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Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ: World Beat Jazz: Friday, February 23

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ: A World Beat Jazz Project: Friday, February 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 /$15 students/seniors/ un(der)waged.  A collection of musical compositions Spanjazz groupinspired by world music rhythms performed in a jazz context by the 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz. Featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Vincent Waters – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz!
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20526/ 

FOR GEORGE 2018: Saturday, February 24

FOR GEORGE 2018: Saturday, February 24. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Door Cover: Pay As You Can. $20 suggested. Hosted by Christopher Clause and featuring the best in Hamilton artists, FOR GEORGE 2018 is a musical celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, as well as the GeorgeHarrisonCClause-2016sharing of original music inspired by George.

All proceeds raised from the show will go towards GRACENOTES and Debbie Clause Recording Fund, which will help raise funds for local independent music projects in Hamilton.

Artists that will be performing (as of Friday January 12…) are as follows (lineup subject to change): The Barr Band, Bob Bryden, Jennifer Budd, Christopher Clause, Chrys and Momo, Miles From Nowhere (Miles Evans), Chris Jamieson, Jude Johnson, Dave Pomfret, Michael Scott, Paul Slodovnick, Peter Taplay.

Bob Wegner: Introduces his new CD, “Changing of the Guard”, Sunday, Feb. 11

Bob Wegner: Introduces his new CD, “Changing of the Guard”.…Sunday, February 11. Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:00 pm. $20.  Bob Wegner is a seasoned performer, songwriter, and composer. Career BobWegnerCD_02_18highlights include playing with Classic Albums Live, performing on Canadian Idol, and playing in several productions of the west end musical ‘We Will Rock You’ after auditioning for Queen’s Brian May. He also performs as a solo artist, with an extensive repertoire ranging from Indian classical music to Bach to flamenco, as well as many of his own compositions covering a broad range of genres. Now he has a new CD!   This will be an evening of great music and storytelling and a unique chance to catch this master at his best! http://www.bobwegner.ca      Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9DNor7r9cI
https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20396/

David Woodhead’s Confabulation – CD Release: Friday, Feb 9

David Woodhead’s Confabulation – CD Release: Friday, Feb 9. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm.  $20 /$15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.Confabulation_02_18
You can hear the ideas bouncing back and forth on The Confabulation’s new album Tunnels and Visions.  Ringleader David Woodhead’s compositions range from rambunctious romps to contemplative minimalism, with stops at vintage song and contemporary parlour music on the way.  His playful Confabulation project combines a handful of expert players with a musical mandate fusing the inviting community feeling of folk, the wide musical palette of jazz, and the entrancing rhythms of world music, with the occasional foray into classical music structure.Confabulation2_02_18
Tunnels and Visions is a high-spirited, cinematic deep-dive into ’70s-style jazz composition and improvisation. Naturally, it features Woodhead’s trademark melodic electric bass playing, with his expressive touch on the fretless, and a long list of notable instrumentalists. Band members include keyboardist Doug Wilde (Manteca), reeds player Colleen Allen (Molly Johnson, Holly Cole), guitarist Bob Cohen (Jesse Winchester) and drummer Rich Greenspoon (Betty and the Bobs, Stewed Tomatoes). Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOafAqIvvmk
See more links at: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/confabulation.html
Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20247/

ZULA Presents: Scandinavian Jazz Powerhouse ATOMIC: Tues, Feb. 13

ZULA Presents: Scandinavian Jazz Powerhouse Atomic: Tuesday, February 13. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets $15 reg./$10 students & seniors @ http://paypal.me/ZulaTix  Norwegian and Swedish jazz quintet ATOMIC is made up of some of the most accomplished and exciting 2nd anZulaAtomic_02_18d 3rd generation Scandinavian/European free jazz artists, inspired by American and European jazz/free/contemporary music and exploring adventurous works written by its members. Explosive, retrospective, joyous, contemplative, fiery, intense performances leave audiences in awe.  Fredrik Ljungkvist – reeds; Magnus Broo – trumpet; Håvard Wiik – piano; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass; Hans Hulbœkmo – drums.)
ZULA Presents: world-renowned visiting artists; revered local musicians; newer traditions in jazz; improvised music; experimental sounds; the avant-garde here in Hamilton  This event is presented as part of Hamilton Winterfest with kind support from the City of Hamilton.
Details at: https://zulapresents.org/2017-2018-something-else-series/feb-13-2018-atomic-at-pearl-co/

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 18

The Koren Family Christmas! Monday, December 18: At 7:00pm: $10 with a Food or Cash Donation. The Koren Family with The Pearl Arts Centre will host an evening of music and much, much, more. Here’s last year’s perfect quote from Benjamin Washington …”best deal of the year…the annual ‘Koren Family Christmas’…a full charity donation showcase in aid of HAMILTON FOOD SHARE…main stage at The Pearl… the musical line-up is always awesome… ten bucks and a food donation…be there!”  The Musical lineup for 2017: Tomi Swick, Union and Kay, Doug Feaver and Ruth Sutherland, Fred Magie, Christopher Clause, Matty Simpson, Justin Fischer, and The Koren Family!!!  Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_4F90lmGQY

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Sunday, December 31

Another Jazzy New Year @ The Pearl! Sunday, December 31, 8:00 ‘til ?  $65 per person. We’ve found a drummer!  We are on for our usual fabulous entertainment, great buffet, and cash bar. The entertainment will be a brilliant collection of super-gifted jazz musicians. As always, we promise fun people, great conversations, musical magic, and lots of dancing before, between, and after the jazz sets!PearlCo@Night2

To welcome in the New Year: Chef Gary Santucci, with major assistance from his son and also chef, Avery Santucci, will create a pan-global buffet with new dishes arriving throughout the night. There will be two musical sets from the collection of jazz artists assembled for the evening.

