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.

 

May 7: Homegrown Live Jazz Venue @ Monte’s

Always a good time, and 12 hours of music!

12:00
12:45
1:45
2:30
3:30
4:30
5:30
6:30 EASEMENT
6:45
8:00
9:00
10:15 Sam Berniker
11:00

For more information, see 2016 Schedules & Bios on the homegrown site.

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.

Buy Tickets Online at TicketScene

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Aldo López-Gavilán @ The Isabel

Aldo López-Gavilán

Wed, Mar 23, 2016
7:30 pm
ADVANCE: STUDENT $12/ GENERAL ADMISSION $15 – DAY OF SHOW $20

Afro-Cuban jazz piano meets classical meets world music.  Havana-based pianist Aldo López-Gavilán almost defies categorization.  His piano solos mesmerized audiences at a sold-out Isabel show in October 2014 when he accompanied Carlos Varela.  Now he’s back for a solo show that will illustrate why piano great Chucho Valdés calls him “simply a genius, a star.”

http://aldomusica.com

A portion of the proceeds from this concert will go to the Sonia Enjamio Fund at Queen’s to support Cuban and Canadian student exchange programs.

Buy tickets online

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

Dec 5: Craig Pedersen // Mark Molnar // Matt Rogalsky @ Musical Chairs

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Musical Chairs
330 Division St (at York)
Doors at 7, music at 8!
$8 / PWYC

Tone Deaf is happy to present CRAIG PEDERSEN’s
CUT AND GOUGE: solo trumpet tour

There will also be performances by:
MARK MOLNAR – Ottawa cellist, composer
MATT ROGALSKY – Kingston sound artist
(more info coming soon!)

Craig Pedersen is out on his CUT AND GOUGE solo-trumpet cross-Canada CD-release tour. At each stop on the tour, he’ll be joined by some of the musicians he most admires – in this case, Matt Rogalsky and Ottawa’s Mark Molnar. More information about the tour and the new disc at www.craigpedersen.com

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player and experimental musician living in Montréal, Canada. Since 2011, Craig has released nine albums, 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, Shayna Dulberger, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore). His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

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.

Dec 11: KJE @ Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
7:30PM
Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive – Kingston
$25 & $20 – Available at the door
Military & Students: $15

Join 19 of Kingston’s finest jazz professionals and music educators for this very special one night performance featuring Swinging BIG BAND and COMBO arrangements of traditional standards as well as timeless Christmas favorites like Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and more.

Information: Call 613-546-9868