Jazz Around the Island (Nov. 20-26)
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).