#ygkChallenge: Kingston and All That Jazz

Jazz Appreciation, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Check out the local Jazz scene! Although Kingston can’t claim the title for having the world’s largest jazz scene, what it lacks in size it makes up for in talent. Since April is jazz appreciation month, what better time than now to get jazzed about the city’s many talented musicians who regularly put their improvisational and collaborative skills on display. Venture out for one of the weekly Tuesday night jazz specials at Olivea, featuring a rotating roster of acts including: Spencer Evans, the Dave Barton Trio and the Downtown Trio. Or perhaps you’d prefer a toe-tapping, swinging jazz show put on by the Kingston Symphony and special guest Greg Runions at the Grand Theatre on April 29th? Even further on down the line, you can bop on over to Monte’s on May 2nd to catch over a dozen jazz bands performing at this year’s Homegrown Live Music Festival.  However you decide to take part, I’m sure you’ll be happy you jazzed up your life by supporting the Kingston’s jazz scene.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Photo credit to Gonzalo Viera Azpiroz.

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