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Holiday Jazz Around the Island

December 3, 2009

Sean Drabitt, Brent Jarvis and Josh Dixon bring holiday sounds to Hermann's

December looks to be a great month for jazz around the Island. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more notable events coming up:

The Flora Scott Quartet appears this Sunday, Dec.6, at St. John’s United Church in Deep Cove (7 pm). This jazz vespers event should be a great show since Roy Styffe (sax), Sean Drabitt (bass) and Josh Dixon (drums) will be accompanying Scott, an accomplished vocalist and guitarist. Highly recommended.

Acclaimed Vancouver vocalist Jennifer Scott appears with pianist Ron Hadley and bassist Rene Worst at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum on Sunday, December 6 (2:30-4:30pm) in a special Christmas jazz concert. Scott has impressive performance credits, including appearances with Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, and Clark Terry. Should be a superb show.

Hermann’s welcomes the Jon Miller Quartet on Friday, December 11 (8pm). With Miller on drums, Rob Cheramy on guitar, James Young on bass, and Roy Styffe on sax, this group offers a lot of musical value. Their 2009 release Orchidology made it to the top of the college radio jazz chart. Highly recommended.

Sean Drabitt brings the Christmas spirit to Hermann’s on Dec. 12 with his annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring those classic Vince Guaraldi tunes, a screening of the much-beloved film, and a tasty turkey dinner. There are two shows, one at 6 pm and one at 8:30 pm ($30/$20, depending on whether or not you go for the turkey). Brent Jarvis appears on piano and Josh Dixon on drums. This one always sells out: reservations, like the show, are highly recommended.

The Bob Murphy/Monik Nordine Quartet, featuring Ken Lister and Buff Allen, performs at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay on Saturday, Dec. 12 and at Hermann’s in Victoria on Sunday, Dec. 13. This is a killer group, featuring some of the best players in the land. Murphy’s work on piano and Hammond organ is legendary and Nordine is one of the most highly regarded sax players on the west coast. Backed by Lister on bass and Allen on drums, they are bound to fly. Murphy will play the resident Hammond C-3 in Courtenay and the Yamaha baby grand in Victoria. They also have a duo show planned for Vancouver on Dec. 18.

The Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter Lorae Farrell comes to Hermann’s on Friday, Dec. 18. This group always has something exciting to offer. Details to come.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

– Rick Gibbs

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