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Jazz Changes Are In The Air

August 27, 2009

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 a blog is gradually becoming something more akin to a regional jazz magazine. We recently put out the call via our newsletter for writers interested in contributing material. A few people have already responded and will likely be on board soon. As well, we’ve added a Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandjazz where we’ll be posting regional jazz photos. If you are a photographer (hobbyist or pro) and have photos (historical or contemporary) you’d like to share with Island Jazz readers, you can contact me directly at gibrick (at) gmail (dot) com. And if you have a hankering to contribute some jazz writing of your own or have an idea we should explore, give me a shout there as well.

As for change out there, expect a fairly significant announcement soon concerning jazz in the Victoria area – I’m afraid that’s all I can say right now. And as for what’s on in the days ahead, here’s a quick rundown:

Tonight at Hermann’s you can catch the Tom Vickery Trio in its weekly gig and jam (8pm, $6). Trombone Mayhem hits the Hermann’s stage on Friday night (8pm, $12) and Hugh Fraser on Saturday night (8pm). And for those with a traditional jazz penchant there’s the Dixieland Express at 4:30 pm on Sunday ($12).

Karel Roessingh is busy this weekend as well; you can get details on his shows on our Events Calendar and the same goes for Miranda Sage and Ron Hadley. Up-island the Marc Atkinson Trio has a Hornby Island gig on Friday night (details on the calendar) and you’ll find a couple of jazz/blues things going on at the Red Martini Grill in Nanaimo (click the link on our Venues page).

Speaking of the venues page, that’s another source of jazz information that we’re gradually building. Check it out and if you know of a place that should be listed, send an email or post a comment with full details so we can share it.

There’s lots more coming down the road. Check back regularly.

– Rick Gibbs

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