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Live Music at The Jazz Room

Featuring International jazz acts that play the world’s top clubs (the Saturday program features artistic direction from Mark Kelso). For the latest news and & promotions, click here.

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Oct
19
Fri
2018
Top Pocket
Oct 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Throughout Top Pocket’s 33 year storied history the band has endured an early change of focus (from R&B to Jazz), one break up, one reunion (that has lasted 15 plus years to the present day), a few members leaving to be replaced by the two current members, an expansion from 4 members to 6 and throughout the long history that is Top Pocket, two of the six current members (Michael Bergauer and Don McDougall) remain, having been in the band from the very beginning. Another focus change happened when Paul Stouffer joined the band and was strengthened even further when Robin Habermehl joined in 2011; the band went from playing standards to focusing on performing their own original material, both in live performance and on record [2011’s “11:11” and 2016’s “rocket in my (top) pocket”]. The band is very pleased to have had Alex Showdra join the ranks this last year; bringing not only his vast talents on guitar but adding his songwriting skills to Robin’s and Paul’s. With a number of tracks already in the can for a new album, Top Pocket plans to complete that album in 2019.

Robin Habermehl: Saxes and Flute
Paul Stouffer: Keyboards and Harmonica
Alex Showdra: Guitars
Michael Bergauer: Basses
Sean Habermehl: Percussion
Don McDougall: Drums

Here is a clip from the Waterloo Jazz Festival….

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc_x3Bqdz8g UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival 2015.
https://www.facebook.com/toppocketjazz/ Facebook Page

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Masterclass with PJ Perry sponsored by Long and McQuade and Sea Wind Saxophones
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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Long and McQuade and Sea Wind Music company are proud to present, a clinic featuring Sea Wind Saxophone endorsing artists PJ Perry, and local endorsing artist Robin Habermehl.
Co-sponsoring this event is the KW Jazz Society.

Canada’s sax legend PJ Perry from Edmonton, will be performing at the Jazz Room Huether Hotel King St Waterloo on October 20th, 2018 with three of Toronto’s greats.
PJ will give a master class for all who are interested in improving their playing and general musicality. This clinic is aimed at all musicians not just sax players.

Location Huether Jazz Room
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
3 pm to 430 pm.
Admission is free so come one come all. The more the merrier.

P.J. Perry
Oct 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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PJ Perry has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel LeGrand, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Rob McConnell, Slide Hampton, Herb Spanier, Bobby Shew, Fraser McPherson, Tommy Banks, Joe LaBarbera, Clarence “Big” Miller, Red Rodney and many more talented artists, too numerous to list here. Recently, he was a featured soloist on the hit 2010 Broadway production of Come Fly Away, highlighting the songs of Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Twyla Tharpe.

In 2007 PJ was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta.

In autumn of 1999 Justin Time Records released a JUNO-nominated recording of PJ and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. PJ Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists.

Winner of a 1993 JUNO Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album My Ideal, PJ has received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record-breaking seven years; from 1993 to 1999.

In 2016 PJ Perry was awarded the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

PJ Perry – saxophone

Terry Clarke – drums

Neil Swainson -bass

Mark Eisenman – Piano

Oct
26
Fri
2018
Kellylee Evans sponsored by Diva International
Oct 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Six albums deep and Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up on Come On, her latest Decca album.
The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such previous tasty classics fight or flight?, Nina – her Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When.Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels” and by the Yukon Arts Centre for “a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive,” Evans now pushes her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory with Come On: a wonderfully refreshing album about love and life that comes on the heels of two nearly career-ending accidents: a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen and further effects of a concussion suffered during a fall at her home.However, Evans is nothing if not resilient: the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and that je ne sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup.

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Oct
27
Sat
2018
Joe Sullivan (Montreal)
Oct 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Joe Sullivan comes from the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. He grew up in a large franco-ontarian family, where music was a part of daily life. He began his formal training on piano and later, at the age of fifteen, started playing the trumpet. During his youth, he led an active musical life that included classical piano competitions, rock bands and high school concert and stage bands. He also composed music for several theater productions. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical trumpet at the University of Ottawa in 1981. His interest in jazz led him to the Berklee School of Music, then to the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1987. Since then he has lived in Montreal and has been active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. A prolific composer, Sullivan leads and has written extensively for both his jazz sextet and his jazz Big Band and is active with a variety of small groups.

