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Jazz Around the Island (September 30 – October 5)

September 29, 2009

The Harvest of Music Festival in Qualicum Beach, featuring an eclectic mix of music (including lots of jazz) gets underway this Friday, October 2 and runs until Wednesday, October 7. You can view a daily list of events here.

The Marc Atkinson Trio is currently on tour in our area. You can catch this stellar gypsy jazz group on Pender Island this Wednesday, Sept. 30, on Salt Spring Island at the ArtSpring Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 1, and then on Saturna Island on Saturday, Oct. 3. More info can be had here.

In Nanaimo on Friday night, The Big Bossa, an eight piece group led by drummer James McRae, appears at the Red Martini Grill. You can learn more about this group and get more details here.

UJAM kicks off its monthly fall program this Wednesday night (Sept. 30) at Hermann’s with an appearance by Chafafa. More details can be found on the Hermann’s calendar here.

Also, at Hermann’s this week you can catch the Esquimalt Secondary jazz students performing on Thursday at 5 pm, followed by the Tom Vickery Trio at 8pm. On Friday, it’s the Jon Miller Quartet featuring Rob Cheramy on guitar, James Young on bass, Roy Styffe on sax and Miller on drums.

On Sunday night at 8pm Kia Kadiri & the Block Party kick off a fundraiser for breast cancer at Hermann’s, featuring a host of great local players including Sean Drabitt (bass), Dan Cook (guitar), Noah Becker (sax), Maureen Washington (vocals), Sara Marrieros (vocals), Alfons Fear (trumpet), Jules Charles (drums), Kytami (violin), and Kadiri in the dual role of host and MC. Kadiri is an exciting performer with broad appeal who blends hip hop, jazz, soul and funk in unique ways. This is a show not to be missed. Tickets are on a sliding scale $15-$25.

The Gordon Clements Trio, featuring Rob Cheramy on guitar and Joey Smith on bass also appears this Sunday night at 7 pm at the St. John’s United Jazz Vespers event in Deep Cove. No admission charge but an offering will be taken. More info can be had here.

Also on Sunday at Hermann’s, you can catch CanUS with special guest Mike Broadley, at 4:30 pm.

And the Monday Night Big Band does its thing starting at 8:30 pm on Monday at Hermann’s.

– Rick Gibbs

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  1. Rick Gibbs
    October 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Glad to hear the show went so well. Thanks for posting this, Nathalie.

  2. Nathalie
    October 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “Big Bossa really swings that Bossa jazz at the “RED”! The music was fabulous and the whole group did an excellent job playing and singing Jobim’s music! The impromptu arrangement that opened the show demonstrated just how versatile and talented this group of musicians can be. The Red Martini Grill may be small but it more than makes up for that in ambiance. If you missed them here in Nanaimo , it is well worth the trip to Victoria to see them play at Hermann’s on October 16th.”

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