Rumble: Unity All Star Jam Session

RUMBLE: Unity All-Star Jam Session

with Kenny Lee Lewis and Derek Miller and special guests

Sunday 10 September7pm

7:00 PM

Partridge Hall

RUMBLE: Unity All-Star Jam Session with Kenny Lee Lewis (Steve Miller Band) and Derek Miller (Two Time JUNO Award-winner), featuring Peter Shea (Niagara Jazz Festival), Ritchie Franzen (The Linda’s), and Special Guests Harrison Kennedy (JUNO Award-winner and Chairmen of the Board), Charly Lowry (NAMA Award-winner and American Idol), and more. And expect a few surprises along the way!

Hold onto your seats, or jump out of them, as this Unity All-Star Jam Session, which concludes a weekend packed with great Indigenous arts performances and presentations, may very well blow the roof off Partridge Hall.

Kenny Lee Lewis

Kenny LeeKenny has been a regular touring member, producer and writer for The Steve Miller Band since 1982.
An accomplished studio guitarist and bassist for over 40 years, a few of Kenny’s other credits include Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Money, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, Brian Wilson, and Steve Stills.
Kenny’s wide range of vocal stylings range from pop ballads, blues, hard rock, and reggae. When not touring or recording, Kenny enjoys taking mature musical excursions when doing album projects, Movie and Television composing or performing with his friends.
Kenny Lee released his contemporary jazz instrumental guitar CD “New Vintage” on the New Folk/Allegro record label in 2006. Taking a break from playing such mega-hits like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “The Joker” for thousands on tour each summer, Kenny Lee has brought together some of the finest celebrity musicians in the business to offer this celebration of classic groove-jazz. Returning back to his early influences while playing in college jazz bands, Kenny Lee borrows sounds and techniques from Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Howard Roberts.
Featuring such notable players as Ricky Peterson, keyboardist and musical director for David Sanborn and currently with Bonnie Raitt. Billy Peterson, former bassist and arranger for the Steve Miller Band, and co-owner of The Artist Quarter jazz club in St. Paul, MN. Paul Peterson, bassist for Kenny Loggins, George Benson, and Oleta Adams. Danny Pelfrey, saxophonist/composer who’s credits include Diana Ross and Carole King. Gordy Knutson, drummer for The Steve Miller Band and professor of percussion at the McNally-Smith College of Music in Minneapolis, MN. Jason DeLaire, saxophonist formerly with Michael Bolton. Dianne Steinberg, recording artist and actress who portrayed “Lucy” in the Robert Stigwood production of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and many other talented session players.
Since it’s release “New Vintage” has had rave reviews in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and Wine and Jazz Magazine.

Derek Miller

Derek MillerDerek Miller is a multi-award winning, artist/producer working in music, film and television, specializing in eclectic, guitar orientated, roots music, with a pop sensibility. He won two Juno Awards in Canada and has recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of The American Indian, resulting in the Juno-nominated album “Rumble: A Tribute To Native Music Icons”.

He has recorded with Willie Nelson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Daniel Lanois among many other talented artists across the globe. Most recently, Buffy asked the guitarist to play on her 2016 Polaris prize and Juno-winning album “Power In The Blood”.

Derek is currently in production on season three, of the Canadian TV series, “Derek Miller’s Guilt Free Zone”. It will feature new songs from Derek Miller & The GFZ Tallboys and will air on APTN in 2018.

Derek is also working on his sixth album drawing inspiration from his culture, specifically, The Great Law and the story of the Peacemaker. It is in his ancestors’ wisdom where he believes peace to exist within and hence across the land.

Music is the medicine.

Ritchie Franzen

Ritchie FranzenRitchie Franzen is an Ojibwa side musician and mature student who now calls Southern Ontario home. Guitar and Bass are his main instruments. He grew up in and around Chicagoland during the 70s and 80s where his mother’s vinyl collection and the FM Radio were his first music teachers. It was a vivid time for catching grooves as classic R&B, soul, and funk influences were gradually making way for 80s rock, pop, punk, and the early stages of hip-hop. Ritchie learned to how to play music the old-fashioned way, dropping needles on records and listening to the radio, playing along to every song that came out of the speakers. Before he could even finish high school, he found steady work playing bass in a cover band with experienced musicians who were already established and working six nights a week.

