Kevin, Dave, Terry and John – more of Canada’s best!

Tickets $52 at the door  – St. Mark’s Church

Back by popular demand, award winning Canadian jazz luminaries, John Sherwood (piano) Dave Young (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums) are joined by Kevin Turcott on trumpet.

John Sherwood


Born in Oakville Ontario in 1961 and raised in St. Catharines, John Sherwood is among the top jazz pianists in Canada today. His strong foundation in classical music is apparent, but does not overshadow his ability to swing. "In the town in southern Ontario where I grew up, there is an outstanding young pianist named John Sherwood." wrote Gene Lees in The Jazz Letter. Hugh Fraser of The Spectator stated that "Sherwood is firmly of the Oscar Peterson school. His feature, I'm Falling in Love With Love was music that was beautifully constructed, brilliantly executed and of deeply lyrical quality and he swung mightily all evening long.". John appeared regularly with Peter Appleyard and has also performed or recorded with Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Jake Hanna, Kenny Wheeler, Butch Miles and Bucky Pizzerelli.

Dave Young


Winnipeg-born and Toronto-based award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony or as an integral member of a jazz trio, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig compelled him to pick up the bass. As a classical musician, he has played with orchestras in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Hamilton. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. In addition to performing, Dave is a dedicated jazz educator who teaches at music seminars and jazz clinics. He is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Dave Young was recently named a member of the Order of Canada.



Terry Clarke


Drummer Terry Clarke was born on August 20, 1944 in Vancouver and was twelve years old when he began studying formally with drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley.  In 1965, Clarke moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time the GRAMMY-nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made.  Following that, Clarke joined the world-famous, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. Clarke left “The Fifth” in 1970, and relocated to Toronto.  For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with the late jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and the late piano great, Oscar Peterson. Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years.  In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (just to name a few). Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists, and is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. He continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting lineup of Canadian musicians including David Braid, Bruce Cassidy, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti.  Clarke is also an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is also extremely proud to have been named as a Member of the Order of Canada. His recording on the BlueMusicGroup Label, It’s About Time, was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards.

Kevin Turcotte


Kevin Turcotte is a trumpet player based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Turcotte is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has performed with Mike Murley and Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, and has recorded with Barry Romberg (his playing was praised for its intuitiveness on All About Jazz[1]). Turcotte is also on faculty at York University. In 2002, Turcotte was named trumpeter of the year in Canada's inaugural National Jazz Awards. In 2014 he provided the trumpet tracks for Chet Baker's (Ethan Hawke) performances in the biographic film Born to Be Blue about the late American jazz musician.



Toronto All-Star Big Band

Toronto All-Star Big Band



One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – that golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of list of presenters throughout Ontario and in the USA.


Toronto All-Star Big Band

youth jazz band

At the heart of the musical matter, the TABB provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada. Behind their extraordinary entertainment, they engage cream of the crop young musicians from across the GTA in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and fantastic skill-building performance experiences with such international stars as Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Eddie Daniels and Larry Elgart. The band has also worked with wonderfully talented Canadians…Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, Tommy Ambrose, Phil Nimmons and the great Jackie Richardson. In June 2009 TABB had the great pleasure of performing with Legend Benny Golson. His gifts of music will “no soon be forgotten”. All of these wonderful performers are a part of TABB’s legend series and have graciously shared their talents with these young musicians. Theatrical engagements are far reaching and recent gigs have included the Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda Iowa, the Villages and the Snowbird Extravaganza in Florida, the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Art Park in Lewiston N.Y. and Toronto’s famed Palais Royale, Casa Loma and the Old Mill. The band has enjoyed workshops with band leader Howard Cable, trombonist Al Kay, saxophonists Alex Dean, John Dankworth and Benny Golson, trumpeters Clark Terry and John McLeod.

Sunday in the Park – Frog and Henry

Frog and Henry

They are a two-man, one-man band!

Frog and Henry perform 20’s/30’s American popular music featuring a foot-operated tuba of their own creation. Two people playing seven instruments!

Join us in the park for another free noontime concert. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and enjoy!

Please note that, due to other commitments, this performance will be starting at 11:00 AM

Frog and Henry


"A string and brass band playing really old dance-music from New Orleans"
Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with several singers and vocal harmony. Most of our repertoire was obtained by digging up forgotten songs from the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, and from even earlier 19thc sheet music. We've borrowed the phrase 'string and brass band' from the descriptions of the earliest dance and jazz bands. And in that tradition we feature violin and mandolin-banjo as melody instruments along with clarinet and baritone saxophone. We've also designed a foot-operated tuba that allows one person to play tuba and six-string banjo simultaneously. Our typical 5 members can be increased to 8 or 10 if requested. 2018's concert series in W.Europe represents the result of active playing, traveling, and research over the past ten years - of living, partying, and performing in New Orleans - and finally arriving at an ensemble sound that comes as close as we've ever been able to achieve to that of the earliest New Orleans jazz and dance bands.

