Our 9th Festival – on the Local Stage

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CC & The Boys

Saturday Sept. 17 2016 • 12:00 PM

CC & The Boys takes a musical step back in time to yesteryear performing classic jazz greats with sultry powerhouse CC Alexander.  CC draws from her roots back in the fields of Wilmot watching the adults swing and sway under the patio lanterns to Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Billy Holiday, Peggy Lee and the Brat pack. CC is known for her sultry, smoky vocals and her comical, sassy delivery Mae West Style.

Johnny Nixon

Saturday Sept. 17 2016 • 1:45 PM

A native of Toronto, Johnny has called Brantford his home for the last 20 years where he owns/operates Johnny’s Guitar School (519-751-1638) that
has taught up to 100 students per week and over 3-4000 students since it began in 1998. Johnny will be performing music of the Funk/Fusion variety form his four CD releases. He will be joined by some of Toronto’s most talented and hard working musicians (and wonderful artists/producers/studio musicians all on their own) with Joel Visentin on Keys/Piano-Jeremy Johnston on Drums and Phil Albert on Bass.

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Cheri Maracle

Saturday Sept 17 2016 • 4:30 PM

Cheri Maracle is a multi-award nominated singer and actress from Six Nations Ontario. Cheri has numerous film, television and stage credits to her name; and most recently appears in DeGrassi, new series- Four in the Morning, and can be seen on Netflix and CBC in Blackstone, in her Gemini-nominated role, Sara Bull. Most recently, Cheri was nominated by the Calgary Theatre Critics’ awards, Best Solo Performance, for her one woman show, Paddle Song.

Cheri regularly plays at events, festivals and clubs, with her Jazz Quartet, and her Jazz album Ache of Love, can be found on iTunes, along with her two multi-nominated original music albums; Closer to Home, and If I Am Water.

Cheri is pleased to be performing once again, at one of her favourite’s, The Brantford International Jazz Festival!! Nia:Wen!

Denis Rondeau Quartet

Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 12:15 PM

Born in Brantford Ontario, Denis Rondeau was surrounded by music at home with the many kitchen parties his family would have. He pursued studies in jazz with Don Thompson, Steve Wallace and briefly with Thomas Monahan and Joel Quarrington for Classical.

Denis has just retired from teaching music at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind. He had taught there for 33 years.

Denis plays both electric and double bass which allows him to experience music of many cultures. He has returned from a UK tour with the Allison Lupton Band, and has spent the summer playing with his jazz trio “Just Friends”. This fall he is looking forward to projects involving jazz and bluegrass. He will also begin another season with the Symphony on the Bay and looks to be involved with the Brantford Symphony.

Denis will bring a quartet featuring Ernie Porthouse on drums, Alistair Robertson on sax, and Andriy Tykhinov on piano.

For more information on where you can hear Denis play, please click to email him.

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Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 2:15 PM

The Saxation Saxophone Quartet, is made up of members of the George Rose Big Band saxophone section. The group’s members all have a passion for Jazz, Swing and the Big Band Sound. Sitting in with the group on drums is Dave O’Neill.

Sandy Manning – Soprano & Alto Saxophone

Chris Walton – Alto Saxophone

Roger Girard – Tenor Saxophone

Al Newhouse – Baritone Saxophone

Dave O’Neill – Drums

Nancy DiFelice with Massimo

Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 4:15 PM

Join Nancy DiFelice for an afternoon of unforgettable jazz music and American Songbook favourites! Superb vocals that will enchant you, backed by one of the finest drummers Frank DiFelice and his quartet, this will be a special afternoon not to be missed. Her career has included TV appearances, radio commercials, recordings and much more. She is one of the co-founders of the Brantford International Jazz Festival and she was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Young and inspiring artist Massimo DiFelice has a love for music.  Massimo began taking voice lessons at six years of age and is currently studying at Hernandez Voice Studio in Brantford.  With his passion for music Massimo enjoys jazz, classical and musical theater.  Massimo has competed in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival  for 4 years and has won several awards for his brilliant voice. Having attended the Brantford International Jazz Festival for several years he is now thrilled to be on stage.

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Tickets are now available for our 2016 headline performer:


Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts

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