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Steel City Jazz Festival 2018 line-up, Tues Oct 23 to Sun Oct 28

September 6th, 2018
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Steel City Jazz Festival, 2018. Line-up announced:

Tuesday October 23, 8:00 pm. Allison Au Quartet, saxophonist Allison Au & band. https://www.allisonau.com/ Artword Artbar, $15/$10 for students

Wednesday October 24, 8:00 pm. Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series – Heather Bambrick Quartet. https://www.heatherbambrick.ca/
Artword Artbar, $15/$10 for students

Thursday October 25, 8:00 pm. Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley. Classic & vintage jazz & blues, w. piano, bass, drums. http://hotblues.ca/  Artword Artbar $15/$10 for students.

Friday October 26, 8:00 pm. Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series – Heather BambrickBroadsway (vocalists Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels, pianist Diane Leah. https://thebroadswayshow.com/  Artword Artbar. $15/$10 for students.

Saturday October 27, 8:00 pm. Brad Cheeseman Group. Artword Artbar, $15/$10 for students.

Saturday October 27, 8:00 pm. The Jazz Connection Big Band. The Music Hall. $20/$15 for students

Sunday October 28, 7:30 pm. Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio. Artword Artbar. $15/$10 for students.

https://steelcityjazzfest.com/

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Jonas Pearson Paavola, Scott Taplay, Dave Hollingshead, Justin Mchugh, Thurs Oct 18

August 20th, 2018
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Thursday October 18, 2018, at 8 pm, $tba. Jazz musicians Jonas Pearson Paavola (bass), Scott Taplay (guitar), Dave Hollingshead (piano) and Justin McHugh (drums) have a new project they would like to showcase at Artword Artbar. They are calling this the Collective of Bad Decisions. “Each composition has a different concept in it … Essentially we’re borrowing existing concepts from avant garde classical music and adding as much improvisation as possible and any other crazy ideas we can imagine.” Artword has known these musicians for a long time, so we are up for whatever adventures you fellas are up to.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. the Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sat Oct 6

August 15th, 2018
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Saturday October 6, 2018, 8 pm,
$10/ $5 students. An evening with the Alex Tomowich Quartet: William Fachin on drums, Michael Morabito on saxophone(s), Victor Agrippa on EWI (electronic wind instrument), Alex Tomowich on piano. The quartet is an exhilarating group based out of the GTA whose music covers the spectrum of musical genre: from innovative originals to Joe Satriani to Bud Powell to AC/DC to Joey Calderazzo. The band consists of students of award-winning musicians such as Adrean Farrugia, Pat Collins, Kevin Dempsey, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos, and Kelly Jefferson.

Event, Music-Jazz

Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan) + Sophia Perlman, Thur Oct 4

August 14th, 2018
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Thursday October 4, 2018 at 8 pm. $15 at door, OR $10 advance Book online   BUY_tix_button

Guelph-based folk duo Tragedy Ann (Liv Cazzola vocals, accordion, ukulele, singing saw and Braden Phelan vocals, guitars) have a debut full-length album Matches, out in September. Artword Artbar is a stop on their Canadian tour (ON, QC, BC, NS, NB) in support of the new album.

Their special guest for the evening is our good friend and stunning jazz vocalist Sophia Perlman, with some new songs and old.

https://www.tragedyannmusic.com/home

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Jazz: Chris Bruder new compositions, Thur Sept 27

August 13th, 2018
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Thursday September 27, 2018, 8 pm, $10. Jazz pianist Chris Bruder, a regular at Artword Artbar, is showcasing his new compositions, with Brad Cheeseman on bass, Geoffrey Bruce on drums and Scott Neilson on sax.

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz vocalist Maureen Kennedy, Fri Sept 21

August 11th, 2018
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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Book online   BUY_tix_button

Noted jazz vocalist Maureen Kennedy is coming to Artword Artbar! Her fans have been asking for her! Here is Maureen’s description of her plan for us:
“For my first gig at Artbar I would like to introduce a Hamilton audience to my love of repertoire. Through the years I have stockpiled an extensive collection of tunes, many of them rare gems. It would be fun to showcase songs done by some of the wonderful composers and singers who’ve inspired me. The setting will be intimate. I have been working consistently with two fine Toronto musicians, guitarist Ben Bishop and bassist Jon Meyer.”  www.maureenkennedy.com/site/

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz: Nick Maclean Quartet, Thurs Sept 20

August 10th, 2018
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Thursday September 20, 2018 at 8 pm. Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet: Nick Maclean piano, Brownman Ali trumpet, Jesse Dietschi bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
$15 at door, OR $10 advance Book online   BUY_tix_button

The award-winning Nick Maclean Quartet makes Artword Artbar the second stop of their September tour. Led by 26-year-old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean, this contemplative and often thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock. The quartet features Brownman Ali, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast: “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice).
Nick Maclean – piano (www.NicholasMaclean.com)     Brownman Ali – trumpet (www.Brownman.com)
Jesse Dietschi – bass (www.JesseDietschi.com)     Tyler Goertzen – drums

