(Concerts held Sundays at 2pm in The Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library, 130 Johnson.)
The Kingston Jazz Society’s Live @ Your Library Concert Series continues on March 17. The theme for the Series, “The Kingston Jazz Composers Connection” highlights our City’s amazing local talent like no other, creating a once-in-a-lifetime combination of artists of regional, national, and international acclaim on one stage.
Tickets ($20) are available at Brian’s Record Option and at the door. $5 student tickets will once again be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.
March 17: Mike Cassells
- Michael Occhipinti — Guitar
- Jon Maharaj — Bass
- Mike Cassells — Drums
Mike Cassells has been playing music in Kingston for over 20 years and has established himself as one of the cities most creative musicians. He has been fortunate to perform with artists including Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Joe Sullivan, and Paul Tynan. Active as a composer and an educator, he creates music in a wide variety of styles and currently teaches at St. Lawrence College in their Digital Arts for Musicians program. His albums demonstrate his diversity of interests and talents, covering a range of styles, from jazz fusion to electroacoustic. His latest album features original Online Casino compositions in tribute to the great jazz drummer Paul Motian.
Jon Maharaj is one of Toronto’s busiest bassists. He has performed and/or recorded with Reg Schwager, Mike Murley, Christian Scott, Matt Stevens, David Braid, and many others. He’s appeared on dozens of recordings crossing a number of genres. Graduate of the U of T’s Jazz Studies program, he has lived in New York thanks to a Canada Council grant, where he had the opportunity to study with Drew Gress, Ben Street, Scott Colley, and Matt Brewer.
An eight-time JUNO Award nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (including 2009’s album The Sicilian Jazz Project), guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti’s modern and eclectic approach to jazz and creative music of all kinds has earned him a broad array of listeners and the respect of critics and musicians alike. As co-leader of the 16-piece band NOJO, Occhipinti has performed with such jazz greats as Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Ray Anderson, and Kenny Wheeler.
April 7: Greg Runions
- John MacLeod — Trumpet
- Jonathon Stewart — Tenor Saxophone
- Dave Barton — Guitar
- Greg Runions — Vibraphone
- Brian Dickinson — Piano
- Artie Roth — Bass
- Mike Cassells Drums
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.