Artists

Here are all the artists that have performed with the Niagara Jazz Festival! You can scroll through all of them, or search for specific artists using the search field. We are always adding new artists, so check back frequently for updates!

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2018

AARON Z TRIO

DATE: Saturday, July 28th, 2018
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
STAGE: Niagara Casinos Fiesta Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park, King St. and Picton St., Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
TIME: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
TICKET PRICE:  FREE * Bring a lawn chair

2021

ABEL MARCEL

Abel Marcel is one of the most versatile Cuban piano players from his generation on the scene today: composer, arranger, producer, pianist, band leader and educator. He has been recording dozens of albums from hip-hop to salsa, from...

2016201920202021

ADREAN FARRUGIA

Adrean Farrugia began playing piano at the age of 12. By age 16 he decided that he would dedicate his life to music. Since then he has become recognized as one of Canada’s finest pianists and composers, having shared the music he...

2016

ADREAN FARRUGIA TRIO

Trio Members: ADREAN FARRUGIA 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. Since then he has dedicated his life...

2019

ADRIAN JURAS

DATE: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EVENT: Twilight Jazz Series: Springtime in Paris ft. Juliet Dunn
VENUE: Corks Playhouse Theatre
ADDRESS:  19 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
TICKET PRICE: $15 in advance /$20 at th...

2018

AL MUIRHEAD

Al Muirhead has long been an iconic figure on the Canadian jazz scene. And the trumpeter, composer, arranger, sideman and recording artist has been making listeners take notice for longer than jazz fans might realize. Born in Regina in...

2021

ALEX GEORGE

Alex George is a violin and mandolin musician from Almonte Ontario. He has been playing violin for 12 years and has a wide repertoire of music from jazz to country, classical to contemporary. He enjoys performing to all ages in all...

20162019

ALEX PANGMAN

Having found solace at a young age in Ella Fitzgerald and the vocal work of Louis Armstrong, JUNO nominated songstress Alex Pangman also found a calling. Proud to be known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart Of Swing’, her natural vocal abilities...

2021

ALEXA FRASER

Alexa Fraser is a Puppet and Mask Maker and Puppeteer, Costume Designer and Seamstress and Textile and Installation Artist, from St.Catharines, Ontario. With a B.Des in Fashion Design from Ryerson University, Alexa has worked as a...

2020

ALINE HOMZY

Aline Homzy is a classical and jazz award-winning violinist and composer. From Montreal but living in Toronto, Aline is in high-demand as an improvising violinist, a teacher and as a session player around the world. Aline’s most...

20192022

ALISON YOUNG

Alison Young is a JUNO nominated saxophonist, vocalist, and composer. Born in Ottawa, she moved to Toronto in the early 2000s to study music at the University of Toronto, and has been an active presence on the city’s jazz scene...

2020

ALISTAIR ROBERTSON

Born in Birmingham, England, Alistair first picked up a saxophone at age 13. His professional career began at 16, touring extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Europe with pop, rock and jazz acts including KC and the Sunshine...

2016

ALISTAIR ROBERTSON QUARTET

BAND MEMBERS: Randy Stirtzinger – Bass Warren Stirtzinger – Guitar Kevin Lipischak – Drummer Alistair Robertson – Saxophone ARTIST BIOS: Warren and Randy Stirtzinger are both extremely well respected musicians...

2018

ALYSHA BRILLA

Alysha Brilla is a 3X Juno Award nominated artist and music producer currently working on her fifth self-produced full length record, ‘The Body’; blending global roots sounds with expansive lyrical themes and meditative...

20202021

AMANDA MARTINEZ

Amanda credits her longtime band for being a huge support to her career. “They are world class musicians who I feel lucky to play with. Each one contributes to our overall sound.” Her band features her long time guitarist and...

2020

AMANDA TOSOFF

Amanda Tosoff is a B.C.-raised Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader, with five albums to her credit. Along her fascinating career path, Amanda has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Ingrid Jensen,...

2021

AMIR AMIRI

Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music. Classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of...

2017

ANDREW CRAIG TRIO

Bursting forth from the nexus point between jazz, blues, funk, R & B and Gospel, the Andrew Craig Trio provides soul infusion and mind intrusion. Andrew Craig creates and performs original music, directs orchestras and musical...

2020

ANDREW MCPHERSON

Andrew McPherson is a 2-time Juno Award nominee and 2-time Canadian Music Award winner. A music industry veteran of over 30 years, Andrew has released a total of 14 albums to date with projects exploring his love of globally diverse...

2022

ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO

Anthony D’Alessandro is a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in Toronto, Ontario. His own bands have been showcased in many notable venues and festivals across Ontario including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the...

2016

ASHLEY KENNEDY TRIO

BAND MEMBERS: Ashley Kennedy – vocals/flute Alfredo Acosta – trumpet/flugel horn/guitar/latin percussion/vocals Linda Tamburri – piano/vocals *performing in the NJF in place of Linda Tamburri is Reinhard Fochtberger – piano ARTIST...

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ASHLEY ST. PIERRE

After studying at OCAD for a year, Ashley St. Pierre decided to pursue jazz voice and composition at Mohawk College where she completed the Applied Music diploma program. During her 2nd and 3rd years she received full scholarship...

20182020

ATTILA FIAS

Attila Fias is a Hungarian-born, Toronto-raised pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He combines elements such as Brazilian lilt and rhythm, Indian phrasing, Hungarian harmonic and melodic expression, Latin intensity and...

20182019

ATTILA FIAS TRIO

DATE: Saturday, July 27, 2019
TIME: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
EVENT: SOUL JAZZ in the VINEYARD
VENUE: The Hare Wine Co
LOCATION: 769 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
WEBSITE: www.theharewineco.com
TICKET PRICE: $59 (Regular price) / ...

2020

AUSTIN PATTERSON

Austin grew up in the arts community of Sechelt on The Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.  She has studied art throughout her upbringing at Arts Umbrella programs as well as learning from her two artist parents. Currently Austin is...

2019

AVERY CANTELLO

Avery Cantello is an up and coming Canadian vocalist, whose unique sound brings raunchy blues, soulful jazz, and neo soul/funk flavours to Toronto audiences. Having studied under multiple respected musicians including (but not limited...

2019

AVERY CANTELLO BLUES BAND

From jazz to raunchy blues, The Avery Cantello Blues Band is an incredibly fun & versatile group. Completely made up of Jazz Music Majors around Toronto, studying at Humber, York & U of T, the band performs revived blues hits...

2020

BADIÉ

Born in the 19th district of Paris, France to an Ivorian father and a French mother, Badié was interested in the mystical, unifying, energizing and pacifying power of music at a young age. He would often listen to the reggae, soul,...

2016

BAR-ROOM BUZZARDS

BAND MEMBERS: Paul Preston – Clarinet and Soprano Sax Lewis Custode – Trumpet Warren Stirtzinger – Guitar and Banjo Paul Zapalowski -Bass and Tuba. HISTORY: The Bar-Room Buzzards originally formed in 1966, founded by...

2018

BARBARA MANTINI

DATE:  Sunday, July 29th, 2018
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
STAGE:  Steinway Stage
ADDRESS:  Simcoe Park, King St. and Picton St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TIME:  5pm - 5:45pm
TICKET PRICE:  FREE * Bring your own lawn chair

2016

BARBARA MANTINI JAZZ QUARTET

BAND MEMBERS: Barbara Mantini – Vocalist Randy Stirtzinger – Piano Rob McBride – Bass Peter Shea – Drums (to be confirmed) ARTIST BIOS: Barbara has built a reputation as a versatile vocal artist and actor. A classically trained...

2017

BARBRA LICA

Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian Jazz scene. In the short period of time since her 2012 debut album release (That’s What I Do), she has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers by CBC...

2019

BATUCADA CARIOCA

Batucada Carioca is a Brazilian samba group led by sambista Maninho Costa, a native of Rio de Janeiro. The group is made up of 25-30 percussionists from the local community consisting of Brazilians, Canadians and many other cultural...

2021

BEN BISHOP

Ben Bishop favours a freewheeling, bop-based guitar style, most reminiscent of the classic guitarists of the 1950s and 1960s. Players such as Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green are major inspirations to his sound and...

