Once a month on Sunday evenings at 7 pm, from September to June, Spirited Jazz Vespers features top jazz groups from Greater Victoria and further afield. Rev. Shana Lynngood guides us through the music with a splash of spirituality.
Each hour-long Spirited Jazz Vespers is nurtured and sustained by donations at the door with much appreciation for your support of live jazz.
January 13th – Washington & Cook Band. Theme: Love and Heartache
Maureen Washington & Daniel Cook play a variety of classic standards to well crafted original music. The music is jazz, blues, west-coast country and Latin. Their vocal harmonies meld beautifully and capture the essence of every song they perform together.
Theme: Love and Heartache
Maureen Washington vocals, Daniel Cook guitar and vocals, Ryan Tandy bass, Damian Graham drums.
February 10th – Gord & Olivier Clements Quartet. Theme: Passages
Gord and Olivier Clements Quartet features Gord Clements on saxophone and bass clarinet; Gord’s son Olivier Clements on trumpet and flugelhorn; Bruce Meikle on bass, and Evan Fryer on piano.
Gord Clements has five jazz albums, an orchestral recording of original bass clarinet pieces, and was inducted into Victoria’s Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He has taught at the University of Victoria, was Head of jazz Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is currently Senior School Director of Concert and Jazz Bands at St. Michaels University School. Click here for Gord’s website.
March 10th – The Edie DaPonte Quartet. Theme: Globally Inspired
This is a new CD Release event. For all about Edie click here.
April 28th – The Jon Miller Quartet
The Jon Miller Quartet is a top-rated jazz group from Victoria that has been making waves on the B.C. jazz scene for several years running, both for its engaging live performances and for the depth and variety of its original compositions.
The group’s most recent iteration (AKA the Parallel Universe Band) features the amazing Tony Genge on Hammond B-3 Organ along with guitar great Rob Cheramy, saxophonist extraordinaire Monik Nordine and leader Jon Miller on drums. The quartet’s repertoire alternates original material by group members with classic organ-jazz in the vein of giants of the genre – Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco and more. Listen to a sample.
May 26th – TBA watch this space for updates.
June 16th – Special 5th Anniversary Celebration. Watch this space for details…