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Jazz Around the Island (Sept.18-20)

September 18, 2009

Mark DeJong and the Outer Bridge Ensemble

Mark DeJong and the Outer Bridge Ensemble

Mark DeJong and the Outer Bridge Ensemble appear tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) at Hermann’s in Victoria as part of a Western Canadian tour that is taking them through BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. DeJong is a well-respected tenor saxophonist from Saskatchewan and the Outer Bridge Ensemble a group that originated in New Jersey in 2003. Their album “The Unknown” was nominated this year for a Western Canadian Music Award for the Jazz Recording of the Year. They’ve opened for everybody from Kenny Werner to John Scofield and have made appearances at festivals across the country. Definitely an act to catch. (8pm, Hermann’s, $15 at the door). You can check them out and listen to their music here.

The Church of the Advent in Colwood kicks off its fall jazz vespers season this weekend with the Karel Roessingh Trio, featuring Roessingh on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Josh Dixon on drums. Roessingh is always a class act well worth hearing and there’s no better setting than the relaxed sanctuary in Colwood, where instead of clinking glasses and chatter, you’ll get silence and deep appreciation of the music. If you haven’t taken in a jazz vespers event before, this is a good place to start. It gets underway at 7pm on Sunday. Directions and more info can be had here.

Before jazz vespers on Sunday you can catch three generations of jazz when the Arntzen’s (Lloyd, Tom, Leif, Evan, Miles) appear at Hermann’s. This remarkable musical dynasty from Vancouver will appeal to a wide range of jazz fans. You can read more about them here. (4:30 pm, Hermann’s, $12)

Across the water (almost within shouting distance of Qualicum and Parksville), the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival is happening this weekend. And so, if you’ll be in the Sechelt area, be sure to check it out. Looks like they’ve got a great lineup, including Mark DeJong, Jim Rotondi, Pat Coleman, Laila Biali and much more. More info can be had here.

–Rick Gibbs

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