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Two Great Shows at Hermann’s This Weekend

June 12, 2009

The jazz festival whirlwind is on the horizon, but there’s a lot of local stuff happening before it gets here that you just might want to catch, including two really good shows at Hermann’s this weekend.

Tonight (Friday, June 12) the Jon Miller Quartet performs, featuring Rob Cheramy on guitar, Roy Styffe on sax, James Young on bass, and Miller on drums. As their debut release Orchidology amply demonstrates this is a group with a lot to say, as they explore a number of fine original tunes penned by Miller and the others.

Miller reports that his album is doing well and has cracked the top ten jazz list nationally on college radio. Given that campus radio stations, like Victoria’s own CFUV, are the last bastion of deejay programming (ie. there are actually individuals listening to CD’s and making decisions about what is worth playing and what isn’t), that says something. If you missed this quartet when they released the CD, do try to catch them tonight.

Kelby MacNayr’s Art of the Trio series is a project in which MacNayr (on drums) collaborates with various pianists and bass players in an ongoing exploration of the extensive repertoire presented by the great piano jazz trios of the past. MacNayr teams up Saturday night with George McFetridge (piano) and Colin Nealis (bass) in what promises to be another fine offering.

McFetridge, who now spends much of his time composing (some of that work will likely be on offer tonight,too) has shared the stage with many jazz greats, including Buddy Rich, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Woody Hermann, Fraser MacPherson and Pat LaBarbera. Colin Nealis is a fine young up-and-coming bass player, and, of course MacNayr is one of the busiest drummers on the west coast for a reason.  Well worth a listen.

8 pm start for both shows.

Stay tuned for an update on more shows coming this week.

– Rick Gibbs

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