Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its season

WhatsOn Jun 19, 2017 Waterloo Chronicle

 The Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its 2017 season with a mini jazz festival featuring four concerts June 22 to June 25 at the Jazz Room.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with a spectacular Italian singer — Pilar. She brought the Jazz Room roof down with her last appearance as a member of the Sicilian Jazz Project. She’s a very versatile artist who blends the Italian singer-songwriter tradition with jazz, folk, pop and theatrical elements. Her artistic and musical influences run from Mozart to Homer, Nina Simone, Caravaggio, Paolo Conte, Giacomo Puccini, Melody Gardot, Sigur Ros, Edith Piaf, Damien Rice and Lhasa de Sela.

 Since 2014, she’s joined forces with Canadian guitarist Michael Occhipinti as the lead female vocalist in a paring called Muorica. She has also completed a new recording with the Sicilian Jazz Project and will be touring Canada with them hitting venues like Koerner Hall, Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Cultch (Vancouver) Ottawa ChamberFest, SaskJazz and the Bassement (Saskatoon) Edmonton Jazz Festival, the Jazz Room and many others.

 Pilar is followed by the Montuno Police on Friday. They are six accomplished musicians playing original instrumental compositions, combining wicked grooves and creative interplay. They mix the harmonic and improvisational traditions of North American jazz with the rhythmic influences of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic music. The result is an aural explosion of global grooves taking the ear in new and riveting musical directions.

The band features Gord Sheard on piano, Geoff Young on guitar, Mark Kelso on drums, John Johnson on saxophone, Collin Barrett on bass and Rick Shadrach Lazar, leader of the band, on percussion.

 Saturday’s show features another great singer — Genevieve Marentette — also known as Gigi. She lived in Hong Kong for eight years, then Europe and now has returned to her hometown of Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards.

In October 2015 she began producing a community concert called Cover One Another, featuring Toronto’s top artists interpreting each others tunes. In one evening with Gigi you can expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and a bit of the Blues. The band features Attila Fias on piano, Eric St- Laurent on guitar, George Koller on bass and Mark Kelso on drums.

The season wraps up with a special Sunday matinee show featuring In Orbit. In Orbit features the amazing Jeff Coffin on saxophone. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and saxophonist with Dave Matthews Band. He rejects all labels and categories other than “music” and “musician” when asking how to describe his playing, writing and himself.

Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator, and has been travelling the globe since the mid-1990s. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he began playing in 1997. In July 2008, he began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009, following the passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

Some of the artists with whom Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio with include a “who’s who” of musicians, such as Dave Matthews Band, New Orleans Social Club, McCoy Tyner, Phish, Galactic, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, the Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, John Scofield, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many more.

In Orbit features Coffin on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass, Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Davide Direnzo on drums, and Tom Reynolds on piano. Friday and Saturday concerts start at 8:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees start at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit kwjazzroom.com.

Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its season

WhatsOn Jun 19, 2017 Waterloo Chronicle

 The Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its 2017 season with a mini jazz festival featuring four concerts June 22 to June 25 at the Jazz Room.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with a spectacular Italian singer — Pilar. She brought the Jazz Room roof down with her last appearance as a member of the Sicilian Jazz Project. She’s a very versatile artist who blends the Italian singer-songwriter tradition with jazz, folk, pop and theatrical elements. Her artistic and musical influences run from Mozart to Homer, Nina Simone, Caravaggio, Paolo Conte, Giacomo Puccini, Melody Gardot, Sigur Ros, Edith Piaf, Damien Rice and Lhasa de Sela.

 Since 2014, she’s joined forces with Canadian guitarist Michael Occhipinti as the lead female vocalist in a paring called Muorica. She has also completed a new recording with the Sicilian Jazz Project and will be touring Canada with them hitting venues like Koerner Hall, Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Cultch (Vancouver) Ottawa ChamberFest, SaskJazz and the Bassement (Saskatoon) Edmonton Jazz Festival, the Jazz Room and many others.

 Pilar is followed by the Montuno Police on Friday. They are six accomplished musicians playing original instrumental compositions, combining wicked grooves and creative interplay. They mix the harmonic and improvisational traditions of North American jazz with the rhythmic influences of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic music. The result is an aural explosion of global grooves taking the ear in new and riveting musical directions.

The band features Gord Sheard on piano, Geoff Young on guitar, Mark Kelso on drums, John Johnson on saxophone, Collin Barrett on bass and Rick Shadrach Lazar, leader of the band, on percussion.

