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Jazz: the Aaron Zukewich Trio, Thurs May 17

April 16th, 2018
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Thursday May 17, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. The Aaron Zukewich Trio, featuring Aaron Zukewich on piano, Marito Marques on drums and Clark Johnston on bass, with new compositions.

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. 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

Jazz tribute to composer Adrean Farrugia by his students! Thur Mar 22

February 26th, 2018
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Thursday March 22, 2018, at 8 pm $10 / $5 students. In an evening of homage and celebration, the students of Hamilton jazz pianist/composer Adrean Farrugia will pay tribute to Adrean in a performance of his original compositions; everything from his Juno-nominated album Ricochet to brand new material!
The players: Michael Morabito on alto saxophone, Devon Savas on bass, William Fachin on drums, Mac Rogers on trumpet, Leah Korkowski on vocals, Alex Tomowich on piano.

Event, Music-Jazz

Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra, Thurs Mar 15

February 21st, 2018
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Thursday March 15, 2018, at 8 pm, $10 reg, $5 students. The Hidden Valley Ante Chamber Orchestra features Ian Brown, Leah Korkowski, Jonathan Malström, Sophia Perlman and Nigel Stewart. They began meeting under cover of darkness (and highway overpass) in the summer of 2017, confusing late-night commuters with their symphonic stylings and late-night strip-club goers with their lack of navigation skills. As winter trudged on, they sought an indoor playground to continue their exploration of the songs and hidden talents that rarely see the light of day. Artword Artbar seemed like the perfect place.

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

Zula Presents: Celebrating the music of Ken Aldcroft, Sun Mar 4, 7:30 pm

February 3rd, 2018
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Sunday March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. $15/$10. Artword Artbar is hosting a special concert:  Zula Presents a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft performed by Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People. This concert is part of an 8-venue tour.
** Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: saxophone and guitar duo music by Ken Aldcroft performed by Jason Robinson & Eric Hofbauer (USA)
** Mars People: music by & for Ken Aldcroft, performed by Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger & Joe Sorbara (Montréal/ Toronto)
March 2 to 11 2018 will see a vanload of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community. Read more…

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Jazz star from Estonia: bassist Toivo Unt Quintet, Thurs Mar 1

January 25th, 2018
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Thursday March 1, 2018, 8:00 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). A special concert at Artword Artbar featuring the renowned Estonian bass player Toivo Unt. The band: Mike Malone trumpet,  Kevin Dempsey drums, John Sherwood piano, Jeff King tenor sax.
At Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton. This concert is part of events in the Estonian communities in Toronto and Hamilton in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence (Feb 23, 1918-2018).

Event, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Fri Feb 23

January 6th, 2018
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble returns for Black History Month! 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 are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

The Ault Sisters, back for Valentine’s week! Fri Feb 16

January 4th, 2018
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Friday February 16, 2018, at 8 pm.  $15/$10 students. Reserve email artword@artword.net or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
More Valentine treats! Treat your sweetie to some sweet harmonies! Jazz 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

CANCELLED:Jazz drummer David Lyttle w. Nick Morgan saxophone, Thurs Feb 15

January 3rd, 2018
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SHOW CANCELLED: Thursday February 15, 2018, 8 pm, $15. Drummer David Lyttle is Ireland’s most celebrated jazz musician of today. He’s the island’s only MOBO Award nominee and has made appearances in over twenty countries, including recent artist residencies in China and the U.S. Growing up in a prominent musical family in Co. Armagh, he’s gone on to collaborate with global icons of jazz and hip hop, and his latest album was described by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘one of the best listening experiences you’re likely to have all year’. At Artword he will perform his straight-ahead/contemporary originals with his band featuring the prominent Toronto alto saxophonist Nick Morgan and others. www.davidlyttle.com/

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Sat Feb 10, 2018

December 26th, 2017
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Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. An Artword favourite returns! 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.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo + Scott Taplay Group, Thurs Feb 8, 2018

December 22nd, 2017
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Thursday February 8, 2018, 8 pm $10. Jazz double bill: Magee/D’Alves Duo: Des Magee vocals, Alex D’Alves guitar
plus The Scott Taplay Group: Scott Taplay guitar, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jonas Pearson Paavola bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz double bill: Alex Fournier sextet + Dan Pitt trio, Sat Feb 3, 2018