Event, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat July 14

June 28th, 2018
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Saturday July 14, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns! This ensemble combines the ancient rhythms of Africa with the jazz harmonies of modern times.
Waleed Abdulhamid (Composer/Band Leader) explains:  “We play melody on top of traditional jazzy chord progressions with a twist of African ancient rhythms. There is a place for African instruments such as gombri, lakoumbe, marimba in the music.”
Band members for July 14 are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Leo Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Ilios Steryannis, drum kit, and Gustavo “Repique” Rosa, percussion and hand drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Jazz: Adrean Farrugia/Kelly Jefferson/Dan Fortin/Ernesto Cervini: Explorations, Fri July 13

June 27th, 2018
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SOLD OUT! Friday July 13, 2018, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online Adrean Farrugia / Kelly Jefferson / Dan Fortin / Ernesto Cervini: Explorations. Juno award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia joins internationally acclaimed friends, saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer/percussionist Ernesto Cervini for an exploration of song. The result will be an eclectic mix of beauty, groove, surprise and that joyous place that music can bring us to. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Swing jazz vocalist Alex Pangman & her Alleycats, Fri July 6

June 5th, 2018
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Friday July 6, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Jazz with Juno-nominee vocalist Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats (Trio): Peter Hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, Jack Zorawski double bass. This vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing.   www.alexpangman.com/
“It would be hard to find a box of musical bonbons more beguiling than this collection of post-Jazz Age treats… Her earnest vocals and sharp Alleycats band make each song sparkle.” Toronto Star review by John Terauds.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Ben Bowen, Tom Shea, Mario Laquintana, music composed around poetry, Thurs June 28

June 4th, 2018
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Thursday June 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $10.  Cloctawr: Ben Bowen on electric guitar, poetry samples, and trumpet; Tom Shea on electric guitar; Mario Laquintana on drums. Music primarily composed around various pieces of local poetry (by Gary Barwin, John Terpstra, Sarah Farr, and Kathy Rupcic, among others), with lots of melodic content and improvising, It’s playful, poppy, hook-centric music.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen, pianist Amanda Tosoff, Sat June 23

June 3rd, 2018
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Saturday June 23, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen and pianist Amanda Tosoff, in an intimate evening of original French and English music in the styles of Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
Montreal-based Juno award-winning vocalist, Sienna Dahlen teams up with Toronto-based Juno-nominated pianist Amanda Tosoff to present an intimate evening of lesser-known standards and original French and English repertoire that stylistically-speaking, lies somewhere between the work of the late great Leonard Cohen and Lhasa de Sela.
According to All About Jazz writer, Pascal Denis Lussier, “Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.” And in the words of the Edmonton Journal’s Roger Levesque, Tosoff’s music “….incorporates dreamy beauty and spare realism and fresh song forms, quite beyond conventional standards fare.” In short, Amanda and Sienna are two of this country’s most talented jazz composers and musicians and this is a show that you won’t want to miss.
www.siennadahlen.com/
amandatosoff.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

So Long Seven (guitar, violin, tabla, banjo) + Adrean Farrugia, Fri June 22

June 3rd, 2018
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Friday June 22, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
So Long Seven, a delightful quartet — Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo) — returns to Artword Artbar. So Long Seven brings their new CD/Vinyl Kala Kalo back to the town where they recorded it. Plus special guest Adrean Farrugia (another Artbar favourite) will play a set of solo piano.
So Long Seven performs richly textured acoustic music that brings their diverse influences into a distinctly Canadian voice. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground. Together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music, blending composition and improvisation.  www.solongseven.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Allan Merovitz w. Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio, Thurs June 21

June 2nd, 2018
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Thursday June 21, 2018, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
A stellar concert of Klezmer music with our good friend singer Allan Merovitz and an all-star Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet, flute), George Koller (bass). Allan is widely known as a singer with Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and some of the world’s top Yiddish and Klezmer ensembles including the Ot Azoj Klezmer Band of Amsterdam and the Montreal based Merovitz Project. Artword Theatre has directed and produced numerous remounts of his celebrated play If Cows Could Fly.
The Lightstone/Katz/Koller Klezmer Trio: Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist, Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist / flutist and the great “all over the map” bassist, George Koller—all who have worked with Allan in various settings over many years—combine their talents to explore their fresh take on klezmer. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, the trio creates a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer with the sounds and textures of jazz, Indian raga, Yiddish song, chamber music, and down home rock’n blues! Dancing shoes and a whacky hat required!  www.allanmerovitz.com,   www.briankatz.com,   www.klezconnection.com,   www.georgekoller.com

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Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Jazz with the Brad Cheeseman Group, Sat June 16

May 31st, 2018
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Saturday June 16, at 8 pm, $10.  Jazz with Brad Cheeseman electric bass, Robert Chapman guitar, Matt Lagan tenor sax, Marito Marques drums, Chris Pruden piano. Performing music from the JUNO-nominated album THE TIDE TURNS.
bradcheeseman.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Sat June 2

May 8th, 2018
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Saturday June 2, 2018, at 8 pm, $15.
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Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is back. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Collette Savard & The Savants, Sat May 26

April 21st, 2018
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Saturday May 26, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Singer-songwriter Collette Savard and her band The Savants: Rebecca Campbell, Martin Worthy, Tim Posgate, Megan Worthy, John Zytaruk. With her palette of acoustic folk instruments, Collette whittles out of her imagination beautiful song gems. She brings them to you wrapped in the exciting package of her band of seasoned masters.

