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

This is the 4th annual (3rd annual a the PAC) and we can’t wait!

It is a new tradition in the making…

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

This year the PETER SHEA TRIO and friends features:

PETER SHEA (Co-creator of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Twilight Jazz Series)
With his long musical lineage, Peter Shea is considered one of Niagara’s premier Multi-instrumentalists. (Piano, drums + percussion and vocals.) Peter graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition and arranges, composes and performs world wide. His extensive resume includes touring across Canada with comedian Sean Cullen;performing at the world famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival on both piano and drums (including several live performances on BBC Television & Radio); performing on piano with the Jersey Boys in Toronto; a cross-Canada tour with the “Just for Laughs” Road Show including the Pantages and Massy Hall theatres. As a jazz musician he has also had the unique privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz artists including Phil Dwyer, Mike Malone, Kevin Turcotte, John Sherwood, Davide Direnzo, Graham Lear, Robi Botos, Liberty Silver, Mike Daley (Jeff Healey Band), Duncan Hopkins, and Gord Sheard. Peter runs the Twilight Jazz Series (now in its 7th year) the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (going into its 5th year) with his wife and musical partner Juliet Dunn. He hopes that you enjoy his tribute to the late great Vince Guaraldi.
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Noted jazz drummer, Terry Clarke, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was twelve years old when he began studying formally with noted drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley. In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time theGRAMMY-nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made. Following that, Clarke joined the world-famous, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. Clarke left “The Fifth” in 1970, and re-located to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and piano great, Oscar Peterson. Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (just to name a few). Terry Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists, and is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. He continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians including David Braid, Bruce Cassidy, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti. Terry is also an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is also extremely proud to have been named as a Member of the Order of Canada, and his recent recording on the BlueMusicGroup Label, It’s About Time was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards (Canadian Grammys).
PAT LABARBERA   Tenor Saxophone and Flute   
Pat LaBarbera is a multi-talented jazz tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist. He has played with many of the great musical icons of our time, from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, to The Supremes, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.For seven years he toured and recorded has toured and recorded as featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band. His music has taken him around the globe, but for more than thirty years he has called Ontario home, and now teaches with the Faculty of Music at Humber College.


Bio coming soon …



This year’s show will also feature  a few of our Jazz 4 the Ages Youth performers.  Stand by for more information!


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