The event, now in its 4th year, benefits the Karen Cormons Memorial Jazz Scholarship Fund, founded by the Jensen’s and other family members to celebrate the memory of their mother and to support emerging jazz talent in the Nanaimo area.
Each year a local student is awarded a scholarship for jazz studies. The 2008 winner will be announced at the benefit.
Joining the Jensen’s are saxophonists Phil Dwyer and Joel Miller, drummers Jon Wikan and Bill Hicks, and bassist Clinton Ryder.
The event will also feature the Steve Jones Dixieland Express and the Rising Stars Student Combo, with an all-star jam at the end of the evening.
Only 150 tickets ($20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors) are available. You can get them at Fascinating Rhythm record store in Nanaimo.
– Rick Gibbs
Vocalist Emily Braden and pianist Misha Piatigorsky appear at Hermann’s on Monday and Tuesday night for two shows celebrating the successful launch of Braden’s debut studio album Soul Walk, which was produced in New York by Piatigorsky and which is already receiving acclaim from fans, reviewers, and musicians alike.(Click the Reviews button under “Categories” in the sidebar for the Island Jazz review of Soul Walk).
Island Jazz sat down with Braden and Piatigorsky to learn more about the making of the album and to find out what’s next as Braden takes another step in the development of what many feel will be a major international career.
A Special Voice and a Landmark Album
New York pianist/composer/producer Misha Piatigorsky knew from the first note he ever heard Emily Braden sing that she was a unique talent.
He heard that note about two years ago when Braden asked him to do a gig with her at Pagliacci’s restaurant in Victoria. (He currently spends his summers here with his family at his in-law’s Oak Bay home and teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Jazz Workshop where Braden first met him). Having already heard from other players in town how good she was, he agreed to the gig, thinking Read more…
The opportunity to hear two legendary jazz musicians of the stature of multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson and guitarist Pat Coleman performing as a duo doesn’t come along everyday, but it is happening tomorrow (Tuesday, July 21) in Mill Bay at Sylvan United Church thanks to the efforts of Pat Selman and her Church Mice Productions.
With Thompson on the west coast this summer to teach at the Victoria Conservatory and up-island in Phil Dwyer’s program, Selman grabbed the opportunity to put these two great players on stage together.
There have been some classic duo performances involving guitarists captured on tape over the years: Fraser MacPherson (sax) and Oliver Gannon (I Didn’t Know About You), Ron Carter (bass) and Jim Hall (Alone Together), Bill Evans (piano) and Jim Hall (Undercurrents), Scott Hamilton (sax) and Bucky Pizzarelli (The Red Door); along with Don Thompson’s own collaboration with Ed Bickert (At the Garden Party).
With Bickert no longer performing, it’s hard to imagine a better guitarist teaming up with Thompson than Pat Coleman. This show will be an absolute treat, and while drums (one of the four instruments Thompson plays) likely won’t be in the mix, bass and piano probably will be. And who knows, Thompson might even break out the vibes.
Tickets are $20 and the doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7 pm. Proceeds will benefit the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society.
What: Hospice benefit by Don Thompson and Pat Coleman
When: July 21, 7 p.m.
Where: Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd.
Tickets: $20 at Cardino’s, plus Ten Old and Volume One bookstores. Call 250-743-4301
There’s lots of great jazz happening this weekend all over Vancouver Island. Here’s a quick rundown:
Percussionist Humberto Mendoza, a regular performer with Adonis Puentes, joins the Marty Howe Latin Jazz Quintet at the Red Martini Grill in Nanaimo Friday night starting at 8pm. Howe, who plays jazz chromatic harmonica and flute, will also be joined by Darcy Phillips on keys. Fluent in many styles of pop, blues and jazz, Phillips has had years of experience playing with the likes of Tommy Banks, Sarah McLachlan and Jann Arden. The quintet features jazz standards and bossa novas, as well as hotter Latin tunes in its repertoire.
