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  1. July 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Quadwrangle Music Productions in Nanaimo is proud to announce the association of three of North America’s premier jazz musicians who have come together to create a shortly to be recorded album. Pete Magadini from San Franciso & Montreal, one of the most respected drummers and in jazz today and author of numerous books on jazz drumming who has played with artists as diverse as Diana Ross and Bobby Gentry to George Duke, John Handy, Mose Allison, Chet Baker etc. etc. will join forces with Juno award winner Ken Lister, one of Canada’s most in demand bass players and the outstanding, award winning guitarist Reg Schwager, from Ontario to record a new album “Outside in the Present”.

    We have partnered with Pledgemusic.com to offer a pre-sale of this album, that is to be released later this year and would be grateful for your support as we watch this exciting project grow.

    We are also offering some very exclusive musical and art based items in our Pledgemusic store which we are sure that you will drool over! It is not commonly known but Pete Magadini is also a highly accomplished abstract artist, and some of his work is available for sale. A percentage of sales will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation – long may it flourish!

    To purchase this CD now, or for further details, please follow this link: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/magadini

    Many thanks for looking – Luis Porretta

  2. Jeff Agopsowicz
    July 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    The Jeff Agopsowicz Sextet makes its debut performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria (753 View Street) on July 15 at 8:00 PM for an evening of jazz classics sprinkled with Jeff’s original compositions. For Jeff, who heads this group playing trombone, it is a return to Victoria after several years away. He spent several years in Victoria as a member of the Naden Band and was then posted to Winnipeg for a few years. He is recently retired from military life and is settling and playing in the Courtenay, BC area. Jeff is joined by Victoria locals Bruce Hurn on the trumpet and Peter Jones on the piano. Bruce has been a fixture in Victoria’s music scene for over two decades and is currently co director of the Monday Night Big Band at Hermann’s. Peter studied at UVic with Ian McDougall and currently plays around town on both trombone and piano. Also local are Ross MacDonald on bass and Richard Lang on drums. Richard and Ross both currently serve in the Naden Band and are former bandmates for Jeff. Rounding out the group is Claudio Fantinato on saxophone. Claudio, a Qualicum Beach resident, is a familiar face to up island musical audiences.
    Join them for an evening of sextet jazz classics sprinkled with vibrant original compositions!

  3. Ron Joiner
    June 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Victoria guitarist/vocalist Wes Carroll’s original compositions are intended to surprise and intrigue his audiences, he says.

    Carroll, a recent graduate in jazz studies from Vancouver Island University and winner of the 2010 Victoria Jazz Society Daryl Mar scholarship, says he uses swings of volume, groove and emotion to reach his fans.

    His Confabulation quartet, with saxophonist Monik Nordine, keyboardist Tony Genge and drummer Jon Miller, will take to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday June 28 to deliver “a mix of originals and arranged standards, stretching out into a world of hip-hop rhythms and modern harmony while not losing their firm footing in post-bop, classic jazz and the blues,” Carroll writes.

    The performance is the last of the season for the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. It will resume in September.

    Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour on Sunday.

    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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  4. June 16, 2015 at 10:57 am

    rene worst and jennifer scott in concert friday june 19th 8pm @ acme downstairs room in nanaimo.. 14 commercial st – right in the heart of d-town nanaimo.. 15$ i have heard thru the grapevine that monik nordine will be appearing with them in this intimate setting as well…
    f you like listening to great music by a couple of wonderful people and engaging musicians – consider coming out to see them perform!

    advance tickets can be gotten at fascinating rhythm – music store @ 51 commercial st. 716-9997.

    for further info on their music you can visit their individual websites – http://www.jenniferscott.ca and http://www.reneworst.com,

  5. June 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Nick La Riviere: Another Time Around CD RELEASE with opening guest West My Friend
    Dates: July 24th & 25th
    Time: 8pm
    Tickets: $20 ($15/students) at the door
    Reservations: Email info@hermannsjazz.com to reserve seats – highly recommended!
    Venue: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St, 250-388-9166
    Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/396984433821055/
    More info at: http://www.NickLaRiviere.com

    1 Minute album/band promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBU5LW5HwZY

    Join Nick La Riviere, Aidan Miller, Kelly Fawcett, Damian Graham, and Sean Drabitt for the release of Nick’s long-awaited original album.

    This launch party features opening guests West My Friend, as well as some awesome special guests, door prizes, and of course some great music.

    Reservations are highly recommended – email info@hermannsjazz.com

    Composer, arranger, performer, singer, trombonist, band leader, conch shell player, bass player: Nick La Riviere is already well known in many circles as one of BC’s busiest musicians. As a sideman, Nick has performed with award winning artists of many genres – Michael Kaeshammer, Nikki Yanofsky, The Temptations, Adonis Puentes, The Paperboys, to name a few. He regularly plays R&B, folk, funk, latin, klezmer, jazz, pop; pretty much everything. Nick’s musical travels have taken him all over Canada, the USA, and as far as Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, and more. He also teaches a 16 piece R&B band, leads a few bands of his own, and performs often on a nightly basis.

    With the release of Another Time Around, Nick prepares to take the musical world by storm with his own unique brand of genre-bending music. Every song on the album is original, with a blend of influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Jamiroquai to Ben Folds to Paul Simon. The album features a dizzying array of tempos, styles, and unexpected twists – all while driving forward with a cohesive unified sound. This is the album for everyone who likes variety in a performance – versatile musicians who can go from playing a heavy funky rock number right to a dynamic 12/8 ballad, or a catchy classic R&B style sing along.

    ‘Another Time Around’ features a big sound and includes guests such as Michael Kaeshammer and Alpha Yaya Diallo. Tracks contain fun treats like a 22 piece choir, a multitude of trombones, and a string section. Juno nominated producer Joby Baker lends his talented ear to bring the mix to life. As a finishing touch the album cover features a ‘3 flip lenticular print’ – the viewer sees a different image depending on the viewing angle. Why? Because this album is exciting, fun, and different – so why stop at the audio?

    Complete Album Credits:
    Nick La Riviere (Vocals, Trombone, Conch Shells, Bass, Synth, additional Piano)
    Aidan Miller Piano, BKG Vocals, Synth, Hammond)
    Sean Drabitt (Bass)
    Damian Graham (Drums)
    Adam Dobres (Guitar)
    Michael Kaeshammer (Piano)
    Miguel Valdes (Trumpet, Congas, Percussion)
    Kali Moreno (BKG Vocals)
    Alpha Yaya Diallo (Guitar)
    Reuben Wier (Guitar)
    Julian Vitek (Violin, Viola)
    Andrew Greenwood (Tenor Sax)
    Aaron Scoones (BKG Vocals)
    Adrian Dolan (Violin)
    Ivonne Hernandez (Violin)
    Alasdair Money (Cello)

    All songs by Nick La Riviere, except one track by Nick La Riviere & Geoffrey Kelly

    Produced by Joby Baker

  6. Ron Joiner
    June 10, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Cuban-born pianist Pablo Cardenas has picked up a huge following among south Island fans of Afro-Cuban jazz since he moved to Victoria five years ago.

    Cardenas will perform a Latin-infused repertoire of jazz on Sunday afternoon, June 21, with bassist Peter Dowse and drummer Cyril Cyrus Lojda, at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    Besides teaching music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Larsen School of Music in Victoria and the Parksville Music Centre, Cardenas has performed with in a variety of south Island venues with such musicians as Miquelito Valdes, Adonis Puentes, Leon Torres, Lorraine Nygaard and the Commodores Big Band.

    Sunday’s performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  7. June 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

    BILL COON – jazz guitarist with Ken Lister (bass) and Geoff Bowen (drums). Juno nominated guitarist/ composer /arranger Bill Coon is one of Canada’s most highly respected and sought after musicians. He has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years and has worked with numerous jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Louis Stewart, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner, PJ Perry, Fred Stride, Denzal Sinclair, Karin Plato and Dee Daniels. His quartet performed at the Orpheum, opening for Dave Brubeck during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. At the Smoke ‘n Water restaurant. Pacific Shores Resort. Nanoose (just past the Rocking Horse Pub) Tickets: $15.00. Students: $10.00. At the door: $20.00. Available from the Smoke ‘n Water restaurant (250) 468-7192. Cranky Dog Music, Parksville. Or Luis Porretta (250) 760-0501

  8. Ron Joiner
    June 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    A crackerjack percussion duo will underpin the Doug Farr Quartet’s program of Latin-jazz pyrotechnics at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday June 14.

    Drummer Jon Miller, who led his own quartet at the pub last month, will be joined by conga player Pat Murphy, a former Los Angeles studio musician, in the band’s back line.

    Up front will be multi-instrumentalist Farr on organ and Rob Cheramy on guitar.

    Farr, who pub regulars know as the harmonica player during the regular Sunday jam sessions, has been teaching and performing on the Island for more than 30 years. He also plays piano, vibes, bass, guitar and flute as well as organ.

    Cheramy, also a member of Miller’s quartet, is one of the West Coast’s best jazz guitarists. He has played with such luminaries as Tommy Banks, Herb Ellis and Paul Horn.

    Conga player Murphy, in his years in Los Angeles, recorded with Tito Puente, Ringo Starr, Cher, Dr. John, David Foster and George Cables, to name a few. He moved to the south Island five years ago.

    Miller, before moving to Victoria in1999, lived in Montreal, Philadelphia and Amsterdam, performing in a wide range of ensembles. A graduate in jazz performance from McGill University, he has shared the stage with the likes of Jeff Healey, Charlie Hunter, P.J. Perry and Hugh Fraser.

    The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour. The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  9. Ron Joiner
    May 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Cuban-raised saxophonist Noedy Hechavarria Duharte brings his quartet to Crofton on Sunday June 7 for an afternoon of Afro-Cuban-flavoured jazz.

    Hechavarria Duharte, who was active in the Montreal jazz scene since his arrival in Canada in 2008, made his permanent home in Victoria in January. He has since played and performed with some of the Island’s most talented musicians.

    Sunday will be the Crofton Hotel Pub debut of his Noedy HD Quartet, which also includes guitarist Wes Carroll, bassist Rob Johnson and drummer Cyril Cyrus Lojda.

    Hechavarria Duharte, whose influences include tenor saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Joe Lovano, has performed with jazz artists such as John Pizzarelli and Rafael Zaldivar.