Having the benefit of diversity playing multiple genres, Ritchie’s talent and musical repertoire enabled him to find work with many creative artists spanning a wide variety of styles and playing in different countries and continents over the years. The friendships, travel to new places, and collaborative memories are what validate his decision to pursue a career in music early in life. A few decades later, with an eye on continued growth and development, Ritchie returned to school and is currently enrolled in the Berklee College of Music for Composition for Film and TV.

Ritchie has been performing as a bassist with Derek Miller for several years and contributed his production and music talents to the making of the Smithsonian Institution’s JUNO-nominated album RUMBLE: A Tribute To Native Music Icons.

Charly Lowry

Charly LowryCharly Lowry is a singer-songwriter from North Carolina with Native American roots from the dark swamps of Robeson County. Charly the songbird, travelled 100 miles away from home and to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. As a student at UNC, Charly was a lead singer for Mr. Coffee and the Creamers, a Motown/Soul cover band that performed throughout the Triangle region of NC. Charly’s experience as a lead singer for Mr. Coffee and the Creamers served as a catalyst for her to begin the journey of living as a musician.

For over a decade, Charly has attained regional and national success as both a solo artist and lead singer of spiritual rock and soul band, Dark Water Rising. In addition to performing with Dark Water Rising and The Ulali Project (a reincarnation of the world-famous First Nations female acapella group, Ulali) she often shares the stage with the British funk/soul band, “The New Mastersounds”. In 2004, Charly had the opportunity to compete on the wildly popular television show, American Idol. She ventured through several rounds of auditions to land a Semi-Finalist spot (Top 32).

Peter Shea

Peter SheaBorn and raised in an Irish/Icelandic family Peter Shea began his lifelong love affair with music surrounded by a family of musicians and music lovers. In 1995 Peter graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition.

Peter Shea’s extensive resume includes performing on keyboards for the hit Toronto Second City dinner theatre show “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”; touring across Canada with comedian Sean Cullen; performing for a month at the world famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival on both keyboards and drums, including several live performances on BBC Television and Radio; performing on keyboard with the Jersey Boys in Toronto; and a cross-Canada tour with the famous Montreal “Just for Laughs” Road Show including the Pantages and Massy Hall theatres.

Peter has also had the unique privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz artists including Phil Dwyer, Pat LaBarbera, Graham Lear, Heather Bambrick, Mike Malone, Kevin Turcotte, June Garber, Davide Direnzo, Mike Daley (Jeff Healey Band), Duncan Hopkins, Gord Sheard, and more.

Along with his wife and musical partner, Juliet Dunn, Peter Shea has performed in over forty countries as a bandleader, vocalist and keyboard/piano player. Currently, Peter and Juliet run the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara (now in its 6th year – The duo also created and run the popular TD Niagara Jazz Festival (currently the ‘Best New Festival’ in Ontario (2017), currently in its 4th year; With his long musical lineage, Peter Shea is considered an eminent jazz pianist, percussionist, vocalist, composer, and arranger.

Juliet Dunn

Juliet Dunn

Juliet Dunn’s lineage is Jamaican and English. She was born in the UK before emigrating with her family to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1974. As a young woman she returned to Europe and settled in Paris, and in her 30’s made the Niagara region her home.

Today, Juliet is very active in the Niagara region. With her husband and musical partner Peter Shea, she has been running the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara for over five years bringing together both local and international jazz musicians. She also performs regularly in festivals and at various venues and was a radio host of ‘SUNRISE’ on JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto for three years.

Harrison Kennedy

Harrison KennedyElectro-Fi Artist HARRISON KENNEDY was awarded the 2016 “Blues Album of the Year” JUNO for his album “This Is From Here” at the 45th annual JUNO Awards (Canada’s Grammy) in Calgary, Alberta on April 2nd. This was the 6th nomination for the Hamilton, ON-based artist.

