Thursday and Friday: Michael K. Myers and jazz friends

This Thursday and Friday at The Confederation Place Hotel (Ontario St.) in WJ’s Bistro 6-9pm it’s Michael K. Myers and jazz friends.

Thursday the 26th, Michael is joined by James Wannamaker, and Tim Levitra Hallman.
Friday Michael has Chris Alfano, and Bob Arlidge on board.

The musicians will be performing music inspired by great jazz vocalists such as Sinatra, Bennett,  Cole, Krall, Buble, and others.


Marianne Trudel – Saturday, Nov. 7th at the Mansion

Marianne Trudel
Marianne Trudel

From Montreal, Marianne Trudel returns to Kingston for the first time since her successful appearance at the 2008 Kingston Jazz Festival to perform a mix of originals and standards with three of Kingston’s best musicians.

Marianne Trudel – piano
Jonathan Stewart – saxophone hgh product
Mike Perlin – bass
Mike Cassells – drums

Know it’s last minute folks, but come check it out, the music’s gonna be great.  Also if you haven’t been into the Basement @ the Mansion it’s a great space.  The show is from 8:00 to 11:00.

Tickets 10$ at the door

Stewart Perlin Cassels

The Story: NYC Quintet, Saturday October 24th at The Cove in Westport

The Cove, Westport,  8-11pm 613-273-3636

The Story is an acoustic/electric performance collective based in Brooklyn,NY consisting of an international ensemble of five unique and extraordinary musicians/composers from diverse cultural backgrounds: Lars Dietrich from Amsterdam, Holland, Samir Zarif from Houston, United States, John Escreet from London, United Kingdom, Zack Lober from Montreal, Canada, and Greg Ritchie from Saint John, Canada.

“The Group makes unfettered music that impresses with its daring and trust”

– Paul Gessel for Ottawa Citizen

In addition to regularly performing in New York, The Story frequently tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Some of the performance highlights include: Town Hall (New York), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam) Upstairs Jazz Club (Montreal), 55Bar (New York), Cachaca (New York), The Rex (Toronto), JID (Holland), as well as clinics for: University of New Orleans (New Orleans), McGill University (Montreal), and Humber College (Toronto). In addition to a busy performance schedule The Story has recorded for such international radio broadcasts as CBC Jazzbeat, VPRO Jazzradio, and Jazz in Duketown (Netherlands).

After being awarded a prestigious grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Greg Ritchie arrived in New York in 2003 and quickly began making a solid reputation for himself as a highly sought after sideman. After performing and recording as a regular band member of the illustrious Jill Scott Band and Jason Marsalis Group, Samir Zarif came to New York in search of a place where his highly personal and poignant voice would be able to flourish. In 2005, both Lars Dietrich and Zack Lober were offered full scholarships to the prestigious and highly regarded Manhattan School of Music. In addition, they were both awarded multiple grants from their respective countries. John Escreet, a London native, was rewarded a Scholarship to study in New York after having been one of the most revered, sought after and rewarded pianists in the London Jazz circuit.

“Dietrich and Zarif belong to the next generation of up and coming new saxophonists” – Jazz and more – Jazz Magazine

Lars HGH Dietrich, a renowned alto saxophonist from Amsterdam, has many accolades in the jazz world including competition awards in Holland and for the DownBeat Magazine’s ‘DownBeat College Soloist Award’ in May 2007. He has also performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano.

Samir Zarif is an extraordinary tenor saxophonist hailing originally from Houston, Texas. Samir made his debut as a jazz artist in New Orleans and moved to New York City shortly thereafter. Zarif’s discography ranges from Jill Scott’s “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol.2” to his debut as a Fresh Sounds recording artist on his CD entitled “The Paislies.”

John Escreet moved from London to New York in September 2006 and is already making waves in the jazz scene. In addition to being an active member of “The Story” he performs regularly with many of today’s greatest jazz musicians, such as David Binney and Ari Hoenig, and has also worked with the likes of Wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers and Seamus Blake, whilst also leading and touring with his own group, ‘The John Escreet Project.’

A native of Montreal, Canada, Zack Lober is a bassist/composer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a co-founder of the groups “The Story” and “Byproduct”, and an active band member with some of the most exciting up and coming artists in the Jazz and Rock fields (Zach Williams, Maria Neckam, John Escreet, and Chet Doxas).  He is also active as an educator and clinician and holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music.   As a sideman working in groups led by David Binney he has had the privilege to share the stage with many of NYC’s most respected artists.  He has also toured Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the United States in bands led by Ingrid Jensen, Chet Doxas and John Escreet, as well as with “The Story”.

Greg Ritchie is an exciting young drummer making waves in the New York music scene. He hails from the Canada’s east coast and is busy performing and recording with a wide variety of groups throughout the globe. Greg has performed with many notable musicians including Dave Liebman, Seamus Blake, Vic Juris and Ingrid Jensen, to name just a few.

Afro-Cuban All Stars: Saturday, October 24

The Afro-Cuban All Stars will be performing at the Grand Theatre this Saturday, October 24th at 8:00PM.

