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Steel City Jazz Festival, events at Artword, Nov 6 to 10

September 12th, 2019
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November 6 to 10, 2019. Artword Artbar at 15 Colbourne St. is pleased to host five events for 2019 Steel City Jazz Festivalsteelcityjazzfest.com
Regular $20, Students $10. BUY Tickets: www.bruha.com/event/5048#buytickets

*Wednesday, November 6, at 8 pm: opening the Festival is the Paul Benton Trio: renowned jazz pianist Paul Benton, with Thomas Altobelli on bass and Sean Parker on drums. Paul Benton has a deep history with jazz in Hamilton. He was an organizer of the Bay Area Jazz Society (in the 1990’s). Their jazz festival ran for a number of years, mostly at Dundurn Park, and was the highlight of the jazz community at that time.

*Thursday, November 7, at 8 pm: the Nick Maclean Quartet, featuring Brownman Ali on trumpet and Nick Maclean on keyboard, with Ben Duff bass, and Jacob Wutzke drums. The Quartet embarks on a month-long national tour across Canada,from their hometown of Toronto to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean (Global Music Award winner), this contemplative and thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock.

*Friday, November 8, at 8 pm: The Jason Logue Sextet: Jason Logue trumpet; Kelly Jefferson saxophone; William Carn trombone; Nancy Walker piano; Mark Godfrey bass; Ernesto Cervini drums.

*Saturday, November 9, at 8 pm, the Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble, led by Waleed Abdulhamid, 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.”  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.

*Sunday November 10, at 7:30 pm: The Evelyn Charlotte Joe sextet, led by Evelyn Joe on bass, with a group of their favourite players and mentors to provide a night of jazz standards in a contemporary style. Evelyn Charlotte Joe upright bass; Bob Shields guitar; Adam Fielding drums; Ashley Urquhart piano; Mike Malone trumpet; Emily Steinwall saxophone.

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

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, cd release, Fri Nov 1

September 10th, 2019
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Friday November 1, 2019, at 8 pm. Tickets $20.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

Two of our favourite performers, vocalist Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley (guitar, trumpet) are returning to Artword Artbar with a new blues CD with G-ThreeJazz Label. The CD is called Gold Cadillac and the theme of the album: unique & funny blues tunes.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER, Wed Oct 30 at 7:30

September 5th, 2019
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Wednesday October 30, 2019, early show 7:30-10:30 pm. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player Brownman Ali leads an all-star quartet through his popular annual HALLOWEEN THRILLER concert! Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Advance tickets call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

With Nick Maclean keyboards & ghoulishness; Max Wilson electric bass & creepiness; Agneya Chikte drums & ghastliness. The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson Thriller recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion. In addition to performing Thriller from top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night.
For this unique Halloween jazz party, costumes and Thriller video dance moves are encouraged!  It’s a spectacular not-to-be-missed event!
www.Thriller.Brownman.com

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

Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia, Sat Oct 26

September 4th, 2019
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Saturday October 26, 2019, at 8 pm, $15/10. For our 10th Anniversary concert series, our all-time favourite dynamic duo of Sophia Perlman and Adrean Farrugia are essential. They will perform “our usual eclectic mix of songs we love, and some of Sophia’s originals” says Adrean.
They first played at Artword Artbar on July 21, 2011 (see photo left taken at that concert by John Douglas, a jazz fan). Here’s what we posted then from their publicity: “Sophia Perlman has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists, impressing audiences and seasoned musicians alike with her musical maturity and her impressive ability as an improviser. Multi-award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences he has forged a personal sound which generates a uniquely individual creative statement.”
And several concerts later, in fall 2014, Sophia and Adrean capped off our Steel City Jazz Festival week (photo right). And on… we are big fans.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, Fri Oct 25

September 3rd, 2019
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Friday October 25, 2019, at 8 pm $15. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Stuart Laughton brings us another edition of Radio Dial for our 10th Anniversary season. Always wonderful, always full of surprises.

Special guest for Oct 25 is music veteran Denis Keldie on accordion (photo right), who calls the evening “a fantastic musical adventure.”
And the usual Radio Dial gang: Rebecca Campbell on vocals/guitar, Martin Worthy on drums/vocals, and Steve Lucas on bass, and of course multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton on everything else.

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

Jazz with the Elena Kapeleris Quintet, Sat Oct 12

August 27th, 2019
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Saturday October 12, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students.
To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

 

The Elena Kapeleris Quintet, a Toronto-based quintet, led by Elena Kapeleris, is joining forces with two of Hamilton’s top jazz musicians: Mike Malone and Adrean Farrugia! The line-up for October 12: Elena Kapeleris on saxophone and vocals, Mike Malone on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Lauren Falls on bass and Mark Micklethwaite on drums.
Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto based saxophonist and vocalist, who leads her own jazz quintet. She is also a member of Rita Chiarelli and Sweet Loretta, Kellylee Evans band, Surefire Sweat led by Larry Graves, and Jay Danley’s Ethiojazz Project, and others. Her eclectic taste has led her from jazz to R&B to world music and more. She has shared the stage with  Pat LaBarbera, Hilario Duran, BrandiDisterheft, Jully Black, and Tanya Tagaq.
Mike Malone, trumpet player and composer/arranger, has been part of the Canadian Jazz music scene since the early 1970s. He has recorded with Nimmons ‘N’ 9 plus 6. The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet and John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He was a member of the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton for 25 years and currently directs the Jazz Band at McMaster.
Adrean Farrugia fell in love with the piano at age 12. He began extensive classical studies and at the age of 18 was bitten by the Jazz bug and has never looked back. Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

