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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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Mar
24
Fri
2017
Carey West
Mar 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Carey-WestSince completing her five-song debut, Carey West has been busy recording her first full-length album, Travel Light. A collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Wilson, the album reveals Carey’s diverse musical influences, drawing on bhangra, reggae, jazz, R&B, and folk to tell tales that hit close to the heart.

After sitting in with Michael Johnson’s Dime Store Orchestra one evening, Carey was invited to form a jazz standards group with pianist Marcel Aucoin. The newly minted “Carey West and The Millionaires” held weekly residencies at The Rex and The Cameron house for over two years. During the same period Carey was asked to add her voice to The Liquidaires, an instrumental ska band wanting to broaden their sound as well as their line-up.

Carey West’s new album, Travel Light, has been awarded funding by the Ontario Arts Council and is available now

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Micah Barnes “New York Stories”
Mar 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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“Following his time with the a cappella act The Nylons, Micah Barnes has found his own voice, that of a highly personal singer/songwriter with a strong jazz sensibility.” - Montreal Mirror

“NEW YORK STORIES” with  Former Nylon Micah Barnes
Micah’s new show “New York Stories” takes you on a musical tour of The Big Apple starting uptown at The Apollo Theatre and The Cotton Club and moving midtown to Time Square & Broadway before landing downtown at Jazz Clubs Birdland and The Blue Note in The Village. The Canadian Jazz crooner will be performering classic songs from legendary New York songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Carole King & Burt Bacharach, as well as songs from Micah’s critically acclaimed disc “New York Stories” (eOne Music).
Micah Barnes has been a treasured voice on the Canadian music scene for decades, and is a former member of the A Cappella group The Nylons. Micah’s latest C.D. “New York Stories”(eOne Music) is a romantic collection of original songs inspired by the Big Apple’s rich musical history, as well as the artist’s own romance in “The City that Never Sleeps”. In his new show Micah takes the audience on a tour of New York City’s musical history including beloved chestnuts from The Nylons catalogue in every show!

Micah Barnes – vocals

Michael Shand -keys

RussBoswell -  bass

Al Cross – drums

Micah with “Lullaby of Birdland”  and with “New York Story”

 

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Andy Klaehn plays “Jazz Room Favorites”
Mar 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Andy KlaehnAndy Klaehn is a dynamic, multi-talented, professional musician, bandleader, and master teacher. He is a highly sought after alto, soprano, and tenor sax player, as well as a flute and clarinet player performing with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is also a founding member of the renowned Top Pocket Jazz Quartet.

Andy was born in Kitchener, Ontario where he studied classical clarinet under K-W Symphony clarinettist, Victor Sawa, a renowned world class performer. Andy’s interest in jazz and contemporary music led him to enrol at Humber College in Toronto where he studied under Eddie Sossin and Pat Labarbera. Andy has played with many jazz legends, including Woody Herman and Buddy Rich and is internationally recognized as a performer and teacher.

Andy has performed for appreciative audiences at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, the Hillside Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Thursday at Noon Concert Series in Guelph, and at the legendary Rex Jazz and Blues Bar in Toronto.

In his numerous travels, Andy has shared the stage with many musical giants, such as Maynard Ferguson, Moe Koffman, Kenny Barron, Carol Welsman, Barry Elmes, and Peter Appleyard. He has also played with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the K- W Symphony, and as a sideman for Bo Diddley, in addition to being a show band musician for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Andy is an active member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph, as well as a woodwind teacher in local private studios. In addition to teaching, Andy also maintains a busy performance schedule in the live music scene.

Andy Klaehn – saxophones

John Zadro – keyboards

Andy McPherson – drums

Dan Brennan – bass

Apr
1
Sat
2017
LeBoeuf Brothers
Apr 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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The Le Boeuf Brothers are “talented musicians and award-winning composers who channel their influences, environments, and resources into works that reflect their own identities.” (All About Jazz).  Pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf ”pursue a hyper-fluent streamlined modern ideal” (New York Times) with “an impressive level of sophistication.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

In addition to their work as performer/composers with Le Boeuf Brothers, Remy and Pascal take part in a number of diverse projects. Remy has performed as a sideman with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Bob Mintzer, and opened for Dirty Projectors.  He has also received commissions from the Jerome Foundation and Chamber Music America.  Pascal frequently tours with his trio featuring bassist Linda Oh and Justin Brown.  He has played as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac, jazz vocalist Allan Harris and the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline. Pascal composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow.

The Le Boeuf Brothers’ recent awards include Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Eclectic Album in 2015, New Jazz Works Commissions from Chamber Music America in 2011 & 2015, a Van Lier Fellowship in 2010, an Astral Grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 2008, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition in 2010 and numerous honors from the ASCAP foundation.  The Le Boeuf Brothers frequently tour internationally and have performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Apr
7
Fri
2017
Mike Murley Trio
Apr 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, Mike Murley is one of Canada’s finest jazz talents and one of the most versatile players on the scene today. Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as a sideman and jazz educator (University of Toronto).  He has played on eleven Juno Award-winning recordings since 1991, the latest in 2013  for his trio recording Test of Time  (Cornerstone Records).  Murley was also named saxophonist of the year eight times by the Jazz Report Awards/National Jazz Awards.

Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981 Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum.   Recordings with veteran Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and the late Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire.  On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti.  He is also well known for his work with the multi-Juno Award-winning electric jazz group Metalwood, which released six critically acclaimed albums between 1997 and 2003.  In addition he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, David Liebman, and Paul Bley.

Mike Murley – Sax’s

Reg Schwager – Guitar

Steve Wallace – Bass

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Michael Occhipinti’s Creation Dream – The Music of Bruce Cockburn – featuring Elizabeth Sheppard
Apr 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Michael Occhipinti is a versatile, sound-scultping guitarist and composer/arranger, who has spent decades freely moving between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk, and anything involving modern guitar sounds.  A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon The Triodes, and the 16-piece group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra).  Michael’s newest group IN ORBIT, is now booking dates for summer 2017 and features Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) on saxophone, and Felix Pastorius on bass.  Michael’s creative guitar playing has made him the ideal compliment to a diverse range of groups,  including modern jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd, Indian fusion group Avataar, classical ensemble Group of 27, Psychedelic Turkish group Minor Empire, pop and soul singer Lester McLean, improvising electronic group Junik, and chamber group The Gryphon Trio.  He’s as happy playing clean rhythm guitar with his funk band Grooveyard as he is creating stunning ambient sounds behind vocalists such as Italy’s Pilar.  The range of Michael’s musical experience is best illustrated in the many celebrated musicians Michael has performed with, including  Tony Allen, Andrea Bocelli,  The Cecilia String Quartet, Divine Brown, Don Byron, Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lovano, The Toronto Symphony, Dominic Mancuso, Laila Biali, Ray Anderson, Dave Douglas, Michelle Willis, Sam Rivers, and Kenny Wheeler.  Michael Occhipinti’s touring resume includes The Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Jazz Yatra (India), The Ubuntu Project (Netherlands), Musikfest (USA), and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada).

Michael Occhipinti is a versatile, sound-scultping guitarist and composer/arranger, who has spent decades freely moving between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk, and anything involving modern guitar sounds.  A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon The Triodes, and the 16-piece group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra).

Michael’s creative guitar playing has made him the ideal compliment to a diverse range of groups,  including modern jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd, Indian fusion group Avataar, classical ensemble Group of 27, Psychedelic Turkish group Minor Empire, pop and soul singer Lester McLean, improvising electronic group Junik, and chamber group The Gryphon Trio.  He’s as happy playing clean rhythm guitar with his funk band Grooveyard as he is creating stunning ambient sounds behind vocalists such as Italy’s Pilar.  The range of Michael’s musical experience is best illustrated in the many celebrated musicians Michael has performed with, including  Tony Allen, Andrea Bocelli,  The Cecilia String Quartet, Divine Brown, Don Byron, Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lovano, The Toronto Symphony, Dominic Mancuso, Laila Biali, Ray Anderson, Dave Douglas, Michelle Willis, Sam Rivers, and Kenny Wheeler.  Michael Occhipinti’s touring resume includes The Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Jazz Yatra (India), The Ubuntu Project (Netherlands), Musikfest (USA), and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada).

This will be a very special show with two of Canada’s most creative musicians.

Michael and Elizabeth with Bruce Cockburn’s “Pacing the Cage”.  That’s Bruce’s longtime manager – Bernie Finkelstein – sitting to the left……

Michael Occhipinti – Guitars

Elizabeth Sheppard – Piano,Vocals

Davide Direnzo -Drums

Roberto Occhipinti -Bass

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Olivier Babaz Trio
Apr 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Born and raised in Paris, Olivier  started traveling at a very young age in Europe and worldwide. he lived mainly in France, Netherlands, Reunion Island and has lived in Montreal since 2010.

He has had the opportunity to play in numerous festivals and venues (francofolies de Montreal (Canada), Sakifo Music festival (Réunion), Jazz In Marciac (France), Angeradona (madagascar), jazz a port au Prince (Haiti), Milatsika festival (mayotte), New morning (Paris)

An early passion for Blues, Rock and traditionnal music led him naturally towards jazz, developing his improvisation skills under various forms. He participated in numerous albums and studio recordings. He ‘s often called in the studio to play other instruments in addition to basses.

He graduated from Music Academy International in Nancy and The Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood. He obtained his first prize in jazz interpretation from Conservatoire National de la Région Réunion where he also studied classical bass. He has a professionnal Master’s degree in film music writing from The Université du Québec à Montréal.

Olivier plays bass and African thumb piano (Kalimba). It is really lovely stuff. Here is the trio with “Bim Maloya”

…..and how about “Stairway to Heaven”…..

