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September 23, 2005

All-Canadian Jazz Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

Jazz festival season in Canada is still going strong with the kickoff of the fourth annual All-Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope, Ontario. The festival will run today through the 25th, and features both day and evening performances at Memorial Park. This year’s event is in keeping with the festival’s mandate of featuring the finest of Canadian jazz, with headliners including Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Matt Dusk, and Molly Johnson.

The festival officially begins this evening with the arrival of the Jazz Train from Toronto, when disembarking passengers will be greeted by a Dixieland band, and will be followed by tonight’s concert performance by Bunnett, who will lead her all star band through the Latin rhythms of Cuba.

Saturday’s activities begin with the Blow Your Own Horn Jazz Parade down Main Street, led by Richard Underhill and the Shuffle Demons. Underhill will follow up with a concert performance at Memorial Park. Appearances throughout the day feature the nine-piece salsa group Cache, veteran pianist/composer John Alcorn in Quintet, the Hungarian born Botos Brothers, Russian born vocalist Sophie Milman, Montreal�s Sweatshop Tango Ensemble, and the TD Canada Trust’s ‘Young Jazz Showcase�, featuring the Northumberland High School All-Star Jazz Band, led by saxophonist Pat Labarbera. The evening is highlighted by a performance by crooner Matt Dusk.

Sunday morning begins with rag pianist John Arpin, followed by the Gospel strains of Tabby Johnson and her Quartet of young musicians. Jazz/blues/gospel Singer Dione Taylor then leads her quintet, followed by Juno Award winner, Cuban-born piano legend Hilario Duran. The Festival closes with a concert by eclectic vocalist/performer Molly Johnson, a proud Canadian musical ambassador.

Late-night entertainment, held at the Satellite venue The Oasis Bar & Grill in Coburg, include the Local Heroes Jam Session Friday night hosted by Lou Pomanti, and Saturday, June Garber, backed by the Richard Whiteman Trio, sings standards and ballads.

Day passes for the park are $15 for Saturday and $10 on Sunday ($5 for youth). Headline concerts are priced at $25 and $30. Friday night park admission is free. www.allcanadianjazz.com

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