Archive for May, 2013

Masters of the Wind – Indian Jazz Fusion

May 23, 2013 1 comment

I received this message today from the Society for Indian Classical Arts at UVic.. Sounds like a very worthwhile concert and something you won’t normally see in Victoria.

The “leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion”, saxophonist and composer, George Brooks, Indian bamboo flute master Pt. Ronu Majumdar, a major innovator with New Age Music, and Tabla maestro Ramdas Palsule come together to create the finest Indian-inspired jazz and jazz flavored raga. These world music visionaries blend the ancient improvisational art of Indian classical music with jazz, Americas’ own classical music, to create a soul satisfying, original music filled with rich melodies and dynamic rhythms. Don’t miss this beautiful music experience with these wonderful artists here in Victoria.

Venue: David Lam Auditorium, A144 MacLaurin Building at UVic.
(Please use Parking lot E or 6. There is no parking fee on Sundays)
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Time: 7:00PM (Doors open at 6:45PM)
Tickets: $20, Students $15
Tickets are available at: Long&McQuade, Munros books and at the door
Call Sri/Sudhakar: 250-721-2672 to reserve or for more information.

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Five Questions for Melinda Whitaker

May 22, 2013 Comments off

5x7MelindaCoverAVocalist Melinda Whitaker, who moved to the Island from Vancouver a few years ago, performs this Friday night (May 24) at Hermann’s with the Brent Jarvis Trio and guitarist Henry Young. Island Jazz posed five questions to Melinda so we could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

1. If you could take only one jazz album with you to a desert island, which one would it be and why?
I’d take Seattle jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson’s “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” with Monty Alexander on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Frank Gant on drums. Ernestine is my all time fave. She is soul incarnate.

2. What was your worst gig ever?
I was playing a gig with top drawer jazz players when we were confronted by inebriated, furious guests who were expecting a heavy metal band. Thankfully the piano player defused hostilities with the now legendary remark, “Don’t worry, we’ll play something with a lot of the same notes.”

3. What was your best?
That’s got to be when I was opening for The Ray Brown Trio at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, 2001.

4. How has your move to Vancouver Island worked out musically for you?
To my delight, I’ve found Vancouver Island to be a musical oasis. Some of the country’s top jazz musicians have chosen to make their homes here, and I count myself fortunate to be sharing the incredible Island vibe. Every player but one on my recently released album Lucky So-And-So!, produced by iconic jazz Islander Phil Dwyer, is from the Island and all are West Coasters. In a very real sense it’s a Pacific Northwest tour de force. So I’m happy to say that my move to Vancouver Island has, in your words Rick, given me the ‘expansive musical sandbox’ of my dreams.

5. What should Victoria fans know about guitarist Henry Young?
There is literally nothing that jazz guitarist Henry Young has not accomplished in his career. He spent decades touring with the legendary Nina Simone and has played with some of the biggest names in the industry, Ray Charles and Roberta Flack among them. Add musical director, composer, arranger and recording artist credits and he brings a brilliant depth of technique and soul rarely accessible to jazz aficionados these days.

The show gets underway at 8pm. Tickets are $25. You can read more about Melinda at

Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst Tour South Island in June

May 16, 2013 Comments off

Vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott and bassist Rene Worst, two of the west coast’s most acclaimed musicians, will tour the south Island in June supported by James McRae on drums and Monik Nordine on sax . Check the Calendars and Upcoming Gigs page (above) for details and click on the following links to learn more about these world class performers.

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Four Saxophones Blow Into Colwood

May 15, 2013 Comments off

Jazz Vespers fans might be interested in the upcoming concert this Sunday in Colwood at the Church of the Advent, featuring the Barracuda Saxophone Quartet. For more details check out the following article from the Goldstream Gazette.

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More Jazz in May

May 13, 2013 Comments off
Melinda Whitaker appears with guitarist Henry Young and the Brent Jarvis Trio at Hermann's in May.

Melinda Whitaker appears with guitarist Henry Young and the Brent Jarvis Trio at Hermann’s on May 24.

May always seems to be a good month for jazz on the Island. Here’s a few noteworthy upcoming shows:

The Crofton Hotel Pub continues its weekly series just a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal on Sunday, May 19 with an appearance by Courtenay-Comox vocalist Dale Graham backed by a quartet featuring Rick Husband on guitar, Mike Eddy on keyboards, Don McKay on electric bass and Ron Joiner on drums. (2-5 pm, $10).

Kelby MacNayr’s Art of the Trio series welcomes Juno-winners Phil Dwyer(sax/piano) and Ken Lister (bass) to Hermann’s on Friday, May 17. The trio will explore new selections from the Great American Songbook and the legacy of great saxophone and piano performers including John Coltrane, Bill Evans and more. (8pm,$20,$18, $15)

The Barracuda Saxophone Quartet (Monik Nordine, Tom Ackerman, Chris Watt and Rainer Roth) will be joined by Pablo Cardenas on piano and Petra Kixmoller doing spoken word to perform The Threepenny Opera at Merlin’s Sun Theater, 1983 Fairfield Road on Saturday, May 18th 7:30pm. $20/$22 contact

Vocalist Melinda Whitaker appears on Friday, May 24th at Hermann’s with guitarist Henry Young. Young is a Vancouver guitarist well known for his work with Nina Simone. Joining Young and Whitaker will be the Brent Jarvis Trio. (8pm, $25).


There’s lots more great jazz going on. Check the calendars and upcoming gigs page (above) for more info.

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