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

June 20 Skeleton Park Arts Fest: Porch Jazz, Soul Rebels, Soul Jazz Orchestra, and more!!!

The 2015 Skeleton Park Arts Fest is upon us! Be sure to check out the full festival line-up and the all-day events on June 20.

Join us for the fifth annual Porch Jazz Parade starting at 559 Bagot at noon on Saturday.  Catch the Soul Rebels, The Soul Jazz Orchestra, The Woodshed Orchestra, the Lemon Bucket Orchestra and more!!

Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2015: June 12-21

For full details, see the Skeleton Park Arts Fest site.

June 20 at noon: The Fifth Annual Porch Jazz Parade

The Fifth Annual Porch Jazz Parade takes place on Saturday June 20th at noon. This year the parade, lead by The Woodshed Orchestra, starts at the Boys & Girls Club at 559 Bagot St.  Read on for the full map and details.

Porch Jazz Parade, June 20th from noon-4pm 

  • Parade Band The Woodshed Orchestra
  • 12pm Skeleton Bones @ Boys & Girls Club (559 Bagot Street)
  • 1pm Sheesham & Lotus & Son @ 530 Bagot Street
  • 2pm Blue Swing Jazz Quartet @ 121 Raglan Street
  • 3pm Jonah Cristall-Clarke @ 13 Redan Street
  • 4pm The Soul Rebels @ Mainstage

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Kingston Jazz Society Annual General Meeting June 14

The Kingston Jazz Society will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday June 14, 2015 at 3pm at Chez Piggy (68 Princess St. ) 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.

We chose Chez Piggy because of their ongoing sponsorship of our Winter Concert Series.  We thank them for their years of support.

May 9: HomeGrown Live – Jazz at Monte’s starting at 2pm!

Hello Jazz Fans!

The Kingston Jazz Society will once again be lending a helping hand at this year’s HomeGrown Live music festival. This Saturday you can catch amazing local jazz starting at 2pm at Monte’s.

If you’d like to sample everything that Kingston’s talented musicians have to offer, be sure to check out the full HomeGrown Live schedule.

We would like to send out a special thank you to Jon Stewart for once again arranging the schedule for the day, to Roger Viner for handling the technical needs all day, to SoundWorks for donating the PA, and most of all to the musicians for donating their time to this great cause and wonderful annual celebration of their talents.

Tir Nan Og (Jazz) 2015

The Tir Nan Og (200 Ontario Street) is Homegrown Live’s venue for Jazz.

2:00 Street52
2:50 Glenna Green
3:40 Kitchen Gypsies
4:30 Blue Swing
5:20 Shmil Berniker/Brant Peppley
6:10 20th Century Band
7:00 Groove Queens
7:50 Spencer Evans
8:40 Georgette Fry
9:30 Dave Barton/Greg Runions
10:20 Chris Alfano
11:10 Inside Out

SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Click on highlighted names for links to more info

Apr 16: Steve Berndt & Brian Browne live @ The Mansion

Vocalist Steve Berndt and pianist Brian Browne will be performing live at The Mansion next Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm.

The concert will be in support of the duo’s second album, “All Over Again” that can be heard on regular rotation on CBC’s Tonic.

You can read more about their new album on Steve’s site. Ottawa’s Peter Hum had this to say about the album:

On a few occasions have I seen Ottawa singer Steve Berndt wearing something other than his musical uniform.

On gigs, he favours a retro suit and dark fedora a la Frank Sinatra, resembling a Rat Pack member from back in the day. That get-up gives a sense of what to expect from Berndt on his gigs and his two CDs, Deja Vu and its follow-up All Over Again, which he and pianist Brian Browne will launch this Friday at the NAC Fourth Stage. Berndt looks the part of a 1960s crooner, and he sings that way too. He’s developed a supple, expressive way of delivering songs (ballads in particular) that frequently moves from vulnerable, understated beginnings to punchy, dramatic finishes.

His new disc repeats the same format of his debut, presenting 14 tracks including a dozen American Songbook standards and two very compatible originals. Here’s a live version of the Berndt/Browne duo performing “Mona Lisa”, complete with the verse, demonstrating the duo’s class at its best:

Other ballads appearing on the CD, along with the Nat King Cole classic, include “Born To Be Blue”, “For All We Know”, “The More I See You”, “Easy Living” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”. The renditions are consistent with the time-honoured way of interpreting these tunes — what matters most is the spontaneity and poise of the delivery.

More exuberant are “September In The Rain”, “Candy” and “Our Love Is Here To Stay”. Berndt’s originals the melancholy title track and the bouncier “The Moment” deal with love from two vantage points. To his credit, Berndt writes natural but untrite lyrics and crafts songs with some interesting cadences to them.

Above all, he renders his own words, as well as those of the greats, with conviction that outweighs the rare under-enunciated vowel or slightly more mannered singing, while Browne, the dean of Ottawa’s jazz pianists, is his usual sturdy, bluesy, in-the-moment self.

Jazz show reminder: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen Sunday at St. Mark’s 2pm

Hello jazz fans!

Our 2015 Winter Concert Series wraps up on Sunday at 2pm with Gray Matter live at St. Mark’s (263 Victoria at Earl.)

Sunday, March 15th, 2-4pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
263 Victoria St., Kingston, ON
Doors 1:30pm

$20 adults / $5 students; tickets at the door or through TicketScene

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet
Eli Bennett – sax
Todd Pentney – piano
Justin Gray – bass/electronics
Derek Gray – drums/percussion

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March 14: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The Grand

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Deriving their name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to live up to its name and celebrate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. The band leaders and dozens of others have passed on the lessons of music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps.

For nearly 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been traveling the globe, performing at prestigious centers like Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, yet the band never fails to bring their audiences dancing into the aisles with music that embodies a joyful, timeless spirit.

Tickets: $19.50/$29.50/$39.50 + HST and handling fee.
This show qualifies for IMPACT pricing.