Vocalists Maria Manna, Miranda Sage, Maureen Washington, and Melinda Whitaker appear in Victoria tonight (Friday, Nov. 27, 8pm) in a “Great Ladies of Jazz” concert at Alix Goolden Hall. Should be a good one for those who love well delivered jazz standards. Tickets are available through the Royal and MacPherson box office. ( $23.50 – $41.50).
There’s lots going on at Hermann’s in Victoria this week. The Noah Becker Quartet appears on Saturday (8pm,$10) and vocalist Carol Sokoloff and Trio Expresso perform the songs of Johnny Mercer on Sunday (8pm, $10). Tuesday night it’s the Lambrick Park Jazz Band (7pm) and on Thursday you can hear the Esquimalt High Jazz Band (5pm). The Tom Vickery Trio does its weekly gig Thursday, Dec. 3 (8pm, $6).
Velvet Swing performs on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Elks Hall Jazz Club in Courtenay (7:30pm, no cover).
Congratulations to Ian McDougall who was presented the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian music last week in Ottawa.
The official citation reads: “A renowned trombonist and composer, Ian McDougall has had a distinguished career as a musician, bandleader and teacher. At home with both classical music and jazz, he has written compositions for symphony orchestras, chamber choirs, jazz bands and for special events such as the Commonwealth Games. Highly regarded by his peers, he is a top-ranked studio musician, has served as leader of a variety of jazz groups, and has been principal trombone in numerous others. Professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, he was instrumental in developing a jazz program there. He is also an esteemed and dedicated mentor whose students now rank among the top trombonists and teachers in the country.”
Earlier this year, a few months after he found out that he would be receiving the award, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ian in his Ten Mile Point home for a profile in Monday Magazine. That profile is reprinted below.
A Good Road
Ian McDougall reflects on a life well lived.
by Rick Gibbs
Strange how lives unfold. One day you’re a young kid opening your first trombone method book in a tiny working-class apartment in post-war Victoria and the next Read more…
Guitarist Mike Rud appears with his trio on Friday, Nov. 20 at Hermann’s (8pm). Rud, who currently resides in Montreal, comes with recommendations up the yin yang, including one from jazz guitar titan Jim Hall who called him “one of the most promising guitar talents I’ve heard.” Originally from Edmonton, Rud studied with Hall in New York, and since that time has drawn positive press from across Canada. Rud will be supported by Josh Dixon on drums and Vancouver’s Adam Thomas on bass. Sean Drabitt, who was originally slated to play the gig but is currently on tour, gives it his stamp of approval, calling Rud “an incredible guitarist.” Should be a good one. More info on Rud can be had here.
Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Anne Schaefer appears Saturday night (Nov. 21) at Hermann’s (8pm/$10), reprising the colourful cast of characters from her unreleased album The Waiting Room. Schaefer is a formidable talent with a unique voice that bends genres beautifully. Appearing with Schaefer are Kelby MacNayr on drums and Travis Short on bass. Highly recommended.
Kelby MacNayr and Friends appear Sunday night at Hermann’s (8pm/$10).
U-Jam hosts its monthly gig at Hermann’s on Wednesday night (Nov. 25,8pm/ $5/$10), presenting vocalist Sibel Thrasher in her Victoria debut, supported by Galiano’s Peter Dent on piano, Alex Olson on bass, and Mike Griner on drums. Thrasher, who was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2004, has an extensive list of credits, including performing in all 1,000 plus performances of the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre’s highly successful Ain’t Misbehavin’ as well as their Black and Gold Revue shows. She’s also appeared and recorded with a number of greats, including The Platters and Long John Baldry. Another highly recommended event.
Other events at Hermann’s this week include the Don Leppard Big Band (Sat. Nov. 213:30pm/$5), CanUS (Sun., Nov.22, 4:30pm/$12) and the Thursday (Nov. 26) double bill of the Esquimalt High Jazz Band (5pm) and the Tom Vickery Trio (8pm).
Salt Spring Islanders can catch Wanda Nowicki live at Moby’s Pub on Sunday (Nov. 22, 7-10pm) featuring Cat Toren, piano, Ian van Wyck, bass and Laurent Boucher, drums. And the Swing Shift big band, in collaboration with The Newman Family Players, will present The Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington jazz adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, the NUTCRACKER SUITE as well as selections from the Newmans’ long-time favourite CHRISTMAS WITH SCROOGE, featuring Sue and Virginia and friends at the ArtSpring theatre at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16 (adult) and $6 (student), at the ArtSpring box office. Net proceeds will benefit both the Ray Newman Fund and Bandemonium Music Society.
The Arrowsmith Big Band performs in Courtenay on Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Elk’s Hall Jazz Club (7:30 pm/no cover).