Harrison grew up in a house filled with music and famous visitors such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Lonnie Johnson. In 1969 he took a hiatus from college to become a founding member of the million-selling Detroit Soul Super Group “The Chairmen of the Board” with whom he toured the world, as well as appearing on Soul Train, American Bandstand, and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Since signing with Electro-Fi Records in 2007, Harrison Kennedy has released 5 internationally acclaimed albums and developed into one of the 21st century’s most insightful and original Blues singer/songwriters. The JUNO winning album “This Is From Here” was co-produced by keyboard ace JESSE O’BRIEN, with Roots Guitar Master COLIN LINDEN guesting on several tracks. It has also won the prestigious Academie Charles Cros in France for 2016 Blues Album of the Year. Harrison will be touring Southern Ontario in April with the dynamic RUTHIE FOSTER, in addition to performing both solo and with his band throughout North America during the Summer Festival season.

The Ollivanders

The OllivandersThe Ollivanders are an original jam band from Six Nations of the Grand River and Caledonia, ON that formed during a contentious land claim dispute between their two communities. Band members include Martin Isaacs (Mohawk), lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Johnson (Oneida), bass; Ryan Mickeloff, percussion; and Roxanne Rendle, rhythm guitar and vocals. Choosing friendship, collaboration, and harmony over the discord, racism, and conflict that darkened their world they emerged as an authentic new generation voice in the Aboriginal and Canadian music scenes. With music that delivers a classic rock vibe featuring infectious hooks and melodies the band’s premier album Two Suns won the Native American Music Award for “Best Rock Recording.” Kenny Lee Lewis, the virtuoso guitarist of the Steve Miller Band for 30 plus years, took notice, praising The Ollivanders’ debut, stating, “…the dry in your face vocals and honest delivery harkens back to the garage bands of the summer of love…and protest…and a new paradigm shift in social consciousness.”

The band’s music reflects an eclectic mix that ranges from rock, 55 Little Spiders (reached #1 on National Aboriginal Music Countdown) and Dear Mr. Murphy (licensed by DISNEY for ESPN|ABC for prime time television on Saturday Night Football), to funk, WMWB (licensed for the premiere episode of the breakout national TV series “Mohawk Girls” on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), to rhythm and blues, Real World, (licensed for the upcoming reality television show of the same name), to jazz, Mr. PC, (an audience favourite performed live as a rocked-up cover of John Coltrane’s classic). Kenny Kirkwood, JUNO Award Winner and four-time JUNO Nominee, says of the band: “The Ollivanders deliver a sweet mix of hard rock ‘n jazz beats, original streetwise lyrics, and confident musicianship.”

Compelled by a firm grasp and understanding of their musical influences and yet driven by their own proclivities the band has been recognized for its confident originality. As such they’ve performed at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pan Am Games, and on national APTN music variety shows Arbor Live and Derek Miller’s Guilt Free Zone. Rob Lamothe, acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer of The Ollivanders’ award-winning album Two Suns has high praise for the band: “While honouring the icons of 70’s rock heaviness, The Ollivanders have created their own way forward and will surely save the world with ragged brilliant music and honest words.”

The Ollivanders have been touring to enthusiastic receptions across Ontario and Quebec in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, Burlington, Windsor, Brantford, and in the United States in New York and Washington, DC delivering their unique brand of music and premiering new material from their upcoming EP Forest Moon.

Rob Lamothe

Rob LamotheAs a professional musician, Rob Lamothe has toured throughout Europe more than 25 times. His songs have appeared on the Billboard charts, in award-winning movies and on the radio all around the world. In May 2017, Rob flew to Los Angeles, where he and his band, Riverdogs, filmed a music video for an album that had its worldwide release in July, working with a record label based in Milano, Italy. In addition to being a professional musician, up until August of 2015, Rob ran the Emergency Housing Program for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. For 5 years, Rob partnered with agencies and organizations to provide Housing Support and Front Line Crisis Intervention for homeless clients in the 2 counties. Prior to that, Rob was the Program Manager at the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre for 2 years. Rob has devoted much of his musical energies over the last several years to working with some of North America’s pre-eminent Indigenous artists. Rob was part of the music production team nominated for the 2012 Dora Moore Award for ‘Outstanding Sound Design and Composition’, for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s ‘TransMigration’ event at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Rob also produced the ‘Two Suns’ CD for the Six Nations band The Ollivanders, which won ‘Best Rock Recording’ at the 2014 Native American Music Awards. This past summer was Rob’s thirteenth on the faculty at Interprovincial Music Camp, where he runs a Songwriting Camp for youth, ages 12-18. Rob’s mantra is ‘Create without Fear, Edit without Mercy’.

