May 22, 2020 Ersatz Concert

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.





In light of global health issues, local concerns, and our civic responsibility, Thornbury Jazzworks is cancelling upcoming concerts until further notice.  We hope to reschedule when the situation allows, and will post information as it becomes available.  Check back on our web-site and Facebook page, and with local media, for updates.   Our subscribers will continue to receive email notices.

Thornbury Jazzworks thanks you for your patronage and looks forward to bringing music to our community again when this health crisis has passed.



Spicy, syncopated rhythms will heat up the night when the Bill McBirnie Quartet presents “Extreme Latin Flute” on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:30 in the Gallery of the L.E. Shore Memorial Library.

Appearing with Bill will be Andy Harasymczuk on guitar, Jack McFadden on bass and Ethan Ardelli on drums.

Buy your tickets early!  $25.00 at Thornbury Pharmasave or Gabriele Photography in Collingwood.




The forecast looks promising, so Dean Hollin, with piano accompanist, Steve Thomas, will present “G is for Gershwin” at the Marsh Street Centre at 7:30 on Friday, March 6.

$25.00 tickets are still available at Thornbury Pharmasave, Gabriele Photography in Collingwood, or the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg.  If necessary, refunds can be obtained at Thornbury Pharmasave or Gabriele Photography.

Dean Hollin presents the newest installment in his exploration of the Great American Songbook.  “G is for Gershwin” is a two-hour bio-pic style concert, highlighting some of the greatest songs created by the team of brothers George and Ira.  Accompanied by Dean’s long-time collaborator, Steve Thomas, on the piano the program includes classics like “Love is Here to Stay”, “Nice Work if You Can Get It”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, I Got Plenty of Nothin’”, “Embraceable You”, “’SWonderful”, to name just a few!



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.


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