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Aug 15, 2015

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11am-5pm all ages. 5:30-11pm 19+


August 15, 2015


Where: Port Dover Arena, 809 Saint George Street, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0

What: South Coast Jazz presents; Music, Wine & Jazz 2nd Annual Festival

When: 11am-11 pm 

Who: Holy Cole, Cadence with Heather Bambrick, Gene Dinovi & Neil Swainson, Oakland Stroke, Countermeasure, Heavyweights Brass Band, SCS Jazz Band, Young Lions Trio, Adrean Farrugia's Generations Trio, Avery Raquel & Jordan Goodridge, and Joyce Humbert & Amable Hernandez

Why: This event is proud to announce it has been unanimously voted an event of municipal significance- Thank you Norfolk County!




Use button above to purchase tickets online, or call: 1-888-655-9090



Seats are not guaranteed unless reserved in advance.

General Admission tickets do not guarantee seating 

Please inform SCJ a of any special requirement that may be necessary.

11am-5pm all ages. 5:30-11pm 19+


Enjoy Jazz & Your Favorite Drink INSIDE and OUTSIDE



AUG 15 (Port Dove Arena)

11:00 a.m.-11:55 a.m. Jazzin'Juniors- SCS Jazz Band, Humber College's Young Lions Trio, Beverly and the Funky Bunch

12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.  Adrean Farrugia "Generations Trio"(MOHAWK COLLEGE), Avery Raquel & Jordan Goodridge

12:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Joyce Humbert & Amable Hernandez

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Heavyweights Brass Band

1:50 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Induction of John Erlendson - Honorary member of SCJ

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Countermeasure

2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Joyce Humbert & Amable Hernandez 

3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Gene Dinovi & Neil Swainson

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Oakland Stroke

5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. BREAK into EVE SHOW    

5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.  Heavyweights Brass Band

5:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Gene DiNovi & Neil Swainson

6:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Countermeasure 

6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oakland Stroke

7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Cadence w Heather Bambrick

9:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Holly Cole


AUG 16 (Burning Kiln Winery - 1709 Front Rd., St. Williams, ON)

11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Jazz on the Patio with Scot Metcalfe & Jordana Talsky





Winner of the 2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award!

During her sold out 3 nights at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde at The Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 27-29, 2013), Holly Cole was presented as the 15th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award. This annual award is presented to “a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene”. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Sade.

Most of all, her playfulness and the sheer pleasure of singing to a crowd reminds me of

Ella more than any past recipient

– André Ménard, artistic director and cofounder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented the award to Holly on Friday June 28



Holly Cole sets new standards with Night (The National Post)

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: Holly Cole, June 27, 2013 (Montreal Gazette)

Holly Cole: plein de plaisir partage (La Presse, en Français)

Festival de jazz 2013: Holly Cole de retour pour une 12e fois (Huffington Post Quebec, en Français)

Holly Cole, and Hot Lava, Cool Jazz (Seattle Times)

Listen to a live interview on WBGO (New York area’s leading jazz station)

Watch Holly Cole pe rform “Walk Away” l ive at KPLU Studio in Seattle

Watch Holly perform “I f You Go Away” live on Belle et Bum in Montreal



“You’ve Got a Secret” Live from Steal the Night

“I Can See Clearly Now” Theatrical Video



There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality.

Cole has a long and storied international career, having sold hundreds of thousands of recordings in the U.S., Japan (1 Gold record award) and Germany. These echo her success at home, including multi-platinum sales awards, three Junos and two Gemini Awards.

Steal the Night: Live at the Glenn Gould Studio, Cole’s first DVD with bonus live CD was released in February 2012 to glowing reviews and features an assortment of hits and gems from her early trio days through to the present. This immersive DVD/CD package was the perfect prelude to Ms. Cole’s much-anticipated new studio recording (released Nov 19, 2012 by Universal Music Canada) entitled NIGHT, her first new studio recording since 2007’s self titled gem.

