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Hypatia Kicks Up Some Earth, Wind, and Fire as Summer Jazz Keeps Happening All Over the Island

August 6, 2009

Lorae Farrell’s Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra appears at Hermann’s Saturday night with a tribute to the 70s super fusion group Earth, Wind and Fire.

EWF was one of the first groups to blend jazz with soul, funk, gospel, rock and dance music, generating a dynamic  fusion that catapulted the group of jazz musicians into pop music stardom throughout the 70s and into the 80s, producing multiple Grammy and platinum record awards along the way. EWF performs live to this day albeit without its founder Maurice White (formerly of the Ramsey Lewis Trio) who works behind the scenes as a composer and producer.

EWF’s music is right up Hypatia’s alley as they have long favoured projects that fuse genres and involve creative collaborations.  For this show, Neil Taylor will join the orchestra on guitar and vocals, with Joey Smith on bass and Chris Millington on sax. (8pm  $15 cover)

On Friday night, also at Hermann’s, Victoria audiences will get one last chance to see dynamic and eclectic New York pianist Misha Piatigorksy burn up the keys (figuratively speaking!) with Kelby MacNayr on drums and Sean Drabitt on bass. This show, which also starts at 8pm ($10 cover), is yet another offering in MacNayr’s successful  Art of the Trio series.  Piatigorsky, who returns to New York early next week, plans to play tunes from his recent, wonderful 17 Rooms trio album.

The Damian Graham Trio appears at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park at 1:30 pm on Saturday as part of the Jazz in the Park series running all summer.

Meanwhile, things are still cooking up-island as well.  Phil Dwyer’s highly accomplished adult students present a jazz camp wind-up concert at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall at 7pm on Friday night ($10) as part of the Phil Dwyer Jazz Festival that is happening now through August 16.  And the Doug Anderson Quartet appears at the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox from 2-4 pm on Sunday.

– Rick Gibbs

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