Highlights of the 5th Annual Porch Jazz Parade posted!

Porch Jazz is a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts highlighting many of Kingston’s best jazz acts along the way.

For our 5th Annual Parade, the sounds of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra and the Woodshed Orchestra carried parade goers en route to the Skeleton Park Arts Festival. At each location, local jazz ensembles played a half-hour set. There was dancing in the streets at this kid- and family-friendly event!

2015 Winter Concert Series continues in March

The Kingston Jazz Society’s 2015 Winter Concert Series “Help from our friends” concludes in style this March. We have three fantastic shows scheduled on March 8, 12, and 15.

$20/$5 student tickets for our concerts are available at the door or through TicketScene.

Please note that the March 12 Shuffle Demons concert will be a free show at 9pm at The Toucan, 76 Princess St.

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 at St. Mark’s (Ticket)
Sunday at 2pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 263 Victoria St.

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial


 

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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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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March 15: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen – St. Mark’s Church

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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Fri Feb 27: Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, Craig Pedersen co-presented by Tone Deaf

7:30pm
Malting Tower
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King St W.
Tickets available at the door or through TicketScene

Joe Morris – guitar
Mark Molnar – cello
Craig Pedersen – trumpet

The winter jazz concert series continues with a very special concert featuring the trio of Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, and Craig Pedersen. This concert is first for us as we will be using the brand spankin’ new Malting Tower in the recently opened Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. We are also pleased to be partnering with Tone Deaf for this event!

About the artists

Guitar player Joe Morris is hailed as “… the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade.” (JOHN CORBETT, DOWNBEAT). Joined by trumpet player Craig Pedersen and cello player Mark Molnar, the trio will tread through their collective take on tradition and innovation to places of joy, inquiry and contemplation in an effort to share the music they love.

Tour dates

Feb 25 – Silence – Guelph, Ontario
Feb 26 – Black Squirrel Books – Ottawa, Ontario
Feb 27 – Tett Centre – Kingston, Ontario
Feb 28 – Curated – Peterborough, Ontario
Mar 1 – La Passe – Montréal, Quebec

Joe Morris

Joe Morris is a joyous, innovative, and thought provoking artist, musician, guitarist and bassist who draws on the history of jazz in his work, and reinvents tradition through his unique voice.

He has worked consistently on communicating with audiences the world over throughout his nearly 3 decade long career. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department.

Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with such Jazz luminaries as Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.

“… the guitar revolutionary to pay attention to.”
NORMAN WEINSTEIN, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

“… a guitarist whose sound is completely his own, oscillating between deadpan sweetness and dangerous, shrapnel-like caprice.”
K. LEANDER WILLIAMS, THE VILLAGE VOICE

http://www.joe-morris.com

Craig Pedersen

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It’s A Free Country duo with Joel Kerr.

Since 2011, Craig has released eight albums of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

http://www.craigpedersen.com

Mark Molnar

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.

http://www.blackbough.ca


TONE DEAF COLLECTIVE – The Tone Deaf Collective is dedicated to bringing experimental music and sound performance to Kingston, presenting artists residing both within and outside of our city through their annual festival, and additional programming throughout the year. The group has successfully highlighted work of local new music composers, noisicians, laptop, sound sculptors, and many others, and is a vital outlet for a wide range of musics and sound-based practices which are not otherwise heard.


The Kingston Jazz Society Presents at the Skeleton Park Arts Fest

For 2014, the Kingston Jazz Society has partnered with the Skeleton Park Arts Festival to bring you a stellar line-up of jazz in June as a part of their ten day multi-disciplinary festival.

Full details of all jazz events can be found at: festival.kingstonjazz.ca.

Skeleton Park Arts Fest: Click for all jazz events!

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2014 HomeGrown Live Lineup

The Kingston Jazz Society is again proud to be lending a hand to the sixth annual Homegrown Live Music Festival. We will again be hosting a full afternoon and evening of amazing live, local jazz starting at noon!.

HomeGrown Live’s 2014 Jazz Venue is once again at Monte’s!

Be sure to check out their full schedule. The jazz portion will be as follows:

Tir Nan Og (Jazz) 2014

The Tir Nan Og (200 Ontario Street) is Homegrown Live’s venue for Jazz.

3:00 Queen’s University Ensemble
4:00 Lightbox
5:00 Groove Queens
6:00 Chantal Thompson
7:00 Hannah Barstow
8:00 Georgette Fry
9:00 Spencer Evans
10:00 Street52
11:00 Inside Out

SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE- Click on highlight

This is the sixth year of the Homegrown Live Music Festival, which celebrates area talent for a jam-packed day of music. All musicians graciously donate their time to the event.

As with last year, bracelets are $10, $5 with a donation of food. All proceeds from the day go to Joe’s M.I.L.L. and the Partners in Mission Foodbank. You can read more about the festival here.

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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