The 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, Spanjazz: Inspired by world music rhythms in a jazz context and featuring Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Vincent Waters – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is Spanjazz.

Dancing between sets, lots of food and the cash bar round out the evening.

We need you to RSVP: Buy tickets online, via email, or phone.  We usually sell out so let us know as soon as you do! Online Tickets: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/20079/   https://bruha.com/event/2640

Dominic Mancuso Group: Intimate and Up Close! Saturday, February 3 SOLD OUT!

Dominic Mancuso Group: Intimate and Up Close! SOLD OUT. Saturday, February 3. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. Tickets: $30. Dominic Mancuso is a Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award-winning singer-songwriter, and producer, born in Canada with a Sicilian soul. This passionate collaborator displays a DominicMancuso_ FEB 3_18wondrous spirit that transcends cultures and borders defining a world culture where people are the territory. The Dominic Mancuso Group: Where Passion, Music and Theatre Collide with Modern Maestros!  After 25 years committed to a vision influenced by his culturally diverse world, Dominic sees himself sitting at the table with the 21st century and the global village. His resume takes in several CDs, as well as several written scores for TV, films and theatre performances, numerous artistic collaborations and a great number of live shows in Canada and abroad. His latest CD (and Juno winner), Urban Gypsy, is a recording that clearly communicates the group’s wandering spirit, musical prowess and pluriculturalism, while nurturing the contemporary idea of a global culture.  “His group is a perfect example of the world-savvy musical product Canada is producing.”  ~Dr. Elena Lamberti, U of Bologna.  http://www.dominicmancuso.com/  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhompMe2MNQ

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11

Lori Yates with Hey Stella: Saturday, November 11. Doors @ 7:30PM, Show Starts @ 8:30. Admission: $20. Alternative country “supergroup” Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a Lori Yates_Hey Stella_10_17reputation as one of the premiere “live” acts in the country. Thousands of patrons caught Hey Stella (David Baxter, Bazil Donovan, Michelle Josef, Lori Yates) in the cavernous back room of Ted’s Wrecking Yard and Ted’s Collision during their five year weekly residency. Their irreverent and charming approach to traditional country tunes and their originals included; humour, pathos, stellar musicianship. The night often ended with Lori standing on a table belting out Leonard Cohen’s “So Long Marianne” while everyone in the bar sang along with her, making them a crowd favourite.
The band took time off while babies were born, solo records made, careers were advanced. But when the call came for another weekly residency, this time at the venerable Cameron House, they jumped at the chance. So even in 2017, and from the opening note, it’s clear the Hey Stella mojo is still there, maybe even better, and indeed their sound has aged like a fine vintage wine or a smelly piece of cheese. With special guests: Melissa Marchese and Doug Smith.  Advance tickets available here:  https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/19537/

COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4

COLOUR FILM: New Songs + JUSTIN SAWICKI: Saturday, November 4, Doors: 7:30pm. Show: MatthewDeZ_ColourFilm01_178:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery and characters, Colour Film is the stage name of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete. This concert will be an intimate ensemble performance of new songs – the raw material for a future album. These songs continue the cinematic approach of Super 8, Colour Film’s 2016 release that blends pop and folk in an atmospheric soundscape conjured with producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies).  Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. Colour Film – www.colourfilm.ca
Justin Sawicki: Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time he has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Selina Martin, Tomi Swick, Tom Wilson, and Max Kerman (Arkells).  His 2011 album Nothing for No One was nominated for Independant Album of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.  In 2015, he released a self-titled album described by Dusty Organ as being “rooted in storytelling and rustic Canadian musicianship, (the album) shifts from western-style blues riffs, to dense, foot-stomping folk melodies”.  In 2018 Sawicki is set to release a new collection of songs collaborating with long time friends and bandmates Dan Rodrgues and Andrew Barbisan for the project. www.justinsawickimusic.com
Cash Bar available.

BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30

BrownmanElectrycTrioPoster_10_17BROWNMAN Ali explores Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”: Monday, October 30. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $15 at the door, $10 advance. Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER: Michael Jackson through the Lens of Electric-jazz. Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI is leading an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in National Jazz Award winning improviser Brownman’s Miles Davis-esque fashion. In addition to performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured during this unique Halloween jazz party. States Ali: “Michael birthed so many incredible tunes over the years, but his collaboration with Quincy Jones on Thriller has to be one of the most towering musical achievements in pop music ever. Using that brilliant material every year on Halloween, as jump-offs for what we do makes for a party that’s danceable, but still rooted in exploratory improvising and deep reaching solos. We approach it the way Miles might have.”
The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO has won a National Jazz Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, a SOCAN award for composition, and recently won an International Independent Music Award for “2015 Jazz-Funk album of the year” for “Gravitation”. Costumes encouraged – it’s Halloween after all.
Brownman Ali – electric trumpet / Nick Maclean – keyboards / Brad Cheeseman – electric bass / Geoff Bruce – drums.  Brownman Electryc Trio live: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFECA3E452FE2BC0D  www.ElectrycTrio.Brownman.com
“One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers” — Randy Brecker, legendary 14x Grammy winning trumpet icon.
TICKETS: https://bruha.com/event/2151

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Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15

Corin Raymond / Kim Beggs: Sunday, October 15. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Here are these two versatile, amazing folkies in the same place at theCorin&KimBeggs_10_17 same time!  You can’t miss this.
Sincere and vulnerable, clear eyed and tough, Yukon singer songwriter Kim Beggs sings sweet, dark tales of northern life. And she is set to release her fifth solo album, Said Little Sparrow. With accompaniment from Marcel Desilets, they deliver the heartfelt darkness of Kim’s songs in a beautiful back woods, beat driven performance. Said Little Sparrow is an intimate, dark and soulful album. It’s an exploration of family, childhood, friendship, sacrifice, risk, death, broken hearts, vulnerability, survival, freedom, vampire love, and more. “A voice as cool and as refreshing as the Yukon river, delivers songwriting of the highest order” 5 STARS Maverick Magazine (UK)
Corin Raymond is a legendary Canadian songwriter and storyteller whose songs are covered by a far flung community of established roots musicians and campfire enthusiasts. Acoustic Guitar calls Raymond’s latest, JUNO award-nominated album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic,” while The Globe and Mail calls Corin Raymond “a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” On October 15th, Raymond will be freshly back from Winnipeg where he’s currently making his next album, Dirty Mansions, slated for a late 2018 release, and he’ll be featuring some as-yet-unheard songs from that project, and sharing stories new and old. https://kimbeggs.com   https://corinraymond.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNIKcyOsR_E

MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet): Saturday October 7

MOJO (Men OF Jazz Octet): Saturday October 7.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. MOJO (men of Jazz Octet) is a Hamilton based combo playing Cool, Hardbop and beyond. MOJO covers hard bop to modern composers like Freddie Mojo october 7_17Hubbard, Don Sickler (superblue), and Bill Fulton; a bit edgier, a bit more in your face than a traditional octet. Mojo was formed by Lindsay Paul in January of 2015 as a band that would bring together great players with the repertoire to challenge them. Most of the members have extensive experience in top Big Bands in the area. They were looking for an opportunity to play material at that same level in a different configuration. The band is also injecting fresh ideas in our performances by bringing in some of the great new and upcoming players in the area.
There are a few octets in the GTA and Golden Horseshoe area that mainly focus on the Cool jazz sound of great bands like Dave Pell, Dave Brubeck and Shorty Rogers. MOJO tips their hat to these great artists but leans more to the east coast sound of bands like; Superblue, Don Sickler, Freddie Hubbard, and The New Jazz composers octet.
Come out and get your mojo on with the band at an energy filled night of Jazz.

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29

Matthew Byrne: CD Release Tour: Friday, September 29. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 / Matthew byrne_09_17$15 students/seniors/wage-challenged. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced festival stages worldwide. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received CFMA Traditional Recording of the Year, establishing Byrne as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He released his highly-anticipated third album Horizon Lines in August. This new collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. For more information, visit www.matthewbyrne.net
“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer.” – TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23

Kirk Starkey & Hanna Bech: Saturday, September 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00pm. $20 Hanna_Kirk_Poster_09_17/students/seniors/wage-challenged PWYC (pay what you can). Kirk Starkey is “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today.” CBC Radio 2. Kirk has pursued a unique career as cellist, composer and sound artist. Kirk’s solo recordings Little Gidding (2011), Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase his original style of integrating extended cello techniques and digital processing into a compelling and accessible medium. In the role of Producer, Kirk Starkey specializes in the capture and production of acoustic music. Recent clients include in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Duo Gelato, and Valerie Tryon! Kirk performs on a newly restored Vogtland cello (c.1775) on generous loan from Hildegard Battista.
Hamilton native Hanna Bech is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, choral composer, conductor, and teacher(!)  Bech’s sound combines piano and playful vocals to create classically influenced folk-pop with swagger. She’s performed with the HPO’s Indie Series and been recognized as 2017’s emerging music artist by the Hamilton Arts Council. She uses her love of play to transform her feelings into music and fantasy-filled stories. Hanna is also cultivating Queens of Quirk, a celebration of (un)conventional coolness through music, silks, comedy, and crimps.  Hanna dreams of helping everyone find and embrace their unique voice. www.hannabechmusic.com  www.kirkstarkey.com  Ticketshttps://www.bruha.com/event/1961


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