2022

BENNY BENACK III

By age 30, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be that rarest of talents: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard, but...

20172020

BERNIE SENENSKY

Gifted composer, arranger, and conductor in his own right, the brilliant Bernie Senensky began occupying the keyboard chair in The Moe Koffman Quintet in 1979 when the band was the number one small jazz combo in Canada. He had played...

2022

BETH BARTLEY

We all met in 1990 and started an annual benefit concert for Women’s Shelters in Niagara. That’s when I moved here with my husband and musical partner Mark Clifford. Together as the duo Vox Violins, we have played all over...

2022

BETSY TAURO

Betsy Tauro is a singer, actor and musician from the Niagara Region. She has performed with Niagara Big Band, Niagara Express, sisterLune, and BroadBand as vocalist, bass player, on keyboards and guitar. Performing on the TD Jazz...

2021

BIG 6 BRASS BAND

The Big 6 Brass Band is currently one of the hottest and most talked about brass bands in New Orleans. Bringing a new modern edge to the brass band sound, BIG 6’s popularity amongst second-lines clubs, Mardi Gras Indians and hip-hop...

2020

BIG SMOKE BRASS

Big Smoke Brass was formed in the summer of 2017 by a group of friends from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance program. The band cut its teeth playing on the streets of the Toronto and quickly garnered a following...

2017

BILL MCBIRNIE

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, and charanga legend, Richard Egues....

2018

BOBBY MILITELLO

Bobby Militello has played with many artists for the last 5 decades, along with leading his own groups. From 1982 to 2012 he played alto & flute with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and recorded over 25 cds, played with almost every major...

2021Youth

BRACKEN-CARSON QUARTET

The Bracken-Carson Quartet is a “cordless” quartet featuring two tenor saxophonists with bass and drums. This group features me (Joel Bracken) and Steve Carson on tenor saxophone, Christopher Parnis on Bass, and Mateo...

20192022

BRADLEY KRAUSS

Bradley Krauss is a professional musician residing in the Niagara Region. Fluent on the piano as well as the guitar, he prefers the latter to convey his contemporary influenced modern jazz style. He has performed around Ontario with...

2022

BRENDAN PELTIER

Having 30+ years of performing experience and enjoyed success from a very young age in the field of music, Brendan Peltier feels fully qualified to add his musical texture to whatever project comes over the horizon. After studying...

20182020

BRIAN DICKINSON

DATE:  Thursday, June 5th, 2018
EVENT: SAX in the VINEYARD
ADDRESS: Henry of Pelham Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, St. Catharines
TIME:  7:00pm - 9:30pm
TICKET PRICE:  $49 + HST

2015

BROADSWAY

BAND MEMBERS: Diane Leah  –  music director / piano / vocals Heather Bambrick  –  host / vocals Julie Michels  –  vocals Broadsway is the combination of three uber-talented “Broads”:  Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominee Diane Leah, National...

2018

BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO

Heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice and considered one of the most acclaimed improvisers residing in Canada, Brownman Ali, born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, is the...

20182020

BRUCE TOURNAY

Bruce Tournay has been impressing Canadian and international audiences with his effortless piano performance and his powerful voice since 1988. Bruce began as a member of the acclaimed Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, in which he won gold...

20202021

BRYAN COVEY

Bryan is a graduate of Western University and the University of Windsor, earning degrees in both music performance and music education. He has performed on flutes, clarinets, saxophones and other wind instruments within a wide variety...

2021

BUCKY BERGER

Bucky Berger has been a professional musician for over 51 years and still going strong. He has recorded many albums over the years and has had a wide and varied career touching on many genres of music including: blues, soul, soca,...

2021Youth

CAMERON STEWART & SPENCER DUNCAN-DORTON

Spencer Duncan-Dorton is 18 and plays piano, and Cameron Stewart, 17, plays guitar. Together, they are entering their first year of music study at York University, having both received the Oscar Peterson Entrance Scholarship. Cameron...

2018

CARIBBEAN CLUB CONNECTION

BAND MEMBERS: Zach Preston – Guitar, Composer, Band Leader, Back up vocals William Preston – Bass Guitar Laura Varela – Lead Vocals, Auxilary Percussion Jimmy Dominguez – Lead Percussion/Conga player, Back up...

20192020

CARIBBEAN CLUB TRIO

Band Members: Laura Varela – Lead Vocals, Congas & Lead Percussion Zach Preston – Guitar and Vocals William Preston – Bass, Clave & Kick Peda The Caribbean Club Trio is comprised of Zach Preston, Laura Varela,...

2022

CHERI MARACLE

Cheri Maracle is a multi- award nominated actor/singer/ songwriter from the Six Nations of the Grand river Territory, Ontario. She has been performing in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in the last 20 years. Cheri has released three...

2020

CHRIS GESTRIN

Since graduating with a Film Scoring degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1995, Vancouver native Chris Gestrin has become an integral part of the Canadian music scene. As a versatile pianist and multi-keyboardist,...

2018

CHRIS LAMONT

BAND: Dixie Demons
DATE: Sunday, July 29th, 2018
EVENT:  DIXIELAND JAZZ by the LAKE #2
ADDRESS: Pop-up location in Niagara-on-the-Lake (private residence on the lake)
EVENT TIME:   7pm – 9:30pm
PRICE: $79 + HST (includes meal)

2019

CHRIS MCKHOOL’S “FIDDLEFIRE!”

With Fiddlefire!, Chris McKhool and his musical friends from Sultans of String get kids and families clapping, dancing and singing songs. Kids and their parents scat-sing, become a rhythm section and join McKhool on stage to play rare...

2021

CHRIS NORTHINGTON

While performing a benefit for Camp Good Days, when asked about his favorite kind of music to play his response was simply “good.”  For over 30 years C-Note has been doing just that, playing good music for anyone who needed a bass...

2018

CHRISTOPHER ALAN GRAVES

Christopher Alan Graves was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA but now lives outside of Columbus, OH. Christopher is currently employed as a Guest Entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines traveling throughout the fleet with his very own...

20202021

CHRISTOPHER BUTCHER

Christopher Butcher is a musician firmly established as a representative of the global music village, transcending genre and cultural predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As a leader of The Heavyweights Brass...

201620172019

CINNAMON JONES

Behold the very essence of an unadulterated phenomenon of talent. Cinnamon was designed to leave an indelible impression for all to admire. She embodies an unequaled exhibition of love and dedication for the art of music which shows...

2021Youth

CLAIRE FALLE

Claire Falle is an 11 year old singer and actress from St. Catharines, Ontario. It was clear from an early age that Claire had a love for singing and performing. She began vocal lessons at the age of 4 and joined a local theatre group,...

2018201920202021

CLARK JOHNSTON

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...

2021

CLAUDE HALL

Claude Hall, born in Brooklyn, New York, of Haitian parents, moved first to Europe before settling in Los Angeles in 2007. When in 1989 her instinct drew her to Paris, her love of jazz was sparked by the stylings of Nina Simone, Ella...

2020

CLEREL

Wielding a vocal tone often described as “liquid gold”, Clerel discovered a natural taste for melody in his native Cameroon, where he grew up singing along anything from church hymns, to French folk songs. He performs today as a...

2016

COLIN HUNTER AND THE JOE SEALY QUARTET

BAND MEMBERS: Colin Hunter – vocalist Joe Sealy – piano Paul Novotny – bass Daniel Barnes – drums Alison Young – sax ABOUT THE BAND: Crooner style music (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole etc.)...

2020

CRYSTAL D’CUNHA

Crystal D’Cunha is highly respected as a Leader in the Customer Experience Industry for her unique approach to Employee Experience(EX) and Customer Experience(CX) Design. As The INSIDE View’s Chief Experience Officer, Crystal D’Cunha...

201720182021

CYNTHIA FAY

Cynthia Fay is a soul, folk, RnB, jazz, influenced singer songwriter. She started singing and songwriting in high school, and released her first EP at the age 16. She has performed in various places in and around Toronto including the...

2018

DAN DOUGLAS

Dan Douglas is a Toronto born Trombonist and euphonium player who has been steadily working in the Toronto jobbing and Jazz scene for over 20 years. As an avid student, Dan began playing professionally while in high school and was...

