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A Perfect Day for Jazz in the Garden

August 13, 2009
Phil Dwyer, Neil Swainson, and Oliver Gannon at the 2008 Jazz in the Garden

Phil Dwyer, Neil Swainson, and Oliver Gannon at the 2008 Jazz in the Garden

One the most anticipated and best attended jazz events on Vancouver Island is finally here: the annual Jazz in the Garden concert at Milner Gardens near Qualicum Beach.

The Phil Dwyer-organized event gets underway at noon on Sunday, August 16, under what are forecast to be sunny skies in one of the most spectacular outdoor music settings imaginable, a 28-hectare garden and woodland paradise overlooking Georgia Strait.

I attended the event for the first time last year as part of an assignment for Coda Magazine, and all I can say to jazz fans on southern Vancouver Island and the mainland is don’t let the Malahat or the Strait of Georgia get in your way.

Once again Dwyer has assembled a stellar cast of musicians, including the Amanda Tosoff Quartet with special guest Ingrid Jensen, the Marc Atkinson Trio, the Seamus Blake Quartet with Phil Dwyer, and the Canadian Jazz All-Stars with PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Michel Donato and vocalist Joani Taylor.

Paul Grant, the recently retired host of CBC’s Hot Air, will emcee the event.

The show runs from noon to 5 pm. Tickets ($45/$35) are available at the gate. There’s plenty of parking at the entrance and along the West Island Highway where the gardens are located.

Directions to Milner Gardens are here: http://www.mala.ca/MilnerGardens/directions.asp

More information can be found here: http://www.mala.ca/MilnerGardens/special-events.asp

– Rick Gibbs

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