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The 107.5 KOOL FM BARRIE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL is privileged to have had the following Artists and Acts as guests.

8 FEET
A
THE 'A' TRAIN
ABANDON
AARON GARNER'S ABANDON
JOE ABBOTT
THE JOE ABBOTT "GUITARTISTS" SHOWCASE

VAN ABRAHAMS
ABSENT MINDED
ACT UV DAWG
ADAM BOMB
ADAM'S RIB
THE ALCHEMY SOCIETY
THE BROWNMAN ALI QUINTET
THE ALIAS TIM REED QUINTET
THE ALL-CITY STAGE BAND
ALMA LATINA
ALTON E.
LANCE ANDERSON & ROLY PLATT
ANIMAL HOUSE
JAMES ANTHONY
THE JAMES ANTHONY BAND
APEX
JEAN ARCAND
THE JEAN ARCAND BAND
SUZIE ARIOLI SWING BAND
CHRIS ARIS
THE ASSICKINAC PUBLIC SCHOOL DRUM ENSEMBLE
ATM
THE AULT SISTERS
AURA

B
DANNY B. & BRIAN GAUCI
B-BOY
BABES IN JAZZLAND
BABYLON WARCHILD
THE BAD BROTHERS WITH NEIL CHAPMAN
LARRY BAGULEY
THE KENNY BALDWIN QUARTET
BAND CAMP
SHANNON BARKS & STUDENTS
MICAH BARNES
NEVILLE BARNES
THE BARRELHOUSE POETS
THE BARRIE MUSIC CENTRE ARTISTS
THE BARRIE SAXOPHONE QUARTET
BARRIERS
THE BASEMENT BLUES BAND
DENIELLE BASSELLS
THE MIKE BATTRAM TRIO
BATTRAM & ROSS
BATTRAM, DZIERZBICKI AND ROSS
THE BAYTOWNE BIG BAND
THE BEAT HEATHENS
THE DYLAN BELL DUO
MATT BERRY
MATT BERRY - "THE BEAR"
MATT BERRY & RYAN RICHARD
BETTY BEATS VERONICA
BIG JOHNSON
THE BIRDLAND DUO
THE BIRDLAND TRIO
BRIAN BLAIN
THE BRIAN BLAIN TRIO
BLOBJECT
THE BLUEBIRDS QUARTET
THE BLUES BIRDS
THE BLUES DOCTORS
BLUES PARLOUR
BLUESETTE
BLUTONIUM
BLUZLAND & GUESTS
BOMBSHELL
THE BOOGIE BANDITS
ROBI BOTOS
THE ROBI BOTOS TRIO
THE BOURBON STREET BUSKERS
THE JIMMY BOWSKILL BAND
THE JIMMY BOWSKILL QUARTET
PETER BOYNTON
MARIA BRANJE WITH IAN THURSTON
THE MARIA BRANJE TRIO
THE BRITTANY BRANT DUO
MIKE BRANTON
THE MIKE BRANTON BAND
THE MIKE BRANTON TRIO
BRAVADO
TIA BRAZDA
KEVIN BREIT
THE ROB BREWER BAND
CURLEY BRIDGES
JOHN-ALLEN BRIDGES
THE JOHN-ALLEN BRIDGES TRIO
BROWN, CIUFO & MUNRO
THE JAMES BROWN QUARTET
THE MICHAEL BROWN DUO
THE MICHAEL BROWN GROUP
THE BROWNMAN ELECTRYC QUARTET
JOHN BUELOW & STUDENTS
JANE BUNNETT & HILARIO DURAN
THE JANE BUNNETT QUINTET
BURNT
BUTTERSCOTCH
WAYNE BUTTERY
WAYNE BUTTERY & THE GROOVE PROJECT
WAYNE BUTTERY & THOMAS HUTTON
THE WAYNE BUTTERY TRIO

C
MIKE CADO
THE ROB CAMPBELLTRIO
THE CANADIAN TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER
CANDY FOR THE SOUL
CANTOR'S SET
CARIBOU COUNTRY
BRETT CASWELL
BRETT CASWELL "ORIGINALS"
BRETT CASWELL & THE SIR THOMAS QUEEN TRIO
CATFISH TURNER
CHAOS MACHINE
NEIL CHAPMAN
NEIL CHAPMAN & SMILIN' BOB ADAMS
THE MURRAY CHARLES QUARTET
CHARLOTTE & THE DIRTY COWBOYS
BOB CHARTERS
CHASING MERCURY
CHAVERIM
NATHAN CHECHOCK
RITA CHIARELLI
THE CHRONICS
DAVID CHUN
THE DAVID CHUN GUITAR STUDENTS
CLEAN SL8
THE BOB CLEGG JAZZ BAND
THE BOB CLEGG JAZZ OCTET
THE BOB CLEGG JAZZ SEXTET
THE JULIA CLEVELAND QUARTET
THE CLIMAX JAZZ BAND
CLOSE ENOUGH
SHANE CLOUTIER
CLUB TREEHOUSE
CODE BLUE
THE COLLINGWOOD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE JAZZ COMBO
JOYCE COLUMBUS & STUDENTS
CHRIS CONLEY
COOL, HOT AND BLUE
THE RAYELLA COOPER TRIO
THE RAYELLA COOPER QUARTET
CORDON BLUES
THE COS
THE COSMIC BLUES PHENOMENON
COTTONMOUTH
COULDN'T STAND THE WEATHER
COYOTE KIDS
CRANNEY
JASON CRAWFORD
THE JASON CRAWFORD DUO
THE CROOKED ZEBRAS
CUEROS Y CUERDAS
MANDY CUNLIFFE & STUDENTS
JEFF CUNNINGHAM
CURLEY & GERRY
THE CURRENT
JEARI CZAPLA & THE UPTOWN DUO
JEARI CZAPLA & THE UPTOWN TRIO

D
D. J. BOSA
D. J. CHURCH
D. J. DEO
D. J. DROP THE NEEDLE
D. J. EDDIE
D. J. MELICOUS
THE DEL DAKO QUARTET
DAN-E-O
DAT NEWSENCE
DAVE & DANIEL
KELLY DAVIES
KELLY DAVIES & THE DIRTY LITTLE SWING THING
MORGAN DAVIS
WILL DAVIS AND ONE BLUE MONK
THE WILL DAVIS TRIO
THE WILL DAVIS JAZZ DUO
DORIS DAY
ANITA DEES
ANITA DEES & MIKE LEWIS
JACK DE KEYZER & JAKE ROTUNDO
JACK DE KEYZER & CARLOS DEL JUNCO
THE JACK DE KEYZER DUO
THE JACK DE KEYZER BAND
THE JACK DE KEYZER BAND & JEROME GODOO
THE DESCENDANTS
THE EMILY DEVLIN QUARTET
THE DIALTONES
DR. DIAMOND
NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE SHOW
BRIAN DICKINSON
THE DIRTY LITTLE SWING THING
THE PHIL DISERA DUO
THE PHIL DISERA TRIO
THE PHIL DISERA QUINTET
THE PHIL DISERA GROUP
THE DISTILLERY
DOUGLAS - FARAGHER - HARDY
MASON DOUGLAS & FRIENDS
THE RONNIE DOUGLAS BLUES BAND
THE NATE DOUGLAS DUO
DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND
THE MIKE DOWNES QUARTET
THE DOWNTOWN DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND
JAMIE DRAKE
HIGH DRIVE
AARON DUNCAN
THE AARON DUNCAN BLUES BAND
AARON DUNCAN & THE GENTLEMEN'S LUNCH
THE "DUNK" BAND
HILARIO DURAN
HILARIO & YAILEN DURAN
HILARIO DURAN & MIGUEL DE ARMAS
HILARIO DURAN & JANE BUNNET
HILARIO DURAN & LUIS MARIO OCHOA
THE HILARIO DURAN TRIO

E
ANDY EARL
THE ANDY EARL TRIO
THE ANDY EARL BLUES BAND
THE EAST END TREND
ECONOLINE CRUSH
ED TOAST
ED'S A GIRL
MARK EISENMAN
THE MARK EISENMAN TRIO
ELECTRIC CAMPFIRE
ELEVATION
CAROL ELSON-BROWN & STUDENTS
BILLY EMMETT
ENDS WELL
THE ENTROPY
EUREKA
THE BILL EVANS TRIO
EVIL TWIN
MORGONN EWEN
E. Z. JAZZ

F
THE MARIA FARINHA TRIO
THE FAT TUESDAY BRASS BAND
FATHEAD
JULIAN FAUTH
THE JULIAN FAUTH DUO
THE FEDERALES
FEFE DOBSON
ATTILA FIAS
THE ATTILA FIAS TRIO
FICTION
MARIE JOHANNE FISCHER
FIGHTING THE FALL
THE FIGLEAF JAZZ BAND
THE FIGLEAF QUARTET
RICK FINES & CARLOS DEL JUNCO
"FIRE" - THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX
THE FIREBIRDS
FIRST KINGS
MARIE JOHANNE FISCHER
MIKE FLUIT
FORGERY
FORM ONE
FOUND SOUND
FOUR AFTER DARK
FOUR SWELL GUYS
FOURTETE JAZZ QUARTET
DAVID CAVAN FRASER
THE DAVID CAVAN FRASER BAND
FREESTYLER
JANET FRENCH
& CHRIS NESS
FRETLESS
FROLICH & RICH
CHRISTINE FROLICK & JAMES GRANT
CHRISTINE FROLICK & ROBIN RICH
THE GEORGETTE FRY TRIO
FUMBLIN' TUMBLEWEEDS
FUNDAMENTAL MOXIE
FUZZY & THE BOYS

G
JUNE GARBER
THE AARON GARNER DUO
DAVE
& DOUG GARRAWAY
DOUG GARRAWAY
THE DOUG GARRAWAY DUO
THE MICHAEL GAUTHIER TRIO
THE MICHEL GAUTHIER-LORRIE GOODMAN "ORGAN-IZATION"
GEEWUNDER
ROMNEY GHETTY
THE ROMNEY GHETTY DUO
THE ERWIN GILES QUARTET
JEROME GODBOO
MICHELLE GODDARD & TIM LEWIS
GOGGLES PAESANO
DENNIS GOMO
GARRY GONTIER'S MUSIC STUDENTS & FRIENDS
GARY GONTIER & THE NEXT WAVE OF GUITARTISTS
CHERYL GRAHAM & STUDENTS
JO GRAVELLE
GREYSTONE
RICK GREENSIDES & THE GUITAR GREATS
THE RICK GREENSIDES TRIO
THE RICK GREENSIDES BAND
GROOVE YARD
THE GROUND FLOOR
GUSTO
GUY ROSSITER
MICHELLE GUY & THE BORDERLINE BLUES BAND

H
THE ANDY H. TRIO
THE FLOYD HALL TRIO
MELANIE HAMBLY & STUDENTS
KEN HAMM
ANDY HARASYMCHUK'S GUITAR STUDENTS
THE GREG HARDY QUARTET
THE GREG HARDY QUINTET
THE GREG HARDY TRIO
GREG HARDY & PAUL MARSHALL
GREG HARDY & KEN SPRANG
GREG HARDY & STUDENTS
CRAIG HARLEY & HENRY HEILLIG
MICHELLE HARPER & STUDENTS
DEAN HARRISON
THE SHELAUGH HART TRIO
MARK HATHAWAY
THE MARK HATHAWAY QUARTET
THE ROCKIN' ROBIN HAWKINS BAND
TED HAWKINS
THE TED HAWKINS DUO
THE TED HAWKINS TRIO
BOB HEATH & THE STAGGERING DRUNKS
THE HEILLIG MANOUEVRE
HELLO KELLY
HELLO OPERATOR
BRUNO HENRY COUTURE
MARIEVE HERINGTON & HER JAZZ COMBO
MARIEVE HERINGTON & HER JAZZ TRIO
HEROIC SELF
MATT HERSKOWITZ
COREY HEUVEL
HIFI ARGENTINA

HIFI SEOUL
THE HIGH DRIVE
BRAD HILLIKER
PAUL HOFFERT
THE PAUL HOFFERT TRIO
KIM HOGAN & STUDENTS
HOME BREW
THE HOME BREW BLUES BAND
ELEANOR HONEY & STUDENTS
HOOLIGANS HOLIDAY
HOUSE ARREST
JOHN HOWARD & NOT QUITE JAZZ
THE BRIAN HUGHES QUINTET
JASON HUNTER
THE JOE HURON TRIO
THE JOE HURON-ROB BREWER TRIO
THE JOE HURON-RICK GREENSIDES TRIO
JOE HURON & FRIENDS
JOE HURON'S MUSIC STUDENTS
THE HURONIA ARTS ACADEMY JAZZ WORKSHOP
HURONIA HOT STRINGS & JESSICA LALONDE
LISA HUTCHINSON
JACK HUTTON
THE KENE HYATT TRIO

I
THE I DUO
THE I TRIO
LEVON ICHKHANIAN
THE LEVON ICHKHANIAN QUARTET
THE LEVON ICHKHANIAN GROUP
ILL VIBE
IMPERIAL SERPENT
IN 4 LIFE
MEAGHAN ING
THE INNISDALE SECONDARY SCHOOL STAGE BAND
INTENTIONAL MISUSE

