The good folks at Allison Piano are carrying on their legacy of hosting great jazz pianists in Victoria.
This Friday, February 1st at 7:30 pm they welcome Toronto native Jamie Reynolds on a Canada-wide tour in support of his debut album Time With People.
Bassist Gary Wang and drummer Eric Doob, also rising young talents on the New York scene, will join Reynolds.
Reynolds’ album features a dozen original compositions that have already received strong reviews in Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz.
A listen on Reynold’s website reveals melodic, reflective, and deeply personal material, somewhat reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, that should suit the intimate Allison Piano venue perfectly.
A number of the compositions, including “Ideas of North” and “Locks” are inspired by Reynold’s memories of growing up in Canada.
The album, by the way, is released on Fresh Sound, the Spanish label responsible for recordings by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Seamus Blake, and a host of other young jazz stars, as well as reissues of classic albums from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
It’s going to be a tough call on Friday night with a gypsy jazz tribute featuring Quinn Bachand, Richard Moody, Joey Smith, and Reuben Weir heating up Hermann’s at 8pm, but based on what I’ve been hearing on Reynolds’ website, I think I’m heading for the show at Allison’s.
If you are torn, you can always catch Reynolds for the first set and then head over to Hermann’s later. The tickets are reasonable for both shows and are available at the usual outlets.
There’s a host of great jazz and jazz events to choose from as we close out the month of January. Here’s a sampling:
VJS presents the Morgan Childs Quartet: BC native Morgan Childs is on tour in BC with his Toronto-based quartet and appears at Hermann’s this Friday night at 8pm. Childs’ group features three Toronto musicians with impressive pedigrees: saxophonist Kelly Jefferson fronts the group, with former Boss Brass pianist Dave Restivo and one of Toronto’s most in-demand bassists, Jon Maharaj. Tickets: $15.00 incl. HST Advance/VJS Member ($18.00 incl. HST @ the door). I believe he has up-island dates to0 but haven’t been able to find them! Check local listings.
Art of the Trio and solo performance with pianist George Colligan: The acclaimed Portland/NYC based pianist George Colligan returns to Victoria for two shows this Saturday, January 26. At 4 pm he’ll do a solo performance at Allison Piano (2328 Government St. $20.adults/$10. students) and in the evening he’ll appear at Hermann’s in an Art of the Trio show with percussionist Kelby MacNayr and bassist Sean Drabitt ($20/18 (VJS, Ujam, Tango Soc) $15 student). Retain your ticket from the solo show and get 50% off the evening performance.
Post-Apocalyptic Saxophone with Monik Nordine: No, this isn’t another prediction about the end of the world delivered to saxophone music. It’s saxophonist Monik Nordine’s take on the unique history of the saxophone and its sonic and acoustic possibilities that will include a demonstration by the Camosun Saxophone Quartet. It’s free. Thursday, January 31, 2013 Noon – 1pm (Wood Hall Auditorium),Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Jazz Vespers in Mill Bay with Pablo Cardenas: Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay offers a serene and scenic performance space for The Pablo Cardenas Fusion Ensemble featuring Pablo Cardenas piano, Peter Dowse on electric bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums. They’ll take you on a journey from Gospel to Classical, Latin and World music fused with jazz. Saturday January 26, at 4:30 pm – Admission by suggested donation of $10 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. Info: Pat Selman 250-743-4301
Jazz at the Gallery with Phil Dwyer: As mentioned in a previous post, the fourth season of Jazz at the Gallery gets underway this Sunday with a performance by the great Phil Dwyer. See the previous post for details.
Jazz at the Gallery, a joint venture of U-JAM and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), begins its fourth season on Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm with a performance by multiple Juno Award-winning pianist/saxophonist Phil Dwyer, accompanied by bassist John Hyde and percussionist Hans Verhoeven.
As U-JAM’s Dave Paulson reports in a recent press release, Dwyer burst on the Canadian jazz scene when he was still in his teens, causing Mark Miller, the Globe and Mail jazz critic for many years, to declare that he startled jazz audiences with his “unprecedented command of both tenor saxophone and piano” and with his “extraordinarily authoritative playing” setting the country on its ear.
Years later Dwyer continues to startle and inspire audiences with his phenomenal command of both instruments and his profound musicality. This promises to be one of the best concerts in the history of the series and is sure to sell out.
U-JAM and Art Gallery members enjoy a discounted ticket price of $25.00. The regular price is $30. Tickets 250-384-4171 ext. 0. Tickets include admission to the Gallery’s exhibits on the day of the performance.
For those who didn’t see it, here’s the obituary for Ross Taggart that appeared in the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper today:
January 16, 2013
TAGGART, Ross Thomas Died surrounded by family and close friends on 9th January 2013 after a brave and gallant struggle with kidney cancer. He was 45. Born in Victoria, BC, Ross showed great interest in music from an early age. At 18, he moved to Vancouver and embarked on a free lance jazz career, eventually becoming a prominent and beloved figure on the North American jazz scene. Ross lived generously and compassionately; he loved with an open heart, always, and appreciated the truly valuable things in life – art, music, drama, good food, the beauty of nature, friends and family. His unique sense of humour meant he carried the gift of laughter wherever he went. Those of us fortunate enough to have known him will miss him more deeply than words can express. His loss will also deeply affect the Vancouver/Vancouver Island jazz community whose steadfast devotion was a comfort to both Ross and his family during these dreadful last three months. In addition, family and friends alike are very grateful to the truly extraordinary Palliative Care Team at Vancouver General Hospital. A service celebrating Ross’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 19th January at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave. Joy he gave; joy he has found.
A memorial for saxophonist and pianist Ross Taggart is planned for Saturday, January 19 at 1 pm at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave., in Saanich.
Ross’s life will be celebrated through a service and with music from his fellow musicians.
Everyone is welcome.