Season 8!!!!

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Mar 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Mingus Appreciation Society
8:30 pm
Featuring members of the Blunt Object collective from Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/Waterloo, the seven-piece Mingus Appreciation Society brings together unique musicians and pays tribute to the quirky music of Charles Mingus. Weaving complex arrangements with group improvisation, the personality and sense of humour in Mingus’ timeless compositions reflect a man who was an eclectic and …
Laila Biali Quartet (SOLD OUT--Only People with Advanced Ticket Sales and Passholders will gain entry)
8:30 pm
Laila Biali – piano, vocals Larnell Lewis – drums George Koller – bass “Lets Dance” (Bowie) This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup
Bernie Senensky Quartet Featuring Dan Faulk (Montreal) (Note 7:00 show)
7:00 pm
Celebrated tenor/soprano saxophonist Dan Faulk has recorded on several CDs with many of jazz’s legendary masters including Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, J.J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, and James Spaulding. For nearly 2 years, Dan was a full-time member of the J.J. Johnson Quintet until J.J. retired from music in December ’97. Dan recorded on 2 CD’s …
Denise Pelley Sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
  Denise has performed with many great artists including acclaimed trombonist Ray Anderson, Gospel/Blues legend Jackie Richardson and Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook.  She has opened for Aretha Franklin at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. Denise has performed with symphony orchestras and festivals which have included the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival (Toronto), Ottawa …
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jan Session!
3:00 pm
  Saturday afternoon from 3 – 5 PM, practice your improvisation by playing jazz on the Jazz Room stage at the monthly Jazz Room jam session. It’ is a great opportunity for local musicians to meet and play together, share ideas and learn new tricks. If you ever wanted to play jazz music, but don’t …
Mar 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Harkness-Herriott Quartet
8:30 pm
Photo credit - Takako Suzuki Harkness International guitar artist Sean Harkness is in high demand as a performer/composer on solo guitar, and accompanies an astonishing array of world class vocalists, musicians, and ensembles. Sean’s multiple awards include the coveted MAC, Bistro, and awards. Harkness represents Washburn guitars and DR Strings, and has eight commercial releases …
Alysha Brilla sponsored by Diva International
8:00 pm
“Alysha’s music is the sound of summer. It’s pop, a bit jazzy and bit bluesy. That’s what makes it fun.’ – James Keelaghan Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. Brilla’s new music draws on …
Jerzy Kaplanek Quartet sponsored by Norton Engineering
8:30 pm
  Internationally renowned violinist Jerzy Kapłanek has established himself as a chamber musician, member of the celebrated Penderecki String Quartet, soloist, dedicated teacher, adjudicator, artistic director of QuartetFest and lately as a jazz violinist He performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His album of works by Karol …
Rebecca Hennessy and the FOG Brass Band sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Rarely do performers shine in all their radiant apparel, creating an unmatched nimbleness of sound, as Hennessy and her ensemble.  – The WholeNote It’s a one-two punch beginning that says this is a different type of brass band… a uniquely enchanting recording.  – All About Jazz (4.5/5 Stars) Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based …
Apr 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
John Zadro Quartet
8:30 pm
After numerous performances  as a sideman in ensembles over the past several years at the Jazz Room, this long awaited appearance features John on keyboard at center stage.  He will be showcasing original compositions and arrangements in which he attempts to capture the stylistic character of the great composers of jazz, ranging from master writers …
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid
8:30 pm
Kevin Breit has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Serena Ryder, Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas and countless others. Known for his inimitable guitar playing, exquisite lyrics and eccentric performances., Breit is a humble Canadian treasure. With multiple awards including a Maple Blues Award, Gemini Award, …
Carmen Spada Trio featuring Jerry Weldon (NYC)
8:30 pm
  Photo Credit – Snapscene Photography   Carmen Spada graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA, obtaining a dual major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. While at Berklee, he earned the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, was nominated for the Boston Jazz Society Scholarship, represented Berklee internationally as a Student Ambassador and …
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Willows sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
  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 their Bachelor of Fine Arts …
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
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 in the instrumental …
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 small …
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
  Andrea Superstein – vocals Mark Nelson Remi-Jean LeBlanc Robbie Grunwald   This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup    
May 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Barbra Lica sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Manuel Valera – piano Mark Kelso – drums Roberto Occhipinti – bass
May 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Teri Parker Mac Longpre Luis Deniz Mark Godfrey
Patricia O'Calahan + David Braid sponsored by Diva International
4:00 pm
Patricia O’Calahan – vocals David Braid  - piano This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Paul DeLong – drums Will Jarvis Kim Ratcliffe, Eric Boucher Aaron Solomon
Confabulation sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
Dave Young – bass Kevin Turcotte – trumpet Terry Clarke- drums Brian Dickinson – piano


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