The quintet (bass, drums, piano, horns and Holly) has been touring extensively, performing material from NIGHT as well as a broad selection of fan favorites from her more than twenty year recording career including hits like, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Calling You’ and ‘Make it Go Away’, etc. For more information about NIGHT, visit Holly Cole’s website



I’ve seen Holly perform many times over the last 23 years [...], Her show Friday night ranks as the best ever. The Ella Fitzgerald Award, indeed. It is deserved. Congratulations Holly!

– Ross Porter, President and CEO, JAZZ FM Toronto


"She consistently proves that delivering a lyric is as much a creative art as writing one."

- Rolling Stone


So successful was she at reaching and elevating an audience through sheer seductive vocal magic and commanding stage presence.

- Austin American-Statesman


Cole’s voice: smoky, though not quite sultry; as sly as it is sexy; and brimming with adventure bordering on recklessness. And it bears an alluring touch of darkness, though it’s not without a mitigating hint of optimism.

- The Wall Street Journal


She exudes as much fun as feeling in concert treating the people to a rare performance that was musically rewarding and refreshingly intimate.

- Calgary Herald


Ms. Cole invented her own niche as a chanteuse."

- The New York Times



The stage lights fall, the crowd goes quiet, and four harmonious voices rise up and fill the air. The melodies unfurl into something both familiar and fresh. What comes next may be a classic song by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima.  It may be an old bebop standard or cheeky arrangement of a 1980s hit. But these are arrangements like you’ve never heard them before—containing all the richness of a full band, performed using just four voices.

This is Cadence, Canada’s premiere vocal group. This a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences around the world for nearly 20 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing.

The group’s four critically acclaimed studio albums, Cool Yule (2011), Speak Easy (2010), Twenty for One (2005), and Frost Free (2000) have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including three nods from the JUNO Awards and 10 from CARA, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Cadence’s live shows are always a hit. They feature a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun. On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course, but so too is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. What these men can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.

Collaborations have included Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas, and their voices were heard in the 2010 hit film “Casino Jack” starring Kevin Spacey.

Check out this vocal phenomenon for yourself. Buy an album, take in a show, or invite Cadence to perform in your town or city.  One listen and you will agree; instruments are for surgeons!



Heather Bambrick is in demand as a vocalist, voice actor, educator, and broadcaster. She has worked with a vast array of artists, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Guido Basso, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richards on, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard.

Heather began her recording career with the Royal Jelly Orchestra and the Beehive Singers.

Her solo recordings (It’s About Time, 2003, and Those Were The Days, 2006) were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards and helped earn her a National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year.


She’s been a featured vocalist on recordings by a number of artists including the Caliban Quartet, the Breithaupt Brothers, as well as on the final recording of Jazz great Peter Appleyard.

Heather’s latest project is “Broadsway”, combining Theatre, Jazz, and Comedy with fellow artists Julie Michels and Diane Leah. They’re currently performing throughout Canada and the US in support of their debut recording Old Friends.

As a voice actor, Heather has recorded for commercials, animation series (Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, NBC), and film / television soundtracks. Since 2001, she’s been a popular broadcaster at Canada’s only all Jazz radio station, JAZZ.FM91, where she currently hosts “Jazzology” and “Breakfast Blend”. Heather has twice been awarded National Jazz Awards’ “Broadcaster of the Year”.

Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and has taught at both U of T and Humber College, as well as at various schools and festivals throughout Canada.



