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Derek Hines Quartet sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Wonderful local singer and chef brings an amazing band to his yearly Jazz Room show.  Derek sings jazz as it should be sung, with skill and emotion.  Year of touring have honed Derek’s art to a fine edge. For this show, Derek has assembled an all star cast of musicians… Derek Hines – vocals Jason …
Feb 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Richard Whiteman Quartet
8:30 pm
Photo Credit – Emma Segal Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and …
Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Florian Hoefner Trio
8:30 pm
    “A composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” New York Times (USA) “A harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory.” Downbeat (USA) “Sublimely evocative music.”  The WholeNote (Canada)   Born  and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand …
Feb 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Steve D'Angelo Quintet
8:30 pm
Photo Credit – Mike Rocha “Delightful , Infectious , Wonderfully Rhythmic and Melodic  This Music is  Fun to Listen to and Definitley Danceable  Sideways or any otherways “  -Ralph Hopper                                             OKCU 93.1 -Ottawa ,Canada Steve D’Angelo is an Emmy award winning composer and guitarist . He has composed and arranged music for hundreds of …
Mar 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Mar 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
8:30 pm
 
Brownman plays the Music of Miles Davis (in the Walper Hotel) @ TWH Social After Dark
9:00 pm
The Comedy Festival takes over the Jazz Room on Saturday, March 2. If you want to satisfy your jazz fix, there is another option.  TWH Social After Dark (in the Walper Hotel) presents the music of Miles Davis performed by the multi-award winning trumpeter Brownman and his band. Please note:  Annual Passholders to The Jazz …
The Marie Goudy 12tet featuring Jocelyn Barth Sponsored by Diva International
4:00 pm
A native of Toronto, trumpet player/vocalist Marie Goudy started her professional career at the age of sixteen. By the age of nineteen, she had already played with many notable musicians including Benny Golson, Cleo Laine and Maria Schneider. Since then she has performed with Michael Buble, Donny McCaslin, and many others. She graduated from the …
Mar 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tim Moher Octet
8:30 pm
  Born into a musical family, along with his older brother, Peter, an accomplished pianist. In high school, Tim’s music teacher brought the class on a trip to hear Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band in Toronto. This experience ignited Tim’s passion for jazz. He went on to receive an Honours Bachelor of Music, B.A. and B.Ed from …
David Occhipinti's Camera Ensemble sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
  “David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!” -Jim Hall David Occhipinti has released five CDs as a leader that feature his unique voice as a composer and as a …
Joni NehRita + Mary-Catherine Pazzano + Penderecki Quartet sponsored by Diva International
4:15 pm
  Toronto-born Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter/musician Joni NehRita has become a staple on the regional scene of KW/Guelph since relocating there a decade ago. She is known for steadily releasing great music & being an engaging performer. While her musical tastes are eclectic, she is best known as a soul/R&B artist and as a jazz vocalist. The release of …
Mar 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Phillipe Lemm Trio (NYC)
8:30 pm
New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading …
Mar 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Mingus Appreciation Society
8:30 pm
Robin Jessome’s newest project is the Mingus Appreciation Society. “Working on this Mingus thing I have been listening to (jazz trombonist) Jimmy Knepper who plays on a whole lot of Charles Mingus stuff. He is one of those guys that can bridge that early raw emotion with the bebop intricacies. That’s really interesting to me.” …
Laila Biali Quartet Sponsored by Diva International
8:30 pm
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali melds “traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). Sought after for tours with GRAMMY winning artists Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting, Laila has also headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including …
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 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Sean Harkness-Mike Herriott Quartet
8:30 pm
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 BroadwayWorld.com awards. Harkness represents Washburn guitars and DR Strings, and has eight commercial releases as an artist, many on …
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, …
Apr 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Carmen Spada Trio (NYC)
8:30 pm
  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, Though firmly rooted in jazz and world music, Carmen has enjoyed pursuing and establishing …
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 …

 


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