How to Post Your Jazz Events

February 3, 2014 Comments off

Musicians and promoters can advertise their own performances and events by clicking on “Upcoming Events” (above) and posting a simple blurb or a complete press release in the comments section.

Jazz fans can find out what’s going on by reading those press releases at Upcoming Events and by going to the Calendars page.

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Trumpet Star Bria Skonberg Headlines 12th Annual Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society Fundraiser

May 24, 2017 Comments off

Bria Skonberg_PR1_C.Palmgren2017 Juno Winner and trumpet/vocal star Bria Skonberg will be the featured performer at “Jazz Affair,” the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s annual fundraiser for local student music programs, this Friday, May 26th, at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

The Chilliwack, BC, native has made a name for herself in New York and recently won the 2017 Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her self-titled Sony Music release Bria. In its citation the Juno Awards said, “Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr.”

Skonberg has received accolades from The Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Vanity Affair and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Wall Street Journal  described her as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.”

The evening includes a dinner, concert performances, silent auction, and raffles. Tickets are $60 per person and are available through the Port Theatre box office at 125 Front Street, Nanaimo. 250-754-8550. Doors open at 6 pm.

If you haven’t heard Skonberg before, with her sophisticated vocals and elegant trumpet lines, she’s definitely worth a listen.


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Celebrated Pianist Larry Fuller Plays Victoria and Salt Spring

May 17, 2017 Comments off

Larry Fuller May 19 17NYC Pianist Larry Fuller, who has worked with everyone from Ray Brown to John Legend, plays three shows this week in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island. He appears with drummer Kelby MacNayr and bassist John Lee in MacNayr’s Art of the Trio Series on Friday, May 19th at Hermann’s (8pm) and on Saturday, May 20th (7:30pm) at Salt Spring United Church.

On Sunday , May 21st (7pm) he returns to Hermann’s as part of a quintet that includes Chris Davis on trumpet and Ryan Oliver on sax. The trio shows celebrate the legacy of Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson, while the quintet show will explore the work of Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington and Ray Brown.

Categories: Events

The Anton Schwartz Quintet, Earshot’s Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year, Comes to Hermann’s.

April 27, 2017 Comments off

AntonIntenseProfile-160The Anton Schwartz Quintet, recently named the Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year by Earshot, the Seattle Jazz organization, plays Hermann’s on Sunday , May 7, as part of a western Canadian mini-tour that will also take them to Edmonton and Vancouver.

The Seattle-based group will feature material from Flash Mob, their most recent CD that enjoyed many weeks atop the jazz charts and received a four star review in Downbeat when it was named one of the best albums of 2014.

Schwartz has headlined top venues throughout the U.S., including the Blue Note in NYC, Yoshi’s in Oakland, and Jazz Alley in Seattle. This is a rare Canadian appearance.

You can visit Anton Schwartz’s website for more info and listen to music samples here. Check the Hermann’s website for ticket info.

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NMA Big Band 50th Anniversary: Exclusive Interview with Bryan Stovell

March 5, 2017 Comments off



The Nanaimo Musician’s Association Big Band will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 from 2–4 pm at the Branch 256 Legion Hall on Wellington Rd. in Nanaimo. Island Jazz interviewed Bryan Stovell, mentor to Phil Dwyer, Ingrid and Christine Jensen and Diana Krall to understand better how central Vancouver Island has produced so many great players.

1. The Nanaimo area and the Island in general have produced some amazing players who have gone on to international fame. Is it something in the water? 

Not the water, but the coal, discovered in the 1850s. The Nanaimo musical ethos began with the Nanaimo Concert Band which formed in 1873, comprised of colliery band musicians from Britain. The NCB is in its 145th continuous year. In 1931, during the Swing Era, the iconic Pygmy Ballroom was built and touring bands of Louis Armstrong, Harry James, and the Dorsey Brothers played there. When Rock music killed Swing in the late 50s, Read more…

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The Jazz Side of Gordon Lightfoot

March 1, 2017 Comments off


Nanaimo drummer James McRae has put together a unique show featuring acclaimed Vancouver vocalist Jennifer Scott, pianist Miles Black, and bassist Rene Worst performing original jazz arrangements of Gordon Lightfoot’s most beloved songs.

Sponsored by Allison Pianos, this show on Saturday, March 18th at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria at 8pm, is sure to sell out. Reserve early!

An exclusive Island Jazz interview with McRae follows. 

Where did you get the idea for the Lightfoot show?

Although this idea came to me about 2 1/2 years ago, the process developed in stages. I was humming the song Early Morning Rain in my head and thought it could lend itself to jazz improvisation because Lightfoot writes songs with really strong melodies. I started reharmonizing the song and came up with some ideas that I thought were not bad.

I did a few gigs with Patrick Courtin and Marisha Devoin Read more…

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