The Kingston Jazz Society is excited to announce our full Live @ Your Library 2012 line-up. The theme for the Series, “Jazz Around the Corner and Around The World” features a diverse mix of styles and artists, combining jazz fusion, traditional, and avant garde styles, and highlighting artists of both regional, national, and international acclaim.
Tickets are available at Brian’s Record Option and will of course be available at the door. Series are available for $75 for all 6 shows. Tickets for each concert will be $20. In an effort to expose the series to new audiences, $5 student tickets will be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.
2012 Live @ Your Library: Jazz Around the Corner and Around the World
(Concerts held Sundays at 2pm in The Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library, 130 Johnson Street.)
January 15: Ewa Heiwa
- Njack Backo, Val Wooloshyn – kalimba (thumb piano), ngoni, zaa koua (harps), djembe and ashikos (drums)
- Kyoko Ogoda- Marimba and Percussion
- Paul Clifford – Bass
Kingstonian Paul Clifford attended the University of Toronto (U of T) jazz program where he studied under Dave Young, Jim Vivian, and Phil Nimmons. Upon his return from Japan in 2011, he has been performing locally with David Barton, Greg Runions, Taylor Donaldson, and The Gertrudes.
Originally from Japan, Kyoko Ogoda has studied marimba since the age of nine. While attending the U of T she studied percussion and marimba with Robin Engelman and Beverly Johnston, and toured Canada, the US, and Italy with the Japanese taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu.
Born in rural Cameroon, Njacko has spent his life writing and performing music in Africa, Europe, and North America. He began playing percussion and making instruments at the age of three. Njacko’s music is rooted in traditional Cameroon 6/8 rhythms that appeal to both jazz and world music connoisseurs. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, appearing at major festivals including the Hillside Festival, Sunfest, the Montréal Jazz Festival, and the Houston Jazz Festival.
Njacko met Kingstonian Valery Woloshyn at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival in 2001 and they have been partners in life and music ever since. Valery has studied African and Cameroonian music with Njacko for the past ten years, performing with the Marni Levitt trio for the past year. Together, Valery and Njacko perform original compositions on a host of traditional African instruments and are working together on a new album planned for release in 2012.
Concert sponsored by GoSaBe Development and Design
February 5: Adi Braun
- Adi Braun – vocals
- Jordan Klapman – piano
- George Koller – bass
With a long list of cabaret, concert, and theatre successes to her credit, Adi Braun has toured extensively across North America and Europe. Adi released her fourth CD in 2010, “Canadian Scenes I”, which followed “Delishious” (2003), short-listed for a 2004 Juno Award nomination, “The Rules of the Game” (2006), and “Live at the Metropolitan Room” (2007), recorded off-the-floor in New York City.
Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the U of T before returning to the music she loved in the late 90s, which she calls “cabarazz”, drawing on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. In 2007, Adi was nominated as “Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year” by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.
Her sophisticated style and subtle delivery evokes such vocal greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, and Judy Garland. Elizabeth Ahlfors of New York’s Cabaret Scenes describes Adi as “A tad Dinah Washington, a hint of Lena Horne, the enveloping warmth of Doris Day, all gift-wrapped up in a unique sound that is singular Adi Braun!” Adi’s repertoire includes originals, favourites from the Great American songbook, European cabaret, and contemporary songs by Canadian icons Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot.
For this concert, Adi Braun is joined on stage by pianist Jordan Klapman and bassist George Koller, who has hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits in his career working with The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, and Ian Tyson.
Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial
February 19: Phil Dwyer, John Geggie, Chet and Jim Doxas
- Phil Dwyer – piano and sax
- John Geggie – bass
- Chet Doxas – sax
- Jim Doxas – drums
As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Amongst over 100 recordings, he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet.
A resident of his native Vancouver Island since 2004, Phil remains busy as a performer and as a composer and arranger for concert and recording projects. This includes orchestral projects with Sarah Slean and the CBC Orchestra, big band work with Hard Rubber Orchestra, and several projects with the Art Of Time Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Phil was twice named “arranger of the year” at the National Jazz Awards.
