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Why a Vancouver Island Jazz blog?

March 31, 2009

Until recently I’ve been writing about the Victoria and Vancouver Island jazz scenes in Victoria’s Monday Magazine and Coda, Canada’s national jazz magazine. Unfortunately financial challenges at both publications have put this writing on hold for the time being.

The good folks at Monday will still cover the jazz scene when they can and, of course, Joseph Blake at the Times Colonist writes about local players and CD’s now and again, but the reality is that jazz on Vancouver Island is getting even less coverage than it was before.

I am pleased to report that the Victoria bimonthly Boulevard Magazine currently features one of my articles in their March-April edition and other pieces should be appearing in forthcoming issues. The current article is entitled “Musical Leap of Faith” and can be found at the following link (on page 98). It’s all about the jazz vespers scene in our area and includes interviews with musicians like Phil Dwyer, Ron Hadley, and Mike Broadley, along with comments from organizers and the jazz vespers audience.


The challenges at Monday and Coda are just a small part of a wider print media trend that is seeing print publications fall like flies, or at the very least reduce their content as they fight for advertising dollars. I hope I’m wrong but at the moment I don’t have a lot of faith that this trend will change.

Enter Island Jazz

As a result, I’ve decided to launch a jazz blog that may eventually turn into a full-fledged website. My plan is to feature events and players in our area, including all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. I’ll also look at the Lower Mainland and other areas (even New York) as they relate to what is going on here.

What You Can Do

Hopefully, word-of-mouth will get the message out that jazz is getting covered again and musicians and others will forward information to me for inclusion in the blog. I plan to update it at least weekly, but it may actually become much more frequent depending on the volume of material. If you are a musician, subscribe (it’s free) and send me your press releases and let other players know that they can do the same. If you are a jazz fan, subscribe (free also) and encourage others to do so as well. I’d also love to hear from anybody who has any thoughts on what I’m doing (support, suggestions, etc.).

Please  consider, as well, linking Island Jazz to your own websites.

Contacting Me and Subscribing

You can contact me at jazzontheislandATgmailDOTcom (replace the all caps with the appropriate symbols).

You’ll find subscription information on the right hand side of the page.

Thanks and here’s to jazz not only here but everywhere!

Rick Gibbs

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  1. Rick Gibbs
    April 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for your comment! Emily Braden is certainly a huge talent and you’ll find a link to her website under “players.” She’s also mentioned in the current story on Anne Schaefer, since she’ll be performing with Anne this Friday night. I plan to get in touch with Emily in advance of her CD launch and run a full story on her. We are certainly looking forward to her CD and hearing more about her time in New York. I should also refer you to a Monday Magazine article that appeared back in the fall. I interviewed Emily while she was in New York. You can access that article at mondaymag.com. For the search terms type In the House. RG

  2. Gillian Gravenor
    April 23, 2009 at 1:12 am

    time for attention to Emily Braden
    first studio CD produced by acclaimed misha piatagorski
    will be released during a jazzfest show this year
    amazing singer songwriter
    a reincarnation of ella fitzgerlad

  3. Rick Gibbs
    April 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks to all for their kind comments. Much appreciated!

  4. April 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm


    Finally got around to checking out your blog. A wonderful contribution to our local community. Tremendously appreciate your efforts, Ken Gray (Church of the Advent Jazz Vespers Series)

  5. April 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Great idea Rick!

  6. April 2, 2009 at 12:15 am

    thanks for starting this up Rick, it’ll be of benefit to all jazzers on Vancouver Island to have this meeting place.

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