Jazz Sudbury Festival 10th Anniversary Lineup Announced

June 27, 2018

Celebrating its tenth anniversary with international and local musicians, the Jazz Sudbury Festival is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2018 Festival, September 5-9.

Bringing worldly and refined sounds to Sudbury’s unique venues, the Jazz Sudbury Festival is Northern Ontario’s premier destination for live jazz. This year’s tenth anniversary festival will host multiple events at eight downtown venues with mainstage events at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park.

Mainstage events will be held September 7-8 and other intimate performances will be taking place throughout the weekend. The festival offers a variety of events including the free Jazz in the Park and the unique Jazzwalk both on September 8, club nights September 5 and 6, and the Jazz Café on September 9. These events will feature local and regional artists such as Sarah Craig and Sunnyside Jazz, the Borealis Jazz Quartet, Nickel City Dixie Stompers and The Freeman Brothers.

The tenth anniversary celebration brings with it a few additions including fireworks and a new free event, Jazz on the Beach. Featuring engaging workshops and providing a truly unique listening atmosphere at the William Bell Gazebo, Jazz on the Beach will culminate in a scaled down, acoustic performance by Indo-Tanzanian Canadian songwriter Alysha Brilla. This new community event takes place on Sunday, September 9, and is free of charge.

“As always our festival will be chock full of mainstream, contemporary, and fusion jazz as well as World music and blues. There will be artists who performed at our very first festival as well as amazing jazz artists who have been on our wish list that we’ve finally added to the program,” says Artistic Director Allan Walsh, “Jazz Sudbury gets better and better and this year’s program is going to be the best!”

2018 will be a milestone that cements the reputation of the festival as world-class event and a significant contributor to the economic, and cultural landscapes of the City of Greater Sudbury. The event aims inspire appreciation for the colourful and diverse art form of live music and to bring the community together.

Jazz Sudbury Festival 2018 curates a fine blend of established and acclaimed musicians. The festival presents the industry’s best in jazz, soul, blues and world genres. The tenth anniversary celebration will be spectacular, creating the finest in festival experiences for all attendees.

2018 Jazz Sudbury Festival Lineup:
Friday, September 7th, 2018

Luca Ciarla

A native of Termoli, Italy, violinist Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than fifty countries in the world.


Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017.

Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. Despite the name, the band, made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional Jazz. They prefer instead to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including Hip-Hop, Soukous, Be-Bop, Funk, Rock, Electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa. Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments namely the lokolé and the ngoma into the band’s core instrumentation helps create Jazzamboka’s unique, signature sound.

Alysha Brilla

2018 Juno Award nominated Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indo-Tanzanian Canadian songwriter and producer who just released her fourth album, “Rooted”. Brilla’s new music draws on the influences of her unique background; blending Indian & East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic.

Lyrically, Brilla writes about the value of love, equity and spirituality in times of global and personal turmoil. She produces music with and for other artists as well. One of the few female producers actively working in the Canadian music industry, she represents for a lot of young women a voice of belonging. Brilla has been producing music for over ten years; inspired by producers such as Mark Ronson, Stephen Marley and Linda Perry as well as the talented producers she has personally worked with (Boots, Ron Lopata, Brian West, Marcus Kane). Brilla uses vinyl sampling, acoustic recordings, programming and experimentation to achieve a warm blend of retro vibes with a modern twist.

Bobby Bazini

Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada, he grew up in a rural setting in a family with a love for country music. Influenced by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan as well as Otis Redding and Ray Charles, he is often compared to Paolo NutiniBazini made his commercial recording debut in 2009 with the single “I Wonder,” which became a hit on both French- and English-language radio stations in Quebec. For his first two albums, the singer/songwriter wrote alone and dreamed up an earthy breed of guitar-driven soul that earned him multiple Juno Award nominations. But for his third full-length and second for the US, the 27- year-old Quebec native decided to change up his approach and collaborate with esteemed songwriters from Los Angeles, Nashville, and London. His newest album, “Summer is Gone” was released this past year.

Lucky Chops

Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006. The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. Lucky Chops maintains a busy schedule touring across several continents and is also committed to music education, regularly performing clinics and educational outreaches to help train and inspire the next generation of musicians.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Ori Dagan

Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment.

In recent years he has won numerous accolades for his witty original songs, from “Googleable,” his ode to a search engine, to the anthem for the rhythmically challenged, “Clap on the 2 and the 4.” The latter of these was screened at 15 film festivals worldwide, netting “Best Educational Jazz Short” at the inaugural New York City Jazz Film Festival. Dagan’s third recording, Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards) is a unique homage to the legendary jazz musician and pop icon.

Anthony D’Alessandro Trio

Winners of the 2018 Jazz Sudbury Emerging Artist Showcase, The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio is a swinging piano trio featuring Nick Donovan on drums and Evan Gratham on bass. The Trio was assembled by pianist Anthony D’Alessandro as a means to pay homage to the rich tradition of the jazz piano trio, while simultaneously composing new and exciting music that audience of the modern generation can appreciate and enjoy.

