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U-JAM Launches a Brand New Jazz Series at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

December 18, 2009 3 comments

Just when some people think jazz is dying, along comes a fabulous new concert series hosted by one of our major cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), to prove them wrong.

That’s right, Jazz at the Gallery kicks off on Sunday, January 31 at 2 pm with a special appearance by the Marc Atkinson Trio and continues monthly until the end of May with performances from the likes of trombone legend Ian McDougall and Montreal’s innovative pianist, composer, and arranger Marianne Trudel.

How did this happen?

Well, it started with an idea. Back in August I approached U-JAM, the jazz society dedicated to the local scene in Victoria, with the suggestion that together we pitch a jazz series to the Gallery.

The idea isn’t new, of course. The Earshot Jazz Society runs Read more…

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More Holiday Jazz Around The Island

December 10, 2009 Comments off

The Sharon Minemoto Trio performs this Sunday, December 13 at the ArtSpring Theatre on Salt

Sharon Minemoto performs with her trio this Sunday on Salt Spring Island

Spring Island (2:30 pm/$24).

Based in Vancouver, Minemoto has received criticial praise for her lyrical touch on the piano, her unique arrangements of jazz standards and pop tunes, and her original compositions. A graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Program, she has also studied piano with Geoff Keezer and composition with Don Thompson.

In the late nineties she formed an acclaimed quintet featuring jazz greats Ross Taggart and Brad Turner. That group’s debut CD, released on Cellar Live, spent eight weeks atop the Canadian jazz and blues charts.

Her groups have been featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Hornby Island Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, the Jazz On The Wing series in Whitehorse, YT and at Club JZ in China, among others. As well, she has performed with the likes of Karin Plato and Dee Daniels, along with the Vancouver Symphony and the Phoenix Chamber choir.

Her trio will perform a mix of jazz standards and original compositions at the ArtSpring concert. Should be a good one. Highly recommended.

And don’t forget all the other great shows coming up, including The Jon Miller Quartet, Sean Drabitt’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Monik Nordine/Bob Murphy Quartet and the Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra.  Details can be found below in “Holiday Jazz Around the Island.”

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Holiday Jazz Around the Island

December 3, 2009 Comments off

Sean Drabitt, Brent Jarvis and Josh Dixon bring holiday sounds to Hermann's

December looks to be a great month for jazz around the Island. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more notable events coming up:

The Flora Scott Quartet appears this Sunday, Dec.6, at St. John’s United Church in Deep Cove (7 pm). This jazz vespers event should be a great show since Roy Styffe (sax), Sean Drabitt (bass) and Josh Dixon (drums) will be accompanying Scott, an accomplished vocalist and guitarist. Highly recommended.

Acclaimed Vancouver vocalist Jennifer Scott appears with pianist Ron Hadley and bassist Rene Worst at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum on Sunday, December 6 (2:30-4:30pm) in a special Christmas jazz concert. Scott has impressive performance credits, including appearances with Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, and Clark Terry. Should be a superb show.

Hermann’s welcomes the Jon Miller Quartet on Friday, December 11 (8pm). With Miller on drums, Rob Cheramy on guitar, James Young on bass, and Roy Styffe on sax, this group offers a lot of musical value. Their 2009 release Orchidology made it to the top of the college radio jazz chart. Highly recommended.

Sean Drabitt brings the Christmas spirit to Hermann’s on Dec. 12 with his annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring those classic Vince Guaraldi tunes, a screening of the much-beloved film, and a tasty turkey dinner. There are two shows, one at 6 pm and one at 8:30 pm ($30/$20, depending on whether or not you go for the turkey). Brent Jarvis appears on piano and Josh Dixon on drums. This one always sells out: reservations, like the show, are highly recommended.

The Bob Murphy/Monik Nordine Quartet, featuring Ken Lister and Buff Allen, performs at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay on Saturday, Dec. 12 and at Hermann’s in Victoria on Sunday, Dec. 13. This is a killer group, featuring some of the best players in the land. Murphy’s work on piano and Hammond organ is legendary and Nordine is one of the most highly regarded sax players on the west coast. Backed by Lister on bass and Allen on drums, they are bound to fly. Murphy will play the resident Hammond C-3 in Courtenay and the Yamaha baby grand in Victoria. They also have a duo show planned for Vancouver on Dec. 18.

The Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter Lorae Farrell comes to Hermann’s on Friday, Dec. 18. This group always has something exciting to offer. Details to come.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

– Rick Gibbs

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