RUSS LITTLE and the fall lineup

JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY opens Fall season with RUSS LITTLE

Few Canadian musicians can claim such an illustrious career as this virtuosic trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor. RUSS LITTLE will bring his ultimate trombone, exuberance and boundless instrumental artistry to the Thornbury Library on Friday August 24, 2018. His HIGHSPOTS SO FAR…. include having been the lead trombonist with the Woody Herman and Count Basie Bands, founding member of the legendary rock orchestra Lighthouse, member of  Rob McConnell’s The Boss Brass, Music Director for the famous comedy TV show Second City and arranger/conductor for countless CBC, CTV, ABC and NBC network TV shows.

For this concert he will be joined by Andy Harasymczuk on guitar, Jack McFadden on bass and Ted Warren on drums. Tickets are $25 and available at Thornbury Pharmasave and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.

WAYNE McGRATH  will bring his trumpet and be joined by Don Buchanan on keyboard, Peter Rissi on trombone, Jay Burr on tuba and Steve Wood on drums to revisit The Roaring 20’s with the jazz music of the day on September 21, 2018.

BILL McBIRNIE will perform the best jazz and bossa nova tunes  on his EXTREME FLUTE on October 19, 2018 with Andy Harasymczuk on guitar, Jack McFadden on bass and Ted Warren on drums.

The Marsh Street Centre will be the venue on November 16, 2018 to showcase the MARY-CATHERINE PAZZANO QUINTET highlighting UNDISCOVERED GEMS, the many  jazz tunes which just didn’t get top billings, but rank with the best mainstream jazz standards anytime.. Mary-Catherine on vocals, Don Buchanan on keyboard, Jason Hunter on tenor sax, Pat Collins on bass and Steve James on drums make up this enjoyable ensemble.

THORNBURY JAZZWORKS presents the JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY  and JAZZ AT THE MARSH concerts to promote excellence in musical performance and use the proceeds to support music education programs in our local schools.



How many Notes for an EGOT?

First question First. What’s an EGOT? It is the acronym for the four major Artistic Awards a person can achieve, an EMMY (television), GRAMMY (music), OSCAR (Academy Award) and TONY (theatre).

Richard Rodgers was the first to receive the EGOT, grand slam of show business, for his compositions and scores for musical theatre and films between 1945 and 1962.

How many notes? Richard Rodgers might have known, as he wrote over 900 songs during his life time. But it’s not the number of notes which is important, it is the genius and beauty of the music he composed. With lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II he revolutionized musical theatre with shows such as Pal Joey, Oklahoma and The King and I. Many of the songs he wrote, Blue Moon, Lady is a Tramp, Manhattan, Bewitched among many others, became jazz standards performed frequently to this day.

Collingwood actor, producer and vocalist DEAN HOLLIN will bring his brand new show RODGERS & H (Hart and Hammerstein) to the Marsh Street Centre on Saturday June 23 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 and available at Pharmasave in Thornbury Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.  Get your tickets early.

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Ted Warren at the Library

Ted Warren, one of the most accomplished and versatile drummers in the country can be heard on many Juno Award winning and Grammy Award nominated recordings. Ted was the last drummer of the legendary Boss Brass and has toured around the world. 

At this time he brings his own Ted’s Warren Commission band with Mike Malone on trumpet, Ted Quinlan on guitar and Pat Collins on bass. Besides being busy performing they all are respected music educators, with Ted Warren, Mike Malone and Pat Collins on the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton and Ted Quinlan serving as Head of Guitar/Strings department at Humber College.

On Friday May 25th at 7:30 pm we can hear this stellar group of professional musicians in the Gallery at the Thornbury Library. Tickets are $25 and are available at Pharmasave in Thornbury and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.

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27th Annual Jazzmania

Upcoming Thornbury Jazzworks Concert with a difference.

Our next event will be part of the Jazzmania weekend April 27 and will be held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre. This venue is large enough to provide a decent dance floor, so don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Mike Grace is searching out the best numbers for you in his Dance and Jazz Book ,which may include dance numbers like One O’Clock Jump, Moon Dance, Blue Bossa, Mood Indigo or Moten Swing.  If you want to hear great Jazz Classics such as Lullaby Of Birdland, Have You Met Miss Jones, Out Of Nowhere, But Not For Me, St.Thomas, Stars Fell On Alabama or What’s New, you’ll be at the right place.

Refreshments will be available at the cash bar and if  you want to bring your friends, phone Linda at 519-599-3345 to reserve a table for eight.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Pharmasave in Thornbury, Riverside Graphics in Clarksburg, Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood and on line at

Don’t miss the fun


The Magic of Music

Something extraordinary happened at the last JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY concert in Thornbury. Drew Jurecka, the astonishing jazz violinist, transformed the Gallery room with its beautiful paintings into an intimate concert hall filled with marvellous sound and music.

Drew Jyrecka on violin, Tom Szczesniak on piano, and Clark Johnston. Photo courtesy of Bill Rogers

The combination of Drew Jurecka on violin, doubling on clarinet, Tom Szczesniak on piano, doubling on accordion and Clark Johnston on double bass was perfect for their up-beat repertoire, played with joy and enthusiasm.
Jurecka paid tribute to the style of jazz created by Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith and showed his classical expertise by playing the Violin Partita No 3 in E major by Johann Sebastian Bach and Hungarian Dance No.5 by Johannes Brahms. It was remarkable how a violin and accordion are able to instill a modern rhythmic feeling into the classic tempo changes of the piece.
His diverse choice of jazz classics ranged from Gershwin’s Lady Be Good and I Got Rhythm to Sweet Georgia Brown, a violin solo of Irving berlin’s Russian Lullaby and a beautiful solo by bassist Clark Johnston of Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II.

