2014 Live @ Your Library


The Kingston Jazz Society is pleased to announce our full Live @ Your Library 2014 line-up. The theme for the Series, “Looking Forward, Looking Back” is a cross-section of what makes the Live @ Your Library Series so memorable. The series again combines artists of regional, national, and international acclaim on one stage. As always, the intimate, accessible setting and rich acoustics of the venue will provide an excellent experience for everyone.

Series tickets will be available available at Brian’s Record Option, are available on-line, and will of course be available at the door. Series passes are available for $75 for all 5 shows. Tickets for each concert will be $20. $5 student tickets will once again be available at the door at each concert, space permitting.

2014 Live @ Your Library: Looking Forward, Looking Back

(Concerts held Sundays at 2pm in The Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library, 130 Johnson.)

Series tickets and details available. We’ll add concert details as soon as possible.




As a founding member of the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective, bassist Mike Perlin is a man of many talents. He has been playing in Kingston since his high-school days, and while he may be based in Toronto now, he still finds time to visit and perform in Kingston throughout the year. Mike will be completing the Jazz Composers Collective collaborations that formed the theme for our successful 2013 Live @ Your Library concert series.

He will be joined on the stage by some of Kingston’s best players, who will début his original five-movement suite exploring the collective experience of Kingston’s 1998 ice storm, which is rather timely given the recent weather.

The full band is:

  • Jon Stewart – sax
  • Bobby Hsu – sax
  • Greg Runions – vibes
  • Mike Cassells – drums
  • Mike Perlin – bass

The concert will start at 2pm in The Wilson Room. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the door. Full series details, tickets, and a series pass are also available.

This concert is sponsored by GoSaBe Development & Design.


ZaldivarR_Portrait-000210Rafael Zaldivar was born in Camagüey, Cuba. Coming from a family of musicians, he started playing percussion and piano at age 10 and pursued his undergraduate studies at the Superior Art Institute of Havana. Moving to Canada at age 22, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montreal and a Master’s degree at McGill University within three years.

During his musical career, Rafael has had the opportunity to learn with the great Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Greg Osby, and to play with the excellent Steve Coleman, Francisco Mela and Danilo Perez. He has also had the pleasure of meeting the great Herbie Hancock in Havana, where the two men shared a highly instructive conversation on the subject of music. He now performs in concert halls and at festivals throughout Canada.

For his first visit to Kingston, Rafael’s trio will be:

  • Rafael Zaldivar (piano)
  • Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass)
  • Michael Medrano (drums)


Joel Harrison Group - March 2Joel Harrison’s musical journey has few parallels in modern music. Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader – Harrison deftly juggles all of these roles, melding influences from jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music.

He is best known for his composing and arranging skills and has twice been selected as the winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Julius Hemphill Composition Competition, and has been the recipient of grants from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the Cary Trust, NYSCA, and others. His allies in his various projects have included Dave Liebman, Mark Feldman, Marty Ehrlich, David Binney, Dan Weiss, Dewey Redman, Norah Jones, Uri Caine, Todd Reynolds, Wendy Sutter, Christian Howes, and Caleb Burhans.

For the March 2nd concert, Joel will share the stage with fellow NYC luminaries:

  • Joel Harrison – guitar
  • Drew Gress – bass
  • Chris Cheek – sax
  • Jacob Sacks – piano
  • Jordan Perlson – drums

This concert is sponsored by Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial.

March 16: MYRIAD3

Myriad3 - March 16Myriad3 was an accident. Chris Donnelly, Daniel Fortin, and Ernesto Cervini had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has been making music in every jazz club in the Greater Toronto Area.
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and contemporary composition. Myriad3 is modern jazz, meets classical, meets pop, meets Oscar Peterson.
In November 2012, Myriad3 released their debut album, Tell on Universal/Alma Records.
Myriad3 is:

  • Chris Donnelly – piano
  • Daniel Fortin – bass
  • Ernesto Cervini – drums


This concert is sponsored by Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.


2014_KJS_apr16Renowned bassist John Geggie is active in the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a freelance double bass player and teacher. In addition to his work in the award-winning jazz quartet Chelsea Bridge and the Juno-nominated world beat group The Angstones, he is much in-demand for recordings and concerts/broadcasts on both the CBC and Radio-Canada. For many years, he has also worked with numerous artists including Ian Tamblyn, Lynn Miles, Three Sheets To The Wind and Meg Lunney, Justin Haynes and Roddy Elias.

For the final concert of our series, John is joined on stage by a who’s who of Canadian jazz:

  • Christine Jensen — sax
  • Joel Miller — tenor sax
  • Jim Lewis — trumpet
  • David Braid — piano
  • Ted Warren — drums
  • John Geggie — bass



Our full concert line-up is made possible by the support of The City of Kingston, The Kingston Arts Council, Carolyn Thornburrow of Sun Life Financial, GoSaBe Development and Design, Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd., Chez Piggy, Novel Idea, and The Main Street Market.