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Jazz Around the Island (Jan.15-22)

January 15, 2010

Phil Dwyer appears with his son Ben in two Jazz Vespers concerts this weekend on the south Island.

Hermann’s in Victoria will be hopping tonight (Friday) when Trombone Mayhem takes the stage for a live recording session. This entertaining group promises a first set of great jazz followed by what can only be described as total abandon when the “Trombone Mayhem: Ultimate Dance Party” takes the stage for a high energy second set of 70s and 80s dance music. (8pm, $12).

For those with more of a trad jazz bent, the venerable Al Pease Quartet appears at Hermann’s on Sunday (4:30pm, $10).

Aspiring jazzers might want to take in U-JAM’s monthly beginners jam session at Tom Lee Music in Langford this Sunday from 2-4 pm. For more info contact Dave Paulson.

It ain’t jazz but it’s worth mentioning – inspired by its popular Jazz Vespers series, St. John’s United Church in Deep Cove is offering an evening of Celtic music by candlelight, on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7 pm. Featured musicians will be Denis Donnelly on harp, and Lanny Pollet on flute. Modelled on the Jazz Vespers format, the evening promises “a calm respite for our busy lives.”

Storm Nilson, a guitarist originally from California, appears Saturday night at The Superior Cafe in Victoria with Sean Drabitt and Kelby MacNayr. I had a chance to hear Nilson rehearsing with Drabitt and MacNayr a few months back, and all I can say is if you like jazz guitar, this is one player you don’t want to miss. As well, you’ll get a chance to check out the new music format at The Superior (8pm, $4 cover).

Folks on the south Island will have a rare opportunity to hear the great Phil Dwyer perform on piano with his son Ben Dwyer on bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums this Sunday at a Jazz Vespers concert in Colwood. (Church of the Advent, 7pm). As well, the Dwyer’s appear as a duo in a similar setting at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay the day before on Saturday (7pm, $15/free for students under 16).

The Vancouver Island University Jazz Studies Department presents the Arrowsmith Big Band on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. The concert will take place in the Malaspina Theatre on the VIU campus. The band will feature the compositions and arrangements of VIU music faculty member Greg Bush. Also featured will be vocalist Lauren Bush and a cameo appearance by special guest guitarist Pat Coleman.

The Doug Anderson Jazz Syndicate appears on Thursday at the Elk’s Hall Jazz Club in Courtenay (no cover, jam session follows).

Also on Thursday you can catch the Esquimalt Secondary Jazz Band at Hermann’s (5 pm, no cover) followed by Brianne de Verteuil and her Savvy Six, a new group created by a member of the Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra (8 pm, $10).

– Rick Gibbs

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