    Sunday’s performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $15. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  10. Ron Joiner
    May 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    The Commodores Big Band will show off its stage band chops at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday May 31.
    Perhaps Victoria’s most versatile big band, the Commodores plays a hugely varied repertoire of music suitable for dances and stage shows.
    The 18-piece band has been performing since 1975 when it was called the Coppertones. The Commodores name was chosen in 1984 to reflect Victoria’s nautical history, the band’s publicist said.
    The band, led by Mark Fraser for the past decade, is well known to ballroom dancers at Butchart Gardens, The Empress hotel, Crystal Garden, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Langford Legion and Edelweiss Club, and performs regularly on stage at the annual Oak Bay Tea Party and the Saanich Strawberry Festival, as well as at various private functions.
    The band’s vocalist, Kim Greenwood, a successful crossover artist equally at home in a big band or a classical ensemble, is on the voice faculty at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
    Band members are: pianist Val Turner, guitarist Liam Arthurs, bassist Don Fox, drummer Michael Clement; saxophonists Don Reksten, Ken Campbell, Brian McLagan, Don Hauser, Kelly Wood; trumpeters Ole Backhaus, Wayne Speller, Corrine Painter, Kevin Greenwood; and trombonists Sue McTaggart, Rick Morrison, Gerry Wolfe, Shawn Hamilton.
    The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.
    The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $15. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  11. Ron Joiner
    May 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The hard-driving, drummer-led Jon Miller Quartet will perform selections from its latest CD of original jazz at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday May 24.
    The Victoria-based band, with Monik Nordine on saxophones, Rob Cheramy on guitar and James Young on bass, has just released its latest CD, Three Days in Winter, a follow-up to its 2009 debut CD Orchidology.
    The recording features nine compositions, with contributions from each band member.
    The quartet continues to mine a mostly acoustic instrumental jazz vein while incorporating a host of outside influences, including blues, fusion and other forms of improvised music, the band’s publicist says.
    The concert 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  12. Ron Joiner
    May 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Nick La Riviere, arguably Victoria’s hottest trombonist, brings his 14-piece community band Soul Source to Crofton on Sunday May 17 for some hard-driving classic R & B.

    La Riviere, who performs somewhere almost every day and frequently tours across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, plays regularly with the international touring band The Paperboys and performs with many other bands including Michael Kaeshammer, Pretzel Logic and the Timebenders.

    Soul Source, which includes vocalists, saxes, trumpet and a five-piece rhythm section as well as La Riviere’s trombone, plays everything from Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams.

    The band has been rehearsing under the trombonist for weeks in anticipation of this semester-ending performance, one of the Jazz at Crofton series at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  13. May 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    The Victoria Jazz Orchestra with Mike Allen perform the music of Joe Henderson

    During the early part of his career living in NYC, Joe Henderson was part of group of musicians who met weekly to “work out” on their big band arrangements. It wasn’t until near the end of his career that Joe recorded what turned out to be the highly-acclaimed and influential album, “Joe Henderson Big Band” (Verve). On May 26 we will be performing selections from that album, and Mike Allen will be “playing” Joe’s part, which involves lots of soloing.

    During Mike’s private studies with Joe in 1996/97 Joe often spoke with great enthusiasm about the big band album project he had just completed, and what a thrill it was to reach his goal. Mike has been a proponent of his playing and compositional style since the late 1980s and says, “I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to join the VJO, led by saxophonist (and former student) Monik Nordine, in paying tribute to Joe’s accomplishment.”

  14. May 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Jennifer Scott at the Smoke ‘n Water Restaurant. Pacific Shores Resort. Nanoose Bay. , Sunday May 24th, 7:30pm. With Ken Lister (bass), Geoff Bowen (drums), Pat Coleman (guitar). “The finest Jazz Vocal Improviser in Canada”. Tickets $23.00, at the door $25.00. Students, $15.00. Tickets from Smoke ‘n Water (250) 468-7192, Cranky Dog Music, Parksville. or http://www.quadwranglemusic.com.

  15. May 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    The Nanaimo Musicians Association (NMA) Big Band are performing at the Smoke ‘n Water Restaurant, May 20th, 7:30pm. Featuring Sydney Needham (voice). Admission by donation! Call Smoke ‘n Water on (250) 468-7192, or sora@shaw.ca for details. Sure to be a exciting evening.

  16. Ron Joiner
    April 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Clarification: The Ralph Barrat concert at the Crofton Hotel Pub (see story below) is on Sunday May 10 from 2 p.m.

  17. Ron Joiner
    April 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    If you haven’t yet celebrated Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, here’s your chance.

    Comox Valley crooner Ralph Barrat returns to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday with the crackerjack Sharp Seven combo to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra’s legacy on the centenary of his birth.

    The performance, Barrat said, “is perfect timing for the band to recognize and honour the amazing songs and career of Frank Sinatra.”

    Barrat, whose vocal style is reminiscent of Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble, says he’ll transport his audience back to the Golden Age of Jazz with such songs as The Lady is a Tramp, Take the A-Train and Mack the Knife.

    And bring your dancing shoes, Barrat advises — it’s a great opportunity to try out the hardwood dance floor in front of the pub’s stage.

    His seven-piece Sharp Seven band is fronted by a stellar quartet of horn-men — trumpeter Jake Masri, saxophonists Jack Reynolds and Claudio Fontinato and trombonist Jeff Agopsowicz, the band’s newest member, who recently retired to the Comox Valley after 30 years with Canadian Armed Forces bands and a career with some of Canada’s top musicians.

    Pianist Michael Eddy, bassist Grahame Edwards and drummer Rob Peterson make up the band’s in-the-pocket rhythm section.

    The 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. Musicians are invited to join in jam session in the afternoon’s final hour.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  18. April 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Jon Miller Quartet
    New CD Pre-Release Event
    Saturday May 2 8pm Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre 1983 Fairfield Rd Victoria BC
    tel 250 598 7488 Cover $15/$10 CD Presales: $10

    Rob Cheramy Monik Nordine James Young Jon Miller

    CD Pre-sales of “Three Days in Winter” –featuring 9 new original compositions by some of the West coast’s finest jazz players and composers– will be on sale tonight only for a special price of $10. The event cover charge is $15 but will be reduced to $10 with purchase of a $10 CD pre-sale: Cover charge and pre-sale together for $20.
    CD pre-sale subscribers will get their copies of the new CD hand delivered hot off the press and will also get a reduced cover charge to the release party on Friday May 22 at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 8pm

    “Three Days in Winter” was recorded in three sessions this past December and February and features nine original jazz compositions by band members Jon Miller, Rob Cheramy, Monik Nordine and James Young. Produced by Jon Miller and engineered by Brent Jarvis at Habourview Studio, Esquimault BC. Featuring Rob Cheramy on guitar, Monik Nordine on alto and soprano saxes, James Young on upright bass and leader Jon Miller on drums. Jacket design by Victoria artist and musician Doug Galbraith. Read more on the new CD at jonmillerdrums@weebly.om

  19. Ron Joiner
    April 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Veteran mid-Island vocalist/guitarist Michael Patrick brings his trio to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday May 3 for an afternoon of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

    Patrick, born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, found his way to the Island 30 years ago and has played with numerous bands here since then, including Nanaimo’s The Brothers of Soul and Wunderbread.

    He moved back to the U.S. in 2008 but has now “returned to Vancouver Island for good,” he says.

    He’ll be joined on Sunday by bassist Neil Baird and drummer Graham Villette.

    The Jazz at Crofton series runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal.

    Musicians are invited to join in jam session in the afternoon’s final hour.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca.

  20. Ron Joiner
    April 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Effervescent songstress Sue Newman brings a ton of energy and a hot backup band, el Zocalo, to the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday April 26.

    The multi-talented singer, dancer, producer, director and performer will 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, which includes trumpeter Derrick Milton, guitarist 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.

    Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the final hour of the afternoon.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  21. April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

    HUGH FRASER with the Geoff Bowen Trio. Playing with Geoff Bowen (drums), Ken Lister (Bass) and Ian Sinclair (piano) this promises to be an evening to remember. APRIL 26th at the Smoke ‘n Water Restaurant. Pacific Shores Resort. (250) 468-7192 Tickets: $20.00 in advance, $24.00 at the door. Students $15.00 at (250) 468-7192 / http://www.ticketzone.com / 1-800-857-1402 / Fascinating Rhythm, Nanaimo / Cranky Dog Music, Parksville.

  22. April 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Trombone Wizard brings groovy and eclectic set to April Jazz Vespers Westshore gig

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent is pleased to bring back trombone wizard Nick LaRiviere and a fun new trio to the March installment of its ever popular Jazz Vespers Series. Including singer/pianist Ashley Wey and drummer Matt Pease, this group promises a groovy and eclectic set, sure to entertain!

    Jazz Vespers – Sunday, April 19, 7:00 PM
    Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View, Colwood
    Freewill offering – Abundant Parking

  23. April 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    On Tuesday April 28 at 7:30pm The Victoria Jazz Orchestra will be presenting an evening of Clark Terry, Billy Strayhorn and Benny Carter music. Alan Matheson will be conducting and soloing with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.

    Alan Matheson is a Canadian trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He studied with Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and graduated with a degree in performance. Alan currently teaches trumpet and jazz piano at the University of British Columbia and teaches in the jazz studies programs at Vancouver Community College and Capilano College in North Vancouver. He is the leader of his own big band, nonet and septet and has played with a wide variety of local groups including the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra.

    Alan has also directed the CBC Jazz Orchestra in broadcast tributes to Duke Ellington and Paul Whiteman. As musical director of the Festival Vancouver Big Band, Alan has conducted for Clark Terry, Phil Woods and Bud Shank. He has also performed with Mel Torme, Cleo Laine, Louis Bellson and Doc Cheatham. Alan has played at the Vancouver, Montreal and Paris jazz festivals and toured Sweden and Finland with Goran Larsen’s “Helsinki City Jazz Orchestra”. His compositions and arrangements have been played by Bud Shank, Clark Terry, percussionist Salvador Ferreras and french-hornist Martin Hackleman and, most recently, by the Houston Brass Sextet. Alan’s main musical influences are Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Bix Beiderbecke, Clark Terry and Woody Shaw.

    For more information on this event visit: http://www.hermannsjazz.com/

    For reservations email: info@hermannsjazz.com

  24. Gloria Collins
    April 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Jazz aficionados know that music from the Great American Songbook is timeless. Even pop singers like Lady Gaga, who has been turning out chart-busting hits with jazz legend Tony Bennett, are drawn to it.

    Now it’s Victoria singer Susannah Adams’s turn to carry the jazz torch when she lights up the stage at the Crofton Hotel Pub jazz series on Sunday April 19.

    Don’t let her youthful charm fool you. She is well steeped in the jazz genre, bringing soulful and insightful interpretations of the music that Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Diana Krall and Carmen McRae have made famous.

