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Jazz Around the Island (September 30 – October 5)

September 29, 2009 2 comments

The Harvest of Music Festival in Qualicum Beach, featuring an eclectic mix of music (including lots of jazz) gets underway this Friday, October 2 and runs until Wednesday, October 7. You can view a daily list of events here.

The Marc Atkinson Trio is currently on tour in our area. You can catch this stellar gypsy jazz group on Pender Island this Wednesday, Sept. 30, on Salt Spring Island at the ArtSpring Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 1, and then on Saturna Island on Saturday, Oct. 3. More info can be had here.

In Nanaimo on Friday night, The Big Bossa, an eight piece group led by drummer James McRae, appears at the Red Martini Grill. You can learn more about this group and get more details here.

UJAM kicks off its monthly fall program this Wednesday night (Sept. 30) at Hermann’s with an appearance by Chafafa. More details can be found on the Hermann’s calendar here.

Also, at Hermann’s this week you can catch Read more…

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Jazz Around the Island (Sept. 25-27)

September 24, 2009 2 comments

The Gillian Stone Quintet, a mid-Island group featuring Gillian Stone on vocals, Cameron Wigmore on sax, Trevor Davies on guitar, Shawn Daikin on bass and Johnny Lucas on drums, plays at Hermann’s in Victoria on Friday night and the Vault Coffee House in downtown Nanaimo on Saturday.

Also on Saturday you can hear Crossing Borders, a much heralded Canadian-American Read more…

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Finding Hip Hop in Bebop: Brandi Disterheft’s Evolutionary Road

September 24, 2009 3 comments

brandi2Juno-award winning bassist Brandi Disterheft has decided that if a younger audience won’t come to jazz, she’ll take jazz to the younger audience.

That’s precisely what she’s doing on her current west coast tour promoting her new album Second Side, a recording that was motivated in part by a desire to reach out to a different generation than is normally found in jazz clubs and festivals across the nation.

Disterheft won the Juno in 2008 for the best traditional jazz recording with her album Debut but points out that even that recording was anything but traditional, suggesting that while the new album might seem like a departure, it’s really an evolution. Of Debut she says, “It spans 50s/60s Blue Note to free music to some featured vocalists,” acknowledging,however, that ” it is more in the jazz realm.”

With the Juno came Read more…

Categories: Events, Profiles

Great Jazz and More Coming up at the 5th Annual Harvest of Music Festival in Qualicum Beach

September 22, 2009 Comments off

The Old School House in Qualicum Beach

The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach enjoys one of Vancouver Island’s most innovative and active music scenes, thanks in part to the efforts of musicians like Ron Hadley, who coordinates music programming for The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH). One of the TOSH programs, the annual Harvest of Music Festival, gets underway on Friday, October 2. Island Jazz sat down with Hadley to learn more about this event, which will feature some class jazz acts, including Phil and Ben Dwyer, the Sara Marreiros Quintet, guitarist Darryl Jahnke, and a special Quintet Concert Tribute to guitarist Wes Montgomery.

1. What is the Harvest of Music Festival?

This year it is six days (October 2-7) of concerts/workshops featuring superb musicians from all over the world in a wide variety of genres. There are noontime concerts, two Saturday afternoon creative dance and mime/masked movement workshops, a Sunday afternoon solo piano recital and special evening events in the gallery of The Old School House Arts Centre. There will also be performances Read more…

Categories: Events, Interviews

The Unconventional Trombonist

September 20, 2009 Comments off
The Unconventional Nick La Riviere

The Unconventional Nick La Riviere

Trombonist Nick La Riviere certainly can’t be called conventional or boring.

Take his most recent Trombone Mayhem show at Hermann’s in Victoria. At the beginning of the second set, he called up a special guest guitarist/vocalist who’d been pretending to be an audience member, and the group promptly launched into the “Trombone Mayhem Ultimate Dance Party,” complete with Kool and the Gang, and Earth, Wind and Fire tunes La Riviere had arranged, along with disco lights and a smoke machine that he’d cleverly set up before the show.

Then there’s his music education. These days most aspiring jazz players complete Read more…

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