J
J.D.M.
JABOOGIE
THE CHUCK JACKSON BAND
CHUCK JACKSON & THE ALL-STARS
D. D. JACKSON
DAVID JALBERT
PAUL JAMES
THE PAUL JAMES BAND
JAN JARCZYK
YVONNE JASZCZUR
THE JAZZ CURMUDGEONS
THE JAZZ SHOPPE.COM
JAZZAMATAZZ
THE JAZZBARRIE ALL-STARS
THE JAZZEPPI TRIO
JAZZITUDE
JAZZ-MANDHU
JO & JAY
JOE & FRANK
THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND
HALKING JOHNSON
JUKE JOINT
JEFF JONES
JIVE
JMONDEW
CARLOS DEL JUNCO
CARLOS DEL JUNCO & JIMMY BOWSKILL
CARLOS DEL JUNCO & RICK FINES
CARLOS DEL JUNCO & HARRISON KENNEDY
CARLOS DEL JUNCO & MARK SEPIC
CARLOS DEL JUNCO & CHRIS WHITELEY
THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO BAND

THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO QUARTET

JUST JAMMIN'

K
RAVEN KANATAKTA
KARMEDIAN
K-YALL
KAT
KDB
THE KEENLY FELT COMBO

THE MICHAEL KEITH TRIO
THE
MICHAEL KEITH GROUP
THE MICHAEL KEITH BLUES BAND
SHAWN KELLERMAN
KELOJO
THE GARY KENDALL BAND
HARRISON KENNEDY

JIM KINNEAR & RALPH JOHNSON
THE JIM KINNEAR DUO
BILL KING
SHOSHONA KISH
JON KNIGHT & SOULSTACK
THE TOBY KOENIGSBERG TRIO
KONSCORJUM
STEVE KOVEN
KATHY KUEHL & STUDENTS

L
L. S.
LA FORTY
JORDI LAFORTY

PAT LABARBERA
KEVIN LALIBERTE
THE GEORGE LAKE BIG BAND & VINCENT WOLFE
NENA LAMARRE
& STUDENTS
DIANNE LAMB & STUDENTS
MITZI LANGFIELD
& STUDENTS
JAKE LANGLEY
THE JAKE LANGLEY QUARTET
LAREHARD
SARAH LAWTON & STUDENTS
LAZA FORCE
LOUIS LEFAIVE
LOUIS LEFAIVE & THE KINGS OF SWING
THE LOUIS LEFAIVE TRIO
CHRIS LEMAY
LEMON JAZZ
JIM LEONARD
& RALPH JOHNSON
THE LEONARD - STRATHDEE TRIO
THE CHRIS LESSO TRIO
JEREMY LEVAN
MIKE LEWIS
THE MIKE LEWIS TRIO
FERN LINDZON
FERN LINDZON & BRANDI DISTERHEFT
THE FERN LINDZON TRIO
THE "LITTLE AVENUE" BLUES BAND
LIVINGSTONE
LONG HOOD
JORGE LOPEZ & CASCABEL
THE JORGE LOPEZ TRIO
LORNE LOFSKY
LORNE LOFSKY & JAKE WILKINSON
THE LORNE LOFSKY TRIO
TIM LUCAS
LUCID TWIST
GRANT LYLE
THE GRANT LYLE GROUP
GRANT LYLE
& BROTHERHOOD
BARBARA LYNCH
JAMIE LYNN

M
AMANDA MacLEOD
KAREN McGAHERTY
M. C. T. 3
M. C. SAVVY
M. R. Q.
M. T. - BUT NOT EMPTY
MAD DOG
MAGIC ELEVATOR
MALLEUS
MIKE MALONE
MANGO MADNESS
DANA MANNING
CHERI MARACLE & THE SHOWBIZ INDIANS
THE CHERI MARACLE QUARTET

THE CHERI MARACLE QUINTET
GERRY MARKMAN
DAREN MARRIOTT
THE SCOTT MARSHALL TRIO
JAKE MATTHIAS
THE JAKE MATTHIAS DUO
THE JOHN MATHIESON GROUP
MATT & RICHARD
BILL AND JIM McBIRNIE
BILL McBIRNIE & RON DAVIS
BILL McBIRNIE & RICHARD WHITEMAN
ERIN McCALLUM & THE ROAD TRIP BLUES BAND
McCARTHY
IAN McDERMID
THE LYNN McDONALD DUO
LYNN McDONALD & DAVE RESTIVO
DAVE McFADDEN & STUDENTS
JULIE McFADDEN & STUDENTS
KAREN McCAGHERTY
STACIE McGREGOR
STACIE McGREGOR & HENRY HEILLIG
BRENDA McINTYRE
McKENNA
A. K. McLEOD
AMANDA McLEOD & STUART STEINHART
MEANS
SHAWN MEI
THE SHAWN MEI TRIO
THE SHAWN MEI BAND
SHAWN MEI & THE BLUE SWING THING
BRIAN MELO
SARAH MELODY
MELVA TOAST
MEMPHIS MUDD
MERCURY
TIKI MERCURY-CLARKE
THE MERCY BLUES BAND
MARK MERILAINEN
THE MERLIN FACTOR
KEN MEYER
THE KEN MEYER TRIO
JULIE MICHELS & TONY QUARRINGTON
MIDHURST MUSIC & STUDENTS
MINDSET
EDWARD MOLL
MOJO ENGINE
EDWARD MOLL
SMOKEY MONAGHAN
THE JANELLE MONIQUE - MARIEVE HERRINGTON GROUP
THE JANELLE MONIQUE - MARIEVE HERRINGTON QUINTET
THE JANELLE MONIQUE BAND
THE JANELLE MONIQUE DUO
THE JANELLE MONIQUE QUARTET
THE JANELLE MONIQUE TRIO
THE TIM MOORE TRIO
JOSH MORGAN & KYLE CHARRON
JOSH MORGAN & MIKE FRANCIS
MOTHER ROAD
THE LAWRENCE MOULE QUARTET
MR. B.
THE MULCASTERS
ROBIN MUNRO'S JAZZ-MANDHU
MIKE MURLEY
MUSIC LESSONS BARRIE
THE MUSIC MAKERS BIG BAND
MY WAY

N
NADJIWAN
GEORGE NAGEL
NEEMA CHILDREN'S CHOIR UGANDA
PAUL NEUFELD
THE NEW LEFT
NOJO
THE NORTHERN GREYS
THE NOT AFFILIATED BIG BAND
THE NEIL NUMMINEN TRIO
THE NEIL NUMMINEN GROUP
LAURIE NICHOL & STUDENTS
THE NURA - STEINHART DUO
THE NURA - STUART STEINHART TRIO

O
SHARON O'NEILL
THE MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI QUARTET
THE MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI DUO
THE PETER OCCHIPINTI DUO
RYAN OLIVER
GEORGE OLLIVER
PETER OLMSTEAD
ONE SECOND LOST
OUT OF OPTIONS

P
P. J. & OLI
PAGAN'S FOLLY
SUSAN PAJOR & STUDENTS
ROY PATTERSON
& RON MAHARAJ
ROY PATTERSON & DON THOMPSON
THE ROY PATTERSON TRIO

THE ROY PATTERSON QUARTET
THE PAULIST BROTHERS
MICHEL PAYMENT
JEFF PEACOCK
ROD PHILLIPS
PIANO FOREVER
THE MICHAEL PICKETT BAND
THE STEVE PITICCO BAND
JOE POIRIER
THE JOE POIRIER TRIO
POKITZ
MURRAY PORTER
POWER GUN
CHANTAL PRESTON
JOHN PRINE TRIBUTE SHOW
PRIVATE FUNCTION
THE PRODUCT
THE PROVIDERS

Q
TONY QUARRINGTON & BRIGHAM PHILLIPS
TONY QUARRINGTON & CHRIS ROBINSON
THE TONY QUARRINGTON TRIO
QUASAR SOULDIERS
QROCK
QUANTUM MENACE
QUESE IMC & D. J. SHOCK B
TED QUINLAN
THE TED QUINLAN TRIO

R
RAJASI
SCOTT RAMIREZ
JASON RASO
THE JASON RASO TRIO
THE JASON RASO QUARTET
RED SPIRIT DRUM-DRUMMERS, SINGERS & DANCERS
JASON REDMAN
THE REGAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND
THE BOB REID TRIO
RAY REILLY
THE RESERVOIR DOGS
DAVID RESTIVO
REVELATION
JOE REYNOLDS & TIM JOHNS
RETRO
THE RHYTHM EXPRESS
THE RHYTHM AND TRUTH BRASS BAND
THE RHYTHM-IN-MOTION MUSIC STUDENTS
RAIN RICHARDSON
GREG RITCHIE
THE GREG RITCHIE BLUES BAND
THE RITCHIE-FOLINO BAND
THE MIKE ROBERTS BAND
CHRIS ROBINSON
ADRIEN ROBITAILLE
AMANDA J. RODGERS
AMNDA J. RODGERS & MARCUS RODGERS
THE RYAN ROGERS QUARTET
THE RYAN ROGERS QUINTET
JESSICA ROSATI
ROSEDALE
THE IAN ROSS BAND
THE LYNN ROSS TRIO
DON ROSS &
JORDAN O'CONNOR
THE DAVID ROTUNDO BAND
ROUGH COPIES
THE STEVE ROWE BAND
THE ROYAL PAINS
ROZ BELL
RUMPLESTILTZ
THE JONATHAN RUSSELL DUO
RUSTIC MOTIF
THE RUTHERFORDS
JENNIFER RYAN & JORDAN O'CONNOR
THE MARK RUTHERFORD QUARTET
THE MARK RUTHERFORD TRIO
THE SAM RUTTAN QUARTET
SANDRA RUTTAN

S
CHRIS S.
ZORANA SADIQ
SAM'S PLACE BLUES JAM BAND
THE SAPSUCKERS
PHILLIP SAYCE
SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY
SAVVY C
SCARECROW
MOSE SCARLETT
THE ANDREW SCOTT TRIO
JOE SEALY
SECOND-HAND BLUES
BERNIE SENENSKY
BERNIE SENENSKY & THE MOE KOFFMAN TRIBUTE BAND
THE BERNIE SENENSKY QUARTET
THE BERNIE SENENSKY QUINTET
THE BERNIE SENENSKY SEPTET
THE BERNIE SENENSKY TRIO
MARK SEPIC
THE MARK SEPIC DUO
THE MARK SEPIC TRIO
THE JOHN SHAND TRIO
JEFF SHAWCROFT
VALERIE SHEARMAN
VALERIE SHEARMAN & BOB ERLINSON
THE VALERIE SHEARMAN DUO
THE VALERIE SHEARMAN QUINTET
SHELAUGH
SHINY THINGS
THE SILVER LEAF JAZZ BAND
SLOPPY SECONDS
SIMCOE SOUND
SISTERS EUCLID WITH KEVIN BREIT
SKYBOUND
THE SKYLINERS BIG BAND
THE SKYLINERS YOUTH BIG BAND
SLIM'S LUCKY NUMBER
SLOWHAND Featuring CLIFF STEVENS
SLOWPOKE
CRAIG SMITH
EUGENE SMITH AND THE BAND
MATT SMITH
THE PETER SMITH TRIO
PETER SMITH & KEVIN LALIBERTE
THE SOFT SHOE SHUFFLERS
SONORA AERO CLUB
SOUTHERN COMFORT
ROSARY SPENCE
SPENNY
SPLIT ROCK
THE TONY SPRINGER BAND
THE SPS EXPRESS
THE SRV EXPERIENCE
ST. EVES
ERIC ST. LAURENT
THE ERIC ST. LAURENT TRIO
ST. PETER'S HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
LOGAN STAATS
STATE OF SHOCK
THE STATION
JOHN STETCH
STUART STEINHART & JOE HURON
STEEL DRUM HU
STEREOBLASTULA
THE JERRY STIFF BAND
STINA BOMB
THE RUSS STRATHDEE TRIO
THE RUSS STRATHDEE GROUP
THE RUSS STRATHDEE FUSION GROUP
THE STRATHDEE-McLEOD DUO
SHAWN STEINHART
THE SHAWN STEINHART BAND
STUART STEINHART & STUDENTS
STELLULA MUSIC IN SCHOOLS
JOHN STETCH
MOSES STEVENS
THE CLIFF STEVENS BAND
STONE THE RADIO
THE STROLLING YOUTH PLAYERS
STEVE STRONGMAN
JONATHAN STYLES

MELISSA STYLIANOU
SUGAR HI
REVEREND JANE SULLIVAN
THE SUNS OF TUPELO
SUPERSTACK
THE SWEET ADELINES
SWING DE PARIS
THE SWINGIN' BLACKJACKS

T
BEVERLY TAFT
BEVERLY TAFT & MARCEL AUCOIN
BEVERLY TAFT & TANIA GILL
BEVERLY TAFT
& ROLAND HUNTER
BEVERLY TAFT
& WAYLEN MIKI
THE BEVERLY TAFT TRIO
JORDANA TALSKY
THE JULIAN TAYLOR BAND
TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD
THA CAPITAL E
JAKE THOMAS & THE FUNDAMENTALS
DAVE THOMPSON
DON THOMPSON
DON THOMPSON & REG SCHWAGER
THE IAN THURSTON DUO
THE IAN THURSTON GROUP
THE COMING
TIMELINES WITH KELLY PARTLAND
TIME ZONE
TIMES * II
TIPI
PAUL TOBEY
THE PAUL TOBEY DUO
THE PAUL TOBEY QUARTET
ROB TOMKINSON
TORERO
AMANDA TOSOFF
LYNE TREMBLAY
THE LYNE TREMBLAY QUARTET
TRES HOMBRES

TRIGGER INCIDENT
TRILLIUM JAZZ
THE TRILLIUM TRIO
THE TRILLIUM JAZZ TRIO
TRIO LOCO
TRIPLE THREAT
TRIPLE THREAT JAZZ TRIO
LINDSAY TREW & STUDENTS
LINDSAY TREW - CARLY ANN METE & STUDENTS
PENNY TRUMBLE
IRINA TSERNIKOVA
& STUDENTS
JACINTHU TUKU & PAUL TOBEY
TUPELO HONEY
THE TUXEDO TWINS
SNOOKY TYNES & CREME FILLIN'
SHARIA TWAIN

U
THE UNITY MARKET PLAYERS
US
USED FOR GLUE
RICHARD UNDERHILL

V
THE COREY VANDENHEUVEL BAND
THE VENEZIA HOUSE BAND
THE BOBBY VENTON TRIO
THE BOBBY VENTON GROUP
VICIOUS CIRCLE
KEVIN VIENNEAU
NORRIS VINES
THE NORRIS VINES TRIO
VITALOGY
VOCAL STARS ACADEMY

W - Y - Z
ADAM PRO WALSH
THE WARNICA PUBLIC SCHOOL DRUM ENSEMBLE
THE WARNICA PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOIR & DRUM GROUP
THE WARNICA PUBLIC SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL BAND
PAULINE WARNICA & STUDENTS
DOUGLAS WATSON

KAITLYN WATSON
KAITLYN WATSON & JIM LEONARD
ROB WATTS
WAY COOL

GEORGE WEHBY
& ROB BREWER
GEORGE WEHBY'S MUSIC STUDENTS
DANNY WEIS

ELLEN WELLS
WHISKEY HARBOUR
KEN WHITELY
RICHARD WHITEMAN
RICHARD WHITEMAN & TREVOR GIANCOLA
RICHARD WHITEMAN & TED QUINLAN
RICHARD WHITEMAN & REG SCHWAGER
MIKE WHONE AND RALPH JOHNSON
MARK WIDNER & STUDENTS
WILD "T" & THE SPIRIT
THE WILD "T" EXPERIENCE
THE HOWARD WILLET DUO
THE HOWARD WILLET BLUES BAND
JOHN-ALLEN WILSON
MITCHELL WILSON
P. J. WILSON
VINCENT WOLFE
THE VINCENT WOLFE TRIO
THE VINCENT WOLFE QUARTET
DIANA WOOD & MELLIFLUENCE
THE DIANA WOOD TRIO
THE DIANA WOOD QUINTET
THE DIANA WOOD SEXTET
CAREY WORROD
DREW WRIGHT
THE YESTERDAYZE HOUSE BAND
YOUNG COUNTRY
THE NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE SHOW
YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURS
ZEDHEAD
ZIMZUM
THE ZOMBATS
THE DORON ZOR BAND

 

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CONCERT ARTISTS PROFILES

by Robin Munro

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE
Librettist
"TRUDEAU - LONG MARCH / SHINING PATH"

George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1960, a seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi'kmaq Amerindian heritage. Throuhout his education, Clarke earned a B.A. honours in English from the University of Waterloo in 1984; an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in English from Queen's University in 1993. Before joining the academic profession Clarke was employed in a variety of occupations: parliamentary aide in the House of Commons, Ottawa, 1987-91; newspaper editor in Halifax and then Waterloo, social worker in Halifax,1985-86; and legislative researcher for the Ontario Legislature, 1982-83.

Clarke still writes a column for the Halifax Herald and is a freelance contributor to numerous publications.
In addition to being a poet, playwright and literary critic, George Elliott Clarke was appointed the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto in 2003. He taught English and Canadian Studies at Duke University (1994-1999). During 1998-99 he was appointed the Visiting Seagrams Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University, then became professor of English at the University of Toronto in 1999.

As a writer George Elliott Clarke has published in a variety of genres: verse collections, Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues (1983), and Lush Dreams, Blue Exile (1994); a verse-novel, Whylah Falls (1990 & 2000); two verse plays, Whylah Falls: The Play (1999 & 2000), and Beatrice Chancy (1999). His opera Beatrice Chancy, with music by James Rolfe, has had four stage productions and a broadcast on CBC television. This powerful opera about slavery in the Nova Scotia of the early 1800s won great reviews and enthusiastic audiences. He wrote the screenplay for the feature film, One Heart Broken Into Song (Director, Clement Virgo, 1999). The verse play, Whylah Falls, was staged in Venice in Italian (2002). Clarke continues to publish poetry with Provençal Songs (1993 & 1997), Gold Indigoes (2000), Blue (2001) and Illuminated Verse (2005). His Execution Poems (2001) won the Governor General's Award for Poetry. Clarke has been instrumental in promoting the work of writers of African descent,
especially those from Nova Scotia. In 2002 he published Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature.

The works of George Elliott Clarke have won awards in addition to critical recognition. Among these are the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement from the Nova Scotia Arts Council, a Bellagio Center Fellowship in 1998, the Outstanding Writer in Film and Television Award in 2000 and three honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Laws degree (Dalhousie University, 1999), a Doctor of Letters degree (University of New Brunswick, 2000) and Doctor of Letters from the University of Alberta in 2005. He was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award in 2004, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize in 2005. He earned the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Black Alumni Association, Faculty Achievement Award and the Undergraduate Teaching Award - all at the University of Toronto in 2005. Planet Africa TV gave him the Planet Africa Renaissance Award in 2005.
George Elliott Clarke has been an invited speaker to conferences and universities around the world.
In October, 2006, Clarke was appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia, and received an
Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo.


CENTRE STAGE IN HERITAGE PARK

CONCERT ARTISTS PROFILES 

 THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO BAND

"Rather like........Nicolo Pagannini"

 

That one tiny little instrument could so dominate the emotions and captivate the imagination of a multitude of music lovers is the hallmark of a virtuoso. That one man should be capable of surrounding himself with the top echelon of Canadian instrumentalists and accompanists reflects his brilliance as an Artist and the profound degree of respect with which he is held.

In response to the oft-repeated query, "Is Carlos coming back again this year?", The Hohner Harmonica World Champion in Jazz and Blues returns to our City for another musical love-fest with his legion of enthusiastic fans.

Originally from Cuba - "del Junco" translates into "of the reeds" -, Carlos del Junco has made his home in Canada, and he has made an enormous mark on the Canadian and international music scene. Playing the harmonica since age 14, Carlos developed a unique technique in creating his own inimitable style. Applying this consummate command of the instrument to his abundant creativity, diverse musical interests, whimsy and sense of fun, del Junco is the most engaging and awe-inspiring of performing Artists.

His new C.D., "Blues Mongrel ", is a return to his earlier works such as "Big Boy" and his début live album - which were both collections of primarily Blues-based material - while maintaining that characteristic del Junco soulfulness. It is an "eclectic mixture of music," describes del Junco, "designed to reach out and expand into new markets." On the playlist of many radio stations, this latest recording is filled with instrumentals with strong Latin influences; a few Jazz standards with vocals by pop vocalist Jane Siberry; some incredible guitar work by Kevin Breit; all of which allows Carlos to expand his musical horizons and challenge the very limits of his instrument. Rather like the what the great genius of the violin, Nicolo Paganini, is so renowned for.
THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO BAND PERFORMS IN THE FESTIVAL FINALE CONCERT.

 

MORE TO COME..............

JOHN SHAND MEMORIAL Link
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Memorial Page
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THE BARRIE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL VIII

CENTRE STAGE
IN HERITAGE PARK

CONCERT ARTISTS PROFILES

  By

ROBIN H. S. MUNRO

 

THE JIMMY BOWSKILL QUARTET

"The Child is Father to the Man"

At twelve year's old, and not much bigger than the white Fender Stratocaster electric guitar that he likes to play, Jimmy Bowskill is having an impact way beyond his weight class.

Much like a precocious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jimmy is being trotted out to numerous congregations of the élite in the Canadian Blues music scene, and giving them a revealing glimpse into the future of the Art, and the past from whence it came. "A sixty-year old man in a twelve-year old body", quoted one observer. "A young player with 'THE feel' ", observed another. ".....beautiful, just beautiful", repeated Bruce Coburn over and over again. "Jimmy Bowskill is life-changingly good", was Colin Linden's response.

And now Bowskill is in the studio - recording the original compositions he has written with his father - in the company of such sidemen as Jack de Keyzer, Jeff Healey and Donny "Mr. Downchild" Walsh. In true "everything old is new again" tradition, Jimmy has touched the heart and soul of the Blues music world with his authenticity, his respect, his talent, his determination and his love. How he will harness his extraordinary gifts and apply them to his chosen Art is still to be determined. In-as-much as "the child is father to the man", it is an adventure that we all may have the privilege of sharing with this Twenty-First century Amadeus. THE JIMMY BOWSKILL QUARTET PERFORMS IN THE GREAT CANADIAN GUITARISTS CONCERT SERIES AND IS SPONSORED BY CREDIT BUREAU COLLECTIONS AND COMPUTER TRAINING AND CONSULTING.

 

THE JOHN-ALLEN BRIDGES TRIO

The organ trios of the nineteen-fifties and sixties were some of the funkiest musical ensembles on the nightclub scene in any major city. Based on the inimitable sound of the legendary Hammond Organ and the equally legendary Leslie Tone Cabinet, these trios included bass or guitar and, of course, drums to create their funky grooves.

John-Allen Bridges has resurrected this musical model and in the company of Mark Hathaway - on the modern day equivalent of the Hammond-Leslie combination - and Chris Lesso - on drums - has put together a classic organ trio . Exploring the Jazz-Funk-Rhythm and Blues-Soul repertoire that these historic combos were so successful with, this trio is a Booker T. and The M.G. s retrospective with contemporary musical ideas and concepts; a one foot in the past, one foot in the future "Colossus of Rhodes" ! THE JOHN-ALLEN BRIDGES TRIO PERFORMS IN THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES.

 

WAYNE BUTTERY & THE GROOVE PROJECT

Wayne Buttery is a Big Man. And he is going to be big at the Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival VIII with his latest creation, "Wayne Buttery and The Groove Project", one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Huronia. And in case you're thinking that because Wayne is big, the boys in the band are small .....think again. Bob Federer, Dennis King, Charlie Hinkel, John Shand, Russ Strathdee, Paul Robillard, Larry Kurtz........ these Artists are major talents in the Huronia Jazz and Blues scene. Bob Federer alone has worked in the recording studio with such Jazz music luminaries as Oscar Peterson and Pat Metheny, and he has played and recorded with guitar legend Domenic Troiano for years. As for the almost exclusively, original material that the band performs with so much energy, excitement, groove and swing, well.... Wayne Buttery used to work with Mr. "Land Of A Thousand Dances" himself, Wilson Pickett. That rather speaks for itself. This Band was built to party! Wayne won't be having a good time if you're not having a good time. Wayne is six-foot five. WAYNE BUTTERY & THE GROOVE PROJECT PERFORM IN THE RHYTHM AND JAZZ CONCERT SERIES.

 

THE JASON CRAWFORD DUO

" ..... in the Lenny Breau tradition"

Having returned from extensive performing throughout the world in support of Artists like The Platters, Ben Vereen and The Fifth Dimension, Jason is following a personal Jazz career by performing on his custom-made 8-stringed guitar. This instrument allows him to play the bass accompaniment to his chord-melody lines. In 1995, Guitar Player magazine said of Jason, " ...(he) is a most promising chord-melody Jazz player in the Lenny Breau tradition" . His repertoire consists of very classy instrumentals from all the different branches of contemporary Jazz. Jason has become a mainstay of many of the regional Jazz festivals and he will be accompanied by one of Huronia's busiest "first-call" drummers during the Festival this year, Bruce Campbell. Campbell's musical career has taken him into as many directions as there are forms of music. With a combination of creative sensitivity, complete command of his instrument, and no musical prejudices, Bruce is as equally at home playing in Big Bands as he is in Jason's intimate Salon Jazz. THE JASON CRAWFORD DUO PERFORM IN THE ARTISTES CANADA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL CANADA.

 

KELLY DAVIES BAND & THE DIRTY LITTLE SWING THING

Dedicated To the Memory Of Chris Fournier

Guitarist-vocalist and percussionist, Kelly Davies, leads this quintet of multi-instrumentalists through a smorgasbord of musical influences and contemporary musical idioms. Combining Dance music with Jazz, Blues and Rock music, and then blending that combination with Swing music....well, you can see why this band is so popular on the Dunlop Street circuit in Barrie and throughout Huronia.

With Mark Hathaway, on keyboards and tenor sax; Chris Lesso, on drums; Jean Arcand, on lead guitar; Fraser Gauthier, on electric bass; Kelly and the boys have matured into a tight, cohesive, well-organized ensemble that is dynamic and exciting. All band members are involved in various aspects of the music industry - Kelly and Fraser are both graduates of Humber College and Mark is a graduate of York University- and both Mark and Chris have turned their attention to providing musical instruction as well. In the vocals department, Kelly has developed a rich tenor voice, and he sings with power, articulation and great phrasing! The big question now is, "When are they going to make a recording?".

The Jazz and Blues Arts require a constant infusion of newness and Kelly Davies & The Dirty Kittle Swing Thing - with their captivating, inspired approach to modern music - is a welcome addition to this year's Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival.

The sudden loss of saxophonist, Chris Fournier, this past year - an original member of The Dirty Little Swing Thing team - has prompted the surviving members to dedicate their Festival performances to his memory. KELLY DAVIES & THE DIRTY LITTLE SWING THING PERFORM IN THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES.

 

THE DIALTONES

" ....rock the house"

"Blues Parlour" co-founders Mike Battram and Hugh Hardy have both branched off into new musical ventures throughout the band"s career. Hugh"s latest offering is The Dialtones, and the concept this outing is to "shake it up with a mixture of Blues and Roots Rock". Teaming up with bass veteran, Mark Gelinas; vocalist, Bob Brown; and drummer, Dale Taylor, Hugh handles the traditional and slide guitar responsibilities.

Based on Hardy's extraordinary feel for the Blues guitar solo and the explosive delivery of his musical ideas, The Dialtones promises Festival audiences solid, innovative and exciting performances that are guaranteed to "rock the house"! THE DIALTONES PERFORM IN THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY RE/MAX CHAY REALTY INC.

 

THE PHIL DISERA QUARTET

"accessible, easy-listening Jazz

There was a time when the year 1984 loomed as something less than auspicious, as something foreboding, for readers of George Orwell's famous work. Well, as it turned out, the stars were well aligned for humanity after all, and particularly for Toronto native, Phil Disera. For it was in 1984 that Phil - armed with an Honours Graduate in Music Performance from Humber College, extensive classical training on the guitar and his natural gifts as a composer - entered the music profession.

Little did Phil know that as he put pen to paper and began to compose a collection of pieces that best communicated his innermost passions and thoughts, that he was helping to set the stage for the new "Smooth Jazz" phenomenon that would captivate North America ten to fifteen years later. The result of his efforts was a beautifully crafted recording of lyrical, Latin-influenced music titled "Inside Outside". Disera's initial opus was so well received that it was picked up by a Barrie radio station - at that time known as 93.1 FM CHAY - and released through its "Project Easy" programme.

Through the years, Phil has continued to write and arrange compositions that have a decidedly New Age emphasis, and which continue to keep him performing either in concert or in his busy convention showcase schedule. Phil wants to communicate a greater personal intimacy in his music without sacrificing any musical intensity. His goal: "accessible, easy listening Jazz". And that's just what Smooth Jazz is all about. For a man with a deep commitment to human welfare - and especially his own family - he should have no difficulty in meeting his objectives.

The Phil Disera Quartet will perform in the ARTISTES CANADA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL CANADA

 

THE RONNIE DOUGLAS BLUES BAND

The integrity and commitment that Maple Blues Award and Aboriginal Awards winner, Ronnie Douglas, brings to his performances are obvious in the passion with which he sings and in the thoughtful elegance of his guitar solos. Not only is he a practitioner of the Art, Ronnie has taken the time to earn himself a graduate certificate in the history of Jazz and Blues.

Fast becoming a musical force throughout Canada with the success of his recordings, his repertoire encompasses Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and contemporary Blues. Latterly, the new "Big Brother" recording - dedicated to his Fine Artist-musician-brother, Larry - has claimed Best Canadian Debut Album and No. 2 spot in Best C.D.s Of The Year by Vancouver’s "Real Blues" Magazine. In addition, he has garnered the Best New Canadian Talent honour for himself and his band.

Ronnie, in never forgetting the origins of his chosen music, is, himself, an original. He is accompanied by long-time associates Dave Hewitt, on drums, and Peter Loudon, on electric bass. As a special concert treat, Ronnie will have his aforementioned brother - both Ronnie and Larry reside in Mnjinkaning First Nation - on lead guitar, and the young, up-and-coming Blues guitar hero, Murray Sylvester who is from Christian Island. THE RONNIE DOUGLAS BLUES BAND PERFORMS IN THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES

 

"FIRE" - THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX 

"purr like a kitten - pounce like a tiger"

HE'S BACK...... AGAIN!!! To captivate the City of Barrie one more time. He can purr like a kitten - pounce like a tiger. He's outrageous, outlandish, outstanding....... and he's ours! At least for a concert Sunday June 15, on Father's Day. The winner of The Prix de Merit V Award - for his classic rendition of the Jimi Hendrix concert experience in 2000 - gets out his headband and tie-dyed shirt and, and ........

 

It seems incongruous, when one looks back into popular music history, that an Artist who was to completely revolutionize the way we listen to music - and more specifically Blues-Rock music - should have had to perform as an opening act for one of the most puerile musical experiments ever concocted by the American culture machine. The Artist was Jimi Hendrix. The novelty act was The Monkees. And in order to promote himself and his band, "The Experience", Hendrix was reduced to touring throughout the United States with the mindless trivia that was The Monkees.

Wouldn't you know it, they did it again! A movie was made on The Monkee's career - such as it was - and the producers of the film needed a Jimi Hendrix. Enter Canada's own Tony Springer. For years, Tony has been performing a concert simply titled "Fire", as a tribute to the father of contemporary guitar playing. With his wild good looks, his boundless energy, his complete command of the electric guitar and his penchant for the eccentric, Tony Springer is the definitive Jimi Hendrix. His magnetic stage presence coupled with an ability to mesmerize audiences, bedazzle other musicians and leave the girls screaming for more was what the Hendrix experience was all about.... and is all about.
Fuelled by the powerful drumming of long-time bandmate, John Bouvette, and the thunderous foundation of electric bass master, Gunther Kappell, being witness to Tony Springer’s "Fire" is like stepping back in time. TONY SPRINGER PERFORMS IN THE GREAT CANADIAN GUITARIST CONCERT SERIES.

 

THE LEVON ICHKHANIAN QUARTET

"When playing music........you can not lie"

Levon Ichkhanian has been recognized as a musical ambassador for Canada, and this reputation is well deserved. Two critically acclaimed recordings, a heavy concert schedule, invitations to music conventions and educational symposia throughout the United States, and a number of product endorsements are just some of the reasons that he is so highly regarded in the North American music industry. His debut CD, "After Hours", met with high praise and earned him a nomination for the Armenian Music Awards. It also reached Number 1 on the Top 10 Jazz charts. His latest production, "travels", follows the model of his first recording in acquiring some of the finest musicians that our nation has to offer - legendary Québec bassist Alain Caron, bassist George Koller and drummer Wilson Laurencin, to name but a few - in realizing his own unique vision in Jazz.

Ichkhanian started his amazing journey into the music industry in Lebanon and immigrated to Canada at age 12. He received the Canadian All Star Jazz Award at age 16. In the course of his development as an instrumentalist and composer, he has studied with a variety of world-renowned artists and educators.

A multi-instrumentalist on stringed instruments, Levon's instrument of choice is the electric guitar which he plays with all the deftness and technical brilliance of the virtuoso. And Levon is at home in all musical idioms, from Latin and Blues to Jazz and Rock.

He has traveled and performed extensively throughout the world and has shared the stage with many prominent international artists. He has given command performances for the Heads of State and dignitaries from Armenia, Greece and Lebanon. Levon has also received the Governor-General of Canada’s acknowledgement for musical excellence.

Continually seeking out other avenues of creative endeavour, Ichkhanian has also branched out into the world of film and television. He has written the scores for, and performed on, many movie soundtracks and he has appeared on several television shows.

"When playing music, it’s one of the few places where you cannot lie. It’s going to come out in your music, especially in Jazz, where you’re improvising. It has a lot to do with your own character."

With such an exotic sound and accomplished personal style, this unique Artist has got to be experienced live. The Levon Ichkhanian Quartet performs in THE GREAT CANADIAN GUITARIST CONCERT SERIES.

 

THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO BAND

"Rather like........Nicolo Pagannini"

That one tiny little instrument could so dominate the emotions and captivate the imagination of a multitude of music lovers is the hallmark of a virtuoso. That one man should be capable of surrounding himself with the top echelon of Canadian instrumentalists and accompanists reflects his brilliance as an Artist and the profound degree of respect with which he is held.

In response to the oft-repeated query, "Is Carlos coming back again this year?", The Hohner Harmonica World Champion in Jazz and Blues returns to our City for another musical love-fest with his legion of enthusiastic fans.

Originally from Cuba - "del Junco" translates into "of the reeds" -, Carlos del Junco has made his home in Canada, and he has made an enormous mark on the Canadian and international music scene. Playing the harmonica since age 14, Carlos developed a unique technique in creating his own inimitable style. Applying this consummate command of the instrument to his abundant creativity, diverse musical interests, whimsy and sense of fun, del Junco is the most engaging and awe-inspiring of performing Artists.

His new C.D., "Up And At’ Em", is a departure from his earlier works such as "Big Boy" and his début live album - which were both collections of primarily Blues-based material - while maintaining that characteristic del Junco soulfulness. It is an "eclectic mixture of music," describes del Junco, "designed to reach out and expand into new markets." On the playlist of many radio stations, this latest recording is filled with instrumentals with strong Latin influences; a few Jazz standards with vocals by pop vocalist Jane Siberry; some incredible guitar work by Kevin Breit, all of which allows Carlos to expand his musical horizons and challenge the very limits of his instrument. Rather like the violin genius, Nicolo Paganini, is renowned for. THE CARLOS DEL JUNCO BAND PERFORMS IN THE HARRY MUNRO MEMORIAL CONCERT.

 

JUST JAMMIN’

Rhythm ‘n Youth

The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival has always encouraged the efforts of young people in their pursuit of musical self-expression. When that desire in the young is encouraged and given practical application in our schools, the results can be pretty exciting. Prince Of Wales Public School teacher, Karina Vasquez, believed in that possibility, and a couple of years ago, gathered a group of energetic and enthusiastic10 to 12 year-old students together to form a djembe percussion ensemble.

Using the lunch-hours at school to learn, practice and refine their rhythm skills, Just Jammin’ is ready, willing and able to be a part of all the Festival Fun and activity. The group had their debut in 2002, and were greeted with enthusiastic audience appreciation for all their fiery rhythms and their solo and ensemble performances. Just Jammin’will appear this year at the "OUT TO LUNCH" CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN B.I.A. and THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES.

 

RAVEN KANATAKTA

" casual deference.....youthful enthusiasm"

Artists in all disciplines that start their lives in la belle province have a unique creativity coupled with a concentrated determination, the result of which is reflected in the clearly imaginative, sometimes iconoclastic and always expressive works in their chosen Art-form. Guitarist-vocalist Raven Kanatakta is an example of the fresh, confident ideas that emanate from his origins in Winneway, Québec in conjunction with his Anishnabe/Onkwehowe heritage.

Blues-influenced original compositions that are enriched by Raven’s whimsical application of "all that Jazz" music education at Boston’s famous Berklee School of Music are intriguing and personal, and allow him to explore the full range of his vocal abilities. From a gentle, almost falsetto soprano to a deep, resonant baritone, Kanatakta applies his vocal facility to the interesting variety of his music in a series of delightful surprises. As an instrumentalist, he applies slide techniques and finger-style guitar picking to his obviously jazz-influenced accompaniments. As a soloist, he has much of the technical skill, humour and creative aplomb of a youthful Jaco Pastorious, who was known to quip that "it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up".

With the casual deference and gentle, youthful enthusiasm which permeate his stage shows, Raven is one of a number of emerging Indigenous Artists who have taken Jazz and Blues music and applied their considerable creativity, and cultural characteristics and predilections, to enlarging and enriching the Art. Raven Kanatakta performs in THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR.

 

SHOSHONA KISH

Shoshona Kish utilizes music performance as one of a number of media that allow her the opportunity of "finding unique ways of expressing ideas which are timeless". And the musics which she chooses in realizing her vision are Jazz , Blues and Folk. As a singer-songwriter, she accompanies herself on guitar and employs the talents of Raven Kanatakta as guitar and dobro soloist. Like many philosopher-artists before her, Shoshona seeks to deal with the significant social issues of the present while acknowledging the inevitable, unquestioned element within her complex need for artistic expression. A multi-disciplinary Artist, Kish performs her original compositions with a calm and deliberate self-assurance and an evocative vocalization which encourages a playful musical exchange with Kanatakta. More of a musical catalyst than a dominating force, Shoshona Kish in concert with her Raven is "ever-more". Shoshona Kish performs in THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR.

 

 

THE LORNE LOFSKY TRIO

Dedicated To The Memory Of Jerry Fuller

Guitarist, Lorne Lofsky, has been playing and teaching Jazz for more than 20 years. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to play and record with some of the finest Jazz musicians from across Canada and the international scene. Touring Europe with Oscar Peterson was definitely a highlight of his extensive and busy career. Lofsky and tenor saxophone master, Kirk MacDonald, won a Juno Award for their recording, "The Atlantic Sessions", and they have also produced another recording for the Jazz Inspiration label, which will be available on C.D. in the near future.

Other Artists who Lofsky has performed with are Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, Bob Brookmeyer and bassist extraordinaire, Ray Brown. As a music educator, he divides his time between The University of Toronto and York University, as well as providing private instruction. His teaching practice includes working with Jazz ensembles, as well as guitar instruction . High on everybody’s list of superb accompanists and inspired soloists, Lorne Lofsky continues to find the time to play in many of the fine Jazz venues that can be found in and around the Toronto area.

This year’s edition of the trio is composed of the great Kieran Overs playing acoustic bass, and Time Warp alumnus, Barry Elmes, on drums. Their concert will be a poignant reminder of the remarkable Jazz performance in 2000 when Lofsky was accompanied by the late, great, legendary drummer Jerry Fuller. The Festival dedicates this concert to his memory. THE LORNE LOFSKY TRIO PERFORMS IN THE GREAT CANADIAN GUITARISTS CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY YORKVILLE SOUND.

 

THE NOT AFFILIATED BIG BAND

"The debuting all-age band is from the Markham area and has a wide repertoire....They sound rehearsed, they swing, they're tight!"

- Geoff Chapman, Jazz Critic for the Toronto Star

Youthful enthusiasm for Big band Jazz is alive and well, and is presented for all to enjoy, in this 20-piece student-based orchestra based in north Toronto. A combination of university and college-trained musicians are guided through intriguing, sophisticated arrangements of Swing, Latin, Standard and Contemporary Jazz classics by the seasoned leadership of the project. The band has played numerous weddings, benefits, street festivals, dances and Jazz festivals including concerts at the Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and The Orillia Jazz Festival.

If you enjoy the exciting sound of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and one of those hip Toronto rhythm sections, put this concert high on your list of Festival "Must See" events! THE NOT AFFILIATED BIG BAND PERFORMS IN THE ARTISTES CANADA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL CANADA

 

THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND featuring MURRAY PORTER

"you don’t hear a voice like his everyday"

Hot on the heels of concert appearances in Chicago, Ottawa and Winnipeg, The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival VIII is privileged to be able to present The Pappy Johns Band. The recent success of their first recording, "Blame It On Monday" - which features some incredible original compositions -, garnered the ensemble four Canadian Aboriginal Awards in 2002, and earned them an invitation to the Chicago Blues Festival this past May - only the second Canadian Artist to have ever achieved this distinction! Their latest recording will be completed in late June of this year.

Anyone looking for the heir apparent to B. B. King’s evocative tenor voice need seek no further. Lead vocalist, Faron Johns, has captured all the anguish, warmth and power of the great Blues legend’s singing style. This man is a great Blues singer; you don’t hear a voice like his everyday! Added to that is a stage presence that exudes all the quiet confidence and gentle playfulness of an Artist who understands his Art-form completely. The infectious, smokey grooves of drummer, Oren Doxtator, and electric bassist, Don Powless, provide the rhythmic foundation for the ever-popular Murray Porter - on keyboards and vocals - and for guitarist, Joe Mahoud, the newest member of group. Joe’s obvious Jazz influences have resulted in imaginative solos and intriguing guitar hooks which propel the band to new, musically sophisticated heights and continued popularity.

A Six Nations musical institution, The Pappy Johns Band has been presenting its own unique interpretation of the Blues and Rhythm and Blues in nightclubs and on concert stages on both sides of the 49th parallel for the past twenty-five years. Longevity in the music industry has done nothing to slow down this superb ensemble, and it remains a vital, energetic, creative musical force to this day. Exciting, well-executed musical arrangements and mature original compositions are just two of the reasons why this band is so influential in the world of Indigenous musical Arts. THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND PERFORMS IN THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR.

 

RED SPIRIT DRUM

DRUMMERS, SINGERS AND DANCERS

Red Spirit Drum came together as a young drum group over two years ago. Members of the Ojibway, Cree and Mohawk Nations, they emerged out of the drum practices activities in the Youth Programme at the Native Centre and Child and Family Services in Toronto.

The ensemble is continually invited to do cultural presentations for their own communities, schools, Pow-Wows and special occasions. Highlights for Red Spirit Drum include performances for members of the International Olympics Committee, the Pope - during World Youth Day - and special events for The City of Toronto. The power and drama of the drummers is complemented by their soaring melodic chants as they sing of their spirituality and deep personal relationship with reality. Responding to this irresistible call to celebrate, the dancers perform the many different steps of the Indigenous dances in a spontaneous display of free expression. The breathtaking colours and materials of their heritage costumes combined with the swirl of their hypnotic movements is absolutely extraordinary.

Red Spirit Drum Drummers Singers and Dancers present a joyous, captivating and profoundly moving experience, which has the ability to resonate within us all. Drummers Steve Teekens, Sonny McDow and Shawn Sackeney are joined by dancers Daniel Redstar, Melissa McNeal, Cheryl Rivers and Katie Longboat. RED SPIRIT DRUM PERFORM IN THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR

 

THE RYAN ROGERS QUINTET

Ryan Rogers is an exciting example of what can happen when a young Northern boy gets captivated by music, especially Jazz music. Born in Elliot Lake, - and as a teenager, an émigré to North Bay - Ryan took up the double bass and played in school and local Jazz ensembles, in addition to joining the community symphony orchestra. A scholarship allowed him to pursue his musical goals at Humber College, in Toronto, where he studied with bass player-educators who rank in the "who’s-who" of Canadian Jazz music - Don Thompson , Mike Downes and Pat Collins. Private lessons with the phenomenal Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and the late Ray Brown - a Jazz legend in his own right - have added to the development of this inspired, new musical talent.

Rogers has been active in the gigging department as well, and leads a variety of Jazz ensembles - from duo’s to septets - in a wide variety of nightclub shows, fund-raisers and special events. His quintet consists of strong accompanists and soloists on guitar, tenor saxophone, trumpet and drums. Ryan and his fellow Jazz peers perform their swinging, highly accessible mainstream and be-bop repertoire in a well-executed manner which is confident, mature and professional. THE RYAN ROGERS QUINTET PERFORMS IN THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERTS SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR.

 

DON ROSS

"a Mikm’aq Aboriginal mother gave her Scottish immigrant husband a son"

When American Jazz bass guru and educator, Mark Egan - of The Pat Metheny Group fame -, seeks a musical audience and exchange with another Artist, that is indeed high approbation, praise and respect.

Canadian guitarist, Don Ross, has reached the summit of musical endeavour as an instrumentalist and composer and has been the object of the foregoing attention. The origins of this Canadian marvel began innocently enough in 1960 when a Mikm’aq Aboriginal mother gave her Scottish immigrant husband a son....... and the world, an Artist of unqualified virtuosity, creativity and genius.

An unprecedented two-time U.S. National Finger-style Guitar Champion - in 1988 and 1996 - and both a "professionally self-taught" and formally educated graduate of music from The University of Toronto, Don Ross has made eight critically acclaimed and commercially successful recordings, the latest of which is "Huron Street" - a revamped reprise compilation of twelve recorded-works - charted in the top ten in Billboard Magazine’s New Age category. Assisting Ross on a couple of re-visions is the noted acoustic bassist and Jennifer Ryan accompanist, Jordan O’Connor.

NOW Magazine reader’s choice for Toronto’s Favourite Local Guitarist often finds himself in the far-flung corners of Europe performing, composing and recording as the opportunities present themselves.

Drawing liberally and at will from Jazz, Folk, Rock and Classical musics, Don classifies his eclectic musical style as "Heavy Wood", when pressed for a definition. Superb musicality and taste hide the complexities of his music and brilliant technique in the delightfully accessible miniatures that are wonder- full tiny masterpieces of the musician’s Art. DON ROSS PERFORMS IN THE CASINO RAMA FIRST PEOPLE’S DAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR AND IS SPONSORED IN PART BY ASSOCIATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS.

 

SECOND-HAND BLUES

"a smouldering, Funky Blues experience"

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? "Mad Dog" veterans Hugh Kilvert and John van Der Lind - from Huronia’s legendary tribute to Joe Cocker - have joined with bassist, Bill Schindle; "Little Avenue" drummer, Doug Bruton; and keyboardist, Ron Dick, to form the most multi-faceted Blues-based ensemble on the Huronia music scene today. Van der Lind and Bruton alternately handle the drumming chores and the vocals, and the real surprise in their shows is the emergence of Doug as a mature and exciting Blues singer, as a counterpoint to John’s captivating vocal qualities and astonishing performance. Kilvert, Schindle and Ron Dick provide all the great grooves and textures that have helped develop the group’s large fan base.

Drawing upon their deep musical maturity - and influences as wide-ranging as the Allman Brothers, Sam and Dave, and, of course, Joe Cocker - this band is a smouldering, Funky Blues experience that you don’t want to miss! And you don’t have to, because SECOND-HAND BUES WILL BE PERFORMING IN THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERTS SERIES.

 

THE BERNIE SENENSKY SEPTET

"the big Senensky sound"

 

"The Best of the Best." - Buddy DeFranco

"One of the finest pianists I have worked with in my career." - Elvin Jones

"I could just sit and listen to him play all day." - Bill Evans

"Bernie's awesome piano virtuosity places him at the pinnacle of Jazz greatness."

- Tisziji Munoz

"Jazz piano is alive and well in Canada." - Contemporary Keyboard Magazine

 

Bernie Senensky has had an incredible musical career, which began when he was only 17 years old. He became part of the Jazz scene in Winnipeg and Edmonton before he moved East to Toronto to build a reputation, that to this day, continues to grow and places him with the élite in Canadian Jazz. And build a reputation he did when he got many opportunities to accompany major American Jazz Artists and Canadian singers that came to Toronto to perform.

He not only is an amazing pianist, but a composer, arranger and recording Artist as well. In the early 1970’s, Bernie formed a trio of his own. A number of years later, in 1979, he joined one of Canada’s most popular Jazz ensembles, The Moe Koffman Quintet.

He has recorded nine albums since 1975, two of which received Juno Award nominations. Bernie also has the distinction of being the only Canadian guest on "Oscar Peterson Presents," which was broadcast on national television. Latterly, Bernie has made his way into the film industry by composing musical scores, conducting, and performing.

Senensky once described his musical style as, "…an amalgamation of the legacies," which some of the artists who have influenced him created. He has collaborated with many other Artists as well as working and playing with various sized ensembles - trios, quartets, quintets , and of course, septets which he will be introducing to the Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival this year.

Performing in the septet will be one Canada’s premier tenor saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald - an incredible talent in his own right - who has made a significant reputation for himself as a leader as well as a sideman. The balance of the ensemble is composed of the "who’s-who" in Canadian Jazz: Brian O’Kane; trumpet and flugelhorn, Barry Romberg; drums, Duncan Hopkins; acoustic bass and one each of the top Canadian trombonists and alto saxophonists that Bernie works with. All of this creative talent is harnessed to create "the big Senensky sound" for his abundance of fascinating and high-excitement original compositions - the real hallmark of the true musical genius.

Bernie has two new recordings that are due for release very soon. He is very enthusiastic about the C.D. releases as well as performing at the Festival. His concert will be presented at The Centre Stage on Saturday afternoon as part of the ARTISTES CANADA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL CANADA.

 

THE LYNE TREMBLAY QUARTET

BRIDGING THE GAP WITH MUSIC

Originally from Québec, Lyne Tremblay has made her home, her career and her enviable reputation in Toronto. She has performed in everything from dinner theatres to conventions to the broadway musical, "Cats" - Lyne played the role of the Siamese cat at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. She combines a variety of elements in her shows which include music, theatre, surprise, humour, drama, tragedy and dance.

The big excitement in Tremblay’s career is the release of her first recording, "break ‘n enter", this May. Immediately, it went into the play rotation on 91.1 JAZZ FM in Toronto and nationally on the CBC’s RADIO ONE. A delightful mix of anglo and francophone material plus intriguing original compositions ensures that her inaugural opus will meet with a broad base of enthusiasm from music lovers across Canada.

With a sensual, smokey voice that lends itself wonderfully to Jazz, Lyne captivates every member of her audience. Her repertoire of great chansons Français et chansons de Jazz en Francais is a decidedly eclectic blend of material to which she has added her own unique style.

In keeping with the vision of The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival, Lyne Tremblay wants to help bridge the gap between Québecois and English Canada. She believes that as Canadians, we have a lot to share with each other within our own country. She wants to appeal to the Franco-Ontarians and make them feel "chez maison" by performing original Québecois and European French compositions that, by their very nature, put a different perspective on things..... a more cosmopolitan flavour.

Lyne is accompanied by the elegant Scott Marshall Trio. Scott, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones; Marcel Aucoin, piano; Wes Neal, bass; are highly accomplished instrumentalists, and the combination of the their sensitive, swinging, exciting arrangements and Lyne’s evocative vocalise creates a passionate, musical pas de deux. The Lyne Tremblay Quartet performs in THE ARTISTES CANADA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL CANADA.

