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.

Don’t miss this !

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.

Don’t miss this !


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