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April 27, 2008

Calgary’s Newest Live Jazz Venue Warmly Welcomed

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Calgary jazz fans have a new spot to listen to their favourite music with the launch of Kit’s Jazz Underground, featuring live jazz every Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30.

The venue, an intimate listening room downstairs at Kit’s on 16th, sees the addition of jazz music to Kit’s ongoing blues policy upstairs at the club on weekends.

Kit’s Jazz Underground has been running for the past six weeks and is quickly building momentum as the word spreads, the concept receiving a warm welcome from the community. In a city that boasts a growing population that tops well over a million people there’s a surprising dearth of live music venues, especially those that feature the more marginalized genres such as jazz and blues.

Mark D’Angelo, managing partner of Kit’s on 16th, is an avid supporter of live music and has been doing his part for blues for some time by employing local legend Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils as jam hosts both Saturday and Sundays. Kit’s was also a host venue during the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest this past February and Junofest during the JUNO celebrations last month.

With an extensive career in the restaurant industry, Mark has shared a strong connection with the music scenes in both Calgary and Vancouver for over 20 years, building friendships with numerous artists such as jazz vocalist Cindy McLeod, whom he’s enlisted as Artistic Director for Kit’s Jazz.

To date Kit’s Jazz Underground has featured Calgary jazz artists such as guitarist Gary Wolfe, contemporary jazz group Sinistrio and Latin/World/Jazz ensemble Cumako.

The coming months will showcase a diverse range of acts such as mainstream modern jazz masters Manic Thematic, trumpeter Allistair Elliott, who recently captured the Wind Instrumentalist of the Year (2008) at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and the Dixieland ensemble Wild Rose Jazz Band, starring singer Hazel Proctor. Proctor, who has a large and faithful local following, just expanded her fan-base across the nation with her recent win of the “Senior Star” competition at the Imperial Room of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in October, 2007, where the 77 year-old beat out other contestants with her version of Sisters .

for more info visit Kit’s Jazz Underground

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