Enjoy a night out with wine, craft beer and light fare while learning about jazz from the seasoned professionals. An extension of the NOTL Library’s Wine & Words series, Wine & Music brings musicians into intimate settings where they can teach the fundamentals of jazz while demonstrating on their instruments. It is a fun and interactive event where the audience can engage with the musician in a setting that is truly definitive of  Niagara.

MUSIC AND WINE SERIES

This year the festival also celebrates Canada’s 150th with an initiative called:

LIVE LEARN JAZZ: A Canadiana Suite

This initiative starts in April 2017 and includes the following performances:

***  Poster and full details below ***

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*** Made possible in part by the generous support of the Niagara Region the City of St. Catharines and by the Province of Ontario:   The OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) with the OMF (Ontario Music Fund), the Ontario 150 Fund and Celebrate Ontario (Province of Ontario). ***

Part One:  

BEBOP IN THE BREWERY featuring

KEVIN TURCOTTE     

Thursday, April 6th, 2017   79m – 9pm

EXCHANGE BREWERY – Queen St., NOTL, ON

Jazz master Louis Armstrong laid down the foundations for jazz, as we know it. Then came along Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker giving birth to ‘Bebop’ developing what Armstrong had built and taking jazz virtuosity to a whole other level.

Join us for an intimate encounter with renowned Canadian Jazz trumpeter Kevin Turcotte as he explores the fundamentals of Bebop.

Opening Act:  Bill Melymuka

Brewed Hops & Bebop.  A match made in heaven!

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$25 + HST / Early Bird: $20 + HST (Until April 1st, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Two:  

DAMES IN THE DISTILLERY featuring

HEATHER BAMBRICK and JUNE GARBER

Thursday, May 11th, 2017   79m – 9pm

WAYNE GRETZKY DISTILLERY –  1219 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL, ON

Lyrics tell the story and the human voice connects us all to the music.  The voice is the first instrument and storytelling wrapped in melody is a perfect combination.  Jazz has a long tradition of incredible female vocalists ranging from Sarah Vaughan to Diana Krall. 

These ‘Dames’ are sure to distil your senses in more ways than one.

*** A 2nd show MAY be added.  If you would like to be on the waiting list please e-mail us at admin@niagarajazzfestival.com  Thank you.  ***

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$25 + HST 

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Three:  

SAX IN THE VINEYARD featuring 

PAT LABARBERA and BRIAN DICKINSON

Thursday, June 8th, 2017  79m – 9pm

HENRY OF PELHAM WINERY –  1469 Pelham Road, St. Catharines, ON

 Sax is one of the most treasured instruments in jazz. It is loved and adored throughout the world for its sultry & sexy sounds and for the way it has developed through the hands of the masters: Ben Webster, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker. Canada is home to many legendary Saxophonists such as Pat Labarbara, Mike Murley, Kirk MacDonald, Kelly Jefferson, and Alex Dean. Come and see and hear a true Canadian master of this amazing instrument surrounded by the unforgettable backdrop of one of Canada’s most beautiful wineries.  

It’s all about the Sax!

$25 + HST / Early Bird: $20 + HST (Until April 30th, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Four:  

VIBES IN THE VINES featuring 

RANDY STIRTZINGER and GRAHAM LEAR

Thursday, July 6th, 2017  79m – 9pm

STRATUS VINEYARDS –  2059 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL, ON

From Lionel Hampton to Cal Tjader and Gary Burton, Milt Jackson to Canada’s very own Peter Appleyard there is a longstanding and incredible tradition behind this unique & beautiful instrument. Some of the finest practitioners dwell in our own backyard! Come out and see Niagara’s very own Randy Stirtzinger on of this iconic instrument with legendary drummer Graham Lear!  (Santana, Paul Anka, Gino Vanelli)

You’ll really dig the vibes in the vines!

$25 + HST / Early Bird: $20 + HST (Until April 30th, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Five:  

CELEBRATING MOE KOFFMAN featuring 

BERNIE SENENSKY’s MOE KOFFMAN LEGACY BAND with BILL McBIRNIE 

Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – 2pm – 3:30pm  79m – 9pm

MEGALOMANIAC WINERY –  3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, ON

The late great Moe Koffman is undeniably one of our greatest national treasures. His Canadian and U.S. success in 1958 of his recording of “Swinging Shepherd Blues”; established his name internationally as a flautist and helped to popularize the instrument in jazz. In the mid-1960s he made more than six appearances as a soloist on NBC Television’s ‘Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’. He played, toured, and recorded with a lengthy list of jazz stars that included Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, and Doc Severinsen, and in hundreds of television and recording studio bands. Moe Koffman was one of Canada’s true jazz icons, and in recognition of that, was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada in 1992 honouring his outstanding talent and dedicated service to the arts.

Come and experience one of the finest jazz flautists in the world, Canada’s very own Bill McBirnie and legendary Canadian Jazz Pianist Bernie Senensky, original band member of the Moe Koffman Quartet and Quintet! Enjoy this one of a kind tribute performance to the late great Moe K0ffman at the prestigious Megalomaniac Winery with one of the most stunning panoramic views of the entire Niagara region.

Enjoy the musical sounds of the flute with your flute!

$39 + HST / Early Bird: $29 + HST (Until April 30th, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Six:  

CELEBRATING GREAT CANADIAN FEMALES in JAZZ featuring 

LAILA BIALI

Sunday, July 30th, 2017  4:300pm – 6pm  79m – 9pm

MEGALOMANIAC WINERY –  3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, ON

 

$49 + HST / Early Bird: $39 + HST (Until April 30th, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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Part Seven:  

CELEBRATING OSCAR PETERSON featuring 

The JOHN SHERWOOD TRIO

Sunday, July 30th, 2017  79m – 9pm

JOHN SHERWOOD on Piano / DAVE YOUNG * on Bass / TERRY CLARKE * on Drums

*Oscar Peterson Alumni

CELEBRATING OSCAR PETERSON

Oscar Peterson (pianist, composer, educator) was born August 15, 1925 in Montreal, and was a lifelong resident of Canada.  Regarded by many as the greatest jazz pianist in the world, his music has had a profound influence on Canadian and world jazz.  During his six decade career, he recorded over 200 albums, performed with many jazz legends as well as leading his famous trio with Ray brown and Herb Ells.

His numerous awards and honours include 8 Grammy Awards including one for Lifetime Achievement, the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Arts ad Letters in France, and many honorary degrees. He was also Chancellor of York University in Toronto from 1991-94.  His legacy lives on in scholarships and prizes awarded to deserving musicians, and a school named in his honour in Mississauga. Few Canadians can match his accomplishment or his recognition. Peterson died December 23, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario.                                                     
Oscar Peterson was inducted into the the Mississauga Music Walk Of Fame in September, 2003 and his star can be found in Port Credit Memorial Park.  In 2005, Canada Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honour. Peterson’s last public performance was at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 16, 2007.

Canadian jazz pianist John Sherwood is joined by two alumni of the Oscar Peterson Trio to present some of Oscar’s most brilliant piano trio arrangements. Bassist Dave Young and drummer Terry Clarke are featured along with Sherwood in what is to be an unforgettable evening of great jazz, starting with Peterson’s early years in Montreal when he was first discovered by Norman Granz, through the MPS and Pablo years where he played with some of the greatest names in jazz.

 

MEGALOMANIAC WINERY –  3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, ON

$59+ HST / Early Bird: $49 + HST (Until April 30th, 2017)

Weekend Pass (Includes ALL Festival events):  $249 + HST

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LIVE – the experience

LEARN – the history

JAZZ – the music