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.
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 ifyou 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 www.jazzmania.ca .
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.
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 magicwith theunspoken communicationand conversation between the musicians. A memorable evening indeed.
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 Drewis 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.
Renowned jazz vocalist Lisa Martinelliand 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.
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 onbass make this a powerfulensemble which is not often heard together.
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 withMike returning on saxes and clarinet, Chris Cigolea on trumpet, John McLeland on piano, and Steve James on drums.
Ted’s Warren Commission on May 25brings 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.
In 1984 a group of youngjazzmusicians caught the Holiday spirit and started to perform Christmas music to celebratethe 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 ValleyOutreach with an on-line Silent Auction at www.christmasjazz.cafrom 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.
MARY-CATHERINE PAZZANO is releasing her new CD album You Gonna Hear From Meon Friday November 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Marsh Street Centre. No stranger to the JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY series she had 2 standing ovations for her riveting performance at the Ella at 100 concert. Her unique ability to tell a story and her rich, yet lyrical voice can leave you breathless. The variety of her singing styles is matched with the outstanding musicianship of Don Buchanan on piano, Jason Hunter on saxophones, Pat Collins on bass and Steve James on drums.
As it is the final concert for 2017 you don’t want to miss what promises to be a highlight in the musical journey of this rising star.
Tickets are $25 available at Pharmesave in Thornbury, Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.
The CHANTRY ISLAND QUARTET featuring soloist Meryl Gillmore –principal flute with the Georgian Bay Symphony, Adrian Little – piano, Mike Grace – bass and Stephen Wood – drums will perform SUITE FOR FLUTE AND JAZZ PIANO TRIO No. 1 by CLAUDE BOLLING. This is a chance to hear Bolling’s most important work, don’t miss it.