    Last year Adams opened the Victoria JazzFest 30th anniversary celebration at Centennial Square to wide acclaim. She performs regularly at O Bistro Lounge in Victoria and is in demand for private events.

    Adams found her calling for jazz in her 20s when she was introduced to the music of Billie Holiday and Miles Davies. Adams resonated so deeply with the music that she began her own love affair with jazz and was soon performing in venues across England. Over the past decade Susannah Adams has travelled the world to be mentored by jazz great Sheila Jordon, whose pure expression of creativity has been a constant inspiration.

    Now settled in Victoria with a husband and two children, Adams is ready to take Canada by storm. England’s loss is definitely our gain. Her obvious love of the jazz genre is immediately evident in her joyful and adventurous improvisations.

    Her quartet includes guitarist Rich Sanches, bassist Alec Lee and drummer Ron Joiner.
    The Crofton pub is at 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. Musicians are invited to sit in during a jam session in the final hour.

    For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  25. Ron Joiner
    April 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Jazz luminaries such as Diana Krall, Ingrid and Christine Jensen and Phil Dwyer are all alumni of the 18-piece NMA Band, which will showcase its current roster of future stars when it hits the stage at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday April 12.

    For 47 years, the 18-piece NMA — Nanaimo Musicians Association — Band has performed at big band jazz concerts and swing dance fund-raisers in the mid-Island region.

    Directed by Bryan Stovell, the band is made up of local professional musicians, Vancouver Island University music students and alumni and VIU professors. All share a love of big band music.

    Over the decades, the NMA has provided scholarships for music students and donated funds for equipment to school music programs at all levels.

    Band members are vocalist Sydney Needham; saxophonists Ron Gaucher, Bridget Deighton, Graham Shonwise, Theo Hughes-Ridgway and Brianne de Verteui; trumpeters Morris Macklin, Mike Irving, David Bamford and Dean Boland; trombonists Sean Stovell, Chris Hofstrand, Darren Nillson and Martin Pakocz; pianist/organist James Darling; guitarist Jesse Marshall; bassist Darin Nicolle; and drummer Hans Verhoeven.

    Sunday’s concert is part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series, which 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.

    Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the final hour of the afternoon.

    Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  26. March 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Two – yes, 2 nights at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria
    Andrew Homzy’s N.O.L.A. NightHawks
    Friday & Saturday April 17 & 18 – 7:30
    Hermann’s Jazz Club – the oldest jazz club in B.C..
    753 View Street, Victoria BC
    Tel: (250) 388-9166

    New Orleans Music and Traditional Jazz
    Swing, Blues, Funk, Joy and Happiness
    Music for Dancing and Contemplation

    http://www.homzy.ca

    In less than six months, they have played to sold-out and record-breaking audiences on Vancouver Island ranging from Courtenay to Nanaimo to Crofton and Mill Bay. Besides the jazz concert and dance format, Andrew Homzy’s N.O.L.A. NightHawks played a Jazz Vespers, interacting with the minister in exploring the spiritual and celebratory side of the music – Homzy’s wonderful arrangement of St. James Infirmary using a Bach chorale as a prelude being an example.

    Friday, April 17th, 2015 – Saturday, April 18th, 2015
    7:30

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    Andrew Homzy’s N.O.L.A. NightHawks – will soon cross the Malahat and play two Nights at Hermann’s in Victoria – 10 musicians playing a rich variety of New Orleans Music and Traditional Jazz

    Swing, Blues, Funk, Joy and Happiness

    Music for Dancing and Contemplation

    – Old songs made New.

    – New songs made Newer –

    Ranging from the traditional jazz repertoire to contemporary and popular New Orleans styles, Homzy’s NightHawks present familiar and new material in an exciting and fresh way through creative, interesting arrangements and a unique instrumentation:

    Musicians : Dean Boland & Alfons Fear, Trumpets – Darren Nilsson & Craig Burnett, Trombones – Larry Miller, Baritone Sax – Claudio Fantinato, Clarinet – Sean Robson, Bass – Andrew Janusson, Guitar – James McRae, Drums – ​Brian Whitty, OCV (Our Charming Vocalist) – Andrew Homzy, Piano & Arrangements

  27. RonJoiner
    March 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    In genres ranging from swing to Latin, from bebop to blues, the Codi Jazz Quintet blends vocals, horns and guitars with an in-the-pocket rhythm section to create a melodic, swinging sound.

    The five veteran multi-instrumentalists from the mid-Island will showcase their broad range of talents on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Mar. 29 as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series.

    Pianist Gary Hodi and flugelhorn player Colin Campbell contribute vocals to the mix. Saxophonist Claudio Fantinato, bassist Doug Gretsinger and drummer Wayne Finucan, once drummer for legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, round out the ensemble.

    The jazz series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday, will take a break next weekend for Easter, resuming on April 12 with the 17-piece Nanaimo Musicians Association Band (NMA).

    The Crofton pub is at 1534 Joan Ave, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10. Musicians are invited to sit in during a jam session in the final hour.

    For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  28. Ron Joiner
    March 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Victoria guitarist/arranger/vocalist Wes Carroll says he’s dedicated himself to surprising and intriguing jazz audiences with “swings of volume, groove and emotion” in his original creations.

    Carroll, winner of the Darryl Mar Victoria Jazz Society scholarship in 2010, will work his musical magic on the audience at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Mar. 22 with keyboardist Pat Courtin and drummer Cyril Lojda.

    Carroll graduated from the Vancouver Island University jazz studies program last year, where he studied under Island greats as Pat Coleman and Ken Lister.

    He lists a broad range of influences, from Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis, from Wes Montgomery to Tupac Shakur.

    In his first CD, “Off Pulse Quartet Live in Holland,” recorded two summers ago after a two-month stay in the Netherlands, he contributed his musicianship and five original tunes. He continues to compose and hone his style with projects on the go.

    This performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  29. March 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    March 20, Pianist, vocalist, composer and recording artist I’m performing a return gig at Winnipeg’s historic Fort Garry Hotel (Palm Room, lobby level). .
    My compilation CD, “TIME OUT 4 JAZZ” (Jazz, Jazz/Latin, Blues and one ‘Gospel influenced swing instrumental “Baptism’. is now available at McNally Robinson Bookssellers at Grant Park location. Featured with me on the album are some of jazzdom’s finest artists, including international artists Dave Young, bass; Terry Clark, drums; Walle Larsson, alto sax Eryn Vogn, flute and cellist Kiki Musumi.

    I wrote all the albums original tunes except one, written by my good, talented artist/composer, Georgia Ambrose.
    Peace, Love and all that good stuff!
    June “Pepper” Harris

  30. Ron Joiner
    March 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Victoria’s emerging Latin diva, Edie DaPonte, brings the supple rhythms and seductive lyrics of bossa nova to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Mar. 15.

    The house singer at Sidney’s Beacon Landing Lounge, DaPonte performs jazz standards as well as Latin and bossa favourites, accompanied by a stellar duo of Tom Vickery on piano and bassist Joey Smith switching to guitar for the occasion.

    DaPonte has been entertaining fans at a variety of south Island venues and concerts including the Victoria JazzFest and the Vancouver Latin Festival, singing in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

    The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  31. Ron Joiner
    February 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Victoria piano jazz guru George Essihos, who has taught and inspired scores of music students over the decades, plays jazz standards with his trio — with bassist Joey Smith and drummer Don Leppard — in a rare live performance at Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd., Mill Bay on Saturday Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Church Mice Productions concert series. Admission: $15 advance, $20 at door. Reservations/information: 259-324-1900 or 250-743-4659.

  32. Ron Joiner
    February 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    If you like Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme, you’ll enjoy the stylings of vocalist Ralph Barrat on Sunday Mar. 8 at the Crofton Hotel Pub.
    The Comox jazz singer, backed by a newly formed trio of Nanaimo musicians led by well-known keyboardist Marty Steele, will perform a repertoire of standards inspired by the great male vocalists of the past five decades.
    Barrat has been the vocalist for Comox’s Georgia Straight Big Band, the pianist and vocalist in Jazztet and The Jenn Forsland Group and most recently formed his own trio, which spent last winter playing in Bucerias, Mexico.
    Steele, arguably Nanaimo’s most versatile and busiest pianist, has played almost every venue possible in the Hub City over more than three decades.
    He’ll be joined by effervescent veteran drummer James McRae and hot young guitarist Andrew Janusson.
    The performance is part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series, which 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. Musicians are invited to sit in during the final hour of the afternoon.
    Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  33. February 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    On February 24 the Victoria Jazz Orchestra will be featuring composer Greg Bush and his new works for big band. http://www.hermannsjazz.com/pages/calendar.cfm

    The show is at Hermann’s Jazz Club and starts at 7:30, admission is at the door, $20 suggested donation.

  34. Ron Joiner
    February 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    You’ve never heard Gordon Lightfoot like this.

    A Nanaimo trio led by pianist Patrick Courtin will perform a jazz interpretation of many of your favourite Lightfoot tunes on Sunday Feb. 22 at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    Included in the program are such familiar songs as Early Mornin’ Rain, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Beautiful, Bitter Green and Rainy Day People, played with a novel jazz flavour.

    Courtin and other Nanaimo musicians, such as keyboardists Nico Rhodes and Marty Steele, contributed to the arrangements of the celebrated Canadian singer/songwriter’s tunes, as did the trio’s bassist/vocalist, Marisha Devoin, and its drummer, James McRae.

    The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs at the pub from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  35. February 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Take me to New Orleans – Shanna Dance and Jonnie Bridgman – Feb.21st, Hermanns Jazz Club

    Victoria Jazz musicians Shanna Dance and Jonnie Bridgman are hosting a tribute to New Orleans style music through the ages at Hermann’s on Feb. 21. The music ranges from Dixieland to Soulful R & B and funk. The concert will feature the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Dr. John, the Meters and more!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1415484622077468/

    Shanna Dance – vocals
    Jonnie Bridgman – Saxophones
    Thomas Kinzel – piano
    Ross MacDonald – bass
    Damian Graham – drums
    and lots of special guests!

    A portion of funds raised will help Jonnie and Shanna make their way to New Orleans to experience the music and culture this Spring.

    Tickets available at Larsen music and Hermanns Jazz club. Reservations highly recommended.

    Email info@hermannsjazz.com (preferred)
    or call 250-388-9166

    http://www.shannadance.ca

    http://www.jonniebmusic.com

    Where: Hermanns jazz club, 753 View street
    Tickets: $18 Adv, $20 door
    When: Saturday Feb. 21st, 2015, Doors 6:00pm, Music 8:00pm

  36. Ron Joiner
    February 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    An internationally renowned Montreal gypsy jazz guitarist will join a local saxophone prodigy on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Feb. 15 for an afternoon of musical pyrotechnics.