Apr
15
Sat
2017
Eliana Cuevas
Apr 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Apr
21
Fri
2017
Jason White Trio
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Jason White

With out a doubt, the expression “something for everyone” applies to a Jason White Trio concert.  In its third incarnation, consisting of Jason White (piano), Paul VanDyk (bass), and Joe Ryan (drums), the trio has found an exciting, intuitive dynamic. They draw extensively on jazz, avant garde and progressive rock, minimalism, and even Friedrich Nietzsche to engage audiences on sometimes delicately cerebral, sometimes frenetically visceral romps across genres. In their music, there is something fans of almost any genre can ponder and pulsate over.Their originals defy convention, and their covers of The Bad Plus, Frank Zappa, and The Isley Brothers, to name a few, are truly inspired. What started fairly innocuously as a gigging outfit for hire has become a creative outlet and musical destination for Jason, Paul, and Joe.

Jason is the main composer in the trio. He received his tassels studying Music Composition at Wilfrid Laurier and has been teaching music full-time for more than 15 years while maintaining a demanding performance schedule at jazz clubs and symphonic concert halls alike. His ability has been described as a “force of nature” and “one of the most versatile piano players around,” and he absolutely shines in live settings.

Joe Ryan’s musical ears reside about 20 feet around the ensemble in his live performances, and Paul’s focus, drive, and skill emanate freely from both his physicality and sound on his upright bass. Both Paul and Joe studied at Canada’s best contemporary music school, Humber College, and maintain busy performance schedules in two of Canada’s busiest musical cities, Montreal and Toronto.

Heading to a Jason White Trio show is like walking into a circus-laboratory-record store in a Beckett play. Absurdity, fluidity, nostalgia, profound amazement, and surreal aesthetic pleasure are all common reactions to even the same moment in their music. The trio’s greatest appeal is that while what they do is unique, influentially broad, and eclectic, it is also so groovy, accessible, and entertaining. If you like The Bad Plus, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood,  or even Emerson, Lake & Palmer, you shouldn’t miss this show.

Jason White – Piano

Joe Ryan – Drums

Paul VanDyk – Bass

 

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Kite Trio
Apr 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Kite has been establishing an alternative path for the modern jazz trio since it was formed by guitarist Eric Couture, drummer Eric Dew, and upright bassist Paul Van Dyk in Montreal in 2008. Five years of relentless rehearsing, composing, and touring have created a bold sound that often elicits comparisons to both 70s prog icons, “Gentle Giant” and to modern day alt-jazz giants, “The Bad Plus”. Each member of Kite is a gripping presence on his instrument, but it’s a determination to experiment in the face of jazz tradition and to put it all on the line for the band that makes Kite special.

Eric Coutue – Guitar

Eric Drew – Drums

Paul Van Dyk – Bass

Here is Kite Trio with “Tin Man”

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Derek Hines Quintet
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Derek Hines

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 – vocais

Adrien Farrugia -  piano

Reg Schwager – guitar

Pat Collins -bass

Ted Warren -Drums

 

 

 

Apr
29
Sat
2017
On Topic Trio
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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On Topic is a perfect mixer of the maturity that comes from experience and the fire of Youth. Drummer Aubrey Dayle (Vernon Reid, John Popper, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, David Murray), guitarist Kim Ratcliffe (Ron Sexmith, David Clayton Tomas) And Bassist Brad Cheeseman (Nancy Walker, Terry Clarke) have joined forces to produce some truly expressive jazz fusion. In short; if you like the music of Jeff Beck, John Scofield, or Mike Stern you will love On Topic!

Their music will caress you with heartfelt melodies, and grooves that will hit you in your gut with pin-point accuracy. As the great Canadian film composer Donald Quan commented; “I love the band. The music is truly satisfying!”

Kim Ratcliffe – Guitar

Aubrey Dale – Drums

Brad Cheeseman – Bass

May
5
Fri
2017
HWO
May 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Piano/Bass/Drums – a classic jazz trio format. HWO is original music penned by Thomas Hammerton, Tyler Wagler, and Dave O’Neill. In the mix are tunes by Radiohead, the Beatles, Tears for Fears, Genesis, Tom Waits, and favourite songs from the massive catalogue of the standards repertoire. HWO are excited to expand the trio to a quartet for this performance with the addition of special guest, guitarist Dave Thompson. Dave attended Berklee College of Music and studied with Herb Pomeroy. He has toured with Juno-winners Kellylee Evans and Susan Aglukark as well as worked many theatre productions at the Stratford Festival and Drayton Entertainment. He is an adjunct at Heritage College in Cambridge teaching music business, performance and recording arts. The evening promises to be a stellar musical event!

May
6
Sat
2017
Avataar
May 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
May
12
Fri
2017
Alysha Brilla and the Brillion Dollar Band
May 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
May
13
Sat
2017
Kirk MacDonald Quartet
May 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Kirk MacDonald

With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs such as at the University of Toronto and McGill University. Kirk is presently a full time professor at Humber College in Toronto, where he holds a cross appointment in the Music Degree Program and the Community Music School. Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project and directs the “National Youth Jazz Combo”. This project also hosts a 2 week workshop in the summer for high school and post-secondary students.

Here is Kirk at Lincoln Center

May
19
Fri
2017
Dave Young Trio with Jerzy Kaplanek
May 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
May
20
Sat
2017
Rudy Smith Quartet Denmark/Toronto
May 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
May
26
Fri
2017
Confabulation
May 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
May
27
Sat
2017
Andrea Superstein Quartet Vancouver
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm