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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

Bluegrass with New Cumberland, Sat Oct 22

September 8th, 2016
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new_cumberland_2Saturday October 22, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Back with more smokin’ hot bluegrass!
The New Cumberland bluegrass band from London Ontario: Tom Burns – vocals and guitar,  Blair Heddle – vocals, mandolin and dobro, Paul Hurdle – vocals and banjo, Tom Rutledge – string bass. Special guest for Oct 22 is multi-Juno award-winner John P. Allen on fiddle.
[To reserve call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or book online.]
Featuring inventive solo work, driving rhythms and three part vocal harmonies, New Cumberland’s musical integrity and joy in playing together resonates in every performance. http://newcumberlandband.com/

Event, Music

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

Scott Merritt, w. Jeff Bird, Sat Oct 15

September 5th, 2016
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Scott Merritt_2_headv_3cadjSaturday October 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. (905-912-9083)
Scott Merritt is back on tour with the second pressing of his new record Of, with Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) accompanying on upright bass and other instruments.
Scott_Merritt_coverOf_2295242The record Of received Best of 2015 from both Macleans: (… he uses his ukulele and little else—a pump organ, a clarinet, sparse upright bass courtesy of Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird—to craft evocative vignettes and melodies … powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.) And Slate: (It is a small, exquisite record played with glittering precision mostly on a tenor ukulele… The sound is ideal for these elusive, imagistic songs about memory and mortality. If you seek it out, it will take hold of you.)
http://www.scottmerritt.com/   Read more…

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

Jazz/blues/soul vocalist Siona Neale, Fri Oct 14

September 5th, 2016
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Siona Neale_4574_cFriday October 14, 2016, 8 pm, $10. Hamiltonian Siona Neale sings jazz/blues/soul classics, as a duo with guitarist James Ruben. Remembrance is a key theme, with timeless songs by Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and some originals. Whether singing about social justice or loss, joy or tragedy, Neale brings you to the heart of the matter, to the roots of the story behind the song. Neale has a dual career in Europe and Canada. “One of Canada’s most vibrant cultural exports” (Polish Canadian Embassy), Siona Neale captivates audiences with her magnetic energy, deep, dark voice, and sizzling moves. She easily navigates between her Caribbean and rock and roll, soulful North American heritages.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

Zula Presents: Samuel Blaser Quartet + Hübsch/Martel/Zoubek, Thurs Oct 13

September 4th, 2016
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Thursday October 13, 2016, at 8 pm, $20. Zula Presents a concert in their fall line-up of new music. https://zulapresents.org/
samuelblaserquartet2-c680Samuel Blaser Quartet (Berlin/NY/Barcelona/Lucerne): Samuel Blaser trombone, Russ Lossing piano, Masa Kamaguchi bass, Gerry Hemingway drums. Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, known for blending progressive post-bop with early music, heads a tribute to the late, ever-stimulating jazz eccentric Jimmy Giuffre, with crack band which includes master drummer Gerry Hemingway.  “… the music on Spring Rain has something so incredibly refreshing and encouraging.” – Telerama    http://www.samuelblaser.com/projects/#quartet
zoumasch_cHübsch/Martel/Zoubek (Koln/Montreal): Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba, objects; Pierre-Yves Martel viola da gamba, objects; Philip Zoubek prepared piano.
“Five rather quiet pieces, full of fine moments of tension, delicate surprises, bold sonic gestures carefully placed within the ensemble, in search of a tangible balance that is never taken for granted. Gorgeous.” — Francois Couture, Monsieur Delire (canada)
http://pymartel.com/hubsch-martel-zoubek

Event, Music

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

Corin Raymond’s Moving to Hamilton show, Sat Oct 8

August 27th, 2016
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Corin_Raymond_3961251_cadSaturday October 8, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 to reserve. A concert by songwriter Corin Raymond, accompanied by Treasa Levasseur on accordion, keyboard and back-up vocals and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
Corin writes: This is my We’re Movin’ to Hamilton! show. Me and my gal will be unloading into our Gibson home the following week.
Corin_Raymond+HoboJunglehjfd-coverCorin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s latest album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic.” (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries.  http://www.corinraymond.com/

Event, Music, Music-singer/songwriter

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/

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Big Dance Little Stage, Wed & Thurs Oct 5 & 6, 8 pm

August 25th, 2016
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Learie_BDLS_0196_cWednesday and Thursday, October 5 & 6, 2016, 8 pm, $10. The next edition of Big Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The BDLS showcases are an exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up includes a new work in progress by Lisa Emmons with dancer/violist Anthony Rapoport, a new work performed by Angela Del Franco, belly dance by Jackie Pullar and Nimmi Kalra-Brenzil (Wed only), Megan English with Dale Morningstar (Thurs only). Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

Dance, Event

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

Event, Music-Jazz

CANCELLED Sat Oct 1: Kitchen Orkestra & guests. Call us for more info 905-912-9083

August 23rd, 2016
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Kitchen+Ork+c2CANCELLED Saturday October 1, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Sorry, but both bands cancelled out of this concert.
Kitchen Orkestra is an acoustic band that likes to dip into many styles, serving up sizzlin’ balkan melodies, cookin’ celtic tunes, and fresh original songs. They are coming to Artword Artbar as a quartet: Hayley Ryerson violin and voice, Felix Mills cajon and percussion, George Chenery upright bass, and Graham Mansfield mandolin. http://www.kitchenorkestra.com/
Opening the evening is Hamilton country singer-songwriter Mackenzie Hunter vocals & guitar, with her original songs, backed by AJ Astle bass, Chris Bray guitar, Sam Goswell drums (all members of the country cover band The Dukes).

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World