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Sonja Gustafson sponsored by Diva international
Dec 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


London’s award-winning Jazz songstress Sonja Gustafson is a talented vocalist with a unique style and polish.  Her traditional approach reflects an appreciation for the forerunners of vocal jazz, bringing a cool verve to classic and lesser-known standards.  Honest and soulful in her delivery and grace, Sonja Gustafson is dazzling whether performing torch ballads, scatting with abandon, or crooning popular covers. Her collaborations with many of London’s top jazz instrumentalists led to the release of her debut CD “Sonja Gustafson” in 2007, as well as a double Christmas CD entitled “Comfort & Joy” released in December 2010. Both albums were well-received and can be heard on CBC radio and found on iTunes, or ordered at www.sonjagustafson.com.

Her audience is often surprised to learn that she is also an accomplished classically trained soprano with a MMus from UWO. She is a popular guest with symphonies, choirs and big bands alike and has been soprano soloist at First St. Andrew’s United Church in London, ON since 1999.  Sonja also has her own opera company, Diva Lounge Productions, which produces fully staged chamber operas.  But make no mistake, when it comes to jazz, she is the “real deal” according to her listeners and colleagues – her mellow jazz vocals are worlds away from her soprano roots. So whether singing in an intimate jazz club or in front of a symphony, this multi-faceted performer is an engaging songstress who connects deeply with her audience and shares her love of song with passion


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Sonja Gustafson – vocals

Charlie Rallo – piano
Larry Ernewein -bass
Rich Brisco – drums

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

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David Restivo quintet
Dec 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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David Restivo is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who’s Who.

His all-star quintet will deliver a collection of original compositions from his 2016 Modica Music release, The Waves (with a few jazz standards thrown into the mix). It is music that strikes a balance between the familiar and the surprising; cutting edge, yet still highly accessible. In Restivo’s sonic world, the masters of the classic Blue Note era, such as Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, rub shoulders with today’s stars like Kurt Rosenwinkel, gently infused with spices from beyond the jazz realm: subtle hints of Gustav Mahler, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Genesis.

He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan.

He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Tormé, John Pizarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, and many other outstanding artists. ​

David has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

David was voted Toronto’s Best Kayboardist in NOW Magazine’s “Best of T.O.” readers’ poll in 1998 and received a Juno Award for his work on the 2001 recording The Rob McConnell Tentet (Justin Time).

David Restivo – piano

Alexander Brown – trumpet and flugelhorn

Kelly Jefferson – tenor and soprano saxophone

Jon Maharaj – bass

David Richards – drums

“Hymn to Freedom”

Woodhouse + Barbra Lica sponsored by Diva International
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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 With over 10 years of sold-­out shows throughout Canada, The Woodhouse amazes audiences with their unique arrangements of jazz and holiday classics. Described as a “little big band” with their jazz quintet plus vocals configuration, they have received featured programming and regular rotation on CBC Radio and JazzFM. Their debut album Home for Christmas was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and features special guests including Order of Canada recipient and jazz legend Don Thompson.


Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian Jazz scene and has been receiving accolades for a unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety and grace. A graduate of Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, she has been named one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz Singers on the CBC and was runner-up in the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in New York City. Her latest project, Kissing You, debuted in 2014 with dates across Canada and the U.S. as well as a feature performance at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival.


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James Ervin – trumpet
Nevin Dunn – sax
Matt Giffin – piano
Søren Nissen – bass
Will Fisher – drums
Barbra Lica – voice


Here is The Woodhouse and Barbra…

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

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The Tom Nagy Christmas Experience sponsored by Norton Engineering
Dec 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm




Have you heard the Fake News?

Join Derek HInes, Rob Gellner, Jason White, Don McDougall and, yes, Tom Nagy for what the Globe and Mail may one day refer to as “perhaps one of… the top 18 biggest frauds perpetuated on an unsuspecting public in ( Tom Nagy’s) history”.  With dancing bears (fake news) samples of snake-flavoured jello (fake news) and a full set of all new-old tunes (this is actually real) the 2018 Tom Nagy Christmas Experience promises to be the everything you never wanted to write home about!

Come hear why this show IS the fake reason for the season! Also, come for our FREE CAKE (this sounds fake but is actually true).


