Friday Apr 30 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



TD NJF Presents International Jazz Day: Celebrating the Jazz Greats

📅 DATE: Friday, April 30, 2021
🕑 TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST
🏟️ VENUE: ONLINE (livestreamed) event
Watch livestream on Facebook
Watch livestream on YouTube

With the current COVID 19 restrictions n the Province of Ontario, musicians are not allowed to gather to perform, so we were faced with a bit of a conundrum with our International Jazz Day Celebration.  So we’ve decided to open the borders (one silver lining with the current pandemic) to bring you some of our musical friends from the US and from Europe! Stay tuned for our official announcement of our program…  and stay safe!

Warm regards,

Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea
Festival Co-Creators


Come celebrate International Jazz Day with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival!

In November 2011 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. This International Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact.

We will be Celebrating the Jazz Greats!

We’ve opened the borders for this livestreamed show and will be featuring guitarist James Bryan (Canada), Bass / Vocal duo Chris Northington and DeeAnn (US) and jazz pianist Abel Marcel (Cuba/Holland), bringing you compositions from their favourite jazz influences as well as some original compositions.  Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and more…

Join us on April 30th at 7pm for a FREE event to celebrate the occasion, featuring both local and International jazz musicians!

Learn more about International Jazz Day by visiting the official website.

This show is ONLINE on our FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE channels. 


To donate and help support the festival:

Donations to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (Registered Charity: #80107-7033-RR0001) help us continue to bring live music to Niagara and beyond. Thank you for supporting the arts!


Our International Jazz Day lineup features James Bryan, DeeAnn DimeoChris Northington, and Abel Marcel.


A Latin Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriter/producer and native of St. Catharines, James is known as a member of Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak. James has also recorded and performed with an international roster of stars including Shawn Mendes, Nelly Furtado, and many more. But at the heart of all his music is his unmistakable guitar style. Melodic and passionate, James makes his acoustic guitar sound like an entire band, showcasing originals from his new album, Hush, and interpretations of classics from Bob Marley to Stevie Wonder.

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DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins, affectionately known as DeeAnn, has been entertaining Western New Yorker’s for over 20 years. She has graced small clubs to large venues with everything from solo to big bands. Her versatility reaches jazz fans, pop fans, blues and country audiences and even church worship services. One of her favorite past times is singing with her father, a well, respected jazz singer in his own right. The pair finally recorded her first single “Unforgettable” together in 2015.

The 3x- Award winning vocalist has landed with her first ever EP release. ‘Desperately Seeking DeeAnn’ in 2017. DeeAnn recorded her second EP, ‘Stay Here’ in 2019. DeeAnn works with Producer/Bassist RiShon Odel (Najee, Brian Culbertson) to create musical memories to be relished for a millennium. These albums feature some great talents like Chieli Minucci, Bamm Davis, Steven McCaster, Judah Sealy, Serena Williams, Rod Bonner III, and The Fisher String Quartet

DeeAnn currently performs with her Blues/Jazz quartet and appears throughout Western, NY. You can visit DeeAnn’s website at


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 player.  What started with the vibrant Sunday night Jam sessions in the 80’s continues today through a diverse career that has taken many twists and turns that includes many club dates and a headline performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Today Chris steps out to support his good friend DeeAnn as she continues her ascension as one of Buffalo’s premier vocalists.



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 jazz to classical. He is first and foremost an improviser. His classical background in addition to his musical heritage creates a musical dichotomy. The two sides of improviser and formalist play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos. On stage, Abel Marcel is a charismatic figure, inspiring his fellow musicians with his dynamic playing and improvisational approach to the music – an approach full of raw emotional power and humor.

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