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  1. July 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

    CALL FOR AUDITIONS:
    A NEW JAZZ and CONTEMPORARY CHOIR IN VICTORIA

    Musician, vocalist and arranger DALE RASMUSSEN invites amateur and aspring singers who love jazz, swing and blues to try out for his new JAZZ (ETC) CHOIR.

    This small to medium-sized ensemble will feature jazz and swing tunes from The Great American Songbook and Real Books, and a sprinkling of soulful pop, blues, latin jazz and gospel. We’ll focus on close harmonies and developing good pitch, tone and blending, all in the context of some outstanding repertoire.

    There’ll be opportunities for solos and small ensemble work in duos, trios and quartets, and music will be provided in written form and mp3 rehearsal files.

    Choir season will run from mid-September 2014 to late May 2015 and rehearsals will take place in Gordon Head on Monday evenings, beginning Sept 15. (There’ll be an “introductory session” in early September.)

    Interested vocalists should have previous singing experience, some sight-reading ability and a good ear for harmony parts. Auditions will take place throughout the summer and early September.

    Dale has taught harmony singing at Vancouver Community College, Douglas College and Capilano College, and has lead many harmony workshops at music camps throughout BC and the Pacific Northwest. He founded and directed Vancouver’s Harmony Mountain Singers, Centrepiece Jazz Ensemble and The Home Cookin’ Choir and Kamloops’ High Country Singers, and is currently leader of the Mayne Island Singers.

    For more info, contact Dale at 778-533-0406 or email razzmusic@shaw.ca

    Website: http://www.dalerasmussen.com

  2. Ron Joiner
    July 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Celebrated jazz saxophonist P.J. Perry makes a rare visit to the Cowichan Valley on Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13, leading two all-star bands in two different venues.
    Canada’s Mr. Bebop, Perry will perform with trombonist Ian McDougall, guitarist Oliver Gannon and bassist Neil Swainson at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay on Saturday, and with Swainson and Nanaimo drummer Hans Verhoeven at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday.

    Perry, of Edmonton, has performed with countless jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Michel Legrand, from Kenny Wheeler to Rob McConnell, to name just a few. In 1993, he won a Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album, My Ideal.

    Victoria’s Ian McDougall is perhaps best known for his work as lead trombonist with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, which Mel Torme once called “the best big band in the world.”
    McDougall performs regularly with his quartet and sextet and stays busy teaching and writing following his recent retirement as head of the University of Victoria jazz studies program.

    Gannon, of Vancouver, received the National Jazz Award as Canada’s Guitarist of the Year. He currently performs with a number of small groups such as the Oliver Gannon Quartet with pianist Miles Black and the Ian McDougall Sextet.

    Neil Swainson, originally from Victoria, began playing in his home town in the ‘70s, backing visiting musicians such as Herb Ellis, Sonny Stitt and Barney Kessell, and working regularly with flutist Paul Horn in Victoria. He moved to Toronto in ’77, where he remains a leading player in the local jazz scene. He’s perhaps best known for his relationship with the late pianist George Shearing, with whom he recorded numerous records and worked with a number of artists including Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and Diana Krall.

    Drummer Verhoeven has also worked with a variety of jazz luminaries including Phil Dwyer, Pat Coleman, Don Thompson and Hugh Fraser.

    The Saturday concert, a Church Mice Productions show, is at Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. in Mill Bay, from from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 250-743-4301.

    The Crofton concert runs on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http//croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  3. Ron Joiner
    June 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the time of the Jennifer Scott Quartet concert at Sylvan United Church on June 21 in the following story has been changed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  4. June 12, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott, one of Canada’s top jazz artists, is bringing her all-star quartet to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday afternoon, June 22.
    Vancouver-based Scott, who has made sold-out appearances at jazz festivals across Canada and in several U.S. states, has appeared with such jazz luminaries as Tommy Banks, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser.
    As regular Crofton fans will remember, this is a popular return engagement following her group’s first appearance here last June.
    She has been on JazzBeat, Westcoast Performance and CBC’s Hot Air several times and was featured on four CDs produced by the CBC. She and her bassist husband, Rene Worst, are members of the San Francisco-based international group Crossing Borders, and are regular alumni at the Sorrento BC Swing Camp.
    Scott is much sought-after as a vocal jazz clinician and educator, and has created many workshops and college courses.
    Worst, who will join her on the Crofton stage, has been a professional bassist for more than four decades. He is one of the founding members of the pioneering fusion band Skywalk and has played with the likes of Chet Baker, Buddy Greco, Rene Rosnes, P.J. Perry and John Handy, to name only a few.
    Filling out the quartet again are Saltspring Island’s Monik Nordine on saxophone, who also brought her own trio to the Crofton pub in April, and Nanaimo’s James McRae on drums.
    The performance is part of the Jazz at the Crofton Hotel series, which runs weekly on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245.
    The quartet will also perform at Sylvan United Church on Saturday from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. as a fund-raiser for Sylvan’s Youth-and-Mentors-in-Music-and-the-Arts program. Suggested admission is $10.

  5. June 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Victoria bassist Tim Croft’s lively gypsy jazz trio is inspired by the legendary Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France.

    But the Trio Swing Futur, which plays the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday June 15, doesn’t limit itself to the Django songbook and jazz standards — traditional French gypsy, swing, musette and even Bach and the Beatles inspire its repertoire.

    And tempos vary from Latin and swing to bolero and tango.

    Since arriving on the West Coast four years ago, Croft has played up and down the Island almost every weekend, and has performed at Victoria’s International Jazz Festival, Rifflandia, Djangofest and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

    Rounding out the trio are Victoria musicians Reuben Wier on guitar and Jeremiah Brown on drums.

    The Cofton jazz series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to sit in during the last set of the afternoon.

