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Artword Artbar one of the 35 Best Jazz Venues in Canada!

May 17th, 2017
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Wed May 17, 2017. We just received notification of this honour!
http://www.clickitticket.com/best-jazz-clubs-in-canada/

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One-Night-Only-Reunion Show: Jason Jones Unit, jazz-bluegrass, Wed June 7

May 14th, 2017
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Wed June 7, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. The Jason Jones Unit returns to Artword Artbar for a One Night Only Reunion Show. Jason Jones guitar, Jill McKenna bass and Scott Taplay guitar, plus a guest fiddle player. Bringing bluegrass and jazz influences together, this quartet plays compositions of Tony Rice, Bill Monroe and Dave Grisman to name a few! Fiddle tunes, jazz standards and classic bluegrass tunes will also be featured.

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Jazz: Ted’s Warren Commission, Sat June 3

May 8th, 2017
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Saturday June 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $15 / $10 students. Ted’s Warren Commission plays fresh, original, modern jazz. Ted Warren’s compositions draw on the history of the music while pointing to the future of it. In short, Ted’s Warren Commission is the sonic equivalent of eating cookies! Ted’s Warren Commission is: Ted Warren drums, Kim Ratcliffe guitar, Mike Malone trumpet, Mike Downes bass.

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Beats Workin’ duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli, Thurs June 1

May 4th, 2017
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Thursday June 1, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’ is a duo from Kingston: David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Leah Korkowski and Jesse Martel, Wed May 31

May 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday May 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $10/ $5 students. Jazz duo from Hamilton: vocalist Leah Korkowski and guitarist Jesse Martel,  play an eclectic mix of indie, folk, pop, and jazz music. They will play some original pieces as well as arrangements of music by artists such as Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Paramore and Peter Gabriel. Korkowski and Martel strive to push the boundaries of what just two musicians can do on stage, incorporating many different effects, sounds, and instruments.

 

Event, Music-Jazz

JAZZ: The On-Topic Trio (Dayle, Ratcliffe, Cheeseman), Sat May 27

April 30th, 2017
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ON-TOPIC-2_c_680Saturday May 27, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10. Jazz with the On Topic Trio, a collaborative effort from guitarist Kim Ratcliffe, drummer Aubrey Dayle from Toronto, and bassist  Brad Cheeseman from Hamilton. Each a leader of his own solo project, the trio was formed in early 2015, and are now putting aside other musical endeavors to perform in this trio setting. In On Topic,  they have an opportunity to express themselves in an environment where it is good to relinquish some control, and work as a band. This trio, playing electric instrumental jazz influenced by artists ranging from Weather Report to Pat Metheny, will caress you, rock you, and everything in between.  https://www.presskit.to/ontopic#/media

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A Love Electric w. Todd Clouser, jazz-rock-psych, Sat May 13

April 14th, 2017
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Saturday May 13, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 at door /$12 advance. Advance tickets, call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Blockbuster show at Artword! A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser (guitar/vocals) of Minneapolis, USA, Hernan Hecht (drums), a longtime Mexico resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz (bass), a Mexico City native, form a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.  http://www.toddclouser.com/

“A savage guitarist, a merciless drummer, an enormous bassist” says Mexico City rock festival giant Vive Latino. From cities throughout Mexico, the United States, and on tours through Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Morocco, to Panama, and through Argentina to Patagonia, A Love Electric has won fans and praise from critics for its energetic and altruistic approach to creating and performing. “Blistering”, says the Prague Post of the A Love Electric experience, NPR says “fascinating”, Time Out Barcelona “illuminating”, and MX City’s major newspaper La Jornada “a hit, one of the most progressive and important groups of recent years.”
A Love Electric are tireless supporters of arts education, performing and teaching in at-risk communities across the Americas.

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-rock

MOJO Men of Jazz Octet , Fri May 12

April 13th, 2017
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Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve call 905-543-8512. MOJO is the Men of Jazz Octet, a group of the area’s top jazz players.  The line up for the night: Jeff Plumbley trumpet, Lindsay Paul tenor sax, Darren Blundel alto sax, Don Templeton trombone, Dave Rubicini bari sax (group photo left), plus Marc Girard guitar, Ethan Tilbury bass, and Ken Bower drums. Come on in and get your Mojo on with some great jazz in a truly energetic performance.
Join this exciting group as they explore post-bop to modern compositions by jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Bob Meyer, Kenny Dorham and Tom Kubis. Along the way the band will tip their hats to some of the stalwarts of the jazz octet like Dave Pell and Gerry Mulligan.

Event, Music-Jazz

Adrean Farrugia hosts Mohawk Music showcase series, Wed May10

April 11th, 2017
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Wednesday May 10, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. The final evening of the season in the showcase series from Mohawk College Music, featuring teachers and students coming together to make music. The series is organized by pianist Adrean Farrugia (photo left) and bassist Clark Johnston. Mohawk students for Wed May 10 are pianist Ian Brown, vocalist Leah Korkowski and drummer Nigel Stewart.