 

THE BARRIE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL VIII

VENUES SERIES

ARTISTS PROFILES

 By

ROBIN H. S. MUNRO

 

THE ALIAS TIM REED QUINTET

For all the risky business present in the exploration of the multi-dimensionalism that is a contemporary Jazz and Blues festival, it is just plain nice to be able to enjoy classic and romantic Jazz songs performed by a quintet of mature Jazz musicians. Based due south of Barrie, in Aurora, The Alias Tim Reed Quintet - presumably one of the members of the band has a little problem with our judicial system - is lead through a repertoire of familiar Jazz and Latin Standards by the lovely and enchanting vocalist, Renelle Rico-Guererro. The rest of the ensemble consists of bassist, Rob Hunter; guitarist, John Schick; pianist, Tim Reed; and drummer, Lawrence Moule. The quintet s obvious enjoyment in performing together adds to their refined and sophisticated presentation. Great vocal Jazz, done with class!

 

THE BASEMENT BLUES BAND

This act was widely regarded as one of the most exciting Rockin Blues bands to participate this past Winter in the February Blues Festival V. Well, we re going to welcome them back to a more hospitable time of year as The Basement Blues Band comes in from the cold to perform at this year s Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival VII. The band is from the Newmarket area and plays a diverse mixture of traditional Blues and Rhythm and Blues from the Sixties, the Seventies and the Eighties. A solid, tight rhythm section lead by bassist, Jo Gravelle, fuels the high energy vocals and fiery lead guitar solos of Steve O Brien, the equally compelling guitar work of Steve Whittick, and the powerhouse drumming of Rino Matarazzo that makes the band so entertaining. If you re looking for danceable, party Blues..... look for The Basement Blues Band!

 

THE MICHAEL BROWN GROUP

The name of Michael s new C.D., The Journey , says more about the lengths he will travel to, than might at first be apparent. It seems that no distance is too far or job too small when it comes to performing the music that he has devoted the latter part of his life to. An articulate, spontaneous, yet thoughtful guitarist - and co-founder of the local Jazz ensemble, Jazzmine, many years ago - Michael made his way to Toronto to perfect his Art and discover the creative muse within himself. To have penned every piece on his initial recording, and not even toss in one Jazz Standard, takes a lot of courage and confidence. Courage and confidence he has got, and Michael s unique approach to instrumental Jazz - lush chords, intriguing melodic improvisations and his distinctive tone and style on the guitar - have earned him the respect of many of his peers on the Toronto music scene. Drummer, Howard Gaul, and acoustic bassist, Henry Hellig, and tenor saxophonist, Bob Brough, are just some of the Artists who have not only performed on his C.D., but join him in Concert, too! The Michael Brown group will perform inTHE "OUT TO LUNCH" JAZZ AND BLUES CONCERT SERIES SPONSRED BY THE DOWNTOWN BARRIE B.I.A.

 

THE DAVID CHUN GUITAR STUDENTS

The music students of David Chun take centre stage at The Light Tower Restaurant on Essa Road. Music teacher, David Chun, presents the talents of his music studio's guitar students in solo, duet, and ensemble performances of music with Jazz and Blues influences, in addition to the more traditional compositions of the guitar repertoire.

 

KELLY DAVIES BAND & THE DIRTY LITTLE SWING THING

Dedicated To the Memory Of Chris Fournier

Guitarist-vocalist and percussionist, Kelly Davies, leads this quintet of multi-instrumentalists through a smorgasbord of musical influences and contemporary musical idioms. Combining Dance music with Jazz, Blues and Rock music, and then blending that combination with Swing music....well, you can see why this band is so popular on the Dunlop Street circuit in Barrie and throughout Huronia.

With Mark Hathaway, on keyboards and tenor sax; Chris Lesso, on drums; Jean Arcand, on lead guitar; Fraser Gauthier, on electric bass; Kelly and the boys have matured into a tight, cohesive, well-organized ensemble that is dynamic and exciting. All band members are involved in various aspects of the music industry - Kelly and Fraser are both graduates of Humber College and Mark is a graduate of York University- and both Mark and Chris have turned their attention to providing musical instruction as well. In the vocals department, Kelly has developed a rich tenor voice, and he sings with power, articulation and great phrasing! The big question now is, "When are they going to make a recording?".

The Jazz and Blues Arts require a constant infusion of newness and Kelly Davies & The Dirty Kittle Swing Thing - with their captivating, inspired approach to modern music - is a welcome addition to this year's Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival.

The sudden loss of saxophonist, Chris Fournier, this past year - an original member of The Dirty Little Swing Thing team - has prompted the surviving members to dedicate their Festival performances to his memory. The Kelly Davies Trio performs inTHE "OUT TO LUNCH" JAZZ AND BLUES CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN BARRIE B.I.A.

 

 

RONNIE DOUGLAS - KENE HYATT - TOM ALEXANDER

GUITAR - DRUMS WORKSHOP

Take one distinctive Blues guitar stylist, add one distinctive electric bassist, throw in a distinctive drummer and a few friends...... and you have what it takes to conduct an up close and personal informative and very hip Jazz and Blues Guitar - Bass - Drums Workshop. Maple Blues Award-winner, Ronnie Douglas - with two C.D.s generating critical acclaim all over Canada -, is joined by Festival Prix De Merit VI winner, Kene Hyatt - whose Joe Huron Trio C.D. is receiving airplay throughout North America - and drummer tom Alexander. Both guitarists are Festival Favourites, and they will have lots to show and tell during their workshop at Gilbert Guitars on Bayfield Street on Workshop Saturday, June 14.

 

GARY GONTIER'S MUSIC STUDENTS AND FRIENDS

Gary has enlisted Barrie's Blues ensemble Vertigo, lead by Brian Lorie, - in addition to his own Gary Gontier Blues Band - to assist him in presenting his annual Festival Blues Guitar Workshop and music students recital. Talented, multi-generational students from within his own teaching practice are given an opportunity to "show what they know" in a typical live performance environment. Gary will accompany some of the students in this showcase of familiar Blues pieces, and then The Gary Gontier Blues Band will close the evening with a performance of their own favourite Blues selections.

 

JO AND JAY

Jo Gravelle, of The Basement Blues Band, and Jay Pegg, of the popular group, Heartland, pick up the acoustic guitars and harmonica and take us down the Mississippi River - or any other water-course they happen to fancy - in presenting the Roots and Delta Blues that they so enjoy. Veterans of the February Blues V, Jo and Jay get to perform street-side at The Second Cup during this more hospitable time of year. From the vast range of acoustic Blues that has emerged through the decades, Jo and Jay cherry-pick the best examples of this enduring Artform. And they are not above taking a contemporary Rhythm and Blues song and giving it the Delta treatment. If you like your Blues served up close and personal, don t miss Jo and Jay!

 

JOE HURON AND FRIENDS

The accent is on fun and familiarity when Joe and an assortment of talented, musical buddies get together to make music. Well known in Huronia as a fine Jazz guitarist, as a rule Joe abandons the electric guitar in favour of the electric bass for these shows. From Stevie Ray to Santana, the grooves are great and the entertainment exciting! If you re going out for a night of Festival Fun, don t miss Joe Huron and Friends.

 

THE JOE HURON TRIO

Tone. Feel. Articulation. Technique. Brilliant ideas. These are the qualities that set an instrumentalist apart from the crowd. And these are the very qualities that have emerged in Joe Huron through the years. He is one of the finest Jazz guitarists in all of Huronia. But his pre-eminence in this community will not let him set himself apart from the crowd. He is equally at home performing with his students, fellow guitarists or his own stellar trio. He is well matched by the irrepressibly creative Tim Moore on drums and the equally capable Kene Hyatt on the upright and the electric bass. They perform in concert in THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY THE NEW VR.

 

imaJAZZart

Professional Artist-Educator, Ila Kellermann, and Musician-Educator, Robin Munro, are presenting a scaled-down version of the popular imaJAZZart (image-as-art) Project during The Festival. Targeting young and old visual Arts enthusiasts alike, the programme will incorporate a short History of Jazz followed by multi-media visual Arts instruction. The students will then be able to select pieces from a variety of Jazz music which will then be used as the stimulus for creative self-expression. The success in the schools this past Winter with the Project suggests that a wider audience might enjoy the Jazz-Visual Arts process. imaJAZZart takes place on Saturday June 14 at the THE CENTRE STAGE IN HERITAGE PARK from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. There is no charge for this adventure so call 739-4721 for further information and to enrol.

 

JAZZ-MANDHU

Television, Festival, concert and club favourite, Jazz-Mandhu is a high-energy Fhu-Bop Jazz excursion. No region in the World of Jazz is too remote for these erstwhile musical adventurers. This contemporary music ensemble explores a variety of sophisticated Jazz standards, Funk and Blues grooves and original compositions. Its mystical approach to Jazz draws upon the highly creative talents and instincts of many Artists and features Mike Battram, Michael Brown or Joe Poirier on the electric guitar, Robin Munro on the electric bass, Joe Ciufo on saxophones and flute and Erwin Giles, Lorne Pinkney or Dave Parham on the drums. If you dig eclectic-hip Jazz improvisation and a musical mystery tour, you ll dig Jazz-Mandhu!

 

JUST JAMMIN'

The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival has always encouraged the efforts of young people in their pursuit of musical self-expression. When that desire in the young is encouraged and given practical application in our schools, the results can be pretty exciting. Prince Of Wales Public School teacher, Karina Vasquez, believed in that, and a year ago, gathered a group of energetic and enthusiastic10 to 12 year-old students together to form a djembe percussion ensemble. Using the lunch-hours at school to learn, practice and refine their rhythm skills, Just Jammin is ready, willing and able to be a part of this year s fun and excitement.

 

THE CHRIS LESSO TRIO

Barely one month old, the Chris Lesso Trio is takin it to the streets. But what would you expect of a New Blood Artist? Young. Energetic. Well-schooled in the Jazz Arts. Prepared to take chances. Improvise. Go where, hopefully, no man has gone before. Those are the very criteria for invigorating Jazz Music, and they always have been. If Charlie and Dizzy and Max and Bud and Mingus hadn t thrown off the restrictions under which they functioned, well we wouldn t have The Golden Age Of Jazz, now, would we and we wouldn t have had The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever ? Chris Lesso, on drums; John-Allen Bridges, on acoustic bass: Sudbury Jean, on guitar, utilize spontaneity and intuition in their approach Jazz Standards and Blues material. For a glimpse into the future of Jazz, take a look at the Chris Lesso Trio.

 

GRANT LYLE AND BROTHERHOOD

Perennial favourites in the baddest Blues clubs in Southern Ontario, Grant Lyle is quickly becoming a household name in the world of Rhythm and Blues. His explosive guitar playing and powerful vocal delivery, combined with an abundance of exciting material, rivet audience attention and command encores. His latest C.D., It s Worth It is garnering a lot of attention and praise. Accompanied by top drummers and bass players - all part of Brotherhood - Grant presents that unmistakable Toronto Rhythm & Blues sound that has made him so popular and completely entertaining. Downtown comes Uptown, For You!!

 

THE SCOTT MARSHALL TRIO

If cool Jazz performed without affectation is what you re looking for, you ll love the Scott Marshall Trio. Completely at home with Swings, Ballads or Latin-inspired material, this group performs their show with an understated elegance. Drawing upon a wide-ranging repertoire, Scott - on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones -, Marcel Aucoin - on piano -, and Wes Neal - on acoustic bass -, explore all the subtlety and nuance to be found in contemporary Jazz. The Scott Marshall Trio s new C.D., Face it , is an irresistible collection of well-known Jazz pieces and beguiling original compositions. If you want to take it easy, this trio is easy to take at The NOVALIS HALL, CAMPHILL COMMUNITY on June 8.

 

THE SHAWN MEI BAND

Sophisticated Jazz entertainment demands a close bond between the performer and the audience. Through superb phrasing, facile vocalizations and an accomplished piano accompaniment, Shawn is able to communicate with his audiences all the fun, the drama, the swagger and the yearning that is at the core of the successful Jazz songs. Shawn’s appreciation of the great singers of the past is apparent in his complete sincerity in performance. But set him loose with his six-piece band, and you discover a whole other side to this versatile Artist. Simcoe County’s Mister Entertainment has been back in the studio again with his band to make a follow-up recording to his popular "No Pressure" C.D. With a show based on Jump Swing music, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Blues and some original songs, too, the accent will be on high-energy excitement during Shawn’s performances at this year’s Festival. His great band includes Mark Stewart, on trombone; Graham Hilliam, on saxophone; Christina Bosco, on trumpet; Tim Morris, on guitar; and Johnny Marrocco, on drums. If you’re looking for the bass player, watch Shawn’s left hand on the piano. With a new C.D. almost completed, The Shawn Mei Band is a definite Festival "Must See" experience!