Jazz Masters – Phil Nimmons and David Braid

Tickets  $52 (all inc.) at the door from 6:45 – St. Mark’s Church

Co-presented with TD Niagara Jazz Festival  –  Juno winners Phil Nimmons (clarinet) and David Braid (piano) dazzle audiences with their new-age jazz interpretations and improvisations.

Phil Nimmons

clarinet, jazz

Philip (Phil) Nimmons (clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator) was born on June 3, 1923 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He was raised in Vancouver and began playing clarinet in high school. He graduated in pre-Med from UBC in 1944, but soon turned his focus to Music. Through his post- secondary years at the University of British Columbia, he played in local dance bands and joined the jazz quintet of guitarist Ray Norris. He earned a scholarship to study at the Julliard School of Music in New York and later studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. One of the country’s most outstanding jazz artists, Phil Nimmons is widely acknowledged as having done more than almost any other musician to bring jazz into the mainstream of Canadian culture. He is unique in this country as a performer, composer, educator, clinician and artistic director of music programs. He is a multimedia composer of over 400 original contemporary classical and jazz compositions written for stage, television, radio, and film, in addition to hundreds of jazz orchestrations. Complete biography

David Braid

piano, jazz

"Sophisticated and authentic" – New York Observer. "Refreshingly uncategorizable" – Paris Transatlantic.
Hailed in the Canadian press as "one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music" (The Ottawa Citizen), and "a jazz genius to call our own" (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is an eight-time Juno nominee, and winner of three Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, large ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’, and small ensemble, "The North". Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Russia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada. His arrangements and compositions were an integral part of the Chet Baker-inspired film, ’Born to Be Blue’ and his jazz score received praise for its "contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" (The Times, UK). He also won ’Best Original Score’ and ’Best Original Song’ at the 2017 Screen Awards. "Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time." – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (USA)



Future of Canadian Jazz – Harry Bartlett Trio

Harry Bartlett

Tickets $30 available at the door – The Pumphouse Arts Centre after 6:45 pm

A night of jazz by the river with rising stars, the Harry Bartlett Trio.

Featuring three young emerging artists on the Canadian Jazz Scene: guitarist Harry Bartlett, bassist Caleb Klager, and drummer Harry Vetro.
Fundamentally rooted in the jazz tradition, this group explores original compositions, folk music, and selections from the Great American songbook in collaborative and exciting ways.

Harry Bartlett Trio

jazz ensemble

The Harry Bartlett Trio features three young emerging artists on the Canadian Jazz Scene. Fundamentally rooted in the jazz tradition, this group explores original compositions, folk music, and selections from the great American songbook in collaborative and exciting ways. The Harry Bartlett Trio, comprised of guitarist Harry Bartlett, bassist Caleb Klager, and drummer Harry Vetro is made up of current and recently graduated students from University of Toronto Jazz.

March News

New Collaboration with TD Niagara Jazz Festival

The spirit of collaboration is alive and soaring in Niagara-on-the-Lake! Today, Music Niagara and the TD Niagara Jazz Festival are stepping into the future together, announcing our first ever joint concert presentation featuring two of Canada’s premiere jazz artists.

July 29, 2018 7:30 pm
St. Mark’s Church,
41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Clarinettist Phil Nimmons and pianist David Braid, who tour as Nimmons ‘n Braid, are superlative musicians as well as intuitive, versatile musical partners. Both have won many accolades, including Juno Awards, most recently with Braid’s 2018 win for Jazz Album of the Year – Group. They’re jazz performers at the top of their game, and, despite their fifty year age difference, their musical styles blend in a timeless and brilliant combination of structure and improvisation.

Tickets for this and all of our upcoming events will go on sale shortly. Check here for information as it becomes available.

Phil Nimmons
David Braid
David Braid

Louis Armstrong said that “the memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” With Phil Nimmons and David Braid, Niagara audiences will hear both echoes of things gone and the excitement of all that is yet to come.
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And, stay tuned for updates about a fantastic Music Niagara season! It will be a star-studded summer, as we celebrate our Twentieth Anniversary with the Hannaford Street Silver Band (July 7), Isabel Bayrakdarian (July 16), the Elmer Iseler Singers (July 19), and so much more.

And don’t forget!
On Sale Now
Music Niagara Big Night 2018

June 2, 2018 5:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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