 Saturday’s show features another great singer — Genevieve Marentette — also known as Gigi. She lived in Hong Kong for eight years, then Europe and now has returned to her hometown of Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards.

In October 2015 she began producing a community concert called Cover One Another, featuring Toronto’s top artists interpreting each others tunes. In one evening with Gigi you can expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and a bit of the Blues. The band features Attila Fias on piano, Eric St- Laurent on guitar, George Koller on bass and Mark Kelso on drums.

The season wraps up with a special Sunday matinee show featuring In Orbit. In Orbit features the amazing Jeff Coffin on saxophone. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and saxophonist with Dave Matthews Band. He rejects all labels and categories other than “music” and “musician” when asking how to describe his playing, writing and himself.

Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator, and has been travelling the globe since the mid-1990s. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he began playing in 1997. In July 2008, he began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009, following the passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

Some of the artists with whom Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio with include a “who’s who” of musicians, such as Dave Matthews Band, New Orleans Social Club, McCoy Tyner, Phish, Galactic, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, the Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, John Scofield, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many more.

In Orbit features Coffin on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass, Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Davide Direnzo on drums, and Tom Reynolds on piano. Friday and Saturday concerts start at 8:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees start at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit kwjazzroom.com.

Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its season

WhatsOn Jun 19, 2017 Waterloo Chronicle

 The Grand River Jazz Society wraps up its 2017 season with a mini jazz festival featuring four concerts June 22 to June 25 at the Jazz Room.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with a spectacular Italian singer — Pilar. She brought the Jazz Room roof down with her last appearance as a member of the Sicilian Jazz Project. She’s a very versatile artist who blends the Italian singer-songwriter tradition with jazz, folk, pop and theatrical elements. Her artistic and musical influences run from Mozart to Homer, Nina Simone, Caravaggio, Paolo Conte, Giacomo Puccini, Melody Gardot, Sigur Ros, Edith Piaf, Damien Rice and Lhasa de Sela.

 Since 2014, she’s joined forces with Canadian guitarist Michael Occhipinti as the lead female vocalist in a paring called Muorica. She has also completed a new recording with the Sicilian Jazz Project and will be touring Canada with them hitting venues like Koerner Hall, Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Cultch (Vancouver) Ottawa ChamberFest, SaskJazz and the Bassement (Saskatoon) Edmonton Jazz Festival, the Jazz Room and many others.

 Pilar is followed by the Montuno Police on Friday. They are six accomplished musicians playing original instrumental compositions, combining wicked grooves and creative interplay. They mix the harmonic and improvisational traditions of North American jazz with the rhythmic influences of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic music. The result is an aural explosion of global grooves taking the ear in new and riveting musical directions.

The band features Gord Sheard on piano, Geoff Young on guitar, Mark Kelso on drums, John Johnson on saxophone, Collin Barrett on bass and Rick Shadrach Lazar, leader of the band, on percussion.

 Saturday’s show features another great singer — Genevieve Marentette — also known as Gigi. She lived in Hong Kong for eight years, then Europe and now has returned to her hometown of Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP produced by George Koller and titled after her nickname Gigi. She was also featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on Combo, his latest record of jazz standards.

In October 2015 she began producing a community concert called Cover One Another, featuring Toronto’s top artists interpreting each others tunes. In one evening with Gigi you can expect to hear a mix of standards, modern interpretations, Brazilian, French and a bit of the Blues. The band features Attila Fias on piano, Eric St- Laurent on guitar, George Koller on bass and Mark Kelso on drums.

The season wraps up with a special Sunday matinee show featuring In Orbit. In Orbit features the amazing Jeff Coffin on saxophone. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and saxophonist with Dave Matthews Band. He rejects all labels and categories other than “music” and “musician” when asking how to describe his playing, writing and himself.

Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator, and has been travelling the globe since the mid-1990s. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he began playing in 1997. In July 2008, he began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009, following the passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

Some of the artists with whom Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio with include a “who’s who” of musicians, such as Dave Matthews Band, New Orleans Social Club, McCoy Tyner, Phish, Galactic, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, the Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, John Scofield, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many more.

In Orbit features Coffin on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass, Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Davide Direnzo on drums, and Tom Reynolds on piano. Friday and Saturday concerts start at 8:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees start at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit kwjazzroom.com.