    The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  6. Ron Joiner
    May 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Island dobro wizard Doug Cox joins a trio of gypsy jazz artists on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday, June 8.
    The Kit Eakle Trio performance, with Michael Dunn on guitar and Eakle on violin, will be a first-time collaboration for the three artists, promising an exciting afternoon of intuitive jazz improvisation.
    Cox, who has played with the likes of David Essig and Long John Baldry, ran the Malahat Mountain Music label for years and is producer and artistic director of the Vancouver Island MusicFest, which is nearing its 20th anniversary.
    Eakle divides his time between Northern California and Vancouver Island, where he has played and taught for years, playing with a variety of musicians such as Miles Black, Rene Worst, Hugh Fraser and Marc Atkinson.
    Dunn was founder of Mystery Pacific, one of the earliest and most influential gypsy jazz groups on the West Coast.
    The Cofton jazz series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to sit in during the last set of the afternoon.
    The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  7. Ron Joiner
    May 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Drinkable Jazz singer Linda Billings likes to serve up her vocals with a twist.

    Victoria’s Billings will take a jazz standard and stand it on its head like Annie Ross of the iconic ‘60s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Think Ross’s classic “Twisted.”

    Billings and her Drinkable Jazz quartet, with guitarist Gary Theal, bassist Bill Kent and drummer Barry Gray, will perform the Ross tune as part of their eclectic mix of jazz and blues at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday May 18 as part of its weekly jazz series.

    The series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to sit in during the last set of the afternoon.

    The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  8. Ron Joiner
    May 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    They honed their chops growing up in Victoria and went on to become mainstays of the Vancouver jazz scene.

    On Sunday, May 11, pianist Miles Black and bassist Russ Botten will join ubiquitous Victoria drummer Kelby MacNayr for an afternoon of elegant trio jazz at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    Black, one of the most in-demand pianists in the Pacific Northwest, has appeared on more than 400 albums, and has performed and recorded with a lengthy list of jazz greats, including Max Roach, Paul Horn, Maynard Ferguson and Houston Person. He is a vital contributor to PG Music and Band-in-a-Box music software programs.

    Botten has studied with Ray Brown, John Clayton and Dave Holland as has toured with vocalist Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire. He has also worked with Renee Rosnes, Herb Ellis, Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton and Terry Clark and appears on several recordings, including two with renowned saxophonist/trumpeter Jay Thomas.

    Drummer, composer and bandleader MacNayr performs regularly in many Victoria venues and across the lower Island, performing jazz standards and his own original compositions, many of which are showcased in his first CD.

    Jazz musicians are invited to sit in with the band during a jam session in the last hour of the afternoon.

    The weekly jazz series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  9. Ron Joiner
    April 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Vancouver vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Holly Burke brings her genre-bending repertoire to the south Island, performing at Sylvan United Church on Saturday April 26 and at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday April 27
    .

    Burke, who will play flute and percussion as well as sing, has been on the scene in Canada and the United States for decades, quietly producing creative, texturally rich and evocative music that often transcends the jazz idiom, according to her publicist.

    Her crack backup trio is made up of pianist Dmitri Gritsaenko, a celebrated performer and educator; saxophonist Bill Runge, a mainstay of the Vancouver jazz scene; and sought-after bassist Brent Gubbels.

    Burke will perform tunes from her latest CD, Nature Girl, which combines elements of world beat, fusion jazz, avant-pop, anbient and enigmatic forms that defy description, her publicist says.

    Burke’s influences range from Paul Horn and Diane Reeves to Debussy, Bach and even Roland Kirk.

    Saturday’s performance, a Church Mice Productions offering, is at the church at 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. For information, call 250-743-4301.

    The Sunday performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  10. Ron Joiner
    April 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Vancouver vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Holly Burke brings her genre-bending repertoire to the south Island this weekend, performing at Sylvan United Church on Saturday and at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday.

    Burke, who will play flute and percussion as well as sing, has been on the scene in Canada and the United States for decades, quietly producing creative, texturally rich and evocative music that often transcends the jazz idiom, according to her publicist.

    Her crack backup trio is made up of pianist Dmitri Gritsaenko, a celebrated performer and educator; saxophonist Bill Runge, a mainstay of the Vancouver jazz scene; and sought-after bassist Brent Gubbels.

    Burke will perform tunes from her latest CD, Nature Girl, which combines elements of world beat, fusion jazz, avant-pop, anbient and enigmatic forms that defy description, her publicist says.

    Burke’s influences range from Paul Horn and Diane Reeves to Debussy, Bach and even Roland Kirk.

    Saturday’s performance, a Church Mice Productions offering, is at the church at 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. For information, call 250-743-4301.

    The Sunday performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  11. Sarah Kim Turnbull
    March 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Germany’s OMER KLEIN brings To The Uknown to Canada – April 9th – 24th

    Omer Klein’s music has been called “borderless” by the New York Times and “astonishing” by Westdeutsche Zeitung.

    Jazz pianist and composer, Omer Klein embarks on an 8-date Canadian tour in support of his latest release, To The Unknown. Launched internationally April 2013 on the French label Plus Loins, To The Unknown features the Omer Klein Trio with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Ziv Ravitz playing 9 new compositions by Klein. The album instantly entered the playlists of TSF Jazz in France, WDR in Germany and Radio 6 in Holland. The release was followed by extensive touring in Europe, Japan, USA and finally, Klein brings To The Unknown to Canada. The tour begins April 9th in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. Klein will be performing with bassist, Haggai Cohen Milo.

    Klein grew up in Israel, where he is considered “One of the most fascinating artists that have emerged from this country in the last decade” (City Mouse, Tel Aviv). He studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Danilo Perez and continued his studies in New York under Fred Hersch. He became a notable member of the NYC jazz scene, performing at Blue Note and Carnegie Hall.

    In recent years, Klein lives in Germany and tours worldwide. He has released 4 albums to great acclaim. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the first prize at the International Jazz Hoeillart Competition in Belgium, and the Förderpreis for Musik 2013 awarded by the city of Düsseldorf.

    http://www.omerklein.com

    April 9th, 2014 – NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa

    April 10th, 2014 – Jazz Bistro, Toronto

    April 12th, 2014 – The Bassment, Saskatoon

    April 13th, 2014 – Beth Jacob Synagogue, Regina

    April 19th, 2014 – The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

    April 20th, 2014 – Char’s Landing, Port Alberni

    April 23rd, 2014 – Hermann’s, Victoria

    April 24th, 2014 – Alliance Francaise, Vancouver

    Further information and interviews contact:
    Contact Sarah Kim Turnbull (1) 647.998.4846 • info@sarahkimturnbull.com

  12. March 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Hey I started a jazz blog on wordpress, here is my first blog… https://mnordine.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  13. Tracy Berg
    March 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    The Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society presents The 2014 Jazz Affair – Jazz on the Coast with John Clayton. Friday, May 30th, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner starts at 6:30 pm.