He has served as conductor and arranger with the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra; has been a member of the Vic Vogel Big Band for some twenty-five years; has appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; and has performed with numerous jazz artists of international repute, including Slide Hampton, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Pat Labarbera, Kirk Macdonald, Rémi Bolduc, John Medeski, John McNeil, Alain Caron, George Garzone, and Ranee Lee.

He has received both the Prix Socan (1991) and the Prix DuMaurier (Joel Miller Group, 1997) at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as several awards from the Canadian and Québec arts councils. He currently directs the McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 and teaches jazz composition, arranging and trumpet at McGill University, where he is an associate professor.

Here is the Joe Sullivan Big Band…

Nov
2
Fri
2018
Fresh Water Funk
Nov 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Fresh Water Funk is an 8-piece rock, soul, and funk project based in the Waterloo region of Ontario, Canada. We play all your funky faves like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Tower of Power, and more. Come on out and shake your groove thang with us! We also have a few composers of our own and play a handful of original grooves.

Samuel Daniels – drums, vocals, band leader

Jade McCrae – vocals

Andre Glgnac – bass, vocals

plus guests

Here they are at the Jazz Room last year.

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Fawn Fritzen (Yukon) sponsored by Diva International
Nov 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Winner of the The Julian Award of Excellence For Emerging Jazz Artists with her debut album “Bedroom Voice”.

“Fawn’s CD is lovely. She has a warm, relaxed sound and she knows how to communicate. Her accompaniment here is perfect – clear and economical – always supporting, never overwhelming as she tells her story.”
— Reg Schwager
Although she developed her powerful belting in amateur theatre productions while studying Commerce in Ottawa, it wasn’t until almost a decade later, when she moved to the Yukon in Canada’s north, that Fawn Fritzen started her professional career as a singer.

She joined Whitehorse’s Big Band as pianist in 2007, and her growing love of jazz drove her to find venues to sing in. It didn’t take long for people to sit up and take notice, especially when she started singing in her other languages: French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. In 2012, she had the singular opportunity to add “vaudevillian” to her professional resume when she joined the cast of the Frantic Follies, a 44-year-old vaudeville show, as the leading lady.

Fawn sings in The Big Band, serves in the mentorship program of Yukon Women in Music (YWIM), parents her two young girls, and cooks gourmet gluten-free meals for her family.

Fawn is a terrific singer and maybe the next big thing in Canadian Jazz.  Check out Green Island Serenade sung in Mandarin…..

Here is Fawn Fritzen and Dave Restivo

Fawn Fritzen and George Koller

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup.

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Nov
10
Sat
2018
Avi Granite (NYC)
Nov 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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Avi Granite is a guitarist and composer of questionable pedigree and curious intent. Best known for his ferocious improvisational sextet AG:6 based in Toronto who will be releasing Orbit on March 15 2018. Granite calls Brooklyn home where his work is performed by his NYC based quartet Verse and experimental project Graphic Tongue. Avi’s music has been synced to feature film and TV while he works on the occasional indie project. Granite has performed around the globe and studied with some of the best best musicians in the world including Joe Lovano, John Scofield and Chris Potter. As a composer he has been commissioned by play-writes and string quartets. Honored as guest lecturer at several universities Granite has developed creative workshops for corporate education while concurrently illuminating students as young as 3 years of age. He is sole proprietor of boutique record label Pet Mantis Records.

Here is the band at the Rex

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Larry Larson and the Jazz Guys
Nov 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Comments from KW’s favorite Trumpeter…

Although most people know of me as a “legit” trumpet player who is most comfortable exploring the symphonic repertoire, I have an equally gregarious “other side” that yearns to continue the development of my early jazz training – a path that took a 20-year detour!  Thus began “Larry’s Jazz Guys.”

