The 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival

The Kingston Jazz Society, in partnership with The Grand Theatre and The Kingston Arts Council, is incredibly excited to be a part of the upcoming Kingston Jazz Festival running June 23 to June 25, 2011.

Festival Locations Posted!

If you haven’t had the chance yet be sure to pick up your tickets or festival passes now on sale through the Grand Theatre. Full festival passes to all five shows are $115 Back to BASSics three-show passes for the Grand Theatre shows are $99 and $87. Single tickets to the Mansion shows are $20 each. All tickets are available through the Grand Theatre. Porch Jazz and Confederation Park events are free.

Here are all of the details:

Thursday June 23, 7:30: Dave Holland Quintet at The Grand Theatre

Dave Holland Quintet - June 23

Grand Theatre, Regina Rosen Auditorium, 218 Princess Street.

This jazz bassist, composer and bandleader has been performing has been a forceful presence on the jazz scene for more than five decades. Holland has performed many of the greats including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Kenny Wheeler. The multi Grammy Award winner will perform with his legendary quintet at the opening night of the Kingston Jazz Festival.

Tickets start at $37 at The Grand Theatre

Friday June 24, 7:30: Kurt Elling at The Grand Theatre

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling - June 24 at 7:30

Downbeat’s male vocalist of the year for 11 consecutive years, this Grammy Award winner performs an evening of classics by ‘Ol Blue Eyes, as well as selections from his most recent album, The Gate. Noted as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time” by the New York Times, Elling will show why he is in the same league as Mel Torme, Satchmo and Jon Hendricks.

Tickets start at $37 at The Grand Theatre

Friday June 23, 8pm and 10pm: Brandi Disterheft at The Mansion

Brandi Disterheft, Friday June 24 at The Mansion

Bassist and composer Brandi Disterheft is fast becoming one of jazz’s brightest lights. Still in her twenties, she’s already made a huge impression on thousands of listeners, including her Juno Award winning debut album, Debut.

Tickets are $20 per set available at The Grand Theatre or at the door

Saturday June volume pills usa 25: A Day of Jazz

12:00-3:00: Porch Jazz Hosted by the Kingston Arts Council

The Kingston Arts Council is proud to present Porch Jazz from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The free neighbourhood jazz performances feature a star-studded line-up of local musicians including Dave Barton, Greg Runions, The Limestone Trombone Quartet, The Sounds of Jazz Big Band, Paul Clifford and The Downtown Trio.

Jazz Performances will start in the Skeleton Park Neighbourhood (1st house to be announced by May 1st), and parade down to Confederation Basin.

Porch Jazz 2011

Porch Jazz 12:00 to 3:00

3:00-6:00: Jazz By The Waterfront (Confederation Park)

The fun continues with a free performance of Jazz in the Park presented by the Grand Theatre and the Kingston Jazz Society on Saturday, June 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The whole family is invited to dance on Ontario Street and listen to the sounds of The Brandi Disterheft Quintet, The Shuffle Demons, and Mauricio Montecinos. Admission is free.

7:30: Christian McBride and Inside Straight at The Grand Theatre

Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Christian McBride and Inside Straight - June 25, 2011

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator and administrator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important figures in the jazz world for 20 years. As a musician with Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting and Don Henley, McBride has been an omnipresent force in jazz, pop, and R&B. In his debut at the Grand Theatre, McBride will be joined by his award-winning quintet, Inside Straight who will close the festival with swing-to-bluesy groove tunes.

8pm and 10pm: The Shuffle Demons at The Mansion

The 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival closes with a bang with The Shuffle Demons:

Throughout their more than 20 years performing together, The Shuffle Demons have had audiences up on their feet with their energetic blend of jazz and funk. “Outrageous and irresistible pretty well sums up the show. No matter where the music went, the dance floor was packed and people were moving in their seats and in the aisles. Bring back the Shuffle Demons soon and often.” – Ottawa Citizen

Tickets are $20 per set available at The Grand Theatre or at the door

The Shuffle Demons

The Shuffle Demons - June 25 at The Mansion