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Jazz w. the MOJO Octet, Saturday July 13, 2019.

May 27th, 2019
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Saturday July 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. The MOJO Octet brings together great players from the Hamilton and surrounding area, and a great repertoire to challenge them. Featuring five horn players: John Bialy trumpet; Don Templeton trombone; Darren Blundel alto sax; Lindsay Paul tenor sax; Dave Runbicini baritone sax; AND Brandon Walker piano; Tom Altobelli bass; Ken Bower drums. This dynamic octet takes an uncompromising approach to their own brand of jazz. Join the Men Of Jazz Octet for a great evening of hard bop and beyond from composers such as Don Sickler, Dave Holland and Bill Cunliffe.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. Lorne Lofsky guitar & Adrean Farrugia piano, Fri July 12

May 25th, 2019
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Friday July 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $20 regular / $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Modern instrumental improvised music with The Lorne Lofsky / Adrean Farrugia Quartet: featuring Lorne Lofsky guitar; Adrean Farrugia piano; Kieran Overs acoustic bass; Chris Wallace drums.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted  Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community.
Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of music’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, Brad Goode, Pat Labarbera, Adam Nussbaum, Curtis Fuller, Cyrille Aimee,  Lorne Lofsky, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Joel Frahm, Dafnis Prieto, Kinan Azmeh, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet, w. Brownman Ali, Fri July 5

May 19th, 2019
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Friday July 5, 2019 at 8 pm,
$15 at door, $10 advance online: Book online   BUY_tix_button

Jazz with the Nick Maclean Quartet: Nick Maclean piano, Brownman Ali trumpet, Jesse Dietschi bass, Tyler Goertzen drums.
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, Music-Jazz

Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, Sat June 22

May 15th, 2019
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Saturday June 22, 2019 at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble is back for their summer show at Artword. 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

New Orleans jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Sat June 8

May 7th, 2019
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Saturday June 8, 2019, 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
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A return visit! New Orleans-style jazz with Red Hot Ramble: Roberta Hunt  lead vocals, piano; Jamie Stager vocals, trombone; Jacek “Jack” Zorawski vocals, acoustic bass; Glenn Anderson vocals, drums, and Jacob Gorzhaltsan vocals/reeds.
“New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music is also the home of great blues, rhythm & blues, second lines and ‘street beats’. Red Hot Ramble throws them all into the pot with and dishes them out in generous portions with a distinct taste of Canadiana thrown in! To borrow an old Louisiana saying, ‘Come as you are, leave different’, Red Hot Ramble, now in their 8th year together, has a well-earned reputation for their performances living up to that motto.” Website:  www.redhotramble.ca

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Special #2: Jazzkia+with Saskia Laroo, Wed May 29, 7:30pm

April 27th, 2019
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Wednesday May 29, at 7:30, $15. Special Concert #2. Call 905-543-8512 or
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Jazzkia+, Saskia Laroo‘s innovative world music jazz project, comes to Hamilton, ON for a special performance! Saskia Laroo trumpet and vocals, Warren Byrd keyboards and lead vocals, Alvin Carter, Jr., drums and vocals, Jocelyn Pleasant, percussion and vocals, David Chevan bass and vocals.
Saskia Laroo’s Jazzkia+ goes Afro-Semitic featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd (Kind of Cool meets Klezmer Soul). An evening of bebop, Latin, klezmer, funk, gospel and soul!

Jazzkia+ is Amsterdam-born trumpeter Saskia Laroo‘s Jazz Quartet plus guests. She got her nickname of “Lady Miles Davis” when the American press compared her improvisation style to this giant, one of her Jazz trumpet heroes. She met her pianist/vocalist, and husband Warren Byrd from Hartford, Connecticut in 2001 and was introduced by him to Jewish bassist David Chevan from New Haven, Connecticut.  Chevan and Byrd are the co-founders of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Saskia is honored to be part of this eclectic group and is proud to return the favor by inviting the bandmembers into her Jazzkia+.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Trumpeter Brownman Ali and his Electryc Trio, Sat May 25

April 17th, 2019
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Saturday May 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm, $20 door, $15 advance, $10 students. Call 905-543-8512 or
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The amazing jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali returns to Artword Artbar with his Electryc Trio on their May tour.

