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On the Edge and Live off the Floor with the Kelby MacNayr Quintet

January 30, 2012 Comments off

A new incarnation of the Kelby MacNayr Quintet, featuring four internationally acclaimed musicians, moves into Hermann’s on Thursday for a two-night live concert and recording session stand.

Given the quality of the players –Miles Black (piano), Phil Dwyer (sax), Daniel Lapp (trumpet), Tom Wakeling (bass), and MacNayr on drums – this promises to be one of the more adventuresome jazz events of the year.

“These musicians are all people that I have been fortunate to work with in different settings here in Victoria, in Vancouver or in Washington State,” says MacNayr. ” Each brings a certain energy and chemistry – I’m excited to see what happens!”

MacNayr has chosen to record in front of a live audience, rather than going into a studio where the group would have the luxury of several takes to perfect the material, an approach that is bound to ensure that everyone is on his game and the excitement level is high.

Some of the best recordings in jazz have been produced at live concerts.  The Bill Evans Trio: Sunday at the Village Vanguard, The Paul Desmond Quartet Live (recorded at Bourbon Street in Toronto), and Keith Jarrett’s The Koln Concert are just three that come to mind.

MacNayr is taking bold new steps with his latest projects. This may be the best yet.  Highly recommended.

Thursday and Friday, February 2nd and 3rd at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  Advanced tickets are available from Hermann’s and Larsen’s Music. $20/$18 (VJS, UJam) $15 student. Reservations recommended. (250) 388-9166 or at info@hermannsjazz.com.

Joe Coughlin Launches the Third Season of Jazz at the Gallery

January 23, 2012 Comments off

Award-winning vocalist Joe Coughlin makes a rare Victoria appearance  this Sunday, January 29 from 2-4 pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria when he kicks off the 2012 edition of Jazz at the Gallery.

Coughlin will appear in an intimate trio setting with Jodi Proznick on bass and Tony Genge on piano.

A three-time National Jazz Award winner, Coughlin has garnered critical praise around the world and is arguably one of the best interpreters of the American songbook performing today.

The concert is a co-production of the AGGV and U-JAM.

Highly recommended.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for AGGV and U-JAM members). More info here.

VCM Presents January Jazz with Brad Turner

January 23, 2012 Comments off

Brad Turner Headlines VCM's January Jazz Concert

Vancouver trumpet and flugelhorn master Brad Turner headlines the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s January Jazz concert on Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 pm, at Alix Goolden Hall.

Appearing with Turner are George McFetridge on piano, Gord Clements on sax and clarinet, Joey Smith on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.

The quintet will present Turner’s award-winning  compositions and standards from the jazz repertoire.

They’ll also host a jazz master class at 3:30 where they’ll answer questions as they rehearse for the evening concert.

Turner is one of Canada’s greats. Highly recommended.

Tickets: Adults $25 / Students & Seniors $15
call 250.386.5311 / in person – 900 Johnson St – VCM Front Desk

More info here.

Josh Dixon 1970 – 2012

January 23, 2012 2 comments

The Victoria jazz community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of drummer Josh Dixon last Wednesday  at age 41. The coroner’s report identified a congenitally enlarged heart as the cause of death.

Tributes to Josh are pouring in not only from the Victoria community but also New York and New Orleans where he lived for a number of years and performed with some of the top names in jazz including Herb Ellis, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

An informal jazz jam tribute is planned for this Thursday, January 26, 8 -11 pm, at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria.

A formal memorial service will be held at Hermann’s on Saturday, March 3 starting at 4pm.

Josh’s wife Jennie is creating a website to honour him. It is up now and will be completed in February.

I’m currently working with Sean Drabitt on an extended article that will pay tribute to Josh and  document his life as a musician. Stay tuned.

Nightcrawlers in Nanaimo

January 12, 2012 Comments off

photo courtesy of Jesse Cahill

I want to thank Ken Lister for filling me in on the details of the upcoming show at VIU in Nanaimo because this is a concert that jazz fans up and down the Island won’t want to miss, particularly those with a hankering to hear a Hammond B3.

The Nightcrawlers, fresh off a WCMA win for the best jazz album of 2011, appear at the Malaspina Theatre on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30pm.

Dedicated to recreating the sound and feel of the great B3 bands of the ’60s (think Booker T and the MG’s), this Vancouver quintet, led by drummer Jesse Cahill, has been praised in Downbeat magazine for its authentic sound, swagger and swing.

The WCMA win is for their latest album “Down in the Bottom” which features not only the quintet but also a big band, which they’ll have with them at the VIU show.

These guys sound awesome. Have a listen and get yourself to the concert. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

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