Kelby MacNayr has been hard at work creating new music in preparation for the appearance of the Kelby MacNayr Quintet at Jazz at the Gallery on Sunday, April 25.
The concert will see four accomplished west coast jazz improvisers – saxophonist Roy Styffe, trumpeter Alfons Fear, bassist Sean Drabitt, and drummer MacNayr – join forces with Montreal pianist Marianne Trudel in a unique presentation of MacNayr’s original work.
MacNayr has handpicked the musicians for their skill (all have impressive credits including work with the likes of the Marsalis family, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson, Ed Bickert and Misha Piatigorsky) and because Read more…
A quartet-not-to-be-missed plays Hermann’s Sunday night when saxophonist Roy Styffe and pianist Miles Black join forces with Sean Drabitt (bass) and Kelby MacNayr (drums) in a presentation of original Canadian jazz composition.
Black got his start in Victoria, studying with George Essihos, and has long been a major figure on the Vancouver music scene. His daunting list of performance credits includes work with Oliver Gannon,Maynard Ferguson, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton,Houston Person, Fraser MacPherson and Ingrid Jensen.
Styffe is similarly well endowed with a long list of impressive credits that includes performances with Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, Renee Rosnes, and Phil Dwyer. He’s considered by many to be one of the finest alto sax stylists in the country.
The group has recently released a new album When Sparks Flew and presumably will be presenting material from that recording. Highly recommended. (8pm, $12/$8)