Media Release - July 20, 2015
Jazz at Westben and the New Westben Jazz Fringe Festival – July 30 to August 2
Jazz at Westben during the August long weekend is expanding this year to include the New Jazz Fringe Festival, featuring over 21 artists in eateries across Trent Hills: Campbellford, Hastings and Warkworth on August 1 and 2nd. There will also be a Jazz Jam August 1 at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre in Campbellford starting at 8 pm ending at 10 pm with the Waterfront Fireworks put on by the Campbellford Waterfront Festival.
This Jazz Jam is a free event and everyone is encouraged to bring an instrument and sit in with Chelsey Bennett, vocals; Rob Phillips, piano; Howard Baer, bass: Harry Ellis, drums.
The jazz weekend begins Thursday, July 30 at 7 pm with the electric, gypsy jazz group MAZ at The Barn. With no less than 12 nominations under their belt, including 7 for their latest album, MAZ have made their mark with their incredible live energy and their unique blend of traditional Québécois music and electric jazz. Inspired by the famous legend of the Chasse-Galerie, the band’s instrumental compositions are an invitation to confront modernity through the lens of tradition. Hop on their wild flying canoe and journey through traditional French-Canadian melodies, modal jazz in its deepest expression, and trance-inducing modern music.
Friday, July 31 at 7 pm departs from Jazz to the Celtic, fiddling music with Kelli Trottier & The Mushy Peas. A pre concert barbeque, will also be available by pre ordering 48 hours ahead.
Jazz returns as the four-time Juno award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Canadian soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett brings the soul of Cuba to the Barn with Maqueque on Saturday, August 1 at 2 pm at The Barn. This sextet of all-star female Cuban musicians join Jane for dazzling rhythmic and vocal celebration. Chelsey Bennett and friends will be the featured opening act.
After the show at The Barn the New Jazz Fringe Festival opens with Jazz Desserts at Apollo’s Pizzeria (Steve Holt, piano, Howard Baer, bass, Harry Ellis, drums) and Capers Restaurant (Carrie Shesnutt, saxophone/vocals; Mike Graham, guitar/vocals), and in Warkworth at Garden of Eatin’ (Frederico Pontani, guitar, Craig Paterson, bass) and Banjo’s Grill (San Murata, violin; and Tony Quarrington, guitar) in Hastings. While shopping one might encounter a jazz flash mob by local jazz students.
Sunday, August 2 begins with Jazz, the Morning After, brunch with jazz musicians at Capers Restaurant (Lenni Stewart, vocal; Michael Monis, guitar; Howard Baer, bass) and Be My Guest Restaurant (Andy Sparling, trombone, Mike Graham, guitar) in Campbellford and Our Lucky Stars Café (Tony Quarrington, guitar) in Warkworth. At 2 pm at The Barn it is Big Band Jazz with Sunny Day & Sinatra featuring Donna Bennett, Dean Hollin and the Brian Barlow Big band with favourite hits of Doris Day and Frank Sinatra. A Sunny Day barbeque picnic on the meadow is available by pre ordering 48 hours ahead.
For tickets and information on the concerts, restaurants and barbeques visit www.westben.ca or call 705-653-5508. This weekend of Jazz concludes Westben’s summer season for 2015, the Season celebrating new traditions.