Ottawa’s John Geggie is a versatile musician and creative composer who has toured extensively with Chelsea Bridge and the Juno-nominated DD Jackson Trio. He has also performed or recorded with a who’s who of improvised music including Jon Christensen, Andy Milne, Sheila Jordan, Andrew Cyrille, Donny McCaslin, Matt Brubeck, Ted Nash, Billy Hart, Marilyn Crispell, Myra Melford, Cuong Vu, Peter Lutek, Marilyn Lerner, Peggy Lee, Justin Haynes, Jean Martin and double bassist Mark Dresser.
Juno-nominated saxophonist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Chet Doxas has brought together some of Montreal’s brightest musical voices on the indie-rock and jazz and folk scene to create his new project, Muse Hill. Chet is joined by brother Jim Doxas on drums. Jim has appeared on more than twenty albums and has played along side such musicians as Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano.
Concert sponsored by Concert sponsored by Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
March 11: Autorickshaw
- Suba Sankaran – Vocals
- Ed Hanley – Tabla
- Rich Brown – Bass
- Patrick Graham – Multi-percussionist
Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 Juno nominations for World Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005 and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music in 2008.
The ensemble consists of four of Canada’s most exciting and musically interesting young musicians: vocalist Suba Sankaran, tabla player Ed Hanley, bassist Rich Brown and exotic percussionist Patrick Graham. All four have achieved excellence on their respective instruments, and when their forces are combined, the results are “utterly unique and musically pioneering”. -Daniel Ariaratnam, The Record
Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, including appearances at Montreal, Vancouver, Guelph, Calgary and Toronto Jazz festivals, Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk festivals, Glenn Gould Studio, Stratford Festival and the Sound Symposium in Newfoundland. ”a high-quality concert full of originality, verve and energy “ – The Hindu, Bangalore, India
Widely reviewed and profiled in Canadian media, Autorickshaw has also been featured internationally, including on BBC Radio, NPR’s Weekend America, in Global Rhythm Magazine and All About Jazz (USA); World Music Magazine (Italy), fRoots (UK), Rave Magazine and The Hindu (India); as well as appearing at #14 on the European World Music Charts.
March 18: From NY Quinsin Nachoff’s Forward Motion
NYC-based Canadian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Quinsin Nachoff is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts” (GLOBE&MAIL) He has toured internationally and nationally as a leader and is also active as a sideman with a multitude of creative projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. Quinsin has most recently performed in Kingston as a part of the Greg Runions Big Band.
Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. Some of his musical influences include Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. A recipient of the New Works commission and the French-America Jazz Exchange grants from Chamber Music America in 2006, and voted “Rising Star Keyboardist” by Down Beat Magazine in 2004, Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today.
Drummer Dan Weiss performs regularly with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahanttapa, Dave Binney, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielsman, Miguel Zenon, Ben Monder, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer, Rez Abbasi, Miles Okazaki, Wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers, Chris Potter, and Donny McCaslin. He has been featured in The New York Times, Jazz Times, and Modern Drummer.
Brooklyn based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math. Russ is also active as an educator/clinician, having taught at colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently teaching at The Center for Preparatory Studies in Music (CPSM) at Queens College, and is a member of the faculty at the Maine Jazz Camp.
March 25: Peripheral Vision
- Don Scott – Guitar
- Michael Herring – Bass
- Nick Fraser – Drums
- Trevor Hogg – Sax
Peripheral Vision is an exciting and innovative Toronto-based jazz quartet. The creative leaders of the group are long-time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. You can hear the influences of the classic 1960s era of jazz – Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, Charles Mingus – mixed with the modern New York scene with hints of Radiohead, reggae and electronica.
Peripheral Vision has just released their second album, “Spectacle: Live!”. Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott’s, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960s jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process.
Our full five-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 Old Farm Fine Foods.