Jazz at the Gallery, a joint venture of U-JAM and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), begins its fourth season on Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm with a performance by multiple Juno Award-winning pianist/saxophonist Phil Dwyer, accompanied by bassist John Hyde and percussionist Hans Verhoeven.
As U-JAM’s Dave Paulson reports in a recent press release, Dwyer burst on the Canadian jazz scene when he was still in his teens, causing Mark Miller, the Globe and Mail jazz critic for many years, to declare that he startled jazz audiences with his “unprecedented command of both tenor saxophone and piano” and with his “extraordinarily authoritative playing” setting the country on its ear.
Years later Dwyer continues to startle and inspire audiences with his phenomenal command of both instruments and his profound musicality. This promises to be one of the best concerts in the history of the series and is sure to sell out.
U-JAM and Art Gallery members enjoy a discounted ticket price of $25.00. The regular price is $30. Tickets 250-384-4171 ext. 0. Tickets include admission to the Gallery’s exhibits on the day of the performance.
With celebrated veterans like Phil Dwyer, Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Ron Johnston, Ken Lister, Oliver Gannon, Craig Scott, and Brad Turner – not to mention McDougall himself on trombone – this collection of Juno and Grammy award-winning and nominated artists is one of the most talented jazz groups ever assembled on the west coast of Canada.
They first performed in 2010 at the CBC Jazz Festival – where they received rave reviews – and recorded their first album in Vancouver in March of this year.
Most of these musicians live on the Lower Mainland and are performing on the Island thanks to the efforts of Dave Paulson and U-JAM, the Victoria jazz society dedicated to developing the local jazz scene.
McDougall, who has played in some of the best bands in the world, including the Boss Brass, the John Dankworth Band and the Woody Hermann Thundering Herd says the group is a “hot band” and one of the “most fun” he’s ever worked with.
When musicians this talented are enjoying themselves, you can be sure the result will be one of the best jazz concerts of the year.
The Victoria concert takes place at Alix Goolden Hall and the Parksville show at Knox United Church. Both get underway at 8 pm.
Tickets are $35 for Adults/ $30 for U-JAM members/ and $15 for students and can be purchased in advance through the U-JAM website.
Award-winning vocalist Joe Coughlin makes a rare Victoria appearance this Sunday, January 29 from 2-4 pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria when he kicks off the 2012 edition of Jazz at the Gallery.
Coughlin will appear in an intimate trio setting with Jodi Proznick on bass and Tony Genge on piano.
A three-time National Jazz Award winner, Coughlin has garnered critical praise around the world and is arguably one of the best interpreters of the American songbook performing today.
The concert is a co-production of the AGGV and U-JAM.
Tickets are $30 ($25 for AGGV and U-JAM members). More info here.