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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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The Willows sponsored by Diva International
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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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 their Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degrees in dance. Little did they know, they’d soon discover that their talents would extend beyond dancing.

The girls had no idea harmonizing was a skill until the positive feedback from their peers gave them the push they needed to break out into Toronto’s music scene as a bona fide trio act called The Willows. Soon The Willows were dazzling crowds with their unique set list, incorporating synchronized dance steps to add an element of theatricality that reminds audiences of years gone by, with a modern touch. From those first few open mic opportunities to headlining their own shows at venues across the country like Koerner Hall, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Danforth Music Hall, The Bassment, and Blue Chair Café, The Willows have combined their dance and classical music training to become Canada’s newest entertainment delight.

Andrea Gregario – voice

Kristy Deady – voice

Lauren Pederson – voice

Rob Fekete – piano

Jordan O’/Connor – bass

John McMurchy – reeds

George Koller – bass

Boy Oh Boy

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

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Fern Lindzon sponsored by Diva International
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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 Williams.

Fern’s embracing vision of music has further been evident in her work as the music director from 2005 to 2011 of the klezmer-swing Sisters of Sheynville, who appeared at world music events in Canada, the United States and Poland, and won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2008 for Vocal Group of the Year. She received a Canada Council grant in 2009 to study Yiddish repertoire and improvisation with Marilyn Lerner in Toronto and has also studied improvisation with Alan Bern at Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany. More recently, she has collaborated on special Jewish music projects in Toronto with singer Theresa Tova and trumpeter David Buchbinder.

Fern Lindzon – piano & vocals

Tara Davidson- sax

George Koller – bass

Ethan Ardelli – drums

“The Windmills of Your Mind”

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

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Igor Willcox Quartet (Brazil)
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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 music scene, standing out and performing in the most important festivals and Brazilian Jazz clubs such as Bourbon Street, Sescs, Santos Jazz Festival, São Paulo Jazz Festival, Play Jazz Festival, Jazz no Hostel, Jazz nos Fundos, etc.

Igor Wilcox – drums

Wagner Barabosa – saxophone

Vini Morales – electric piano, synth

Glecio Nascimento – bass

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Brenda Lewis Quintet sponsored by Diva International
May 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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“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 group that delivers big, the thrill in this case comes entirely from the music.” -Mark Rheaume, CBC’s NEW MUSIC PICKS on CBC Fresh Air
A versatile vocalist spanning jazz, R&B and roots music, the past year or so has seen Brenda Lewis http://www.brendalewis.ca wowing audiences in the 2018 Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The Breithaupt Brothers Come Home to Kitchener” at The Registry Theatre and her “25 Years of Singing” Celebration in Guelph Youth Music Centre’s Jazz Series. Originally from eastern Ontario, this year she has been inducted into the Brockville & Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Brenda performs across Ontario, recently featured in The Old Mill’s Home Smith Bar, McMichael Gallery, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival and Midland Cultural Centre, and her latest CD “Far & Near” has garnered rave reviews and airplay on JAZZ-FM, CBC and beyond.
Brenda Lewis – vocals
Margaret Stowe – guitars
John Zadro – piano
Jeff Bird – upright bass, harmonica, mandolin
Andy Macpherson – drums, percussion


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

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Michelle Mele Trio sponsored by Diva International
May 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 a house where musicians gathered to jam and sing all the time.

She followed in her parents footsteps and studied music at the University of Toronto then went on to teach in schools around York Region.

“Cha Cha”


Michelle Mele – vocals

Bernie Senensky – piano

Neil Swainson – bass

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

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Ted Gibbons Quartet
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 again joined musical forces with the remarkable Ken Foster to create a unique and delightful sound. Ted’s mature, joyful and moving style, and Ken’s warm and passionate melodious tone, create a perfect cohesion, while they promise to wind their way around great jazz standards in what will be a night to remember. In Ted’s words, “If you love saxophone, Ken will add greatly to that love affair. And if you don’t, you will after hearing him play”. Gibbons has a knack for seducing the audience with his pure musicianship and ability to make the music sing and dance. Don’t miss this chance to see one of our musical gems right here in the Region of Waterloo.

Ken Foster – Tenor Saxophone

Ken plays in Toronto with Double ‘A’ Jazz, and is a member of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Big Band Theory, Sarnia’s Bluewater Big Band, and the Jeff Daniels Group in Guelph.

The Ken Foster Quartet has accompanied many vocalists including June Garber, Denise Pelley and After Four, and has performed for the London Jazz Society and Jazz For The People concert series.

Larry Ernewein – Bass

Larry has been working as a bassist, both electric and acoustic, since the 1970′s.

He has toured Canada and the United States as a classic rock bassist with several show bands, and performs in several styles including jazz, country & western and folk music.

He is one of the busiest bass players in Southwestern Ontario, playing regularly with several small combos, including the award-winning vocal jazz group After Four and The Ken Foster Quartet.

Sandy MacKay – Drums

One of Southwestern Ontario’s most versatile and experienced drummers, Sandy is in demand in rock, pop, country and jazz genres.

Career highlights include opening for Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, and performances at several major international jazz festivals. He has shared the stage with many Canadian jazz artists including Peter Appleyard, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald and Dave Dunlop.

Sandy is the artistic director of London’s popular long running series “Jazz For The People” and hosts local radio broadcasts “Jazz Junction” and “The Beautiful Ones”.

A Jack Richardson Music Award winner, Sandy currently performs with The Ken Foster Quartet, After Four, Enchanté, 60’s rock trio The Young Ones, rockabilly/surf group The Stetson Brothers and dance band The J-Tones.


Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles
May 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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, Jeremy Ledbetter.

With their original Jazz/Funk/Fusion sound now familiar to Jazz radio stations all around the globe, the Jazz Exiles continue to craft their signature style on ELEMENTALS. Whether laying down the greasy grooves of “Slank” and “Boom Tune” or the melodic approach on “Solace” to the fiery intensity of “Elementals (Water) and “Zig Zag” the Jazz Exiles continue their commitment to playing music that grooves hard, has lots of rhythmic interplay and is all about the melody. This recording is the perfect continuation of what the group debuted on “Stealing From My Youth” back in 2016.

Kelso says, “After playing with the guys now, I have a better understanding of each individual voice so I am able to write more specifically for them yet still allow a lot of creative freedom for them to do their own thing!” Kelso also adds a personal touch on this recording by writing 2 tunes for his young children, Conor & Aoife.

Mark Kelso – drums

Luis Deniz – alto sax

Rich Brown – Bass

Jeremy Ledbetter – keys

Elmer Ferrer – drums


Christian Howes (Ohio)
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador twice, in Ukraine and Montenegro.  His release on Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure” earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Times, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center.  His release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings.

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Andrea Superstein Quartet (BC) sponsored by Diva International
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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

“I want to be Evil” 

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


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Barbra Lica sponsored by Diva International
May 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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, ‘I’m Still Learning’, Barbra Lica is back with her fifth and most ambitious offering to date – ‘You’re Fine’ (November 2018). Having spent the last couple of years touring clubs and festivals, Barbra found herself in Nashville where she was blown away by the sounds of old country and western swing. She dedicated the next year to song writing trips between Nashville and Toronto, collaborating with new songwriters and work-shopping with her band to find a new space for contemporary jazz, one that borrows and fuses elements of American country music.

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

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Manuel Valera Trio (NYC)
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 travelled the world, performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals.

Manuel Valera – piano

Mark Kelso – drums

Roberto Occhipinti – bass

Saina Singer and George Koller + special guest Mark Mosca
May 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 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 most remote parts of her homeland. She learned old Evenk, Sakha (Yakut), Chukchi, Even and Yukaghir songs. These songs were dedicated to important events, rituals and everyday chores of their lives. They have been passed down by Siberian people for centuries from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters. Saina not only carefully keeps the traditional way of singing, but also improvises and adds some new colors by using some modern musical instruments. However, the artist tries to keep the authentic sounds for most songs and uses traditional musical instruments like the khomus, and drum.

George Koller
Bassist, Composer and Producer George Koller has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career. A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player, George plays a variety of instruments, notably Indian stringed Instruments. He has performed professionally and extensively within most genres, best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk, world and world fusion. For over three decades, he has performed and/or producer over 1500 cds, and his playing of Indian stringed instruments has been featured in several films. In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “bassist of the year”.

