Jazzfest Victoria – 2017

JAZZFEST 2017

The TD Victoria International JazzFest is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. The “grandfather” of music festivals serving audiences in Vancouver and Gulf Islands region, TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. Since its inception in 1985, the festival has been presented and produced by the Victoria Jazz Society. The festival celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2017.

The 2017 TD Victoria International JazzFest will take place from Friday, June 23 – Sunday, July 2. Stay tuned for lineup announcements!

THE VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY  202 – 345 QUEBEC STREET (HARBOUR TOWERS HOTEL)

E INFO@JAZZVICTORIA.CA P 250-388-4423 F 250-388-4407

See the schedule for other local venues

2017 Headliners:

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Mavis Staples

MAVIS STAPLES is living, breathing history.  She is a Grammy-winning alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles.  From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create as a member of The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop radio stardom during the Stax era, to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, to 21st century collaborations with Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, Willie Nelson, Chuck D. and Jeff Tweedy, the one constant has been Mavis and her singular voice.  Now in her seventh decade, the legendary Staples released her latest album “Livin on a High Note” in early 2016, and was recently recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree.


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Ziggy Marley

Throughout the course of his three-decade career, ZIGGY MARLEY has built a music legacy worthy of his legendary family name. With 16 albums, eight Grammy Awards, and an Emmy to his credit, the humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer continually progresses at every turn.  Ziggy’s musical history dates back to watching his father Bob Marley record in the studio when he was ten years old. His eight-album catalog with the Melody Makers encompasses three Grammy Awards, countless sold out shows, and anthems including “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People,” and “Conscious Party.” Since making his solo debut in 2003, Ziggy has received four Grammy Awards for “Best Reggae Album,” most recently winning the award in 2017 for his latest self-titled album released in 2016

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Cyrus Chestnut Trio & Kandace Springs Trio

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 26 – 7:30pm | $45.50 & $37.50 (plus service charges)

Fans of straight-ahead, blues, and gospel-tinged jazz will want to check out Cyrus Chestnut, a standout pianist who has performed alongside such legends as Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, and Betty Carter.  His sound on the piano is soulful, rich, confident, and in many ways classic. Chestnut’s leadership and prowess as a soloist has also led him to be a first call for the piano chair in big bands like the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.

There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs, the 27-year-old Nashville-based singer-pianist who combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop.  Springs and her expressive, smoky alto recently migrated to Blue Note Records and relaunched herself as a bona fide jazz artist. Her dazzling Blue Note debut, 2016’s Soul Eyes, reveals the influences of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones.

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Tommy Emmanuel plus Jack Broadbent

Widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the planet, TOMMY EMMANUEL has piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations for “Best Country Instrumental Performance.”  Emmanuel was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 and has received endorsements by the likes of Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins—the latter having handpicked Emmanuel as one of only five musicians to be named a “Certified Guitar Player.”  An accomplished fingerstyle player, Emmanuel’s immense talents carry him to the far corners of the glob­e—he plays an average of 300 shows a year—but he never plays the same show twice, and improvises big chunks of every date.

Opening act will be singer/songwriter and virtuoso slide guitarist JACK BROADBENT.

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Jacob Collier

McPherson Playhouse | Wednesday, June 28 – 7:30pm | $45.50 & $37.50 (plus service charges)

London’s Jacob Collier is best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts and plays all the instruments.  Now, with help from MIT, Collier has built a groundbreaking solo live-performance vehicle that allows him to bring his “mind blowing” multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music making to the stage in a way that has never been seen or heard before. His electrifying debut album, In My Room, was released in 2016, earning him two 2017 Grammy Awards and prompting NPR to praise Collier as “this year’s wonderkind-to-watch.”

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX is a genre-busting group known for reworking pop music into vintage genres, particularly jazz and swing.  Featuring a rotating cast of at least a dozen musicians, the group includes four to five first-rate vocalists, a tap dancer, a full band, and occasional unexpected guests.  In its seven years of existence, PMJ has gained over 500 million views and 2 million subscribers on YouTube.  The band covers rearrangements of songs by contemporary artists, such as Aerosmith, Outkast, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé — combining a genuine appreciation for the melodies and song craft of recent hits with a passion for talented musicians playing real instruments.  Over the past three years, Postmodern Jukebox has toured four continents and appeared at packed houses across the globe, including a recent performance at Radio City Music Hall for an audience of more than 6,000 people.

