Sep.19: Satoko Fujii’s This is It! @ St. Mark’s Church

Wednesday, September 19th
Saint Mark’s Church (263 Victoria Street)
7pm
$15 at the door

  • Natsuki Tamura – trumpet
  • Satoko Fujii – piano
  • Takashi Itani – drums

Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising… Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.

― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“One of the most original pianists in free jazz.”

― Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“She could be the most important creative musician of our time.”

― Michael Nastos, allmusic

In pianist-composer Satoko Fujii’s native Japan, reaching the age of 60 is traditionally so important that there’s a special word for the milestone―kanreki. It’s a moment to remember life’s accomplishments and to put former troubles behind you. The celebrant enters the next stage of life with the all joy and expectations of a newborn child. To celebrate her own 60th birthday, Fujii, already a prolific bandleader with more than 80 releases to her name, will intensify her recording schedule, releasing one CD a month for all of 2018. Rather than using her kanreki year to look back at a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Fujii will emphasize new works for current projects, debut special projects, and introduce new working bands in an unprecedented 12-month spree of new releases. “I probably should think and notice that I am not young anymore,” she says, “but I just keep doing what I want to do.”

Mar.11: Generation NOW with Petr Cancura @ Chalmers

Sunday, March 11
2pm
Chalmers United Church
$20 general admission
free for students with valid ID

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The creative drive that spawns unique musical voices are the lifeblood of the Canadian Jazz Scene! Generation NOW features some of today’s most important Canadian jazz musicians. This group is carefully assembled to create a band that will not only relish in great time feel, but give you, the listener, a canvas of true original canadian musical personalities. Stacked with seasoned, award winning composers and brilliant performers, Generation NOW is a snapshot of a once in a lifetime event featuring:

  • Petr Cancura – woodwinds
  • Michael Blake – woodwinds
  • Rebecca Hennessy – trumpet
  • Marianne Trudel – piano
  • Rémi-Jean LeBlanc – bass
  • Greg Ritchie – drums.

Jan.21: Hannah Barstow Quartet @ Chalmers

Sunday, January 21
2pm
Chalmers United Church (side entrance)
$20 general admission
students free (with valid ID)

  • Hannah Barstow – piano/voice
  • Mike Murley – sax
  • Steve Wallace – bass
  • Keith Barstow – drums

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Hannah Barstow (b. 1994) is an up-and-coming performer and composer in the Toronto music scene. Originally from Napanee, Ontario, she began studying piano at the age of four, and started singing and playing professionally at the age of twelve. In June of 2012, Hannah received an ARCT in piano performance with first class honours. In August of that year, she won first place in the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations Music Writing Competition, for her piano suite entitled A Day. Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance on piano with honours.

While at U of T, Hannah received a number of awards, including the Albert and Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship in Music (2012-2016), the U of T Jazz Arranging Prize (2015), and the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance as part of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grant program (2015). Hannah has studied with some of Toronto’s leading musicians, including U of T faculty Mike Murley, Christine Duncan, Terry Promane and Chris Donnelly. Before university, she studied with Mark Eisenman and Kingston-based composer Martha Hill Duncan.

Hannah is involved in a number of groups of varying styles, including her jazz trio, which has regularly performed at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar since June of 2015, and they were featured as the student performers at the Ken Page Memorial Trust Fundraising Gala in October of 2015. She has also led groups at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival for the past nine years, including the summer of 2016 when she was featured as the Rising Young Star. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by the U of T Jazz Orchestra and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Oct.29: Mike Murley Trio @ Chalmers United

Sunday, October 29th
2pm
Chalmers United Church
$20

Formed in 1998, Murley’s original trio featured Ed Bickert (guitar) and Steve Wallace (bass). In 2000, this group released “Live at the Senator”, winning that year’s Juno Award for best mainstream jazz album.  Bickert retired from playing professionally shortly after this but in Nov 2012 a recording of the trio’s previously unissued material, “Test of Time”, was released and promptly produced another Juno.  These recordings are certainly made significant by the fact that they represent the final two contributions to the legendary guitarist’s rich discography.

Murley’s current trio, which now features Reg Schwager (guitar) continues this tradition of intimate, lyrical explorations of jazz standards.  Often Guido Basso (trumpet/flugelhorn) joins the trio as a special guest. His incomparable musicality is always welcome and the addition of his voice lends the group a unique and truly special dynamic.  With Basso as a guest the group has made two tours of Mexico including an extensive trip as featured artists at Festival Internacional Cervantinoin 2007.

Oct.10: House Concert with Ethan Ardelli Quartet

Tuesday, Oct.10
68 Centre Street
Kingston, ON
$20 (+ service fee) general admission

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Please note, there is limited seating available; please purchase tickets online to ensure a space. There may be a couple more seats available at the door but no guarantees.

Wine and cheese are included with entry.

About

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a freelancing drummer on the Toronto jazz scene. Since graduating from the University of Toronto in 2006, Ethan has had the good fortune of working with such artists as Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz and Mulgrew Miller​​. Ethan has played on two Juno award winning albums (Jane Bunnett’s “Radio Guantanamo” and Mike Downes’ “Ripple Effect”). As well as leading his own group Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Quintet, Nancy Walker Quintet, Mike Downes’ Trio, Brian Dickinson Trio, Harley Card Quintet and William Carn’s “Run Stop Run”.

Ethan Ardelli – drums
Luis Deniz – alto sax
Chris Donnely – piano
Devon Henderson – bass

Mar.18: John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Isabel

John MacLeod’s credentials as a trumpeter, composer and arranger have been firmly established, with a distinguished career spanning almost thirty years on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with Toronto’s most elite musicians and musical organizations in both the jazz and commercial music fields. In 2003, John formed his own large jazz ensemble, the 20-piece Rex Hotel Orchestra (named after the club where it performs the last Monday of each month). The Rex Hotel Orchestra is now one of Canada’s finest Big Band Jazz Orchestras.

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