    Join us for an evening of ‘Jazz on the Coast’ with John Clayton at the Coast Bastion Hotel on Friday, May 30th. This is a splendid evening of cool jazz, great food, silent auctions and raffles in support of our local jazz students, a not-to-be-missed event. Ticket price includes a gourmet buffet dinner. Also featuring the Big Band sounds of The Nanaimo Musicians’ Association (NMA). Tickets are just $48 and include a gourmet buffet dinner. Limited seating. This event is sure to be a sell-out event, so order your tickets today.

    Tickets can be purchased through the Port Theatre: http://www.porttheatre.com/index.php/events/may-2014/jazz-affair-on-the-coast/

  14. mnordine
    March 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Join Rob Cheramy and Monik Nordine for a week of fun on Salt Spring Island from July 7 to July 11. From 10am to 3pm we will get together and play music and learn how to communicate and have some fun while improvising and putting together arrangements of popular songs. All instruments are welcome, reading is an asset and a minimum of 2 years instrumental experience is recommended. Cost for the week is $500, and there will be a short final concert presentation at Artspring Theater.

    Rob Chermany teaches guitar and jazz combo through the Camosun College Professional School at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. One of the West Coast’s best jazz guitarists, he has accompanied such legends as Tommy Banks, Herb Ellis and Paul Horn, and his playing and composing have received acclaim on recordings by Jon Miller, Gord Clements and Roy Reynolds.

    Monik Nordine teaches saxophone, jazz combo and ear training through the Camosun College Professional School at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and taught saxophone for 6 years at Vancouver Island University. She co-directs the Victoria Jazz Orchestra with Bruce Hurn, performing monthly at Hermann’s Jazz Bar in Victoria, BC. Monik has performed with Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Michael Buble, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra among others.

    Contact the Salt Spring Arts Academy for information and registration.
    email: office@saltspringartsacademy.ca
    telephone: (250) 537-4294
    website: http://www.saltspringartsacademy.ca

    https://www.facebook.com/events/676019449104200/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

  15. mnordine
    March 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    The Victoria Jazz Orchestra with special guest PJ Perry

    Hermann’s Jazz Bar, 753 View Street, Victoria
    Tuesday, April 15, 8pm
    tix. $25
    available at Long and McQuade Music and at Hermann’s Jazz Bar

    reservations are recommended

    https://www.facebook.com/events/123509324516280/

    PJ Perry has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel LeGrand, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Rob McConnell, Slide Hampton, Herb Spanier, Bobby Shew, Fraser McPherson, Tommy Banks, Joe LaBarbera, Clarence “Big” Miller, Red Rodney and many more talented artists, to numerous to list here. Recently, he was a featured soloist on the hit 2010 Broadway production of Come Fly Away, highlighting the songs link to Canadian Encyclopediaof Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Twyla Tharpe.

    In 2007 P.J. was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta.

    In autumn of 1999 Justin Time Records released a Juno nominated recording of P.J. and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. P.J. Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists.

    Winner of a 1993 Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album “My Ideal”, P.J. has received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for, a record, of seven years from 1993 to 1999.

    P.J. has recently been performing his own show “The Joy of Sax” with
    orchestras across the country. He has also performed with the Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

    http://www.pjperry.com/

  16. James Stewart
    March 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    BOSS TENORS “UNSAFE SAX” 2014 Island Tour

    http://www.harbourliving.ca/event/boss-tenors-unsafe-sax-2014-island-tour-at-hermanns-jazz-club-victoria/2014-03-30/

    HERMANN’S JAZZ CLUB
    Sunday, March 30th,
    8:00 PM
    $12.

    “Wonderful playing…”
    – Joe Lovano (Legendary N.Y. saxophonist/Berklee College of Music instructor)

    “A remarkable player…. He’s going to be pretty scary….”
    – Gordon Goodwin (Multiple Grammy winning L.A. composer/big band director)

    “I don’t think I’ve heard anyone master that horn that well at his age.”
    – Brad Turner (Canadian trumpeter/university music educator)

    Vancouver Island woodwind prodigy, bandleader/ composer, and multi-instrumentalist CONN STEWART (tenor/alto/soprano/bari saxes, clarinet, flute, cornet, keys, vocals) tears it up with veteran Qualicum jazz musician DAN CRAVEN on Tenor saxophones at HERMANN’s JAZZ CLUB, where his early rmusical experiences included Thursday night jams, sitting in and playing with Canadian tenor sax great Kelly Jefferson and Toronto’s Morgan Childs Quartet (Jefferson/Dave Restivo/Jon Maharaj), and two eventual appearances leading the Jazz Apostles, and the Stewart/Lee/Dwyer Trio with special guest pianist Phil Dwyer.

    This time out he leads the white hot bop/hard bop BOSS TENORS quintet on the final stop of their “UNSAFE SAX” ISLAND TOUR, a 5 city project showcasing some of the great acts and battles of the dual tenor sax repertoire, playing selections from the works of Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt, Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin, Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray, John Coltrane & Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz & John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt.

    If you love the sound of two tenor saxophones in spirited battle or creatively beautiful harmony, backed by a killing rhythm section, and a highly entertaining, first class act that keeps an audience swinging, you won’t want to miss this!

    Known for his outstanding improvisational solo work and energetic stage presence, STEWART began performing professionally at 15, winning accolades from Courtenay to Victoria, Vancouver to Portland, Boston to New York, and appearing at major B.C. jazz venues including Hermann’s Jazz Club (Victoria), the Cellar Jazz Club (Vancouver), the Georgia Strait Jazz Society series (Courtenay), Blue Frog Studios (White Rock), Jazz Vespers at Sylvan United (Mill Bay), and the Sunday Jazz at Crofton series.