 

RHYTHM IN MOTION MUSIC STUDENTS RECITAL

The newest kids on the block - Dunlop Street to be more precise - in the music education biz are Chris Lesso and his wife. Along with fellow-instructor John-Allen Bridges, Rhythm In Motion students will have an opportunity to show what they know in a night-club setting, and experience all the fun of the live performance in front of an appreciative audience.

 

JENNIFER RYAN AND JORDAN O'CONNOR

What a joy it is to hear a young singer with the power and control of Jennifer Ryan - James Hall, The Ottawa Citizen. An Artist from previous Festivals for you to rediscover this year, Jennifer brings her sultry voice and her moody interpretations of the fascinating side of the Jazz repertoire to the Festival. A genuine innovator, she is accompanied by nothing more than the accomplished and sensitive Jordan O Connor on the upright bass. This is intriguing, intimate Jazz at its best. And if you ask her very nicely, she might treat you to some of her chansons de Jazz en Francais. An exquisite pas de deux pour vous seulement!

 

SECOND-HAND BLUES

Who says you can t teach an old dog new tricks? Mad Dog veterans Hugh Kilvert and John van Der Lind - from Huronia s legendary tribute to Joe Cocker - have joined with bassist - Bill Schindle, Little Avenue drummer - Doug Bruton, and keyboardist - Ron Dick, to form the newest Blues-based Funk band on the Barrie music scene. Drawing upon their deep musical maturity and influences as wide-ranging as the Allman Brothers, Sam and Dave, and, of course, Joe Cocker, this band is a smouldering, Funky Blues experience that you don t want to miss!

 

THE MARK SEPIC TRIO

Guitar whiz, Mark Sepic, leads his quartet of guitars, bass and drums through the most infectious material to emerge out of the Miami South Beach phenomenon. His complete command of the guitar is enhanced by his utilization of modern electronics to simulate steel pans, marimbas or any other instrument he turns his attention to. Mark is well matched by some of the finest musicians performing in this area of music that Toronto has to offer. From sultry to scintillating rhythms, from exotic to virtuosic instrumentalism.... Mark Sepic and his ensemble are an exciting Cubano-Latino-Andean-World Music experience that is not to be missed. A definite Festival Must See Show!

 

SIMCOE SOUND

Perennial Festival Favourites, Simcoe Sound, perform as a trio, quartet or quintet. This highly-entertaining Jazz ensemble plays Swing, Blues, Dixieland and Bebop. Their all-encompassing repertoire and light-hearted approach to their shows have made the group very popular throughout Huronia. In addition to fine vocals and a hip Toronto rhythm section, Joe Ciufo s commanding saxophone, clarinet and flute playing are what goodtime Jazz is all about! For great lunch-hour fun, Simcoe Sound will be performing in THE OUT TO LUNCH JAZZ AND BLUES CONCERTS SERIES SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN BARRIE B.I.A

 

THE PETER SMITH TRIO

In a world suddenly discovering the joys of Smooth Jazz, The Peter Smith Trio has been plying that area of contemporary music for years. Upbeat and entertaining, Peter s eclectic combo is neither mainstream nor Latin Jazz. It is a synthesis of elements which includes acoustic instrumentation, South-American folk influences, non-Jazz sensibilities, and improvisation as conceived by Canadians in a Canadian setting. In other words, the ensembles of saxophonist, Peter Smith, and guitarist, Kevin Laliberté, are both Caliente & Cool , the title of Peter s current C.D. The Peter Smith Trio is performing in FAMILY JAZZ TIME AT THE BARRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY on Saturday June 14 SPONSORED BY GRAHAM, WILSON AND GREEN..

 

TONY SPRINGER - WILD T

He recorded with David Bowie....He starred as Jimi Hendrix in the HBO movie The Monkees ....He wrote the hockey anthem for the Toronto Maple Leafs, We Want Stanley ....He is an incredible guitarist-entertainer....He's Tony Springer - aka "Wild T" - and he's coming to Music Pro in downtown Barrie to present a guitar clinic on Workshop Wednesday, June 12. Tony Springer, winner of The Prix de Merit V award at The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival, will provide insights into the intricacies of exciting Rhythm and Blues guitar technique. And have no fear, Tony will demonstrate many of the tricks-of-the-trade, including his patented Hair Guitar technique! This workshop continues the commitment Music Pro has made to providing professional, exciting Performing Artists to its clientele in an educational, informal and informative setting.

 

THE DOUG GARRAWAY DUO

An integral member and supporter of the regional music scene, multi-instrumentalist Ian Thurston straps on the six-string and explores the Jazz repertoire most suited to the guitar. Widely regarded as one of the region s most versatile musician s, when the opportunity presents itself, Ian provides great grooves on the electric bass as well. Doug Garraway steps out from behind his desk as the General Manger of The NEW VR Television station and sits back down behind the eighty-eights to join Ian on piano. Another Festival First, Doug s natural talent as a musician has long been over-shadowed by his administrative responsibilities. It just could be that all that pent-up creativity will pour out in some magical, musical moments. Casual Jazz with an underlying refinement and sensitivity, that's Ian Thurston and Doug Garraway!

 

 

 

ARTISTS PROFILES

BY ROBIN H. S. MUNRO

 

THE ANDY H. TRIO

A first-time Festival Artist - but no stranger to Jazz Festivals - Guitarist-impresario, Andy Harasymchuk, has played with many of the great Jazz Artists in Canada: Guido Basso, Pat Labarbera, Rob McConnell, to name just a few. Andy’s guitar influences include another Canadian, the great Ed Bickert, and the master himself, Joe Pass. With influences and credits like this, put him in a trio with Lenny Boyd, on bass, and Allan Halford, on drums, and look out! The trio will be performing Jazz Standards, Sambas, Bossa- Novas and all kinds of exciting Latin goodies. The Andy H. Trio is a definite Festival "must see"!

 

ANIMAL HOUSE

When it comes to choosing exciting, danceable Artists for The Festival, Pete Tsekos is a master. The talent booker for The Foundation Restaurant and Nightclub has chosen another great party Blues Band to rock the downtown of Barrie. If dancing and partying is what you do best, check out Animal House......even animals get The Blues!

 

BATTRAM, DZIERZBICKI AND ROSS

Blues Parlour meets The Current when vocalist-guitarist-composer, Mike Battram, joins forces with vocalist-guitarist-composer, Ian Ross, and electric bassist-composer, Kris Dzierzbicki. When two passionate blues players unite, you might expect fuelling guitars. Well, expect the unexpected. This trio will explore Jazz standards, Bossa-Novas....indeed, anything that ignites their imaginations. But don’t worry, they won’t forget to pull out the exciting Blues originals and standards which have made their home bands so popular in Barrie. And they better be good because Mother Current will be keeping an ear on things. Their Barrie Public Library show on June 13 in THE "HIGH NOON" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES IS SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF BARRIE and their Memorial Square show on June 11 in THE "OUT TO LUNCH" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES IS SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN B.I.A.

 

BLUES PARLOUR

Barrie's hottest "in-demand" band, Blues Parlour, has been providing Blues on the cutting edge to a variety of clubs, festivals and special events in Huronia over the past number of years. And now they’ve made their great sound available on their first own-grown recording, "One Way Ticket To The Blues", the title of one of the original compositions by Mike Battram. As their adrenalin-raising show has matured, so has their fan-following. And their own songs create as much excitement as the more familiar Blues material in their repertoire. This dynamic four-piece band features Mike Battram on guitar and vocals, Hugh Hardy on guitar, John Shand on the electric bass and Ian Black on drums. Blues for the love of it! Blues Parlour will have a C.D. release concert at the Centre Stage in THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE NEW VR.

 

THE MIKE BRANTON BAND

A veteran of the bitterly cold 'February Blues' Festivals over the past few years, Oakville’s Mike Branton now gets to be a part of the summer side of Festival life in this City. A unique and powerful guitarist with an intensely personal approach to the Blues, Mike's casual charm is as endearing as is his commitment to his music. With great vocals and a solid backup band, Branton’s show is highly entertaining and refreshing!

 

CURLEY BRIDGES

"This man’s endearing smile is as warm as his talent is great!"

A Maple Blues Award winner and an always entertaining fixture on the local and regional music scene, piano-vocalist Curley Bridges serves up a mix of familiar Jazz, Blues, Soul and Calypso songs that are guaranteed to charm the audiences wherever he performs. His lengthy career has been filled with an extraordinary list of accomplishments.....not the least of which was as a show drummer for the American U.S.O. during the Korean War. Definitely a Festival "must see", with an Artist the stature of Curley Bridges, what you see is only a hint of what you’re going to get!

 

THE MIKE BROWN DUO

Mike’s lush guitar chords and interesting melodic improvisations have been pleasing Bossa Nova, Swing and Contemporary Jazz audiences in Toronto, Kingston and the Barrie area consistently for years. He has become a fixture in the Toronto Jazz world and has developed a fine stable of accompanists to help him fulfill his musical ambitions and dreams. A tireless performer, Mike is a focused and conscientious entertainer delivering that "fascinatin' rhythm" that makes his music so popular.

 

BROWN, CIUFO AND MUNRO

Originators of the Jazz ensemble, Jazzmine, Michael Brown and Robin Munro team up with flautist and multi-reed man, Joe Ciufo, - of Simcoe Sound fame - to present the lunch-time crowd in the Reading Garden at the Barrie Public Library with a buffet of Sambas, Swing music, Bossa-Novas, Blues tunes and Standards. With Brown on guitar and Munro on electric bass, Joe will have all the infectious rhythms he needs for the inspiration to create his exciting solos. The group’s show on June 11 in THE "HIGH NOON" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES IS SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF BARRIE.

 

CORDON BLUES

Drummer Joe Pace leads this exciting, tight Rhythm and Blues band that features "Harpboy" Jake on harmonica and vocals. With band members from throughout Huronia, Cordon Blues’ show is consistent with any good rockin’ Blues band and their extensive repertoire is guaranteed to provide lots of fun for Festival fans. Party Time!

 

JASON CRAWFORD

Having returned from extensive performing throughout the world in support of Artists like The Platters, Ben Vereen and The Fifth Dimension, Jason is following a solo Jazz career by performing on his custom-made 8-stringed guitar. This instrument allows him to play the bass accompaniment to his chord-melody lines. In 1995, Guitar Player magazine said of Jason, "...(he) is a most promising chord-melody Jazz player in the Lenny Breau tradition". His repertoire consists of very classy instrumentals from all the different branches of contemporary Jazz. Jason will be accompanied by a percussionist on June 12 in THE "HIGH NOON" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF BARRIE.

 

THE CURRENT

Ian Ross leads this powerful and energetic quartet with influences ranging from James Brown to Chick Corea to Stevie Ray Vaughn. The Current is a focused and entertaining act that delivers a fusion of Blues, Jazz, Funk and Central American music in addition to their own original compositions. Ian Ross, on guitar and vocals, and Kris Dzierzbicki, on bass, are the featured performers but they are in heavy company with Dan Tricket on the drums. The perform in concert in the THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE NEW VR.

 

JACK DeKEYZER AND JAKE ROTUNDO

Guitar-vocalist, Jack DeKeyser, is a major Canadian Blues talent. He performs his original and familiar Blues material with all the conviction and passion of the consummate Artist. He is accompanied by Jake Rotundo.

 

AARON DUNCAN & THE GENTLEMEN’S LUNCH

A 'Sensation' in Orillia, tenor saxophonist-harmonicist-vocalist, Aaron, leads his own band through the popular vocal and instrumental Rhythm and Blues catalogue. For the Festival this year, Aaron and his band will be performing material from their new C.D. at Abbott’s of Craighurst in the Village of Craighurst on Saturday evening, June16.

 

ED TOAST

Guitarist, Ben Payne, and drummer, Jake Oelricks lead this youthful quartet of Jazz devotees. Rounded out with saxophone and electric bass, Ed Toast brings a level of sensitive maturity to this most difficult of musical undertakings. Their improvisations are tasteful and restrained and the ensemble’s repertoire selection, arrangements and execution on their instruments bodes well for the future of Jazz.

 

THE ERWIN GILES QUARTET

Local business man/celebrity, Erwin Giles, steps out from behind his desk to take up residence behind his drums and finds himself in pretty good company during this year's Festival. Juno Award winning pianist; Paul Neufeld, tenor saxophonist; Patricia Wheeler and bassist; Michael Bates present exciting Standards and Bebop selections from the Jazz catalogue. Erwin's sophisticated drumming technique and sensitive attention to the creative demands of the music he performs are just two of the reasons why he is a much-sought-after accompanist on other Artists' musical projects. To see him leading his own ensemble is an acknowledgment of his continual development as an Artist.

 

GARY GONTIER'S MUSIC STUDENTS AND FRIENDS

Gary has enlisted Barrie's own Mercy Blues Band to assist him in presenting a Blues guitar workshop. Talented students from within his own teaching practice are given an opportunity to "show what they know" in a typical performance environment. The Mercy Blues Band will accompany some of the students in this showcase of familiar Blues selections, and then will close the evening with a performance of their own favourite Blues selections.

 

RICK GREENSIDES AND THE GUITAR GREATS

What else can you say about a Blues guitarist and vocalist that can command the talents of the likes of Joe Huron and George Wehby whenever he feels like performing? That Artist has got to be great, too. Rick’s shows are full of commitment, great vocals, great guitar chops and great fun. For some of the best in Jazz and Blues guitar pickin’ that this city has to offer, catch Rick Greensides’s Patio Performances overlooking Kempenfelt Bay all weekend long.