2016

DAN KOZAR

Dan Kozar fingerstyle guitarist who performs his repertoire from American songbook, Django Reinhardt, as well as popular songs that plays basslines, melodies and harmonies simultaneous. Kozar, a lifelong Niagara, Ontario resident began...

2020

DANCIN’ MAN 504

Bio Coming Soon. Past Shows: DATE: June 30, 2020 TIME: 6 PM – 7 PM EST EVENT: 2nd Line Dance Steps with Dancin’ Man 504 VENUE: Shady Acres Studio (St. Catharines) and New Orleans (This event will be Live-streamed) PRICE: FREE...

2016

DAVE GILLIS

David Gillis has won awards as a guitarist, a songwriter and more recently recognized as a producer and studio musician. David was nominated for a 2010 CFMA, “Producer of the Year” award. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Colleen...

201720182020

DAVE RESTIVO

David Restivo is an award-winning pianist and composer and educator, well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. Born in Lansing, Michigan, molded by the...

2017

DAVE YOUNG

Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an...

2018

DAVID BRAID

“Sophisticated and authentic” – New York Observer “Refreshingly uncategorizable” – Paris Transatlantic Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to...

2018

DAVID COX

David Cox has been dancing since the age of 2, as he was brought into this world by a musical family. His father a Motown artist and his mother a dance teacher. At 13 he made his first trip to NYC on scholarship and that would change...

2018

DAVID RESTIVO TRIO

BAND MEMBERS: David Restivo – piano Clark Johnston – bass Alyssa Falk – drums. DAVID RESTIVO is an award-winning pianist and composer and educator, well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the...

2020

DAVIS ROGAN

Bio coming soon… Past Shows: DATE: July 14, 2020 TIME: 6 PM – 7 PM EDST EVENT: Niagara’s Summer MARDI GRAS Sessions VENUE: Shady Acres Studio (St. Catharines) and Toronto (This event will be Livestreamed) PRICE: FREE Click...

2021

DEEANN DIMEO

More beautiful than ever, in a twenty-plus-year-career, DeeAnn DiMeo releases, a six-song collection of American jazz and folk classics that is reminiscent of Popular hits from the 1990’s to the 2000’s. It is dedicated to her brother,...

2020

DELFEAYO MARSALIS

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best,...

20182021

DENIELLE BASSELS

Indie-Swing chanteuse and bandleader Denielle DeLange (Bassels) hails from Toronto ON. Her original music whimsically weaves a caravan of influences from her childhood and travels abroad from folk and blues, to Parisian jazz manouche...

2021

DEXTER FRANK

Dexter Frank is a musician from St. Catharines, Ontario, currently completing his Bachelor of Music at Humber College. Dexter has been studying, performing and writing music for the better part of 15 years and has a passion for...

2021

DIANA BRAITHWAITE & CHRIS WHITELEY

Diana Braithwaite has risen to prominence as one of Canada’s most authentic female blues singers. She recently received the 2018 “Blues With A Felling Award” from the Maple Blues Society and in March was recognized for her...

2018

DIXIE DEMONS

It all started way back in 1984 when trombonist Dan Douglas, a student at Humber College in Toronto, was asked to put together a Dixieland jazz band for a school function. He found some of his best musician friends to do the job, and...

2021

DIZZY AND FAY

Somewhere in the night a melody spills out of a smokey alley and bounces down the cobblestone. That’s where you’ll find Dizzy & Fay; through the secret door in your heart, singing love songs to the American Songbook. In the past...

2016

DJ MARINKO (NIAGARA SOLAR SOUND SYSTEM)

Marinko has been a DJ and electronic musician for about 20 years, traveling and performing internationally but always based out of Niagara and / or Toronto. Marinko is one of Niagara’s top wedding DJs. He has performed at a large...

2019

DKNO AND MIGUEL ANTHONY

In the beautiful island of Cuba, province of Matanzas a talented young boy was born, on August 18th, 1985, named Erick Martin Lovio. From the young age of 10, he felt the love for music, listening to his grandfather sing. He started...

2018

DnA

Making sweet music together for 19 years, blues/folk duo  “DnA“ is comprised of husband and wife Doug Boudreau and April Mitchell-Boudreau. Bringing Acadian (Doug)  and Haudenosaunee (April) roots together, they embody the philosophy...

20202021

DOMINIQUE LALAMA

Dominique Lalama is a 23-year-old Fenwickian living in Toronto, who is so happy to be back in the Niagara region to participate in this amazing festival! Dominique has been playing instruments and singing since she was 4, encouraged by...

2021

DONNYBROOK

Donnybrook is an original, modern, soul jazz and straight ahead co-led organ trio from Toronto, Canada. The trio concentrates on a mix of historic repertoire and original music in the tradition of the great Hammond organ trios of the...

2018

DOUG BURRELL

Doug Burrell was born in Montreal where he began to play the tuba at the age of seven. He studied privately in Montreal and attended Vanier C.E.G.E.P. Doug moved to the Toronto Area in 1976. From 1977 to 1981 he attended the Faculty of...

201920202021

DOUG MUNDY

Doug Mundy, a long time Niagara resident, began studying piano at 10 years of age concentrating on Royal Conservatory of Music repertoire. At age 14, Doug began experimenting with improvisation, mainly playing around with simple blues...

20202021

DR. BRICE MILLER

Dr. Brice “Doc” Miller is a second-generation New Orleans Grammy-nominated jazz musician and award-winning educator, anthropologist and ethnomusicologist. Growing up in New Orleans culture alongside his father, saxophonist Dwight J....

20182019

DR. JAZZ AND THE JAZZBUGS

DATE:  Sunday, April 21st, 2019
TIME:   6 pm - 9:00 pm
EVENT: Twilight Jazz Series (NOTL Edition)
VENUE: Corks Wine Bar and Eatery
ADDRESS:  19Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TICKET PRICE: $15 in advance /$20 at the door / $10 Musi...

20182021

DREAM LOGIC

Dream Logic is a contemporary jazz quartet led by vocalist and composer Sarah Jerrom, performing a diverse collection of original music written and arranged for the group by Jerrom and other band members. Drawing from the jazz...

20182020

DUNCAN HOPKINS

Double bassist Duncan Hopkins has been busy establishing himself as a composer, arranger and educator around the world being likened to the best: “St.Catharines has given the jazz world one important composer…Kenny Wheeler....

2020

ECIRB MÜLLER’S TWISTED DIXIE

Louis Armstrong popularized the sounds of New Orleans traditional jazz throughout the world, and 100 years later, that distinctive music remains popular. Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie takes those songs, and the relaxed vibe of...

2021

ELIZABETH PEREIRA

Elizabeth Pereira is an active member of the performing arts scene in Niagara as a coloratura soprano soloist, performer, and collaborator. She completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Dramatic Arts and English at...

202020212022Youth

EMILIO GEREMIA

Emilio Geremia is 13 years old and lives in Welland, Ontario. He has been studying piano since he was 3 ½ years old with Mr. Ted Ellis. Just this week, he completed his Grade 9 Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM) Piano...

20182020

ERIC ST. LAURENT

Guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent has been an important part of the music scene in Canada for many years now. He’s been featured on more than 100 recordings, and his tasteful and inventive playing make any project he works on...

2022

ERNESTO CERVINI

JUNO Award winner Ernesto Cervini is a sought-after drummer, composer and bandleader and an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring Joel...

2022

ERNIE PORTHOUSE

Ernie has been playing as a professional musician since age 13. During that time, he has played with professional symphony orchestras, major jazz ensembles, recordings (Grammy-nominated), theatres, Big Band (Canadian Stage Band...

2021Youth

ESTHER & EZEKIEL

A musical duo, brother and sister with strong passion to use their music as healing to many around the World. Ugandan born in a musical household, Esther & Ezekiel now live in Ontario, Canada. They are the worthy winners of East...

2018

EVAN DIM

Evan Dim was one of a select three emerging guitarist’s in the world accepted to study with Matthew McAllister and Allan Neave at the world-class Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for a Bachelors of Music with Honours in guitar...

2021Youth

EVAN LEWIS DOLINSKI

Evan came into this world over 6 weeks early, eager to embrace his life and has not slowed down. He found his voice at an early age and sang opera at the top of the stairs in his home, entertaining anyone who would listen. When he...