Gene DiNovi wrote his first important song, “Have a Heart”, with the great Johnny Mercer. Percy Faith, Nancy Wilson, Doris Day and Dinah Shore have all recorded his songs. Maurice Chevalier's last TV Special features a song DiNovi wrote with his lyricist Bill Comstock, 'Tout va bien'. He has recorded innumerable CDs, both in North America and abroad, and all have been well received, including a brilliant re-issue of his "The Scandinavian Suite", indisputably a DiNovi masterwork. DiNovi's easy-going style and engaging warmth made him a great favourite with audiences on CBC radio and television and on TV Ontario where his last program The Music Room explored the music and lives of the great American songwriters. With the award-winning classical clarinetist James Campbell, he created the popular "Jazz in a Classical Key". Throughout the 1960s DiNovi was in Hollywood where, through mutual friends, he met producer Louis Eldeman (who had produced James Cagney's White Heat, among other memorable films) by whose agency DiNovi was soon involved in television production as an arranger/composer. He worked principally on the Sheldon Leonard-Danny Thomas shows, all of which were produced by Desi-Lu studios. It was at Desi-Lu that DiNovi met producer-arranger-composer Harry Ruby, who sponsored him into ASCAP, The American Society of Composers and Publishers. Gene began his musical life as a jazz pianist on 52nd Street - New York 's legendary "Swing Street" - in 1945. It was a remarkable and life-changing journey for the fifteen-year-old DiNovi from hanging around outside the clubs, listening raptly to the music of Art Tatem, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, to his being invited to sit in with them. Among the first to recognize DiNovi's musical potential was the great Dizzy Gillespie who gave the youthful pianist his Be-Bop baptism. "Come up here and play", Gillespie said to him one night - and the rest, as they say, is history. To make it a genuine baptism of fire, Charlie Parker sauntered around the corner of the bandstand - already playing - and sat in as well! It wasn't long after this fantasy-like beginning to his jazz career, that DiNovi was playing and recording with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buddy Rich, Chubby Jackson and Boyd Raeburn. Though self-taught in his beginning period, he went on to study music with Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco and Mario di Bonaventura as well as piano study with Jacob Gimpel.


DiNovi's love for and understanding of the popular song became strongly evident during the 1950s. His playing during these years attracted the attention of singers such as Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. In fact, DiNovi was in demand by just about every great singer of that era, each of them wanting his backing as a musical director. It was through these stellar performances that DiNovi came to know and work with the finest songwriters such as: Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Husen and Harry Warren. DiNovi's interest in writing songs was kindled during this period. Two recent musical events are a tribute to the richness and variation of Gene DiNovi's musical career. In the winter of 1997, The Smithsonian Institute conducted a life-history interview with Gene for two long days. DiNovi does concerts, seminars and classes at many universities (e.g., Indiana University,

Texas A&M, and the Orford Art Centre). Mr. DiNovi has recently completed the score (with Gary Michael Dault) for Alice in the Orchestra, a musical entertainment for actors and symphony orchestra currently in production with a number of major musical organizations throughout North America. You can also visit to see and hear the chamber orchestra version of this new work. September 25, 2005 marked the date for the symphonic world premier by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with DiNovi conducting. Gene DiNovi has two daughters living in Los Angeles; Denise DiNovi Taylor and Michelle DiNovi Sawelson. He has three grandsons; McNeil Christian Taylor, Nicholas Eugene Taylor and Alex Patrick Sawelson. Gene resides in Toronto, Canada with his wife Deirdre and son William Desmond DiNovi



Neil Swainson, from Victoria BC, began working with Paul Horn in 1975, for two years. He also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, Neil moved to Toronto. He became very active in the local jazz scene, playing with Canadian greats: Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, and many others. He has played with many visiting jazz artists, to name a few: James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, and Woody Shaw. Neil travelled and recorded with Woody Shaw, and Neil’s own recording, 49th Parallel, features Woody Shaw on trumpet and Joe Henderson on saxophone. In 1986 Neil began working with George Shearing. Together, they worked worldwide with many other great artists, such as Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Robert Farnon, and Diana Krall. Neil has made numerous recordings with George Shearing, and with a number of other artists. Several of the recordings on which Neil plays have won Canada’s Juno Award. Neil continues to compose music and freelance extensively in the Toronto area.