    Denis Chang, who has performed with a who’s who of musicians — from the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium in New York to violinist Mark O’Connor, from saxophonist James Carter to guitarist Frank Vignola — joins Nanaimo sax phenom Connor Stewart for the Crofton gig.

    Chang, who spent his formative years among the Europe’s gypsies immersing himself in the culture, has performed across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Japan, Britain and Taiwan and conducted extensive concert hall tours in Quebec, B.C. and Alberta.

    He met Stewart when the two were playing at last year’s Victoria Django Festival and asked him to sit in with his quartet on clarinet. This led to invitations to appear on saxophones with him at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival, record a CD and join him for concerts in Alberta and B.C., including this year’s fourth annual Django festival in Victoria.

    A south Island rhythm section will join the duo for the performance, one of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  37. February 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Peter Jones Trio
    Jazz Vespers Westshore
    Sun Feb 15 @7 p.m.
    Church of the Advent
    510 Mount View, Colwood
    Freewill Offering
    Abundant Parking

  38. Ron Joiner
    January 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

    If you like the way the drive, power and precision of a traditional big band fills a room like no other orchestra, you need to be at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Feb. 8.

    The 17-piece Arrowsmith Big Band — with five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and a four-piece rhythm section — will perform classic big band arrangements from Count Basie to the more contemporary stylings of today.

    Led by drummer Michael Wright, the Arrowsmith band is a showcase for the musical talents of professional musicians, school and university instructors and some of the area’s best student musicians.

    Formed three decades ago by well-known swing trumpeter and music teacher Bill Cave, the band has members from Oceanside, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Courtenay. They rehearse weekly in Qualicum Beach.

    The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  39. Ron Joiner
    January 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    The Karel Roessingh Trio, arguably Victoria’s most sophisticated practitioner of the art of the trio, brings its elegant brand of piano jazz to Crofton on Sunday Feb. 1.

    Led by prolific pianist/arranger Karel Roessingh, with bassist Joey Smith and drummer Damian Graham — both stars in their own right — the trio explores an eclectic repertoire from the Great American Songbook to the contemporary jazz idiom at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    Roessingh has played with everyone from Valdy to Ian McDougall, from Jan Arden to Bud Shank and Pat LaBarbera, and has composed extensively for film, television and video productions. His latest project was to co-produce and perform on Victoria vocalist Maureen Washington’s CD “Christmas Is.”

    Born in Tennessee, Joey Smith met his future wife three decades ago when he came to Victoria during a lengthy tour as bassist and arranger with the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra. The couple married in Victoria and Smith, after taking a post-graduate course at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., settled in Victoria with his bride.

    Since then, Smith has been a first-call bassist in Victoria, and plays, records and arranges regularly with such groups as The Bills and The Marc Atkinson Trio. On the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music in the jazz studies department, he has also arranged for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

    Damian Graham has performed all over North American and Europe, working with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Michael Kaeshammer, The Paperboys, David Gogo, Marc Atkinson, Pat Coleman and Phil Dwyer.

    The Jazz at Crofton series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in a jam session during the last hour.

    The 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  40. Ron Joiner
    January 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Bassist Ben Dwyer’s love of jazz came early — he grew up in a home filled with its rhythms and harmonies .
    Dwyer, son of internationally acclaimed saxophonist/composer Phil Dwyer of Qualicum Beach, was surrounded by his dad’s musical colleagues from an early age.
    As a result, Dwyer, 20, who now lives and performs in Montreal, has played and studied with such highly respected artists as Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Ken Lister and Jodi Proznick.
    His trio, with guitarist Tristan Paxton and drummer Kai Basanta, returns to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Jan. 25 for what Dwyer promises will be a mixture of jazz standards, original tunes and perhaps some free improvisation as well.
    As Crofton regulars will recall, Basanta and Millerd were the sidemen the last time Dwyer’s trio played at the pub last August.
    Paxton, a graduate of McGill University’s jazz program, now lives in Vancouver where he is a top-call guitarist.
    Millerd and Basanta play with Dwyer in two bands in Montreal and are part of a larger music community that Dwyer says stemmed from Resonance Café, a venue that opened a couple of years ago.
    “It was started by two jazz musicians,” Dwyer said, “and it continues to be a place where artists are free to express themselves however they feel necessary.”
    Jazz at the Crofton Hotel Pub, at 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal, continues every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour.
    Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.
    Jazz at the Crofton Hotel, at 1534 Joan Ave., next to the Saltspring Island ferry terminal, continues every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245.

  41. January 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    This Thursday! January 15! The Simon Millerd Quartet will be joining us for our fundraiser along with special guests. Originally from Saltspring island, Simon has been living in Montreal where he is on the forefront of the creative music scene. He plays beautiful, introspective and lyrical trumpet that is inviting and inspiring. Joining him will be Conrad Good (bass) Dan Reynolds (piano) and Adam Cormier (drums). They will feature music from a recent recording, weaving original compositions with freely improvised passages. The music will also be opened up to invite guests from past and upcoming concerts to be featured in a jam session format.

    This series would not be possible without the support of generous donors. We will be accepting tax deductible donations at this series fundraiser so we can keep bringing the Roedde House to life with music.

    About the Jazz Concert Series at Roedde House:
    This concert is part of a monthly concert series, taking place on the 2nd Thursday of each month, in the evening. Come by at 6:30pm to explore the main floor of this unique heritage house. Tea & cookies served at intermission.

    Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1072328

  42. Ron Joiner
    January 8, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Victoria bassist Tim Croft’s lively gypsy jazz trio is inspired by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt.

    But the Trio Swing Futur, which plays the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Jan. 18, doesn’t limit itself to the Django songbook — as well as jazz standards, its repertoire is inspired by traditional French gypsy, swing, musette and even Bach and the Beatles.

    Since arriving on the West Coast almost five years ago, Croft has performed at Victoria’s International Jazz Festival, Rifflandia, Djangofest and the Montreal Jazz Festival and plays regularly up and down the Island most weekends.

    Rounding out the trio are Wes Carroll on guitar and Paul Smith 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.

  43. January 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Fast-paced, Intricate, and Inventive – Toronto’s Peripheral Vision returns to Jazz Vespers, Westshore

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent’s ever popular Jazz Vespers series continues this month with Peripheral Vision, one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy.

    Peripheral Vision was recently featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival, where Scott’s piece, Backbone, took home the Galaxie Rising Star Award for best composition.

    While the compositions are Herring and Scott’s, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960’s jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process.

    This no-holds-barred philosophy is at the root of Peripheral Vision’s explosive performances. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this outstanding band!

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    DETAILS
    Peripheral Vision
    Jazz Vespers Westshore
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 @7 p.m.
    Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View, Colwood
    Freewill Offering
    Abundant Parking

  44. Ron Joiner
    December 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

    If you like Diana Krall or Thelonious Monk or anyone in between, you’ll enjoy the Jo Deslippe Quartet.

    With influences such as Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie and a repertoire that extends even to Van Morrison and Glen Campbell, the vocalist/pianist and her quartet expand the meaning of the Great American Songbook.

    With saxophonist Devan Bailey, double bassist John Robertson and drummer Ron Joiner, the quartet will perform its eclectic repertoire at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Jan 11 as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series.

    Noted for her innovative piano stylings and rich, warm vocals, Deslippe (formerly Jo Wright) is a classically trained pianist. She moved to the Cowichan Valley four years ago from Stratford, Ont., where she played for the Stratford Festival for two decades and performed in several jazz bands.

    She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and Brock University and has music performance and teaching diplomas from the Western Conservatory of Music.

    The Crofton series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited to join in 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  45. Ron Joiner
    December 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Say farewell to talented multi-instrumentalist John Lee.

    Lee’s gig on drums at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Jan. 4 will be his last before returning to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston to complete his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance on double bass. He is also an accomplished pianist.

    Led by guitarist Andrew Janusson with bassist Sean Drabitt and and saxophonist Graham Shonwise, the quartet will explore a selection of hard-hitting bebop tunes with an emphasis on the oeuvre of saxophonist Charlie Parker.

    After a year’s sabbatical, Lee, of Nanaimo, one of the best of Canada’s young jazz musicians, returns to school on a full scholarship from the Slaight Family Music Scholarship for Canadian high school students.

    In his short career, he has performed in many high-profile events and venues in such cities as Toronto, New York City, Boston, Vancouver and Washington, D.C., and is familiar to jazz fans up and down the Island. He has shared the stage with such international jazz artists as Cyrus Chestnut, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen and Phil Dwyer.

    Janusson, a recent graduate from the jazz program at Vancouver Island University, studied under such Island luminaries as guitarist Pat Coleman and bassist Ken Lister and has performed extensively up and down the Island.

    Shonwise, of Nanaimo, also VIU jazz program grad, is quickly becoming an in-demand performer, and has played with such stellar Island musicians as drummer Hans Verhoeven and bassist Ken Lister.

    Drabitt, a fixture on Victoria’s jazz scene for almost 25 years, was recently chosen as his hometown’s Jazz Musician of the Year by readers of the weekly Monday Magazine.

    The Crofton series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in 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 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  46. December 16, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Impressions of Lightfoot
    Jazz interpretation of
    Gordon Lightfoot music and more

    Patrick Courtin – piano
    Marisha Devoin – bass
    James McRae – drums

    10$ all shows

    Friday Dec 26th 8-11pm
    Hermanns Jazz Club
    753 View St, Victoria 388-9166

    Saturday Dec 27th 730- 10pm
    Acme Downstairs Room
    14 Commercial St, Nanaimo 753-0042

    Sunday Dec 28th 230- 430pm
    St. Philips by the Sea 390-3641
    7113 Lantzville Road, Lantzville

    The Trio of Patrick Courtin – piano, Marisha Devoin – bass/vocals and James McRae – drums, will be performing 3 concerts doing a “jazz interpretation” of Gordon Lightfoot songs. A few other local Nanaimo musicians have also contributed to the arrangements, Nico Rhodes and Marty Steele along with the Trio’s personal arrangements. We will be playing and improvising on songs like Early Mornin’ Rain, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Beautiful, Bitter Green, Rainy Day People and etc. etc. in a novel and unusual manner for anyone receptive to Gordon Lightfoot’s music done within a jazz context.