2021

EVE ATOMS

Eve Atoms is a writer, performer and sound tinkerer living in Niagara Falls. True to her two-tone roots (British/Jamaican descent), she is heavily influenced by ska and reggae music. Eve explores critical topics such as race, class,...

20192021

FAITH AMOUR

Raised in Toronto church and community choirs, after studying classical voice and piano, organ and composition, Faith Amour found that her innate spontaneity, creativity, and outside the box nature drew her straight to jazz. Today...

2019

FIDDLE FADDLE

Fiddle Faddle is Jamie Snider (vocals, guitar and fiddle), and Neva Tesolin (piano, accordion) playing a mix of canadian fiddle music and song.  Jamie is an accomplished fiddler and song-writer (Newfoundland’s Wonderful Grand Band)....

2020

GABRIEL PALATCHI

Gabriel Palatchi is a world class artist.  His music embodies a complex flavour of genres. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Gabriel Palatchi started his first piano lessons at the age of 8. He spent his formative years in...

2019

GAIL DAVIDSON

Winner of the NMA’s 2013 Jazz Group of the Year (with Dually Noted), and twice nominated jazz vocalist of the year, Vocalist Gail Lynn Davidson (Gail D.) performs regularly with Niagara’s top players with a large repertoire of jazz...

2021

GENE HARDY

Gene Hardy is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He performs on saxophone, violin, musical saw and theremin. Hardy’s early music training began in Victoria, British Columbia—first on violin at age 9, then on saxophone...

2018

GEORGE KOLLER

Bassist, Composer and Producer George Koller has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career. A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player,...

20202021

GEORGE TIRPKO

Ten thousand hours of rehearsal. A few thousand gigs. Lifelong resident of Niagara. Jazz, Blues, Country, Pop and Gypsy Jazz. Still in love with the guitar. Solo, duos and ensemble work. The goal is to stay fresh and vital! Past Shows...

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GLENDON SMITH

Juno nominated and multiple gold record recipient, East Coast born Glendon Smith continues to emerge as one of Canada’s most versatile and in demand professional freelance musician, clinician, and private teacher. After studying at...

2019

GORDON WEBSTER

A jazzman with a rock star status in swing dancing community – pianist Gordon Webster is  the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of...

20172019

GRAHAM LEAR

Originally from Plymouth, England, Graham began drumming at age eight, auditioning for the Police Boys Concert Band of London, Canada. An early student of Police Band alumnus Don Johnson and Robert Comber, he also cites Canadian jazz...

2019

GRAVELY JAMES

Chris Madronich AKA “Gravely James” is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and wild child born from the steel city of Hamilton and raised in Port Colborne. His involvement with music started from an early age...

2020

GREG RODMAN

Greg Rodman’s musical life has been an eclectic one. Equally at home on both acoustic and electric guitars, his style and concept are unique, and are characterized by an unusual depth of emotion, backed by dazzling technique. After...

2021

GUY NWOGANG

“Dipita Na Wélisanè” it means faith and perseverance in duala, those are words that perfectly describe Guy NWOGANG ‘s philosophy. He was born in Cameroon, where music is more than an institution. As a young boy, he often skip school...

2019

HAMILTON DIXIELAND ALL-STARS

The Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars were founded 14 years ago. Frank Musico and Jim Howard are the only two original members of the band.We have been entertaining audiences from Toronto to Niagara Falls. We perform at private events and...

2021

HAMSA HAMSA

In an imaginary point in the Mediterranean, Ziryab, Fayrouz, Led Zeppelin and Chick Corea are dancing in unison, on a kaleidoscopic wave of harmonies in different languages, melodies and traditional rhythms. A soundscape which moves...

2021

HARLEY CARD

Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist and composer. In addition to leading his own groups, Harley is a member of and co-composer for the innovative Canadian bands; Hobson’s Choice, God’s Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. As a contributor...

20182022

HEATHER BAMBRICK

Heather Bambrick is a JUNO-nominated vocalist, a voice actor, and an award-winning broadcaster. She’s worked with numerous artists, including Fred Hersch, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Ann Hampton Callaway, Peter Appleyard, Lea Delaria,...

2018

HEATHER BAMBRICK QUINTET

DATE: Friday, July 27th, 2018
EVENT: JAZZ in the CITY;  Flagship Event
STAGE: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ADDRESS: 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON
TIME: 7:30PM - 10:30PM
TICKET PRICE:  Price:  $59 + HST

2018

HEILLIG MANOUEVRE

Heillig Manoeuvre is a Toronto-based quartet whose repertoire consists of original instrumental jazz. Bassist/bandleader Henry Heillig describes what they do as thoughtful fun. “I write songs, with melody and elements of my own...

2016

HILARIO DURÁN

Cuban Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Orchestra Leader, Educator ALMA Records Recording Artist / Universal Music Canada One of the world’s most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz. “Hilario Durán is an unparalleled...

2018

HISAKA SAKAI

Hisaka Sakai (“h i s a k a”) was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started her career in Toronto, Canada in 2011. Canadian radio station Jazz FM 91.1 selected “h i s a k a” as one of 24 jazz vocalists in...

2017

HWO (HAMMERTON-WAGLER-O’NEILL)

Original music, as well as covers of music by The Beatles, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Genesis, Tears for Fears, and more. Piano/Bass/Drums – a classic jazz trio format. Past performances include shows at The Jazz Room,...

2022

IAN WRIGHT

Ian Wright is an award-winning, Toronto-based drummer, composer and dance-accompanist. Born in 1992, and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Ian has developed a thoughtful approach to his instrument that has been recognized by the Toronto...

2022

ILANA WALDSTON

“Ilana has great comic timing and a terrific voice!” – Michael Orland, former associate musical director of American Idol Ilana Waldston is a singer, comedienne and M.C. best known for her warm sound, her unusual...

2021Youth

ISABELLA MILANO

Isabella Milano is a classically trained singer from Niagara Falls, Ontario, with a background in guitar and piano. As a Niagara Music Festival Award-winning performer, Isabella has performed a solo as a member of Chorus...

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ITAMAR EREZ

Itamar’s music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply. It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own. Recipient...

2019

JACK DE KEYZER

Two-time Juno winner, blues guitarist, singer, song writer Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. His music has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC & many...

2021Youth

JACK TREDWAY

Twelve-year old Jack is thrilled to be named a finalist in the Jazz 4 the Ages Competition! He had the opportunity to participate in 2019 and would be back this year were it not for his commitment to the St. Catharines Cobras baseball...

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JACOB CHUNG

Canadian saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) is a young and swingin’ voice in the Toronto jazz community. He currently studies as a 2018 BMO National Scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he has twice...

2021

JAKUB ZAPOTOCZNY

Do you like guitar solos with a good dose of humour? Do you like drums to get somewhat loud and aggressive at some point during a show? Do you like keyboards that sometimes don’t sound like keyboards and still have a healthy amount of...

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JAMES BRYAN

One of Canada’s top guitarists, James Bryan is a Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriter and producer. A member  of popular Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, James is also an accomplished jazz player. His solo...

2022

JAMES MCELENEY

Born in Scarborough Ontario, James McEleney is an Upright & Electric bassist active in Toronto’s Roots & Bluegrass scene. Early in his practice he studied classical bass with Timothy Dawson (TSO) & Jazz with Mike Murley,...

2019

JAMIE SNIDER

Jamie Snider has been playing fiddle and guitar for about 40 years, inspired by hearing live music at Saturday night dances in the Ottawa Valley. Truly a product of Canadian traditional music, he claims as his musical fathers, Rufus...

2021

JANE LEWIS

Jane Lewis wears many musical hats—performer, songwriter, music workshop facilitator, and community music instigator. As a songwriter, she is often compared to Carole King, playing piano-based music that draws on her strength as a...

2019

JAY BURR

Bio coming soon… Past Shows: DATE: Sunday, June 16th, 2019 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EVENT: Twilight Jazz Series: Tuba in Old Town VENUE: Corks Playhouse Theatre ADDRESS:  19 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake TICKET PRICE: $15 in...

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JAYMZ BEE

Jaymz Bee was born in North Bay, Ontario and made a bee-line for Toronto at the age of 18. He has had a colourful career as a nightclub owner, art gallery curator, best-selling author (Cocktail Parties for Dummies) and band leader....

