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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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Dec
16
Sat
2017
Jam Session!!
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

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Saturday afternoon from 3 – 5 PM, practice your improvisation by playing jazz on the Jazz Room stage at the monthly Jazz Room jam session. It’ is a great opportunity for local musicians to meet and play together, share ideas and learn new tricks. If you ever wanted to play jazz music, but don’t have place or band to play with it’s your chance to do so. Please, pass this message to all your friends, so we will have great crowd at the Jazz Room.

The house band consists of Andriy Tykonov (piano), Robin Habermeyl (sax) and Steve Montgomery (drums). Jammers bring your own musical instrument, except for pianists and drummers. Drummers, bring your own sticks and brushes.

Songs to be played include the following:
Tangerine
Triste
The Nearness of You
So Dacno Samba
Love Is Here To Stay
If you would like to play other songs, bring four copies of sheet music for the band.

Every musician who wants to play will get opportunity to play. You can either substitute for a house band member, or play with the house band if you play a different instrument.

Bob Brough Quartet
Dec 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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Bob Brough is best known as a tenorman who’s appeared over the years with various rock, jazz, and classical artists and has recorded as a sideman on many recordings including 2 Juno-nominated CDs with ‘Time Warp’ during the 1980’s. More recentlyrecorded examples of particular note arehis solo and ensemble performances on tenor
saxophone on Richard Underhill’s 2003 Juno-award winning CD ‘Tales from the Blue Lounge”
The band plays a mixture of standards and originals ranging in style from BeBop to Swing, and from Modern to Free Form. They draw from an eclectic variety of pop, ethnic, classical music, and blues for inspiration.
In 2004 the band was chosen to open for Herbie Hancock on Opening Day for The Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
Bob Brough – tenor saxophone
Adrean Farrugia – piano
Artie Roth – bass
Terry Clarke – drums
Here is Bob Brough with “In a Sentimental Mood”
Dec
22
Fri
2017
The Tom Nagy Christmas Experience
Dec 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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The all-star lineup is back!

Derek Hines – vocals
Rob Gellner – trumpet
Jason White – piano
Don McDougall – drums
Tom Nagy – bass

This year, they are redeeming the worst Christmas music ever since 2017.  Plus they will bring back some of the great arrangements that have made this, in their words, the most famous Christmas show in world.  Derek’s mellifluous voice perfectly complements Rob’s dulcet tones, while the rest of the band packs a lively punch.  It’s always a fun and funny, family-friendly affair!  And don’t forget the free cake, just like in previous years!

Dec
23
Sat
2017
Lorne Lofsky Trio
Dec 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted  Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community.

In addition, he has been a faculty member at York University’s Fine Arts/Music Program since 1978 and also teaches at the Humber College Community Music Program. Lorne is a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene and performs extensively in the Greater Toronto Area. He has also given clinics/concerts at St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal.

Lorne Lofsky – guitar

Kieran Overs – bass

Barry Romberg – drums

Here Lorne with “Dolphin Dance”

Dec
29
Fri
2017
Rebecca Binnendyk
Dec 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Hailing from Kitchener/Waterloo, Rebecca is an adult contemporary artist with crossover jazz and pop influences. Her 2016 album, Some Fun Out of Life, was distributed by Universal/Alma throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. It’s an upbeat, effervescent listen with a mix of covers and original tunes available on Spotify, Youtube, iTunes and Google Play.

Influenced by artists like Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Caro Emerald and Etta James, Rebecca is currently traveling the world performing and growing musically ahead of her next album release. She is also busy writing music with Canadian pop star and music mentor Dan Hill, as well as with Irish songwriting production team Twin Monarch.

Rebecca’s travels have taken her to Uganda, where she worked as a voice coach and taught sexual education to students. She has performed in Malta, Thailand, New Zealand, Honduras, Australia and Canada; she also fronts the 18-piece Canadian Big Band.

Rebecca enjoys engaging with her fans and keeps them up to date on her adventures through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Travel, work, volunteering and music have all merged into one big, beautiful life that Rebecca continues to build for herself and share through her music.

