Aug 14 to 19: PEC Jazz Festival

The PEC Jazz Festival is August 14th to 19th

Main Stage Concerts
Regent Theatre, 224 Main St., Picton 8:00 pm
Call (613) 476-8416 ext 28 or 1 (877) 411-4761 for tickets

Thursday, August 15 – Emilie-Claire BarlowFriday, August 16 – Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy BandSaturday, August 18 – Tribute to George Shearing featuring Don Thompson, Bernie Senensky, Reg Schwager, Terry Clarke and Neil Swainson

Sunday, August 19 – Boss Brass Reunion


Tuesday, August 14


Start off your week with a free informal jazz lecture on Big Bands and All That Jazz with the famous author Peter C. Newman. He has written many books and articles about major figures in Canadian business and politics such as When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada and The Secret Mulroney Tapes. Peter is not only a prolific writer but he is also a jazz fan. Come to Books & Co., 289 Main St., Picton, upstairs at 7 pm. to hear this entertaining and informative talk.

Wednesday, August 15


Barley Days Jazz Barbecue with Guido Basso and Russ Little  – SOLD OUT
5:30 pm wine & beer tasting; 6:30 pm dinner; 8 pm concert
Waring House, 395 County Road 1, sponsored by Lexus of Kingston

Thursday, August 16


Jenica Rayne Jazz Trio

7:30 pm Barley Room Pub, Waring House, 395 County Road 1

Born in Picton, Jenica is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist and performer. Check out her website at

Emilie-Claire Barlow

8 pm Regent Theatre, Picton

Emilie-Claire Barlow is a captivating and evocative chanteuse but she is much more than that.  An accomplished arranger and interpreter, she is the product of an exceptionally talented jazz family.  Encouraged to sing early and often, she also learned to play piano, clarinet, cello and violin.  A flourishing radio and television voice acting career began at the age of seven.  Children of the 90s (and their parents!)  may know her as Sailor Mars or Venus in the hit children’s TV show Sailor Moon.  The singing accolades: four Juno nominations arising from eight albums since 1998, and the National Jazz Awards’ vocalist-of-the-year in 2008.

Just to give you a taste of what you are in store for on Thursday, August 16th,  click on this link to hear her sing “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”.

Sponsored by Royal LePage ProAlliance.

After Hours Jam Session with Bernie Senensky Trio

10 pm Currah’s Restaurant, 252 Main St., Picton (cover charge) sponsored by Cooke’s Fine Food
Bernie was part of the Moe Koffman Quintet and has played with Peter Appleyard, Zoot Sims, Joe Williams and Buddy DeFranco.

Click on THIS LINK to see a cool video of Bernie with his Trio on Bernie’s website.

Friday, August 17

Rising Young Star Claire Devlin with Bernie Senensky and Steve Wallace
4 pm St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 31 King St., Picton sponsored by Hillier House

Claire is the winner of this year’s PEC Jazz Rising Young Star Award.

Don Englert Trio
7:30 pm Barley Room Pub, Waring House

Don Englert, a saxohonist and flutist is a seasoned professional. For 9 years, he toured with bands such as Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich and Lighthouse.  He has been a studio musician for the CBC in TV and radio and is on the faculties of University of Toronto and McMaster University.

Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band
8 pm Regent Theatre

Described by his own musicians as a “legitimate” legend, drummer Louis Hayes counts Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and J.J. Johnson among those he’s played with.  But his most famous boss may well have been the popular 60s blues and soul-jazz saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, who died of a stroke at the age of 46 in 1975.  He’s been leading the Cannonball band since the late 90s, but never stops breathing new life into Adderley’s music that crossed into the popular consciousness 45 years ago.  The quintet showcases some of New York’s hottest players – Vincent Herring on alto sax,  Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Rick Germanson on piano and Richie Goods on bass.

Sponsored by Elliott Sage Design and Construction and Scott Wentworth Landscape Group.