2019

JEFF GUNN

Jeff Gunn is Juno Award nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer for his work on Emmanuel Jal’s The Key (Gatwitch/Universal). He is the author of the Hidden Sounds: Discover Your Own Method on Guitar (Mayfair Music...

2022

JEFF HALISCHUK

Jeff Halischuk is a drummer currently based out of Toronto. He attended Humber College and after graduating began performing throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He has performed or recorded with Johnny Reid, Gord Sinclair,...

20192021

JEFF LUCIANI

Jeff Luciani is a Canadian drummer and percussionist from St. Catharines, Ontario. After graduating from Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program in 2003, he began to work on establishing himself within the jazz, improvised music,...

2021

JEFF MCLEOD

Jeff McLeod is a well-loved Canadian pianist, Hammond organist and composer that regularly appears at clubs and festivals across Canada and the US, and has appeared on dozens of recordings across the musical spectrum with a special...

20192022

JEFFERY ARTHUR

After being schooled in theatre, dance and musical theory Jeffery Arthur, a Toronto native has found his niche as a seasoned jazz vocalist. He started his professional career as an actor and professional dancer performing in musicals...

2021

JENNIFER LEWIN

Jennifer Lewin is a passionate writer/arranger/musician/vocalist who has devoted her music to helping people find peace, hope and a relationship with God from the tender age of 6. She began her journey in a children’s choir and has...

2020

JEREMY LEDBETTER

An engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries, Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter has made a career travelling the far-flung corners of the globe in search of the most fascinating and unique musical ideas out there....

2020

JILLIAN LEBECK

Canadian jazz pianist/composer/vocalist Jillian Lebeck is one of the most dynamic and exciting voices on the Canadian Jazz scene. Her debut recording “Living in Pieces” (Maximum Jazz/Universal) spent several weeks in the...

2021

JILLIAN MENDEZ TRIO

The trio was founded by singer Jillian Mendez (Juno Award nominated songwriter and recording artist with Island Records, 4th & Broadway and Bigshot Records) and drummer Bryan Humphreys (Jeff Healey, Emile d’Eon, and Scott McCord...

2022

JIM CLAYTON

DownBeat Magazine called Jim Clayton’s music “warm and happy… tender and soulful.” He calls it a blend of bebop and New Orleans, the city he considers a second home. His repertoire is a mix of jazz standards, reimagined pop classics,...

2018

JIM JOHN’S SWING SHIFT BIG BAND

Jim John’s Swing Shift Big Band was started in August of 1996 to preserve the sounds and energy of the big band era, and it is evident that they have succeeded, as the band has now become one of the top rated big bands not only...

2017

JIM SLOMINSKI

Jim Slominski, string, and electric basses has been the leader of the Niagara jazz duo/trio Dually Noted for close to six years. He began to play music when he was 20 years old and studied with Eric Lagace, the great Montreal symphonic...

2017

JIMMY STAHL BIG BAND

The Jimmy Stahl Big Band has been performing since 1977 and has toured extensively throughout Ontario, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio both as a headline act and touring with numerous Grammy winning artists. We started in...

2018

JOCEYLN BARTH

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s exciting emerging vocalists. As a jazz singer, Jocelyn is known for her emotional expressiveness and sensitivity. She delivers a lyric with intention, depth and authenticity while maintaining the...

20162017

JOEL PARISIEN

BAND MEMBERS (As Chops n’ Soul): Lead vocals and Keyboards: Joel Parisien Guitar and vocals: Josh Toal Bass and vocals: Rich Moore Drums: Nathaniel Rustenburg Alto Saxophone: Darryl Dixon Tenor Saxophone/Flute: Dave Watson Trombone:...

20152019

JOHN DEVENISH

John is a musician and actor with professional experience on stage, in film, on television and radio. He was the male narrator for The Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments podcasts, also the Dear Sweetheart series featuring letters...

20182020

JOHN NEUDORF

John Neudorf has been very active in the music industry for the past 20 years studying jazz at Mohawk College as a drummer. Later under the instruction of Rosemary Burns, John transitioned from Instrumentalist to Vocalist, performing...

2015

JOHN NEUDORF TRIO

BAND MEMBERS: John Neudorf – Vocals Warren Stirtzinger – Guitar Rob McBride – Bass John Neudorf was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on September 15, 1967 into a musical family.  His three brothers were musicians, interested in rock and...

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JOHN SHERWOOD

Born in Oakville Ontario in 1961, raised in St. Catharines, John Sherwood is easily among the top jazz pianists in Canada today. His strong foundation in classical music is apparent, but does not overshadow his ability to swing. John...

2016

JOHN SHERWOOD TRIO

BAND MEMBERS: John Sherwood – Leader, Pianist Randy Stirtzinger – Bassist Kevin Lipischak – Drummer ABOUT THE GROUP: Jazz in the tradition of the great piano trios. Oscar Peterson, Nat Cole, Teddy Wilson, Modern Jazz...

2021

JOSHUA LYNES

Joshua Lynes is a contemporary artist whose singing ranges from R&B and Funk to Soulful Gospel and the smooth rhythms of Jazz. One may easily define Josh’s style as a cross between John Legend and Mario or Lauryn Hill and Kim...

2022

JULIAN FAUTH

Julian Fauth is a Canadian blues pianist, singer and songwriter. He has collaborated on record with Harmonica Shah, Curley Bridges, Fruteland Jackson, Finis Tasby, and David Rotundo. auth has recorded four solo albums for Electro-Fi...

2016

JULIANN KUCHOCKI

Juliann sings in four languages & performs all genres of music including jazz, blues, r&b, funk, soul, disco, rock, rock & roll, country musical theatre & more. Since the release of Juliann’s North American debut...

2021

JULIEN BRADLEY-COMBS

Julien Bradley-Combs is a promising Toronto-based guitarist and composer. He has recently completed his Bachelors degree in Music, with Honours, from Humber College where he was the recipient of the Yamaha Music Award and the...

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JULIET DUNN

Juliet performs regularly with her husband and musical partner Peter Shea in their duo called ‘The Shea D Duo’. With this duo they perform an assortment of jazz, soul and pop.  Juliet’s other bands include the Juliet Dunn Quintet, Le...

2017

JUNE GARBER

June Garber is one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz vocalists. Her luscious, masterful interpretive skills and on-stage personality capture audiences and draw them in. June’s latest album This I Know is a journey of emotions and...

2020

JUNEYT

He didn’t pick up guitar until the age of 18, but it seems that Juneyt was destined from birth to be a musician. His name means “Soldier of Music” in his native tongue, and has proven to be a true foreshadowing of his life path. Born...

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JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD

Toronto-based keyboardist and composer Joel Visentin is a proud Winnipeg export with a passion for the Hammond B3 organ. Originally a pianist, the organ first grabbed him while studying music at Humber College. In 2015 he joined up...

20192021

KATE STEVENS

Kate Stevens is a vivacious RnB singer/songwriter based in Calgary, Alberta. Her buoyant stage persona mirrors her hearton- sleeve, lyrical sensibilities. Her latest single, the reserved and honest Meant for Me has received over 300k...

2019

KELLYLEE EVANS

Six albums deep and Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up on Come On, her latest Decca album. The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such previous tasty classics fight or...

2022

KEN YOSHIOKA

Ken Yoshioka is a Toronto based blues musician originally from Kamakura, Japan. He started his career as a harmonica player and developed into a singer, guitar player and songwriter. Ken’s harmonica playing is dynamic and...

2022

KENNY KIRKWOOD

Kenny Kirkwood is a Juno award-winning Celtic-Canadian musician who has worked with Gord Downie, Kim Mitchell and Jacksoul, and has opened for James Brown, Al Green in a career spanning three decades. In recent years he has performed...

2021

KETURAH MORRIS

Keturah was born into a family that was birthed into ministry and music. She has had the privilege to grow up experiencing music in the church sphere all of her life. This ultimately helped develop the gift and passion for music in her...

2018

KEVIN BREIT

Kevin Breit has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Serena Ryder, Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas and countless others. Known for his inimitable guitar playing, exquisite...