This trio is heavily influenced by the great Oscar Peterson Trio. The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio has performed in many of Toronto’s finest venues and concert series, including the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar and Lula Lounge.

Great North All Star Big Band

The roots of Canadian Jazz run deep in Northern Ontario and continue to do so. The number of jazz musicians hailing from the region are not only numerous but notable to the overall national jazz scene. The GNABB is an initiative of Jazz Sudbury Festival Artistic Director Allan Walsh. The band unites musicians from across Northern Ontario with roots in Sudbury to return and play the festival stage.

Big Band members include five time Juno award winner Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, trumpeter Brian O’Kane, Sundar Viswanathan, Shirantha Beddage, Christian Overton, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Elena Kapeleris, Terry Promane, Mike Malone, and Mark Promane.

Borealis Jazz Quartet musicians Tony Simpkin, Brian Quebec and Jack Broumpton will form the rhythm section for the Big Band. Other players include well know musicians and educators; Peter Scherzinger, Blair McNally, Marc Taillefer and Jean-Yves Bégin. Well known musician and educator Dick Van Raadshooven will conduct the band.

Patricia Cano

Born in Sudbury, Patricia Cano grew up in a Peruvian family. She studied theatre and Spanish literature at the University of Toronto. The acclaimed singer-songwriter and Peruvian Canadian presents her show entitle Madre-Amiga-Hermana. Created with percussionist Luis Orbegoso, this concert pays homage to femininity. The 11 songs (9 originals) center around themes of maternity, race, heritage, love, and environment including the ode Merveilleuse à la Pachamama (Mother Earth), sang in Spanish and in Quechua. Afro-Peruvian rythms, samba, and hints of latino-american folk mix with jazz, and Cano’s unique multilingual style. The artist captures the essence and spirit of all of the cultures she embodies.

Molly Johnson

Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist, who has just released her highly anticipated new album, “Meaning To Tell Ya”. Produced by multiple GRAMMY Award winning Producer, Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones); it is more than a jazz record. It’s funk, it’s soul, it’s groove played by some of Canada’s best musicians.

Molly has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and France and alongside renowned artists including Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo, Tom Jones, Jackie Richardson, Anne Murray, Stéphane Grappelli, Peter Appleyard and more. Molly has also graced the stage performing for some of the world’s most prominent icons including the Prince and late Princess of Wales on the Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as Nelson Mandela and legendary producer and trumpeter Quincy Jones.

Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer’s loyal legions of fans around the globe have come to expect the unexpected from the B.C.-based pianist/singer/songwriter/producer. Unconstrained by genre barriers and any music industry pressures, he follows his own muse, creating work designed to stimulate his own artistic needs, first and foremost.

Michael Kaeshammer’s recording career now spans 22 years and 12 albums. His last record, 2016’s critically acclaimed No Filter, was nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, his eighth nomination (he has won twice). As Kaeshammer’s recent album “Something New” illustrates in compelling and entertaining fashion, Michael Kaeshammer is an artist in complete control of his sound and vision. Following this creative journey continues to be a richly rewarding experience.

Early bird pricing is in effect until Monday, July 9, weekend passes are $70 (HST included). Tickets are available online at www.jazzsudbury.com, and also at Kuppajo Espresso Bar (109 Larch), A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard), and Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle). Beginning July 10, passes will be priced at $90 (HST included) and available at additional ticket outlets.

For Tickets and Information, visit www.jazzsudbury.com

Jazz Sudbury gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ontario Arts Council, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and the City of Greater Sudbury. The festival wishes to express its gratitude to its co-presenter, Investors Group, and community sponsors, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – a Glencore company, Sudbury Tourism, Sudbury Community Foundation, Downtown Sudbury, 50 Carleton, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and Travelway Inn, who, through their generosity, have helped make this event possible.

 Jazz Sudbury is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring appreciation for the colourful and diverse form of live music and by presenting the industry’s best in jazz, blues and world music through festivals, performances, and workshops.



–  For more information or to schedule interviews please contact Annik Welsh at 705-673-7770

–  VIDEOS:  attached – Jazz Sudbury Festival 2018 Lineup

Luca Ciarla : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhN2ZVNWS0Q

Jazzamboka : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TknBjixu00U

Alysha Brilla : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBy4cFGRcrM

Bobby Bazini : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUrGLGUEdrU

Lucky Chops : https://youtu.be/va-uhVt93hA

Ori Dagan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh-QOe1qu0k

Anthony D’Alessandro Trio : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXFaaLKs9U

Patricia Cano : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2d8jxzIZyw

Molly Johnson : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nykTgEajkk
Michael Kaeshammer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiQL1CikygM