    He recently appeared in sets with Brishen, Chris Sartisohn, the Dennis Chang Band, the Capitol City Syncopaters, and Daniel Lapp at the 2014 VICTORIA DJANGO FESTIVAL, leads the Jazz Apostles quartet at the 2014 TD VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL JAZZFEST this June, and will make his first appearance at DJANGOFEST NORTHWEST in Washington this September with Quinn Bachand and Brishen.

    The other featured “Boss Tenor” is veteran Qualicum jazz musician DAN CRAVEN, music educator (Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence) and 2014 CYMC Island Jazz director, who has toured western Canada, shared stages with jazz luminaries Phil Dwyer, Arnie Chycoski, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, Don Thompson, John McDermott, Campbell Ryga, and Mike Herriot, was a 2007 member of the Phil Dwyer Sax Summit series, performs with the Jeff Drummond Band and the Dave Stewart Quintet, and has held the first tenor chair as a featured soloist in Arrowsmith Big Band for a number of years.

    A top rhythm section, all of whom have entertained audiences previously at Hermann’s, includes fan favourite Nanaimo professional drummer/songwriter JAMES McRAE, who has appeared with Miles Black, Ken Lister, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Ian McDougall, Mike Allen, and Ross Taggart, leads, or has played in, a number of B.C. jazz, latin, funk, country, and rock bands, and has produced well-received tributes to Horace Silver, Carlos Jobim, Jimmy McHugh, and Jimmy Smith; keyboardist PATRICK COURTIN, a VIU jazz program graduate who has played extensively in musical theatre productions, jazz combos, funk bands, the NMA Big Band, and recently toured with Victoria singer Ken LaVigne, and Romanza; and ANDREW JANUSSON, VIU jazz guitarist who is fast becoming a go-to island sideman for his elegant stylings and chordal/harmonic knowledge, and has played in the NMA Big Band, the Jimmy Smith tribute band, the Sean Drabitt Quintet, and leads a Wes Montgomery tribute trio.

    In addition to Boss Tenors, Stewart has led the Jazz Apostles, NJaM, the Hot Six Vintage Jazz Band, the Stewart/Lee/Dwyer Trio, the Conn Stewart Quintet/Quartet/Trio, the 5th Street Jazz Ensemble, the Stewart/Gorenko Duo, and the Stewart/Janusson Duo. He plays Lead alto in NMA Big Band (Nanaimo), 2nd alto in Arrowsmith Big Band (Oceanside), was featured woodwind soloist in the B.C. All Star Big Band (Vancouver), and has played as a sideman in Victoria’s Brishen jazz manouche quartet (clarinet/saxes), Vancouver’s Mingus Amongus septet (baritone/alto/tenor saxes), the Adrian Michael quintet (tenor/alto saxes), and the Rossi Gang (saxes/clarinet/cornet/vocals), and Nanaimo’s John Lee Trio (tenor/soprano saxes/cornet), and Andrew Cullen Quartet (tenor sax).

    Personally singled out at 16 for “wonderful playing” by tenor sax legend Joe Lovano after jamming with Berklee College 4th Year Global Jazz students in Boston, Stewart was the only pre-university provincial finalist selected for the 2013 Fraser McPherson competition, and sole under-30 musician invited to the 2013 Centrum Big Band Intensive with world renowned L.A. composer/director Gordon Goodwin.

  17. March 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    * Jazz Vespers – Sunday April 6th at 7:30pm. The Bob Watts Trio, with Pablo Cardenas on piano and Ross MacDonald on Bass. Come for superb jazz, a short reading and spiritual reflection. And if you’re in for something a little more on the bluegrass edge, also church out our ‘Bluegrass Mass’ – Sunday March 23 at 4pm. Free Meal at 5:15pm. For this Lenten gathering, we’ll explore ‘the cross’ with amazing old-time bluegrass gospel songs and hymns and a full Bluegrass band.

  18. Ron Joiner
    March 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Jazz vocalist Susannah Adams is riding a rising wave of popularity in the wake of recent appearances around Victoria.

    She was selected this month to perform at the Victoria International Jazz Festival in June after playing to critical acclaim at such dining spots as the O Bistro in the Oswego Hotel and the Spiral Café in Victoria.

    The young mother of two also played to a sold-out Valentine’s night gala at the Victoria Golf Club and was featured in a U-JAM jazz society showcase at Hermann’s Jazz Club last Wednesday.

    This Sunday, Mar. 23, Adams will return to the Crofton Hotel Pub, where her engaging stage presence and adventurous stylings of jazz standards impressed local fans.

    Said Crofton jazz series organizer Pat Selman, “Susannah is a wonderful story-teller and an accomplished improviser who puts her own interpretation on the lyrics and melodies of the Great American Songbook.”

    Adams, whose musical influences range from Nina Simone and Chet Baker to Eva Cassidy and Diana Krall, will be backed on Sunday by the Belmont Avenue Trio, with Nick Galichenko on piano, Alec Lee on bass and Ron Joiner on drums.

    Jazz musicians are invited to sit in with the band during a jam session in the last hour of the afternoon.

    The weekly jazz series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  19. March 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Burton/McRae/Rhodes Piano Trio – Sunday March 9th – 8pm @ Hermanns -12$. We are playing a mix of original songs along with 3 classical compositions from Bach, Debussy and Chopin.. Nico Rhodes, our piano player has arranged these pieces. Please consider coming down tomorrow night – Sunday March 9th 8pm. We are also playing on Monday night at Acme Downstairs Room in Nanaimo 7:30pm.

    The following weekend we perform at the Clayoquot Theatre in downtown Tofino – Saturday March 15th -8pm and Ucluelet Community Centre – Sunday March 16th 9pm. Please see my website for more details. Thanks! James McRae

  20. ken gray
    March 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

    VIRTUOSO CUBAN STAR LEADS MARCH JAZZ VESPERS WESTSHORE OFFERING

    The Church of the Advent is excited to present Cuban star Miguel Valdes and his trio for its March installment of Jazz Vespers. Joining this storied trumpeter are fellow Cubans, pianist Cynthia Rodriguez and conga player Hector Mejias.

