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Jazz Sudbury Festival 2018

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Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

900 Paris Street

Sudbury, ON P0M 1N0


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Northern Ontario's premier destination for live Jazz!

Jazz Sudbury Festival curates a fine blend of established, acclaimed artists nationally and internationally, and mixes them with a strong range of local emerging artists who are sure to please an audience. The event inspires appreciation for the colourful and diverse art form of live music by presenting the industry’s best in jazz, world, and blues music.

Jazz Sudbury Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary on September 5-9, 2018 at Grace Hartman Amphitheater, on the shores of the beautiful Ramsey Lake, at eight unique downtown venues, and in a parade escorted by a Dixieland Jazz Band. The festival features main-stage headliner performances, the Jazzwalk, a series of intimate performances providing local and established artists with the opportunity to collaborate, Jazz in the Park, an accessible free concert dedicated to families, Jazz on the Beach (main beach, Bell Park) and the Jazz Café.

Meet our Main Stage!

Friday September 7:

Luca Ciarla
A native of Termoli, Italy, violinist Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than fifty countries in the world.


Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017. Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. Despite the name, the band, made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional Jazz. They prefer instead to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including Hip-Hop, Soukous, Be-Bop, Funk, Rock, Electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa. Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments namely the lokolé and the ngoma into the band’s core instrumentation helps create Jazzamboka’s unique, signature sound.

Alysha Brilla
2018 Juno Award nominated Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indo-Tanzanian Canadian songwriter and producer who just released her fourth album, “Rooted”. Brilla’s new music draws on the influences of her unique background; blending Indian & East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic.

Lyrically, Brilla writes about the value of love, equity and spirituality in times of global and personal turmoil. She produces music with and for other artists as well. One of the few female producers actively working in the Canadian music industry, she represents for a lot of young women a voice of belonging. Brilla has been producing music for over ten years; inspired by producers such as Mark Ronson, Stephen Marley and Linda Perry as well as the talented producers she has personally worked with (Boots, Ron Lopata, Brian West, Marcus Kane). Brilla uses vinyl sampling, acoustic recordings, programming and experimentation to achieve a warm blend of retro vibes with a modern twist.

Bobby Bazini
Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada, he grew up in a rural setting in a family with a love for country music. Influenced by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan as well as Otis Redding and Ray Charles, he is often compared to Paolo Nutini. Bazini made his commercial recording debut in 2009 with the single "I Wonder," which became a hit on both French- and English-language radio stations in Quebec. For his first two albums, the singer/songwriter wrote alone and dreamed up an earthy breed of guitar-driven soul that earned him multiple Juno Award nominations. But for his third full-length and second for the US, the 27- year-old Quebec native decided to change up his approach and collaborate with esteemed songwriters from Los Angeles, Nashville, and London. His newest album, “Summer is Gone” was released this past year.

Lucky Chops
Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006. The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. Lucky Chops maintains a busy schedule touring across several continents and is also committed to music education, regularly performing clinics and educational outreaches to help train and inspire the next generation of musicians.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Ori Dagan
Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment.
In recent years he has won numerous accolades for his witty original songs, from “Googleable,” his ode to a search engine, to the anthem for the rhythmically challenged, “Clap on the 2 and the 4.” The latter of these was screened at 15 film festivals worldwide, netting “Best Educational Jazz Short” at the inaugural New York City Jazz Film Festival. Dagan’s third recording, Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards) is a unique homage to the legendary jazz musician and pop icon.
Anthony D’Alessandro Trio

Winners of the 2018 Jazz Sudbury Emerging Artist Showcase, The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio is a swinging piano trio featuring Nick Donovan on drums and Evan Gratham on bass. The Trio was assembled by pianist Anthony D’Alessandro as a means to pay homage to the rich tradition of the jazz piano trio, while simultaneously composing new and exciting music that audience of the modern generation can appreciate and enjoy.

This trio is heavily influenced by the great Oscar Peterson Trio. The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio has performed in many of Toronto’s finest venues and concert series, including the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar and Lula Lounge.

