EXCITING NEWS – Sept 24 Concert



Dear Fellow Jazz Fans –

TJW is planning to offer a (somewhat restricted) JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY Concert Series for Fall 2021. The first concert is planned for Friday September 24, 2021.

The current Covid19 Ontario Regulations and Grey Bruce Health Unit recommendations provide for only 19 seats plus the band in the Gallery room. Obviously that would make a Concert under the circumstances unfeasible.

However, TJW is proposing, after consultation with the musicians, two performances on the same day, one at 5:30pm and one at 8:00pm. Due to the reduced capacity and higher production cists, the ticket price will have to be $30.

Protocols to be followed: Library staff is placing the seats according to social distancing rules, but people in a household bubble may sit together (counting as 1 seat), assigned seating, hand sanitizing at entry and exit, social distancing, masks required in public indoor spaces, no relocating or moving from assigned seats during performance, no intermission, and no food or beverages will be available.

If you wish to attend the first JATL Fall 2021 concert under these conditions, (subject to protocol changes) on September 24, 2021, featuring the RUSS LITTLE TRIO, please send and e-mail to thornburyjazz@gmail.com before August 25, 2021.

RUSS LITTLE is no stranger to JATL, having appeared here in 2018. Russ has an illustrious career as jazz trombonist, composer and arrange, being a former member of the Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras and a co-founder of the famous Lighthouse Band and anything in between and beyond.

We are busy lining up more musicians for more of the wonderful concerts you have enjoyed in the past.

News of these will follow soon.

PLEASE NOTE: Include the following information in your e-mail:

1. Reservation 1 – for 1 assigned seat – $30


2. Reservation 2 – people sitting together on 2 assigned seats – $60

3. Time of performance – 5:30pm or 8:00pm

4. Last and First name

5. Address

6. Phone number

7. 2 Covid19 vaccinations: YES or NO

8. Will do electronic transfer of payment: YES or NO

Please get back to us ASAP so we can see if it is likely we can get this first concert up and running. We cannot do it without you.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Library once again, for some GREAT JAZZ! THORNBURY JAZZWORKS       


From Bach to Broadway—Some Video Links

From Bach to Broadway—Some Video Links

Robert Horvath was scheduled to return tonight with a programme entitled “From Bach to Broadway.”  While we can’t enjoy a live performance, here are some online videos exploring the theme, and featuring some of the performers who were to be in Thornbury this evening.

There are no videos available of Robert playing Bach, so here is Lang Lang playing from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier:



Google “Swinging Bach” and you’ll find a 2000 concert featuring Bobby McFerrin.  Here is a short mix from that concert:



We somehow have to bridge the gap between Bach and Broadway, and who better to do that with than George Gershwin, whose compositions include Broadway hits and orchestral pieces with jazz and classical influences.  Here is the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue from the 1945 film:



Much of what we now identify as “The Great American Songbook” began as songs for Broadway musicals.  Here is Mary Catherine Pazzano, a fan favourite with Thornbury Jazzworks, singing Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely” from the 1936 musical Red Hot and Blue:



Drew Jurecka, another fan favourite, was to be appearing tonight with Robert Horvath.  They play together in the Payadora Tango Ensemble.  While this next piece is neither “Bach” nor “Broadway” it does feature Drew and Robert playing together.  Here is Niebla Oscura, written by Drew Jurecka and performed by Payadora:


Drew has been keeping busy during the pandemic; here is a highly entertaining video he made with his very talented family:


If you enjoyed the teaser from the Swinging Bach concert, you can access over two hours of it here:


Mary Catherine’s album is available on many of the music services like Deezer and Spotify, and more of her videos are available from her website here:



If you’d like to enjoy more tango music as our summer weather heats up, Payadora’s albums can be found on various music services, and more of their videos can be found on their website:



Thornbury Jazzworks hopes to bring live music to the community again soon.


If you are able, please consider donating to our Musicians’ Fund.  Thornbury Jazzworks will match all donations, and distribute funds directly to the musicians whose concerts we have had to cancel.  Please mail cheques to  :


c/o Nancy Lekx

PO Box 727

 Thornbury, Ontario

N0H 2P0

Thank you.


May 22 Concert – watch here!

THORNBURY JAZZWORKS – May 22, 2020 Ersatz Concert

For the May 22 concert, Thornbury Jazzworks had planned to present The Music of Oscar Peterson, with Dave Young, who is becoming a JATL regular, John Sherwood on piano, and Reg Schwager on guitar.  In lieu of a live performance, Celine Peterson, Oscar’s daughter, has provided three videos from her archives to share with our audience.

A vintage video from Tokyo in 1987, “Nigerian Marketplace,” with Oscar Peterson, Dave Young on bass, Joe Pass on guitar, and British drummer Martin Drew.


From the 1988 Bern Jazz Festival, “Ow!” with a star-studded line-up of Oscar Peterson on piano, Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpets, Harry Sweets Edison on fluegelhorn,  Clifford Jordan on tenor sax, Dave Young on bass, and Louie Bellson on drums.


In memory of Oscar Peterson, Oscar, With Love was released at Koerner Hall, Toronto in 2015.  Here, we have a solo performance by Dave Young, “Goodbye Old Friend.”


We also have a video of the iconic Hymn to Freedom, the most recognized composition of Oscar Peterson, with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.


On March 27, we missed Bill McBirnie’s Extreme Latin Flute with Andy Harasymzuk on guitar, Jack McFadden on bass and Ethan Ardelli on drums.  So, take a listen to Bill McBirnie’s rendition of “On Green Dolphin Street.”


For the April 24 concert at the Marsh Street Centre, we had scheduled the 10-piece jazz orchestra, Noodle Factory Jazz Project.  Here, we have a sampler from the group, and you can find a few more selections on their website.


If you are still sad about the missed concerts and looking for more quality jazz music, Dave Young is well represented on streaming services, and you can find more of his music on You Tube Music, Google Play Music, Deezer and Spotify.  All these services have selections from Bill McBirnie, as well.  The drummer, Ethan Ardelli, who has played Jazzworks’ concerts many times and was to have performed with Bill McBirnie in March, also leads his own quartet, and you can find recordings of his unique style of jazz on these same streaming music services.


We hope these videos and recordings keep you entertained while you stay at home, maintaining social distance.  We hope you are all well and happy, and we hope to see you, in person, at our lovely venues in Thornbury and Clarksburg when it is safe again to gather together in public places.


If you are able, please consider donating to our Musicians’ Fund.  Thornbury Jazzworks will match all donations, and distribute funds directly to the musicians whose concerts we have had to cancel.  Please mail cheques to  :                                                           THORNBURY JAZZWORKS

c/o Nancy Lekx

PO Box 727

 Thornbury, Ontario

N0H 2P0

Thank you.



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