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Jazz Around the Island (Nov. 6-12)

November 6, 2009

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Look familiar? He should - he's Keith Jarrett's younger brother Chris and he's performing around the Island this weekend.

Brent Jarvis launches his new album Daedelus: Poetry of Dorothy Livesay tonight ( Nov. 6) at Hermann’s in Victoria (8pm/$15).  Vocalists Melinda Whitaker and Anne Schaefer are featured performers along with Ken Lister on bass, Jesse Cahill on drums and Jarvis on piano.  You can read all about the project here.

Seattle vocalist May Palmer, dubbed the “Queen of Ivory Soul,” appears with pianist Karel Roessingh and bassist Sean Drabitt on Sunday (Nov.8) at Hermann’s (8pm/$10). Palmer, who performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and has appeared at the Apollo Theatre in New York (and a number of international venues), has a powerful, soulful voice that handles, jazz, blues, soul and R&B with ease.  You can hear a sample here but better yet, check her out in person.  She was trained by the same vocal coach who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Michael Jackson.

Chris Jarrett, brother of Keith, and a much heralded pianist/composer in his own right, performs solo at Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria tonight (Nov.6/ 8pm); in Nanaimo at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday (Nov.7/ 3 pm);  and at All-Saints-by-the-Sea on Salt Spring Island also on Saturday (Nov.7/ 7:30 pm). Jarrett, who lives in Germany, has developed an extensive European career, and if the reviews found on his website are any indication, he has much of the talent of his more famous sibling.  You can learn more about him and sample his music here.

Those who like to bend their genres a bunch might enjoy the Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra, with its wild mix of klezmer, swing, jazz, New Orleans, and even bluegrass sounds. The group launches a new CD on Saturday night (Nov. 7) at Hermann’s (8 pm/ $10).

And also in these parts over the next few days, The Church of the Advent in Colwood, one of the homes for jazz vespers on the Island, features the big band swing of the Bob Morrison Orchestra, with Sue Doman on vocals, tonight (Nov. 6/ 7:30pm) in the church hall. The concert is free.  The Paul Wainwright Band has a regular Sunday night gig at the Bard and Banker on Government Street from 6-10 pm. Wainwright reports that the Bard has added a new stage and a digital baby grand “perfect for a jazz trio”.  Moby’s Pub on Salt Spring Island features jazz every Sunday night from 7-10 pm. This week you can catch QuintEssential + Maxine, performing straight-ahead jazz classics with vocals.

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