March 15: Gray Matter featuring Ingrid Jensen – St. Mark’s Church

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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Rich Bannard/Jon Stewart duo concerts Tuesdays at Musiikki Cafe

Rich Bannard and Jon Stewart will be performing what promises to be a stellar duo show Tuesday nights in January at the Musiikki Cafe (73 Brock Street). The performances are planned to be in preparation for a recording slated for February. So as not to conflict with the long-standing jazz night at Olivea’s down the street, they plan to start a little later than usual, between 8:30 and 9.

Cover will be Pay What You Can, and the proceeds will go to cover recording costs.

Kingston Jazz Society 2015 Winter Concert Series: Help from our friends

The Kingston Jazz Society is excited to unveil our 2015 Winter Concert Series. The series, “Help from our friends” marks a change in format from our traditional winter Live @ Your Library series. This year, we have partnered to co-present with several other fantastic local arts organizations to bring you series of amazing concerts at varying times and several arts hubs throughout Kingston.

Full details of each concert will follow shortly.

Tickets will be available at the door or through TicketScene.


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, Live @ Your Library (Ticket)
Sunday at 2pm at St. Mark’s Church (263 Victoria at Earl)

Concert sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial
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Nov 29: Big Phat Horn Band at the RCHA

Need a reason to attend the Nov. 29 show of The Big Phat Horn Band at the RCHA? Here’s a few:
1. Free swing dance lessons provided by Tammy Swings at 8pm.
2. Door prize draw.
3. A performance by Special Guest Vocalist; Julia Moore.
4. New songs every month.
5. A rhythm section like no other featuring Mike Sakell, Dave Barton and Sylvain Gagnon.
6. SIX…SIX hard driving horns in the band.
7. Vocals by Kingston’s own famed Michael K. Myers.
8. It will be their last RCHA show until January 2015.

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Oct 30: Peter Van Huffel’s Boom Crane at The Mansion

BoomCraneIMG_8320Kingston’s Peter Van Huffel returns to The Mansion with his new project, Boom Crane, and will be joined on stage by the Queen’s Jazz Ensemble!

Boom Crane: Peter Van Huffel (sax) / Michael Bates (bass) / Jeff Davis(drums)
Thursday October 30th, 9pm
The Mansion
Tickets $10 ($5 student pricing)

Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. Boom Crane’s rough-and-tumble interplay meets in a place where everything is an option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. A trio of long time musical compatriots who play with intensity and fire; they take the music and manhandle it into unexpected shapes.

What is significant here is Boom Crane’s attitude, which is dutifully backed up by the band’s musicianship. They can navigate the sly time shifts of the swinging compositions “Automatic Vaudeville” and “Boom Crane,” the title track, both drawing from classic jazz but played with the reverence fitting a band of insurgents.

– AllAboutJazz review

Oct 30: Cuba’s Carlos Varela returns to Kingston

 Thursday October 30th, 7:30pm Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King St W

One of the most popular and provoking singer-songwriters in Cuba, Carlos Varela returns to Kingston for another stellar concert.  Varela, who has performed with Spain’s Joan Serrat, and the Americans Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, received an honorary degree from Queen’s in June, in recognition of his musical talent and the importance of his voice inside and outside Cuba.

Varela will be accompanied by jazz pianist Aldo López Gavilán, termed by Chucho Valdés as “simply a genius” and the London Times as a “formidable virtuoso.”

This concert is in conjunction with the launch of My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela (2014) edited by Maria Caridad Cumana, Karen Dubinsky and Xenia Reloba, published by the University of Toronto Press.

Advance tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, available online or at Novel Idea bookstore located at 156 Princess Street. Tickets also available at the door: $20/ $15 for students.

This concert is organized by the Queen’s University Department of Global Development Studies, with support from the George Taylor Richardson Fund and the Departments of Film and Media Studies, and History.

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Weekly Jazz in Kingston

  • Tuesdays at Olivea from 6-9
    Paul Clifford Trio
    Live Jazz Weekly.
    Tuesday 6-9 @ Olivea
    Friday 6-9 @ Monte’s

    Each Tuesday evening from 6-9, Olivea restaurant (39 Brock Street) in downtown Kingston hosts live Jazz. See Paul Clifford, Dave Barton, Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio, and more. There is no cover charge and food is top class. Feel free to come for drinks or dessert as well.

  • Jazz at Monte’s with Craig Jones and Friends from 6-9
    October 24 2014: The 20th Century Band @ 6:00 PM. A great union of Kingston Jazz Musicians. Sit by the fire and enjoy a wonderful evening of music and food.