Following the success of the inaugural World of Jazz Festival in 2017, organizers are returning to Downtown Brampton on September 7 and 8th with an even bigger festival.
Neighbourhood Watch Brampton will be at the event on Saturday afternoon near the main stage (with Brampton Focus and Brampton Voters). Drop by, say hello, and let us know how we can improve the program to respond to the escalation of crime in the city.
This year, multi-JUNO nominated pianist Michael Kaeshammer and his band will perform a mix of boogie-woogie, jazz, and New Orleans inspired music on opening night on Friday (Sept 7) at the Rose Theatre.
On Saturday (Sept 8) The Yonge Kings, an 8-piece New Orleans styled brass band kick off the day at noon, grooving and shaking their way through the Farmers Market towards Garden Square, which will feature 2 stages with music programmed from 1:30-11pm, the Long &McQuade Zone in Vivian Lane from 1-8pm, Dinner Jazz at J.Red & Co. from 7-10pm, and the very popular late night jam sessions, featuring house bands on both floors at Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Bar, starting at 11pm. All of Saturday’s programming is free to the public.
This year, the World of Jazz Festival will host a total of 14 ensembles, featuring more than 90 musicians crossing 3 stages over 2 days, including over 50% of the ensembles as either originally from or residing in Brampton, as well as showcasing a wide variety of jazz interpretations, including zydeco, blues, funk, jazz fusion, latin jazz, gypsy jazz, west and east Indian fusions, straight ahead swinging standards, and even tap dancers at the jam session
According to B-Jazzed co-founder and Artistic Director Carmen Spada, all of these statistics add up to precisely the event that they are striving to create. “The word “jazz” has been interpreted and defined in many different ways over the last century, and a lot of that has been due to multicultural influences on the music due to its dissemination all over the world. That is the precedent that we have built our festival on, especially here in Brampton, where multiculturalism is the fabric of our city.”
In addition to the festival, B-Jazzed has curated a schedule of performances and education throughout the city this year, including Jazz @ J. Red & Co. on Sunday evenings, Joe’s Jazz Jam at Wendel Clark’s on Friday evenings, BL Studio Series featuring monthly recording studio clinics at the Chinguacousy Branch Library, and the upcoming Sessions @ Studio 2, featuring some of Canada’s best jazz musicians in a monthly concert series starting in October, in partnership with The Rose Theatre.
“The amount of opportunities that we are creating for professional, hobbyist, and student musicians in the City of Brampton, as well as the enthusiastic audiences which support them, is something that B-Jazzed is proud to have championed and be delivering on a weekly basis,” says Joe Asensio, B-Jazzed co-founder and Executive Director.
On piano, vocals and accordion, Spada will appear on the JN Realty Mainstage, backed by the 16-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra. The Garden Square lineup also includes 2018 JUNO nominee and Grand Prix de Montreal Jazz Festival winner Brad Cheeseman, the highly energetic and entertaining 12-piece salsa orchestra Salsotika, multi-award winning young phenom Avery Raquel, Brampton’s Andrew Kay’s Cosmic Ship, blending jazz and East Indian rhythms, and finally ending the night with the soulful and grooving blues and funk tunes of Blackburn.
As Garden Square closes at 11pm, Wendel Clark’s begins its late night jazz jam, featuring the Frank Adriano Quartet on the ground floor, and Travis Knights and Jazz United on the upper floor. All are welcome to bring an instrument and play along with the bands. Knights is a Brampton resident and internationally acclaimed tap dancer, passionate about preserving the history of jazz, and will be leading dancers through songs from the Great American Songbook, backed by a fantastic band.
Vivian Lane will host local music vendor Long & McQuade featuring various musical instruments available for demonstration as well as student performances and interactive clinics taught by their instructors. Kid-friendly and family fun, where visitors can touch, play and learn new instruments.
An important part of the festival will be giving back to the community. B-Jazzed has partnered with Knights Table to run a Food Drive in Garden Square on Saturday, and is encouraging all attendees to enjoy a day of free entertainment while donating a non-perishable food item.