2017 Winter Concert Series: Friends & Neighbours

2017 Winter Concert Series

Our 2017 Winter Concert Series entitled Friends & Neighbours.


Paul Morrison Trio (tickets)
Sunday, January 22, 2 PM
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)

Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest (tickets)

Friday, February 10th, 7:30 PM
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)

Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory (tickets)
Sunday, February 19th, 2pm
Chalmers United Church (MacCallum Hall)

Robi Botos (tickets)

Sunday, March 5, 2 PM
Chalmers United Church (Sanctuary)

Chris Alfano Quartet (tickets)
Sunday, March 26th, 2 PM.
Tett Centre (Rehearsal Room)

Dec 3: Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with special guest Pilar

A Great Afternoon Double Bill of Jazz and World Music! Featuring Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with Special Guest (from Italy) Pilar

Michael Occhipinti is one of Canada’s most imaginative guitarists, and his work has been called “a masterpiece of cultural fusion,” mixing rare Old World Sicilian folk material with the New World sounds of electric guitars, chamber music, funk and reggae grooves, and modern jazz. With music sung by fishermen, sulphur miners, and folk musicians as a starting point, the Sicilian Project is like a trip on the Mediterranean that somehow manages to detour to Mali, Jamaica, and New Orleans. With astonishing Italian vocalist Pilar joining the band for shows across Canada, prepare for dramatic music that will have you on a plane to Sicily tomorrow!

Kingston’s Chantal Thompson will open the show with her unique songbook of jazz standards, soulful original music, and surprising covers.

Tickets are available through Ticketscene and at the door.

July 8 8pm: Jazz Soul Night featuring Elizabeth Shepherd & Chantal Thompson with Michael Occhipinti

Toronto’s Elizabeth Shepherd joins Kingston’s Chantal Thompson and Michael Occhipinti for what promises to be a fantastic evening of music. The show starts at 8pm at the Renaissance Event Venue. (285 Queen St.)

$20 tickets are available on-line or at the door.

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June 30 7:30pm: The Marianne Trudel Quartet

Come see Montreal’s fabulous Marianne Trudel on June 30th at 7:30pm in The Wilson Room of the Central Branch of the Kingston Public Library.

The Marianne Trudel Quartet is:

  • Marianne Trudel – piano
  • Jon Stewart – sax
  • Remy-Jean LeBlanc – bass
  • Rich Irwin – drums

Doors open for the show at 7pm. Please join us beforehand for the Kingston Jazz Society’s AGM just ahead of the show.

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.


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.

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Aug 22 and 23: Canadian Songbook at the Baby Grand

Music lovers are sure to be interested in this upcoming concert:

The Baby Grand is the perfect venue for the intimate performance of “Canadian Songbook”, a celebration of the music of our Canadian Singer/Songwriters

ARTISAN Entertainment presents “CANADIAN SONGBOOK” August 22nd, at 8:00pm and August 23rd at 2:30pm.

Join CLIFF EDWARDS, CRAIG JONES, KEN HALL, DAN CHARBONNEAU, SELINA CHIARELLI and DUNCAN HOLT as they perform the great songs from some of our Internationally known Artists. K.D.Lang, Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young are featured in a musical tribute to those Artists whose songs have become known world-wide. The show features the hits “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Insensitive”, “Lady Chatelaine”, “Run To You” “Heart Of Gold” “Constant Craving” and “She’s Come Undone”. These are just a few of the songs featured in this wonderful intimate presentation from some if Kingston’s most talented musicians and performers.

“Canadian Songbook” August 22nd, 23rd in the Baby Grand.
Call the Grand Theatre Box Office 613-530-2050 or at www.kingstongrand.ca.
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Highlights of the 5th Annual Porch Jazz Parade posted!

Porch Jazz is a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts highlighting many of Kingston’s best jazz acts along the way.

For our 5th Annual Parade, the sounds of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra and the Woodshed Orchestra carried parade goers en route to the Skeleton Park Arts Festival. At each location, local jazz ensembles played a half-hour set. There was dancing in the streets at this kid- and family-friendly event!

Upcoming Jazz: a feast of local talent

Hello jazz lovers!

As you can see from these upcoming shows, local jazz is thriving in Kingston. Look what we have to look forward to:

Thursday July 23 and 30th 8-11: Ornette Coleman Tribute concerts @ musikkii 


Thu, Jul.23 and Thu, Jul.30
Musikkii Cafe
73 Brock St.
Pay What You Can

In tribute to the late great Ornette Coleman, Inside Out will be playing two tribute concerts at Musikkii Cafe. These shows will be all Ornette’s music and largely focus on the earlier albums such asTomorrow Is The Question and The Shape of Jazz To Come.

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.

Friday July 24 6-9:  The 20th Century Band featuring Craig Jones and friends @ Monte’s


Saturday July 25 9-12: Big Phat Horn Band @ The RCHA


Sunday July 26 12-2pm: Le Chien Noir All-Stars @  Le Chien Noir

OPEN-AIR LIVE JAZZ BRUNCH! On the terrace for live Jazz featuring the ‘Le Chien Noir All-Stars’, Sunday’s from 12-2PM.

Tuesday July 28 6-9pm: Tuesday night jazz @ Olivea

Tuesday night live Jazz at Olivea has become a Kington tradition among jazz lovers. There is no cover charge, just come and enjoy the music of Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio, or the Dave Barton Trio while you dine on fabulous Italian food. The bands rotate from week to week – check out the schedule below. They play from 6 – 9pm every Tuesday.

The Downtown Trio: James Wannamaker – Saxophone; Sean Jensen – Drums; Noah St. Amand – Bass

Spencer Evans – Vocals, Keyboard, Clarinet; and Bob Arlidge on Bass

The Dave Barton Trio features Dave Barton on Guitar with Bass (Paul Clifford or Doug Rooks) and Vocals (Amanda Balsys, Michelle Kaz or Susan Graff)

  • July 28 – Spencer Evans
  • August 4 – Dave Barton Trio
  • August 11 – Downtown Trio
  • August 18 – Dave Barton Trio
  • August 25 – Spencer Evans