Mike Francis Duo
8 pm Currah’s Lounge

After Hours Jam Session with Bernie Senensky Trio
10 pm Currah’s Restaurant (cover charge) sponsored by Cooke’s Fine Foods

Saturday, August 18



Colleen Allen & Dan Ionescu Cialis

10 am Glenwood Chapel, 47 Ferguson St., Picton

Marika Galea Quintet

12 noon St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
sponsored by TD Canada Trust

A jazz bass student at University of Toronto, Marika will be pursuing her studies at Berklee College of Music. She has been involved with the Humber College Community Music School, Jazz FM91 Youth Big Band, National Music Camp of Canada and Musicfest Canada. She has been offered scholarships and awards and has been hosting Jazz Jams at The Rex Hotel in Toronto on selected nights. Come out to see hear this young star and her band. You can check out her music on

Free Jam Session

hosted by Guido Basso

with Bernie Senensky,

Steve Wallace,

Brian Barlow and a host of others

2:00 pm Regent Theatre, Picton

sponsored by TD Canada Trust

Canadian Jazz Quartet

3:30 pm Carriage House Cooperage, Grand Opening
66 Gilead Distillery, 66 Gilead Rd., Bloomfield

This is one of Canada’s most consistent swinging jazz ensemble with well-known players: Gary Benson on guitar, Frank Wright on vibraphone, Duncan Hopkins on bass and Don Vickery on drums. Visit their website at to hear the kind of music you will enjoy this Saturday afternoon at the Cooperage Grand Opening.

Russell Drago Trio

7:30 pm Barley Days Pub, Waring House

Returning for their 4th consecutive year in a row to the PEC Jazz Festival is Russel Drago (vocals), Tony Quarrington (guitar) and Clark Johnston (bass).


George Shearing

8 pm Regent Theatre

Born in 1919, British Pianist George Shearing was the youngest of nine children, and would play the piano eventually for three presidents after emigrating to the U.S. in 1947.

His quartets and quintets were so popular that two of his standards – September in the Rain and Lullaby of Birdland – sold in the million-copy range, a huge success for jazz recordings.

A collaboration with Mel Torme resulted in two Grammy awards in 1983 and 1984. Major influences were Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, and the Glenn Miller reed section. He died in February 2011.

This all-Canadian tribute led by Don Thompson on vibes features:

Bernie Senensky on piano, and musicians who, like Thompson,  played with Shearing’s band:

Neil Swainson on bass, Terry Clarke on drums, and Reg Schwager on guitar.  

Sponsored by Huff Estates Winery.

Mike Francis Duo

8 pm Currah’s Lounge, Picton

After Hours Jam Session with Bernie Senensky Trio

10 pm Currah’s Restaurant (cover charge)
sponsored by Cooke’s Fine Foods

Jazz Van with the Chameleon Jazz Band

sponsored by Canadian Tire, Picton and Trisha & Michael Stiff

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Wellington Farmers Market, 245 Main St., Wellington

1 – 1:45 pm Bloomfield United Church,
272 Main St., Bloomfield – courtesy of BABA

2 – 2:45 pm Huff Estates Winery, 2274 County Road 1

Sunday, August 19

Jazz Mass

with Brian Barlow Trio

and Tabby Johnson

10:30 am Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 335 Main St., Picton

Dan Bone Trio

1 pm County Cider Comapany, Waupoos

Hanna Barstow Quartet

2 pm St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church sponsored by TD Canada Trust

Canadian Jazz Quartet

2 pm Huff Estates Winery

Boss Brass


8 pm Regent Theatre, Picton

For thirty years, the Boss Brass, led by the legendary Rob McConnell, set the big band jazz standard in Canada and well beyond.

Described by Mel Torme as one of the best bands he ever worked with, the “Brass” wowed not only fans but also the best jazz musicians everywhere.

Awards piled up:  three Grammys and five Junos, and lots of nominations. McConnell, revered as  “a true renaissance man in the genre of jazz,”  passed away on May 1, 2010,  at  the age of 75.

This performance is the first Boss Brass “reunion” since; the musicians are all former members of the band.

Conductor/arranger: Rick Wilkins

Saxes: John Johnson, Vern Dorge,  Alex Dean, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Leonard.

Trumpets: Dave Dunlop, Steve McDade, Guido Basso, John MacLeod, Jason Logue.

Trombones:  Al Kay, Russ Little, Bob Livingston, Colin Murray.

French horns: James MacDonald and Gary Pattison.

Piano: Don Thompson

Bass: Steve Wallace

Drums: Terry Clarke

Percussion: Brian Barlow

Guitar: Reg Schwager

Sponsored by Huff Estates Winery

VIP Boss Brass Reception

10:30 pm Regent Theatre Loft

tickets $10, call Regent Theatre box office (613) 476 – 8416 ext 28 or 1 (877) 411 – 4761