2022

KEVIN DEMPSEY

Kevin Dempsey (drummer) was born in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada.  He has become a familiar figure on the local jazz scene around Toronto, but has also toured extensively throughout North America, and to international destinations...

2022

KEVIN LIPISHAK

After meeting the Stirzinger brothers in 1979, Kevin Lipishak has been playing jazz in the Niagara Region since 1985. His main gig has been as house drummer for Jazz Express Saturday afternoon sessions for the last 36 years and still...

2017

KEVIN TURCOTTE

KEVIN MICHAEL TURCOTTE (trumpeter, flugelhornist) was born on January 22, 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario, but raised in Sudbury, Ontario. He is recognized as one of Canada’s major trumpet talents with an impressive list of recording and...

20192021

KHEA EMMANUEL

The daughter of legendary Motown artist Leroy Emmanuel, Khea has all the key ingredients that spell nothing less than success. Her love for the arts and creativity are deeply embedded in her soul. Young and self-taught, Khea is...

2016

KHEA EMM​AN​UEL DUO

BAND MEMBERS: Khea Emmanuel – Vocalist Don Cyr – Pianist L.A Emmanuel – Manager ABOUT YOU: Khea works with several seasoned Jazz musicians in Ontario as well as American jazz musicians in the United States. Khea has a home based...

2021

KIERAN OVERS

Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass, and for the past 34 years on acoustic bass. Overs holds an Honours Diploma from Humber College, a B. Mus. from...

2019

KYLIE SOMERVILLE

Kylie Somerville is a harm reduction outreach counselor and Toronto-based artist. At the age of three, Kylie was introduced to tap dance, and it was love at first shuffle. Passionate about creating safer spaces for feeling and...

2021Youth

KYRA SOPHIE OSZLAI

Kyra Sophie Oszlai has shown interest in music very early on. She started ballet at the age of 2.5, and piano at the age of 5. She quickly has advanced in the RCM syllabus and is currently finishing off the Grade 9 curriculum. At her...

2020

LAILA BIALI

Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her...

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LANCE ANDERSON

Lance is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’. In 2015, Lance was music co-producer and performer on ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed 3CD package that commemorated Oscar...

2017

LARNELL LEWIS

Toronto native Larnell Lewis is a musician, composer, producer, educator, and clinician. One of Canada’s most promising up-and-coming drummers, Lewis has garnered international status with his most recent works with the three-time...

2018

LATIN SWING ORCHESTRA

The Latin Swing Orchestra was founded in January of 2013 by Fhanor Molina. He formed a great band which brings a modern musical legacy of salsa from the 60’s and 70’s like the Charanga, Latin Jazz and more, to please both the dancer...

2018

LATIN VINTAGE ORCHESTRA

Latin Vintage Orchestra was formed in 2011. The concept our band is our own rendition to the great Latin music produced and developed in the 20th century. The ensemble is composed with a 3 horn section, trumpet, tenor sax and trombone...

2020

LAURA FERNANDEZ

Laura was born in Madrid into a family that boasted Laura’s great grandfather as the mayor. She lived in Switzerland as a child, and her parents migrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she spent her youth. Laura’s father was an...

2022

LAURA THOMAS

Laura Thomas is a conductor, arranger, composer, percussionist and teacher. She is Music Director of the Dundas Valley Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of the Hamilton/Niagara area WomEnchant Chorus & Drummers and conductor...

2019

LE TRIO PARISIEN

‘Le Trio Parisien’ is made up of accomplished Niagara musicians who share Juliet’s love for French music. Juliet formed this band with Peter Shea in 2009 and they have just recently finished their first album recording: ‘C’est Si Bon’....

2016

LEN STACK

Len Stack is the sweetest guy you would ever want to meet. His number one passion is his wife, Mary and his two children, Aaron and Desirae. Len’s philosophy of life is based on his favorite expression “Live, Love and Laugh”. Len spent...

20182019

LESLEY MITCHELL-CLARKE

Although Lesley Mitchell-Clarke is a familiar name in the realm of media relations and arts writing, she has also been nearly a life-long performer, and has worked in virtually all phases of the entertainment business, beginning as a...

2015

LIBERTY SILVER

Multiple Award-Winning recording artist Liberty has been a supporting act or shared the stage with prominent and influential figures, that include US President Barack Obama, Bob Marley, Maya Angelou, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Celine...

2016

LMT CONNECTION

BAND MEMBERS: Mark Rogers  Drums Leroy Emmanuel  Guitar/Vocals John Irvine  Bass / Vocals ABOUT YOU: LMT CONNECTION are true masters of their craft. They’ve been together for 27 years, recorded five albums, played over 5500 shows...

2021Youth

LORIAN KNAPP

Hi – I’m Lorian but you can call me Lo. I started playing piano when I was seven but now I’m twelve and heading into Grade 7 at Gracefield Public School. My first piano teacher was an amazing classical piano teacher from Russia,...

2019

LOS HIJOS DE TUTA (THE SONS OF TUTA)

THE SONS OF TUTA (Los Hijos de Tuta) is headed by one of Toronto’s pioneers in the latin music scene,  musical director and multi-percussionist, ​Wilson Acevedo. In 5 years, Los Hijos de Tuta has established it self as a much...

2016

LUIS MARIO OCHOA QUINTET

Coined “la crema de la crema of Cuban-Toronto musicians” (WholeNote), the Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet is an exciting & eclectic Latin ensemble with a jazz touch.The charismatic Luis Mario, leads his quintet in performances renowned...

2021

MAHOGANY BLUE BABY DOLLS

Just a few decades ago, the baby doll tradition of New Orleans’ black neighborhoods seemed destined to fade. Only a handful of women celebrated Carnival Day in the signature satin dresses and baby bonnets. The tradition, which...

2016

MANTECA

“We are driven,” says leader Matt Zimbel, “by an intense desire to see the thrill in our audience’s eyes. With nine players on stage when we play an ensemble figure together there is a power and this kind of joyous impact surrounded by...

20192020

MARK EISENMAN

Mark Eisenman has performed with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including the following: Art Farmer, Lew Tabackin, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. As leader, Mark can contract...

2022

MARK GODFREY

Bassist Mark Godfrey is quickly becoming one of the new faces in Canadian jazz. Hailing from Southwestern Ontario and currently living in Toronto, he has established himself a mainstay in this national community and in 2019 was named...

2018

MARK MICKLETHWAITE

Mark Micklethwaite is an accomplished musician, educator, historian, and administrator. His work experience in the music field includes positions at the Banff Centre, Greenleaf Music, JAZZ.FM91, and Manhattan School of Music. He has...

2017

MARK UCCI

For the past 20 years Canadian jazz guitarist Mark Ucci has toured from coast to coast in Canada and internationally in the United States and China. Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Burlington, Mark took up the guitar at age 8...

2021Youth

MARKO ANDELIC

Hi my name is Marko Andelic, I am 12 years old student at Calvary Cristian School in St. Catharines. I am singing and acting as long I can remember. I am joining Linus Hand Production for last 7 years. I was acting and singing in 14...

2018

MARUTYRI

“Why don’t we start a fusion project?” These words were spoken as long ago as September 2014 by a group of friends in Rotterdam. They live together as friends, which they’d become at the Conservatory in Rotterdam. They share a...

2018

MARY MCKAY

Bio coming soon… Past Shows: DATE:  Saturday, July 28, 2018 EVENT: SOUL JAZZ in the VINEYARD VENUE:  The Hare Wine Co. ADDRESS: 769 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake TIME:  8pm – 11pm PRICE:  $59 + HST...

2020

MATT WEIDINGER

Matt Weidinger has a voice like no other. The 23-year-old Kitchener, ON native is a passionate young songwriter, who is well known for his mature rock/soul vocals and impressive multi-instrumental (keyboards, guitars) talents....

2021Youth

MATTHEW SORLEY

Matthew Sorley has been playing the saxophone for two and half years, switching from Alto to Tenor about a year ago. He also enjoys playing the Baritone Sax. He has just completed his RCM Grade 8 piano. Matthew enjoys many genres of...

2019

MDOU MOCTAR

Mdou is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Niger.  He’s one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music.  His music has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, Pitchfork, New Yorker,...

