Bill Stephenson Trio

Sydney, NS

Jazz Pianist Bill Stephenson and his trio with Tom Easley on bass and Geoff Arsenault on drums.

Ethan Ardelli Quartet

Sydney, NS

The Ethan Ardelli Quartet from Toronto. Joining Ethan on stage for a show a hard hitting jazz classics plus original tunes will be Luiz Deniz on alto saxophone, Chris Donnelly on piano, Devon Henderson on bass, and Ethan on drums.

Jazz Festival Celebration Jam

Sydney, NS

Jazz Festival Celebration Jam will consist of a blending of various players into a combination of combos. Some of the players participating will clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, Lucien Gray, Fabio Miano of Spain, Ethan Ardelli, Kirk MacDonald, and others.

Kirk MacDonald Quartet

Sydney, NS

Kirk MacDonald is a former Cape Bretoner now living in Toronto , and is one of top jazz tenor saxophone players in Canada. He will be joined on stage with his quartet of Fabio Miano on piano, Jamie Gatti on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on drums.

Vibraphonist Warren Chiasson

Sydney, NS

Vibraphonist Warren Chiasson is formerly from Cape Breton but has played jazz in New York for the past 50 years. Warren is recognized as one of the top jazz vibraphone players in the world. He will be joined on stage by Fabio Miano on piano, Jamie Gatti on bass, and Ethan Ardelli on drums.

Kicking off the 2018 Cape Breton Jazz Festival is a Festival favourite the Bill Stevenson Trio. Based in Halifax, the trio which consists of Bill on piano, Geoff Arsenault on drums, and Ron Hines on bass never fails to deliver a high energy soulful performance. Through Bill's rich vocals and elegant yet blues filled piano playing the group entertains audiences with songs sung and played from throughout the jazz era - songs from the Great American Songbook, and from the lexicon of blues and popular standards. Sit back and enjoy or dance to this classy presentation of fun filled music.