Derk Hines – vocals

Rob Gellner – trumpet and flugel

Jason White – piano

Don McDougall – drums

Tom Nagy – bass





Jason White plays the complete “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Dec 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Jason White operates at the forefront of music-making and teaching in Waterloo Region. A co-founder of the acclaimed Jazz Room music venue, a resident pianist with the K-W Symphony, and a frequent collaborator with dancers, visual artists, architects, actors, and playwrights, his various performance projects have been seen in many venues running from jazz clubs and art galleries to 2,000-seat concert halls and back yards.  He has premiered more than 30 new works and will perform 10 new piano commissions in 2016, by composers from Canada, Germany, the United States, and Australia.  He is a frequent performer with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra.

From Pitchfork on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”…..And then there was the soundtrack, composed by jazz piano impresario Vince Guaraldi along with Fred Marshall on double bass and the great Jerry Granelli on drums. “We did the music in a day and a half, two days,” Granelli tells me. “That’s just how you recorded records back then.” These days, it’s quite possibly the most ubiquitous and universally lauded holiday album out there, not to mention the gateway for generations of children who would go onto explore the bottomless chasm of the jazz idiom. Yet for the network suits expecting some Burl Ives-type maximalism, Guaraldi’s quaint score was deemed too weird and dark, even though the soundtrack—released on the Fantasy label right around the time the special aired on TV—received rave reviews by such legendary critics as Nat Hentoff, who in 2010 wrote a beautiful tribute to Guaraldi in JazzTimes.

His integration of brain science, experiential learning, and drawing out a student’s intuitive skills has put Jason in high demand as an educator.  He tours Canada to adjudicate competitions, runs workshops at universities, creates youth jazz ensemble programs for Summer festivals, and is a Registered Music Teacher through ORMTA.  He has worked with many international artists and young students as a coach and music director in contemporary opera and musical theatre.

Jason is an examiner with Conservatory Canada, and holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he graduated with highest honours.

Jason at St. Andrews….

Steve McDade All-Star Sextet
Dec 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Steve McDade – Jazz Trumpeter | Flugelhornist

Steve McDade (trumpet / flugelhorn) has become an integral name on the list of top Canadian trumpet players. Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, McDade began playing the trumpet at the age of 12 with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, touring Europe and North America to participate in band competitions, and at just 14 was featured as a soloist at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario. He played professionally throughout the area after that, and entered the Humber College Jazz Studies program when he was 16 years old.

McDade has been a member of Manteca and The Boss Brass since the 1980′s, touring the world with both bands and playing on their Grammy and JUNO Award-winning recordings. He has performed in major jazz festivals all over the world with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass and as a member of The Rob McConnell Tentet.

Steve has played and recorded with some of the biggest names, ensembles, bands, and orchestras on the arts and entertainment scene including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, The Toronto Symphony, Manhattan Transfer, and worked and recorded with Doc Kupka of Tower of Power.

As a commercial and jazz trumpet player, McDade has played in a variety of  Motion Picture soundtracks, recorded hundreds of radio and television jingles and commercials, and themes for a lengthy list of important TV shows. and musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, The Rat Pack, and many others.

Steve McDade is presently living in Stratford, Ontario, playing at the Stratford Theatre in the musical productions.

Steve McDade – trumpet/flugel

Leo Sullivan – sax

Rob Stone – trombone

Mark Eisenman – piano

Pat Collins  – Bass

Terry Clarke – drums

Steve and Dave Young at The Rex

Juliet Dunn sponsored by Diva International
Dec 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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Juliet is quite world experienced with many global connections making her an eclectic and seasoned performer. Originally hailing from the UK and half Jamaican, Juliet has lived in Vancouver BC, Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines, Ontario as well as Paris, France where she lived for 13 years.  She now resides in the Niagara region of Ontario.

During Juliet’s years of residence in Paris, France, her passion for jazz grew as she trained with Monsieur Jean Salamero. Jean introduced her to many of the French icons such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Henri Salvador and more.  At this time she also had the opportunity to perform a Josephine Baker tribute show who is also a favorite in France.  Juliet’s influences include the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and many more.

After moving to the Niagara region, Juliet started to connect with local jazz musicians in the Niagara Region and began to pursue her longtime dream of becoming a jazz vocalist.  She has now been performing jazz professionally for the past 8 years with a myriad of talented Canadian musicians, and performs regularly in Canada as well as abroad.  Her voice has taken her to such exotic places as a Hong Kong, Morocco, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, French Polynesia, the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and more.  Juliet performs regularly with her husband and musical Partner Peter Shea and together they have formed a duo called ‘The Shea D Duo’.  With this duo they perform an assortment of jazz, soul and pop.  Juliet’s other bands include the Juliet Dunn Quintet, Le Trio Parisien (her French band) and the Kitt Cat Collective.

Here is a brief clip from the Jazz FM World Music Festival….

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

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New Years Eve with Mark Kelso’s Groove Merchants featuring Micheal Dunston (Andriy Tykhonov on Keys for Dinner Hour)
Dec 31 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 am


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Jazz Room Passes do not apply for this event

Doors – 7 PM for dinner, Limited seating for 50

Door s- 8:45 PM for show for those not attending dinner

Optional 2 course Gourmet  Meal – $45 pp (tax incl)

After ticket purchase, purchasers will receive an e-mail requesting information on whether they will attend for dinner and will offer meal choices.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Mark Kelso’s Groove Merchants featuring Michael Dunston will visit the Jazz Room for New Years Eve along with opener Andriy Tykhonov

In our world of “flash-in-the-pan” singers and “here today, gone tomorrow” pop stars, it is a deserved treat to hear a beautiful tune rendered soulfully and with an authentic depth of emotion that only a seasoned artist like Michael Dunston can bring. While we feel that Dunston’s music speaks for itself, there is clearly more to his story. “Michael is someone who channels the whole history of male R&B vocals when he sings,” -Andrew Scott.

Michael  has previously played the Jazz Room as part of Dave Young’s R and B show. He also brought the house down at this year’s Gospel Breakfast at the Kitchener Blues Festival.

“Let’s Stay together”



Tim Louis and the Ambassadors Annual New Year’s Jazz Levee
Jan 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


As a jazz singer and pianist, Tim Louis offers something very special. His voice is his own and his talents appeal to those of us who crave warm retro feelings but want something fresh and new.

Louis has been described as a triple-threat talent: singer, songwriter and pianist. As a performer, Louis connects with his audience through his warm and inviting personality. His vocal and piano work is both confident and relaxed. Self assured; he possesses maturity in his writing, creating songs that are meaningful yet avoid the obvious.

Born in New Jersey, Louis first studied under jazz great Kenny Barron, earning a BA in Music from Rutgers University before moving to the New York scene, eventually working alongside the iconic Teo Macero.

A move to Canada brought with it a period of youthful exuberance as he took his musical talents and dallied in rock and country bands, looking for where he felt he belonged. Truth be known, he was also following a Canadian gal to her home in Kitchener-Waterloo. They married and she was instrumental to bringing him back to jazz. Yet it’s his appreciation for other genres of music which distinguishes his personal style. He interprets other artists through his jazz filter – injecting their influence into his definition of contemporary jazz.

Tim Louis – piano, vocals

. Rob Gelner – trumpet

Matt Lima – bass

Dave Thompson – guitar‎.



Here is Tim at the Jazz Room

Larnell Lewis Group
Jan 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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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.

Here is Larnell in a Yamaha Drums promo.….

Matthew Rait Group
Jan 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Matthew Rait – guitar

Artie Roth – bass

Barrie Elmes – drums

Kelly Jefferson – tenor sax

Kalabash sponsored by Diva International
Jan 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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The rich Latin Jazz genre evolved as the result of a fusion of the folk and popular music traditions of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, particularly Cuba, with the great American jazz tradition. While not as well known to jazz enthusiasts, the same type of fusion has also been taking place in the French, English and Dutch Caribbean, with each cluster of islands adding its own particular rhythmic vibe, melodic flavors and tonal colours to the mix.

Kalabash is a contemporary jazz sextet based in Toronto, that focuses on using the steel drum as a lead voice in a jazz ensemble, while experimenting with the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean, from Reggae, Son and Salsa in the north, to Calypso, Soca, Rapso and Zouk from the Eastern Caribbean. With two CDs released so far, it is apparent that the result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North America and the Caribbean, in a contemporary jazz fusion that has made Kalabash a hit with world music and jazz festival audiences.