Lou Pomanti

Gemini award winner Lou Pomanti is one of Canada’s most accomplished composers, musicians, and musical directors. Lou’s original music and performances are featured on soundtracks and recordings heard all over the world.

Lou studied music at Humber College in Toronto in the Jazz Program. He was the recipient of The Duke Ellington Scholarship Award for Arranging.

In 1980 Lou received a call from David Clayton-Thomas to join the seminal jazz rock group

Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the world. It began a decades long assocation that

culminated in 2010 with Lou producing DCT’s new CD “Soul Ballads” for Universal Records.

1983 saw the beginning of Lou’s session career as the #1 top call pianist/synthesist in Toronto.

His playing and arranging has enhanced the recordings of Michael Buble, Gordon Lightfoot

and Anne Murray; as well as Rock’s Kim Mitchell and Triumph. His record credits are a

“Who’s Who’ of the Canadian recording industry.

The mid 90s saw his emergence as a prominent TV and Film composer, which continues to this day. The list of credits is too long to include here, with shows on CBC, CTV, Global, HBO,

Showtime, HGTV, and many more.

The 90s also saw Lou’s emergence as one of the country’s top Musical Directors. Lou was the MD for the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ( 6 times), The Gemini Awards ( 7 times ) , the Genie Awards ( 5 times ) and the Junos. Lou has written and MD’ed music for James

Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Leonard Cohen and Michael Buble to name a few. Lou received his Gemini award for arranging and conducting “Both Sides Now” for Joni Mitchell’s induction. Lou also MD’ed the CBC TV show “Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge” with

megaproducer Bob Rock which found a new hockey anthem for Canada. He also conducted the orchestra for the CBC’s “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” on live nationwide TV.

Most recently, Lou arranged the orchestra for Michael Buble’s smash hit “Haven’t Met You Yet”, which has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is currently at work on Michael Buble’s new CD due out later in 2013.

Lou was proud to have composed the music for the 2011 Pan Am Games Handover Ceremony in Guadalajara, an 8-minute suite for multimedia.

In 2012, the City of Toronto named a street after Lou to honour his accomplishments.


Tony Carlucci

Tony started his musical career immediately after his father introduced him to the trumpet at the age of 9. By the age of 11 he was playing in weekend bands and studying under Canada’s premier trumpet teacher, Dr. Don Johnson. By the age of 15 Tony was a regular in Toronto’s local music theater scene, performing in such shows as “West Side Story”, “Pajama Game”, “A little Night Music” and was also playing with Canada’s Youth Orchestra.

At the age of 22, he landed his first Musical director job for New Zealand’s top show singer, Frankie Stevens, touring Canada’s top show rooms for 6 months.

Working regularly on Canada’s CBC television station in the 80’s, Tony played with such artist as Cory Hart, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Frozen Ghost, Percy Sledge, The Drifters, Sam and Dave, The Spoons, Zappa Costa, Rita McNeil, Don Rickles, Paul Anka, Colin James, etc.

At the age of 30, Tony started his own group called Synthetic Earth and began composing music. The group was runner up in the American based Hennessy Jazz Search competition that was held in Los Angeles in 1989.

In 1995, he has started his own music production company called Amarosa Music providing live and recorded musical/MD services for large corporate functions. He regularly performs in such places as Bangkok/Thailand and Hong Kong.

He continues to be a Band Leader with his latest project, Brass Transit –

The musical Legacy of Chicago which is now receiving international attention.



Countermeasure is the fresh face of a cappella, known for their upbeat sound, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, and featuring some of Canada’s top young vocal talent, Countermeasure delivers a memorable musical experience that has earned the group critical and public acclaim.

To date, the group has shared the stage with such vocal giants as The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, The Four Freshman, and The Nylons, as well as Canadian music mainstays Corey Hart, Chantal Kreviazuk, Nikki Yanofsky, and Blue Rodeo.

