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Jazz vocalist from Japan: Hisaka, w. George Koller, Thurs Mar 23

February 12th, 2017
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Thursday March 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Japanese jazz vocalist Hisaka is visiting from Tokyo, and will play a reunion concert with noted bassist George Koller. Also playing is Attila Fias on piano. This is Hisaka‘s first visit to Hamilton!
Currently based in Tokyo, Hisaka visits Canada on occasion for performances to keep active in the world-wide music scene. Hisaka first came to Toronto in 2011 to pursue her music dream and became actively involved in the Toronto music scene, including the appearance of Jazz FM91.1 One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari. Hisaka has released two albums so far, both produced by Canadian luminary bassist George Koller. Her second album, with legendary Canadian trumpet player Guido Basso, combines various musical elements — jazz, classic, samba, rock, R&B, and pop.

Event, Music-Jazz

Sufjan Stevens Tribute Night, host Brad Cheeseman, Sat Mar 18

February 10th, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Come on and feel the Illinoise! Spend an evening hearing the music of Sufjan Stevens, delightfully reimagined and rearranged for an all-instrumental band of great local musicians, headed by bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman (2016 TD Grand Prix de Jazz winner). Expect to hear a number of selections from Stevens’ broad repertoire, including fan-favourites from ILLINOISE and MICHIGAN. Brad Cheeseman bass, Chris Bruder piano, Lorenzo Castelli drums, Aidan Sibley trombone, Francis Smith alto sax, Jordan Tunney trumpet

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: Adrean Farrugia Trio, with Drew Jurecka violin, Fri Mar 17

February 9th, 2017
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Friday March 17, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. Jazz with the Adrean Farrugia Trio featuring violinist Drew JureckaAdrean Farrugia piano, Drew Jurecka violin/vocals, Clark Johnston bass.
Drew Jurecka, violinist, has spent ten years playing jazz in Toronto, and has become an in-demand sideman and session player. He has played, written or arranged on more than 150 records, including several Juno winning and Grammy nominated albums. Drew spent 5 years on the road with Jeff Healey, and now plays as part of Jill Barber’s band.  He has also written and arranged for Jill’s records, and produced her last two records.
Award-winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been featured on more than 30 albums to date garnering multiple Juno awards and nominations and has performed internationally across Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Australia. Adrean performs regularly with platinum selling artist Matt Dusk Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, Wed Mar 8

February 1st, 2017
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Wednesday March 8, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed March 8 are Devon Savas bass, Cooper Hannahson drums, and Alex Tomowich piano.

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: Samuel Bonnet Trio, w. guest Brad Cheeseman, Thurs Mar 2

January 8th, 2017
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Thursday March 2, 2017. at 8 pm, $15. Jazz with the Samuel Bonnet Trio, on tour from Montreal: Samuel Bonnet on guitar, Elli Miller-Maboungou on percussion and Julien Fillion on saxophone, with special guest Brad Cheeseman on bass. Website: http://www.samuelbonnetguitar.com/
“Here’s a project that will please both jazz and world music lovers. What a pleasure it is to discover guitarist and composer Samuel Bonnet and his group. The savvy mix of arabic sounding harmonics, Chano Dominguez-like percussions and flamenco guitar all add up to make a great sounding band. More than just a nice CD, this group has something to say.” Christophe Rodriguez – www.sortiesjazznights.com
Bio: Born in Haifa (Israël), Samuel Bonnet moved to Paris (France) and started classical guitar at age 8. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Jazz duo Alex Tomowich & Jesse Martel, Wed Mar 1, 2017

January 7th, 2017
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Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 8 pm, $5. Jazz duo Alex Tomowich (piano) and Jesse Martel (guitar) play a mixture of freely improvised jazz, as well as specially arranged jazz standards, and some jazz-based original compositions in multiple genres. Alex Tomowich is a jazz pianist studying music in the Applied Music program at Mohawk College and Jesse Martel is a jazz guitarist who graduated from the Applied Music program at Mohawk College. Together they have played various venues in Hamilton, as well as in Toronto and Dundas.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

The Ault Sisters, jazz vocalists, Sat Feb 18, 2017

January 5th, 2017
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ault sistersSaturday February 18, 2017, at 8 pm.  $15/$10 students. Reserve 905-543-8512 or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Back just after Valentine’s Day. Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Ault_Sisters_c_680Jazz with the incredible vocal trio The Ault Sisters. Experience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz, a genre in which their signature and sublimely seamless vocal harmonies really shine. With Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Jordan Snider on drums. http://aultsisters.com/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, Feb 8 & Mar 8, 2017

January 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday February 8, 2017, at 8 pm. A new showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music, organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed Feb. 8 are saxophonist Michael Morabito and vocalist Alyssa Giammaria.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Bossa nova jazz, Angela Turone & Chris Platt, Sat Nov 26, 9:30