Zander Lamothe

Zander LamotheZander Lamothe’s career in music began at an extremely young age. When he was only four years old, he was already on stage performing with his father, Rob Lamothe, at clubs and festivals playing drums and singing. Now twenty-five years old, Zander has accumulated an abundance of experience over the years performing with artists across Europe, USA, and Canada. He’s worked in the studio with City & Color, Tom Wilson, Melissa McClelland, and Grammy nominated producer Johnny K, among many others. He recently joined Hamilton band Elsee, and co-wrote two songs on The Riverdogs latest release, “California”, including the single “American Dream.” He was awarded the Hamilton Music Award for “Drummer of the Year” in 2012.

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca MillerRebecca Miller is a vocalist from Six Nations, Ontario, Canada. She began performing when she was seven years old for family and friends at every little get together they had. Rebecca grew up listening to Patsy Cline, The Judds, and Reba McEntire. Learning so much from these strong women, she dreamed of following in their footsteps. Attending a Judds concert at the age of 10 lit a flame that only grew as the years passed. By the age of 11, it was ablaze as she entered countless singing contests. After winning a handful of competitions, she emerged with new confidence and had a chance meeting with Randall Prescott of Prescott-Brown. Randall is a Grammy Nominee and multi-award-winning Canadian producer. Along with his wife, Tracey Brown-Prescott of Canada’s most awarded country band, Family Brown, they worked on Rebecca’s first album “Listen to the Radio.” Independent label, Wolfe Lake Music, released three songs that charted in Canada and Europe, received several nominations and two videos on CMT Canada. Everything seemed right on track. Then amidst all the success, the label ran into obstacles and unfortunately, her album was not released. It was at this time Rebecca felt like her path was leading her somewhere else. While never losing her passion for music, she decided to slow things down to devote that very same passion to her family. Of all the places where she’s performed and all the great people she’s shared the stage with, nothing’s compared to singing in her very own living room for her little girls, alongside her husband/guitarist and best friend Jim Jacobs. She had come full circle and so they packed up the family and headed to Nashville. While in Nashville Rebecca dug in and sang on any stage she could. Rebecca and Jim learned everything anyone would share and it was along their journey they crossed paths with International Recording artist Crystal Shawanda and her husband/guitarist Dewayne Strobel. They formed an instant friendship, common bond, and mutual respect. It was around this time Rebecca would be faced with her greatest heartache when her father passed away. So Rebecca again followed her heart. She packed up and moved back home to be there for her family. After taking the time to heal, she found a release through music and embraced what her dad had always believed, that she was born to sing. Now Rebecca wants to inspire her daughters and show them it is possible to raise a family and never give up on a dream. With Rebecca’s path being the tougher route to take and never wanting her children to follow her exact footsteps, she wants them to know that no matter what happens everything makes you stronger and to never let anything keep you down. Rebecca’s first single, “I Wouldn’t Change You,” was written for her oldest daughter about the struggles that Rebecca overcame in her teenage relationship; telling her daughter that she would go back and change everything but wouldn’t change you. This was a subject that Rebecca had wanted to talk about for so long and with the help of Shawanda & Strobel she finally has a song that will always be very close to her heart. Rebecca pours her heart and soul into everything she does. With a powerful voice that is as strong as her will, she loses herself in every song. With the upcoming release of “I Wouldn’t Change You”, she’s truly living the “happily ever after” ending, and wouldn’t change a thing about her journey.

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas is an international recording and touring bassist/composer/producer who has performed, toured, or recorded with artists such as Bruce Cockburn (including the Juno Award winning “Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu” CD), The Levon Helm Band, Steve Kimock Band, Loreena McKennitt, Seals and Crofts, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Garth Hudson (“The Band”), Big Sugar, Alan Frew (“Glass Tiger”), Sam Moore (“Sam and Dave”), Jim McCarty (“The Yardbirds”). As a performer, Steve has toured in numerous countries including the UK, USA, France, Spain, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and China.

Steve received a 2016 Grammy Award Nomination for performing on flutist Ron Korb’s album “Asia Beauty”. He has appeared on television shows such as The David Letterman Show and the JUNO Awards and has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Bass Frontiers, Toronto’s NOW magazine, and has written published articles for Canadian Musician magazine on music theory and technique applied to the bass guitar.