Rebecca is now working to fund and record her second album of original tracks. Keep your eye on Rebecca’s social media accounts for the latest news and announcements.

Dec
30
Sat
2017
Phoenix Jazz Group CD Release “Amparo”
Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Phoenix Jazz Group
The Phoenix Jazz Group performs original acoustic mainstream jazz in a contemporary vein, acknowledging the great traditions in jazz that have gone before it. The spirit of improvisation is alive and well within the PJG as it spreads its jazz message through club and festival appearances as well as music clinics and jazz workshop performances in schools and for community organizations.
Since its release in 2009, tracks from their CD, “EXTENSIONS”, have had frequent air-play on JAZZ FM 91.1, Canada’s premier jazz radio station. These tracks have also been broadcast on jazz radio in New Zealand and the U.S. In its review of this CD the Oregon Jazz Society in Portland observed, “They’re a Canadian quartet of musicians with impressive credentials whose program of all original music swings with ease.”
  • JOHN McLELLAND, Keyboards
  • JOHN GODDARD, drums
  • ANDY KLAEHN, Woodwinds
  • GREG PRIOR, Bass
Dec
31
Sun
2017
New Years Eve! Rufus+Guests Doors at 7 Band at 9
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 12:30 am

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Rufus and his band Momma’s Kitchen will bring in the New Year by celebrating the music of legendary Soul artist and groups such as:Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays, The Isley Brothers, The Supremes, Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and many more. This show will be filled with timeless hits that will have the audiences lost down memory lane to songs that have been the soundtrack to many of our lives.

These videos are not of the compete band, but give a sense of what you can expect with this show. Enjoy!!
Rufus John- Lead Vox
Natasha John – Lead Vox
Sam Sga- Lead Vox/Guitar
Stephen Zuccala – Drums
Attila Toth – Bass
Len Feldman – Keyboards/Piano

 

Natural Woman (Cover by D’Eve Archer):

This Christmas (Cover by Rufus)

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Tim Louis
Jan 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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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.

Here is Tim at the Jazz Room

Jan
6
Sat
2018
Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles
Jan 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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The Juno nominated Jazz Exiles 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.

Jan
12
Fri
2018
Confabulation
Jan 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

 

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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.

Doug Wilde – keyboards

Colleen Allen – Reeds

Rich Greenspoon – Drums

Bob Cohen – Guitar

Dave Woodhead – bass and everything else.

Here they are at the Edgewood Folk Festival

 

 

Jan
13
Sat
2018
Artie Roth quartet
Jan 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage.

Here is Artie Roth at the Nisville Jazz Festival

Jan
14
Sun
2018
The Achromatics
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

What happens when you combine a powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show? The Achromatics: Music to be appreciated by the mind and body. Think Earth, Wind & Fire meets Enrique Iglesias or The Supremes meet Carlos Santana. The Achromatics are a nine-person superband creating a new sensation in pop music. Their love of soulful melody, Latin rhythm, and ferocious showmanship make them stand out in the GTA.

Jay Vazquez – guitar/vocals

Reuven Grajner – keys

Matt De Luca – bass

Aaron Spink – drums

Josh Molina – percussion

Megan Jutting – trumpet

Kathryn Scobie – trombone

Shannon Graham – tenor saxophone

Chelsea McBride – baritone saxophone

Here is this spectacular band in 2016

Jan
19
Fri
2018
Ted Gibbons Band
Jan 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Ted-Gibbons

Ted Gibbons is the quintessential gentleman jazz player.  His guitar and band-leading chops are impeccable as this group promises to wind their way around known and less-known standards in what will be a night to remember.  As an educator, Ted is beloved in the community, and this is an opportunity for teacher to shine.  Gibbons has a knack for seducing the audience with his pure musicianship, and ability to make the music sing and dance.His band lineup for this show is loaded with local and regional talent

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Dominic Mancuso
Jan 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jan
26
Fri
2018
Glenn Buhr Band
Jan 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jan
27
Sat
2018
Jerry Granelli Quartet (Nova Scotia)
Jan 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm