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Sundar Viswanathan to warm up a cold Sudbury night


On February 7th, 2015 a benefit concert entitled, Crossing Paths, will be held in the Sheridan auditorium of Sudbury Secondary School with the vision of accomplishing two goals: to honour the memory K.V Nagarajan, Dr. K Seetharaman and P. Viswanathan, three people who always strived towards making the world a better place and to support CMHA’s residential programs which aids individuals at risk of homelessness or homeless to obtain safe and affordable housing. 

Jazz Sudbury is proud to support the CMHA in this exciting and meaningful world music event which presents a program that will consist of a beautiful, inspiring production of song, spoken word, instrumental music, and dance performances with Indian roots blended with jazz traditions, all of which are based on interpretations of Indian mystic poetry.


Tickets are $30, $15 for students
Available at the Sudbury Community Foundation/Jazz Sudbury office, Canadian Mental Health Association (Elm St) Gloria's Restaurant and Jett Landry Music

Check out the full story with artists details online at the Sudbury Star!

Thank you, Sudbury!

The sixth annual Jazz Sudbury Festival was another amazing success! Thank you for joining the 2014 celebration. Your ongoing support allows us to showcase our incredibly vibrant live music while continuing our growth as a premier destination for jazz in Northern Ontario.

Jazz Sudbury Festival announces full lineup, expanded off-site offerings for 2014

Jazz Sudbury is pleased to announce added off-site venues and dates, as well as the names of all groups performing in this year’s Jazz Sudbury Festival, proudly co-presented by Investors Group.

“It’s not every day when you get to put together an event that has that strong mix of jazz ‘draws’, both local and nationwide”, said Allan Walsh, Creative Director, “people get excited and come for our Juno-winning headliners, but stay for the whole she-bang when they see the calibre of talent on stage here in Sudbury”.

The additional line up will join the previously announced headliners, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band and Emilie-Claire Barlow. Off-site venues such as the Speakeasy, Townehouse, Fromagerie Elgin and Oscar’s Grille will be playing host to a number of special performances and after-hour events, including the popular Jazz Walk, which will be making a return for 2014.  A full schedule is available here..

“We’ve reached the point where growing the festival becomes top of mind,” said Paul Lefebvre, President of Jazz Sudbury, “so our off-venue partnerships are really the start of some big things for future years”.

The early bird price for this year’s Jazz Sudbury Festival is still $60.00. Guests coming to the door will be able to access the festival for $80.00, while day passes will retail at $45.00. All prices are subject to HST.  Tickets are available for reservation at jazzsudbury.ca, or over the phone at 705-673-7770. 

Jazz Sudbury announces headliners for 2014 Festival

Jazz Sudbury has announced blues mainstay THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND and crooner EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW as this year’s headliners for the Jazz Sudbury Festival, which will be taking place September 5 and 6 at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury.

On Friday, THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND will bring the pinnacle of Canadian blues music to Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. The band, led by Donnie (“Mr. Downchild”) Walsh and Chuck Jackson are members of the Canadian Blues Hall of Fame. Recording over a dozen albums of original blues music since their founding in 1969, THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND has collected a number of awards for their pioneering work along the way. Their latest album, Can You Hear The Music, was the recipient of the 2014 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year.

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW will be headlining Saturday’s performances at Grace Hartman. She has earned a reputation for electrifying live performances and clever musical arrangements. A multi-instrumentalist, Barlow puts fun and dramatic emotions into her performances. This year, she released a live LP, Live in Tokyo, which is exclusively available from iTunes.

In addition to the headlining acts for this year, Jazz Sudbury is also pleased to be providing a solid slate of performers to keep the music going. Local favourites Hugh Jazz, who performed at Wednesday’s launch, will be making a return, with acts like Kevin Turcotte and the Borealis Quartet and the Heavyweight Brass Band bringing extra heat to the festival.

Early birds who purchase tickets while they’re still fresh will be able to experience the Jazz Sudbury Festival for $60.00. Guests coming to the door will be able to access the festival for $80.00, while day passes will retail at $45.00. All prices are subject to HST. A sale date will be announced shortly.  Tickets will be available in the coming weeks online, here at jazzsudbury.ca and physically at participating outlets.

Thank you, Sudbury!

The fifth annual Jazz Sudbury Festival was another massive success! Thank you for joining us and helping us celebrate and showcase our incredibly vibrant live music scene.


2013 NEW Sold-Out Jazz Walk
marches to the beat

Jazz Sudbury is excited to introduce an innovative, new feature of the festival weekend – the Jazz Walk!  On Saturday, September 7th, ticket purchasers will be led on a musical journey between downtown venues by a traditional Dixieland band. 

The Jazz Walk will be offering music lovers intimate, workshop style performances with the festival’s amazing headliners Jack De Keyzer, Oliver Jones and Holly Cole, as well as showcasing fantastic local talent. The activities will begin at The Hardrock 42 Gastropub, onward to The Speakeasy on Durham, stopping at the Fromagerie Elgin, and wrapping up with a reception at Tom Davies Square.

“We’ll be bringing a little New Orleans flavour to downtown Sudbury with the Nickel City Dixie Stompers leading us from venue to venue,” says Paul Lefebvre, President of Jazz Sudbury. “It’s such an innovative idea for the festival and for this city – something people should definitely be excited about!”

The Jazz Walk will begin at 12:00 noon and conclude with a reception in honour of Oliver Jones co-presented by Laurentian University at 3:30 in the main foyer of Tom Davies Square. 

Tickets are now sold out - but you can still attend the 3:30pm reception for the low price of $10.


Holly Cole to smoulder at 2013 festival

The intoxicating tones of iconic Canadian music sensation, Holly Cole, will engulf the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park at the 2013 Jazz Sudbury Festival.

A self-declared night owl, Holly is perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn. It’s a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album, Night.

Holly’s artistic approach is born of silence. It’s the place she identifies as the origin of all things creative, supported by the inspiring aura of the night, protected from the information overload of modern life. To her, the night provides a stimulus of discovery and focus, offering peaceful retreat and contemplation.

This seductive songstress has produced an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its power - a celebration of the hours where daylight’s chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.

Her approach is organic, minimal, sensual and intense. This has been a continuous virtue in the singer’s illustrious career, one that started some twenty years ago with her debut album Girl Talk - and many distinctive albums have followed since, accompanied by passionate live appearances that have cemented her reputation as a major contemporary song stylist and great performer. She has become well known around the world for her compelling live appearances that combine her honest, stark delivery with her sly, playful, sardonic wit. "I deeply crave and respect the live audience. They have come to hear and be a part of just what is going to happen tonight - and so have I.

There are musical secrets to be discovered in this show as well as many layers of meaning. To acknowledge them is a rewarding proposition for any Cole fan, as her one-of-a-kind methods of deconstruction, redefinition and composition continue to guarantee intense listening experiences. “Subtext is my best friend,” she remarks, at the same time indicating that her personal creative journey continues to unfold.

Holly Cole appears at the Jazz Sudbury Festival on Saturday 7 September at 9.30pm.

Oliver Jones makes a triumphant return

It is with irrepressible exuberance that we announce the return of undisputed jazz champion, Oliver Jones to the Jazz Sudbury Festival stage.

Mr. Jones is a man of great distinction and, as is evidenced by his belated emergence from Oscar Peterson’s shadow into the limelight, appreciable humility. His unmistakably stylistic groove is an idiomatic blend of swing and bebop that is packaged with stunning facility. A background in both classical and popular music gave Mr. Jones his unprecedented technique, but also a sensitivity to what audiences want to hear. Yes, he is more than capable of unleashing flurries of complex gesticulation, however, he most respectfully exercises appropriate restraint when he embraces a song's expressive nature rather than eclipsing it with virtuosity. Not surprisingly, for someone who counts Bach and Chopin as influences of his musical odyssey, his performances celebrate the rhythmic buoyancy of a bebop devotee.

A long-standing relationship with Justin Time Records has delivered an impressive catalogue of recordings. He is a perennial favourite at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, performing to consistenly sold-out audiences. "…The exposure I had at the Montreal Jazz Festival was really the key to the world hearing [me]."

A multiple Juno Award winner, Mr. Jones has also been bestowed with countless music industry laurels and accolades, including a Governor-General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement. He was named Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Québec, the province’s highest honour. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada, for outstanding achievment in the arts. He is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in recognition of his contributions to the Black Community.

Mr. Jones has a deeply rooted association with the north as a professor emeritus of Sudbury’s Laurentian University. We warmly welcome him back to the shores of Ramsey Lake.

Oliver Jones appears at the Jazz Sudbury Festival on Friday 6 September at 9pm.

Jack is master of all trades

Jack de Keyzer has left indelible impressions in both rock and country genres, but this Brit expat’s strongest ties are to the blues. Since crossing the pond Jack has marked a three decade career as a singer, song writer, producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today with a treasure trove of awards and commendations to substantiate it. He is a double Juno Award winner, and a seven time Maple Blues Award winner. His seven albums as a bandleader cap off literally hundreds of recordings as a highly sought after session player with artists including Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr., Ronnie Hawkins, Duke Robillard, Bo Diddley and Blue Rodeo. His body of work on television and motion picture sound tracks is critically acclaimed.

Two of Jack's accolades come from consummately Canadian institutions: at the behest of Canada's first lady, Laureen Harper, he visited 24 Sussex Drive to facilitate a guitar lesson with the Harper’s son, Ben; and, he was named CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Artist of the Year (2009).

Polished arrangements and characteristic string-bending notwithstanding, it’s Jack’s voice that has manifested itself as his most formidable weapon of mass distraction. Drawing arrows of funk, R&B and traditional jazz from his quiver of versatility, he fortifies his blues credentials with a decidedly confident swagger.

“While some players work hard at becoming better musicians, a precious few are utterly consumed by it.­ Surrounded by a band driven by intuition, acclimatized by countless miles on the road, Jack and band live this music and it sounds it.” —Eric Thom, Blues Revue

“Jack de Keyzer has a mystique about him that is rare among even the best known musicians. ‘Jack de Keyzer is in town.’ — the statement tingles with expectation, with the sense that something good is about to happen.” — Bob Liddycoat, Hamilton View Magazine

Indeed, something great is about to happen when Jack de Keyzer takes the stage on Saturday 7 September at 8pm.