Fall 2013

September 29: Kevin Warren Quartet at The Mansion at 7pm

7pm at The Mansion (506 Princess).  Tickets $10 at the door, $5 for students.

Born and raised in Mission B.C, Kevin Warren is a drummer, composer and arranger based in Montreal.  In 2003, Kevin moved to Montreal to pursue a B.Mus in Jazz Performance from McGill University.  “East West Project” began as a trio in the fall of 2011.

Accompanied by guitarist Tom Eliosoff and bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc, the group began jamming and performing in clubs in Montreal. With the addition of Jonathan Cayer on keyboards, the group sound has become more dynamic, something Kevin likes to call “RockJazz”. In the fall of 2012, the group recorded a full-length album, released May 9th, 2013 on Oddsound Records / Select Distribution.

The first half of the album features the original trio in an organic, live off the floor setting. The second half of the album takes a trip into the more rock and electronic side of Kevin’s compositions as a quartet, with a jazz touch of course.  The group has had some exciting performance opportunities so far, opening for Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan as well as performing at the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival.



October 5: Georgette Sings Etta 7:30 at The Octave

7:30pm at The Octave (711 Dalton Ave).  Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, and Tara Natural Food.

After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year will again take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert. An accomplished singer/songwriter from Kingston, and a veteran of the concert and festival circuit, she receives rave reviews for her live performances. Georgette has been described as a “powerful and expressive Generic Viagra singer.”  She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups!

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues. Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.” Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Georgette’s full band is:

  • Jon Stewart (Sax)
  • James Wannamaker (Sax)
  • Janet McRae (Trumpet)
  • Dave Barton (Guitar)
  • Zak Colbert (Bass)
  • Ken Hall (Organ)
  • Al McCain (Piano)
  • Duncan Holt (Drums)
  • Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac, Kevin Head (Vocals)


October 6: Andrew Downing 2pm at The Wilson Room

2pm at The Wilson Room.  Tickets $20, $5 for students.

Following their recent album of original Turkish-inspired jazz music recorded in Istanbul, Andrew Downing (Toronto) and Guc Basar Gulle (Istanbul, Turkey) will be bringing a unique quartet of outstanding musicians to the Wilson Room of the Public Library on Sunday October 6th.  This will be an incredibly rare opportunity to enjoy:

  • Andrew Downing (cello)
  • Guc Basar Gulle (ud)
  • Peter Lutek (G clarinet)
  • Deb Sinha (percussion)

For a preview of their unique sound, see:


October 19: Harley Card Quintet at The Wolf Island Grill

The Wolf Island Grill. Details to follow.

Harley Card, a Toronto based guitarist and composer in the contemporary jazz style, will visit Kingston during the release tour of his second CD as a leader.  “Hedgerow” will be released this fall.

  • Harley Card- guitar
  • David French- saxophone
  • Matt Newton- piano
  • Jon Maharaj- bass
  • Fabio Ragnelli- drums