On the light side, Drew’s vocal on I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate, a song written about 100 years ago, was so infectious that, well, you just wanted to shimmy…..

Two of Jurecka’s original compositions, On The Roof and Rebecca, had lovely melodies and harmonic lines which easily combined classic and jazz themes.

To comment on the instrument he is playing on, Jurecka pointed out that it is not a vintage edition, but a violin made by local instrument maker, Mark Schnurr who resides in Flesherton. As Mark was present, he received due recognition and applause.

The standing ovation by the appreciative audience prompted the encore of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust, a fitting closing for the sublime performance.

What was so special that evening was that the audience became part of the magic  with the  unspoken communication  and conversation between the musicians. A memorable evening indeed.

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Drew Jurecka with Tom Szczesniak and Clark Johnston

Dashing Jazz Violinist comes to Jazz At The Library

As Usual the Unusual will happen on Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Thornbury.

One of the most exciting jazz musicians in the country, Drew Jurecka, will bring his Trio to the L.E.Shore Library with Tom Szczesniak on piano and Clark Johnston on bass. Classically trained, Jurecka performs in many contemporary styles, including jazz, pop and rock with such enthusiasm and vitality that it is infectious and uplifting.

Being a versatile musician he plays violin, viola, saxophone, clarinet and mandolin and has earned recognition as arranger, composer and producer. As educator Drew  is on the faculty at Humber College where he was instrumental in developing the Jazz String program. You don’t want to miss this fascinating performance.

Tickets $25 at Thornbury Pharmasave and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.

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Friday March 2nd – Martinelli / Turcotte

Renowned jazz vocalist Lisa Martinelli and one of Canada’s foremost trumpet players Kevin Turcotte will be joined by Nancy Walker on piano and Kieran Overs on bass to open the 2018 JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY Concert season on March 2, 2018.  Very rarely will you be able to hear these four outstanding musicians appearing together to perform a program of creative jazz music inspired by Chet Baker. As Kevin Turcotte was selected to provide the trumpet track for the Chet Baker movie Born to be Blue, a certain amount of authenticity can be expected.  Don’t miss this event.

Hope to see you there.

JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY releases 2018 Concert schedule

THORNBURY JAZZWORKS booked an impressive array of artists for this spring, starting on Friday March 2 with the Lisa Martinelli / Kevin Turcotte Quartet,.

Lisa Martinelli is a renowned jazz vocalist and music educator, heading the Vocal Studies program at Humber College. Kevin Turcotte is recognized as one of Canada’s major trumpet players who provided the trumpet tracks for the Chet Baker movie Born to be Blue. Nancy Walker on piano and Kieran Overs on bass make this a powerful ensemble which is not often heard together.

Kevin Turcotte


Lisa Martinelli

Drew Jurecka, the exciting jazz violinist/clarinetist comes on March 23. Classically trained, Drew reminds one of Stephane Grappelli or Joe Venuti and far beyond , with Tom Szczesniak on piano and Clark Johnston on bass.

JAZZMANIA Weekend opens on Friday April 27 featuring the Mike Grace Quintet with  Mike returning on saxes and clarinet, Chris Cigolea on trumpet, John McLeland on piano, and Steve James on drums.

Ted’s Warren Commission on May 25 brings back Ted Warren with his own quartet featuring Ted on drums, Mike Malone on trumpet, Ted Quinlan on guitar and Pat Collins on bass.

Back by popular demand on June 22 Dean Hollin will be on stage at the Marsh Street Centre introducing his brand new show Rodgers & H .The first part the program will highlight the works of Richard Rodgers with his long time lyricist Lorenz Hart .The second part is dedicated to the fabulous music and lyrics created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

These two song writing teams fundamentally changed musical theatre in North America with their unforgettable melodies, many of which became jazz standards, such as Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered , I Could Write A Book and many more.

A magic evening to look forward to.

Stay tuned, the Fall schedule will be announced at a later date.

CHRISTMAS JAZZ is coming to Town

Pat LaBarbera, Brian O’Kane, Danny Douglas, Andy Harasymczuk, Kieran Overs and Ted Warren!

As special guest the amazing Julia Hunter, a 14 year old student, will sing the well known Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….)

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In 1984 a group of young  jazz  musicians caught the Holiday spirit and started to perform Christmas music to celebrate  the season. . The tradition carried on and The WHO’S WHO on the Toronto jazz scene is coming to the Marsh Street Centre on December 9th at 8:00 p.m. to do just that. This year Pat LaBarbera-tenor sax, Brian O’Kane-trumpet, Danny Douglas-trombone, Andy Harasymczuk-guitar, Kieran Overs-bass and Ted Warren-drums will share their own interpretation of the classic Christmas tunes you love to hear.

The Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club is hosting this event to raise funds for Beaver Valley Outreach with an on-line Silent Auction at  from Dec.1 – Dec.9 and continuing at the concert. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, available at Thornbury Pharmasave, Riverside Graphics in Clarksburg and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood or by phone 519-599-3345.   Don’t miss the fun and support Beaver Valley Outreach.

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