Victoria residents looking for great jazz on Friday night should show up at Alix Goolden Hall at 8pm, where a Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop concert features all of the faculty in small group settings. The names say it all: Ian McDougall, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson, Ross Taggart, Roy Styffe, Brent Jarvis, Misha Piatigorsky, Rob Cheramy,Walter Martella, Gergana Velinova, Gord Clements, Willard Dyson. You won’t hear better jazz anywhere else in Canada that night.
And on Saturday night almost the identical personnel (with the addition of Louise Rose) get together for a big band finale concert hosted by Misha Piatigorksy at Alix Goolden at 8pm. Tickets are a very reasonable $20 for both shows.
If big band isn’t your thing, on that same night you can hear Kelby MacNayr’s group serve up its usual high quality music in the intimate setting of Hermann’s. Or if you’d prefer to get an afternoon jazz fix in the sunshine in Beacon Hill Park on Saturday, wander over to the Cameron Bandshell to hear the Jan Stirling Quintet at 1:30 pm as part of the Jazz in the Park series organized by Tom Vickery.
Up-island, the Amanda Tosoff Quartet kicks off the Phil Dwyer Jazz Festival at the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks in Parksville (Morningstar Farm http://www.cheeseworks.ca/newsevent.php?id=17&type=ne) on Sunday, July 19 from 1:30-4:30 pm. The quartet will be joined by the traditional Desperation Jazz Band and by the Little Qualicum Jazzworks featuring Howie James performing cool jazz of the forties and fifties.
– Rick Gibbs
Saxophonist/pianist Phil Dwyer has added a jazz festival to the growing list of programs he’s developing in the Qualicum-Parksville area of Vancouver Island.
The Phil Dwyer Jazz Festival, which runs from July 19 to August 16, will feature some of the top names in Canadian jazz, including Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Seamus Blake, Michel Donato, PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Ken Lister, and of course, Dwyer himself.
There will also be appearances from Read more…
The VCM Summer Jazz Workshop Offers a Raft of Public Concerts Featuring Some of the Biggest Names in Canadian Jazz
With one Victoria jazz festival put to bed for the year, another one is already up and about, offering students, residents, and visitors some of the best jazz to be found anywhere in the country.
For the next week the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s (VCM) Summer Jazz Workshops (SJW) will feature its award-winning national and international faculty in a series of mid-day and evening concerts open to the public.
The series already got underway Wednesday night at Hermann’s with a much-anticipated appearance by Read more…
I reported yesterday that Tom Vickery’s regular Thursday night jam was on for this week but there’s been a change. Vickery is apparently away in Ontario and so Brent Jarvis and Misha Piatigorsky will appear instead, taking turns on piano and drums, which should make for a very interesting evening of great piano and percussion work. That’s tonight, starting at 8pm.
With JazzFest over, the local jazz scene has already started to heat up again, most notably with the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) Summer Jazz Workshops which began on Monday.
Besides teaching, the superb jazz faculty Gord Clements has assembled will be unleashing their horns and axes for some great shows open to the public that actually get underway tonight at Hermann’s with an appearance by the Misha Piatigorsky Trio (Sean Drabitt on bass, Willard Dyson on drums).
If you haven’t heard Piatigorsky, one of the more in-demand pianists in New York, it’s time Read more…
You read it here first.Vocalist Emily Braden’s debut studio album, Soul Walk, co-written, arranged, and produced by New York pianist/composer/producer Misha Piatigorsky, is such a resounding artistic success that it has the potential to launch Braden into the first rank of contemporary jazz vocalists.
Recorded last year in New York and full of that city’s musical energy, Soul Walk announces Braden as one of the most exciting female jazz vocalists to emerge in years. That’s no surprise to Victoria audiences, of course, where the 27 year-old, originally from Boise, Idaho, has lived, studied and performed for the last eight years, but it will be news to those jazz fans who will be hearing her for the first time once this album gets the exposure it deserves.
It also confirms yet again that Read more…