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Jazz Super-Group Performs in Victoria and Parksville

November 26, 2012 1 comment

Vancouver Island audiences are in for a treat this week when the Ian McDougall 12-Tet, a true jazz super-group, performs live in Victoria and Parksville on Friday and Saturday night.

With celebrated veterans like Phil Dwyer, Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Ron Johnston, Ken Lister, Oliver Gannon, Craig Scott, and Brad Turner – not to mention McDougall himself on trombone – this collection of Juno and Grammy award-winning and nominated artists is one of the most talented jazz groups ever assembled on the west coast of Canada.

They first performed in 2010 at the CBC Jazz Festival – where they received rave reviews – and recorded their first album in Vancouver in March of this year.

Most of these musicians live on the Lower Mainland and are performing on the Island thanks to the efforts of Dave Paulson and U-JAM, the Victoria jazz society dedicated to developing the local jazz scene.

McDougall, who has played in some of the best bands in the world, including the Boss Brass, the John Dankworth Band and the Woody Hermann Thundering Herd says the group is a “hot band” and one of the “most fun” he’s ever worked with.

When musicians this talented are enjoying themselves, you can be sure the result will be one of the best jazz concerts of the year.

The Victoria concert takes place at Alix Goolden Hall and the Parksville show at Knox United Church. Both get underway at 8 pm.

Tickets are $35 for Adults/ $30 for U-JAM members/ and $15 for students and can be purchased in advance through the U-JAM website.

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