Countermeasure has been featured at high-profile jazz festivals, concert series, and galas, as well as on CBC, Global, Rogers and City TV Breakfast Television. Their debut album, 14 Characters, has played on syndicated radio stations across North America.



Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band pack a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music's elite.

Inspired by the New Orleans brass band tradition, the Heavyweights'original stance keeps one foot firmly rooted in the rich legacy of jazz, while one-foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication.

The uppercut ascent of the Heavyweights' arc has been the result of relentless dedication. Touring across Canada and sharing the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has helped build the group a loyal following. Now with their sophomore release Brasstronomical, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deeper and more eclectically into each musical direction implied on their first album. Brasstronomical reveals the band's music is stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature than ever before.

The future is bright for the group, with plans in the works for 2014 to be a year of new thresholds as the group blossoms into even more of a hard-hitting powerhouse of sound.


Jazzin Juniors Winners


SCS jazz band is a a new program at Simcoe Composite inspired by SCJ! This program is headed by Shawn Beal featuring young high school musicians learning the art of the jazz genre.  Members include: Joel Easey, Nolan Gibson, Sam Lightheart, Eric Pond, Brandon Vary, and Jordan Bingleman


SCS jazz band is a a new program at Simcoe Composite inspired by SCJ! This program is headed by Shawn Beal featuring young high school musicians learning the art of the jazz genre.  Members include: Alana Lightheart, Sam Lightheart, Eric Pond, Jordan Bingleman, Kydra Ryan, Mackenzie Thorpe, Ruth Bennett, Maridyn Bennett and Abi Peck


Jazzin Juniors Winners

The members are Davide Corazza, Ewen farncombe and Corey St. Pierre.


Davide Corazza is a drummer and keyboardist in the Toronto area. He specializes in many styles such as Jazz, rock, pop and R&B. He has both performed and studied with the likes of Kirk MacDonald, Pat Labarbera, Lorne Lofsky, Barry Romberg, Steve Mancuso, Mark Kelso, Seamus Blake, George Cables, Rich Perry and many more. He continues to play around toronto and hopes to further his compositional skills as well as drumming and keyboard playing. He has been a recipient of many awards, such as the Lou Williamson Memorial Drumset scholarship, Humber College Leadership award, as well as the AM 740 radio award. Hi Juliann, > > The name of my group is the "Young Lions trio". The members are Ewen farncombe on piano and Corey St. Pierre on bass. Corey will be sending a bio and picture to me shortly. I have a picture of him but I'm just waiting on the bio. Lastly, Ewen's bio and picture is below mine.


Ewen Farncombe has been playing piano for 9 years. He started playing piano at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts teaching himself, and then 1 year later began taking jazz piano lessons from Brian Rudolph. Brian turned Ewen on to Community Music, a program at Humber College for youth wanting to learn about music and jazz. There he studied with Kirk Macdonald, Lorne Lofsky, and Barry Romberg.  After his experience in the Community School, Ewen decided to attend Humber College for Music Performance where he is currently enrolled.

 Ewen has played with artists such as Mike Downs, Larnell Louis, Donny McCaslin, Heather Bambrick, George Koller, Daniel Barnes, Kirk Macdonald, Pat Labarbera, Vito Rezza, Lorne Lofsky, and Alex Dean to name a few. He has been playing around the Toronto area for 4 years at places such as Gate 403, The Rex, The Jazz Bistro, Pantages Martini Bar, Harlem Underground East, and various other private parties and events. He has won the Music Fest Canada Phil Nimmons Outstanding Jazz Performer Award, and The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar Emerging Artist Award, and the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance.


