Nobody wants to listen to jazz music on an empty stomach. There’s at least two or three stories (myths?) about Charles Mingus eating steak for a reason. Those who know … Continue Reading Where to Eat Before (and After) the Show: 2015 Edition
It might seem like a bold claim, but videogame music is some of the most influential music of the past 30 years. For millions of kids, myself included, the music … Continue Reading The Koopa Troop: FREE Matinee Performance October 24 at the Pearl Company!
One of the most popular performances at the 2014 Steel City Jazz Festival was undoubtedly our Latin Jazz night, featuring vocalist Ashley St-Pierre and a band led by the fantastic … Continue Reading Tjaderama: The Music of Cal Tjader October 25th
There is a definite tribute streak through this year’s Steel City Jazz Festival. I think the jazz impulse towards ‘tributes’ is an acknowledgment that your musical history matters; just like … Continue Reading Intercurrents: Roy Patterson and Brian Dickinson Play the Music of Bill Evans and Jim Hall
The notion of jazz musicians playing pop music somehow always seems slightly controversial, at least in some of the deeper (ahem, insulated) realms of jazz. I find this point of … Continue Reading Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: The Worst Pop Band Ever Saturday, October 24th
Tom Altobelli is a bass beast. He holds down the low-end in the Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Koopa Troop, the Scott McIntosh Trio … Continue Reading New Jazz Compositions: The Tom Altobelli Group & The Scott Taplay Group on Opening Night, Oct 21
We are very proud today to announce the full lineup for the 2015 Steel City Jazz Festival, including some of the most exciting and talented musicians from the Hamilton area … Continue Reading 2015 Lineup and Schedule Available Now!
I don’t want to preemptively alarm anyone over the end of summer, but I’d like to bring your attention to your plans this Halloween. After you’ve picked through the candy … Continue Reading Festival Headliner Terry Clarke at the Pearl Company October 31st
Hello jazz lovers and listeners of Hamilton! If I may, I would like to briefly take your attention away from popsicles, barbeques and sweat to talk about a time not … Continue Reading Announcing the 2015 Steel City Jazz Festival
I would like to take credit for meticulously scheduling the 2014 Steel City Jazz Festival in such a way that the acts booked together not only compliment one another musically, … Continue Reading Quarter to Nine and the Messore-Palka Quintet: Our last show of the year!
If you were at last year’s festival opener down by the Hamilton waterfront, you might remember two things: the beautiful sunset, and the killer band (not necessarily in that order). … Continue Reading Jazz Connection Big Band Back at The Pearl Company October 24th
The first weekend of the Steel City Jazz Festival wrapped up yesterday, and I hope everyone who attended will agree that some seriously great music went down. Over the course … Continue Reading Brad Cheeseman Group and the Blank Quintet October 23rd at the Pearl Company
Since Thanksgiving weekend has just past and people all over town recently sat down to some seriously good grub, I thought now might be a good time to take a … Continue Reading Where To Eat: Week One
I’m going to be honest with you: the Sean Dowhaniuk Group is one of my favourite acts at this year’s festival. I don’t mean to pick favourites, and I’m being … Continue Reading Sean Dowhaniuk Group at Artword Artbar October 17
Last week during an interview on CFMU, host Jamie Tennant asked me which Steel City Jazz Festival concert I thought would be the most interesting this year. Jamie diplomatically didn’t … Continue Reading A Night of Latin Jazz with Carlos Rodriguez October 18
I’m a true believer that anyone could be a fan of jazz music, and part of the reason for that is the diversity of sounds that get labelled ‘jazz’. The … Continue Reading Colin Fisher and Mike Gennaro October 22