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Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-Jazz, Music-singer/songwriter

Jazz: the Aaron Zukewich Trio, Thurs May 17

April 16th, 2018
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Thursday May 17, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz with the Aaron Zukewich Trio, featuring Aaron Zukewich on piano and new compositions, Marito Marques on drums and Clark Johnston on bass, with new compositions. The trio delivers an adventurous blend of intricate rhythms, modern harmonies, and
singable melodies that embrace the diverse landscapes of contemporary jazz, world and popular music. Pianist, saxophonist and composer Aaron David Zukewich studied music at York university with some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, including Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte, and Lorne Lofsky. He has also studied privately with Hamilton pianist Adrian Farrugia.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

World Music: William Mukuna Trio, Fri May 11

April 13th, 2018
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Friday May 11, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Join us for an evening of World music with the William Mukuna Trio. The trio performs original compositions fusing elements of Afro-beat, Latin rhythms, Hip-hop and Jazz improvisation. Will Mukuna guitar, Brad Cheeseman bass, Marito Marques drums.
Deeply influenced by the West African griots and Brazilian composers, the band takes you through a musical journey that brings music from the World together.  www.williammukuna.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Blunt Object, jazz ensemble featuring 8 horns, Sat April 28

March 25th, 2018
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Saturday April 28, 2018, at 8 pm, $15 /$10 students. To reserve call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Something special at Artword Artbar! Blunt Object is a Toronto-based 11-piece jazz ensemble performing energetic, creative music. Showcasing the music of Carla Bley, the ensemble presents engaging music with a refreshing sense of humour. Blunt Object balances unique improvisors with quirky and compelling arrangements.

Saxophones:  Ben Dietschi, Lindsay Paul, Conrad Gluch;
trumpets Jesse Malone, Tara Kannangara;
trombones Heather Saumer, Robin Jessome; sousaphone Josh Bird;
bass Tom Altobelli; piano Tania Gill; drums Robin Claxton.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Funk, jazz-fusion w. Nezqwik Trio, Fri April 27

March 24th, 2018
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Friday April 27, 2018, at 8 pm. $10/$7 students. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. The Nezqwik Trio with Aleef Mehdi on guitar, Ben Duff on bass, and Jinu Isac on drums. Nezqwik plays originals and arrangements of covers in the style of jazz fused with hip-hop and funk. This is a scaled down version of their previously larger band, offering a more intimate musical performance. Inspired by Snarky Puppy, Mark Lettieri, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo and all makers of groovy music.

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-pop-etc.

Jazz: The Scott McIntosh Quartet, Wed Apr 25

March 22nd, 2018
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Wed April 25, 2018, at 8 pm. $10. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. Jazz with the Scott McIntosh Quartet. The players are Mike Malone on trumpet, Clark Johnston on bass, Jordan Snider on drums, and Scott McIntosh on guitar. The quartet is playing a tribute to the music of Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, and Grant Green.

Event, Music-Jazz

ZULA Presents jazz improvisers Zero Point, Sat Mar 24

February 27th, 2018
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Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 8 pm, tickets $15 regular, $10 students /seniors.
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ZULA Presents jazz improvisers Zero Point, from New York. The quartet features Daniel Carter saxophones, trumpet, clarinet, flute, piano, with Marius Duboule guitars; Michael Bates double bass; Deric Dickens drums.  http://zeropoint-music.com/
“An amalgam of free musical talents” – Chris Searle, Morning Star (UK)
“A refined brand of freedom” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG (US)
“Beyond the ordinary” – John Sharpe, NYCJR (US)

Zero Point‘s music is entirely improvised, sometimes giving the impression of a known melody or a sound mass, similar to what the spectral music can evoke. Just like Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy the musicians of this band can also be deeply anchored in the tradition of blues and bebop, which resurfaces in a pictorial and contrapuntal way.

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: Tom Altobelli Group, Fri Mar 23

February 26th, 2018
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Friday March 23, 2018, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. An evening of jazz with The Tom Altobelli Group will feature Tom’s original compositions, as well as original works by members of the band.  Band members are: Aaron Bowers sax, Scott McIntosh guitar, Chris Bruder piano, Jordan Snider drums, and Tom Altobelli bass and compositions.  https://soundcloud.com/tomaltobellibass/sets/tom-altobelli-group
Tom Altobelli is an upright and electric bassist in Hamilton. He is a graduate of both the Humber College Bachelor of Music, and Mohawk College Music programs, where he studied jazz, and majored in Bass performance. Tom is involved in a number of projects, including The Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, Monkley Cascade, The Koopa Troop, The Aubrey Wilson Quartet, and his own original jazz group (Tom Altobelli Group).

Event, Music-Jazz

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