Phoenix Jazz Group
Jan 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Phoenix Jazz Group (2)The Phoenix Jazz Group performs jazz in a melodic fusion style. Group members are very versatile in a number of different genres. A review from The Jazz Society of Oregon stated ” they’re a Canadian quartet of musicians with impressive credentials whose program of all original music swings with ease. ” Since their debut album ” Extensions” was released in 2009, the music of The Phoenix Jazz Group has received ongoing airplay on Canada’s Premier Jazz Station Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto as well as on jazz radio in the U.S. and over 40 other countries worldwide.  A review of the group’s most recent album Amparo from Whole Note Magazine in Toronto states ” It is in the fusion of myriad styles that the group’s music speaks best. This can be felt throughout the album, but nowhere more strongly than in the profound beauty of Amparo, the title track itself.”

Andy Klaehn – reeds

John McLelland – piano

Greg Prior – bass

John Goddard – drums

“You Don’t Say”

Steve Koven Trio
Jan 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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The Steve Koven Trio is a Canadian, Toronto-based jazz group.  Pianist Koven is joined by long time members, Anthony Michelli on drums and Rob Clutton on bass.

Formed in 1993, the trio is one of Canada’s longest standing trio’s, performing, touring and recording together for over twenty-five years. They have performed world-wide, and have established themselves as one of Canada’s cultural ambassadors.

The band has released ten critically-acclaimed albums since their debut, Live at the Senator, in 1997.  Many of their compositions have been used for national and international film and TV productions.

Steven Koven – piano

Rob Clutton – bass

Anthony Michelli – drums

“Bugs Blues”

The Delegation (NYC)
Jan 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Delegation

★★★★½ “a fascinating form of sonic installation blending wild improvisation, classical strings, disciplined unison passages and untrammeled solo excursions.” — Carlo Wolff, Downbeat

“In Zucker’s almost confrontational writing I find the vision of one who is hugely expressive. Here is a young man with a profound sense of tone and colour and how it can be wrought from diverse instrumentation to be affectingly ‘cantorial’, expressive and hugely symphonic too.” — Raul da Gama, World Music Report

★★★★ “Evergreen (Canceled World) totally lives up to its larger-than-life sweep and scope.” — Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

“Evergreen is a rewarding example of what Brooklyn has to offer avant garde jazz-rock and demonstrates that ESP-Disk’ hasn’t lost its adventurous spirit.” — Alex Henderson, New York City Jazz Record

The brainchild of pianist/composer, Gabriel Zucker, New York indie jazz  orchestra The Delegation continues to break new ground. Combining Zucker’s metric complexity and maximalist approach with the melodic stylings of indie rock, the group’s impressive roster of jazz players forge a unique and emotionally immediate sound, representing a singular approach to improvisation in the 21st century. This event is a co-production between the Grand River Jazz Society and NUMUS.

Andrew Scott Quartet
Jan 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Andrew Scott is a guitarist/arranger, composer and educator. He has released three internationally recognized CDs as a leader (This One’s for Barney; Blue Mercer; Nostalgia). His most recent recording project, Strange Music, features fellow guitarist Randy Napoleon, Neil Swainson and Archie Alleyne. Andrew is a Professor of Music in 
Humber’s School of Creative and Performing Arts where he oversees the
 Music Business and Music Marketing areas and acts in the capacity of Humber Music’s
 head academic advisor.

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Jake Wilkinson

Jon Meyer

Jeff Halischuck

“Denzil’s Best Move”

Paul Mitchell Quintet
Feb 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
William Sperandei Quintet
Feb 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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WILLIAM SPERANDEI (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet.