The trio, Brownman Ali on electric trumpet, Sean Dennis on 6-string electric bass, and Jacob Aylward on drums, explore the later compositions of Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz w. the Nick Arseneau Sextet, Friday May 10

April 2nd, 2019
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Friday May 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm, $10. Jazz with the Nick Arseneau Sextet: Nick Arseneau compositions and upright & electric bass, Marie Goudy trumpet, John Nicholson tenor sax, Patrick O’Reilly guitar and effects, Josh Smiley piano, and Harry Vetro drums.
The Nick Arseneau Sextet takes a unified, organic approach to modern jazz. Playing Nick’s original compositions, the group strives to create one voice, rather than playing as a group of divided individuals. When this is accomplished, the improvisational elements of listening and interacting come through strong and clear. Nick’s compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to free jazz, often incorporating elements of punk rock, math rock, and hip hop. Based in Toronto, the group gigs regularly at local clubs. The Sextet is scheduled to release their first full-length recording in Fall 2019.  https://nickarseneau.bandcamp.com
http://nickarseneau.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Alex Pangman and her Alleycats, Fri Apr 26

March 18th, 2019
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Friday April 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
SOLD OUT. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512 for more info.
A return visit from the wonderful jazz vocalist, Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats: Alex Pangman (leader/vox), Peter Hill (piano), Chris Banks (bass), John Macleod (cornet/flugelhorn), Glenn Anderson drums.
Reservations recommended. Her last show at Artword sold out!
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

Jazz w. Alex Tomowich Quartet, Sat April 20

March 14th, 2019
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Saturday April 20, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 /students $10. Jazz with the Alex Tomowich Quartet: Michael Morabito on saxophone(s), Victor Agrippa on EWI (electronic wind Instrument), William Fachin on drums, Alex Tomowich on piano. Alex writes: “We’re back with another evening of wacky and exciting originals, with arrangements of compositions ranging from Joe Satriani to Adrean Farrugia. And some new material!”

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Surefire Sweat: jazz, funk, world rhythms, Sat April 13

March 8th, 2019
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Saturday April 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Surefire Sweat‘s debut appearance at Artword Artbar features the group’s inventive blend of jazz, funk and worldly rhythms. Players are: Dave Chan percussion, vocals; Larry Graves drums, vocals; Elena Kapeleris tenor sax, vocals; Paul MacDougall guitar, vocals; Liam Smith bass, vocals.
The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of funk, jazz, brass-band, blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Some new music will be explored as well as repertoire from the band’s up-coming release (supported by The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).  surefiresweat.com

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, back! Fri April 12

March 7th, 2019
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Friday April 12, 2019, at 8 pm $15.
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Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Stuart writes “Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL is back with more great musicianship and fun (and 10 new tunes!) featuring Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Burke Carroll on pedal steel guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass. Oh, and Stuart on everything else.” Note: Morgan Childs will sit in for Martin Worthy on drums.

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

Koopa Troop, jazzed up vintage video-game music, Fri Apr 5

March 2nd, 2019
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Friday April 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. The Koopa Troop band play classic video-game music: Wilson McLeish / Luigi (guitar),Tom Altobelli /Mario (bass), Tyler Goertzen /Link (drums), Chris Bruder /Toad (piano). [Fifth member Chelsea McBride is not available for this concert.]
Koopa Troop brings the nostalgic sounds of video games to life in a quirky ensemble. Donning their Nintendo-themed costumes, these Toronto jazz musicians embrace their inner nerd and become a live, musical nostalgia machine. Koopa Troop aims to induce flashbacks as they cover all the classic video game soundtracks from Mario to Megaman. Bringing the best video game composers to the forefront, Koopa Troop’s jazz, rock, funk, and swing-infused arrangements bring the epic pixelated melodies of the past into the real world. 

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

The Mingus Appreciation Society, 7 musicians play Mingus, Sat Mar 30

February 15th, 2019
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Charles Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20, 1964 (© Ray Avery/CTSIMAGES)

Saturday March 30, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
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The seven-piece Mingus Appreciation Society brings together unique musicians and pays tribute to the quirky music of Charles Mingus.
Featuring members of the Blunt Object collective from Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/ Waterloo: Francis Smith saxophone; Robin Habermehl saxophone
Jesse Malone trumpet; Robin Jessome trombone; Andriy Tykhonov piano; Tom AltobellI bass; Jordan Snider drums.Weaving complex arrangements with group improvisation, the personality and sense of humour in Mingus’ timeless compositions reflect a man who was an eclectic and uncompromising musical force, and hugely influential on jazz musicians that followed him.

