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 as Tomorrow 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.

March 8: Gerry Shatford Trio Live @ Your Library with Kingston Writers Fest

Sunday, March 8th, 2-4pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
2nd floor, Wilson Room
130 Johnson St., Kingston, ON
Doors 1:30pm

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

This concert is a Kingston Jazz Society/Kingston Writers Fest co-presentation sponsored by Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.

  • Gerry Shatford – piano
  • Neil Swainson – bass
  • Barry Elmes – drums


  • Bruce Kauffman – narration

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Fri Feb 27: Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, Craig Pedersen co-presented by Tone Deaf

Malting Tower
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King St W.
Tickets available at the door or through TicketScene

Joe Morris – guitar
Mark Molnar – cello
Craig Pedersen – trumpet

The winter jazz concert series continues with a very special concert featuring the trio of Joe Morris, Mark Molnar, and Craig Pedersen. This concert is first for us as we will be using the brand spankin’ new Malting Tower in the recently opened Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. We are also pleased to be partnering with Tone Deaf for this event!

About the artists

Guitar player Joe Morris is hailed as “… the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade.” (JOHN CORBETT, DOWNBEAT). Joined by trumpet player Craig Pedersen and cello player Mark Molnar, the trio will tread through their collective take on tradition and innovation to places of joy, inquiry and contemplation in an effort to share the music they love.

Tour dates

Feb 25 – Silence – Guelph, Ontario
Feb 26 – Black Squirrel Books – Ottawa, Ontario
Feb 27 – Tett Centre – Kingston, Ontario
Feb 28 – Curated – Peterborough, Ontario
Mar 1 – La Passe – Montréal, Quebec

Joe Morris

Joe Morris is a joyous, innovative, and thought provoking artist, musician, guitarist and bassist who draws on the history of jazz in his work, and reinvents tradition through his unique voice.

He has worked consistently on communicating with audiences the world over throughout his nearly 3 decade long career. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department.

Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with such Jazz luminaries as Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.

“… the guitar revolutionary to pay attention to.”

“… a guitarist whose sound is completely his own, oscillating between deadpan sweetness and dangerous, shrapnel-like caprice.”


Craig Pedersen

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It’s A Free Country duo with Joel Kerr.

Since 2011, Craig has released eight albums of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.


Mark Molnar

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun.


TONE DEAF COLLECTIVE – The Tone Deaf Collective is dedicated to bringing experimental music and sound performance to Kingston, presenting artists residing both within and outside of our city through their annual festival, and additional programming throughout the year. The group has successfully highlighted work of local new music composers, noisicians, laptop, sound sculptors, and many others, and is a vital outlet for a wide range of musics and sound-based practices which are not otherwise heard.

Apr 4: David Braid @ St Mark’s Lutheran

David-Braid-12_04_03David Braid, Canadian jazz pianist and composer will performing with Chris Alfano (clarinet) at 5pm on Friday April 4, at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street, Kingston.

Hailed as “A jazz genius to call our own” (MacLean’s Magazine), Two-time Juno award winning David Braid has performed across Western Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil, the United States and Canada. His albums Vivid and Verge have both won Juno Awards for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year and his compositions, including over eighty works for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras, earned him the SOCAN Composer of the Year award as well.

Tickets are $20.00 and will be available at the door.

Oct.18: Tanya Tagaq in Concert with NANOOK OF THE NORTH @ St. Andrews Church

Friday October 18th 7pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Princess & Clergy)


The Kingston Arts Council & Tone Deaf Presents:

Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq
w/ Jesse Zubot & Jean Martin
in concert with Nanook of the North commissioned by TIFFBell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

Watch the event teaser video!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV-YQSQ1_FE

Tickets $10 in advance at Cornerstone, Brian’s Records, The Kingston Arts Council and on-line: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9176/

Innovative vocalist Tanya Tagaq can capture the most ethereal moments of desire, or find the deepest, huskiest, beating pulse, with her voice and breath. She can create a soundscape from inhalation and exhalation, summon a powerful emotion from the smallest movement of lips, throat, lungs.

Her intense, evocative vocalizations, based on Inuit throat singing traditions, help reclaim the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North. Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot perform a live accompaniment to the film’s silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.

Street 52 @ The Mansion on Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm

Street 52
Street 52

Street52 will be featured this Sunday, On The Patio, at the Mansion, 506 Princess St.

Andre Petitpas – vocals
Alex Tikhnenko – bass
Glenn Tooth – flute
Andy Love – drums

Street52 plays a very approachable mix of Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B and Reggae.

Enjoy one of Kingston’s nicest Patio’s and some great music by Street52 this Sunday at the

Street52 will be playing Sunday afternoons at the Mansion through the end of September.

Check out Street52’s website setup at Street52.com, like us on Facebook @ facebook.com/street52.theband.

Cam Schaefer’s Music & Pop Art

Pop Art

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.

Sol Lewitt

Please join Cam Schaefer for his art opening at Studio22.

Opening Reception

Saturday evening – August 17th – 8:00 to 10:30
Studio22 Open Gallery
320 King Street East – 2nd floor

Music By

Joey Wright (guitar)
Zak Colbert (bass)
Christos Smirnios (drums)

Paul Clifford Trio at Olivea every Tuesday

Paul Clifford Trio
Paul Clifford Trio. Every Tuesday from 6-9 @ Olivea

Each Tuesday evening,The Paul Clifford Trio performs live at Olivea restaurant (39 Brock Street) in downtown Kingston. There is no cover charge Payday Loan and food is top class. Feel free to come for drinks or dessert as well. This week the trio is:

Jonathan Stewart – sax
David Barton – guitar
Paul Clifford – bass

Music is from 6PM-9PM.