The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Jazz Studies department presents jazz trombonist Steve Turre in concert on Monday, November 16, 2009, at 8:00 pm in the Malaspina Theatre on the VIU campus in Nanaimo. Turre will be accompanied by VIU faculty members Bob Murphy on piano, Ken Lister on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums. In addition to being part of NBC’s Saturday Night Live show orchestra, Turre has a long line of performance credits, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Dizzy Gillespie, and is a major jazz voice in his own right. Tickets are $20 general and $17 for students and seniors and will be available at Tom Lee Music and Fascinatin� Rhythm and at the door. Special group rates are possible. Turre will also conduct a two hour clinic and master class on Tuesday November 17, at 10:30 at the Malaspina Campus of Vancouver Island University in room 105 in building 320 that is free and open to the public. For more information contact Greg Bush at email@example.com or by phone at 250 753-3245 ext: 2107 and you can learn more about Turre here.
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Long time Island jazzers no doubt fondly remember Sweet Thunder Records, a Victoria record store that fed the jazz habit of many a fan and musician (including the likes of Phil Dwyer and Diana Krall) from 1983 until 1998, before it fell victim to the digital revolution and was forced to close its doors.
Co-owners Shaukat Husain and Demetrios Tsimon, long-time hosts of CFUV’s Straight No Chaser jazz radio show, kept Sweet Thunder going on line for a time but were eventually forced to abandon even that enterprise in the face of heavy competition from iTunes and other digital download sites.
Fortunately, vinyl-loving jazzers have one last opportunity to savor and dip into Sweet Thunder’s extensive collection of LPs (and CDs) that have been in storage ever since the doors closed.
This Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 14 & 15) Husain and Tsimon will sell off their complete stock of literally thousands of new/sealed and used jazz LPs and CDs, ranging from $1 deals right up to fairly pricey rare original issues and audiophile and Japanese pressings.
The sale takes place from 12-5 pm only on both days at 5797 Oldfield Rd. (Corner of Oldfield Rd. and Brookleigh Rd. in Saanich near Elk Lake). Cash sales only – no credit or debit cards. For more information you can call 250 598 9824.
– Rick Gibbs
Brent Jarvis launches his new album Daedelus: Poetry of Dorothy Livesay tonight ( Nov. 6) at Hermann’s in Victoria (8pm/$15). Vocalists Melinda Whitaker and Anne Schaefer are featured performers along with Ken Lister on bass, Jesse Cahill on drums and Jarvis on piano. You can read all about the project here.
Seattle vocalist May Palmer, dubbed the “Queen of Ivory Soul,” appears with pianist Karel Roessingh and bassist Sean Drabitt on Sunday (Nov.8) at Hermann’s (8pm/$10). Palmer, who performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and has appeared at the Apollo Theatre in New York (and a number of international venues), has a powerful, soulful voice that handles, jazz, blues, soul and R&B with ease. You can hear a sample here but better yet, check her out in person. She was trained by the same vocal coach who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Michael Jackson.
Chris Jarrett, brother of Keith, and a much heralded pianist/composer in his own right, performs solo at Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria tonight (Nov.6/ 8pm); in Nanaimo at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday (Nov.7/ 3 pm); and at All-Saints-by-the-Sea on Salt Spring Island also on Saturday (Nov.7/ 7:30 pm). Jarrett, who lives in Germany, has developed an extensive European career, and if the reviews found on his website are any indication, he has much of the talent of his more famous sibling. You can learn more about him and sample his music here.
Those who like to bend their genres a bunch might enjoy the Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra, with its wild mix of klezmer, swing, jazz, New Orleans, and even bluegrass sounds. The group launches a new CD on Saturday night (Nov. 7) at Hermann’s (8 pm/ $10).
And also in these parts over the next few days, The Church of the Advent in Colwood, one of the homes for jazz vespers on the Island, features the big band swing of the Bob Morrison Orchestra, with Sue Doman on vocals, tonight (Nov. 6/ 7:30pm) in the church hall. The concert is free. The Paul Wainwright Band has a regular Sunday night gig at the Bard and Banker on Government Street from 6-10 pm. Wainwright reports that the Bard has added a new stage and a digital baby grand “perfect for a jazz trio”. Moby’s Pub on Salt Spring Island features jazz every Sunday night from 7-10 pm. This week you can catch QuintEssential + Maxine, performing straight-ahead jazz classics with vocals.
Pianist and composer Brent Jarvis is about to launch the most unique recording of his young career: an entire jazz album based on the poetry of celebrated Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay.
Jarvis, whose previous two albums on Roadhouse Records have garnered praise from the likes of CBC’s Katie Malloch, had never even heard of Livesay when a friend made the suggestion that he try writing music to her words.
Composers have certainly been known to turn poems into songs before (Donovan and Loreena McKennitt and their work with Yeats and Shakespeare come to mind as contemporary examples).
In the jazz world, however, these links have generally been restricted to poets referencing jazz artists in their poems, reproducing the sound and feel of improvisational music in their writing, or actually integrating live music into their readings.
The History of Jazz and Poetry
The relationship between jazz and poetry began in the 1920s and blossomed in the 40s and 50s when beat writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, who hung out in New York clubs listening to the likes of Charlie Parker, completely embraced the language and lifestyle of bebop, incorporating it fully in their lives and their work.
Kerouac’s novel Read more…