    This is a rare opportunity to witness modern music bred straight from the traditions of one of the world’s musical superpowers. Only at Colwood’s Church of the Advent!

    Anglican Church of the Advent in Colwood
    510 Mt. View Ave. (off Sooke Road)
    Sunday Evening, March 16 @ a7 p.m.
    rector@colwoodanglican.ca

  21. Ron Joiner
    March 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Celebrated Victoria jazz pianist, vocalist and educator Jerry Bryant joins Cowichan singer Carol Jarvie for an intimate concert that explores the Great American Songbook on Sunday, Mar.16, in Crofton.

    Bryant and Jarvie are bandmates in Victoria’s Island Big Band, rehearsing most Monday nights for the past half dozen years.

    Jarvie, a mainstay of the Cowichan Valley jazz scene, is equally adept at belting out a Broadway barn-burner in front of an 18-piece big band or singing a sweet, sultry ballad with a minimum of accompaniment.

    Bryant, who turns 91 next month, has probably had more influence on the south Island jazz scene than any other individual.

    He counts David Foster and Paul Horn among his friends and the likes of Hugh Fraser among his ex-students in the Esquimalt Secondary School jazz program, which he founded more than 50 years ago after moving to Canada.

    The weekly jazz series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  22. Ron Joiner
    February 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Multi-talented songstress Sue Newman has a voice as big as Broadway and a smile to match.

    The effervescent performer brings a ton of energy and a hot backup band, the el Zocalo Quintet, to the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday, Mar. 9, where she’ll explore jazz standards and Broadway favourites with her fellow Saltspring Islanders.

    Newman grew up in a musical household with jazz musician parents, touring Southern California with her siblings as a touring child variety act.

    Since moving to Saltspring 35 years ago, she has taught ballet, tap and jazz dance, music, voice and theatre, and has produced, directed and choreographed extensively for a variety of productions in Vancouver and on Saltspring and Vancouver Island.

    She has studied with jazz singers Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan and performed with such artists as Monik Nordine, Hugh Fraser, Karel Roessingh and Valdy.

    She sings jazz regularly on Saltspring with el Zocalo, comprised of trumpeter Derrick Milton, guitarists Peter Taschuk and Tom Martin, bassist Ian Van Wyck and drummer Laurent Boucher.

    The weekly jazz series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  23. Ron Joiner
    February 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The drummer-led Jon Miller Quartet will perform its hard-driving repertoire of mainly original music in the mainstream jazz vein at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday, Mar. 2.

    The Victoria-based band, with Monik Nordine on saxophones, Rob Cheramy on guitar and James Young on bass, is influenced by the likes of guitarist John Scofield, the early fusion of Miles Davis, Brian Blade, Jessica Williams, Gil Evans as well as many that blur the boundaries of the jazz realm, according to its web site.

    The quartet is working on lots of new music with a follow-up to its 2009 debut CD Orchidology in the works.

    Its repertoire “is now by turns more playful, darker and diverse than in the past, incorporating influences from sources both within and outside the jazz vein including fusion and world music,” the web site says.

    Crofton jazz, the only weekly jazz series on the Island north of Victoria, runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  24. Ron Joiner
    February 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Expect some high-energy, improvisational jazz magic when the Burton/McRae/Rhodes Trio performs at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday, Feb. 23.
    With Nico Rhodes on keyboard, Eugene Burton on bass and James McRae on drums, the Nanaimo-based trio’s hot, innovative style has generated a following among jazz fans on the south Island over the last few years.
    “Our music is for anyone who is interested in hearing some magical grooves and unique melodious blends,” said McRae, who has played with such jazz luminaries as pianist Miles Black and the Jennifer Scott/Rene Worst duo.
    Rhodes, a 2013 Vancouver Ovation Award nominee, has just finished a stint as music director for the Chemainus Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life.
    Bassist/guitarist Burton has done a lot of session work with a variety of musicians from Mikaila Tombe to Ken Lavigne. He has also performed in two Chemainus Theatre productions in the past 18 months.
    Crofton jazz, the only such weekly series on the Island north of Victoria, runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  25. February 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Jazz Vespers: Sunday March 2 at 7:30pm. The Bob Watts Trio, with Pablo Cardenas on piano and Ross MacDonald on Bass. Come for superb jazz, a short reading and spiritual reflection. Free/by donation. St. Philip Anglican Church – 2928 Eastdowne Rd. (at Neil)

  26. Rick Gibbs
    February 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    JAZZ VESPERS WESTSHORE
    Brent Jarvis, piano,
    Monik Nordine, saxophones,
    Sean Drabbitt, bass,
    Hans Verhoeven, drums

    Anglican Church of the Advent in Colwood
    510 Mt. View Ave. (off Sooke Road)
    Sunday Evening, February 16 @ a7 p.m.

    CREATIVITY, SOPHISTICATION, AND MUSICAL ELEGANCE MARK FEBRUARY JAZZ VESPERS AT CHURCH OF THE ADVENT

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent is excited to present the Brent Jarvis Quartet for this month’s installment of the ever popular Jazz Vespers Series. Featuring Brent Jarvis on piano, Monik Nordine on saxophones, Sean Drabbitt on bass, and Hans Verhoeven on drums, this Quartet promises an evening of “…original jazz that is based on the music’s 100 year old tradition but stakes out new ground with daring and masterful technique” (Joe Blake, Victoria Times Colonist).

    This quartet brings a seldom heard depth of creativity, sophistication, and musical elegance to the West Shore. Treat yourself to a beautiful evening of great music in a setting which attendees and performers alike continue to rave about!

  27. February 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Where else can you hear Beethoven and Dizzy Gillespie on the same stage? Join UVic students at Music for Africa:

  28. Ron Joiner
    February 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Accomplished young Nanaimo guitarist Andrew Janusson will explore the legacy of Wes Montgomery with his trio on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday.

    With Victoria veteran Sean Drabitt on bass and recent Berklee College of Music grad John Lee on drums, the trio will celebrate the legendary ‘60s jazz guitarist, considered by many to have had the greatest influence among modern jazz guitarists.

    The tribute will include such Montgomery originals as West Coast Blues, Jingles and Full House, Janusson says.

