Mar.8: Experimental Music @ St Mark’s

Thursday, March 8
St Mark’s Lutheran Church
PWYC / Suggested $10 minimum / No one turned away!

Tone Deaf presents a wonderful duo and trio of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel, who will also play together as a quintet in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a longtime leading figure in Canada’s creative music community.

A celebrated international figure in American jazz and experimental music (“rugged and scintillating,” New York Times), Jason Robinson has teamed with acclaimed guitarist Eric Hofbauer (“a significant force in Boston’s improvised-music scene,” Stereophile) to perform and record a collection of sophisticated and virtuosic original music for guitar and tenor saxophone that Aldcroft and Robinson worked closely to develop through numerous performances over seven years throughout Canada and the U.S. “Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late,” a title drawn from an Aldcroft composition, is a celebration of Aldcroft’s music for saxophone and guitar and a culmination of the project the two began together.

Riding shotgun is Canadian trio, Mars People—which also draws its name from an Aldcroft composition. Trumpeter Emily Denison, acoustic guitarist Daniel Kruger, and drummer Joe Sorbara—all long-time Aldcroft friends and collaborators—will perform “Music By & For Ken Aldcroft” as an extension of an ongoing series in celebration of Ken’s life and music that takes place monthly at The TRANZAC, the de facto home for Toronto’s creative music scene for many years.

Of course, once five creative souls begin talking about spending time together, those souls can hardly resist imagining the possibilities inherent in making music as a quintet. We all look forward to hearing where that journey will take us as well.

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Sep.9: Gordon Webster and Friends @ Sydenham Street United

Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire)
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Dinner and concert: $40
Concert only: $20.

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. On Saturday, September 9th, he’ll be performing with musician friends at Sydenham Street United Church (The Spire), at a fund raising concert in support of the accessibility renovations that are taking place in the building.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., and is preceded by a roast beef dinner. Tickets for dinner and concert are $40 each; for the concert only the price is $20. Tickets are available from the office at 82 Sydenham Street, and from Brian’s Record Option.

Jun.29: Michael Blake and Red Hook Soul @ Wolfe Island Grill

Thusday, June 29
8pm
Wolfe Island Grill
$15 at door / $10 advance

  • MB (sax)
  • Tony Scherr (guitar)
  • Avi Bortnick (guitar)
  • Rob Jost (bass)
  • Moses Patrou (percussion)
  • Tony Mason (drums)

Red Hook sits on the southern end of Brooklyn. Just a short ride from Manhattan, it has a rich history and a gritty past having been a major player in the bustling days of NYC’s harbor. It was the centerpiece in Eli Kazan’s film On the Waterfront. There’s a funky sea fare vibe there and in some areas it’s still an active port. You’ll find rusted out ships sitting next to the water taxi stands that shunt shoppers to and from popular consumer warehouses There are loads of low-rise buildings so the light spreads over the flat lands and you can see the skyline of lower Manhattan and the harbor from many vantage points. Cut off from neighbors by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (one of the most devastating urban projects in NYC history) it is tied together by a strong community driven housing project and a random mash up of residential and industrial buildings that somehow all seem to get along. I used to jog down the long pier on Columbia Street where impounded vehicles are held and I’ll always remember stopping in my tracks one day because I came upon the emergency vehicles that were towed there after 9/11. Most people will remember seeing residents waste deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Sandy pummeled it in 2012. But New Yorkers find a way to rise above adversity and Red Hook is no different. From gentrification the landscape has changed a lot but ‘old’ Red Hook is still evident – especially at places like Sunny’s – a long-standing former speakeasy where this band played its first gig. There is a lot of community spirit in this music; built on the same kind of familiarity and roughneck Brooklyn character as the neighborhood it is a tribute to.

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Jun 25: Porch Jazz Parade @ SPAF

Sunday, June 25th
12pm-4pm
Around McBurney Park
Free!

The Porch Jazz Parade offers a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for half-hour concerts along the way. Dance in the streets or bring a portable lawn chair and relax. The 2017 Porch Jazz Parade will be led by Spencer Evan’s Goat Steppers Parade Band, along with animating performances from Birdbone Theatre.

Porch Jazz Bands

  • Parade Band: Spencer Evan’s Goat Steppers
  • 12pm: Swamp Ward Orchestra @ Mulberry School #25 Markland Street / John Street side Playground
  • 12:45pm: Son Latino @ Barrie Street & Plum Street
  • 1:30pm: Kitchen Gypsies @ Barrie/Raglan Road w/ special guest Brant Peppley
  • 2:15pm: Chris Alfano @ Redan Street
  • 3pm: Georgette Fry @ Skeleton Park Main Stage

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Sat, May.6: Homegrown Live Jazz Venue @ Monte’s

Sat, May.6
Monte’s (in Tir Nan Og)
11am-10pm

It’s time for another full (and usually packed) day of jazz as part of the annual Homegrown live festival. All proceeds go to Joe’s M.I.L.L. See the Homegrown website for full details. The lineup is:

11:00
Hot Club of Lansdowne
11:40
Standards@7
12:25
John Sommerville
1:00
Jazz on Colborne
1:45
Glenna Green
2:20
The Kitchen Gypsies
3:05
Oscar Evans Quintet
4:00
Spencer Evans Trio
4:55 Blue Swing

5:30
The Saxobelles
6:25

Out of the Blue Trio
7:25

The Dave Barton Group
8:35
Lisa Vee and The VIP
9:35
The 20th Century

Dec 3: Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with special guest Pilar

A Great Afternoon Double Bill of Jazz and World Music! Featuring Chantal Thompson & Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Project with Special Guest (from Italy) Pilar

Michael Occhipinti is one of Canada’s most imaginative guitarists, and his work has been called “a masterpiece of cultural fusion,” mixing rare Old World Sicilian folk material with the New World sounds of electric guitars, chamber music, funk and reggae grooves, and modern jazz. With music sung by fishermen, sulphur miners, and folk musicians as a starting point, the Sicilian Project is like a trip on the Mediterranean that somehow manages to detour to Mali, Jamaica, and New Orleans. With astonishing Italian vocalist Pilar joining the band for shows across Canada, prepare for dramatic music that will have you on a plane to Sicily tomorrow!

Kingston’s Chantal Thompson will open the show with her unique songbook of jazz standards, soulful original music, and surprising covers.

Tickets are available through Ticketscene and at the door.