LIVE LEARN JAZZ: A Canadiana Suite

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

***  Poster and full details below ***

CELEBRATING OSCAR PETERSON featuring                                                                                                             the JOHN SHERWOOD TRIO with DAVE YOUNG and TERRY CLARKE


Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – 7pm – 9pm  

MEGALOMANIAC WINERY –  3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, ON

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 and 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 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.


Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – 4:30pm – 6pm  

MEGALOMANIAC WINERY –  3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, ON

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.

She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.
– Sting

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine.

In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir.

Laila is currently working on her second studio album of original music, expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine).This project will highlight collaborations with several award-winning songwriters and is slated for release in 2016.

Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.”

Opening Act:  Ashley St. Pierre Trio

Ashley’s bio HERE


Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – 2pm – 3:30pm  

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.

Bernie’s Bio HERE / Bill McBirnie’s Bio HERE

Enjoy the musical sounds of the flute with your flute!

* Opening remarks by Ethnomusicologist:  Michael Morse *  CLICK HERE for Michael’s bio *