Jazz at The Gasworks
The Hamilton Music Collective’s Jazz at The Gasworks Concert series, in support of the AIFEC (An Instrument for Every Child) program, presents the Winter 2016 concert series:
We are thrilled to have the Florian Hoefner Group launching the Winter series.
Florian Hoefner Group
An award-winning jazz pianist and composer, German-born Florian Hoefner has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Since their formation in New York City five years ago, the Florian Hoefner Group has constantly been evolving their unique brand of modern jazz, winning fans and critics around the globe with their creativity, virtuosity, and captivating live performances. Led by pianist Florian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifying improvisations and interplay. Florian’s award-winning compositions draw from a myriad of influences from folk to contemporary classical music, appealing to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike. Florian Hoefner's website here. Have a listen to his video on YouTube ... a good intro to Florian, his band, and some background on the new release, Luminosity
... And, just a bit more info on Florian, as he will be performing next week: Florian Hoefner has been able to establish himself both as a jazz pianist and composer. His piano playing is featured on ten international CD releases. Performances have brought him to numerous countries on four different continents, including venues and festivals like Jazz Baltica (Germany), Bohemia Jazz Fest (Czech Republic), Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola NY (USA) and Porgy & Bess Vienna (Austria). He has shared the stage with artists including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Lovano, John Riley and Tim Ries. In April 2014 he appeared at the “Piano Jazz Series” at the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and performed solo piano alongside Chick Corea, Cyrus Chestnut and Taylor Eigsti.
While still a student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, he won his first of two ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. In 2015, he received the Stingray Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival. His big band compositions have been premiered by the German National Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra and the New York Jazz Orchestra.
After six years in New York City, Florian recently immigrated to Canada and is now a resident of St. John’s, NL.
The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra
Founded in 2008 The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra is one of Canada’s premiere jazz ensembles and is an assembly of a veritable who’s who among Canadian jazz musicians. The DHJO will be performing music from the libraries of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Henry Mancini as well as a tribute to the Great American Songbook, including selections from the band’s recent CD, Blues in Another Minute. Darcy Hepner's website
Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian jazz scene and has been receiving accolades for a unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety and grace. Based in Toronto, Barbra’s live show captivates audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence. Lica's original tunes are well-crafted guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a warm glow in your heart. The charming "Fishies" and "The Food Song" have already been released as singles, with the fun-filled music video for the latter proving very popular on YouTube. Barbra Lica's website
The Don Thompson/Phil Dwyer Quartet
Terry Clarke – drums / Jim Vivian - bass
The Don Thompson/Phil Dwyer Quartet is comprised of four of Canada’s most illustrious jazz musicians, highlighting their long-standing musical relationships through their brilliant interpretations of original and classic jazz repertoire. In 2013 Phil Dwyer (saxophone) was named to the Order of Canada, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has appeared on 11 Juno Award winning projects. Co-leader Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke are truly jazz masters of the first rank. They began their careers together in Vancouver in the 1960’s and have gone on to become internationally recognized through performances and recordings with, among others, George Shearing, Jim Hall, Toshiko Akyoshi and the Boss Brass. Both have led Juno Award winning recordings and been recognized for their contributions to the Canadian cultural landscape by being named to the Order of Canada.
Where: The Park Street Gasworks, 141 Park St. N. Hamilton
Time: 8pm, doors and bar open at 7pm.
Tickets: $35 general admission | $25 students | Series tickets available as well