Monday Apr 18 2022


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm





Twilight Jazz and Blooz Series: Three Men and a Baby (Grand) featuring the Jim Clayton Trio

📅 DATE: Monday, April 18, 2022
🕑 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)
🏟️ VENUE: Spirit in Niagara Distillery (VACCINATION POLICY IN EFFECT)
🗺️ ADDRESS: 458 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
💵 PRICE: Early Bird: $39 + HST; At the Door: $49; Musicians/Arts Workers/Students: $19 + HST - Buy Now!

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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, and his own memorable writing. Jim will be joined by bassist Steve Lucas and drummer Jeff Halischuk.

The evening’s performance will feature:

Opening for the Jim Clayton Trio will be Emilio Geremia on Piano.

Tickets are non-refundable. Artists and venues are subject to change.


  • Guests who will be purchasing food at the venue must select “Yes” when prompted during ticket purchase. Those who will be consuming beverages only (or nothing at all) must select “No”, and will be seated in the theatre selection.
  • Once you have purchased your ticket online a copy of the receipt will be sent to you. you do not need to print this receipt since we will have your name on our guest list as a paid ticket holder.
  • Price does not include food but food IS available on site. Please check out the delicious menu HERE
  • Tables are reserved for Guests who will be dining. Regular seating is provided for guests who prefer to just watch the show and purchase a beverage. If you will be dining during the show please contact Darlene ( or call at 289-259-4997) so that we can let the kitchen know to be seated at a table.
  • Artists and venues are subject to change.


All musicians, staff, volunteers and patrons at TD Niagara Jazz Festival events must be double-vaccinated.  Proof of vaccination will be required upon arrival.

Season Pass holders must contact Darlene ( or call at 289-259-4997) before the show’s date to reserve their seating. Please arrive to claim your seat by 5:45PM, otherwise the seat will be made available for sale for General Admission.

For more details, please email Darlene at

Hosted by Spirit in Niagara Distillery



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, and his own memorable writing.

Jim’s last two albums, Lenny Jumps In (2016) and Songs My Daughter Knows (2014) landed on the jazz radio charts in both Canada and the USA. He won three national awards with recording act The Clayton/Scott Group, and his music has been heard internationally on radio, in film, and on television (including Dateline NBC, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and MTV).

Jim spent a decade as a music director with acclaimed theatre company The Second City, entertaining audiences around the globe, from ex-pats in Asia to our troops in Bosnia. He began streaming nightly performances at the start of the pandemic; after over 500 online shows, Jim’s garnered 30, 000 new online followers.


Steve Lucas is a Canadian session bassist and composer/producer with a wide-ranging list of recording and touring credits. He has recorded or performed with award-winning artists such as Bruce Cockburn (including the 2000 Juno Award winning “Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu” CD), Ron Korb (including a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for “Asia Beauty” Album), Loreena McKennit, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from the group “The Band”, Big Sugar, Alan Frew, Moe Koffman, Seals & Crofts, Buffy Ste Marie, Rik Emmett, as well as the sound track for the 2009 Academy Award nominated film “Precious”.

Steve’s original electronic music has been featured in television productions such as The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Alicia Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys” DVD, NBC Dateline, Love it or List It, Real Housewives of Atlanta, “Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain” on CNN, Australia’s Top Model, eTalk Profile featuring Gwen Stefani, Auto Racing TSN, Canada AM, MTV Screen, Better Homes and Gardens. Steve also wrote the theme songs for The Score Network’s “This is the Score” sports show and Pride TV’s “Shout” news program, as well as performing and composing music for Leonard Cohen’s documentary film “This Beggar’s Description”. He has appeared on television shows such as The David Letterman Show and the Juno Awards and has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Bass Frontiers, Toronto’s NOW magazine, and has written published articles for Canadian Musician magazine on music theory and technique applied to the bass guitar.

He is also a member of the “Jeans n Classics” music ensemble who perform with various North American orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Reno Symphony Orchestra.

Steve also performs in musical theatre productions, including the recent 2019 North American premiere of “Bend it like Beckham”, a musical based on the hit film, as well as other shows such as The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Mamma Mia.


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, Robi Botos, Lily Frost, and Andy Scott, as well as many other musicians throughout the Toronto area. He is currently a member of Sean Jones and the Righteous Echo, The Egbo Trio, and JV’s boogaloo squad.




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 performance exam. He has twice been the recipient of the CNCM Silver Medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada for his grade level classical piano accomplishments. In the summers of 2019 and 2020, he also won first place in the TD Niagara Jazz Festival’s “Jazz for the Ages” Youth Competition in the 12 and under category. During December 2019, he was honoured to perform with the Peter Shea Trio in a musical tribute to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. He also plays piano locally in various wineries and private events in the region.

Over the years, he has enjoyed accompanying his school choir and plays piano and organ at his parish, St. Kevin’s Church. He enjoys playing various genres of music, he loves to improvise and compose and he has even learned how to play the saxophone and the guitar in his music class at school, thanks to his music teacher Mr. Dean Jessome.

In his spare time, he enjoys being a member of his school’s “Me to We” and Robotics Clubs and acting in yearly musicals. He is also a member of his school’s cross-country, track and basketball teams. Most recently, he was elected as Promotions Coordinator for the City of Welland Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

In past years prior to the pandemic, he enjoyed participating in Science Fairs and public speaking competitions, in which he won awards for his accomplishments in these areas. He also enjoys running, biking, and has a newspaper route. This summer, he took up rowing and he finally took his first flight to begin his pilot’s license. Most of all, he is a car, airplane and aerospace enthusiast and loves to attend airshows when possible.


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