On July 4th 2007 a group of Collingwood Jazz and Blues enthusiasts presented a concert at the Collingwood Museum/Station featuring the Fig Leaf Jazz Band playing to an audience of 65 attendees.
During that summer of 2007 a total of nearly 500 attended the series of 6 concerts.
Nine years later on August 19, 2015 a record crowd of over 500 enthusiastic fans enjoyed the Chuck Jackson concert at the Station. The 9 concert 2015 series was attended by over 3100.
The steady growth and popularity of the series to become a highlight of the summer in Collingwood has been gratifying to the members of the Collingwood Jazz&Blues Society.
â€œSome people feel that they donâ€™t like Jazz or that Blues music is too sad for them but when they hear the music of the artists that we present they get a whole different outlook and some of them, who had once been dragged to the Station are now counted in the group of our most rabid fansâ€ says Frank McNulty president of the Collingwood Jazz&Blues Society and producer of the series.
â€˜We present a mix of accessible first class music that transcends genres. Modern music grew from the roots of Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Country music and that is what youâ€™ll find at the Collingwood Station on summer Wednesday evenings, music styles blended together like a fine New Orleans gumboâ€
The 2015 lineup includes many of the favourite artists from previous years along with some new names and fresh faces. The only constant is the high level of musicianship and performance.
The 2016 artist lineup will include Tamica & The Boyz, GRACE! the the all female 8 piece retro R&B Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, ColdJack, the Jerome Tucker Band, the Joel Johnson Blues Band, Lance Andersonâ€™s â€œJoint Chiefs of Soulâ€ with guests Quisha Wint and Matt Weidinger, the Chuck Jackson Trio and the Lisa Hutchinson Band.
The Station Series is proudly supported by a generous group of local sponsors which includes Balmoral Village Developments, Chestnut Park Real Estate, the Town of Collingwood, the Enterprise Bulletin, Sidelaunch Breweries, the Print Shop and many more.
There is no admission charge but donations are encouraged and the hat is passed at intermission.
The first concert of this year's series will be Thursday June 30 to provide a big start to the Collingwood Canada Day weekend. All concerts start at 6pm and run until 8pm.
For more information: www.collingwoodjazz.ca
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