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Putting the World into Victoria’s (Jazz) Beat

April 29, 2009 Comments off

029420701e8a6a91b328ecd55da739cdLatin Jazz Pianist Turiya Mareya Launches a New Weekly Jam Session at Hermann’s

Latin jazz pianist Turiya Mareya, who hails from Mexico but has spent a good chunk of time in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, is on a mission to bring, as she puts it, “a new community” to Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria.

Mareya, who first came to Canada in 2005 in search of another female Latin jazz pianist (Vancouver’s Kathy Kidd, who, unbeknownst to Mareya, had passed away five years earlier), found instead a whole country that has embraced her. “Victoria and Canada have been so good to me and I just wanted to give back to the city,” she says.

Giving back means Read more…

Categories: Events, Profiles

Jamming with U-JAM

April 29, 2009 Comments off

ujamlogowebU-JAM (Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors Society) is a jazz society with a difference. Unlike the network of societies across Canada that put their main emphasis on bringing in touring musicians, U-JAM’s entire raison d’etre is supporting the activities of local musicians and the local jazz audience.

Back in the fall when I wrote a major feature on the Victoria jazz scene for Monday Magazine, musician and businessman Dave Paulson, a co-founder of U-JAM and its current president, told me Read more…

Categories: Events, General, Profiles

Featured Island Jazz Interview with Pianist/Composer Karel Roessingh

April 28, 2009 Comments off

Pianist Karel Roessingh, one of the Island’s most prolific composers and performers,photo plays two gigs this Sunday, one an afternoon art show opening for Joe Norris and Paul Burke at the Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay, and the other an evening jazz vespers gig at St. John’s United in Deep Cove. Island Jazz sat down with Roessingh to learn more about his beginnings, his influences, his composing and his playing.

1. To give our readers a biographical context, can you talk a bit how you found your way into jazz?

I began classical lessons with Henry L. Peters in piano classes after school, though more informal than the usual. I wasn’t forced to do scales or exams, which suited me fine since I wasn’t particularly a disciplined player. By the time I was ten I was hooked on instrumental pop tunes (there were many instrumental pop hits in the 60s), beginning with Bent Fabric’s Alley Cat, and went about learning every pop hit, ad, or TV theme I heard, from Coke commercials to Classical Gas. I quit classical lessons in my early teens, and my mother found a jazz teacher, Ray Petch, with whom I studied for 2 years while I was in high school. Ray knew many Read more…

Categories: Events, Interviews

Radio Jazz

April 27, 2009 Comments off

46-200ftIn these downloading days, it’s easy to forget the value of a 19th century invention…

Radio. Now there’s a concept. Turn it on, tune it in, and drop, not out, but in to the comforting ritual of a weekly program presented by a host who knows a subject intimately.

Residents of southern Vancouver Island and vicinity are particularly fortunate in that they receive a signal loud and clear from Seattle’s National Public Radio jazz station KPLU at 88.5 on the FM dial. Without a computer or any other fancy doodad, we can enjoy great jazz conversations, spoken and musical, hosted by the likes of piano great Marion McPartland.

Even closer to home, of course, Read more…

Categories: General

Vocal and Piano Power Light Up Hermann’s

April 24, 2009 Comments off

Two stellar, not-to-be-missed acts perform at Hermann’s this weekend in Victoria.anneschaeferwaitr1

Vocalist/instrumentalist Anne Schaefer appears tonight with Emily Braden (vocals and kazoo), Brooke Maxwell (also vocals and kazoo), Kelby MacNayr (drums), and Sean Drabitt (bass) in a special presentation of new material from her in-production-CD, The Waiting Room.

And Juno-award winner Hugh Fraser turns up the piano power Saturday piano-trio-poster-1night when he appears with Ken Lister on bass and Josh Dixon on drums in a special piano trio performance that will feature the works of Duke Ellington, McCoy Tyner, Red Garland, Thelonius Monk and Dave Brubeck. Read more…

Categories: Events
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