Leonard, Burns & Dell, + Hogan, Sun Oct 6 at 8 pm

August 20th, 2019
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Sunday October 6, 2019, 8-10 pm. A special concert. $15 door, $10 adv. To reserve tickets (and seating) call 905-543-8512, or,  Book online BUY_tix_button

Alison Hogan is a veteran west coast singer/songwriter who started out in Vancouver clubs and coffeehouses in the 1970s. As part of the gypsy-jazz quartet The Kitsilano Kat Kickers (aka Mystery Pacific), she played the first years of the Vancouver Folk Festival before going on to record her original material. Alison’s 2018 album Songs From the Third Act showcases the varied genres of Alison’s writing. Described by one reviewer as “a stunning, sad, funny, sexy and lovely collection of songs”. Her live performances showcase her love of classic country, blues and roots music, delivered with a wry sense of humour and some intricate acoustic guitar work.
Leonard, Burns & Dell (Sue Leonard, Brennagh Burns, and Cindy Dell) are a powerhouse harmony trio based out of Hamilton singing sultry blues and roots.

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

Fresh Flute! Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner, Sat Oct 5

August 19th, 2019
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Saturday October 5, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 regular, $10 students. To reserve tickets (and seating), call 905-543-8512, or  Book online BUY_tix_button

Fresh Flute! An evening of Jazz Flute with Colleen Allen and Darcy Hepner. From Be-bop to Funk,
a celebration of the flute in jazz.
With: Nancy Walker piano, Paul Intson bass, Joel Haynes drums.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Dynamic double-bill: Doug Murphy + Aaron Zukewich, Thurs Oct 3

August 17th, 2019
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Thursday October 3, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Double-bill! Two of Artword’s far-out favourite jazz composers – pianist Aaron David Zukewich and guitarist Doug Murphy.
8 pm set Guitarist Doug Murphy plays his own compositions in the fusion psychedelic jazz mode, with extended guitar “trips” laid on top of a steady bass line. His first concert at Artword was in 2012. His band “It Is What It Is”: Alana Gunn bass, Oscar Galbraith drums, Mike Ricci saxophone and flute.
9: 30 pm set: Jazz pianist and composer Aaron David Zukewich delivers an adventurous blend of intricate rhythms, modern harmonies, and singable melodies that embrace the diverse landscapes of contemporary jazz, world and popular music. His first concert at Artword was in 2011. His band: Clark Johnson bass and Joel Haynes drums.

Event, Music, Music-Improvisors, Music-Jazz

The Emily Kemp Quintet, Fri Sept 27

August 12th, 2019
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Friday September 27, 2019, at 8 pm, Regular $15, students $10. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
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Guess who is kicking off our 10th Anniversary Celebration concert series? Emily Kemp, jazz, funk and pop singer, set up her first concert at Artword Artbar on September 11, 2010 (we opened in Sept 2009). And she and the fellas have been playing together ever since. The original five  – The Emily Kemp Quintet – will be playing this celebration concert: Emily Kemp (vocals), Tom Altobelli (bass),Chris Bruder (keys), Scott McIntosh (guitar), Jordan Snider (drums), members of the band now known as The Beelays. They will be playing jazz, some originals and their own take on some pop covers.

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

Beg To Differ Quartet, Supercrawl Weekend, Fri Sept 13, 9:15 pm

August 2nd, 2019
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Friday September 13, 2019, at 9:15 pm, tip jar. Supercrawl Weekend. 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

Event, James North events, Music, Music-Blues, Music-funk, Music-Jazz, Music-rock

Alyssa Giammaria and Devon Savas, reunion concert, Sat Aug 10

July 3rd, 2019
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August Special Concert #2. We will be open for only these special events:

Saturday August 10, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Alyssa Giammaria vocals and Devon Savas bass. Alyssa and Devon began collaborating as students at Mohawk. Then each pursued further musical studies in other cities. This concert is a hometown reunion. They will be revisiting favourite past selections and venturing in new directions in a one-off genre-boundless performance, with one set as a duo and the second set with a band of special guests: Levi Kertesz (drums), Ian Brown (piano/keys), Michael Morabito (alto sax), and Aoife-Louise Doyle + Stephanie Sloss (background vocals).

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Anthems of the Void, w. guest Jill McKenna Trio, Wed Aug 7

July 2nd, 2019
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August Special Concert #1. We will be open for only these special events:

Wednesday August 7, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Anthems of the Void: Caylie Staples vocals, Bradford Reed pencilina and modular synthesizer, and Geoff Gersh guitar, from New York, on an August tour in Canada. Guest set by Jill McKenna Project: Adrean Farrugia piano, Mackenzie Read drums, Jill McKenna bass.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton, special show, Wed Jul 31

June 29th, 2019
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Wednesday July 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $25. Reservations a must! Call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

Bonnie & The Midnight Daydream Presents: “When Stars Collide”. A special concert by singer-songwriter Bonnie Hamilton: “Bonnie’s Birthday & Album Release”.
Bonnie Hamilton & the Midnight Daydream will be playing Bonnie’s new album content. Band members: Sabian Crosswell drums, Eric Trimmer bass, Sean Royle guitar/vocals, Keon Crosswell lead guitar, and Bonnie Hamilton lead vocals and piano.

Plus guest performances: singer-songwriter Brennagh Burns, and writer Laura Furster, reading from her new book.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz, Music-Soul/R&B

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

May 27th, 2019
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Saturday July 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve, call 905-543-8512 or Book onlineBUY_tix_button

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