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Four Days of Great Jazz in Victoria

September 9, 2009

A few highly recommended jazz events  in the Victoria area over the next few days:

On Thursday night you can catch the venerable Tom Vickery Trio at work at Hermann’s (8pm).  Vickery has been at it for so long at Hermann’s (24 years) with his weekly gig that it’s easy to get complacent about his presence on the scene. We shouldn’t – he’s a dynamic player and always has a few surprises to offer, particularly in the second set when he calls up other artists to sit in.

Saxophonist Noah Becker brings his trio (Sean Drabitt on bass, Matt Pease on drums) to Hermann’s on Friday night (8pm) for a show/jam that promises to kick up more than a bit of improvisational excitement. Becker has played with the best, not only here but also in New York, and he’s a creative tour de force.  And since he’s advertising the event as a jam, you can expect a few other notable players to show up that will just add to the fun.

Lorae Farrell and the Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra appears on Saturday night with another of their unique collaborations, this one a tribute to the great Billie Holiday, featuring June Katz on vocals and Ross Taggart on piano.  Katz, originally from New York, moved to Vancouver in 1973 and became a major force on the jazz scene both as a performer and mentor to young musicians coming up (including Ross Taggart).  This will be Katz’s first show in Victoria in almost two decades – definitely worth checking out.

The Jazz Vespers season gets underway on Sunday at St. John’s United in Deep Cove (7 pm) with an appearance by the Aaron Scoones Quartet (Kelby MacNayr on drums, James Young on bass, and Brooke Maxwell on piano).  Scoones is a refreshing young vocalist who studied in Victoria with Louise Rose and in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. He draws his inspiration from singers like Kurt Elling and Bobby McFerrin as well as Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr.  Local musicians like Ron Hadley and Daniel Lapp have often featured Scoones in their shows and consider him to be a real treasure with deep talent and a warm, engaging stage presence.  We’ll likely be hearing a lot more from him since he’s now working on his debut album. Catch him now on the way up.

– Rick Gibbs

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