I am lucky enough to have as friends some of the finest jazz musicians in Canada.  For the past ten years we have headlined the “Jazz At The Registry” series at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, and opened the series again in January, 2016.  We have performed at the Stratford Festival as part of their “Night Music” series for the past 7 seasons.

Without a doubt, we are most proud of being the Opening Night act at THE JAZZ ROOM at The Huether Hotel in Waterloo, Ontario back in September, 2010.  We will be back on September 9, 2017 to open Season #7!  Thank you, Grand River Jazz Society!

Larry Larson – trumpet/flugelhorn
Dave Wiffen – tenor sax
Dave Thompson – guitar
Paul Shilton – piano
Matthew Lima – bass
Dave Campion – drums

This is a video of Larry playing and discussing his love of Jazz…

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Ethan Ardelli Quartet
Nov 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a Juno award winning drummer and composer based in Toronto.

Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006, and has since been one of the most in demand jazz artists in Canada.  Ethan has had the pleasure of working with acclaimed international artists Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz, Mulgrew Miller and Greg Osby.

Ethan won the 2006 Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet and has played on two Juno award winning albums, Jane Bunnett’s “Radio Guantanamo” and Mike Downes’ “Ripple Effect.”

Since 2014, Ethan has been leading his own ensemble showcasing his original compositions.  The quartet features saxophonist Luis Deniz, pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Devon Henderson.  Their debut album entitled “The Island of Form” will be released in November 2018.

As well as leading his own ensemble, Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Quintet, Nancy Walker Quintet, Alexander Brown Sextet, Brian Dickinson Trio and the Harley Card Quintet.  Ethan is currently on faculty at the Humber College Community Music Program and has also been on faculty at The Univeristy of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Here is the Ethan Ardelli Quartet with Shangri La Pearl

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Alain Caron (UZEB) Trio (Montreal)
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Canadian bassist Alain Caron’s musical career began at the early age of 11 when he won an amateur contest, he soon joined some top 40 bands performing American, south-American and French standards. AT the age of 14 he discovered the music which would become his life’s passion – jazz.

Opportunity knocked in 1977 when he met the Michel Cusson Group. Caron found himself in the company of like-minded musicians – who could appreciate jazz and its origins, as well as looking ahead to the future; they emerged in the early 1980s with super fusion group UZEB.

After moving to Montreal, still playing with UZEB, he started extensive studio work and also started playing quite a bit in jazz clubs in and around town. The self-taught musician took correspondence courses, and eventually, journeyed south to attend Berkley College of Music. While in Boston, he was quickly introduced to some outstanding young musicians, co-students, as well as, seasoned well established professional jazzman. Soon performing nightly, in the Boston area, with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, to name a few.

Back in Montreal, he decided to focus mainly on the group UZEB, gradually they evolved into a mature outfit, interested in intelligent fusion—impressive but always musical.
Between 1981 and 1990 UZEB had recorded ten albums and sold over 400,000 copies, performing concerts in more than 20 countries.

Caron soon took off on his solo career, launching his own imprint NORAC RECORDS;
In 1993, he produced the first of his 7 solo albums to date ¨Le Band¨ who won a Félix award for best album of the year then toured in Canada and Europe. ¨Rhythm And Jazz¨ ¨ was released in 1995 followed with ¨Play in 1997 and Call Me Al¨ in 2000.

He also toured world-wide with friends Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Biréli Lagrène, Didier Lockwood, Tiger Okoshi, Billy Cobham, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Dennis Chambers, Alex Acuna, Don Alias and Gino Vannelli performing concerts in more than 30 countries

This is a full concert, but worth watching at least a bit of it to see what Alain can do with the 6 string bass.

Nov
23
Fri
2018
Andriy Tikhonov
Nov 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Andriy Tykhonov has become a Jazz Room favourite having performed to capacity crowds numerous times since the venue’s inception.  Andriy’s enthusiasm, energy and musicianship are infectious and always leave the crowd smiling.  A graduate of the Jazz Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev in 1995, Andriy Tykhonov is recognized as a prominent Jazz pianist now living in the Waterloo Region.  He has been a regular performer at various venues in Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph.  Moreover, he has been recognized for crafting three attention-getting CDs in the recent past, including “Live from the Floor”, “Live in Manhattans, “One More Time”.