  47. James Stewart
    December 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    THE TRIADICALLY HIP
    Conn Stewart (Horns/Vocals), James Darling (Organ/Organ Bass), James McRae (Drums)

    Georgia Straight Jazz Society @ The Avalanche
    Thursday, Dec. 11th, 7:30 p.m., Courtenay

    Three talented musicians active on the Vancouver Island jazz scene began meeting weekly and discovered an exciting musical synergy demanding wider hearing. Drawing on the blues, bop, hard bop, standards, funk and popular music, The Triadically Hip, featuring Connor Stewart (horns/vocals), James Darling (organ/organ bass), and James McRae (drums), apply the rhythms, harmonies, and colourings of the jazz idiom to a broad range of songs with strong melodies. This time out they’ve selected works by Zoot Sims/Roger Kellaway, Bill Lee, Rodgers & Hammerstein/John Coltrane, Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, Christian McBride, Bobby Capo, Plas Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Connor Stewart, Milt Jackson, Sly & the Family Stone, Horace Silver, and Henry Warren/Al Dubin, delivering their high energy organ trio sound and song treatments in a show described as “a musical feast for jazz lovers.”

    Award winning multi-instrumentalist/vocalist CONNOR STEWART is no stranger to Georgia Straight Jazz Society audiences, appearing for them at 15 in Arrowsmith Big Band, on lead alto at 16 in NMA Big Band, and on tenor sax at 17 leading Boss Tenors – “You could go to Chicago, New York, or London, and hear no better jazz” (Malcolm Holt GSJS President), and clarinet with Andrew Homzy’s NOLA NightHawks. He has played B.C’s major jazz venues, in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Boston, New York, and with Gordon Goodwin, Phil Dwyer, Denis Chang, Miles Black, Miguelito Valdes, Ken Lister, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst and others. This past summer he performed at the Montreal, Victoria, and Beaches (Toronto) International Jazz Festivals, recorded in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and heads out again mid-December for six weeks playing in New Orleans.

    A new/old face to Vancouver Island audiences, JAMES DARLING is a revelation to music fans rediscovering, or discovering him for the first time. Beginning piano at age 6, he is a graduate of the VIU Jazz program where he studied with Phil Dwyer and Bob Murphy. He led the James Darling Trio, played with Summer and the Sinners, and performed for a decade on cruise ships. Recently returned to the island, he’s been busy teaching, and entertaining with the NMA Big Band, Boss Tenors, The Hans Verhoeven Quartet, The Michael Patrick Quartet, and The Triadically Hip among others. One of the rare successful practitioners of demanding left-hand organ bass, the audience is sure to be entertained by his feeling and virtuosity on the Nord C2D Dual Manual Organ in his first Avalanche appearance.

    Veteran drummer and songwriter/arranger JAMES McRAE also needs no introduction to Comox Valley jazz audiences, having performed there many times over the years with a number of bands. He has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and with a long list of B.C. jazz and music luminaries including Miles Black, Ken Lister, Phil Dwyer, David Vest, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Marc Atkinson, Mike Allen, and Ross Taggart. He has led or played in jazz, Latin, Caribbean, funk, pop, country, and rock bands, recorded a CD and played on a number of other musicians’, and produced well-received tributes to jazz legends Horace Silver, Carlos Jobim, Jimmy McHugh, and Jimmie Smith. He is also known as a supportive mentor to a number of outstanding young musicians who have appeared at the Avalanche.

  48. James Stewart
    December 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    THE TRIADICALLY HIP
    Conn Stewart (Horns/Vocals), James Darling (Organ/Organ Bass), James McRae (Drums)

    Sunday Jazz at Crofton
    Sunday, Dec. 14, 2:00 p.m., Crofton Hotel

    Three talented musicians active on the Vancouver Island jazz scene began meeting weekly and discovered an exciting musical synergy demanding wider hearing. Drawing on the blues, bop, hard bop, standards, and popular music, The Triadically Hip, featuring CONNOR STEWART (horns/vocals), JAMES DARLING (organ/organ bass), and JAMES McRAE (drums), apply the rhythms, harmonies, and colourings of the jazz idiom to a broad range of songs with strong melodies. This time out they’ve selected works by Zoot Sims/Roger Kellaway, Bill Lee, Rodgers & Hammerstein/John Coltrane, Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, Christian McBride, Bobby Capo, Plas Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Connor Stewart, Milt Jackson, Sly & the Family Stone/Christian McBride, Horace Silver, and Henry Warren/Al Dubin, delivering their high energy organ trio sound and song treatments in a show described as “a musical feast for jazz lovers.”

    Award winning multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter CONNOR STEWART is no stranger to Sunday Jazz at Crofton audiences, first drawing attention at 3rd set jams at 15, then leading the Connor Stewart Quintet, NJaM, and Boss Tenors, and in Full Moon Quintet and NMA Big Band. He will appear again in the spring with Montreal gypsy guitarist Denis Chang, Andrew Homzy’s NOLA Nighthawks, and NMA. Now 17, he has played B.C’s major jazz venues, in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Boston, and New York, and with Gordon Goodwin, Phil Dwyer, Denis Chang, Miles Black, Miguelito Valdes, Ken Lister, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Ian McDougall, Patrick Boyle, Sean Drabitt and others. This past summer he performed at the Victoria, Montreal, and Beaches (Toronto) International Jazz Festivals, recorded in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and leaves tonight for 6 weeks playing in New Orleans.

    A new/old face to Vancouver Island audiences, JAMES DARLING is a revelation to music fans rediscovering, or discovering him for the first time. Beginning piano at age 6, he is a graduate of the VIU Jazz program where he studied with Phil Dwyer and Bob Murphy. He led the James Darling Trio, played with Summer and the Sinners, and performed for a decade on cruise ships. Recently returned to the island, he’s been busy teaching, and entertaining with the NMA Big Band, Boss Tenors, The Hans Verhoeven Quartet, The Michael Patrick Quartet, and The Triadically Hip among others. One of the rare successful practitioners of demanding left-hand organ bass, jazz fans are sure to be entertained by his second appearance at Crofton on the Nord C2D Dual Manual Organ.

    Veteran drummer and songwriter/arranger JAMES McRAE also needs no introduction to the Crofton Hotel jazz audience, having performed there as a leader or sideman with a number of bands. He has played at numerous jazz festivals and with a long list of B.C. jazz and music luminaries including David Vest, Miles Black, Ken Lister, Phil Dwyer, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Marc Atkinson, Mike Allen, Ross Taggart and others. He has led or played in jazz, latin, Caribbean, funk, pop, country, and rock bands, recorded his own CD and played on many others’, and produced well-received tributes to jazz legends Horace Silver, Carlos Jobim, Jimmy McHugh, and Jimmie Smith. James is also known for being a supportive mentor to a number of outstanding young musicians who have played at Crofton.

  49. Ron Joiner
    December 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Three talented Island musicians say they discovered a unique musical synergy when they began meeting weekly this year.

    The trio will showcase that synergy in the rhythms, harmonies and colourings of the jazz idiom at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Dec. 14, the last of this year’s Jazz at Crofton weekly series.

    Calling themselves the Triadically Hip, saxophonist Connor Stewart, keyboardist James Darling and drummer James McRae plan to explore some of the more melodic works of such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Horace Silver.

    Well known to regular fans of the series, Stewart burst onto the Island jazz scene two years ago at age 15, sitting in on the regular jam sessions in the final hour. He has since played at B.C.’s major jazz venues, playing last summer at jazz festivals in Victoria, Montreal, Toronto and New York. He’s about to begin a six-week stint performing in New Orleans.

    Darling, a skilled practitioner of the demanding left-hand organ bass, recently returned to the Island after a successful career performing on cruise ships. He appeared at the pub twice in November, as keyboardist with Nanaimo’s NMA Big Band and playing piano with the Hans Verhoeven Quartet.

    McRae is also a familiar figure to the Crofton jazz audience, having performed at the pub with a number of bands and musicians including Miles Black, Ken Lister and Jennifer Scott.

    The jazz series, which resumes in early January, runs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Musicians are invited to sit in for a jam session during the final hour.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  50. Ron Joiner
    November 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Nanaimo’s newest quartet, led by drummer Hans Verhoeven, will perform some of the little-known tunes of the jazz oeuvre at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Dec. 7.

    Verhoeven, a graduate of McGill University’s jazz performance program and the drum instructor in jazz studies at Vancouver Island University, is also one of the most sought-after drummers on the south Island.

    With saxophonist Graham Shonewise, pianist James Darling and bassist Ken Lister, the quartet will explore some of the lesser-known compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Sam Rivers, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis and Jeff Watts.

    The 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.

    Musicians are invited to sit in for a jam session during the final hour.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel.ca/entertainment.

  51. Rick Gibbs
    November 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Jazz Carols Come Just In Time For Christmas
    A perfect evening to get you in the Christmas spirit—and a chance to pick up unique music stocking-stuffers.

    Victoria, BC – November 25, 2014 – Did you know that, before now, there seems to have been only one jazz collection of Christmas carols? Hard to believe, perhaps, given that there are hundreds—perhaps thousands—of collections of Christmas music by jazz musicians.

    But the surprising fact is that the Bob Watts Trio 2010 album Jazz for Christmas appears to be the only jazz album that focuses purely on Christmas carols, reinterpreting them as jazz standards.

    At least, it was the only jazz carol album—until now.

    On Sunday, December 7th, at 7:30, the Bob Watts Trio will be releasing their new CD, Jazz for Christmas 2, with a concert at St. Philip Anglican Church in Oak Bay, Victoria.

    The Bob Watts Trio is:
    – Pablo Cardenas on piano
    – Ross Macdonald on bass
    – Bob Watts on drums

    Pablo Cardenas is the leader of the West Coast Cuban Allstars and the Pablo Cardenas Afro-Latin Band. Since arriving in Canada from Cuba in 2010, he has been teaching and has performed with Gergana Velinova, Adonis Puentes, Maureen Washington, Phil Dyer, Damian Graham, Sara Vardy, Miguelito Valdes and many other accomplished musicians. His Project Fusion who recently performed at the Victoria Jazz Festival 2012.You can find out more about Pablo at http://pablocardenaspiano.wordpress.com.

    Ross Macdonald is a Victoria bassist whose musical skills have taken him around the world, playing music in Dubai at the 7 star Burj al Arab, the tallest hotel in the world, and cruising on the world’s only residence ship, The World. He currently plays the bass full-time with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. Find out more about Ross at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossmacdonaldbass.

    Bob Watts is a veteran of the jazz scenes in both Victoria and Winnipeg. He created the monthly Jazz Vespers series at St. Philip Church, playing with notable Victoria musicians Joey Smith, Bruce Meikle, Tom Vickery, Karel Roessingh, Rob Cheramy and Tony Genge.

