Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones - A Celebration

Showtime: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Location: Hammerson Hall

Tickets: $75.00 - $150.00 (HST included, service fees extra)

This extraordinary concert event is a gala celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Living Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary. It honours the tremendous contributions and ongoing legacy of two Canadian jazz icons, Oscar Peterson (who was a resident of Mississauga for many years) and Oliver Jones.

Without question, Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration represents a crowning event of Canada's 150th and LAC's 20th anniversary, and represents as well the finest assembling of jazz talent ever on the main stage at the Living Arts Centre. The project is curated and produced by Frank Francis of Caliban Arts Theatre with musical direction by Ron Westray (Jazz At Lincoln Centre, Wynton Marsalis). The lineup of piano luminaries includes legendary jazz giant and icon Monty Alexander (Harlem Kingston Express; Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones), JUNO and Emmy Award winner D.D. Jackson, Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Jazz Award-winner Robi Botos, and Marc Cary (Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove). Other esteemed musicians include world renowned Canadian vocalist Dione Taylor, Grammy-winning saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment, Stephon Harris), JUNO-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft (Michael Kaeshammer), percussionist/drummer Kahil El’Zabar (Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman, Jukebox).

The program will feature a mix of primordial music written by Peterson and Jones such as The Canadiana Suite along with original material written by the three generations of artists who will be performing. John Devenish of Jazz.FM91 will be the MC.

Buy your tickets early for this incredible event, they’re going quickly and this concert will be sold out!

John is a musician and actor with professional experience on stage, in film, on television and radio. He was the male narrator for The Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments podcasts, also the Dear Sweetheart series featuring letters home from a Canadian soldier overseas during WWI, and did voice work for a short film feature in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald’s Titanic celebrations series.

John loves radio, loves to connect with and engage with people and find out what makes them tick and how they are inspired. He loves music, and all of its diverse genres, having been introduced at an early age in a dynamically musical family.

Share your evenings from 6PM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, with John Devenish, the Dinner Jazz host on JAZZ.FM91.


Professor Ron Westray’s professional contributions encompass a stunning list of achievements in the areas of performance, composition, recording, and publishing. Since the early 90s he has performed as trombonist or lead trombonist with the most prestigious jazz ensembles in the world, including the Mingus Big Band, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, Irving Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Ensemble, in hundreds of performances around the globe.

His compositions for jazz big band, jazz orchestra and smaller jazz ensembles range from original works to arrangements and/or adaptations of pre-existing works, some published by Walrus Music Publishing, some through his own company Wooden Flute Publishing. Westray has held the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University in Toronto since 2009.

“Ron Westray has such a pure, deep, rich sound on the trombone—it’s just beautiful. He is a very charismatic performer who plays with tremendous precision, virtuosity, and soul.” - Marcus Roberts


Professor Ron Westray’s professional contributions encompass a stunning list of achievements in the areas of performance, composition, recording, and publishing. Since the early nineties

He has performed as trombonist or lead trombonist with the most prestigious jazz ensembles in the world, including the Mingus Big Band, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, Irving Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Ensemble, in hundreds of performances around the globe. His compositions for jazz big band, jazz orchestra and smaller jazz ensembles range from original works to arrangements and/or adaptations of pre-existing works, some published by Walrus Music Publishing, some through his own company Wooden Flute Publishing. Jazz @ Lincoln Center has commissioned two of Westray’s works: Chivalrous Misdemeanors (selected tales from Cervante’s Don Quixote) funded through a grant from the Greenwald Foundation (via JALC), receiving a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and the jazz suite Scenes in the City: The Music of Charles Mingus. Westray is associated in a variety of roles on recordings for more than a dozen labels: as leader, producer, performer, composer, arranger, or in combination.

RON WESTRAY has held the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University in Toronto since 2009. Ron is a prodigious composer and arranger of music for ensembles of various sizes. Westray got his start in jazz touring with the Marcus Roberts septet in the early 1990s. He has been featured on all of Roberts’ large ensemble recordings since that time. Westray went on to become lead trombonist and arranger in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, a position that he held for 12 years before entering academia via the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin in 2005. Westray is a role model and mentor for younger musicians world-wide.

“Ron Westray has such a pure, deep, rich sound on the trombone—it’s just beautiful. He is a very charismatic performer who plays with tremendous precision, virtuosity, and soul.” - Marcus Roberts

“She is what we call serious.” –Oscar Peterson

Jazz contrabassist, singer, composer, Brandi Disterheft, has captivated audiences in Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Haiti and even the coveted Carnegie Hall. It’s not only her fiery bass playing that make audiences stand-up and holler, but also her innovative live shows as she sings in both English and French showcasing her ambient and dreamy voice. Winning a JUNO for her “Debut” album (Superfran Records), Brandi is currently signed to Montreal’s Justin Time Records with whom she had the honor of recording with icons Oliver Jones and Hank Jones on the album “Pleased to Meet You” that earned a Grammy in 2011.

This promising talent from the north is currently touring her fourth album “Blue Canvas” featuring an all-star New York City line-up with jazz master Harold Mabern and the great Joe Farnsworth. In her eloquent liner notes, the multi-talented musician reminds us of the Muses of Ancient Greece philosophized by Plato, and how these Gods and Godesses would lead the artist into a state of ecstasy.


Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music.

Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004 and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two JUNO Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist from NOW Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Robi has accompanied many great jazz musicians and vocalists in the Canadian music scene for years. One of them is Juno winner, Order of Canada and former CBC Radio host, Molly Johnson. Robi has played in Molly’s bands for over seven years now and tours with her internationally, including recent tours of Japan and France.


