Thusday, June 29
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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Sunday, June 25th
Around McBurney Park
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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Monte’s (in Tir Nan Og)
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:
Hot Club of Lansdowne
Jazz on Colborne
The Kitchen Gypsies
Oscar Evans Quintet
Spencer Evans Trio
Out of the Blue Trio
The Dave Barton Group
Lisa Vee and The VIP
The 20th Century
Saturday, December 17th
Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive
$25 / $10 students
The band is going to play 4 movements from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite, and holiday favourites and the like. 2 saxes, 2 trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums.
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.
Attention All Jazz Lovers
The Kingston Symphony’s Vinyl Records Sale has the best Jazz collection it has ever had! There are over 1,000 CDs and 500 LPs, as well as a large selection of Jazz 78s. Lots of European pressings (The Chronological Classics Series, for example).
The sale starts tomorrow, Thursday, November 3 at 4 pm. We are open Thursday evening until 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale takes place at 785 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., Unit 7A.
For more information, please call (613) 546-9729 or visit www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca. Come early for the best selection.
Thursday, June 16th
St. Marks Lutheran Church
263 Victoria Street
$10 / $5 students and seniors
An intimate performance featuring two of Canada’s preeminent young jazz musicians. Featuring the music of Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Herbie Hancock.
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Co-presented by the Skeleton Park Arts Festival.
The Porch Jazz Parade (entering its sixth year!) offers a fun romp through the streets with pit stops for concerts along the way. At each location, local jazz ensembles will play a half-hour set—dance in the streets or bring a portable lawn chair and relax. Kid and family-friendly!
This year’s parade will be lead by the amazing WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE, with the following porch locations:
- 303 Montreal St: PAUL MORRISON
- 133 Charles St: BINKY SWINGS
- 32 Patrick St: SPENCER EVANS
- 13 Redan St: TALK OF THE STREET
- Skeleton Park: INSIDE OUT
For more information, please check the Skeleton Park Arts Festival website.
Always a good time, and 12 hours of music!
For more information, see 2016 Schedules & Bios on the homegrown site.
This just in: Toronto’s David Braid and Prague’s Epoque String Quartet will be performing at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kingston on April 1 at 7pm.
Tickets will be available at the door for $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student.
For more information call 613-546-5389