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Jazz Around the Island (Jan. 22-29)

January 21, 2010

Trombone legend Al Kay joins forces with Canada's other trombone great Ian McDougall for a unique two-trombone quintet appearance at Hermann's next Wednesday night.

Miranda Sage and Ron Hadley

Vocalist Miranda Sage appears with Ron Hadley on piano Friday night at The Superior in James Bay.  The Superior has changed its music policy and is now encouraging folks to do their eating and talking earlier in the evening and then enjoy the music from 8 -10:30 pm. Sounds sensible since you can now drop down there and catch some great local acts just by paying a small cover and enjoying dessert and coffee. Let’s hope it works out for the musicians.  You might want to give it a try. (Friday, 8pm, $4).

Noah Becker Quartet

Victoria’s very own renaissance man, saxophonist Noah Becker, performs this Saturday at Hermann’s in a quartet with Josh Dixon on drums, Phil Albert on bass and Tyler Lieb on guitar. Becker and other musicians are reporting that Lieb is an incredible young guitarist well worth hearing.  He’s recently joined the Brent Jarvis Academy of Music as a teacher and won a major performance award in 2008 from St. Francis Xavier University.  Combine great guitar work and a talented rhythm section with Becker’s original bebop voice on sax and you’ve got the makings for a great show. (Saturday, 8 pm, $12)

Kelby MacNayr and the Intimate Art of Jazz

With U-JAM’s Jazz at the Gallery series launch just a week away, Artistic Director Kelby MacNayr will be giving an informal talk on the art of jazz at the Art Gallery of Greater of Victoria this Sunday afternoon.  While the presentation is directed mainly to series ticket holders, MacNayr says others are most welcome to attend. He plans to introduce the series but also explore some of the finer points of the great art of jazz – and he’ll be inviting questions and comments from the audience. Refreshments provided and its free! (Sunday, 2 pm, 1040 Moss)

The Storm Nilson Trio

Macnayr has other things on the go on Sunday as well, including an appearance with the Storm Nilson Trio in its first ever performance at Hermann’s.  Nilson is a virtuoso guitarist from LA who recently completed a Masters at McGill and who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, and Steve Cardenas.  Backed by MacNayr on drums and Sean Drabitt on bass, he’s likely to create more than a little smoke. Not to be missed. ( Sunday, 8pm, $10).

The Michelle Richard Trio

Ron Hadley continues his superb Music on Sunday series at The Old School House in Qualicum with an appearance by the Michelle Richard Trio. Richard is a Bermudan/Francophone singer born in the heart of Acadie in New Brunswick, who has a penchant for blending jazz and traditional songs in French and English.  Her influences range from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf. Promises to be a great show  (Sunday, 2:30 pm, $15).

Ian McDougall-Al Kay Quintet

It doesn’t get any better than this: the two lead and solo trombonists from the legendary Boss Brass in the same room at the same time with a dynamic rhythm section.  Canadian music legends Ian McDougall and Al Kay join forces for this unique two-trombone quintet appearance at Hermann’s next Wednesday night. If you love the great jazz standards, don’t miss this one! (Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm $20)

Pretzel Logic Orchestra

Steely Dan fans will be pleased to hear that the Pretzel Logic Orchestra is back with a performance next week at Hermann’s. This perennial favourite has some incredible players at its core, including Karel Roessingh, Joey Smith and Nick La Riviere.  Should be a great night. (Friday, January 29, 8pm $15).

– Rick Gibbs

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