• Day Two, Thursday 14 September: Fernández, Fraser, Kidambi & More

    Today’s GJF program features concerts by superb international talents, starting at noon with a solo concert by Barcelona pianist Agustí Fernández, a leading light of European creative music with a list of collaborators that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of global improvisation. The concert marks our continued partnership with the University of Guelph College of…

  • Day One, Wednesday 12 September: SUNG RA

    We are thrilled to kick off the 25th Anniversary edition of the Guelph Jazz Festival, and to do so with a very special concert at the Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris St., at 8pm. SUNG RA is the brainchild of Rory Magill, leader of Ottawa’s Rakestar Arkestra, a superb septet dedicated to ‘traveling the spaceways’…

  • A Note from the Artistic Director

    (This note is a version of what is printed in the 2018 print program.) Assembling a program of wide-ranging, world-class music is the fun part of the job. The artists and groups described [on this site] excite me enormously, and the varied approaches they reflect amount to a dynamic long weekend of uncommon creative music.…

  • Bonus GJF Podcast: Marielle Groven & Aaron Lumley

    Have a listen to this formidable partnership – in music and in life – pianist, violinist, composer, and improviser Marielle Groven and double-bassist, improviser, and composer Aaron Lumley, discuss their work (together and separately) at some length with Guelph Jazz Festival AD Scott Thomson. Current Guelph residents Marielle and Aaron (savour their presence while you…

  • Festival Podcast 10 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the tenth of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features the brand-new programming initiative designed to help celebrate the GJF’s 25th Anniversary, the Friday Night Street Music Party in Market Square, featuring the Shuffle Demons, Samba Squad, Heavyweights Brass Band,…

  • Festival Podcast 9 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the ninth of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features the special opening-night concert: SUNG RA: The Rakestar Arkestra and a massed choir under the direction of Christine Duncan.

  • Festival Podcast 8 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the eighth of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features two acts performing at Market Square, free outdoor programming, on Saturday 15 September: Avaatar & Thanya Iyer

  • Festival Podcast 7 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the seventh of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features two acts performing at Market Square, free outdoor programming, on Saturday 15 September: James Brandon Lewis Trio & DJ Shub

  • Festival Podcast 6 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the sixth of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features the groups performing at the 16 September noon double-bill: Hübsch Martel Zoubek & Marilyn Lerner and Nicole Rampersaud: Brass Knuckle Sandwich.

  • Festival Podcast 5 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the fifth of ten podcasts featuring the artists and groups to be presented at the 2018 festival. This episode features the groups performing at the 14 September 1:30pm double-bill: Bernard Falaise (solo guitar) & Konk Pack (Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn & Roger Turner):