This weekend promises to be something of a jazz, blues and world music extravaganza at Hermann’s with an appearance by chromatic harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers on Friday night followed by an all-day Kidney Foundation fundraiser on Saturday, featuring a veritable who’s who of Vancouver Island musicians.
On Friday, Powers, who hails from Portland, will be joined by Seattle pianist Eric Verlinde and Victoria percussionist Kelby MacNayr for a program of jazz and jazz-tango music. Don’t be fooled by Powers’ instrument. The chromatic harmonica is a totally different beast from the typical harp favoured by folk musicians. Expect fireworks. Tickets $16/ $18.50. More info here.
The Saturday fundraiser kicks off at 12 noon with an all-star jam starting at 1 pm. The line-up includes The Tom Vickery Trio, John Fisher & Sharon Wadsworth, Aurora Scott, Aaron Scoones, Brent Jarvis, Charles Gates, Morgan Onda, Al Pease, Joe Powers, Don Leppard, Nori McFarland, Bruce Hurn, Pablo Cardenas, Toni Bloggett, Andy Slade, Tom Ackerman and many more.
At 5 pm Damian Graham and his Hi-Fi Hipsters take the stage (Nick La Riviere, trombone; “Art Booker,” piano, Damian Graham, drums) , and then at 7 pm 2012 Juno award winner Phil Dwyer appears with Miles Black (piano), Sean Drabitt (bass) and Kelby MacNayr (drums). This is a heck of a lineup and you can see it all for just $40 and support a worthwhile cause in the process. More info on the Saturday program at Hermann’s website.
Recorded in Vancouver in September with McDougall’s usual cohort of great rhythm players and a lush 20-piece string section, the album features 14 classic ballads from the golden age of songwriting arranged by McDougall and Toronto’s Rick Wilkins.
Moon River, It Had to be You, Someone to Watch Over Me, But Beautiful and Polkadots and Moonbeams are just five of the tunes included on what Dave Paulson of U-JAM says is one of the finest albums McDougall has recorded in his long career.
The album was conceived as a fundraiser to benefit UVic Fine Arts students in financial need, hence the launch at the University Club’s Fireside Lounge. Ten dollars from the sale of each CD will go directly to an emergency fund established by McDougall and a donor group called the “Ten Mile Point Limited Partnership” which underwrote the recording.
The event doesn’t include a performance but you’ll have an opportunity to purchase the CD ($20), mix and mingle, and enjoy appetizers and the no-host bar while giving support to a very worthwhile cause. It gets underway at 7:30 pm.
You can hear a sample from the album and learn more at Ian McDougall’s website.