Mark Mosca

Born in Toronto, of Trinidadian descent, Mark Mosca knows his way around a pan.  His passion for music is evident as he flexes his versatility with ease, whether as a solo artist, instructor, producer and arranger, or member of his band, Canefire.  He is known around the world as one of the best, youngest players and arrangers of the steel drum.  And as genius as he is on that instrument, it is one of many that he plays with ease.He is a unique and captivating performer that aims to push the steel drum art form to new heights.  The list of contemporaries that he’s played with reads like a who’s who in the of musical talent realm both here and abroad, (Andy Narrell, trumpeter Nick Ali, and Canadian Jazz great, George Koller, just to name a few).  Mark has wowed audiences at several local and international Jazz Festivals, and was featured on the Jazz for Haiti Charity CD where he composed and recorded an original piece in 2010.  He has also opened for the likes of Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan.  Mark Mosca is synonymous with Music.  And he’s just getting warmed up.


Saina Singer:  voice, khomus (mouth harp), drum

George Koller: bass, piano, voice

Mark Mosca: pan steel drum







David Tiviluk Quintet
May 31 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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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 was deepened and broadened during his time singing in the chorus with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit with whom he recorded Carmina Burana for London Decca records. At this time he began composing songs and simultaneously started hearing parts, influenced by working with choir and orchestra.  Moving to Vancouver, he sang with the Vancouver Symphony in the Vancouver Bach Choir and occasionally on the jazz scene there, performing music he’d written with jazz ensembles. In Kitchener Waterloo he sang with the KWS in the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

He seeks to create trans-genre music which interweaves seamlessly and touches the transcendent, like his musical hero J.S. Bach. He has brought together some of KW’s finest musicians for this  presentation of his original music, jazz standards and jazzy pop arrangements with a touch of latin and world music.

Teri Parker Quartet
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 is also a member of several other bands including Idioteque (Canada’s finest Radiohead tribute band) and the DeHarms (with singer-songwriter Carlie Howell). As a composer Teri actively writes for her own bands, and in 2015 received a Toronto Arts Council grant to write new music for her quartet, which can be heard on their debut album In the Past, released in fall of 2017.

Teri’s main group is the Teri Parker Quartet and features Allison Au on saxophone, Mark Godfrey on Bass and Mack Longpre on drums. The group has been playing since 2012, developing their sound through years of rehearsing, performing, video/audio demos and resulting in their first full length album In the Past. The band will celebrate the new release with a tour of Ontario; with shows in Toronto (Burdock), Guelph (Manhattan’s) and Ottawa (Brookstreet).

“Saturn” after Erik Satie

Teri Parker – piano

Mac Longpre

Luis Deniz -alto sax

Mark Godfrey

Patricia O’Calahan + David Braid sponsored by Diva International
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 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 French, along with hauntingly beautiful compositions by Braid.


Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, with six solo albums and many interesting collaborations along the way. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, but one of Patricia’s most unique talents is the ability to blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment. “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut or get laid or both.” (The National Post) “O’Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it’s easy to believe her.” (Chart Attack)


“Sophisticated and authentic” – New York Observer
“Refreshingly uncategorizable” – Paris Transatlantic

Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music” (The Ottawa Citizen), composer and pianist, David Braid is a nine-time Juno nominee, and winner of three Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, “Verge”, large-ensemble recording, “The David Braid Sextet Live”, and small-ensemble recording, “The North.” His debut classical composition, “Corona Divinae Misericordiae” received a Juno Nomination for Classical Album of the Year.

David Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, China, Australia, and Canada.

Described as “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail), Braid’s music combines the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of jazz.



Patricia O’Callaghan – vocals

David Braid  - piano

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

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Big Band Theory
Jun 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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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 that first rehearsal in October 2011.

The band’s music ranges from the danceable swing music of Benny Goodman’s orchestra and Sammy Nestico to Jazz Rock of the 1970s right up to the extraordinary contemporary sound of the Big Phat Band of L.A. The Big Band Theory is an exciting band to listen to and hear live.