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JAZZ: vocalist Julie Michels & pianist Adrean Farrugia, Sat May 6

April 8th, 2017
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Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8 pm, $15/$10 students. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Pianist Adrean Farrugia has invited renowned Toronto-based jazz vocalist Julie Michels to heat up the stage at Artword Artbar. Julie Michels is a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene. Pat Collins joins in on bass.  http://www.juliemichels.com/
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. He plays occasionally at Artword Artbar and teaches music at Mohawk College, as well as juggling his busy touring schedule.  http://adreanfarrugia.com/

Julie Michels began her life humming in tune with the radio … and she hasn’t stopped since.  Her “glorious holler” (Mark Miller, Globe and Mail) has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto Jazz scene for more than two decades. She settled there after studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin, and spending time performing across Europe and North America. As a recording artist, Julie has worked with bassist George Koller (Singing Naked, 1995, and Bass and Voice, 2011), Read more…

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Special Concert: Italian jazz pianist Vittorio Mezza, Wed May 3

April 5th, 2017
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Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 8 pm. $20/ $15 advance & students. To reserve in advance call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Italian pianist and composer Vittorio Mezza is performing with George Koller (bass) and Ben Riley (drums). The concert at Artword Artbar is part of a 3-venue event celebrating famous Napoli meodies. Mezza‘s recent recording Napoli Jazz Songs offers jazz versions of familiar songs from his native Italy. The album was recorded in Toronto with George Koller.   http://www.vittoriomezza.com/web/en/
* May 2  Jazz Bistro  -Toronto
* May 3  Artword Artbar – Hamilton
* May 4 Manhattans – Guelph

Performing in many international festivals, Mezza has opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Mike Stern Band. Receiving his diploma and bachelor in jazz from the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, he attended various course and master classes held by international musicians including Franco D’Andrea. Mezza has gone on to lead jazz piano courses at various conservatories.

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Jazz w. the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri Apr 28

March 20th, 2017
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Friday April 28, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 / $5 students. Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, featuring Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals.

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So Long Seven: jazz-world-folk blend… Fri Apr 7

March 4th, 2017
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Friday April 7, 2017 at 8 pm, $15. So Long Seven, a wonderful band that includes Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo), returns to Artword Artbar (photo from show last year). 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
**There is such a positive glowing musical force driving the sound. Each performer is a star when soloing and improvising. Tiina Kiik – Whole Note Magazine
**So Long Seven is a melange – and a delicious one, too judging from the enthusiastic audience. It’s music – almost all originals – draws from folk, bluegrass, and world music… Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Em & Joss (Emily Kemp & Jocelyn Russell vocal duo), Sat Apr 1

March 1st, 2017
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Saturday April 1, 2017, at 8 pm. $10. The powerhouse vocal duo Em & Joss (Emily Kemp and Jocelyn Russell) sing a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, pop, folk and blues, with some originals in the mix. Their music is vocal-driven, full of rich, sultry harmonies that create a down-to-earth feel of true feminine beauty. Both are graduates of the Mohawk College Music Program and have been performing throughout the GTHA for a number of years.
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Jazz: Chris Wallace’s Many Names Trio, Friday March 31

February 27th, 2017
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Chris_Wallace_cFriday March 31, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 / $10 students. A return visit from Chris Wallace‘s Many Names Trio: Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, Chris Wallace on drums. This top shelf trio will be playing classic jazz standards and modern compositions by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Esbjorn Svensson, Miles Davis, Mulgrew Miller and others.
Chris Wallace, a drummer and composer originally from Regina, lived a decade in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he became a central figure in the Scottish jazz community. Chris is now based in Toronto. Best known for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012) and Breach, Chris also released his own quartet album Looking Glass under the band name Loose Grip. Just before leaving Scotland, he formed the Chris Wallace Quintet and recorded the album Identity which is now available for digital download. His new project is Chris Wallace’s Many Names, with an EP released in 2016. https://chriswallace.bandcamp.com/album/many-names-ep
“…a drummer of supreme musicality..” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

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Psychedelic jazz fusion, guitarist Doug Murphy, Wed Mar 29

February 16th, 2017
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Doug Murphy_c5014_2Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8 pm, $10 reg / $5 students. A return appearance of “It Is What It Is” — fusion psychedelic jazz featuring the far-out fabulous Doug Murphy on guitar, with Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci sax and flute. All original compositions, mostly by Doug himself. Also some free-form improvisations.

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

February 13th, 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: Attila Fias on piano and Great Bob Scott on drums. 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.  https://www.facebook.com/hisaka.vocal/

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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/$5 students. 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…

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