2018

MEAGAN LUCHKO

Meagan Luchko is a contemporary jazz vocalist, fast rising through the ranks in Toronto’s music industry. She has been performing and coaching professionally in and around the GTA for over 6 years. Meagan developed an interest in music...

2022

MELISSA LAUREN

Toronto-based singer and songwriter Melissa Lauren has smoothly made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. The music – her own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap and blues mixed with Indie pop inflections and...

2019

MELISSA-MARIE SHRINER

Melissa-Marie attributes her first musical inspiration to Judy Garland, who became a catalyst for her life-long singing journey. For Melissa-Marie, Garland represents an expression of raw emotional sincerity and impeccable vocal...

2019

MICHAEL BADAWAY

Michael Badaway is originally from Toronto Ontario. He has extensive background in the dramatic arts, prior to launching his career as a professional Radio Host and Reporter. Michael has been syndicated throughout the province in 14...

2018

MICHAEL MORSE

Michael Morse has completed a Master’s in Ethnomusicology (MRP on Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight), plus a Master’s (MRP on Heidegger, 1991) and PhD (1996) in Social and Political Thought at York University. His...

2020

MIGUEL DE ARMAS

Miguel De Armas is a versatile jazz pianist and composer. He weaves strands of Cuban and American jazz influences in a compellingly eclectic way. Born in Havana, Cuba, Miguel studied at the Conservatory Amadeo Roldan and graduated from...

2020

MILES BLACK

Bio coming soon… Past Shows: DATE: July 3, 2020 TIME: 7 PM – 8 PM EDST EVENT: LIVEstream.LOVEJAZZ Series VENUE: Shady Acres Studio (St. Catharines) and Toronto (This event will be Livestreamed) PRICE: FREE Click here for event details...

2021

MORGAN CHILDS

BC native Morgan Childs has established himself as a first-call drummer for many leading Canadian and international jazz artists. Morgan has four recordings to his name as a leader, including 2016 release On The Street of Dreams, which...

2021

NANCY WALKER

Nancy Walker is a Canadian musician based in the Toronto area. Her work as a pianist and composer reflects her view of the times we live in – at times intense, at times poignant, at times cerebral. Her most recent recording as leader...

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NATHAN HILTZ

Nathan Hiltz is an outstanding jazz guitarist who moved to Toronto from his native Halifax in 1999.  Since then he has recorded with a lengthy line-up of leading artists, and consistently performs on more than 200 gigs each year. Hiltz...

20192021

NEEMA CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The goals of Neema Children’s Choir are to provide Christian ministry and personal testimonies, to raise awareness of the problems faced by Uganda’s youth and to fundraise toward the goals of Neema Child Project. Neema Children’s Choir...

2022

NEIL SWAINSON

Neil Swainson was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 1955. He began working with Paul Horn in 1975, and played in his band for two years. Neil also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and...

20192022

NEVA TESOLIN

Neva Tesolin is a Canadian musician, composer and songwriter whose love of the piano has resulted in a legacy of music that’s been described as playful, evocative, and full of hope. She was born and educated in St. Catharines,...

2018

NIMMONS’N’BRAID

Phil Nimmons “the Dean of Canadian Jazz” and first Juno Award winner in jazz performs with David Braid, 3-time Juno Award winner. This duet between 95-year-old Nimmons and 43-year-old Braid, perform spontaneous music – improvisation...

2020

ORGANOMICS

Led by Niagara based jazz musician and educator Randy Stirtzinger, and formed in 2015 the ORGANOMICS mandate is a simple one ; to use the classic 1960’s Soul Jazz sound of organ, guitar and drums to explore the vast literature of the...

20192022

ORI DAGAN

Known on the Toronto jazz scene as a talented, hard-working, dedicated musician, Ori Dagan’s style is inspired by improvisational jazz masters such as Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Anita O’Day and Sheila Jordan (with...

2020

PANORAMA BRASS

Panorama Brass has been bringing all sorts of music into all sorts of situations since the mid 90s, always with a strong New Orleans party vibe cultivated over years of entertaining locals and tourists alike in their native Crescent...

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PETER SHEA

Born and raised into an Irish/Icelandic family, Peter Shea began his lifelong love affair with music surrounded by a family of musicians and music lovers. In 1995 Peter graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Jazz...

2018

PHIL DISERA

BAND: Dixie Demons
DATE: Sunday, July 29th, 2018
EVENT:  DIXIELAND JAZZ by the LAKE #2
ADDRESS: Pop-up location in Niagara-on-the-Lake (private residence on the lake)
EVENT TIME:   7pm – 9:30pm
PRICE: $79 + HST (includes meal)

2018

PHIL NIMMONS

Philip (Phil) Nimmons (clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator) was born on June 3, 1923 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He was raised in Vancouver and began playing clarinet in high school. He graduated in...

201820192021

PK HUMMINGBIRD STEEL ORCHESTRA

Patrick and Kay founded the PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra with the hope of providing youth and their families a safe, welcoming environment to learn music, in particular the steel pan. This instrument originates from their home...

2017201920202022

RANDY STIRTZINGER

Randy Stirtzinger has been and still is to this day, a pillar of jazz music in the Niagara community. He has performed all over the region and beyond as a pianist, bass player and vibraphone player. He first discovered his passion for...

2020

RED HOT RAMBLE

When the question is posed, “What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans?”, several things jump out at you …. the weather! the food! the people! and oh so importantly, the music! The birthplace of jazz … a glorious combination of...

2021

RED LIGHT SESSIONS

Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist and composer. In addition to leading his own groups, Harley is a member of  and co-composer for the innovative Canadian bands; Hobson’s Choice, God’s Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. As a...

201820192020

REG SCHWAGER

A leading figure of the Toronto jazz scene, Reg Schwager is a four-time winner of Canada’s National Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. Born in the Netherlands, Schwager moved with his family to Sudbury, Ontario when he was...

2020

RICHARD MOORE

Richard studied baroque timpani at the Hochschule for Musik in Munich, Germany. His primary teacher was Peter Sadlo. He has also had coachings with Reiner Seegers, principle timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic. His studies on the...

201720182020

ROB FEKETE

Robert C. Fekete is a Canadian jazz pianist, teacher and composer who shares his musical philosophy with others through performance and audio recording. His roots are planted firmly in classical and jazz traditions, how- ever he...

20212022

ROB MCBRIDE

Rob McBride is a highly in-demand bassist and bandleader who has been performing in the Toronto jazz scene for the last 25 years, playing at many of the city’s top jazz venues. While specializing in jazz, Rob is also influenced...

2020

ROBERTA HUNT

Roberta Hunt is an exhilarating jazz and blues musician – she is a singer, piano player and songwriter. With her signature rootsy and blues style, one music critic wrote, “Mix big piano with beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot...

2021

ROGER WILLIAMS

Roger Williams is a Toronto based, Jamaican born musician who calls on the music of his forefathers. From jazz, soul, R&B and the blues, to reggae and ska, it burns through the smoking bass lines of his upright and electric basses....

2019

ROMULO DELGADO AND THE MEXICAN MARIACHI SHOW

Romulo Delgado is a classically trained tenor and a world music multi instrumentalist. He was a region finalist at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Opera competition in Vienna, Austria and trained in Toronto at the Royal...

20192020

RONNIE LITTLEJOHN

Ronnie Littlejohn has a long history in the Canadian music scene. For 15 years he fronted Planet Earth, one of Canada’s premier jazz/funk/soul bands. Planet Earth and Littlejohn’s Funk Embassy were touted as vanguards of the funk...

20192022

ROSS MACINTYRE

Ross MacIntyre is one of the most sought after bassists in Canada. He has played on hundreds of recordings including 11 that have won or were nominated for JUNO awards. As a side musician, he has shared the stage with some of North...

2018

ROSS WOOLDRIDGE

Ross Wooldridge was born 1962 in Hamilton Ontario. He showed early musical ability, and was taking piano lessons by age four. He was self taught on clarinet at age 13, and took saxophone at Ancaster High and Vocational School. Ross...

2020

ROY PATTERSON

Catching the tail end of the 1960s provided Nova Scotia guitarist Roy Patterson a broad palette of musical styles to draw from. He performed with local groups touring Atlantic Canada and in 1978 the 24 year old made the move to Toronto...