Born in 1978, Benjamin grew up listening to music in his South Jamaica Queens, New York home. He started playing the saxophone when he was 8-years-old and complemented his early jazz studies by attending pianists Barry Harris’ Jazz Workshops and Dr. Billy Taylor’s Jazzmobile.

A GRAMMY® award-winner, Casey Benjamin is the first original member of the Robert Glasper Experiment. Through his melodic ingenuity on the vocoder, textual mastery on the keytar and spiky virtuosity on the alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, Benjamin gives the Experiment its most defining sounds that has enable it to gain international acclaim in the jazz, R&B and hip-hop scenes.

In addition to the Experiment, Benjamin toured with singer Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and has worked with a string of other stellar musicians that include jazz greats – singer Betty Carter, bassist Derrick Hodge, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Victor Bailey, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Buster Williams; hip-hop artists – Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Busta’ Rhymes, Diddy, and Wyclef Jean; R&B/Pop singers – Solange, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé; and more!

Although Benjamin remains a charter member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, he’s working on his forthcoming solo project.


Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one element among the myriad. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Shirley Horn, Stefon Harris, Q-Tip and – most influential of all – Abbey Lincoln.

Cary’s For the Love of Abbey (2013) is his first solo piano record, and possibly his most intimate. Covering 10 of Lincoln’s songs, and offering three original tunes in tribute to her, Cary conjures a shimmering, timeless aura that bespeaks the spiritual and artistic lessons that the late singer conferred upon him.

Critics agree that Cary has achieved a remarkable balance. JazzTimes calls the album “a moving love letter to one of his mentors,” and says “For the Love of Abbey shimmers and soars.” CriticalJazz.com gave the record five stars, arguing that it “successfully transform[s] the work of his friend and mentor into a personal statement with deep spiritual and emotional content.”


The prairie sky, expansive and wide, covers a great deal of North American real estate. And of all the emotions contained therein, it’s the prairie blues, a rural feeling, that sings louder than all others on Dione Taylor’s 2015 EP Born Free.

Music has always been an integral part of Dione Taylor’s life. A pastor’s daughter from Saskatchewan, she was born and raised in a family she describes as very connected to the gift of song. Coming full circle, Dione finds herself reconnecting with her childhood. This JUNO‐nominated, soulful, powerful Canadian singer/songwriter released Born Free in late November 2015, a narrative of trial and faith told through a passionate blend of fiery gospel vocals with sounds from the delta blues.

Having first burst onto the music scene with her JUNO‐nominated debut album Open Your Eyes, Taylor’s career trajectory has been remarkable. With performances at festivals and concert theatres across the North America and Asia for audiences that have included the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II, she has made a worthy name for herself as one of this country’s most talented artists. Dione was nominated for a Gemini Award for her rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which she performed alongside Oliver Jones at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala.

For more information please visit: www.dionetaylor.com


Fifty-five years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his home town, pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.”

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration,” Erroll Garner, Alexander—cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano—gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”

In August 2000, the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. In 2015, the great modern pianist Donald Vega released With Respect To Monty, which included his interpretations of seven Alexander compositions. Furthermore, 2016 will mark the seventh edition of the namesake Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, Maryland, for which he has served as Artistic Director and perennial performer every Labor Day weekend since 2010.


D.D. Jackson is a Canadian-born, Emmy and JUNO Award-winning composer and jazz pianist based in the New York area. He has recorded, toured and performed with such acclaimed artists as: drummers Jack DeJohnette, Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Hart and Questlove of "The Roots"; saxophonists David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, James Carter, Chico Freeman, Jane Bunnett, Chris Potter, and Dewey Redman; trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah; trombonists Craig Harris and Frank Lacy; violinist Billy Bang; flutist James Newton; poet Amiri Baraka; bassists Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Art Davis and William Parker; percussionists Kahil El'Zabar and Mino Cinelu, and many others.

He has also recorded 12 jazz CD's as leader or co-leader featuring his original compositions, ranging from his JUNO Award-winning solo piano CD “...so far”, to his larger-scale meditation on the events of 9/11 entitled “Suite for New York”; and two operas.

Jackson in more recent years began composing music for television, film and other media, and in 2016 received his first Emmy Award for composition (for his writing on the 7-Emmy winning PBS show “Peg + Cat”), after 2 previous additional Emmy nominations as composer and a 4th nomination this year for the upcoming 2017 Daytime Emmy’s (for “Best Song”). Additionally, he has received numerous commissions, most recently from The Ahn Trio and The Metropolis Ensemble.

As a writer and educator, Jackson has penned articles for such publications as the

His website is: http://ddjackson.com


Kahil El’zabar is considered by his peers to be one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. He has recorded more than sixty well-received projects, and has won numerous international awards as a musician and composer. El’zabar has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Pharoah Sanders, Neneh Cherry, Nina Simone, Ntozake Shange, David Murray, Nona Hendryx, and Lester Bowie, to name a few. He has scored successful feature films like, “How You Like Me Now,” (Warner Brothers) “Mo Money,” (Columbia Pictures) and “Love Jones,” (New Line Cinema). He also scored arrangements for the theatrical version of Disney’s ”The Lion King”. He recently scored two popular documentaries in 2014, “BeKnown,” (which is on the life of El’zabar) and “America the Beautiful III,” by Darryl Roberts. In 2006, The Chicago Tribune named Kahil El’zabar Chicagoan of the Year. In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. El’zabar to the National Task Force on Arts in Education, and in 2012 President Barack Obama’s administration awarded him the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts. In 2014,Sir Kahil El’zabar was knighted by the Counsel General of France (Chevalier Medal de Lettres) in honor of his many global contributions within the Arts. El’zabar strongly believes that art expressed first from the heart into the practice of one’s higher mind, inspires a journey to the soul.

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