We are thrilled to partner once again with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to present the ‘Music of a Charlie Brown Xmas‘.

This is the 3rd annual (2nd annual a the PAC) and we can’t wait!

It is a new tradition in the making…

The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas takes audiences on a nostalgic journey of one most beloved holiday albums, created by Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special of the same name. Performed by the Peter Shea Trio and a memorable cast of local youth performers, this show takes the best of jazz, serves it up with traditional holiday music, and provides a wonderful tradition that will delight the entire family.

This year the PETER SHEA TRIO and friends features:

PETER SHEA (Co-creator of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Twilight Jazz Series)
With his long musical lineage, Peter Shea is considered one of Niagara’s premier Multi-instrumentalists. (Piano, drums + percussion and vocals.) Peter graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition and arranges, composes and performs world wide. His extensive resume includes touring across Canada with comedian Sean Cullen;performing at the world famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival on both piano and drums (including several live performances on BBC Television & Radio); performing on piano with the Jersey Boys in Toronto; a cross-Canada tour with the “Just for Laughs” Road Show including the Pantages and Massy Hall theatres. As a jazz musician he has also had the unique privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz artists including Phil Dwyer, Mike Malone, Kevin Turcotte, John Sherwood, Davide Direnzo, Graham Lear, Robi Botos, Liberty Silver, Mike Daley (Jeff Healey Band), Duncan Hopkins, and Gord Sheard. Peter runs the Twilight Jazz Series (now in its 7th year) the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (going into its 5th year) with his wife and musical partner Juliet Dunn. He hopes that you enjoy his tribute to the late great Vince Guaraldi.
For more info: petersheamusic.com
CLARK JOHNSTON  started his professional career as a bassist in 1994 and has since had the opportunity to work with the likes of Peter Appleyard, Diana Panton Reg Schwager, and Don Thompson–just to name a few. He performs regularly with Drew Jurecka, James Brown, Adrean Farrugia, Neil Brathwaite, Barbara Mantini, Suzanne Ramsey, Ashley St Pierre as well as many other great musicians. Clark holds a master’s degree in music composition from York University and is currently on faculty at Mohawk College and McMaster University.
TERRY CLARKE Noted jazz drummer, Terry Clarke, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was twelve years old when he began studying formally with noted drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley. In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time theGRAMMY-nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made. Following that, Clarke joined the world-famous, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. Clarke left “The Fifth” in 1970, and re-located to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and piano great, Oscar Peterson. Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (just to name a few). Terry Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists, and is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. He continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians including David Braid, Bruce Cassidy, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti. Terry is also an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is also extremely proud to have been named as a Member of the Order of Canada, and his recent recording on the BlueMusicGroup Label, It’s About Time was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards (Canadian Grammys).
JAMES BRYAN  (Philosopher Kings + Prozzäk) 
One of Canada’s top guitarists, James Bryan is a Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriterand producer.A member of popular Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak,James is also an accomplished jazz player.Working with artists from across the globe including Shawn Mendes,Luis Fonsi,Nelly Furtado,and Yuna,James has played on over 200 recordings,achieved platinum success,and performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall.

This year’s show will feature Jazz 4 the Ages Youth performers Sydney Bergevin and Ben MacDonald along with a choir of children from all around the Niagara Region.


JOIN OUR CHOIR:  If  your child would like to be in our ‘Jazz 4 the Ages Youth Choir’ for our next production (2018) be sure to contact us at:  youth@niagarajazzfestival.com.