    Janusson, in his final year in the jazz program at Vancouver Island University, studies under such Island luminaries as guitarist Pat Coleman and bassist Ken Lister and has performed extensively up and down the Island.

    Drabitt, a fixture on Victoria’s jazz scene for more than 20 years, was recently chosen as his hometown’s Jazz Musician of the Year by readers of the weekly Monday Magazine.

    Multi-instrumentlist Lee performs regularly with recognized young contemporary jazz artists and has shared the stage with such international jazz artists as Cyrus Chestnut, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen and Phil. He frequently leads his own groups in exploring the modern jazz ouvre.
    The Crofton series, the only regular weekly jazz series on the Island north of Victoria, runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited to sit in during a jam session during the last hour.

    The Crofton pub is at 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  29. Ron Joiner
    February 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The Cold Cut Combo’s brand of gypsy jazz even features a saw as a solo instrument.
    The Victoria duo, with Christopher Sartisohn on lead guitar and vocalist Aaron Watson playing the saw as well as rhythm guitar and accordion, plays regularly in a variety of Victoria’s pubs, clubs and restaurants.
    The duo will perform their Django Reinhart-inspired repertoire of jazz, Latin and ethnic folk music this Sunday, Feb. 9, as part of the Jazz at Crofton series, the only weekly jazz series on the Island north of Victoria.
    The series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, just a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $5. For information call 250-324-2245.

  30. Rick Gibbs
    February 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Hello everyone,

    The Victoria Jazz Orchestra is back at Hermann’s Jazz Club on February 18 for a very special Valentine’s Day show with our friend Joe Coughlin which we are calling “Music for Lovers”. Joe will sing some of the Frank Sinatra big band repertoire and also some swing standards from his own book. For those of you who remember the Monday Night Big Band in 2005 when he was featured at our reenactment of the Sinatra record “Live at the Sands” this evening will be a similar affair, a swinging night for martinis and bling.

    Tickets as usual are available at the door, $20 suggested donation, and the show starts at 8pm.

    See you there!
    Monik

  31. Rick Gibbs
    January 29, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    U-JAM members and Associates

    Upcoming U-JAM Events….

    Wednesday, February 5. Vocal Jazz Night at Hermann’s Jazz Club. 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All vocalists welcome and will be accompanied by the U-JAM House Band, accompanied by mentor for the evening, Barbara Blair. See the attached poster for all the details.

    Sunday, February 23. Al Pease and His Hothouse Trio are the second concert in the Jazz At The Gallery Series. 2-4 pm. See attached poster for a visual delight. See http://www.u-jam.ca/news for some background on Al and HHT!.

    Things to put on your radar.

    Sunday, March 9. The start of the Spring Session (6 get-togethers) of ‘Jazzin’ With U-JAM’, an Introductory Jazz Ensemble and Combo Work for Adults, with mentors Rob and Linda Cheramy. Details to follow.

    Wednesday, March 12. U-JAM’s 4th New Band Showcase at Hermann’s Jazz Club featuring ‘The Function’, ‘Drinkable Jazz’, ‘The Barry Gough Quartet’ and ‘Susannah Adams and Friends’. Details to follow.

    U-JAM 2014 Memberships are now available for still only $10 individuals, $20 families and $30 groups (prices haven’t gone up in years!). See the attached 2014 membership and sponsorship form. If you show your U-JAM membership card, you get a discount at many of the jazz events around town. We are encouraging all to join or renew for 2014 by the end of March.

    U-JAM Website is now http://www.u-jam.ca and Victoria Jazz Calendar is now http://www.u-jam.ca/calendar

    (Let me know if you no longer wish to receive these emails.)
    Doug VanDine, for U-JAM

    “”Well, if you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!” Count Basie

    U-JAM is “Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors” …. promoting jazz education, recreation and performance in the Victoria area, all year long.

  32. Rick Gibbs
    January 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Victoria Chamber Jazz Quartet Returns to Jazz Vespers

    After their crowd-pleasing performance of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio in June of last year, The Victoria Chamber Jazz Quartet (VCJQ) will return to St. John’s United Church’s Jazz Vespers on Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. to perform the 2nd Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. Flautist Mary Byrne will be accompanied by Karel Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums.

    The second Suite, considered more sophisticated than the first, was originally released in 1986, 11 years after the first came out on LP. The first Suite was considered revolutionary when it debuted, as Bolling mixed the greatest musical movement of the 20th century – jazz – with classical music, inviting one of the 20th century’s greatest classical flautists, Jean-Pierre Rampal, to record with him and his trio. The resulting recording topped the hit parade in the U.S. for two years, and stayed on Billboard’s top 40 for 530 weeks — over 10 years. In addition, the album was nominated in 1975 for a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

    Flautist Dr. Mary Byrne is a frequent performer with the Victoria Symphony and the Sidney Classical Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Aurora Trio, and has been a frequent guest performer with the Ten-Strings Duo, Continuum Consort, Island Chamber Players, Old Schoolhouse Concert series, Palm Court Orchestra, and formerly with Chamber Music Victoria and Ars Nova Group. Byrne received her undergraduate degree in music in Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Musicology from UVic. She teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is co-founder of their Victoria Flute Workshop. She is widely-sought as a clinician, masterclass leader, examiner, and music festival adjudicator throughout Canada and in the U.S.

    Pianist Karel Roessingh is a composer, arranger, producer and musician who has written scores for over five hundred television episodes, and many award-winning films, documentaries and promotional videos. As well as performing on countless recordings for other artists, he has produced more than fifteen of his own recordings, including two jazz trio CDs and many solo piano CDs. He has performed with symphony orchestras and rock, jazz, folk, show and country ensembles throughout the world, from small-town bars to concert halls, and battleships to cruise ships. He has also served two terms as Mayor in his home community of the Highlands, and is currently in his third term as Councillor.

    Bassist Joey Smith is much in demand in the Victoria area. Originally from Tennessee, he came to Victoria via the Glenn Miller Orchestra, for whom he played bass for two and a half years. He has also played with a long list of jazz luminaries which includes Cleo Laine, Herb Ellis, Rosemary Clooney, Charlie Byrd, John Dankworth, George Essihos, Daniel Lapp and CanUS. In addition, he has appeared at numerous jazz festivals in Canada and the US, including a performance at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He works as an arranger, teacher, and freelance musician playing bass and guitar with local traditional and contemporary jazz groups.