    The carols on Jazz for Christmas 2 include both classic and newer carols:
    – Deck the Halls
    – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
    – Away In A Manger
    – Good Christian People Rejoice
    – Silent Night
    – Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy
    – Brightest and Best
    – Long Time Ago In Bethlehem
    The CD also includes a bonus track, “Hymn to Freedom”.

    Admission by donation.
    Jazz for Christmas 2 CDs available for $15.
    Limited numbers of Jazz for Christmas 1 CDs are also available for $15.

    event location:
    St. Philips Anglican Church
    2928 Eastdowne Rd.
    Oak Bay
    Victoria, BC V8R 5R8

    date & time:
    Sunday, December 7, 7:30 pm

    for more information contact:
    Bob Watts
    250-370-0545
    vw528@yahoo.ca

    – end –

  52. Ron Joiner
    November 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Victoria’s busiest trombonist, Nick La Riviere, who performs somewhere almost every day, who frequently tours across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, who plays regularly with the international touring band The Paperboys and who performs with many other bands including Michael Kaeshammer, Pretzel Logic and the Timebenders . . . somehow finds time to mentor a couple of community bands as well.

    On Sunday Nov. 30, he brings one of them, Soul Source, to Crofton for some hard-driving classic R & B.

    The 14-piece band, which includes three vocalists, saxes, trumpet and a five-piece rhythm section as well as La Riviere’s trombone, has been rehearsing under the trombonist for weeks in anticipation of this performance on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage.

    La Riviera promises an afternoon filled with R & B favourites, golden oldies and vocals for listening and, better still, dancing on the pub’s hardwood dance floor.

    And as always, musicians are invited to sit in during a jam session in the final hour of the afternoon.

    The 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.

  53. November 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Andrew Homzy’s N.O.L.A. NightHawks – 10 Musicians
    Saturday November 15th – 7 pm
    JAZZ VESPERS -MILL BAY
    985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd
    New Orleans Music and Traditional Jazz
    Swing, Blues, Funk, Joy and Happiness
    Music for Dancing and Contemplation

    Admission: BY DONATION

    ​For more information: 250-667-0238

    Ranging from the traditional jazz repertoire to contemporary and popular New Orleans styles, Homzy’s NightHawks present familiar and new material in an exciting and fresh way through creative, interesting arrangements and a unique instrumentation of two trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, baritone sax and a four-piece rhythm section.Popular and contemporary New Orleans pieces such as The Meters’ Cissy Strut and Randy Newman songs are yanked-in to the jazz world, while a piece by Lillian Hardin Armstrong – yes, Louis’ wife – is transformed into an engaging rhumba replete with collective improvisation.Classic jazz pieces associated with Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael sit alongside those of Wynton Marsalis and Thelonious Monk.

    Andrew Homzy and his NightHawks bring all the music associated with and inspired by New Orleans to one place – without the restriction of categories.

    This Jazz Vespers performance will be without OCV – Our Charming Vocalist.

    Musicians :

    Dean Boland & Greg Bush – Trumpets
    Darren Nilsson & Craig Burnett – Trombones
    Larry Miller – Baritone Sax
    Connor Stewart – Clarinet
    Sean Robson – Bass
    Andrew Janusson – Guitar
    James McRae – Drums
    ​Brian Whitty, OCV (Our Charming Vocalist)
    Andrew Homzy – Piano & Arrangements

  54. Gloria Collins
    November 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Cowichan’s newest jazz ensemble performs benefit for Food Bank
    Nov. 23, 7 to 9 p.m., Duncan United Church, 146 Ingram St. $15

    Pianist/vocalist Jo Wright is one of the Cowichan Valley Food Bank’s biggest fans.

    The Duncan pianist/vocalist volunteers weekly at the food bank, but wanted to do something more. So she offered to organize a fund-raising concert featuring her new quintet.

    “It’s the first time anyone has held a concert on our behalf,” says Colleen Fuller, manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, which runs the food bank. “I was thrilled when she suggested it. To receive the gift of music is very special indeed.”

    With her rich, warm vocals, Wright will offer a nostalgic trip through the Great American songbook along with hits from the Beatles and even Glen Campbell. The classically trained pianist played at the Stratford Festival for 20 years and also led several jazz bands before moving to the valley four years ago.

    Wright will be backed by well-known valley musicians saxophonist Devan Bailey, guitarist Geoff Johnson, bassist John Robertson and drummer Ron Joiner.

    “As a society, we aren’t allowed to raise money, so we depend on the community and local businesses for their generous contributions of food and cash donations, which help keep the operation going,” says Fuller.

    “It’s this kind of support that allows the society to distribute 1,200 hampers each month to needy individuals and families — a third of whom are children.”

    The society also serves 150 to 200 lunches six days a week.

    Fuller says cash donations are especially helpful because they allow the society to purchase meat, milk, cheese and other protein foods that aren’t usually donated.

    “With cash, we can buy wholesale, which makes our dollars go even farther,” she said.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Duncan United Church on Ingram Street from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, or at the Cowichan Food Basket Society, 5810 Garden St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  55. Ron Joiner
    November 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

    A Nanaimo big band helped launch the careers of such jazz luminaries as Diana Krall, Ingrid and Christine Jensen and Phil Dwyer.

    All are alumni of the band, which will showcase its current roster of future stars when it hits the stage at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Nov. 23.

    For 47 years, the 18-piece NMA — Nanaimo Musicians Association — Band has performed at big band jazz concerts and swing dance fund-raisers in the mid-Island region.

    It is comprised of local professional musicians, Vancouver Island University students and alumni and VIU professors. All share a love of big band music.

    Over the decades, the NMA has provided scholarships for music students and donated funds for equipment to school music programs at all levels.

    Band members are vocalist Sydney Needham; saxophonists Connor Stewart, Ron Gaucher, Bridget Deighton, Theo Hughes-Ridgway and Rod Alsop; trumpeters Morris Macklin, Mike Irving, David Bamford and Dean Boland; trombonists Sean Stovell, Chris Hofstrand, Darren Nillson and Martin Pakocz; pianist James Darling; guitarist Jesse Marshall; bassist Darin Nicolle; and drummer Hans Verhoeven.

    Sunday’s concert is part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series, which 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.

    Musicians are invited to sit in during the final hour of the afternoon.

    Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245.

  56. Ron Joiner
    November 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    If you’re a fan of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme or Harry Connick Jr., you’ll enjoy the stylings of vocalist Ralph Barrat on Sunday Nov. 16 at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    The Comox jazz singer, backed by a trio led by Victoria pianist Tom Vickery, will perform a repertoire of standards inspired by the great male vocalists of the past five decades.

    Barrat has been the vocalist for Comox’s Georgia Straight Big Band, the pianist and vocalist in Jazztet and The Jenn Forsland Group and most recently formed his own trio, which spent last winter playing in Bucerias, Mexico.

    Vickery, host of Victoria’s longest running weekly gig, the Thursday night jazz jam at Hermann’s Jazz Club, for more than 25 years, will be joined by saxophonist Ron Johnson and drummer James McRae.

    The weekly Jazz at Crofton 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.

    Musicians are invited to sit in during the final hour of the afternoon.

    Admission is $10. For information, phone 250-324-2245.

  57. November 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Jarvis and Nordine mark Jazz Vespers WestShore 10th Anniversary service

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent presents The Monik Nordine/Brent Jarvis Duo for the 10th Anniversary instalment of its ever popular Jazz Vespers Series.

    Two of Victoria’s most creative and sensitive jazz musicians, this collaborative duo is an intimate and interactive music experience that captures this small group format’s unique potential.

    Together, these two master improvisers and interpreters promise an evening of musical introspection, interplay, and exploration perfectly suited to the Jazz Vespers format.

    DETAILS
    Jazz Vespers with Monik Nordine, Sax and Brent Jarvis, Piano
    Sunday, November 16, 7:00 PM
    Church of the Advent
    510 Mount View, Colwood (behind the Shell/Payless gas station on Sooke Road)

  58. October 30, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Andrew Homzy’s N.O.L.A. NightHawks – 10 Musicians
    Saturday November 29 – 7:30
    Best Western Dorchester Hotel – Nanaimo
    70 Church St, Nanaimo

    New Orleans Music and Traditional Jazz
    Swing, Blues, Funk, Joy and Happiness
    Music for Dancing and Contemplation

    Admission: $20
    Advance Tickets: $15 available at Fascinating Rhythm –
    51 Commercial St, Nanaimo
    Cash Bar – Licensed beverages

    ​For more information: 250-667-0238

    Ranging from the traditional jazz repertoire to contemporary and popular New Orleans styles, Homzy’s NightHawks present familiar and new material in an exciting and fresh way through creative, interesting arrangements and a unique instrumentation of two trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, baritone sax and a four-piece rhythm section.Popular and contemporary New Orleans pieces such as The Meters’ Cissy Strut and Randy Newman songs are yanked-in to the jazz world, while a piece by Lillian Hardin Armstrong – yes, Louis’ wife – is transformed into an engaging rhumba replete with collective improvisation.Classic jazz pieces associated with Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael sit alongside those of Wynton Marsalis and Thelonious Monk.

    Andrew Homzy and his NightHawks bring all the music associated with and inspired by New Orleans to one place – without the restriction of categories.

    Musicians :

    Dean Boland & Greg Bush – Trumpets
    Darren Nilsson & Craig Burnett – Trombones
    Larry Miller – Baritone Sax
    Connor Stewart – Clarinet
    Sean Robson – Bass
    Andrew Janusson – Guitar
    James McRae – Drums
    ​Brian Whitty, OCV (Our Charming Vocalist)
    Andrew Homzy – Piano & Arrangements

  59. Ron Joiner
    October 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Vocalist/bassist Marisha Devoin leads a trio of hot Vancouver Island University jazz grads on to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Nov. 9.

    Devoin, one of the first VIU jazz studies graduates, has spent much of her career playing abroad on cruise ships and in Vancouver musical theatre productions. She has also performed on David Gogo’s last two CDs and is much in demand for gigs in Nanaimo and the south Island.

    The trio, dubbed The ‘Mo Trio — short for “Nanaimo” — also features tenor saxophonist Cam Wigmore, who has gigged around the Island with a number of bands for two decades, and Gabriola Island guitarist Brad Shipley, who is involved with many musical projects from bluegrass to jazz to funk.

    “No matter how wildly varying our schedules, we always come back to the jazz,” Devoin writes.

    “In the paired-down trio format of bass/voice, tenor sax and guitar, we freely explore the colours of traditional American songbook standards as well as more modern jazz, and pop interpretations.”

    The weekly Jazz at Crofton series runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the pub, at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal.

    Musicians are invited to sit in with the band during a jam session in the last hour of the performance.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  60. Ron Joiner
    October 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Pianist Tom Vickery, who has presided over the longest weekly jazz series in Victoria’s history, also played a key role in the evolution of jazz in Crofton.

    Vickery, whose Thursday night jam at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria has been running for more than 25 years, played piano in the house band at the Crofton Hotel Pub in an earlier Sunday weekly jazz series.

    On Sunday Nob. 2, he’ll return to the pub where he spent a half dozen years playing nearly every Sunday in the late ‘90s.

    Vickery will be joined by Victoria multi-instrumentalist Doug Farr, a regular in the Crofton weekly jazz jams. Farr plays piano, vibes, bass, guitar, harmonica, bongos and flute.

    Rounding out the quartet will be Cliff Maddox on guitar and James McRae on drums.

    The Crofton jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited to join in 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.

  61. Ron Joiner
    October 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    She’s b-a-a-a-ck!

    Multi-talented Saltspring Island songstress Sue Newman brings her high-energy song-and-dance act back to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Oct. 26.

    Along with her hot backup band, the el Zocalo Quintet, the effervescent performer will again explore the jazz standards and Broadway favourites that had her audience laughing, clapping, toe-tapping, dancing and cheering during her last performance at the pub in March.

    Newman grew up in a musical household with jazz musician parents, touring Southern California with her siblings as a 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. Musicians are invited to sit in during a jam session in the final hour.

    Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245.

  62. Ron Joiner
    October 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Alabama-bred bluesman David Vest is the real deal.

    Though he’s a Maple Blues Award winner who now lives in Canada, Vest is an authentic boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.

    Vest brings his trio, with bassist Joey Smith and drummer Damian Graham, to the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Oct. 19 as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series.

    Vest’s first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.

    Vest grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, near Tuxedo Junction, playing his first paying gig in 1957 at age 14. By the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day, 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.

    About the time he turned 21 he found himself on stage with legendary bluesman Big Joe Turner, who said that Vest’s playing made him feel like he was back in Kansas City.

    Vest wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, dated a sister of the Louvin Brothers and toured with Faron Young, who Vest says once threatened to kill him.

    As a performer at the Victoria International Jazz Festival in June, Vest gave his enthusiastic audience a demonstration of why he’s been called “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie piano players.”

    The Crofton jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in 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.

  63. ken gray
    October 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Jazz Vespers Westshore
    Sunday, October 19, 7:00 PM
    Andrew Greenwood Quintet
    Church of the Advent
    510 Mount View, Colwood
    Freewill Offering – Free Parking

    Colwood’s Church of the Advent is thrilled to introduce an exciting new band on the Victoria jazz scene for its October installment of Jazz Vespers. Tenor Saxophonist Andrew Greenwood is bringing a killer quintet which includes Miguelito Valdes on trumpet, Brent Jarvis on piano, Rob Johnson on bass, and Kelby MacNayr on drums.

    Victoria native Andrew Greenwood is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in classical music from the University of Victoria and another in Jazz Performance from Toronto’s famed Humber College. He has studied with Canadian jazz legends Pat Labarbera and Ross Taggart and he can be heard lending his hard grooving, yet lyrical and sophisticated playing in jazz, funk, ska, blues, classical, rock and hip hop groups. His return to Victoria is a true gift to the local music scene!

    This is truly a powerhouse quintet, sure to impress with virtuosity, sensitivity and creativity!

  64. Ron Joiner
    October 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Juno-nominated, award-winning Marc Atkinson is arguably Western Canada’s finest acoustic guitarist.

    As leader and composer as well as acoustic lead guitar, he has toured North America, England and Europe with the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio, which has received standing ovations everywhere it performs, from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival to DjangoFest Northwest.

    On Sunday Mar. 12, the trio, with Brett Martens on acoustic rhythm guitar and Nick Mintenko on standup bass, performs as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

    Atkinson’s playing has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. “His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery, but remains accessible and absorbing,” one critic wrote.

    The jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in 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.

  65. Ron Joiner
    September 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    The Codi Jazz Quintet blends vocals, horns and guitars with an in-the-pocket rhythm section to create a melodic, swinging sound in genres ranging from swing to Latin, from bebop to blues.

    The five veteran multi-instrumentalists from the mid-Island will showcase their broad range of talents on the Crofton Hotel Pub stage on Sunday Oct. 5 as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series.

    Pianist Gary Hodi and flugelhorn player Colin Campbell contribute vocals to the mix. Saxophonist Claudio Fantinato, bassist Doug Gretsinger and drummer Wayne Finucan, once drummer for legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, round out the ensemble.

    The jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in 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.

  66. Ron Joiner
    September 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Victoria singer/guitarist Dave Lang calls his music “premium western hokum,” a blend of ‘20s jazz and western swing, served with “a generous helping of humour.”

    Lang and his backing group, The Twin Oughtas, have appeared everywhere from Victoria’s Rifflandia to the Vancouver Island MusicFest. They’ve toured Western Canada several times.

    On Sunday, Sept. 28, they’ll take to the stage at the Crofton Hotel Pub as part of the weekly Jazz at Crofton series.

    Lang, who does all the band’s arranging, has studied music through the Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    Trumpeter Alfons Fear, clarinetist Joe Hatherill and double bassist Nick Mintenko round out the band.

    The jazz series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited join in 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.

  67. ken gray
    September 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    CUBAN PIANO PHENOM TO OPEN 10th ANNIVERSARY JAZZ VESPERS SERIES.
    Colwood’s Church of the Advent is proud to open its 10th Jazz Vespers season with the Pablo Cardenas Modern Jazz Trio. Assisted by English bassist Peter Dowse and Czech drummer Cyril Lojda, this innovative trio is led by Cuban piano phenom Pablo Cardenas.

    Since arriving in Victoria, Cardenas has consistently wowed audiences with his jaw dropping virtuosity, versatility, and creativity. This particular project was born with the purpose of expanding the limits of jazz by blending influences including Latin, African and classical music, with each member of the trio contributing a distinctive flavour from his own culture and unique musical experience.

    The Church of the Advent continues its tradition of presenting Vancouver Island’s best jazz musicians. Come and experience world class performers in this beautiful and contemplative setting.

    Jazz Vespers featuring Pablo Cardenas Modern Jazz Trio
    Sunday, September 21, 7:00 PM
    Church of the Advent
    510 Mount View, Colwood

    office@colwoodanglican.ca
    http://www.colwoodanlgican.ca
    250 474-3031

    Abundant Free Parking
    Freewill Offering

  68. Ron Joiner
    August 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Classic straight-ahead jazz with the Full Moon Quintet is on the menu for the launch of the fall Jazz at Crofton series.

    Nanaimo drummer James McRae brings the stellar quintet, which includes pianist Miles Black, saxophonist Conn Stewart, bassist Ken Lister and guitarist Andrew Janusson, to the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday Sept. 7.

    The series runs from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday. 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.

  69. Ron Joiner
    August 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Nick La Riviere, arguably Victoria’s hottest trombonist, brings his 14-piece community band Soul Source to Crofton on Sunday Aug. 24 for some hard-driving classic R & B.

    La Riviere, who performs somewhere almost every day and frequently tours across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, plays regularly with the international touring band The Paperboys and performs with many other bands including Michael Kaeshammer, Pretzel Logic and the Timebenders.

    Soul Source, which includes four vocalists, saxes, trumpet and a five-piece rhythm section as well as La Riviere’s trombone, plays everything from Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams.

    The band has been rehearsing under the trombonist for weeks in anticipation of this performance, a special 90-minute summer offering in the Crofton Hotel Pub Sunday jazz series starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.

    The regular series resumes on Sunday Sept. 7 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.

  70. James Stewart
    August 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    http://www.harbourliving.ca/event/boss-tenors-hot-summer-nights-tour-at-hermanns-jazz-club-victoria/2014-08-17/

    Sunday, August 17th, 2014
    8:00 PM
    Boss Tenors, Jazz, Hermann’s Jazz Club

    “A truly great show…. You could go to Chicago, New York or London, and the jazz would be no better!”
    – Georgia Straight Jazz Society president (Courtenay)

    “Packed house, standing ovation, encore call. The Boss Tenors made magic!”
    – Hermann’s Jazz Club patron (Victoria)

    “They’re unbelievable. I’ve never heard horns interact like that before.”
    – Jazz at Crofton series patron

    Fresh off performances at Victoria, Montreal, and Beaches (Toronto) International Jazz Festivals, and 19 appearances with 8 bands in Vancouver, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Oakville, and Toronto, Vancouver Island sax sensation Conn Stewart returns to heat it up again with the BOSS TENORS on their August “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS” tour featuring veteran award-winning jazz saxophonist Dan Craven and a sizzling rhythm section of keyboardist Patrick Courtin, guitarist Andrew Janusson, recent addition bassist Marisha Devoin, and drummer James McRae.

    Audiences have loved hearing the Boss Tenors engaged in spirited battle or beautiful harmony as they present music from the great dual tenor sax acts of the jazz repertoire: 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, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt, and more.

    Woodwind phenom, multi-instrumentalist (tenor/alto/soprano/baritone saxes, cornet, clarinet, flute, keyboards, vocals), and bandleader/songwriter CONN STEWART’s development has been described as meteoric. Evidencing an uncanny ear, improvisational ability, stage presence, and musical maturity belying his age, and a precocious knowledge of jazz history and repertoire, he began performing professionally at 15, and has won accolades from Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal to Portland, Boston, and New York. He has played at major B.C. jazz venues including Hermann’s Jazz Club (Victoria), the Cellar Jazz Club (Vancouver), the Georgia Straight Jazz Society series (Courtenay), Blue Frog Studios (White Rock), Jazz Vespers at Sylvan United (Mill Bay), the Jazz at Crofton series, the Beltone Jazz series (Comox), Victoria Django Festival, and TD Victoria International JazzFest. (Extended biography available below).

    The other featured “Boss Tenor,” veteran Qualicum jazz musician ***DAN CRAVEN***, honoured music educator (Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence), and CYMC Island Jazz summer workshop director, has shared stages with jazz luminaries Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Arnie Chycoski, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, John McDermott, Campbell Ryga, and Mike Herriot, was a 2007 member of the Phil Dwyer Sax Summit series, performs in a number of island jazz combos in addition to his own, and has been the featured first tenor soloist in Arrowsmith Big Band for a number of years.