Great North All Star Big Band
The roots of Canadian Jazz run deep in Northern Ontario and continue to do so. The number of jazz musicians hailing from the region are not only numerous but notable to the overall national jazz scene. The GNABB is an initiative of Jazz Sudbury Festival Artistic Director Allan Walsh. The band unites musicians from across Northern Ontario with roots in Sudbury to return and play the festival stage.

Big Band members include five time Juno award winner Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, trumpeter Brian O’Kane, Sundar Viswanathan, Shirantha Beddage, Christian Overton, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Elena Kapeleris, Terry Promane, Mike Malone, and Mark Promane.
Borealis Jazz Quartet musicians Tony Simpkin, Brian Quebec and Jack Broumpton will form the rhythm section for the Big Band. Other players include well know musicians and educators; Peter Scherzinger, Blair McNally, Marc Taillefer and Jean-Yves Bégin. Well known musician and educator Dick Van Raadshooven will conduct the band.

Patricia Cano
Born in Sudbury, Patricia Cano grew up in a Peruvian family. She studied theatre and Spanish literature at the University of Toronto. The acclaimed singer-songwriter and Peruvian Canadian presents her show entitle Madre-Amiga-Hermana. Created with percussionist Luis Orbegoso, this concert pays homage to femininity. The 11 songs (9 originals) center around themes of maternity, race, heritage, love, and environment including the ode Merveilleuse à la Pachamama (Mother Earth), sang in Spanish and in Quechua. Afro-Peruvian rythms, samba, and hints of latino-american folk mix with jazz, and Cano’s unique multilingual style. The artist captures the essence and spirit of all of the cultures she embodies.

Molly Johnson
Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist, who has just released her highly anticipated new album, “Meaning To Tell Ya”. Produced by multiple GRAMMY Award winning Producer, Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones); it is more than a jazz record. It’s funk, it’s soul, it’s groove played by some of Canada’s best musicians.

Molly has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and France and alongside renowned artists including Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo, Tom Jones, Jackie Richardson, Anne Murray, Stéphane Grappelli, Peter Appleyard and more. Molly has also graced the stage performing for some of the world’s most prominent icons including the Prince and late Princess of Wales on the Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as Nelson Mandela and legendary producer and trumpeter Quincy Jones.

Michael Kaeshammer
Michael Kaeshammer's loyal legions of fans around the globe have come to expect the unexpected from the B.C.-based pianist/singer/songwriter/producer. Unconstrained by genre barriers and any music industry pressures, he follows his own muse, creating work designed to stimulate his own artistic needs, first and foremost.

Michael Kaeshammer's recording career now spans 22 years and 12 albums. His last record, 2016's critically acclaimed No Filter, was nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, his eighth nomination (he has won twice). As Kaeshammer’s recent album “Something New” illustrates in compelling and entertaining fashion, Michael Kaeshammer is an artist in complete control of his sound and vision. Following this creative journey continues to be a richly rewarding experience.

Saturday Sept. 8 Daytime Programming:

Jazz in the Park (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
(free admission)
Location: Bell Park
Jazz Sudbury returns with another family focused afternoon concert at Bell Park! Featuring exciting local and regional talent by Sarah Craig + Sunnyside Jazz and exciting guest band The Freeman Brothers!

Jazz Walk
The Jazz Walk is a separately ticketed event. Get up close and personal with our headlining acts in intimate settings. The Jazz Walk parades audiences between downtown venues led by Sudbury's own Dixieland Jazz Band to embrace a unique entertainment experience.

Jazz Walk Venues:

2pm Fromagerie Elgin: LU Jazz Combo
3pm Red Fang Tavern: Ori Dagan
4pm Sudbury Theatre Centre Cabaret: Molly Johnson

Sunday, September 9 Daytime Programming

Jazz Café (free admission)
Location: Kuppajo Espresso Bar
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Jazz on the Beach (free admission)
Location: William Bell Gazebo (main beach, Bell Park)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Jazz Sudbury continues to expand on all-ages activities in 2018, introducing activities such as drum circles, sing a-longs, engaging workshops that feature performance, demonstration and participation while providing a truly unique atmosphere at William Bell Gazebo (main beach) on the shores of Ramsey Lake. This concert features local favourites Afro Madness Drum Troupe and an intimate performance by Alysha Brilla.

Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, September 5:
Hugh Jazz 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: Townehouse Tavern
*suggested $10 donation

Thursday, September 6:
(TBA) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: TBA
*suggested $10 donation

Friday, September 8:
Location: Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

6:00 pm: Luca Ciarla

7:00 pm: Jazzamboka

8:00 pm: Alysha Brilla

9:00 pm: Bobby Bazini

10:00 pm: Lucky Chops

After Hours Club Shows:
Location: Townehouse Tavern
Borealis Jazz Quartet 10:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Jazzamboka 12:15 am to 2:00 am

Saturday, September 8:

Jazz in the Park (free admission)
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Downtown Jazz Walk (ticketed separately)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: multi-venue

6:00 pm: Emerging Artist Showcase Winners:
The Anthony D'Alessandro Trio

7:00 pm: Great North AllStar Big Band

8:00 pm: Patricia Cano

9:00 pm: Molly Johnson

10:15 pm: Michael Kaeshammer

After Hours Club Shows:
Location #1: Laughing Buddha
James Dorland/Brian Québec Duo 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location #2: Alibi Room
TBA 10:30 pm - 11:15 pm
Ori Dagan 11:30 pm - 1:00 am

Sunday, Sept. 9:

Jazz Café (free admission)
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: Kuppajo Espresso Bar Featuring Emerging Artist Showcase Winners, The Anthony D'Alessandro Trio, and finalists, Northern Ranger and The Mark Sherzinger Quartet.

Jazz on the Beach (free admission)
2:00 pm: Afro Madness Drum Troupe 3:00 pm: Alysha Brilla


Where is the Jazz Sudbury Festival?

The Festival is held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheater in Bell Park, on the beautiful shores of Lake Ramsey for the main stage acts on Friday, September 7, and Saturday September 8.

The festival is also proud to support downtown Sudbury with Wednesday (Sept. 5), and Thursday (Sept. 6) events leading into festival weekend. Saturday will feature the much-loved Jazzwalk event, with a troupe of musicians leading guests on a musical journey through the downtown core. This year will also feature Jazz in the Park, a free concert at Bell Park on Saturday afternoon and Jazz on the Beach at William Bell Gazebo (Bell Park main beach) on Sunday afternoon.

What are my parking options at the event?
Parking is available on York Street, across the street from the Grace Hartman Amphitheater.

What should I bring to the Festival?
Seating is available at Grace Hartman Amphitheater. The festival is in September, so we recommend checking the weather and dressing accordingly. Most importantly, don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

I'm visiting Sudbury for the festival. Where can I stay?
Jazz Sudbury has partnered with Travelway Inn - Sudbury (1200 Paris St). Consider purchasing our "Stay. Eat. Get Your Groove On" travel package. Contact Travelway Inn for full details, or visit www.jazzsudbury.com.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
You can print your ticket and provide ID at the gate. If you do not have a printer, tickets can be retrieved at the gate electronically.

Is there a way to buy tickets without using Eventbrite?
If you do not wish to purchase tickets online we are able to take cash, cheque, credit or debit in person at the Jazz Sudbury office: Suite 200, 96 Larch Street, Sudbury. Tickets are also available at Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle Blvd.), A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard Street), Octave Music (1984 Regent St), Long & McQuade Musical Instruments (255 King St), La Fromagerie (5 Cedar St) and Kuppajo Espresso Bar (109 Larch St).

Is there a children's discount?
Children 12 and under are free.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds. The event will run rain or shine!

Where can I contact the event organizers with questions?
Contact info@jazzsudbury.ca or 705-673-7770

For more information visit www.jazzsudbury.com

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