2021

RUSS BOSWELL

Russ Boswell has toured and/or recorded with some of Canada’s top artists including Corey Hart, David Wilcox, Serena Ryder, The Parachute Club, Colm Wilkinson, Seals and Crofts (USA),  Holly Cole, Dianne Tell, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan...

2019

RYAN HEARN-ZYCH: MENTALIST

As a child, Ryan was always fascinated by the art of magic. However, he wasn’t like most children watching magic as he was able to breakdown exactly how the effects were done instantly! He then took those talents and started...

20212022

SAMMY JACKSON

JUNO Award-winning artist Sammy Jackson is an emerging Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter recognized for her distinct sound, fusing elements of Jazz, R&B and Pop. Growing up, she regularly found opportunities to perform and...

2021

SARAH JERROM

Sarah Jerrom is a Canadian vocalist, composer, arranger, and songwriter specializing in jazz and creative music, taking her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. “The Yeats...

2021Youth

SHAADEE VAHDAT

Shaadee is nine years old and is going into grade 4. She loves singing, dancing, and modeling. She has been playing piano since she was 4 years old. Recently, she has been learning the ukulele and drums. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival’s...

2021Youth

SHANNON MCDOUGALL JAZZ QUARTET

Band Members: Shannon McDougall – Vocals Paul Trevor Sandberg – Bass Ambrose Veno – Drums Garret Hildebrandt – Sax Shannon McDougall is a trumpet player and vocalist currently attending the University of Toronto...

2021

SHANNON POWELL

Shannon Powell is a highly sought after drummer and percussionist who has achieved international acclaim for his commanding technique and style, rooted in the characteristic funky drum beats of New Orleans.  As a youth growing up in...

2018

SHARON MUSGRAVE

Bio coming soon… Past Shows: DATE:  Saturday, July 28, 2018 EVENT: SOUL JAZZ in the VINEYARD VENUE:  The Hare Wine Co. ADDRESS: 769 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake TIME:  8pm – 11pm PRICE:  $59 + HST...

20182019

SHEA D DUO

CLICK HERE for Juliet’s Bio CLICK HERE for Peter’s Bio Past Shows: DATE: Sunday, April 7th, 2019 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EVENT: Twilight Jazz Series: SHEA D does SADE and more… VENUE: Mahtay Cafe and Lounge ADDRESS: ...

2019

SHINE ROC AND THE REBELS VIBRATION BAND

“Shine Roc & The Rebels Vibration” is a selection of some of the finest reggae musicians of Canada’s reggae industry. These musicians are superbly experienced, well known and established in the reggae genre across...

2019

SHUFFLE DEMONS

The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene with an electrifying musical fusion that drew in equal measure from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. The band was one of the first indie acts to break...

2018

SINA BATHAIE

Sina Bathaie (Siː Nɒː BæT hɒː iː), composer, Santur player based in Toronto, Canada is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the...

20172021

SOPHIA PERLMAN

Sophia Perlman is singer, musician, songwriter, arts facilitator, choral conductor, music director and educator. She is known primarily for her work as a jazz, blues and improvising musician. She has toured Canada as a bandleader, as...

20192022

STACIE MCGREGOR

Pianist and composer Stacie McGregor is a Juno Award recipient in the “World Music “category having recorded with blues guitarist Madagascar Slim in 1999. She has since recorded three jazz albums as a leader for G-THREE Records with...

2018

STEPHEN CROWE

Stephen has been working as a professional trumpet player in and around Toronto for over 20 years. He has played with some of the world’s greatest entertainers from Bob Hope to Michael Buble. He has worked in big bands, ethnic music,...

20192022

STEVE LUCAS

As a session and touring bassist, Steve has performed and recorded with artists such as Jim Weider’s Project Percolator, multiple Grammy Award winner Levon Helm, Bruce Cockburn, guitarist Steve Kimock, Juno award winning artist...

2022

STU HARRISON

Stu Harrison was born and raised in South-Western Ontario, beginning piano instruction at the age of 3. Completing his early studies through the Suzuki Method in London ON, and then studying with Harold Riddolls (RCM), he attained his...

20172018

STU MAC QUARTET

Stu is a dynamic performer whose charisma and charm delight audiences at every turn. His smooth tone and signature phrasing create a sound that you won’t soon forget. With a vocal style reminiscent of Sinatra, Tormé or Baker, Stu...

2019

SULTANS OF STRING

3x JUNO nominees and Billboard charting Sultans of String are an “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern, Flamenco...

2019

SWA (Salseros With Attitude)

DATE: Saturday, July 27th, 2o19
TIME: 5:45pm-7:30pm (Full Event 11am – 7:30pm)
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
VENUE: Simcoe Park
ADDRESS: Picton St. and King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
TICKET PRICE: FREE EVENT – Don’t forget to bring your...

2018

SYLVAIN GAGNON

Coming from Montreal, Sylvain Gagnon has extensive international touring and recording experience. He is a virtuoso of jazz bass playing and has experience in music from many continents and styles ranging from rock to standard jazz,...

2019

TAMAR ILANA

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas is a six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble fronted by powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana and featuring the city’s finest world musicians. Drawing inspiration from such legendary artists as the...

2021Youth

TAMIYA COX

Tamiya is a thirteen year old from Niagara Falls, she will begin her grade nine year at Stamford Collegiate this September. Tamiya has been singing since before she could talk but it wasn’t until she auditioned for Linus Hand...

2019

TARA KANNANGARA

Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno-nominated artist, Tara Kannangara is meshing Jazz, Pop, Electronic-synth music, musical theatre, whatever moves her. This hasn’t stopped her from cultivating a...

201820192020

TED QUINLAN DUO

The guitar-bass duo in is one of the most intimate of jazz ensembles. The space and openness of this instrumental pairing allow both musicians a level of freedom not found in larger groups. That freedom makes for some of the most...

2021

TENJA HAGENBERG

Performance On Point is a one-on-one singing, acting and performance coaching program located in St. Catharines. Creator of POP, Tenja Hagenberg is an active performer and is committed to helping her students realize their full...

JAZZ on the RISE - Canada 150 Celebration - Megalomaniac Winery - Sunday, July 30th, 2017 - Celebrating Oscar Peterson with the John Sherwood Trio (Terry Clarke on Drums). Photo: Cosmo Condina
201720192021

TERRY CLARKE

Terry Clarke was born in 1944, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He began displaying rhythmic aptitude at a very early age, and was just 12 years old when he began studying formally with noted drum teacher and author, Jim...

20202021

THE DRAGON RITUAL DRUMMERS

The Dragon Ritual Drummers are an award-winning drum troupe that hail from the Niagara Region. Their music celebrates the rhythms and culture of New Orleans voodoo, Creole swamp magic and the mysticism of the Underground Railroad. The...

2020

THE FLORIS WINDEY TRIO

Floris Windey is a Belgian trumpet player who is currently living in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). At the age of 9 he started trumpet lessons at the music school in Ghent where he had a highly motivating teacher.  Because of him Floris...

201620192021

THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND

The Heavyweights Brass Band have built a reputation as Canada’s reigning champions of feel­-good horn music. Over the last decade they have toured extensively and shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, The Roots, Galactic, and The Soul...

20192020

THE VAUDEVILLIAN

The roaring tunes from the 1920’s band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop! The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James, the mouthy Norah Spades & the Southerner Piedmont Johnson...

2016

THE WORST POP BAND EVER

With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to J Dilla to Levon Helm, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that has been trying to combine their love of improvisational jazz and indie pop for the last 10 years. The band has...

2022

THOMAS NELSON

Thomas Nelson is a bassist and vocalist currently located in the Niagara Region. He has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across Canada, Europe and the U.S., including many  CBC television and radio shows. Throughout a...

2020

THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Thompson Egbo-Egbo is a pianist with a gift for memorable but harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove. A rambunctious and free spirit was channeled in a creative...

2018

TIA BRAZDA

Tia Brazda’s sassy jazz-pop gems and vintage style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge...

2021

TIKI MERCURY-CLARKE

Tiki Mercury-Clarke, who history will record as one of the all-time greatest Canadian jazz artists, is a multi-talented Canadian-born singer-pianist, storyteller, lyricist, composer and cultural historian. She has become a keeper of...