Archive for November, 2009

Jazz Around the Island (Nov.27-Dec.3)

November 27, 2009 2 comments

Vocalists Maria Manna, Miranda Sage, Maureen Washington, and Melinda Whitaker appear in Victoria tonight (Friday, Nov. 27, 8pm) in a “Great Ladies of Jazz” concert at Alix Goolden Hall. Should be a good one for those who love well delivered jazz standards. Tickets are available through the Royal and MacPherson box office. ( $23.50 – $41.50).

There’s lots going on at Hermann’s in Victoria this week. The Noah Becker Quartet appears on Saturday (8pm,$10) and vocalist Carol Sokoloff and Trio Expresso perform the songs of Johnny Mercer on Sunday (8pm, $10). Tuesday night it’s the Lambrick Park Jazz Band (7pm) and on Thursday you can hear the Esquimalt High Jazz Band (5pm). The Tom Vickery Trio does its weekly gig Thursday, Dec. 3 (8pm, $6).

Velvet Swing performs on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Elks Hall Jazz Club in Courtenay (7:30pm, no cover).


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Ian McDougall Receives The Order of Canada

November 19, 2009 2 comments

Ian McDougall sports his brand new Order of Canada award with Governor-General Michaëlle Jean.

Congratulations to Ian McDougall who was presented the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian music last week in Ottawa.

The official citation reads: “A renowned trombonist and composer, Ian McDougall has had a distinguished career as a musician, bandleader and teacher. At home with both classical music and jazz, he has written compositions for symphony orchestras, chamber choirs, jazz bands and for special events such as the Commonwealth Games. Highly regarded by his peers, he is a top-ranked studio musician, has served as leader of a variety of jazz groups, and has been principal trombone in numerous others. Professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, he was instrumental in developing a jazz program there. He is also an esteemed and dedicated mentor whose students now rank among the top trombonists and teachers in the country.”

Earlier this year, a few months after he found out that he would be receiving the award, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ian in his Ten Mile Point home for a profile in Monday Magazine. That profile is reprinted below.

A Good Road

Ian McDougall reflects on a life well lived.

by Rick Gibbs

Strange how lives unfold. One day you’re a young kid opening your first trombone method book in a tiny working-class apartment in post-war Victoria and the next Read more…

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Jazz Around the Island (Nov. 20-26)

November 19, 2009 Comments off

Vancouver jazz vocalist Sibel Thrasher appears at Hermann's on Wednesday night

Guitarist Mike Rud appears with his trio on Friday, Nov. 20 at Hermann’s (8pm). Rud, who currently resides in Montreal, comes with recommendations up the yin yang, including one from jazz guitar titan Jim Hall who called him “one of the most promising guitar talents I’ve heard.” Originally from Edmonton, Rud studied with Hall in New York, and since that time has drawn positive press from across Canada. Rud will be supported by Josh Dixon on drums and Vancouver’s Adam Thomas on bass. Sean Drabitt, who was originally slated to play the gig but is currently on tour, gives it his stamp of approval, calling Rud “an incredible guitarist.” Should be a good one. More info on Rud can be had here.

Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Anne Schaefer appears Saturday night (Nov. 21) at Hermann’s (8pm/$10), reprising the colourful cast of characters from her unreleased album The Waiting Room. Schaefer is a formidable talent with a unique voice that bends genres beautifully. Appearing with Schaefer are Kelby MacNayr on drums and Travis Short on bass. Highly recommended.

Kelby MacNayr and Friends appear Sunday night at Hermann’s (8pm/$10).

U-Jam hosts its monthly gig at Hermann’s on Wednesday night (Nov. 25,8pm/ $5/$10), presenting vocalist Sibel Thrasher in her Victoria debut, supported by Galiano’s Peter Dent on piano, Alex Olson on bass, and Mike Griner on drums. Thrasher, who was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2004, has an extensive list of credits, including performing in all 1,000 plus performances of the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre’s highly successful Ain’t Misbehavin’ as well as their Black and Gold Revue shows. She’s also appeared and recorded with a number of greats, including The Platters and Long John Baldry. Another highly recommended event.

Other events at Hermann’s this week include the Don Leppard Big Band (Sat. Nov. 213:30pm/$5), CanUS (Sun., Nov.22, 4:30pm/$12) and the Thursday (Nov. 26) double bill of the Esquimalt High Jazz Band (5pm) and the Tom Vickery Trio (8pm).

Salt Spring Islanders can catch Wanda Nowicki live at Moby’s Pub on Sunday (Nov. 22, 7-10pm) featuring Cat Toren, piano, Ian van Wyck, bass and Laurent Boucher, drums. And the Swing Shift big band, in collaboration with The Newman Family Players, will present The Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington jazz adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, the NUTCRACKER SUITE as well as selections from the Newmans’ long-time favourite CHRISTMAS WITH SCROOGE, featuring Sue and Virginia and friends at the ArtSpring theatre at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16 (adult) and $6 (student), at the ArtSpring box office. Net proceeds will benefit both the Ray Newman Fund and Bandemonium Music Society.

The Arrowsmith Big Band performs in Courtenay on Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Elk’s Hall Jazz Club (7:30 pm/no cover).

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Jazz Around the Island (Nov. 13-19)

November 13, 2009 Comments off

Trombonist Steve Turre performs in Nanaimo this Monday at Vancouver Island University

The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Jazz Studies department presents jazz trombonist Steve Turre in concert on Monday, November 16, 2009, at 8:00 pm in the Malaspina Theatre on the VIU campus in Nanaimo. Turre will be accompanied by VIU faculty members Bob Murphy on piano, Ken Lister on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums. In addition to being part of NBC’s Saturday Night Live show orchestra, Turre has a long line of performance credits, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Dizzy Gillespie, and is a major jazz voice in his own right. Tickets are $20 general and $17 for students and seniors and will be available at Tom Lee Music and Fascinatin� Rhythm and at the door. Special group rates are possible. Turre will also conduct a two hour clinic and master class on Tuesday November 17, at 10:30 at the Malaspina Campus of Vancouver Island University in room 105 in building 320 that is free and open to the public. For more information contact Greg Bush at or by phone at 250 753-3245 ext: 2107 and you can learn more about Turre here.

Hermann’s in Victoria has several great shows coming up Read more…

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Sweet Thunder Records Says Its Final Goodbye

November 12, 2009 Comments off


Long time Island jazzers no doubt fondly remember Sweet Thunder Records, a Victoria record store that fed the jazz habit of many a fan and musician (including the likes of Phil Dwyer and Diana Krall) from 1983 until 1998, before it fell victim to the digital revolution and was forced to close its doors.

Co-owners Shaukat Husain and Demetrios Tsimon, long-time hosts of CFUV’s Straight No Chaser jazz radio show, kept Sweet Thunder going on line for a time but were eventually forced to abandon even that enterprise in the face of heavy competition from iTunes and other digital download sites.

Fortunately, vinyl-loving jazzers have one last opportunity to savor and dip into Sweet Thunder’s extensive collection of LPs (and CDs) that have been in storage ever since the doors closed.

This Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 14 & 15) Husain and Tsimon will sell off their complete stock of literally thousands of new/sealed and used jazz LPs and CDs, ranging from $1 deals right up to fairly pricey rare original issues and audiophile and Japanese pressings.

The sale takes place from 12-5 pm only on both days at 5797 Oldfield Rd. (Corner of Oldfield Rd. and Brookleigh Rd. in Saanich near Elk Lake). Cash sales only – no credit or debit cards.  For more information you can call 250 598 9824.

– Rick Gibbs


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