Season 8!!!!


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Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Willows sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
  Photo Credit – Jason Mortiock Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the tri-hair coloured trio met as young dance students. Together, they not only nurtured an appreciation for the performing arts, but became the closest of companions. Their passion for the performing arts eventually brought them across the country to Ryerson University in Toronto to complete …
Fern Lindzon sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Fern has appeared in leading jazz clubs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa and Waterloo, and at several festivals in Ontario, notably the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, where she has been a favorite for several years and in 2011 presented a special concert in tribute to the great American pianist and composer Mary Lou …
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Igor Willcox Quartet (Brazil)
8:30 pm
photos by @m…rcoshermes Igor Willcox Quartet, is a jazz/fusion group formed by Igor Willcox (drums / compositions), Vini Morales (electric piano / synth), Wagner Barbosa (saxophone) and Glecio Nascimento (bass guitar). With elements of jazz, funky and fusion, the group plays originals compositions, exploring all musicality, spontaneity, and sinergy. The quartet has achieved great notoriety …
Brenda Lewis Quintet sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
“Her adept jazz sensibility (as well as her variegated alto voice) is beautifully displayed … Lewis is refreshingly fearless, committed and transparent in her approach and taste; her consummate vocal skill shines throughout” - Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The WholeNote – CD Review for “Far & Near” “Between Lewis’ always strong singing, expert choice of material, and a …
Michelle Mele Trio sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Her parents were both professional musicians. Mele’s dad was a guitarist who regularly performed alongside other celebrated musicians in venues all over Toronto while her mom, who played accordion and sang, appeared on a local radio show in the late 1940s called Orange Crush Teenage High Review, she said. And so Mele grew up in …
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Ted Gibbons Quartet
8:30 pm
Ted Gibbons After suffering an arm injury that had Ted sidelined from music for almost a year, he is back with his best musical project ever. “I used the time to re-evaluate my playing, and have evolved greatly because of it”, says Ted, who is the quintessential gentleman jazz guitarist and educator. He has once …
May 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles
8:30 pm
MARK KELSO & THE JAZZ EXILES are back!  The Juno nominated group have arrived with their second recording, entitled “ELEMENTALS”.  Once again we have drummer/composer Mark Kelso leading the way on the drums, Rich Brown on the electric bass, Luis Deniz on alto saxophone, Joey Martel on electric guitar and the newest member on keyboards, …
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Christian Howes (Ohio)
8:30 pm
Violinist, educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts …
Andrea Superstein Quartet (BC) sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Subtly infusing electro, indie, and other unexpected elements, singer Andrea Superstein is “redefining jazz” (Vancouver Province). Superstein’s new release, Worlds Apart, brings fresh ideas to the forefront, showcasing powerful vocals which exemplifying both the gentle and the strong, the light and the dark. Andrea Superstein – vocals Mark Nelson -drums Remi-Jean LeBlanc -bass Robbie Grunwald – piano …
May 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Barbra Lica sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Barbra Lica is a fast-rising Canadian jazz vocalist and songwriter, and has been receiving accolades for her unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety and grace. Based in Toronto, Barbra’s live shows have captivated audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence. Hot on the heels of her 2017 Juno-nominated recording, …
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Manuel Valera Trio (NYC)
8:30 pm
Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Well known on the New York City modern jazz scene, Manuel has garnered national American reviews and lent his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff Tain Watts, and Joel Frahm. He has …
Saina Singer and George Koller + special guest Mark Mosca
8:00 pm
This very special concert will feature Saina, George and Mark in a sumptuous blend of world, jazz, and indigenous musics. Saina Singer Saina is a Siberian ethno singer from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Her repertoire includes songs of the Siberian indigenous peoples that she learned directly from elders while traveling to concerts in the …
May 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
David Tiviluk Quintet
8:30 pm
  David Tiviluk steeped himself in the music of the 1960′s during his adolescence which instilled within him a deep musical love for simple, beautiful melodies and harmonies.  His entry into the love of jazz happened at that time upon hearing Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. The thread of this love of beautiful melodies and harmonies …
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Teri Parker Quartet
8:30 pm
✕ Teri on Ryan’s roof, Toronto, 2016 Teri Parker is a jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer based in Toronto. She leads her own band, the Teri Parker Quartet, and co-leads the Parker Abbott Trio with pianist Simeon Abbott. Both of these groups play frequently in jazz clubs in Toronto and feature all original music. She …
Patricia O'Calahan + David Braid sponsored by Diva International
4:00 pm
Following a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Vocal Album, this concert features award-winning vocalist Patricia O’Callaghan, and multi-Juno winner composer/pianist David Braid blending genres of Classical, Jazz, and Popular Song. They offer a mixture of pieces ranging from Kurt Weill to Leonard Cohen.  Featuring the crystalline, many-hued voice of O’Callaghan, singing in English, Spanish and …
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Big Band Theory
8:30 pm
Photo Credit – Suzie Fowler Can we fit them all on the stage??? Yes we Can! The Big Band Theory had its genesis in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, without any clear idea where this project might end up. And… WOW! what an explosion of sound when seventeen of Kitchener-Waterloo’s (and beyond) most talented jazzers showed up for …
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
One Word featuring Paul DeLong
8:30 pm
One Word, features Paul DeLong on drums, Will Jarvis on bass, Kim Ratcliffe on guitar, Eric Boucher on keys, and Aaron Solomon on violin. They’ll be playing fusion classics by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Tony Williams Lifetime, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, and the Dregs. Hope/Proto cosmos Paul DeLong – drums Will Jarvis -bass Kim …
Confabulation sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
“complex, orchestrated music, complete with unusual time signatures, backed by the stellar Confabulation…There’s a lot to absorb, but the melodies get embedded in your head.”  - Penguin Eggs  Bassist and multi-instrumentalist David Woodhead is one of the most accomplished and truly original musicians in Canada, and his whimsical and rambunctious Confabulation is a thrill-ride for players …
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dave Young Quintet
8:30 pm
Multiple award-winning bassist, composer and Order of Canada recipient, Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether performing as part of a symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic …
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Joe Huron Quartet
8:30 pm
Joe Huron at the guitar (Judy Watson photo) Joe Huron Trio at Fitzy’s – Barrie.  Not great video, but you get the idea….
Michael Occhipinti & Shine On sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Shine On: the Universe of John Lennon is a spectacular group performing music by John Lennon and the Beatles uniquely arranged by Michael Occhipinti. The musicians in the group collectively boast over 20 JUNO Award nominations, and include the distinct voices of Elizabeth Shepherd, Yvette Tollar, and Dominic Mancuso, paired with the singular talents of …

 


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