As a music composer and producer, Steve’s cutting edge electronic music tracks have been featured in film and television productions such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Alicia Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys” DVD, NBC Dateline, Animal Planet, Australia’s Top Model, eTalk Profile featuring Gwen Stefani, Auto Racing TSN, Canada AM, MTV Screen, Better Homes and Gardens, and Niagara Fallsview Resort Casino.

As a freelance bassist, Steve’s numerous studio credits include recording on the soundtrack to the 2010 Academy Award nominated film “Precious” with NYC singer-songwriter Dan Manjovi (songwriter) and Grace Hightower DeNiro (vocalist).

As a composer and electronic music artist, Steve’s latest album titled “Transparent Dimension”, blends elements of jazz fusion and electronic dance music and merges dense harmonic and melodic textures with intricate layers of rhythm.

Steve is also a professor at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and recently completed a Master’s of Arts degree at York University in the field of music composition. Steve’s Master’s thesis is entitled “Triple Synthesis” and comprises a set of original compositions representing the intersection of jazz-fusion, breakbeat programming, and contemporary electronic music production techniques drawn from genres such as electro, dubstep, and drum n bass. Website:

Jim Beishline

Jim Beishline

Pianist, Jim Beishline is recognized and respected by his peers for his superb style exhibited in his fine trio arrangements for piano, bass, and drums. Jim’s piano styles span the full spectrum from blues to jazz and his versatile talent is featured on numerous recordings. As a musical partner to Janice Mitchell, former backup singer for Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, he is the arranger of Janice’s jazz and blues standards.

Jim started out in the late seventies, playing with a number of local bands, including the beginnings of Spyro Gyra, before their hit-making days. In the eighties, he accepted a road job with Danny and The Juniors and shortly after returned home to work as a staff piano player for BMK Studios, which produced radio jingles in the Buffalo, NY area. Being stationary allowed Jim the opportunity to teach piano technique, harmony, and theory privately and to perform workshops at The State University of New York at Buffalo and local high schools.

QRS Records contracted Jim to record solo piano in varied styles for use with player pianos. He has also performed with numerous local and nationally acclaimed artists, including Muddy Waters, Mike Civisca, Tony Galla, Chuck Berry, Jeff Hackworth, Billy McEwin, and Canadian artists King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newall) and Jordana Talsky.
In 2011 Jim was called to play piano with Aretha Franklin and her band when they performed in Western NY. In 2009 Jim and Janice were sponsored by the London Council of the Arts to perform in the UK at their annual jazz fest in coastal Wales.

Mark LaForme

Mark LaForme

Mark LaForme, singer, songwriter, and musician is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. He was born on November 6, 1954, and raised on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Mark grew up listening to the latest hits that were playing on the radio. At the age of eleven, he began playing the guitar and by fourteen, he learned to play the harmonica. Simultaneously, these two instruments create an astounding sound.

Today, when Mark isn’t busy studying and collecting ancient Native American artifacts, with self-discipline and passion for music, he writes his own compositions. He has released five albums consisting of original pieces and interpretations of songs in the true styles of Country, Classic Rock, R&B, and Rockabilly genres. Mark LaForme recreates the authentic, timeless quality of some of the greatest artists in history.

Throughout the years, his dedication has led him to sign with Columbia, R.C.A, and EMI Record labels. In 1998, 1999, and 2011 Mark toured with the late great Stompin’ Tom Connors. Mark performed on centre ice after the last NHL game and at Wayne Gretzky’s inauguration into the Hockey Hall of Fame with Stompin’ Tom as well. One of Tom’s final requests was for Mark to sing “I Am The Wind” at his funeral and memorial. Mark LaForme honoured this request on March 12 and 13 of 2013. Mark has performed on stage with other great artists such as Colin James, Jeff Healey, and Sam Moore. He was a featured artist on Rez Bluz 2, which was televised on APTN. In 2003, Mark was asked to play for the Canadian Armed Forces in Bosnia, which he accepted without hesitation.

Mark’s devotion to creating great music has earned him his rightful place in the hearts of music lovers across Canada and around the world.