    Born in New Zealand and raised on the west coast of Canada, Damian Graham’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad, including Michael Kaeshammer, The Paperboys, David Gogo, Marc Atkinson, Paul Pigat, Louise Rose, and Phil Dwyer. He has also shared the stage with Joshua Redman, Holly Cole, Buddy Guy, and Colin James. He has performed at jazz festivals and shows all over Canada, the USA and Europe. As well as playing drums, Graham regularly works as a producer, engineer, and composer and has run his own label, Bagel Boy Records, since 1989. He has recorded two CD’s with his own bands, as well as appearing on numerous other artists’ CD’s.

    Jazz Vespers continues on Mar. 2, with pianist Amy Nold and Friends, on April 6 with the gypsy jazz group The Cold Cut Combo, and on May 4 with John MacArthur and Al Pease.

    Jazz Vespers services begin at 7:00 p.m. St. John’s United Church is located at 10990 West Saanich Rd., across from Deep Cove School. There is no admission charge. An offering will be taken to cover the cost of the musicians and the Vespers program. For further information, please call Bernadette at 656-0875 or email her at bernadettegreene@shaw.ca to be included on an email list of upcoming concerts.

  33. Rick Gibbs
    January 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The George Essihos Trio, featuring Joey Smith and Don Leppard, will cook up some tasty jazz for longtime fans and new aficionados in Victoria at their 20th year reunion concert on February 8th at 4:00 PM at Hermann’s Jazz Club .
    Essihos is one of those artists whose work is instantly recognizable. When you hear this quiet genius perform, you are immediately aware of his unmistakeable style of improvisation. George’s unique sound may well be a result of his background – extensive classical training and performance until the age of forty, when he re-invented himself as a jazz pianist, influenced by the piano voicing of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson. He currently teaches jazz piano with emphasis on improvisation at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
    Add to the mix George’s well-known local jazz rhythm section, Joey Smith on bass, along with drummer Don Leppard, and you have the recipe for a zesty evening of jazz.
    Smith has been bassist for many local groups including the Marc Atkinson Trio and the Karel Roessingh Trio and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Victoria. He has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. Currently, several of his arrangements appear on recordings by The Bills and The Marc Atkinson Trio. He has been a faculty member at the VCM in the Jazz Studies Department since 2004.
    Leppard is well-known to Victoria jazz fans. His tenure as a member of the prestigious RCAF Band in Toronto led to his becoming the “pops” drummer with the Winnipeg Symphony and set- drummer with the Manitoba Theatre Centre. He has recorded more than 50 albums with various artists and taped more than 600 shows for CTV, CBC and Global Television networks. Since moving to Victoria, Don has performed and recorded with Louise Rose Trio, Toni Genge Trio, and the Karel Roessingh trio among others; was the drum instructor at Shawnigan Lake School and head of the drum department at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. He is the drummer in the CanUS Hot Jazz Band and leader of the Don Leppard Big Band.
    The George Essihos Trio has three CDs in release, “Live at Hermann’s Jazz Club” and “Extraordinary Measures”. Both are into a second pressing, due in part to the trio’s popularity among jazz aficionados in Japan. George also has a solo recording called “Solo Journeys”.
    Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations can be made at info@hermannsjazz.com or call (250) 388-9166.

  34. January 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Note to editors: Sunday is Feb. 2.

    Two of Canada’s hottest young jazz stars will perform tunes from their latest award-winning album in Crofton this Sunday.
    Trumpeter and vocalist Johnny Summers, winner of two 2013 Global Music Awards including best male vocalist, and pianist Chris Andrews, winner of the 2013 Grand Prix du Jazz Montreal, will display the cutting-edge chops featured on their album, Piano Sessions Volume I, in the latest Jazz at the Crofton Hotel Pub series.
    Summers, director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, has studied and performed with the likes of Maria Schneider, Jon Faddis and Dee Daniels.
    Andrews has shared the stage with artists such as Joshua Redman, Joe LaBarbera and P.J. Perry.
    Also performing in February are the Cold Cut Combo with Aaron Watson and Chris Sartisohn on Feb. 9; the Not Yet Quartet featuring vocalist Dirk Ouellette for Valentine’s Day dancers on Friday, Feb. 14; the Andrew Janusson Trio on Feb. 16; and the Nic Rhodes/James McRae Trio on Feb. 23.
    The Jazz at Crofton series, the only continuing weekly jazz series on the Island north of Victoria, runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  35. January 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Burton/McRae/Rhodes jazz piano trio @Hermanns Jazz Club this Saturday January 25th 8pm. 12$ For more info visit my website. Here is video shaw cable did with us this past week. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NCsqtsEQhk&feature=share&list=PLRSwDpSO92L3yEr-HHtMZVDRCIQOimaBO&index=1

  36. ken gray
    January 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    JAW DROPPING VIRTUOSITY OPENS 2014 WESTSHORE JAZZ VESPERS SERIES

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent is thrilled to open Jazz Vespers 2014 with Cuban piano phenom Pablo Cardenas. The Pablo Cardenas Jazz Trio features Cardenas on piano as well as jazz vespers favourites Sean Drabitt on bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums. They will take you on a virtuosic journey exploring new and unique ways of playing jazz.

    With the combination of Cardena’s jaw dropping virtuosity, Drabitt’s funky bass sensibilities, and MacNayr’s colorful and inventive drumming, this trio promises a spectacular evening of jazz. What a great way to start 2014!!

    JAZZ VESPERS WESTSHORE
    Pablo Cardenas, Piano | Sean Drabitt, Bass | Kelby MacNayr, Drums
    Anglican Church of the Advent in Colwood
    510 Mt. View Ave. (off Sooke Road)
    Sunday Evening, January 19 @ a7 p.m.

