Day Three of the 30th Anniversary Guelph Jazz Festival features a full afternoon and evening of free live music in Market Square, culminating in a headlining performance by trip-hop/neo-soul phenomenon, Witch Prophet. The full program starts at 2pm:
• 2pm • Afternoon Bike Ride (Montreal ‘bedroom pop’ trio)
• 3:30pm • Turkwaz (vocal music from Greece, Türkiye, and the Balkans)
• 5pm • Rebecca Hennessy’s Makeshift Island: Songs Based on Poems by Thomas King
• 6:30pm • Eucalyptus (Brodie West’s percussion-heavy synthesis of Caribbean, Ethiopian, and jazz music)
• 8pm • Kobo Town (contemporary Calypsonians)
• 9:30pm • Moneka Arabic Jazz (Baghdad-via-Toronto singer’s eight-piece ensemble)
• 11pm • Witch Prophet
Meanwhile, the Ticketed Concert Series features three diverse and exceptional offerings: at 11am, Cory Smythe, the remarkable American player of electronically enhanced piano, will perform a mysterious set-length meditation on the jazz standard, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Studio Theatre, River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.; at 3pm, Vancouver’s Josh Zubot Strings will demonstrate how they are the wildest chamber group going, Royal City Mission, 50 Quebec St.; and at 8pm clarinetist François Houle will present his GENERA Sextet, with Jeb Bishop, Marco von Orelli, Benoît Delbecq, Michael Bates, and Harris Eisenstadt, performing his suite, Ken Pickering In Memoriam, dedicated to a lynchpin of Canadian jazz presentation, Studio Theatre, River Run Centre.
This rich banquet of music is followed by a lovely sorbet on Day Four; at 11am Sunday, Halifax chamber improvisation ensemble New Hermitage will play their special group music wrought of a local improvising vernacular and refined through many years playing together, Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street.
Enjoy the remainder of the 30th Anniversary Guelph Jazz Festival!