    An outstanding rhythm section includes Nanaimo professional drummer ***JAMES McRAE***, who has appeared with Miles Black, Ken Lister, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Ian McDougall, Mike Allen, and Ross Taggart, played in jazz, Latin, funk, country, rock bands, and produced well-received tributes to Horace Silver, Carlos Jobim, Jimmy McHugh, and Jimmy Smith; keyboardist ***PATRICK COURTIN***, 2014 director of Qualicum’s Bard to Broadway series, who has played extensively in musical theatre productions, jazz combos, funk bands, NMA Big Band, and toured with Victoria singer Ken LaVigne, and Romanza; VIU guitarist ***ANDREW JANUSSON***, fast becoming a go-to island sideman for his elegant stylings and work in the NMA Big Band, Jimmy Smith tribute band, Sean Drabitt Quintet, and his own Wes Montgomery tribute trio; and eclectic Nanaimo professional bassist ***MARISHA DEVOIN***, who has played with the Hub City Ramblers, BoodAbooM, the Patsy Cline Review, The Jazz Apostles, and David Gogo among many others.

    Conn Stewart Extended Biography:

    Following several early years of classical piano lessons, and under-age participation in a high school choral program, Stewart took up the tenor saxophone at 14 and began private study with iconic VIU jazz instructor Steve Jones. Discovering a consuming passion for jazz and the ability to quickly master instruments and absorb new musical information, his rapid development as a woodwind specialist and regularly playing multi-instrumentalist (tenor, alto, soprano, baritone saxophones, cornet, clarinet, flute, keys, and vocals) began to attract attention.

    “Wonderful playing….”
    – Joe Lovano (N.Y. sax legend, Berklee College of Music instructor)

    “He reminds me of Phil Dwyer, he’s got it all.”
    – Bill Cave (Trumpeter/retired Kwalikum Secondary band teacher)

    “Connor is a remarkable player…. He’s going to be pretty scary….”
    – Gordon Goodwin (Saxophonist/multiple Grammy winning L.A. bandleader/composer)

    “You’ve got all the technique, from the bottom of your horn to the top. It’s absolutely freaking that you can play that good so young [tenor sax] …. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone master that horn that well at your age [soprano sax].”
    – Brad Turner (Professional trumpeter, Capilano University jazz instructor)

    “He’s one in a million! He will be a star…. Great musician.”
    – Jennifer Scott (Canadian professional jazz singer)

    “His learning curve is vertical…. No one expected his development to be this fast.”
    – Dave Stewart (Trumpeter, Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director in Canada award)

    “What a talent he is…. An amazing young man well on his way to becoming a musical legend.”
    – Pat Selman (Director Jazz Vespers at Sylvan United, Jazz at Crofton series)

    “He’s encyclopedic; he knows things many don’t know until they’re 30….”
    – Dan Craven (Saxophonist, Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence)

    “He’s going to do something special.”
    – Denis Chang (Guitarist, international manouche/gypsy jazz star, music educator)

    “Good to see that Nanaimo is keeping up its tradition of producing world class musicians!”
    – Rich Farrelly

    Invited at 15 to join the Arrowsmith Big Band (alto sax), and Vancouver Island University Wind Ensemble (clarinet), he was the sole 15 year-old selected for the 2012 all-provincial BCMEA (British Columbia Music Educators Association) honour jazz ensemble (tenor sax); received one of two “outstanding performance” scholarships awarded in the Senior division at the 2012 Envision Jazz Festival (tenor/baritone saxes); won scholarships to CYMC Island Jazz, and Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, summer workshops; and played his first professional gigs leading the Fifth Street Jazz Ensemble, a quartet of talented university jazz majors.

    At 16 Stewart was the sole horn, and pre-university, recipient of B.C.’s prestigious 2013 Fraser McPherson jazz award (tenor sax); invited to assume the Lead alto chair with the NMA Big Band (which fostered the talents of Diana Krall, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid Jensen); only under-30 musician invited to the 2013 Centrum fall Big Band Intensive in Washington with multiple Grammy award-winning bandleader/composer Gordon Goodwin (tenor sax); formed and led the Hot Six Vintage Jazz Band (including an early REO Speedwagon trumpeter) opening for Germany’s Alice Francis international St. James Ballroom CD release tour (tenor/soprano saxes, vocals); was invited to be the featured woodwind soloist with Vancouver’s BC All Star Band (alto sax); once more received an “outstanding performance” scholarship in the Senior division of the 2013 Envision Jazz Festival (tenor/soprano saxes); received full tuition scholarships to “The Shed” Portland State University summer jazz intensive (tenor/soprano saxes) and the 2 week CYMC Classical music summer workshop (flute); and attended the 3 day Phil Dwyer Master saxophone workshop (tenor sax). He was invited to serve as the saxophone coach on the faculty of the McNair Secondary (High) School annual fall band retreat at Harrison Hot Springs, and was also hired as the flute clinician for Tom Lee Music’s fall school band rental program at mid-island school districts in Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Comox Valley, and Campbell River.

    At 17 he was invited to play 3 nights (6 two-hour shows) at the 2014 TD Montreal International Jazz Festival, and record a CD, with the Denis Chang quartet (tenor/soprano saxes); formed and led the Boss Tenors sextet at the 2014 TD Victoria International Jazz Festival and 9 appearances on two island tours; appeared at the Beaches (Toronto) International Jazz Festival in the Dean/Jefferson sextet (tenor sax); received a full tuition scholarship and again was the only under-30 musician invited to the Centrum fall Big Band Intensive in Washington with George Stone (Lead alto/soprano saxes, clarinet, flute); played at the 2014 Victoria Django Festival in Brishen quartet and was invited to play sets there with 4 other bands (clarinet, tenor/soprano saxes); opened for Van Django with the Quinn Bachand band at West Coast Django (clarinet, tenor sax, cornet, vocals); played with Downbeat Critic’s Poll winner Rudresh Mahanthappa at his 2014 TD Victoria Jazzfest workshop (alto sax); jammed with Thelonius Monk award-winner Melissa Aldana and Crash trio at the 2014 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (tenor sax); received a full scholarship to attend the 2 week Humber College/Youth Jazz Canada summer workshop in Toronto where he led one of three combos selected for the official workshop demo recording (tenor sax); and once again was invited to serve as sax coach at the annual McNair Secondary (High) School fall band retreat in Squamish. The fall will also see him recording a CD, and doing a road trip to New Orleans to perform for a month, with Vancouver’s Rossi Gang.

    In addition to Boss Tenors, Stewart has led the Jazz Apostles, NJaM, the Hot Six Vintage Jazz Band, the 5th Street Jazz Ensemble, the Stewart-Lee-Dwyer Trio w/guest pianist Phil Dwyer, the Conn Stewart Quintet/Quartet/Trio, the Hot Keys duo, Stewart/Janusson Duo, Stewart/Gorenko Duo, and this fall he will lead the Salish Sea Quartet/Trio, and a new Vancouver electro-swing band.

    His big band/large combo experience includes current Lead alto sax in the NMA Big Band and clarinet in Andrew Homzy’s NOLA Nighthawks dectet (Nanaimo); two years 2nd alto sax in the Arrowsmith Big Band (Oceanside); two years 1st/2nd clarinets in the Vancouver Island University Wind Ensemble; two years (Lead alto/soprano saxes/clarinet/flute; and 2nd tenor sax, respectively) in the Centrum Big Band Intensive band (Washington); featured woodwind soloist (alto sax) in the B.C. All Star Band (Vancouver); and subbing on baritone/tenor saxes with Steve Jones’ Decadence horn dectet (Nanaimo), Lead alto/1st tenor saxes with the Arrowsmith Big Band (Oceanside), 2nd alto sax with the Georgia Strait Big Band (Comox Valley), and baritone sax with Jill Townsend’s Impressions big band (Vancouver).

    He has played/gigged as a sideman variously on tenor/alto/soprano/baritone saxes, clarinet, cornet, flute and vocals in the Brishen quartet (Victoria), Mingus Amongus septet (Vancouver), Rossi Gang quartet (Vancouver), James McRae Trio (Nanaimo), Reuben Weir Sextet (Victoria), Andrew Cullen Quartet/Trio (Nanaimo), John Lee Trio (Nanaimo), Decadence horn dectet (Nanaimo), Double Kickz Trio (Toronto), Franche-Nolan/Stewart Duo (Montreal), and will appear in the Full Moon quintet with Miles Black at Hermann’s Jazz Club (Victoria) in September.

    Stewart has been a special guest with the Denis Chang quartet (Montreal), the Quinn Bachand quartet/quintet (Victoria), the Woodshed Orchestra (Toronto), Les Petits Nouveaux Trio (Toronto), the Phraser River Trio (Vancouver), Michael Mlikotic Trio (Nanaimo), and the Adrian Michael CD release quintet (White Rock).

    He has sat in with the Jennifer Scott/Rene Worst Duo (Nanaimo), the Brodie West Quintet (Nanaimo), the Morgan Childs Quartet (Victoria), Daniel Lapp band (Victoria), Capital City Synchopaters (Victoria), Bananafish Dance Orchestra (Nanaimo), The Martys (Crofton), Sartisohn/Bachand duo (Victoria), Sax and Violins (Courtenay), Orkestar Slivovica (Victoria/Vancouver), Denis Chang band (Victoria), and Organic quartet (Toronto), among others.

    Conn Stewart plays a Seawind Phil Dwyer model tenor sax, Seawind PD model alto sax, Yamaha YSS 475 II soprano sax, King Zephyr Bb baritone sax, Couesnon Paris cornet, Buffet-Crampon R-13 clarinet, Yamaha YSL 574 flute, and Korg SV-1 Stage Piano.

  71. August 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Ajna CD release concert! August 23 at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria.

    Fresh off a successful Okanagan tour, Victoria will finally get a chance to hear the new music Ajna cooked up this Spring. The concert will include a live performance of the original compositions from the new CD “The Day After” as well as music by Michael Brecker, George Benson, Sonny Rollins and others with a few guest appearances. Ajna delivers a no-limits performance encompassing elements of bop, funk, swing and latin music to create a fresh, unique and exciting jazz sound.

    Jonnie Bridgman – Saxophones
    Russell Tenning – Guitar
    Tim Croft – Bass
    Geoff Mason – Drums

    Advance tickets available at Larsen Music. $12.

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/749547931769330

  72. 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

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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

  83. 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

  84. 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/

  85. 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

  86. 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/

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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)

  97. 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!

  98. 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:

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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

  107. 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.

  108. 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/

  109. 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!

  110. 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 . . .

  111. 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.

  112. 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!

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. 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!

  116. 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.

  117. 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

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

    Hi James is Rene Worst coming to Campbell River to play

  119. 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.

  120. 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

  121. 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.

  122. 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

  123. 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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