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.

2015 Winter Concert Series continues in March

The Kingston Jazz Society’s 2015 Winter Concert Series “Help from our friends” concludes in style this March. We have three fantastic shows scheduled on March 8, 12, and 15.

$20/$5 student tickets for our concerts are available at the door or through TicketScene.

Please note that the March 12 Shuffle Demons concert will be a free show at 9pm at The Toucan, 76 Princess St.


March 12: The Shuffle Demons at The Toucan

Thursday at 9pm at The Toucan (76 Princess St.)

March 15: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen & Eli Bennett at St. Mark’s (Ticket)
Sunday at 2pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 263 Victoria St.

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial


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.


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