Saturday, October 5, 2019
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Mike Le Donne's Groover Quartet

From New York, NY

We are kicking off our 2019/20 season with a huge bang! The Groover Quartet is jazz royalty: Mike Le Donne on B3 Organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone and Joe Farnsworth on drums.

Not only are these four musicians masters in their own fields, but this group has been playing a residency at NYC’s Smoke Supper club for two decades. They are a well-oiled jazz machine and we are incredibly fortunate to have them in Calgary.

Do not miss this one!

Thursday, October 10, 2019
8:00 PM

The Hoffman-Lemish Quartet

From Toronto, ON

We are particularly excited that we are hosting the Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish Quartet on October 10th, 2019 at 8 p.m. Amos Hoffman is an Isreali Jazz oudist and guitarist who fuses the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with modern jazz. He attended the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and has lived and played in Amsterdam and New York City. He has five solo albums to his credit.

Downbeat Magazine says it best: “Hoffman may well be today’s Rosetta Stone of jazz. Equally adept in Middle Eastern harmonies as he is in 52nd Street swing…”

Noam Lemish is an Israeli-American jazz pianist and composer whose musical roots go deep into jazz and classical music. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Israel and currently teaches in the University of Toronto’s jazz studies program and co-directs the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative. From Berkeleyside News: “Lemish is part of a wave of brilliant Israeli jazz musicians who have invigorated the US jazz scene over the past two decades.”

Rounding out the quartet are Justin Gray on bass and Derek Gray on drums.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Mike Allen, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash

From Vancouver, BC & New York, NY

Canada’s Mike Allen brings two of New York’s finest musicians, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash, to BJP for two shows on October 20th, 2019. These three incredible musicians will be performing music from their new album, “Just Like Magic!”

Tenor saxophonist and pianist Mike Allen has to be one of the hardest-working musicians on the Canadian scene. This Vancouver-based musician, educator and band leader earned a Master’s degree in jazz from New York University and has studied with Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson and Dave Liebman. “Just like Magic!” is Mike’s 13th album as a band leader.

With over 400 recordings to his credit, Peter Washington is a super-star and perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation. He was a member of the legendary ensemble Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and played in one of the greatest jazz trios in history, the Tommy Flanagan Trio.

Lewis Nash is described as “perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation” in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. He toured actively with Ron Carter and Branford Marsalis and played with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra. Best of all, he is one of Jon McCaslin’s favourite drummers! Simply put, a jazz icon.

Friday, November 1, 2019
8:00 PM

Jodi Proznick Sun Songs

From Vancouver, BC

Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and ’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘04.

In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Guido Basso, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David “Fathead” Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 40 recordings as a side person.

Jodi Proznick – bass, composer
Katherine Penfold – vocals
Jon Day – piano
Jerrold Dubyk -saxophone
Jon McCaslin – drums

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:00 PM

Lorna MacLachlan

From Calgary, AB

Fresh off her nomination for YYC Music Awards Jazz Album of the Year, Lorna MacLachlan brings us the sounds and songs of “Bicycle Riding in the Dark.” MacLachlan is a familiar and respected figure on the Calgary jazz scene, known both for her jazz artistry and for her contribution to the education of many young musicians through her long career as a teacher.

“Lorna is one of those rare artists who can write beautifully, play beautifully, and sing beautifully. She does everything with great care and musicality and her music draws you in like a best friend. From the strong writing and arranging in her instrumental tracks to the engaging tone and lyrics in her vocal pieces, it’s music that pleases a listener with a penchant for beautifully crafted compositions and strongly musical performances.”

Michelle Grégoire