The H5JM are a versatile Canadian jazz group who 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.” Mostly they field six players, 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 over 23 years.
In the summer of 2009, they enjoyed a successful European tour, appearing in England at the Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival & the Maribo Jazz festival in Denmark.
In June 2011, they appear at the Kirkcudbright festival in Scotland & the Silkeborg Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark. Previous years have seen many appearances in New Orleans & include two tours of Northern Germany.
They have also represented Canada at the Marciac Festival in France & the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival in Scotland.
Their festival appearances in North America are too numerous to list. There have been a couple of Caribbean jazz cruises & many summer jazz lake cruises on the paddleboat Trillium starting from Toronto harbour.