Friday, June 21: Baritone Madness
Baritone Madness started as a way for Keith O’Rourke to get together with a couple of his other favourite baritone saxophonists and celebrate the instrument by putting it front and centre in the band instead of in its usual supporting roll. Being a huge Sonny Rollins fan, he decided to name the band in honour of one of his favourite recordings and Baritone Madness was born. The first gig was a sold out hit and had the audience in attendance all asking about the next date. The second gig went just like the first and so they kept going. Onstage all band members take a turn in leading the ensemble making it a truly co-operative project with each also contributing compositions to the band.
Saturday, June 22: Ranee Lee:
Ranee Lee is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, an award-winning actress, a songwriter, and author. She has recorded thirteen albums, a proud discography of acclaimed recordings that feature some of the finest jazz musicians of our time among its sidemen.Throughout her career Ranee has performed with many jazz notables, including Clark Terry, Bill Mayes, Herb Ellis, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton, Oliver Jones and Terry Clarke, to name a few. She’s also no stranger to the road; she has toured with her own group in the United States and has played at many prestigious jazz festivals throughout Canada as well as Spain, France, England and most recently Haiti.
Sunday, June 23: Emie R Roussel Trio INTERSECTIONS:
The Emie R Roussel Trio has experienced a dizzying ascent since 2010, and is now an unstoppable force in the Canadian jazz scene. The trio delivers creative and captivating jazz with passion and undeniable chemistry. The hard-won musical cohesion of the group’s three members puts a particular spotlight on groove and melody via a sound at times more acoustic, at others more electric. These precious shared moments, and each member’s creativity, meet at the crossroads of their respective paths, the intersections of their musical odyssey. More importantly the Trio is back – inspired, and with a whole new level of complicity and mutual understanding – with their new project, Intersections.
Tuesday, June 25: The Easley Quartet:
The Easley Quartet is a new collaboration of some of the most revered jazz players in Atlantic Canada. The EQ was formed by bassist Tom Easley in 2017 when he enlisted a group of session players to perform a collection of new original compositions for a series of shows. Driven by the success of these shows and the audience’s reaction, the group entered the studio to record.This Quartet shines a new light on jazz while still honoring its tradition. Noted for the depth of guitar wizardry, and a hypnotic quality displayed on The Starting Point vs The Steep Decline, the quartet’s undeniable musicianship is also in ample supply.
Wednesday, June 26: Audrey Ochoa Trio:
Trombonist Audrey Ochoa is a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene. Her second album Afterthought, is an extension of her compositional skill and talent on her instrument. Mentor and trombone master Hugh Fraser describes her as “an inspired emerging artist that embodies the talent, inspiration and focus to make a major contribution at the highest level.” Having performed professionally both nationally and internationally with multiple ensembles; Audrey has found a home in jazz and contemporary music composing her own tunes that often have a Latin feel, and definitely convey her sense of humour.
Thursday, June 27: Only a Visitor:
Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, Only A Visitor is a quintet that blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. With asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, they make room for themselves between pop and experimental music.
Friday, June 28: The Shuffle Demons:
The Shuffle Demons, one of the first indie acts to break out on MuchMusic, first emerged onto the Canadian music scene with an electrifying musical fusion. This band is genre bending, highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, can really PLAY. All their eye catching, crowd pleasing stunts are backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real groundbreaking playing. Over the course of their illustrious career The Shuffle Demons have released eight CDs, two hit videos, and have won several music awards. They play a mix of funk jazz, hard bop jazz and jazz rap, wear spectacular hand painted suits and love to parade through the audience, a perfect festival, theatre or club act. Expect the same exciting, no holds barred performances that feature wild romps in the crowd, free jazz moments, danceable funk, poetry, killer solos and more.
Saturday, June 29: Laila Biali:
Expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” – Spinner Magazine. Laila is currently set to release a new album of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more. She is also the host of Saturday Night Jazz, a national radio show launched by CBC in September of 2017.
Sunday, June 30: Dominique Fils-Aime:
Dominique Fils-Aimé is a singer-songwriter from Montreal whose inspiration is drawn from soul icons of the 40’s and the 60’s such as Billie Holiday, Etta James and Nina Simone. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her branches glide through contemporary urban soundscapes.