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Phil Dwyer Pays Tribute to Sonny Rollins and to One of His Teachers

February 24, 2011

Although he lives just a few hours up-island in Qualicum Beach, we don’t get to see Juno-award winner Phil Dwyer in Victoria very often, and so it’s a notable event when he makes the trek over the Malahat to perform here.

Good news: you can catch him with his trio (Jesse Cahill, Ben Dwyer)  in an intimate coffee house setting at the Glenlyon-Norfolk School (GNS) Henderson Performing Arts Centre (Maddison Street off Richardson) on Friday, March 4 – and there’s a feel-good story behind his appearance that makes the event all that more appealing.

Audrey Bailey, who has been the band director at GNS for over 20 years and has been a major force in jazz education on the Island for much longer than that, is retiring. She taught Phil in her first year of teaching at Qualicum Beach when he was only 11 years old, and this will be the last Friday Night Jazz concert she hosts, so it’s more than fitting that he’ll be there, marking an end to her long career.

The GNS jazz bands and the U-JAM Young All Stars warm things up starting at 7 pm. And then Phil Dwyer will take the stage, performing a tribute to the legendary trio recordings of Sonny Rollins.

It’ll be a great night. I encourage you to be there.

Tickets at the door. $10 adults/$8 students and seniors.

 

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