At the recommendation of the great Wynton Marsalis, Sperandei left Canada to continue his studies at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis. During the time he lived in Louisiana, he performed  Nicholas Payton, Marcus Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Victor Goines, Charmaine Neville, and Harry Connick Jr. In 1992, two years prior to his graduation from the UNO, he opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Rome Jazz Festival. It was during the same 1992 European tour Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria

Possessing wide-ranging performance skills, William Sperandei has played Polish Opera, Flamenco music, worked with Canadian soul/pop artist, Gerald Eaton (Jarvis Church), and blues legend Colin James. He is a respected sideman on the Toronto jazz circuit in live performance and in the recording studios. He performs in two classical ensembles – The Niagara Brass, led by former tutor and internationally renowned recitalist James Tinsley, and a classical ensemble headed by Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with various Toronto-based artists and ensembles includingTyler Yarema and His Rhythm, Janice Hagan, Danny B., and Jake and the Blue Midnights.

William Sperandei – trumpet/flugel

Pat Labarbera – saxophones

Roberto Occhipinti -bass

Adrean  Farrugia -piano

Mark Kelso -drums

Here is William with vocalist Amy McConnell

David Braid + Penderecki Quartet sponsored by Diva International
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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“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), and “a jazz genius to call our own” (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is an eight-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, “The North”.

Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Russia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada.

Combining the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of jazz, Braid’s music is described as “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “wide-ranging, exploratory” (South China Morning Post), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail).

David Braid is a Steinway Artist, a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK, an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor at the Danish National Academy of Music. He is a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: ’Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.’

Celebrating their 31st anniversary, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Łódz, Poland in 1986.   Now based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991, The Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation.  The four Penderecki musicians (now originating from Poland, Canada, and USA) bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail).

The PSQ’s international performing schedule has included appearances in New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hong Kong (Academy for the Arts), Los Angeles (REDCAT Hall at Disney Center), St. Petersburg (Sheremetev Palace), the Adam Festival in New Zealand, and throughout Europe in Rome, Madrid, Paris, Belgrade, Prague, Krakow, Vilnius, and Zagreb.  The PSQ has also toured extensively in Mexico, Australia, Venezuela and Brazil and from coast to coast in Canada.

“Wash Away”

Glen Buhr and Margaret Sweatman + Penderecki Quartet sponsored by Diva International
Feb 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Robi Botos Trio
Feb 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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ROBI BOTOS has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists  of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old, and never looked back. He continued to perform throughout Hungary and when he turned 20, decided to move his wife and children to Canada, to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country.

“Close to You” at Koerner Hall

Derek Hines Quartet sponsored by Diva International
Feb 15 @ 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 – vocals

Adrean Farrugia -piano

Jillian McKenna – bass

Ermesto Cervini – drums

Richard Whiteman Quartet
Feb 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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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 has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.

For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas.

Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.

In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at both Humber College and York University in Toronto.

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Harold Danko

Pat Labarbera

Andre White

The Richard Whiteman Quartet at the Rex…

Florian Hoffner Trio
Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Andrew Downing

Nick Fraser

Steve D’Angelo Group
Feb 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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To describe Steve D’Angelo accurately, the phrase “musical chameleon” springs to mind.

He is a genuinely fully-rounded artist, with well-honed skills that have proved adaptable in a wide range of roles and musical genres. The combination of intellect and passion Steve brings to every situation and role has placed him in great demand on the Toronto music scene he has long called home. His reputation and his work have also travelled well beyond city limits.

If pressed, Steve will cite the guitar as his favourite instrument, but he is equally at home at the piano and keyboards as well as bass, ukelele ,baritone guitar,mandolin and percussion. His talent as a multi-instrumentalist has been put to good use in his work as an acclaimed and award-winning composer for film and television.

On the jazz front, Steve worked with the likes of Doug Riley and Guido Basso, prior to leaving the  touring and session world behind in favour of pursuing a career as a writer of music. His compositional skills quickly placed him in great demand, with the CBC and local stations such as CFMT and City TV becoming regular clients. He has contributed over 100 themes, including news and station I.D. music, for them. D’Angelo was also involved in writing the music for many successful Ad campaigns for some major multi-national  clients, such as American express,Labbats,Molson,Ford,Guiness ,McDonalds, Microsoft etc.

In 2001, Steve co-founded The EggPlant, a full-service production house supplying creative to the television and advertising community. This company has gone on to earn a stellar international reputation for its work, as evidenced by the Emmy Awards Steve and his partners have earned.


Steve D’Angelo

Steve Lucas

Lorenzo Castelli

Chris Pruden

Comedy Festival
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