Corey St. Pierre is an acoustic and electric bass player in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up in Hamilton, Ontario Corey began studying electric bass at the age of 12, and upon moving to Kelowna, British Columbia when he was 15 began studying jazz music. In 2012, Corey moved again, this time to Toronto to enroll in Humber College's Music Degree Program, where he began studying the double bass and furthering his studies in Jazz. Its here he has worked closely and studied with veteran and contemporary jazz musicians including Neil Swainson, Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, Mike Downes, Larnell Lewis, and Jon Maharaj, among many other great performers. While still working towards completely his degree, Corey can be seen playing in various venues in Toronto with groups including his own, the Corey St. Pierre All-Stars, as well the Lilt Quartet, The Whim, and the Bassline Trio.



Adrean Farrugia

...Farrugia proves himself to be one of the current scene’s most imaginative pianists.



Pianist Adrean Farrugia is in superb form

-Downbeat Magazine, January 2010


Pianist Adrean Farrugia's disc reflects an expansive musical vision and the talent and craft to combine elements from a range of influences

-Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen


"A gifted pianist. His approach is an intelligent synthesis of styles

-Harvey Pekar


Pianist Farrugia is a young veteran, a first-call sideman who's performed on numerous albums. His excellent CD debut as leader features a forceful, percussive style, fast-developing ideas and a wide-ranging composer's imagination.

- Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star


Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.

Since the late 1990s Adrean has been i n high demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe and in Japan.

Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including:

Larry Carlton, Ernie Watts, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric

Alexander, Jane Bunnett, Ron Blake, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler,

Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, and Pat Labarbera.

Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), The Johnny Griffith Quintet, Kiki Misumi, Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet, John Cheesman Orchestra, Luke Maxim, Eleanor McCain, and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.

As a leader Adrean has released three albums. His second album ‘Ricochet’ was nominated for a 2011 Juno award for best contemporary jazz recording. As a composer Adrean has penned more than 30 works to date.

Adrean is currently on the faculty of Mohawk College where he teaches contemporary piano, ensembles and improvisation. He has also served on the faculties of York University and Humber College. He has also done workshops/clinics at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, The Banff Centre for the arts, The Sydney and Brisbane Conservatories, and in Warsaw Poland as part of the Polish Jazz Society’s 35th annual Summer Jazz Workshop.

Adrean has been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication “The Piano

Book”, the world’s foremost publication on all things piano.

Adrean was also a performer and panelist at the 63rd and 67th annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado. Adrean is endorsed by Shigeru Kawai pianos.


Jillian McKenna

Jazzin Juniors Winner


McKenna is an upright bassist from Hamilton, Ontario. She began playing the bass in high school, at Hillfield Strathallan College, under the direction of Allan Gaumond and Clark Johnston.

There she was a member of the Senior Jazz ensemble for 4 years, and received multiple awards, including musicianship awards and the graduating HSC Music Award. Through her high school years McKenna was also a part of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band Organization. She is currently finishing her 2nd year with the All Star Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Russ Weil. After high school McKenna pursued her musical education at Mohawk College in the Applied Music Program. It was there she was able to really begin her studies of jazz music. She studied with many great faculty members including, Pat Collins, Adrean Farrugia, Darcy Hepner and Bob Shields. Outside of school McKenna has been playing professionally with many different groups for private events, jazz festivals, and shows. In the fall McKenna is moving to New York City to continue her musical education at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.


Ted Warren

Ted has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has been recognized with Jazz Report’s Drummer of the Year award. He teaches at University Of Guelph and Mohawk College in their music programs and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator.

Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which has released two CDs, First Time Caller, and Songs For Doug. He is also member of Broadview, which he co-leads with Rich Brown and Mike Murley. They have recently released their debut recording, Two of Clubs, on Addo records. He was the drummer for the Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recordings, including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme), From Lush to Lively (with Oliver Jones), Even Canadians get the Blues, and The Boss Brass Plays the Jazz Classics.


Ted studied music at McGill and received a certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and recently completed his B. Mus. from Thompson Rivers University. He has worked with many acclaimed performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, Ron McClure, Doc Severinsen and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted’s extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with harpist Joanna Jordon.