Image right is one of Artword’s favourite Mingus albums: Charles Mingus, Oh Yeah, 1961 Atlantic. album art by Loring Eutemey

From Wikipedia: Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz: Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri Mar 29

February 14th, 2019
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Friday, March 29, 2019, 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.
https://www.aubreywilsonmusic.com/
Aubrey has been actively involved in the performing arts since the age of 6. In 2012 Aubrey completed a diploma in vocal jazz performance from Mohawk College. The Aubrey Wilson Quartet  (Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals) has been actively gigging in both the Hamilton and Toronto areas since 2012. “Together the band has a dynamic, high-energy sound over a range of jazz standards. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.” – SteelCityJazzFestival

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Devin Patten, jazz bassist, new compositions, Sat March 23

February 9th, 2019
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Saturday March 23, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/$10.
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Devin Patten is a Toronto-based jazz bassist and composer. On this occasion at Artword Artbar, he will be leading a six-piece ensemble highlighting his original music. The ensemble: Brad Eaton trumpet, Kyle Tarder-Stoll tenor saxophone; Nebyu Yohannes trombone; Claire Lee piano; Devin Patten upright bass; Eric West drums. Devin’s compositions draw influence from the music of Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans and Claude Debussy.

Devin was a regular performer at Artword during his student days at Mohawk College. He always had an ambitious musical project on the go. We are delighted to have him back!

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Swing Into Spring w. jazz pianist Paul Benton, Fri Mar 22

February 8th, 2019
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Friday March 22, 2019, at 8 pm, $15.
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Artword Artbar is pleased to announce the return to Hamilton of noted jazz pianist and vocalist Paul Benton. He celebrates his homecoming with a Swing Into Spring concert, a pianistic cocktail mixing original compositions and classic tunes, with vocals in four languages.
Accompanying him on bass is his daughter Jen Benton (half of the Benton Jazz Duo). She is the bassist for Stiletto Flats, for the David Bowie tribute band “I Will Be King”, as well as songstress Meredith, pop/duet band Bathurst Station, and electro/pop/rock band Last Hologram. She also performs rock, jazz, pop, country, and funk gigs throughout the GTA with various musicians. http://www.jenbenton.com/

Paul Benton has been a professional musician for over 45 years, playing jazz, Latin and classical styles, and bringing fresh interpretations to the American Songbook. Based in Hamilton, he has performed in Europe and throughout North America. From 1988-1995, he and Roxanne Horbett-Benton, artist and designer, ran the Bay Area Jazz Society, producing festivals and a jazz magazine, The Riff. He has played Ontario Place, Roy Thompson Hall, Hamilton Place, Redeemer College, Hess Street Jazz Festival and Festival of Friends. For the last few years, he has been living in Victoria BC.
Review: “Benton was in raging form at the piano, striding and strutting around with two-fisted blizzards of note-filled solos in contrast with lyric vocals.” Hugh Fraser (Music Critic for Hamilton Spectator)

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Beg to Differ Quartet, Sat March 9, at 9 pm

January 16th, 2019
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Saturday March 9, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert. Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

This show follows the performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Beelays: Jazz Quartet, + Nosey Neighbour, double-bill, Fri March 8

January 15th, 2019
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Friday March 8, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. A double bill of jazz and funk.
Beelays: Jazz Quartet, with Jordan Snider on drums, Tom Altobelli on bass, Chris Bruder on piano and Scott McIntosh on guitar, is a stripped down instrumental edition of Hamilton’s hard-hitting funk rock band The Beelays. The quartet formed ten years ago while studying music at Mohawk College. The quartet features compositions written by all members of the group that fuse elements of improvisation with the energy of live music to make a unique performance every time.

Nosey Neighbour, with Juno-nominated guitarist & bandleader Paul MacDougall, George Ouellette on bass and Costa Chatzis on drums, is a group based in Brantford, born from a shared love of jazz, fusion and funk. Nosey Neighbour‘s style fuses catchy heads and adept improvisation much like John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz

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