 

ANDY HARASYMCHUK’S MUSIC STUDENTS

A Workshop Thursday showcase recital of Andy’s talented music students in a bistro environment at Coffee & All That Jazz in Cookstown. These workshops and recitals offer emerging artists the opportunity to experience all the excitement of the live performance in a controlled environment.

 

THE SHELAUGH HART TRIO

The laugh won't be on she, it will be on you if you miss this opportunity to see Barrie's most dynamic Jazz and Blues songster. Shelaugh's enthusiasm, sincerity and 'bon homie' have garnered an exuberant and loyal fan following for her. Her popularity is well deserved and she can be enjoyed along with her group led by Orillia pianist, Will Davis. Ralph Johnson keeps the bass upright and in the groove. Put this show high on your list of Festival "must see" venue performances.

 

THE TED HAWKINS DUO

Sophisticated vocals, supported by sensitive piano accompaniment, and a mature professionalism is what delights audiences everywhere. Toronto’s Ted Hawkins delivers! He has toured extensively throughout Ontario, singing in nightclubs and festivals, and three years ago he added The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival to his long list of successes. Sit back and enjoy this Festival Favourite, and maybe pick up his C.D., "Music For 2:17 A.M."

 

JOE HURON'S MUSIC STUDENTS

A Workshop Wednesday showcase recital of Joe's talented guitar students in a nightclub environment. Included in this recital will be one of Joe's semi-professional band leaders, Ian Ross, guitar-vocalist with "The Current".

 

THE JOE HURON TRIO

Tone. Feel. Intriguing technique. Brilliant ideas. These are the qualities that set an instrumentalist apart from the crowd. And these are the very qualities that have emerged in Joe Huron through the years. He is the finest Jazz guitarist in all of Huronia. But his pre-eminence in this community will not let him set himself apart from the crowd. He is equally at home performing with his students, fellow guitarists or his own stellar trio. He is well matched by the irrepressible Tim Moore on drums and the equally capable Kene Hyatt on the upright and the electric bass. They perform in concert in THE SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE NEW VR.

 

JAZZ-MANDHU

Television, Festival, concert and club favourite, Jazz-Mandhu is a high-energy "Fhu-Bop" Jazz adventure. This contemporary music ensemble explores a variety of sophisticated Jazz standards, Funk and Blues grooves and original compositions. Its mystical approach to Jazz features Joe Huron or Mike Battram on the electric guitar, Robin Munro on the electric bass and Erwin Giles or Lorne Pinkney on the drums. If you dig eclectic-hip Jazz improvisation, you’ll dig Jazz-Mandhu!

 

LOUIS LEFAIVE

Having been at the forefront of many musical trends and ideas, bandleader and arranger Louis Lefaive steps down from his role as leader of his ensemble, The Kings Of Swing, and presents the personal side of his Jazz interests. An accomplished pianist and vocalist, Louis provides new insights into the vast repertoire of Jazz, Show tunes and Popular material that he is so familiar with. Definitely a class act! Accompanying Louis during his show at Abbott’s of Craighurst will be some talented student guests.

 

"LITTLE AVENUE" BLUES BAND

Three fine vocalists guarantee rich harmonic textures in any band, but when this is applied to Rhythm and Blues....well, the results are bound to be exciting! Lead vocalist, Maria Branje and a tight Barrie rhythm section with Mark Danner on electric bass, Claude Chiandet on lead guitar, Doug Bruton on drums and Tony Buffone on keyboards have been developing and presenting their musical ideas over the past three years. The group has performed in a variety of local and regional nightclubs and special events. Finally, The Festival has an opportunity to present their unique "if you ain’t movin’ forward, you’re standin’ still" approach to the Blues on The Centre Stage at Heritage Park SHOWCASE HURONIA CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE NEW VR.

 

GRANT LYLE AND THE BROTHERHOOD

Perennial favourites in the baddest Blues clubs in Southern Ontario, Grant Lyle is accompanied by Scott Brammer, on bass and one of the many top drummers who he calls upon to join The Brotherhood.. His explosive guitar playing and powerful vocal delivery, combined with great exciting material, rivet audience attention. That unmistakable Toronto Rhythm & Blues sound, that has made him so popular, is completely entertaining. Downtown comes Uptown!

 

THE SCOTT MARSHALL TRIO

If cool Jazz performed without affectation is what you’re looking for, you’ll love the Scott Marshall Trio. Completely at home with Swings, Ballads or Latin-inspired material, this group plays with an understated elegance. Drawing upon a wide-ranging repertoire, Scott, on saxophones, Marcel Aucoin, on piano, and Wes Neal, on acoustic bass, explore all the subtlety and nuance to be found in great Jazz. If you want to take it easy, this trio is easy to take at The Barrie Public Library on June 16 when they perform in FAMILY JAZZ TIME SPONSORED BY GRAHAM, WILSON AND GREEN.

 

THE SHAWN MEI TRIO

Sophisticated Jazz entertainment demands a close bond between the performer and the audience. Through superb phrasing, facile vocalizations and an accomplished piano accompaniment, Shawn and his accompanists are able to communicate with their listeners all the fun, the drama, the swagger and the yearning that is at the core of the successful Jazz songs. Shawn’s appreciation of the great singers of the past is apparent in his complete sincerity in performance.

 

THE TIM MOORE TRIO

Drummer, Tim Moore, has long been regarded as a 'first call' by fellow musicians requiring a dynamic, sensitive, creative and accomplished percussionist. He's worked with some of the finest artists this country has to offer because he's regarded as one of the best. A fascinating composer and arranger, Tim joins forces with one of Barrie's leading guitarists and a composer in his own right, Joe Huron, and bassist, Kene Hyatt in a presentation of contemporary Jazz originals culled from their debut C.D. "....Finally" and select performance pieces and Jazz Standards.

 

THE MICHAEL PICKETT BAND

If ever there was a re-incarnation of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band of the mid to late 1960s, it’s The Michael Pickett Band. From Michaels’s husky, falsetto-laced vocals to his percussive harmonica style to Shawn Kellerman’s searing lead guitar solos, this band combines all the best ingredients of great Chicago Blues. And then there’s the Jimmy Reed inspired harmonica wails and the hypnotizing, repetitive rhythm section arrangements so reminiscent of the later Butterfield recordings. And maybe some Lou Reed and Tom Waites. And was that Buddy Miles and The Electric Flag? This band is fantastic! As their recordings, "Blues Money" and "Conversation With The Blues", will testify. Another Festival "must see".

 

THE RESERVOIR DOGS

Central Collegiate is the home base for this seven-piece student Jazz ensemble that just keeps getting better and better. They are a Saturday morning Jazz Band Concert Series tradition at The Centre Stage at Heritage Park. Their concert in THE JAZZ BAND CONCERT SERIES IS SPONSORED BY ASSOCIATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS.

 

THE LYNN ROSS TRIO

To every thing there is a season. In Lynn’s case, the season to become a Jazz stylist came after a variety of careers in the management echelons of the corporate world. Like great wine, her voice has a complexity that enchants and satisfies, and remains with you long after the last note has faded into the silence. The added treat is that Lynn Ross is so much fun! She loves to entertain! Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. So keep the requests coming, then sit back and enjoy a great Jazz voice on the very cusp of stardom. Her accompanists are culled from the finest musicians in the Jazz scene today. An absolute Festival "must see"!

 

THE RUTHERFORDS

A Barrie Music Awards recipient, Mark Rutherford is joined by his lovely daughter, Cassandra, in a presentation of great original and familiar vocal Jazz compositions. As an added treat, Mark is capable of fine vocal performances, too. For distinctive and inventive Jazz, you can't beat any of The Rutherfords’ performances!

 

SATURDAY NITE FISH FRY

A BIG MAN WITH A BIG BAND

Bill King is a Big Man. Big in publishing with his Jazz Report Magazine. Big in festivals with his Beaches Jazz Festival. Big in the recording industry with his Radioland label. Big in the awards game with his Jazz Report Awards. Big on the internet with his "eJazz News.com" website. Big on the club and concert stage with his Jazz Report Allstars and various other ensembles. And Big at the Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival with his latest creation, "Saturday Nite Fish Fry", the most exciting new band to come out of Toronto. And in case you’re thinking that because Bill is big, the boys in the band are just small fry....think again. Kevin Turcotte, Del Dako, John Johnson, Bob Brough, Artie Roth and more.... these Artists are giants in the Canadian Jazz scene. As for the material the band performs with so much energy and excitement, groove and swing, well.... Bill King used to play and write the arrangements for Janis Joplin and Ronnie Hawkins. Enough said. This Band was built to party! Bill won’t be having a good time if you’re not having a good time. Bill is six-foot five. Bill King is a Big Man with a Big Band in concert at THE FESTIVAL GALA PARTY SPONSORED BY 55 SPECIAL. Tickets are only $15.00 for the Best Music and Dance Party in the City of Barrie this Year. Call 722-6633 for more information and reservations.

 

THE ANDREW SCOTT TRIO

The Andrew Scott Trio Swings! .....and when this guitarist wants to make you smile, he just unleashes one of his rapid-fire volleys of musical inspiration and then retires to let the other members of the trio expand on his thematic ideas. Accompanied by acoustic bass and piano, Andrew negotiates his way through the challenges of the piano-guitar paring with grace and deference. Be it hot Latin pieces or tender ballads, his Originals and Standards all have a freshness about them that is invigorating. In addition to his extensive touring and concert performances, his composition credits in the broadcast and movie industry are remarkable for an Artist this early in his career. So pack up all your workday cares and woe and check out the Andrew Scott Trio on June 14 at The Barrie Public Library in THE "HIGH NOON" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF BARRIE.

 

THE JOHN SHAND TRIO

Having developed such a solid reputation as the bass player and second vocalist for the very popular group, Blues Parlour, many would never know that John Shand is a fine saxophonist and an awesome guitarist. John dons the six string to introduce his new Jazz trio - Erwin Giles, on drums, and Carl Rabiowitz, on electric bass - to the lunch bunch that populates the downtown every day. Expect to hear Jazz Standards, with vocals included, along with up-tempo Swing and Blues favourites. We can all be witness to the emergence of another cool Jazz ensemble from within the City of Barrie on June 14 when the trio performs in THE "OUT TO LUNCH" JAZZ CONCERT SERIES SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN B.I.A

 

SIMCOE SOUND

Perennial Festival Favourites, Simcoe Sound, perform as a trio, quartet or quintet. This highly-entertaining Jazz ensemble plays Swing, Blues, Dixieland and Bebop. Their all-encompassing repertoire and light-hearted approach to their shows have made the group very popular throughout Huronia. In addition to fine vocals and a hip Toronto rhythm section, Joe Ciufo’s saxophone, clarinet and flute playing are what goodtime Jazz is all about!

 

PETER SMITH AND KEVIN LALIBERTE

Upbeat and entertaining, Peter’s eclectic combo is neither ‘mainstream’ nor ‘Latin’ Jazz. It is a synthesis of elements which include acoustic instrumentation, South-American folk influences, non-Jazz sensibilities and improvisation as conceived by Canadians in a Canadian setting. In other words, the ensembles of saxophonist, Peter Smith, and guitarist, Kevin Laliberté, are both Caliente & Cool. The burning question is, Who is Which?

 

ST. PETER'S HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND

Mark Danner, head of the music department at St. Peter’s, leads this student Jazz band, another Saturday morning Jazz Band Concert Series tradition. They will also perform during the "Out To Lunch" Concert Series at Memorial Square in downtown Barrie. Their concert in THE JAZZ BAND CONCERT SERIES IS SPONSORED BY ASSOCIATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS.

 

GEORGE WEHBY'S MUSIC STUDENTS’ CONCERT

A Workshop Wednesday showcase of George's talented students performing in a nightclub environment. These students will be performing solo pieces and duettes in the Jazz and Blues genre.

 

GEORGE WEHBY - CANDY FOR THE SOUL

The diverse musical interests of guitarist, George Wehby, and a variety of area musicians are united in their presentation of World Beat and Blues and Jazz standards in addition to their own original compositions. George finds that the duo combination provides sufficient opportunity for improvisation and exploration. The result ... they are always entertaining. The talent and creativity of this young artist augers well for the future of Jazz and Blues in Barrie. George will be performing with the very bluesy guitar-vocalist, Rick Greensides, in one of his one of his ensembles. And if we’re lucky, piano-picker Peter Wessenger will be on one of the shows.

 

WILD T

Mister Excitement, Tony Springer, joins forces with long-time friends John Bouvette, on drums, and musical prodigy Chaz Laurie, on bass, to deliver that great Toronto Rockin' Blues Sound. With three recordings under their belts and U.S. distribution, this act is a "Wild and Spirited" amazing "must see"! Included in his Philthy McNasty’s show on June 16 will be a reprise of his movie performance in "Daydream Believers: The Story Of The Monkees" in which he was chosen to portray the great guitar icon in the early stages of his solo career. Definitely a guitar-burning event!