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Friday July 21, 2023

Cheri Maracle Quintet

Friday July 21, 2023


Cheri Maracle is a multi-award nominated singer and actress from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario. Cheri has been performing in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in the last 20 years, and has extensive music, theatre, television & film credits to her name. Cheri's early music influences began in the women's traditional hand drum group Tiyoweh. She then penned two original music albums to critical acclaim - Closer To Home (2006), and If I Am Water (2013).

Cheri's original music style is jazz fueled, percussion driven, layered with her trademark smooth sultry smoky vocals... at once evocative, haunting and unforgettable...Her recent release, jazz CD, titled Ache of Love, reflects her passion for fiery torch driven diva inspired songs, and is her most complex writing so far.

Cheri has been performing with her quartet in the last three years at various jazz and blues festivals across the country. She also frequently performs original compositions and contemporary and classic jazz standards, locally, with her piano partner of 12 years, Brendan Peltier. Together they incite an enveloping and inviting expressive sound that keeps them being invited back to perform at festivals, and gin-joints across Canada.

Jonathan Chapman Trio

Friday July 21, 2023


Award-winning bassist, Jonathan Chapman, stands strong as a multidimensional artist. As a bassist, composer, and bandleader, Jonathan aims to deliver coherent music that challenges any listener to rewarding depths.

Currently residing in Toronto, Jonathan has become a welcomed asset to the music scene. He has performed with an extensive list of artists including Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Kirk MacDonald, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Joe Sullivan, Kevin Dean, and Andre White, among many others. Jonathan graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2012-2016) where he studied on a full-tuition scholarship. In 2018, he earned a Master of Music from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Freshwater Funk

Friday July 21, 2023


Fresh Water Funk was formed in late 2016 by band leader Samuel Daniels and began performing in 2017. Wanting to keep the band open to fun and danceable yet challenging material, he called in the best musicians in the Waterloo region and began work putting together a high-energy repertoire heavily influenced by James Brown, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, and the Average White Band.

Although the first few years of the group were spent primarily playing danceable covers of funk and rock hits, most of the players in the group have a long history in the jazz scene. In 2019 the band recorded their first EP of original funk fusion music.

Now the band is excited to continue performing the crowd-pleasing funk and rock hits that put everything in motion back in 2016 as well as look for opportunities to share their original music. Contact us today if your venue or special event needs some good times with a great band!

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Alex Cuba

Friday July 21, 2023


Alex Cuba is a GRAMMY and JUNO winner. A singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition, Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, B.C where he recorded an album titled Morumba Cubana alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco which earned him a JUNO award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. The following year Alex released Agua Del Pozo which also earned him another JUNO award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. In 2009 Alex released his third album, a self-titled project Alex Cuba.

In 2019 Alex Cuba embarked on his first ever self-produced collection of songs featuring 5 collaborations, this time with Latin American singer songwriters, recorded in Gibsons BC with John “Beetle” Bailey and mixed at John’s Drive Shed studio in Ontario. The album received a Latin GRAMMY Nomination and performance at the televised Award Show in Miami November 2020.

2021 saw Alex recording at home and adding recording engineer to his credits as musician, singer-songwriter, producer. From the healing voice of GRAMMY Award winning Lila Downs on “Mundo Nuevo”, to his colourful collaboration with world-renowned flamenco artist, Antonio Carmona, and commissioning a 13-piece horn band from his native country of Cuba, Alex’s vibrant eighth studio album, Mendó, is filled with international collaborations. The artwork for the album marks another international project, created by an artist in Trinidad and Tobago, Brianna McCarthy, who caught Cuba’s eye when he noticed her work on the cover of a book and was drawn to “her unique interpretation of the African diaspora”. Mendó took home the 2022 GRAMMY for best Latin Pop Album on April 3! It was Alex Cuba’s 4th nomination and first win, a tremendous accomplishment for an independent artist.

His musical evolution for years was all about searching for the simplicity and soul in Cuban music – taking apart the complex arrangements, mixing it with North American influences, adopting the melodic simplicity of pop music, looking to Cuban folk traditions for inspiration – he’s always exploring, always creating something fresh and new, and always, it seems, getting it just right.

Saturday July 22, 2023

Jeff Daniels

Saturday July 22, 2023


Jeff Daniels is a jazz pianist and retired music educator who currently lives in Guelph. He

earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Jazz piano performance from York

University, and a Bachelor Of Education from the University of Toronto.

Jeff has taught high school Music for 28 years, and he has been playing jazz piano

professionally at clubs, weddings, private functions, and corporate functions since 1983. Jeff

currently is a regular performer at Manhattan's pizza bistro in Guelph, as well as a regular

performer at the Jazz Room in Waterloo. He is also the current pianist for the KW Big Band

Theory, an 18-piece big band based in Waterloo that is currently completing their third full length

CD which features Canadian composers and arrangers.

So Long Seven

Saturday July 22, 2023


So Long Seven is a delicious mix of jazz, classical, blues, folk, and music from around the world is both a funky, relentless force and an atmospheric cornucopia of sound. Nestled in the rhythmic drive of tabla player Ravi Naimpally, Neil Hendry (guitar), William Lamoureux (violin), and Tim Posgate (banjo) create an aural space beyond boundaries.

