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JAZZFEST 2018

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 35th anniversary in 2018.

The 2018 TD Victoria International JazzFest will take place from Friday June 22 – Sunday July 1. Stay tuned for lineup announcements!

THE VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY  977 Alston Street Victoria, BC V9A 3S5

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

See the schedule for other local venues

2018 Headliners:

 

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER & THE MEMPHIS SOULPHANY

One of the best jazz singers of her generation.”  AllMusic

Royal Theatre | Friday, June 22 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria JazzfestTD Jazzfest presents three-time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, a jazz visionary at the utmost tier of vocalists. In the 70s, this Memphis native was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and also performed with jazz notables Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. A Tony Award Winner, producer, and record label head, she recently won the NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award in April 2017. Bridgewater’s highly-anticipated album “Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready,” released fall 2017, imbibes her love of vintage soul and blues with fierce passion. Dee Dee Bridgewater and her 9-piece band’s performance at TD JazzFest 2018 guarantees to recapture the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B and Soul classic

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SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA

“They make you get up and dance… salsa at its timeless best.”  Los Angeles Times

Royal Theatre | Tuesday, June 26 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $46.50 (plus service charges)

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) is a two-time Grammy winning 13-piece salsa and Latin jazz band setting the standard for New York style, authentic hard core salsa—live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better.  Lead by pianist Oscar Hernandez, the band’s stage presence, rich sound and musical precision leaves audiences mesmerized until the last note. With four Grammy nominations over a 15 year career, this Latin Jazz powerhouse recently released their self-titled fifth album, which features two of America’s great jazz icons, Chick Corea and Joe Lovano.  With 13 world-class artists coming together to create an unparalleled musical experience, SHO are sure to make their mark on this year’s TD JazzFest.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

“Mashes together James Brown, the Family Stone, Otis Redding and the Memphis Horns in one slick, rock ‘n’ roll package, and tops it off with the spirit of gospel” – Ottawa Citizen

Royal Theatre | Thursday, June 28 – 7:30pm $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Blending 60s soul fire with impassioned vocals and songwriting, St. Paul & the Broken Bones are killing it on the international music scene. Their take-no-prisoners live show has earned them legions of fans across Europe and North America. This Alabama-based 8-piece soul band is led by Paul Janeway, a former bank teller whose vocals draw frequent comparisons to soul legends like Otis Redding and Al Green. During the band’s feverish performances, Janeway screams, croons and often dives into the audience. Following the success of their debut album “Half the City,” St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ critically acclaimed sophomore album “Sea of Noise” was released in 2016. This high voltage band makes its debut at TD JazzFest 2018.

G O G O P E N G U I N
p l u s Gwyneth Herbert

McPherson Playhouse | Saturday, June 23 – 7:30pm | $42.50 & $32.50 (plus service charges)
Their music is described as acoustic-electronica and is noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral bass-lines and tidal rhythms. Manchester, UK-based piano trio GoGo Penguin is pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. The band’s music features break-beats, minimalist piano melodies, powerful basslines, drums inspired from electronica and anthemic riffs. Their latest album on Blue Note A Humdrum Star, was released in February 2018. Britain’s Gwyneth Herbert is a sophisticated jazz-ballad artist and has released six albums. “She has a voice that can effortlessly render any emotion with commanding ease.”

Don’t miss this unique twin bill engagement

M O R G A N J A M E S & J A M I S O N R O S S

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 25 – 7:30pm | $52.50 & $42.50 (plus service charges)
A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

MACY GRAY

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)
Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to name a few. “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs, from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is, winning her a Grammy in 2001. Her latest album Stripped was recorded with notable jazz musicians including Russell Malone, Wallace Rodney and Ari Hoenig. Jazz is how she got her start and is what Gray does in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog. From jazz to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note. “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” – Vogue Magazine

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND

McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 29 – 7:30pm | $55.50 & $45.50 (plus service charges)
14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the Dobro (resonator guitar) what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar by reinventing the instrument in countless ways. This forward-thinking artist incorporates elements of bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic into his musical vision. He is best known as a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1988. Douglas’ distinctive sound graces 1500+ albums, including discs released by Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Ray Charles. He recently received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.” A true pioneer in American Music.

Ticket Outlets

  • Victoria Jazz Society  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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