In addition to his other recorded work, you can hear Ted on Mike Murley’s CDs Extra Time, and the Jazz Report’s Album of the Year recipient, Conversation Piece. You can also hear Ted on the Juno Award winning Tales from the Blue Lounge by Richard Underhill. As well as being active teaching and playing, Ted is the Artistic Director for the Grand River Jazz Society. Ted endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Zildjian cymbals.


A triple threat performer, Avery has acted in various film, television and animation projects for the likes of Spielberg, Dreamworks and Disney. Avery has also performed in various professional stage musicals across Canada, including Mary Poppins and Secret Garden.  Avery’s greatest passion however, is singing.


At 13 years old, Avery has garnered many awards including the 2014 Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search. She has performed on many stages as a solo performer, and her greatest joy is when she’s singing jazz.  Inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and some of today’s jazz artists like Diana Krall and Nikki Yanofsky, Avery has performed in many jazz festivals and jazz clubs, such as The Metropolitan Room and the famous Bird Land Jazz Club in New York City. 


Promoting her upcoming debut album, along with her professional jazz trio, consisting of Joel Haynes on drums, Mike Pelletier on Bass and Rob Fekete on piano, Avery is excited to perform once again at the South Coast Jazz Festival.



Is more then a typical teenager he's an ENTERTAINER. With extensive training in singing and dancing.

He's been training to full fill his dream of being on Broadway since the age of 5.

Working with accomplished musicians such as Juliann Kuchocki, Dave Restivo, Nathan Hiltz and Scott Metcalfe to name a few.

The Stage is where Jordan shines, his ability to engage his audience is truly amazing due to his excellent dance training, competing at a competitive level with many accomplishments, the biggest being Crowned Jr. Mr dance of Western New York and finishing in the top ten in Jr. Mr. Dance of America where he also won the title of Mr. Personality from his peers at the National level.





Joyce Corbett Humbert moved to Norfolk County from Toronto in 2013.


Joyce studied congas and Cuban percussion in Toronto with various teachers including Mario Del Monte, Jr., Reimundo Sosa and Joaquin Hidalgo. She also studied with Manolo Semanat Bell, Vicente Portuondo and Gali in Santiago de Cuba.


Joyce is the “conguera” of Cazu Latin Band based in Kitchener-Waterloo and plays with the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She is a representative for Ritmacuba, a French organization who run music, dance and percussion workshops in Santiago de Cuba.


Joyce has performed in Toronto at the Muhtadi International Drum Festival, Lula Lounge, Hugh’s Room, Latinada, Gate 403, Trane Studio, The Gallery Studio Café and Beaches Jazz and at public and private events in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Simcoe and Baden. Joyce has also played congas and percussion for dance classes.



An extraordinarily talented dancer from Pinar de Rio, Cuba, Amable studied dance at the EIA (Escuela instructora de arte) for 4 years where he also studied percussion and theatre. He was a performer in the Cabaret continental in Varadero for 2 years where he had the opportunity to be featured as principal dancer.  Amable is a master of all styles of Cuban dance, Afro-Cuban and popular – rumba, palo, gaga, orishas, casino, mambo and more. He came to Canada in 2012. He has taught and performed in and around Hamilton and  Brantford where he now lives. This year he started teaching Cuban dance in Norfolk County at Culverdene House.



Luis Serrano is a percussionist specialized in Afro-Cuban rhythms such as son, rumba (columbia, guaguanco and yambu), mozambique, abakua and Yoruban religious toques.  He also plays Latin Jazz.


Originally from Panama City, he lived in Montreal for 18 years before moving to London, Ontario where he has lived for 9 years.


Luis Serrano played with both "La Grand Combinación" orchestra and "Conjunto Son 3" in Montreal and was part of “Son Del Caiman” and “La Banda Internacional” in Matanzas, Cuba. More recently, he was with London-based “Latin Power” and is currently with the band K’bola in Hamilton.

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