Andriy’s performing genres include swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, movie themes, ragtime, rock, blues, country and Russian and Ukrainian folk music. This diversity lends inspiration to his improvisation, adding depth to each tune without ever losing the color and intent of its genre.  Andriy plans to draw special guests from the community.  Don’t miss this performance of one of KW’s most beloved jazz players.

Nov
24
Sat
2018
Joy Lapps – Larnell Lewis Group sponsored by Diva International
Nov 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Joy Lapps is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. She performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival, Toronto’s TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.

Joy performs primarily with her quartet and often expands this formation to an even larger musical project.  She is also a member and supporter of the Toronto-based steelband, Pan Fantasy.

As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences. Joy has released four recordings including  “Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art” (2004), “Make a Joyful Noise” (2006) and “It’s Christmas Time” (2007).  She most recently released an EP of original compositions entitled “Morning Sunrise” (2014) and is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her ensembles.  She also recently completed a Masters in Music Composition at York University and looks forward to a new chapter of creation, collaboration and performance.

 

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Toronto native Larnell Lewis is a musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. One of Canada’s most well-known and in-demand drummers, Lewis has garnered international status with his most recent works with the three-time Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy. He is a part-time music professor at Humber College, has been featured on the cover of Modern Drummer (September 2016), and has performed with such artists as Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, Lisa Fischer, and Laila Biali.

Larnell was first introduced to drums in church at a very young age. This is where he began to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. He worked tirelessly to not only develop his understanding of rhythm, but also studied electric bass and piano to further his knowledge of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music making.

During his time at Humber College, Larnell was the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, the highest award given by the institution. Although his roots lay in gospel music, Larnell is known for his ability to accurately execute a variety of musical styles. As a result, over the last few years, he has been called upon to perform with a wide range of artists/musicians such as Fred Hammond, Michael Brecker (Verve Records), Dave Leibman, Steve Gadd, Dave Holland (LoJac Music), Tim Ries (Rolling Stones), Salome Bey, Denny Christianson (Justin Time Records, and Head of the Humber College Music Program), Phil Dwyer, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, Matt Dusk, Andrew Craig, Laila Biali, Rinsethealgorithm, Eddie Bullen and many others.

Larnell is sponsored by Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums, Yamaha Hardware, Promark Drum Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

This performance is part of the WOMEN IN JAZZ series, sponsored by DIVA INTERNATIONAL, makers of the Diva Cup.

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Here is the Joy Lapps Project with “Rise Up”

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Carlos Morgan
Nov 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Solroc Music and Juno Award winning recording artist, Carlos Morgan, perform his newly created, Jazz interpreted renditions of classic R&B and Pop songs, as well as, his award winning music and favorite Jazz standards inside Waterloo’s prestigious and world renowned Jazz venue. You don’t want to miss this concert. We hope to see you there.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Hilario Duran “Con Tumbao”
Dec 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
7
Fri
2018
Joni NehRita sponsored by Diva International
Dec 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
8
Sat
2018
John MacMurchy
Dec 8 @ 11:22 pm – Dec 9 @ 12:22 am
Dec
14
Fri
2018
Sonia Gustavson sponsored by Diva international
Dec 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
15
Sat
2018
David Restivo quintet
Dec 15 @ 11:25 pm – Dec 16 @ 12:25 am
Dec
16
Sun
2018
Woodhouse + Barbra Lica sponsored by Diva International
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec
21
Fri
2018
Tom Nagy Christmas Special sponsored by Norton Engineering
Dec 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
22
Sat
2018
Jason White
Dec 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
28
Fri
2018
Steve McDade Sextet
Dec 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Dec
29
Sat
2018
Juliet Dunn sponsored by Diva International
Dec 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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VFest! Ted Warren Commission NUMUS Neu Berlin Ensemble (Penderecki String Quartet and Patricia O’Callaghan)