Hot Five Jazzmakers

It Should say December 12th!

Our Saturday Matinee Dates at "C'est what?"  2016!  (3-6 pm)
January -  2nd 16th & 30th
February - 13th  (28th anniversary) & 27th
March -  12th & 26th
April -  9th  & 23rd
May - 7th & 21st
June - 4th
June 25th  -  Downtown jazz festival
then summer break
Returning September - 17th
October - 1st 15th & 29th
November - 12th & 26th
December -10th

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  Christmas CD 
 Hot Five Jazzmakers
"Mele Kalikimaka"
16 seasonal songs played in the jazz style
Go to our Newsletter  to hear extra cuts (see below)


for a copy


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link to our CD pages

We love doing those summer outdoor events

H5JM In Maribo, Denmark. July 2009 - definitely not Abbey Rd!

Parading in Copenhagen -July 2009

Tynemouth in the UK Concert July 2009
The Cathedral, Maribo, Denmark. We parade.
Maribo in Denmark. Our concert in the Cathedral

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"About the Band"

The Hot Five Jazzmakers are a versatile Canadian jazz group and  play a  mix of ragtime, blues, spirituals & classic jazz with the flavour of the 1920’s/30’s – the golden era of jazz.  Don't be confused by the word "FIVE" however.  Mostly they field six players and  often seven when the occasion demands.  Their bi-weekly Saturday matinee sessions in the intimate setting of “C’est what?” (67 Front St E, Toronto) have been a feature of the Canadian jazz scene for many years.  In the summer of 2009, they enjoyed a successful European tour, appearing in England at the Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival and the Maribo Jazz festival in Denmark. In June 2011 they appear at the Kirkcudbright festival in Scotland and the Silkeborg Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark.  Previous years have seen  many appearances in New Orleans and include  two tours of Northern Germany.  They have also represented Canada at the Marciac festival in France and the Edinburgh international Jazz Festival in Scotland. Their festival appearances in North America are too numerous to relate here. There have been a couple of Caribbean jazz cruises and many summer jazz lake cruises on the paddleboat "Trillium" starting from Toronto harbour.  They have issued numerous CD's, details of which can be seen elsewhere, with audio extracts to which you can listen.

          "The Players"

Brian Towers–tbn/ldr

Plays traditional tailgate trombone in New Orleans style.      

Left England in 1969 and now retired.... but busier than ever!

Janet Shaw–reeds

Reed player who doubles on clarinet, alto & baritone saxes, plus occasional piano & banjo. Also a vocalist.    Recently retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry.  

Jamie Macpherson - banjo

 Jamie was voted  “All-Canada Banjo Champ” twice in the 1980’s.  Jamie also loves to sing but mostly does this in  "Barber Shop" style,  Doubles on acoustic guitar for some tunes. 

Andrej Saradin- cornet

Brings youthful energy and a carefree approach to the group. Andrej came to us from Slovakia in 2002, where he was the oldest member of a Dixieland band. 

Reide Kaiser-piano

 The Regular keyboard player at our "C'est what?" Saturday matinees. 
 Colin Bray & Abbey Sholzberg - String bass.
Somehow or other we have ended up with two bass players!
They alternate at our bi-weekly "c'est what?" matinees. 
Gary Scriven-drums & Washboard
Often hauled in as the seventh member of the Hot Five Jazzmakers, for special concerts etc

Hear these sound clips

"Amazing Grace"  
The band plays discreetly with the  Harcourt Church Choir.    

"Amazing Grace"

Watch these video clips

"We Shall Walk through The Streets of The City"
"St Phillips Street Breakdown" Janet Shaw - alto sax and Mick Lewis - clarinet guesting with the Hot Five Jazzmakers

Phone: 905-821-1728.  E-mail –

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