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Elvin Bishop Band

Royal Theatre | Sunday, July 2 – 7:30pm | $58.50 & $48.50 (plus service charges)

Musical icon Elvin Bishop got his start as lead guitarist for the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues band, the group that gets the most credit for introducing white America to the blues. Five years later he went solo and formed the Elvin Bishop Group, going on to record 20 albums amidst a memorable six-decade career, garnering him Grammy nominations and induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Best known for the song “Fooled Around and Fell In Love,” a well-loved classic recently featured on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, this easy-going guitar slinger is a veritable legend. His most recent release, Big Fun Trio, is topping blues radio charts, but Bishop will bring his rockin’ sextet to Victoria for his TD JazzFest debut.

CENTENNIAL SQUARE: start time 7:30pm

Saturday, June 24: Nik West plus Wainwright/Kinzel Duo, $29

DISTRIKT NIGHTCLUB: start time 9:30pm

Sunday, June 25: Nomadic Massive, $25
Monday, June 26: Sammy Miller and the Congregation, $25
Tuesday, June 27: Tami Neilson, $25

DAVE DUNNET THEATRE @ OAK BAY HIGH: start time 8:00pm

Saturday, June 24: Quinn Bachand’s Brishen plus Blue Moon Marquee $28
Sunday, June 25: Donny McCaslin Group, $35
Tuesday, June 27: Christine & Ingrid Jensen Band w. Ben Monder, $28
Wednesday, June 28: Tierney Sutton Band, $42
Thursday, July 29: Buster Williams Quartet, $42

HERMANN’S JAZZ CLUB: start time 8:30pm

Friday, June 23: Marc Atkinson Trio w. Cameron Wilson, $25
Saturday, June 24: Phronesis, $29
Sunday, June 25: Antonio Ciacca Quintet, $29
Monday, June 26: Myriad3, $25
Tuesday, June 27: Barbra Lica, $25
Wednesday, June 28: Wojcinski/Szmanda Quartet, $25
Thursday, June 29: Gypsophilia, $29
Friday, June 30: Neil Cowley Trio, $25
Saturday, July 1: Scott Hamilton Trio, $39

Ticket Outlets

  • Victoria Jazz Society (202-345 Quebec Street or 250-388-4423)
    • No service charges & the only outlet with package discounts!
    • Tickets for performances at the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse are not available here
  • Lyle’s Place (770 Yates Street)
    • Tickets for performances at the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse are not available here
  • Royal & McPherson Box Office (Online at rmts.bc.ca or 250-386-6121)
    • All tickets available here

All TD JazzFest tickets are on sale now!

Ticket Package Discounts

BONUS SHOW DEAL!
For only $5, your Marquee Series ticket (Royal Theatre, McPherson Playhouse) will admit you to another TD JazzFest ticketed performance occurring the same evening. Purchase at door of Bonus Show only. Subject to capacity.

TD JAZZFEST TICKET PACKAGES
SAVE BIG! 20% – 50% off when you buy tickets to three or more different non-Marquee JazzFest shows in one purchase. A limited number are available, get yours today! Available exclusively through the Victoria Jazz Society (#202 – 345 Quebec St) or the TD JazzFest Info Line: (250) 388-4423.

Ticket packages are applicable to any shows at Dave Dunnet Theatre, Centennial Square, Distrikt Nightclub, and Hermann’s Jazz Club.

PACKAGE A: 20% OFF Any 3 – 4 shows, PACKAGE B: 25% OFF Any 5 – 9 shows, PACKAGE C: 40% OFF Any 10 – 14 shows, PACKAGE D: 50% OFF Any 15 or more shows
*Festival ticket packages are not applicable to Royal Theatre or McPherson Playhouse shows.
*Festival ticket packages are only applicable for one ticket per show selected.
*Festival ticket packages may not be added to after initial purchase.

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