  37. January 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Saturday January 18 2014 Jon Miller Quartet at Merlin’s
    Jon Miller Quartet returns to Merlin’s Sun Theatre. Rob Cheramy (guitar) James Young (bass) Monik Nordine (saxes) and Jon Miller (drums). The quartet will feature new music by group members including Rob Cheramy’s tribute to saxophone great Dexter Gordon entitled “Dextrous Gordonus.”
    1983 Fairfield Rd Victoria, BC V8S 1H5 (250) 598-7488 on 8pm
    admission $15 at the door

    http://jonmillerdrums.weebly.com/

  38. November 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Nico Rhodes Trio @ Hermanns this sunday nov 24th 8-11pm 10$ or pwyc.
    we are doing original jazz compositions and more. Nico is an exciting young multia-instrumentalist, composer, arranger who will be playing piano on this gig sunday night. Come support a younger generation of musicians!

  39. ken gray
    November 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    JAZZ VESPERS WESTSHORE
    Anglican Church of the Advent in Colwood
    510 Mt. View Ave. (off Sooke Road)
    ≈ Where Music and Spirit Meet ≈
    Sunday Evening, November 17 @ a7 p.m.
    Victoria Jazz Orchestra
    WITH SPECIAL GUEST Bill Runge
    http://www.billrunge.com/

    Spread the word . . .

  40. ken gray
    October 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

    JOYFUL IMPROVISATION at COLWOOD JAZZ VESPERS OCTOBER SERVICE
    Sunday, October 20, 7:00 PM
    Church of the Advent
    510 Mount View Colwood
    Freewill Offering – Abundant Parking

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent continues its wildly successful Jazz Vespers series with yet another stellar group this month.

    The Damian Graham Trio, consisting of drumming sensation Damian Graham, local legend Joey Smith on bass, and multi instrumentalist Peter Jones on piano, will grace the idyllic surroundings of this hip Western Communities Church.

    This trio is one of the finest examples of honest, joyfully improvised music you will see in the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them in this warm and intimate setting.

  41. October 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Canadian Bria Skonberg is playing Thurs.Oct.3 at Hermann’s with her New YOrk band ! This is going to be a very innovative and fresh approach to New Orleans jazz, with a Louis Armstrong feel and a playful modern edge. Bria is very comfortable with her voice, her horn and the stage.
    Her tune ‘Hip check’ is very sassy,
    funky…and all that jazz!

  42. September 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    BLACK/LISTER/MCRAE
    Playing the Music of Jimmy McHugh and James McRae
    Hermanns Jazz Club
    753 View St. Victoria B.C.
    250-388-9166
    Sunday, September 29th, 2013
    8 PM to 11 PM
    15$, students 10$ or pwyc

    Jimmy McHugh is the composer of such well known songs as “The Sunny
    Side of the Street”, Too Young to Go Steady”, “Exactly Like You” and
    etc. etc. He had an important role to play in the songwriting of the
    early 1900’s with an influence that continues to this day. James McRae
    is a local musician and composer that continues to find happiness in
    writing original compositions. This piano trio features the wonderfully
    musical imagination of Miles Black on piano, from Vancouver, with solid
    and intuitive support from the rhythm section of Ken Lister and
    James McRae on bass and drums.
    Come out and enjoy some wonderful and engaging music from this group,
    playing jazz standards with a focus on Jimmy McHugh and including some
    original compositions of James McRae.

  43. August 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    connor stewart – young multi saxophonist from nanaimo is playing with ben dwyer- bass and john lee – drums- also from nanaimo on a break before his 4th year at berklee in boston. all really great young musicians are playing this coming wednesday night august 28th at hermanns 12$, with special guests.

    to the person asking me a question on rene worst and campbell river appearance – please contact me via my website which you can go to by clicking my name here. thanks. i saw this note much after the fact! james

  44. August 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    connor stewart and the jazz apostles are playing at hermanns this saturday 8pm. 12$ the group includes alfons fear – trumpet, nico rhodes- piano, marisha devoin – bass, james mcrae – drums and connor stewart – woodwinds/vocals.. connor is a real phenomena!

  45. July 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Tayo Aluko/Karel Roessingh perform Tayo’s only music concert on the continent (he’s from Liverpool, UK) at Hermanns, August 14th, 8 pm. Tayo will sing from the Great American Songbook, plus spirituals and originals, accompanied by Karel Roessingh on the piano. $15 cover.

  46. July 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Good morning Rick, we are having a show at Hermann’s on the 16th of JLy to celebrate 40 years in Victoria with a fabulous lineup of some of our local greats; Miles Black,Daniel Lapp,Maureen Washington,Kelby McNayr, Sean Drabitt, Rob & Linda Cheramy. I hope you can join us.Catherine

  47. Nancy Nsh
    June 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hi James is Rene Worst coming to Campbell River to play

  48. June 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    jennifer scott and rene worst are actually playing this sunday night june 16th at denman island community hall just up from the ferry.. i am also going to be playing with them! come out if you are able to.. the home and garden show is also happening on sunday june 16th on denman island earlier in the day.

  49. May 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst 4-tet with Monik Nordine-sax and James McRae-drums. Friday June 7 – 8 pm – Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St, Victoria 250-388-9166 $15 at the door
    Saturday June 8 – 7:30 pm – Sylvan United Church 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay 743-4301 or 4659
    Sunday June 9 – 2 pm – Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Avenue, Crofton 250-324-2245 or info at 250-743-4301
    Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst duo/trio Tuesday June 11 8-10pm Acme Restaurant – downstairs room, 14 Commercial St. Nanaimo 250-753-2023
    Thursday June 13th Avalanche Grill 275 8th street. Courtney 250-331 0334
    Friday June 16th Denman Island Hall. 8 pm

  50. January 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Solo Jazz piano concert with New York great George Colligan 4pm Sat Jan.26/13 at Allison Piano 2328 Government St. 20.adults/10. students
    retain ticket for 50% off concert with trio at Hermann’s at 8pm.

  51. June 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

    If you love Jazz, consider learning to play yourself, and sign-up for the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Summer Jazz Academy! We’ve got Junior & Senior Jazz Workshops from July 4-9. Would be great to see and hear you there!

    Blaine

  52. Kelby
    September 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Great! Thanks for setting this up Rick!

    Happening!

    let me know if I can help,

    Kelby

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