This highly skilled quartet references several global traditions including traditional musical forms of India, Europe, Africa and the many musical traditions of the Americas, in a unique and cohesive cultural bridge. So Long Seven has performed in Canada’s top global music venue, Small World Music Centre, and have played concerts and clubs across the country. From a tour of Vancouver Island, appearances at Victoria Jazz Festival, Ontario’s Hillside Music Festival, and Sunfest, the band is a national force.

The band has also performed internationally with multiple concerts across Europe. The album Kala Kalo, was recorded at the historic Grant Avenue studio founded by music legend Daniel Lanois and used by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash and U2. This environment along with the attentive recording process of producer Anthony Michelli resulted in the sophisticated and textured album. Kala Kalo was nominated for best Instrumental album in 2019 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

On So Long Seven’s latest recording, frogs, elephants, stars and indigenous modernist painter Kenojuak Ashevak are all inspirations for new tunes. Produced by violinist William Lamoureux, it includes his arrangements for string quartet and original compositions such as l’unique étoile de la tolérance. The track Mara features the exceptional Hindustani vocalist Samidha Joglekar, who frequently collaborates with the band at both live concerts and on recordings. only elephants know her name continues the band’s tradition of exploring new musical territory and is a joyful salve for our complex times.

Eric DiVito Trio

Saturday July 22, 2023


New York guitarist and composer Eric DiVito has been leading his own groups and performing as a sideman in the greater NY area since 2003.  He has performed at many of NYC's top jazz clubs, live music venues and festivals including Smalls, The Iridium, The Kitano, The Garage, The 55 Bar, Swing 46, 1803, The Flatiron Room, Tomi Jazz, Maureen's Jazz Cellar, Daryl's House and more.  In Canada he has appeared at The Rex, The Jazz Room, GigSpace and more.  He also appears at many music and arts festivals including The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The AirTrain Jazz Festival, The Garner Arts Festival, The Bayside Food and Music Festival and more. Eric has also performed and recorded with some of NYC's greatest Jazz musicians and has worked in orchestras and jazz groups for Carnival Cruise lines and The Bateaux NY.  Eric is also the guitarist and arranger for BarChords, an acoustic duo formed in 2021.  

As an educator, Eric has taught classroom and instrumental music in the NYC public school system for eleven years and in Westchester public schools since 2017. Additionally, he teaches music theory and history courses and directs ensembles at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY.  Eric also teaches guitar techniques privately at his home studio both in-person and remotely.

In 2011, Eric signed with the Ontario based record label Pioneer Jazz Collective (PJC Records) and released his debut album as a leader, Breaking the Ice (2012), as well as a follow up record, The Second Time Around (2013).  Both records have received national and international acclaim.

Eric is an Eastman guitar artist and has been published several times in Downbeat Magazine, as well as RAE Magazine, and Play Jazz Guitar.

Ted's Warren Commission

Saturday July 22, 2023


Sammy Jackson

Saturday July 22, 2023


For Toronto-based singer-songwriter and 2021 JUNO Award winner Sammy Jackson making music has always been a fundamental part of life. Lessons with JUNO-award-winning jazz singer Sienna Dahlen and classical soprano Patricia O’Callaghan helped Jackson to hone her skills and develop the confidence to audition successfully for the program; during her time at U of T, she continued her studies with Dahlen, as well as acclaimed vocalists Christine Duncan, Alex Samaras, and the legendary bassist Jim Vivian. 

It was in 2016, during her second degree at U of T – an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish – that Jackson released her first EP, Take Me Back. It was on Take Me Back that she was able to successfully combine her varied stylistic interests in a way that felt true to her musical passions. Throughout the EP, Jackson deftly weaves together pop, R&B, and jazz into a beautiful tapestry of personal history, singing self-assuredly about love, desire, doubt, and nostalgia with a singularly entrancing voice, equally at home with dense runs as with wordless, clean-toned melodies. 

Jackson’s JUNO-Award winning EP With You – released in 2020 – was a collaborative effort, and co-writing with fellow Toronto-based vocalist Jacqueline Teh was a formative part of the compositional process. Jackson’s initial goal was, simply, to sound more like herself, both musically and lyrically; as the recording process unfolded, she realized that seemingly disparate pieces were really part of a larger narrative, a story about her life that she was writing in song. Working with inspiring band members (including Teh, guitarist Tom Fleming, pianist Chris Pruden, bassist Mark Godfrey, and drummer Ian Wright) allowed Jackson to bring in relatively simple lead sheets, and to work with the band to craft exciting arrangements. The mutual respect, admiration, and trust that Jackson shares with her bandmates paid off; With You is a sophisticated, intelligent, heartfelt portrait of a musician coming into her artistic prime, surrounded by collaborators who share her vision. 