For the gig, the band will be joined by guest conductor, arranger: John Macleod, leader of the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He is joining BBT for this special show along with guest trumpet player Steve McDade (Mantecca, Boss Brass, Rob McConnell…)

From the Rex Hotel Orchestra (RHO) website: In 2003 the Rex Hotel Orchestra made its debut performance at the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. Under the leadership of veteran jazz trumpet player/composer/arranger John MacLeod, the RHO is a collection of the top jazz and studio musicians in Canada. All of the music that they perform is written specifically for them by the leader or other members of the band. In addition to concert and jazz festival appearances, they have performed once a month at the Rex continually since their inception. The band has been nominated twice for Juno Awards and their debut CD – OUR FIRST SET received the Juno award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year in 2011. Their most recent recording is being released by JazzFM and is a celebration of Toronto’s big band legacy – THE TORONTO SOUND

Robin Habermehl, musical director, reeds
Ken Hadley Flute, soprano & alto sax
Ken Foster Tenor Sax
Tim Moher Tenor sax
Gabriella Ellingham, alto, clarinet, flute
Taylor Ellingham Baritone sax

Keith Billinsky Trombone
Randy Brown Trumpet
Paul Ellingham Bass Trombone
Rob Gellner Trumpet, French Horn
Steve Hagedorn Trombone
Robin Jessome Trombone
Kevin Kalbfleisch Trumpet
John Macleod Trumpet

Steve McDaid (Guest) Trumpet
Alan Ralston Trumpet
Kathryn Scobie Trombone
Emma Wolfe (Guest) French Horn

David Cheon Guitar
Andy Macpherson Drums
Greg Prior Bass
Andriy Tykhonov Piano

BBT plays “The Count is In”

One Word featuring Paul DeLong
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 Ratcliffe – guitar

Eric Boucher  - keys

Aaron Solomon – violin

Confabulation sponsored by Diva International
Jun 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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“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 and audiences alike.

As a versatile and sympathetic session player, his work can be heard on well over 250 albums including many by Canada’s finest contemporary folk artists. In concert he has played the Montreux Jazz Festival with Don Ross and Oliver Schroer, the Calgary Folk Fest with Gil Scott-Heron and worked with saxophone legend David Sanborn.

He was the long-time bassist for Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers, worked extensively with Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, and visionary violinist and composer Oliver Schroer. Recently he has toured the US, UK and Australia with master songwriter James Keelaghan.

The band is the perfect vehicle for his genre-defying musical eclecticism: melodic fretless bass, harp-like fingerstyle ukulele, intriguing time signatures and some unexpected chord changes. All are blended seamlessly together in riveting compositions that range from the quirky to the kick-ass to the contemplative.

Not surprisingly, the Confabulation is also a showcase for Toronto’s hottest musical innovators, counting among its 20-odd alumni artists such as Jaron Freeman-Fox, Rich Brown, Anne Lindsay and the Shuffle Demons’ Richard Underhill.

“Red Rain”

Doug Wilde – Keyboards

Colleen Allen – Reeds

Rich Greenspoon – Drums

Bob Cohen – Guitar

Anne Lindsay – violin

Dave Woodhead – Bass


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

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Dave Young Quintet
Jun 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance.

1993 Juno Award – “Best Mainstream Jazz Recording”
“Acoustic Bassist of the Year” – 1996, 1997 & 1998
“Musician of the Year” – 1997 & 1998
“Bassist of the Year” – 2003 & 2004

At the Rex

Dave Young – bass

Kevin Turcotte – trumpet

Terry Clarke- drums

Brian Dickinson – piano

Joe Huron Quartet
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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 Mark Kelso (drums), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), and Michael Occhipinti (guitar). Shine On came together in December of 2010 for a concert to mark the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. Taking utter delight in the audience’s enthusiasm and the chance to work together performing an iconic repertoire, the musicians recorded and released the album The Universe of John Lennon in the summer of 2012, and have since appeared at festivals and venues from St. John’s to Victoria to New York.

Michael Occhipinti – guitar

Kevin Turcotte – trumpet  

Elizabeth Sheppard – piano/vocals

Mark Kelso – drums

Yvette Tollar – vocals

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

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