Archive for May, 2009

Guitarist Oliver Gannon Retires…Into a Whole Lot of Activity

May 28, 2009 Comments off

A year or so after retiring from his job with PG Music where he developedoliver gannon materials for the company’s internationally known computer music programs (Band-in-a-Box, etc.), guitarist Oliver Gannon, who has helped define the west coast jazz sound for nearly forty years, is as busy as ever, making the music he loves.

Gannon is best known, of course, for Read more…

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Hugh Fraser and Monik Nordine Lead Salt Spring Jazz Camp

May 27, 2009 Comments off

Hugh Fraser’s decision last year to step away from institutional jazz programs has given him more time for performance – we’ve been seeing a lot of him of late, which is wonderful – but it’s also meant fewer opportunities for students of jazz to connect with one of the greatest jazz educators this country has ever produced.

Fraser’s infectious enthusiasm for music inspires Read more…

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Vocalist Nancy Ruth Brings Her Unique Blend of Sultry Sophistication to Hermann’s

May 22, 2009 Comments off

Victoria’s Latin jazz scene has been pretty hot lately with the advent of TuriyaNancyRuthheadshottn Mareya’s Worldbeat and Latin jazz showcase/jam on Sunday nights at Hermann’s, but it’s about to be turned up a notch or two with the return of vocalist/instrumentalist Nancy Ruth to the bandstand on Saturday night.

Heat may not be quite the right metaphor, however, since Ruth’s latest CD, Me Quedo (Home of Jazz, Netherlands, 2008) shows that her deeply lyrical blend of jazz, pop and Latin, while offering flashes of fire, is decidedly cool and sophisticated in nature, with clearly articulated lyrics and expressive phrasing taking precedence over rhythmic fireworks. This is music with depth, passion, subtlety, and a distinct European sensibility.

Victoria audiences who haven’t heard Ruth for a few years may be a bit surprised by this description since they may recall Read more…

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Time For a Little Three Play

May 21, 2009 Comments off
Bob Murphy, one of Canada's very best keyboard players, joins Hugh Fraser and Dave Robbins at Hermann's

Piano and Hammond B-3 master Bob Murphy joins Hugh Fraser and Dave Robbins at Hermann's on Friday night.

Double entendre aside, one thing is certain: when players of the calibre of Hugh Fraser, Bob Murphy and Dave Robbins get together, you can be sure the evening will be filled with uncommon musical pleasure.

When Vancouver keyboard legend Bob Murphy played his first gig at the tender age of 14 in 1959 ( the setting was the Smilin’ Buddha on East Hastings in Vancouver), Hugh Fraser was barely a babe-in-arms, but that hasn’t stopped these two highly creative performers from producing incredible music together, backed by what Fraser calls their “rhythmic furnace,” aka Dave Robbins, on drums.

All three are renowned masters of the jazz idiom and west coast audiences need little introduction to the creative force that is Hugh Fraser, but special attention has to be given to Murphy to understand fully the musical fire Read more…

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VCM’s Summer Jazz Workshop Now In Its 24th Year

May 20, 2009 Comments off

Coastal BC has one of the most active jazz scenes in North America, and soJA1 it’s no surprise that educational opportunities proliferate, particularly in the form of the excellent summer jazz camps based here.

Gordon Clements, Head of Jazz Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), is justifiably proud of one such camp – the VCM’ s Summer Jazz Workshop of which he is the artistic director.

Clements founded the workshop in 1985 when he taught at UVic, with the express purpose of Read more…

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