October 15th, 2016
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angelaturone_chrisplatt_cSaturday November 26, 2016, at 9:30 pm (late show after performance of Princess), $10. The Bossa Duo, vocalist Angela Turone and jazz guitarist Chris Platt, perform original arrangements and interpretations of bossa nova and samba favourites, written by some of Brazil’s most venerated composers and lyricists.    http://chrisplattmusic.ca/          http://www.angelaturone.com/
Angela Turone, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s jazz performance Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

Steel City Jazz Festival, Mike Malone Trio, Sun Oct 30 at 7:30

September 26th, 2016
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mike-malone_img_5298cscjf_2016_logo_rSunday, October 30, 2016, 7:30 pm,. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online for Mike Malone Trio. 
Steel City Jazz Festival presents the Mike Malone Trio, featuring festival Artist-in-Residence Mike Malone on trumpet, with Adrean Farrugia on piano and Bob Shields on guitar. The SCJF Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Smordin Law. https://steelcityjazzfest.com/

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Jazz Vocalists double bill, The Ault Sisters & Aubrey Wilson, Sat Oct 29

September 25th, 2016
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aubrey_wilson_0362cault_sisters_0306cSaturday October 29, 2016. 8 pm, $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Jazz Vocalists.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents a double bill of jazz vocalists: The Ault Sisters and the Aubrey Wilson Quartet.
The Ault Sisters: Amanda Ault, vocals; Alicia Ault, vocals; Alanna Ault, vocals; Tom Altobelli, bass; Chris Bruder, piano; Jordan Snider, drums. http://www.aultsisters.com/
Aubrey Wilson Quartet: Aubrey Wilson, vocals; Tom Altobelli, bass;scjf_2016_logo_r Chris Bruder, piano; Sean Bruce Parker, drums.  http://www.aubreywilsonmusic.com/

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival: Rich Brown bass & Larnell Lewis drums, Fri Oct 28

September 24th, 2016
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larnell_lewisrich_brown_bassistFriday October 28, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. Book tickets online for Lewis.Brown.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents Lewis.Brown, a new duo project: Larnell Lewis on drums and electronics, and Rich Brown on bass and electronics. https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and currently tours with New York based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Rich has also lead his own bands rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng scjf_2016_logo_rand has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music.  https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Brown-electric-bassist-298278910378211/
Larnell Lewis
describes his sound as an eclectic mix of fusion music inspired by Afro and Latin Caribbean sounds, RnB, soul and funk. He is a Toronto-born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. Often referred to as one of Canada’s most promising up and coming drummers, Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, a national drumming magazine. Larnell has performed with various artists ranging from Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer, to Kellylee Evans, Molly Johnson, and Snarky Puppy.  http://www.larnelllewismusic.com/

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Kite Trio + Brad Cheeseman Trio, Thurs Oct 27

September 23rd, 2016
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Kite_Trio3_c800Thursday October 27, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Kite Trio + Brad Cheeseman Trio.
Steel City Jazz Festival presents an evening of New Jazz Compositions, a double bill with Kite Trio from Montreal and Brad Cheeseman Trio from Toronto.
Kite Trio: Eric Couture, guitar; Eric Dew, drums; Paul Van Dyk, bass.  http://kitetrio.com
brad-cheeseman_680Brad Cheeseman Trio: Brad Cheeseman, bass;  Adrean Farrugia, piano; Adam Fielding, drums.

Kite Trio has a new album  Slightly Higher In Canada in the works. It was recorded over five days in May with producer Dave King, who helped them “capture raw, meaningful performances of 12 original compositions and one cover, with no overdubs or edits.” scjf_2016_logo_rHere is the link to their fundraiser page to finish the project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2030573278/kites-new-album-produced-by-dave-king-help-us-rele

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

Steel City Jazz Festival, Andrew Downing’s Otterville, Wed Oct 26

September 22nd, 2016
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andrew_downing_otterville_900Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 8 pm. $15/$10 students. Book tickets online Andrew Downing Otterville
Andrew Downing’s Otterville, scjf_2016_logo_ra co-production with Zula Presents and Steel City Jazz Festival. Andrew Downing, cello; Michael Davidson, vibraphone; Tara Davidson, alto saxophone; Paul Mathew, bass; Nick Fraser, drums. “The song-like compositions and the virtuosity of the musicians take a sweet and nostalgic snapshot of the slow passage of time in the country and the joys that can bring.” http://www.andrewdowning.com/projects.html

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event, Steel City Jazz Festival

Jazz with the Artie Roth Quartet, Friday Oct 21

September 7th, 2016
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artie_roth_quartet_0895_c680Friday October 21, 2016, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. The Artie Roth Quartet performs new music from their recent album Discern. The Toronto-based jazz group: Artie Roth acoustic bass/compositions, Geoff Young electric guitar, Anthony Michelli drums, Mike Filice saxophone. Their music is aggressive, melodic and groovy, and at other times sublime and spacious. Full of catchy melodic hooks and bass lines, Discern is cutting-edge composing and improvisation influenced by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland. Discern was co-produced by Grammy nominated, Genie award winning New York/Hamilton-born producer Roman Klun at the historic Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. As a leader, Artie released Parallels in 2005, Currently Experiencing in 2013 and released Discern in fall 2015.  www.artieroth.com