December 21st, 2017
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Saturday Feb 3, 2018, at 8 pm, $10. An exciting jazz double bill to kick off our first weekend of concerts in 2018:
Bassist and composer Alex Fournier brings his sextet Triio: Bea Labikova alto sax; Aidan Sibley trombone; Tom Fleming guitar; Ashley Urquhart  piano; Andrew Miller drums; Alex Fournier bass/compositions. Triio has been bassist/composer Alex Fournier’s main vehicle since 2013. Growing from a quartet with a book of standards to an entirely original project, the group has grown from a more casual outfit to dedicated proponents of contemporary creative music. The group can turn on a dime between intricate, composed music and total improvisational freedom. http://alexfournierplaysbass.com/

And setting up the evening is the Dan Pitt Trio: Dan Pitt guitars/compositions; Alex Fournier bass; Andrew Miller drums. The trio features compositions and improvisations composed by Dan that focus on the blend between modern music and creative/free improvisation. Dan played a few years ago at Artword Artbar, when he was a student at Mohawk. We are looking forward to seeing him again.

Event, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat Nov 25

October 29th, 2017
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Saturday November 25, 2017 at 8 pm, $15. 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 are: Waleed Abdulhamid bass,vocals, percussion; Joseph Callender soprano and tenor saxophone; John Ebata keyboard, piano, accordion; Aaron Ferrera drums, percussion; Cory Sitek alto and soprano saxophone, flute.

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Bossa Duo Angela Turone & Chris Platt, Fri Nov 17

October 23rd, 2017
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Friday November 17, 2017, $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. With Pat Collins on bass. http://chrisplattmusic.ca/          http://www.angelaturone.com/
Angela Turone, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s jazz performance Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz, Music-World

SwingLine Big Band filling in for MOJO, Sat Nov 11

October 17th, 2017
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Saturday November 11, 2017, 8 pm, $15. Filling in for MOJO (who had to cancel) is the wonderful SwingLine band (The Little Big Band). SwingLine began as a project organized by Darren Blundell and Urmas Soomet. The musicians of this band were originally brought together purely for the love of music with no ongoing commitment. Over time musical ties grew stronger with a desire for the group to rehearse regularly and thus the band SwingLine was born  – an inspired band playing big band standards with some soulful R&B to round things off. Band Members: Darren Blundell-sax, Urmas Soomet-bass, Shari Vandermolen-vocals, Ray Chantler-trumpet, Don Hall-sax, Pat Lundy-sax, Tom Wallace-trombone, Wayne Allison-drums, Barry Smallbone-guitar.

Event, Music-Jazz

RADIO Dial Trio (Stuart Laughton, Rebecca Campbell, Martin Worthy), Thurs Nov. 2

October 6th, 2017
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Thursday November 2, 2017, at 8 pm, $15. Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL band performs for the first time as an acoustic trio. Stuart Laughton (vocals + many instruments), Rebecca Campbell (vocals) and Martin Worthy (guitar, drums, vocals) bring you an evening of beautiful vocal and instrumental harmonies.  www.radiodial.ca
The Trio will be joined by rising star Jeff McLeod on piano and B3 organ. (http://jeffmcleodmusic.com).
What is Radio Dial? Stuart scours the radio waves for interesting music, and brings a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage. It helps that he sings and plays a dozen instruments, and that he injects his contagious enthusiasm into a kaleidoscopic amalgam of 1920’s Broadway, country blues and 60’s pop instrumental hits, B.B. King guitar, Moe Koffman flute and Chet Baker’s jazz trumpet, country, Celtic, rockabilly and his own songs about Canada.

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

Steel City Jazz Festival: Alto & Tenor Madness with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner, Sun Oct 29 at 8 pm

September 30th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival runs from October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
* Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Alto & Tenor Madness with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. This final Steel City Jazz Festival concert features Colleen Allen alto saxophone; Darcy Hepner tenor saxophone; Adrean Farrugia piano; Pat Collins bass; Ben Wittman drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

SOLD OUT: Steel City Jazz Festival: Barry Livingston Group, Sat Oct 28

September 29th, 2017
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The 5th Annual  Steel City Jazz Festival October 24 to 29, 2017, at Artword Artbar and other venues.  https://steelcityjazzfest.com/
SOLD OUT * Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8pm, $15/$10 for students: Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: Barry Livingston Group with Colleen Allen. Band members: Suba Sankaran vocals, Colleen Allen reeds, Barry Livingston piano, compositions, Kobi Hass bass, Paul Fitterer drums.

Event, Music-Jazz, Steel City Jazz Festival

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