Today – with a resumé that boasts a JUNO Award, collaborations with top artists such as Barbra Lica, Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Larnell Lewis, and performances at some of Canada’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Glenn Gould Studio, Koerner Hall, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Westben – Jackson’s career is flourishing, with new projects and new releases on the horizon. Through it all, Jackson has stayed true to her love for music, and in doing so has created a uniquely compelling style all her own, which continues to captivate audiences in concert halls, on the radio, and on streaming services worldwide.

Jesse Cook

Saturday July 22, 2023


An accomplished guitarist, producer and equally prolific film maker, Jesse Cook has evolved his talents to create experiences that delight audiences both in concert, and online.

From composing his first instrumental album, Tempest, over 25 years ago , Jesse could not imagine that such a humble recording, in which he played all the instruments, would spark into a musical legacy with thousands of concerts performed around the world. 

The public response to Jesse’s unique blend of nuevo flamenco rhumba led first  to sales of 2 million physical albums and then as the digital era took hold over, there has been over 600 million streams of his songs across the internet so far . 

Similarly, his vivid visual content has also become popular with 5 of Jesse’s concert specials airing on PBS TV , in a digital parallel,  his prolific YouTube library of 250 music videos  filmed to chronicle his diverse musical journey is engaging a million fans a month  across the globe from Memphis to Marseille. 

Join Jesse and his extraordinary band as they showcase their signature styling of rhythm and rhumba to audiences across North America and Europe in 2023. 

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Facebook: @JesseCookHQ


Sunday July 23, 2023

Barbra Lica Quintet

Sunday July 23, 2023


Barbra Lica is a Juno-nominated artist singer-songwriter based in Toronto.  A seasoned act on the North American club and festival circuits, Barbra has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals across the continent including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard.

Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO. Shortly after, her band made their Japanese debut live at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival in 2015 for over a thousand Japanese fans Her first album with Justin Time Records, I’m Still Learning, was released September 2016 and subsequently nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. Her subsequent project, You’re Fine (Justin Time Records) marked the introduction of Folk an Americana elements to her repertoire and has amassed over 4.9 million streams to date on Spotify.

In addition to writing for herself, Barbra has written cuts for such artists as jazz crooner Matt Dusk (Entertainment One/Universal), rising J-Pop singer Harumi (Sony Music Japan), and Taiwanese pop recording artist, Morrison Ma (Universal Music Group/X Entertainment).

She is currently promoting her first self-produced EP – Imposter Syndrome (released October 2022) – with generous support from FACTOR, as well as her new chamber orchestra project featuring all-original music arranged for 14 instruments plus voice.

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3D Jazz Trio

Sunday July 23, 2023


Sherrie, Amy, and Jackie met in May of 2014 at the Cleveland Playhouse while playing in The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as part of Maurice Hines’ award-winning show Tappin’ Thru Life. From their first shared downbeat, they became kindred-swinging spirits and the resulting musical synergy was fast and fierce...or as the New York Times said…"Blistering Hot!"

Since its inception, 3D has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including: The Blue Note (NYC) Dizzy’s Club (NYC), Mezzrow (NYC), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis, IN), Blues Alley (D.C.), Tri-C Jazz Festival (Clvd, OH), The Deer Head Inn (DWG, PA), Rochester International Jazz Festival (Rochester, NY), The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (Kalamazoo, MI), and soon at the Festival Internacional de Música La Guarapachanga (Pinar del Rio, Cuba). They were featured on The Kate TV’s “live” music series with Maurice Hines (PBS) and three times on WVIA radio’s Homegrown Music Series.

The band’s latest recording, 9 to 5 was released in December of 2022.

Other notable recordings include Christmas in 3D (2020), I Love to See You Smile (2020), and 3Divas (2017). Both of 3D’s 2020 recordings, I Love To See You Smile, (released in April 2020) and Christmas in 3D (released October 2020) were recorded at Red Rock Recording Studio in Saylorsburg, PA. Both albums received widespread critical acclaim, with I Love To See You Smile landing a four-star review in Downbeat Magazine and inclusion on Downbeat’s year-end “Best of 2020 albums,” and a ranking of #10 overall on RMR’s “Top Jazz Album Chart 2020,” as well as in the top 50 of “Top Albums of 2020” on the NACC year-end chart. Christmas in 3D was featured first in line in the New York Times “20 Albums That Put a New Spin on the Holidays,” and Ranked #4 overall with Christmas in 3D on RMR’s Top Holiday Album Chart for the Year 2020, peaking at #1. All of their recordings can be purchased directly here through their website, Amazon, downloaded from Bandcamp and iTunes and streamed on your favorite service. The band’s first CD, 3Divas was released in 2016 and recorded “live” at WVIA Radio.

3D is: Jackie Warren: Cleveland Jazz Legend Award Winner. Sought After Guest Soloist. Revered Educator at Tri-C College. Amy Shook: Critically Acclaimed Jazz Bassist. Clinician and Guest Artist. Multi-instrumentalist and composer. Sherrie Maricle: Ronald McDonald House – New York, Music for Hope Award-Winner; Kennedy Center - Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Ovation Award for Best Music Direction – Tappin Thru Life. Dedicated teacher.

Each member of 3D is a crazy cat lady.

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