Dave Douglas, featuring music from The Magic Triangle and Leap of Faith

Benji Perosin – trumpet
Jon Stewart – sax
Seamus Cowan – bass
Rob Radford – drums

Kingston Jazz Society Annual General Meeting June 14

The Kingston Jazz Society will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday June 14, 2015 at 3pm at Chez Piggy (68 Princess St. ) 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.

We chose Chez Piggy because of their ongoing sponsorship of our Winter Concert Series.  We thank them for their years of support.

Apr 16: Steve Berndt & Brian Browne live @ The Mansion

Vocalist Steve Berndt and pianist Brian Browne will be performing live at The Mansion next Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm.

The concert will be in support of the duo’s second album, “All Over Again” that can be heard on regular rotation on CBC’s Tonic.

You can read more about their new album on Steve’s site. Ottawa’s Peter Hum had this to say about the album:

On a few occasions have I seen Ottawa singer Steve Berndt wearing something other than his musical uniform.

On gigs, he favours a retro suit and dark fedora a la Frank Sinatra, resembling a Rat Pack member from back in the day. That get-up gives a sense of what to expect from Berndt on his gigs and his two CDs, Deja Vu and its follow-up All Over Again, which he and pianist Brian Browne will launch this Friday at the NAC Fourth Stage. Berndt looks the part of a 1960s crooner, and he sings that way too. He’s developed a supple, expressive way of delivering songs (ballads in particular) that frequently moves from vulnerable, understated beginnings to punchy, dramatic finishes.

His new disc repeats the same format of his debut, presenting 14 tracks including a dozen American Songbook standards and two very compatible originals. Here’s a live version of the Berndt/Browne duo performing “Mona Lisa”, complete with the verse, demonstrating the duo’s class at its best:

Other ballads appearing on the CD, along with the Nat King Cole classic, include “Born To Be Blue”, “For All We Know”, “The More I See You”, “Easy Living” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”. The renditions are consistent with the time-honoured way of interpreting these tunes — what matters most is the spontaneity and poise of the delivery.

More exuberant are “September In The Rain”, “Candy” and “Our Love Is Here To Stay”. Berndt’s originals the melancholy title track and the bouncier “The Moment” deal with love from two vantage points. To his credit, Berndt writes natural but untrite lyrics and crafts songs with some interesting cadences to them.

Above all, he renders his own words, as well as those of the greats, with conviction that outweighs the rare under-enunciated vowel or slightly more mannered singing, while Browne, the dean of Ottawa’s jazz pianists, is his usual sturdy, bluesy, in-the-moment self.

Jazz show reminder: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen Sunday at St. Mark’s 2pm

Hello jazz fans!

Our 2015 Winter Concert Series wraps up on Sunday at 2pm with Gray Matter live at St. Mark’s (263 Victoria at Earl.)

Sunday, March 15th, 2-4pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
263 Victoria St., Kingston, ON
Doors 1:30pm

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

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet
Eli Bennett – sax
Todd Pentney – piano
Justin Gray – bass/electronics
Derek Gray – drums/percussion

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Reminder: Georgette Sings Etta tonight, Andrew Downing and Guc Basar Gulle Sunday

This is just a quick reminder that we have a great weekend of music ahead:

October 5: Georgette Sings Etta 7:30 at The Octave

Georgette Poster Letter7:30pm at The Octave (711 Dalton Ave).  Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, and Tara Natural Food.

After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year will again take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert. An accomplished singer/songwriter from Kingston, and a veteran of the concert and festival circuit, she receives rave reviews for her live performances. Georgette has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.”  She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups!

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues. Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.” Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Georgette’s full band is:

  • Jon Stewart (Sax)
  • James Wannamaker (Sax)
  • Janet McRae (Trumpet)
  • Dave Barton (Guitar)
  • Zak Colbert (Bass)
  • Ken Hall (Organ)
  • Al McCain (Piano)
  • Duncan Holt (Drums)
  • Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac, Kevin Head (Vocals)

October 6: Andrew Downing and Guc Basar Gulle 2pm at The Wilson Room

Andrew Downing2pm at The Wilson Room.  Tickets $20, $5 for students.

Following their recent album of original Turkish-inspired jazz music recorded in Istanbul, Andrew Downing (Toronto) and Guc Basar Gulle (Istanbul, Turkey) will be bringing a unique quartet of outstanding musicians to the Wilson Room of the Public Library on Sunday October 6th.  This will be an incredibly rare opportunity to enjoy:

  • Andrew Downing (cello)
  • Guc Basar Gulle (oud)
  • Peter Lutek (G clarinet)
  • Deb Sinha (percussion)

Street 52 @ The Mansion on Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm

Street 52
Street 52

Street52 will be featured this Sunday, On The Patio, at the Mansion, 506 Princess St.

Andre Petitpas – vocals
Alex Tikhnenko – bass
Glenn Tooth – flute
Andy Love – drums

Street52 plays a very approachable mix of Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B and Reggae.

Enjoy one of Kingston’s nicest Patio’s and some great music by Street52 this Sunday at the

Street52 will be playing Sunday afternoons at the Mansion through the end of September.

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Cam Schaefer’s Music & Pop Art

Pop Art

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.

Sol Lewitt

Please join Cam Schaefer for his art opening at Studio22.

Opening Reception

Saturday evening – August 17th – 8:00 to 10:30
Studio22 Open Gallery
320 King Street East – 2nd floor

Music By

Joey Wright (guitar)
Zak Colbert (bass)
Christos Smirnios (drums)