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz vocal jam w. Sue Ramsay Trio, Thurs Oct 20

September 6th, 2016
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Sue_RamsayThursday October 20, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Jazz vocalist Sue Ramsay hosts another of her jazz vocal jams, backed by Bob Shields on guitar, Adam Fielding on drums and Clark Johnston on stand-up bass. With some storytelling in the mix. Seasoned singers and students all welcome. Singers bring lead sheets please. Sue says: “I want to create an environment where singers can do their thing and promote whatever they’re working on.  And I get to try out new material and jam with my trio. I have often found being a singer is a lonely road. The path is not always clear but so much easier with a network of friends around.”  http://www.suzanne-ramsay.com/ .

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Shavini Fernando, jazz and K-pop, Wed Oct 12

September 3rd, 2016
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Shavini_Solo Show_680Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Shavini Fernando sings a solo evening of jazz standards (with some K-pop). Shavini is a vocalist, songwriter and a recent graduate of Mohawk College (Diploma of Applied Music with Honours). She also performed in Artword Theatre’s recent production of MacBush the Musical (returning this November).
Special guest Shahani Fernando will join her sister Shavini on the K-Pop (Korean pop) tunes.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz, fusion, funk w. Nezqwik, Fri Oct 7

August 26th, 2016
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NezqwikFriday, October 7, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 /$5. Nezqwik, a 7 piece band from Hamilton, plays jazz, hip hop, fusion, funk, R&B. They are inspired by Snarky Puppy, The Funky Knuckles, Lettuce, and various other groups of jazz-ish nature. Members: Aleef Mehdi guitar, Alex Teeuwsen drums, Dyheim Stewart guitar, Jaden Raso bass, Mark Bissessar trumpet, Tim Bangma tenor sax.  https://www.facebook.com/Nezqwik.Band/

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Zula Presents: Nick Fraser Quartet, Sun Oct 2 at 2 pm

August 24th, 2016
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NickFraserQuartet_57-ogSunday October 2, 2016, at 2 pm, $15. Zula Presents a concert in their fall line-up of new music. The Nick Fraser Quartet: Nick Fraser drums, Tony Malaby saxophones, Rob Clutton double bass, AndrewDowning cello.
The lifeblood of free jazz can be found in musicians’ efforts to push beyond existing habits and practices. They court the danger of the unknown and unpredictable. To that end, drummer Nick Fraser decided to cross swords with NYC free jazz saxophone titan Tony Malaby. The result is an album of strong playing by engaged players matching wits in real time, weaving their sounds together to make a whole cloth, not separate threads. Glen Hall, Exclaim!  https://zulapresents.org/
nickfraserthedrummer.com/projects.html

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Supercrawl special Jazz: Chris Maskell Quartet, Sun Sept 11, 2-4 pm

August 13th, 2016
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Chris_Maskell_1X3A2601_cSunday September 11, 2016, afternoon 2 to 4 pm, $10 or by donation, students $5. Supercrawl special concert: Jazz with the Chris Maskell Quartet: Chris Maskell saxophone and compositions, Gentiane MG piano, Levi Dover bass, Louis-Vincent Hamel drums.
Chris Maskell is an emerging voice in the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes. As a recent graduate of the McGill University jazz program, he has had the chance to study with saxophonists such as Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Remi Bolduc. At this performance, his group will present a mix of original music and jazz standards. The quartet is in Toronto on September 10th for a performance at the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival.  chrismaskell.com

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Latin music: Fito Molina and Jorge Gavidia, Thurs July 7

June 3rd, 2016
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fito_molina_3_cJorge_Gavidia_cThursday July 7, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Fito Molina and Jorge Gavidia are two Latino musicians who fuse the traditional folk sounds of Latin America with the Afro-Caribbean heritage and some hints of jazz. Together they bring a repertoire that will take you on a journey through the different regions of this big continent.
Fito Molina started his career as a musician in his native El Salvador. He was a member of Cayaguanca, a band that focused on Central American traditional music and which performed throughout Costa Rica and Panama. In Canada, he plays with several Latin American bands and is also known as a songwriter whose lyrics speak of social issues and personal experiences. www.fitomolina.com
Jorge Gavidia is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, tres, mandolin, piano and upright bass), performer, teacher and composer who specializes in jazz and Latin music. He has played in many different bands in genres including jazz, Latin, rock, folk, blues, hip hop and electronic music. He is currently living in Toronto and is active as a guitar and theory teacher. He also performs on the guitar and cuban tres in his own jazz quartet, is the leader of the band Storyville Project, and is also part of a duo with vocalist Sarah Begin. http://www.jorgegavidiamusic.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-Latin

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