Archive for August, 2009

Nick La Riviere Launches Debut CD Tonight At Butchart Gardens

August 31, 2009 Comments off

handoutTrombonist Nick La Riviere launches his debut album Too Much To Do tonight (Monday, August 31) at Butchart Gardens, and with personnel like Ross Taggart on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums, the show promises to be a highlight of the summer jazz season.

La Riviere is known for his eclectic and unconventional approach to music and this new project is no exception. The album features more than a few musical surprises and the launch is likely to do the same.

The show gets underway at 7:30 pm. Admission to the gardens is $28 for adults and $14 for youths under 17.

Island Jazz will be running a more in-depth feature on La Riviere’s new album soon. It can be purchased at Long and McQuade in Victoria.

For more info go here.

– Rick Gibbs

Categories: Events

Proposed Island Jazz Electronic Archive

August 29, 2009 Comments off

I’ve just spent time on Guy MacPherson’s (son of the legendary Fraser MacPherson) Vancouver Vintage blogsite devoted to the storied (and multi-imaged) history of the Vancouver jazz scene. It’s a fabulous resource that he’s building partly in honour of his late dad but mainly in recognition of what was (and still is) one of the greatest jazz scenes in North America. Guy had much of the material up on You Tube but was shut down. I’ll let him tell the story Read more…

Categories: General

Why You Should Join U-JAM

August 29, 2009 3 comments

“To advocate, mentor, educate, and act as a resource for the community of musicians and music lovers who share a passion for jazz in its many forms.”UJAMlogoweb

Until last year, I didn’t have a clue what U-JAM was. I’d see their monthly meeting listed on the Hermann’s calendar and wonder about it but never follow up. Then came an assignment from Monday Magazine that led to a conversation with Dave Paulson, a key figure on Victoria’s music scene for many years, and one of the founders of U-JAM.

Paulson enlightened me and not long after that I joined the society, seeing in it Read more…

Categories: General

Jazzers Fight Back

August 28, 2009 Comments off

Unhappy with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) study reported recently in The Wall Street Journal that found the jazz audience on the decline in the U.S.,(see Can Jazz Be Saved? ), a group of jazz journalists, broadcasters and advocates has launched a grass roots Twitter campaign to prove the study wrong.

The idea is to get people attending live jazz events over the next few weeks to report on the performers they hear and Read more…

Categories: General

Jazz Changes Are In The Air

August 27, 2009 Comments off

and we’re not talking about chord progressions…

Change is definitely in the air as we leave the summer festival season behind and anticipate a fall of great improvisational music. There’s lots going on – some that can be reported now and some later – but rest assured Island Jazz will do what it can to keep you informed.

Along those lines, we want you (particularly musicians and producers) to keep us informed as well. You’ll notice we’ve launched a new interactive Events Calendar that can be accessed at the top of the page. It’s interactive in the sense that jazz musicians and jazz event producers will be able to list their own gigs. Our hope is it will become a one-stop calendar for all the jazz happening in our region. Time will tell. We’re running it as a trial for August and September but hope to make it permanent soon. Stay tuned (and if you have an upcoming gig in our area (Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands primarily) do get it on the calendar – that’s the only way it will work.

Other changes are in the works at Island Jazz. What started as Read more…

Categories: Events, General
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