JAZZ in the CITY – Flagship Event: Indigenous ceremony then Singin’ With The Big Band featuring Jim John’s Swing Shift Big Band with guest vocalist Christopher Alan Graves (Opening Act: Youth performers)
Pianist John Roney is one of the most active and visible artists on the Canadian musicscene. His versatility as a jazz pianist, classical pianist and composer is unrivalled, demonstrating a mastery of an astonishingly vast range of artistic abilities and sensibilities. Obtaining his baccalaureate in jazz piano, classical piano, and composition from University of Toronto in 2000, he went on to complete his Master’s degree at McGill University in jazz performance.
Bryan Covey comes from a family with a rich musical heritage, where his father is a jazz bass player and his grandfather was an accomplished trumpet player. Bryan grew up in a little town outside of Detroit called Windsor. From an early age, he was immersed in Detroit's rich musical life and was exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 13. While in high school in Windsor, he had his own jazz fusion band, performed on flute with the International Youth Symphony and was a regular guest sitting in on saxophone with renowned Detroit area jazz artists.
John Sherwood is recognized by his audiences and his peers as one of the top jazz pianists in Canada today. He appears regularly with the late vibesmaster Peter Appleyard, and has performed, toured, and/or recorded with a lengthy list of other jazz greats including Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Jake Hanna, and Butch Miles. John was a featured artist with his tribute to Oscar Peterson at the 2017 TD Niagara Jazz Festival. and is always a Festival favourite.
As the Award-Winning TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL sails into its FIFTH YEAR, the Festival (voted “2017 BEST NEW FESTIVAL IN ONTARIO”) is thrilled to announce its second Fundraising Event of the season (and the last of 2017!), the joyous SECOND ANNUAL “Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Wednesday, November 20th. This thrilling holiday event (which is a concert presentation of the late VINCE GUARALDI’Sscore for the iconic 1960 Animated Feature) has become a tradition with the festival. 2016 was the first year that this heart-warming programme for all ages, was performed at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to an enthusiastic, sold out crowd!! Proceeds from this event will support The TD Niagara Jazz Festival and its many community-based jazz outreach and youth programmes. Talented pianist/drummer/vocalist PETER SHEA will be taking the stage with his fine trio, including himself on piano, Clark Johnson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums (who actually performed and recorded this material with Vince Guaraldi). The stellar line-up also includes Special Guest James Bryan on guitar, as well as the JAZZ 4 THE AGES YOUTH CHOIR with young, talented, featured vocalists Sydney Bergevin and Ben MacDonald (Jazz 4 The Ages Youth Competition Winners).
As the Award-Winning TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL sails into its FIFTH YEAR, the Festival (voted “2017 BEST NEW JAZZ FESTIVAL IN ONTARIO”) is thrilled to announce its first Fundraising Event of the season on Friday, November 24th. It is the SECOND ANNUAL, swinging BIG BAND FUNDRAISING CONCERT featuring the renowned “JIMMY STAHL BIG BAND” ( www.jimmystahl.com ), with Guest Vocalists Genevieve Renée-Bisson and Ron Dewberry. ‘Live’ JAZZ, dancing, a free Swing Dance Lesson from NIAGARA LINDY HOP, silent and ‘live’ auctions, door prizes, snacks and cash bar are all part of the fun! Proceeds from this event will support The TD Niagara Jazz Festival and its many community-based jazz outreach programmes, as well as the historic SALEM CHAPEL BME (British Methodist Anglican), which was constructed in 1853 by escaped slaves who had risked everything to enter Canada and begin new lives as free men and women. The Church (of which Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was a famous member) is in need of over a million dollars for essential repairs and preservation efforts.
A perfect pairing... Dixieland Jazz aboard an authentic Mississippi-style sternwheeler. The Niagara Belle sails the scenic Lower Niagara River downstream from the powerful Niagara Falls, and follows the magnificent Niagara River from the opening of the Niagara Gorge to the waters of Lake Ontario. Dr. Jazz and the Jazzbugs will entertain your senses and take you back in time with hot jazz and ragtime.
This Thursday July 6th experience a night of truly unique jazz at Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards. This is a chance to appreciate one of the 20th century’s most original jazz instruments – the vibraphone. But it will also be a night of jazz royalty, with Randy Stirtzinger on vibes, John Sherwood on piano, and Graham Lear on drums. This is Niagara royalty at a premium, perfectly paired by TD Niagara Jazz Festival’s Executive Director Juliet Dunn with Stratus Vineyards for an outstanding experience on all levels.
Considered one of the world’s most exciting saxophonists, Pat LaBarbera comes to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in 2017 with one huge fan club. This Juno award-winning musician is regarded as jazz royalty and will be the featured performer at SAX IN THE VINEYARD at Henry of Pelham Winery, Thursday June 8th at 7pm. But if you want to get close up and intimate with this astonishing musician, join him at the Niagara Artist Centre this Friday, June 9th, at 1pm. LaBarbera will be hosting a ‘ Jazz Improvisation Clinic’ from 1pm to 3pm. at the NAC studio, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, where participants can enjoy playing, talking, or simply listening.
The Gail D. Trio with Gail D. Vocals, Doug Mundy on the Steinway piano and Adrian Juras on the stand up bass will be performing at the Niagara Jazz Festival in Niagara on the Lake (Simcoe Park) this Saturday starting at 11:00 am, admission is open to the public. We would absolutely love to see you there! John Sherwood Trio, Khea Emmanuel Quintet, Niagara String Band and more to follow throughout the day! It's going to be hot, hot, hot, lots of sunshine forecast, so head out!
The TD Niagara Jazz Festival celebrates music, life and art. Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara Region for an incredible festival annually the final weekend in July. #livelovejazz