Our 10th Festival – on the Local Stage

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Vint & Moorhouse

Saturday Sept. 16 2017 • 12:00 PM

Mo Vint, Harmonicat & John Moorhouse Piano
Mo Vint is one member of  America’s most popular harmonica trio – the Harmonicats. Today’s ‘Cats continue to play the old favourite arrangements of the original Harmonicats started in 1947. In keeping current with today’s sounds, they have added new stylings to their repertoire that are sure to get you in a swinging mood. John Moorhouse has had a varied career that has spanned the past forty-plus years and has taken him around the world. He has shared the same stage as some of the most famous bands and singers in the world. In 1969 John opened for Deep Purple, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, to name a few.

Denis Rondeau & Just Friends

Saturday Sept. 16 2017 • 1:45 PM

Denis Rondeau is a free-lance bassist who works around the province in many genres. He is currently involved with the Brantford Symphony, Symphony on the Bay, the New Burlington Millennium Orchestra, the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, the Allison Lupton Band (roots), Jim Davey Basie Big Band, Grass Tax (bluegrass), Gilpin Singers, and a variety of jazz and blues ensembles.

Denis Rondeau and ‘Just Friends’ will perform Jazz Music from the Movies! The band consists of Robin Haberhmehl – sax and vocals, Keith Murch – guitar, Andriy Tikhinov – piano, Chris Nemeth – drums.

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Ross Wooldrige

Saturday Sept 16 2017 • 4:30 PM

Ross enjoys co-leading an excellent traditional jazz band the Dixie Demons with trombonist Dan Douglas, and a busy career of playing and recording. Notable names he has recorded with are Peter Appleyard, Don Thompson, Alex Pangman, Jaymz Bee, Terra Hazelton and the late Jeff Healey.

Ross is the leader/musical director of Toronto’s Galaxy All Star Orchestra. He has written many of their arrangements and produced their CD “Tribute to the Kings of Swing” which is played regularly on radio stations across North America. They have many different shows that feature Ross such as “Benny Meets Artie” a Tribute to the Big Bands of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, “Carnegie Hall 1938” – a recreation of Benny Goodman’s landmark 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, and his newest show “in The Mood”, a Tribute to the music of Glenn Miller.

Steve Beach Organ Trio

Sunday Sept 17 2017 • 12:15 PM

Steve is a powerful and versatile vocalist, while pumping and grinding, laying down a solid background on the B-3 organ. His solos are fleet of finger, but it’s his steady, throbbing bass lines that keeps the beat flowing. As well, Steve has a long and varied background on his musical resume – Capitol® Recording Artists Canadian Conspiracy, Like Always, Jukebox Saturday Night, Trickbag, Retrofit and the X-Statix… as well as several years of studio work as a player, engineer and producer.

He’s a much sought after sideman too, having worked with James Anthony, Lance Anderson, Steve Grisbrook, Cheryl Lescom, Shawn Kellerman, Harrison Kennedy, Jesse O’Brien and others. Steve Beach has performed at the Brantford International JazzFest three times previously with his quartet Secret Sauce!

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Stan Szymkow Quartet

Sunday Sept 17 2017 • 2:00 PM

Stan Szymkow, saxophones, has been playing music for many years in the Golden Horseshoe. Some groups/entertainers he’s been part of include: The Nu-Tones, The Nationals, The Vomatones, both Niagara College and Mohawk College Jazz Bands, Soul FUNkshun, Sandy Vine and The Midnights and the Warren Stirtzinger Group (aka The Live Band). Instructors include Roger Norris, Dick Griffo, and Terry Basom. Stan gets soul and jazz inspiration from Lenny Pickett, King Curtis, Grover Washington, Jr., Leo Sullivan and Stanley Turrentine.

The quartet consists of seasoned veterans: Randy Stirtzinger, keys; Clark Johnston, bass; and, Adam Fielding, drums. Our music features “pocket funk” or fusion, with selections from such greats as Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders, Grover Washington, Jr., and many more.

Johnny Nixon

Sunday Sept 17 2017 • 4:15 PM

Since graduating from Humber College for Jazz in 1994, Johnny has performed with some amazing talent (The Toronto Mass Choir, Pat & Debbie Boone, Kathy Troccoli, Mark Masri, Robin Mark, Dan Macaulay, Andy Timmons, Gary Hoey, For The Master, The Tonettes and many others) and played at some amazing venues (Copps Coliseum, Air Canada Centre). He has also performed/produced over 200 full length recordings including 4 CDs as his own artist. He has also performed/ produced many themes for film, television and radio (Michael Coren Show, Huntley Street and CTS themes, Energizer, Canadian Tire, etc) which have mostly been recorded at JGS Studios

Johnny will be performing music of the Funk/Fusion variety form his four CD releases (Johnny, When Silence Grooves, Acoustic Hymns:Re-Arranged, & Awakening). 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 Thomas Francis on Keys/Piano-Jeremy Johnston on Drums and Calvin Beale on Bass. Judah Nixon (Johnny’s Son) will also join us for a tune. Enjoy and please come and chat with us after the performance.

Photo of Johnny Nixon on guitar.