Spanning musicians from four generations, with members aged 13 to 81, Afro Cuban All Stars leapt onto the international music scene with the 1997 release of A Toda Cuba Le Gusta , recorded Electronic Cigarette in the Buena Vista Social Club sessions. Juan de Marcos González will lead this ensemble in a performance of many styles of Cuban music, including bolero, chachachá, salsa, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzón, rumba and abakua.

For more pictures and music check out their official website.

Festival Addition: Jazz Composition and Arrangement clinic

We are pleased to announce that we have recently finalized the details for a Jazz Composition and Arrangement clinic at Queen’s University on Friday, October 2nd from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. in room 120 of Harrison-LeCaine Hall at 39 Bader Lane electronic cigarette safty.

The free clinic run by Canadian jazz icons Don Thompson and Reg Schwager is open to everyone.  This is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters.  If you or someone you know might be interested, please pass the info on.

Kingston Jazz Festival – October 1-4


The 2009 Jazz Festival will showcase the diverse talents of multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. He is featured Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. This year’s Festival is the first to be done in collaboration with the Grand Theatre, who have scheduled an Oliver Jones/Ranee Lee concert for the Friday night.

The festival begins on Thursday, October 1st, with a duo performance featuring Don Thompson on bass and vibes and Reg Schwager on guitar. In a unique twist, they will share the main stage of the Grand Theatre with the audience, who will be seated bistro-style at tables. Drinks will be available on-stage. This very different, intimate setting will seat 120 people, so it’s best to book early. Each table seats four people and tables can be purchased together.

As mentioned, Friday October 2nd will feature Oliver Jones and Ranée Lee again at the Grand Theatre.  After the main show be sure to catch the up-and-coming Toronto band Yuka for a free show at Aroma Resto-Winebar.  (10:30 PM start)

On Saturday, October 3rd, Don Thompson will return to the stage with a veritable who’s who reverse phone lookup for cell of Canadian jazz in a nonet featuring:

Don Thompson – Bass, vibes, piano
Reg Schwager – Guitar
Jon Challoner – Trumpet
Kelly Jefferson – Saxophone
Terry Promane – Trombone
Andy Ballantyne – Saxophone
Perry White – Saxophone
Jim Vivian – Bass
Terry Clarke – Drums

The first half of this concert will feature Duke Ellington compositions while the second half will feature the compositions by the great Canadian trumpeter, Kenny Wheeler.

Again,Aroma will host Yuka in the free after-show on the Saturday night.

Finally, the Festival will draw to a close on Sunday, October 4th, with a 2:00P.M. show at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Library. The final show will feature Don Thompson’s famous quartet of Reg Schwager, Jim Vivan and Terry Clarke.

A full festival pass is $99, prices per-show are:

8:00 P.M. at the Grand Theatre:
– October 1st, Don Thompson & Reg Schwager: $30
– October 2nd, Oliver Jones and Ranée Lee: $39
– October 3rd, The Don Thompson Nonet $35

2:00 P.M. at the Wilson Room:
– October 4th, The Don Thompson Quartet: $20

Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre box office, 613-530-2050

Festival Details

Sara Hamilton and David – August 30th

Sara Hamilton and David conclude their weekly summer booking at Confederation Place Hotel next Sunday.  If you haven’t seen them recently, you should know that in addition to bassist Bob Arlidge, they have added a percussionist to the mix.

The result is a delightful quartet of keys, bass, percussion, flute, and of course both Sara and David’s formidable vocal talents Xanax covering the gamut of jazz standards.

Be sure to check out their show running from 6:00-9:00 pm this Sunday on the patio or in the atrium.

Sara Hamilton and David with special guest Bob Arlidge
on the Patio or in the Atrium if it rains
Sundays through August, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario St., Kingston 613-549-6300August

Prince Edward County Jazz Festival – August 18-23

“The 2009 Prince Edward County Jazz Festival promises to be one of the best to date, with this year’s focus on jazz piano taking centre stage at all four Regent Theatre concerts.”

– Brian Barlow, Creative Director.

Enjoy six days of exciting jazz events all over the County including main stage concerts at the historic Regent Theatre in Picton, daytime jazz at wineries and bistros, dinner jazz shows in Ambien 5mg the evenings, plus meet the artist events and jam sessions on the weekend.

The stellar line-up includes:

  • Carol Welsman
  • Guido Basso
  • Hilario Duran
  • Oliver Jones
  • Chet Doxas
  • Lorraine Desmarals
  • Mark Elsenman
  • Robi Botos
  • Phil Dwyer
  • Brian Barlow
  • Daniel Jamieson

Be sure to check out the complete schedule.

Admission varies by event.   Some are free some require tickets.
For information call the Regent Theatre box office 613-476-8416 ext. 28

Sundays: Sara Hamilton and David with Bob Arlidge

Jazz artists Sara Hamilton and David with special guest Bob Arlidge are playing  Sundays 6:00-9:00 pm through August on the patio or in the atrium at the Confederation Place Hotel.

Sundays through August, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Confederation Place Hotel Ativan Online
237 Ontario St., Kingston 613-549-6300

Sara Hamilton and David with special guest Bob Arlidge
on the Patio or in the Atrium if it rains
Sundays through August, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario St., Kingston 613-549-6300