Jazzfest Victoria

Jazzfest Victoria 2019


The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to announce the complete line up of artists/bands for the 36th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest.  The 2019 festival has an operating budget of $1,000,000 and will create an economic impact of well over $5.5 million to the City of Victoria. The festival hopes to attract an audience of over 40,000 people to what has become Victoria and Vancouver Island’s longest running multi-day professional music festival.

THE TEN HOT DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE COOLEST MUSIC IN TOWN will happen from June 21 to June 30, 2019 when the TD JazzFest will present a culturally and musically diverse program of over 80 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 8 stages in downtown Victoria. Jazz is the “sound of surprise,” which will be heard when over 300 musicians in 68 bands from around the world.

Previously announced headliners appearing in the “Marquee Series” at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse are Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali, The Suffers, Patricia Barber Trio, Joey Alexander Trio, Jesse Cook, Gregory Porter, and Jacob Collier.

For the “Presentation Series” of the TD JazzFest, the Victoria Jazz Society welcomes back Hermann’s Jazz Club once again as not one, but two TD JazzFest venues. There will be one ticketed evening performance every night of the festival in Hermann’s Jazz Club, featuring Marquis Hill BlacktetJacqui Naylor QuartetJoe Magnarelli QuintetThe Heavyweights Brass BandAmina Figarova SextetMaureen WashingtonEric Alexander Quartet w. Eric ReedTrio LSDMelissa Aldana Quartet, and Steve Smith and the Groove: Blue Organ Trio. At Hermann’s Upstairs (a new venue), featured artists are Dominique Fils-Aimé, Makaya McCraven, Thus Owls, and The Shuffle Demons.

The “Presentation Series” at the Victoria Event Centre will include MazacoteDonny McCaslinElisapie, Alex Pangman, So Long Seven, and Sona Jobarteh. The “Presentation Series” also includes one ticketed night in Centennial Square featuring Davina & The Vagabonds.

The Late Night Open Jam Sessions will take place at Hermann’s Jazz Club on both weekends of the festival, starting at 10:30pm. These sessions will be hosted by the Louis Rudner Trio and Attila Fias Trio.

There will be 24 “free to the public” performances taking place over nine afternoons, beginning at noon each day, in Centennial Square. Highlights for these performances include the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Naden’s RCN Pacific Blue Big Band. New for this year will be an extended day of free performances, which will take place from noon to 10pm on Saturday, June 22. There will be seven performances on this day, including Astrocolor and Naughty Professor.

Four “free to the public” workshop/clinics will take place at Hermann’s Jazz Club, hosted by touring artists performing at the festival including: The Heavyweights Brass Band, Amina Figarova, Eric Alexander and Eric Reed, and Melissa Aldana. These workshops are presented with the funding support of TD’s Community Relations program.

Local hotels/restaurants presenting jazz performances during the ten days of the TD JazzFest are the Pacific Restaurant (Hotel Grand Pacific) and Vista 18 (Chateau Victoria).

Complete festival line up, ticket info and schedule available April 12 @ jazzvictoria.ca
All festival tickets on sale Friday, April 12
Festival program guide available April 29

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

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See the schedule for other local venues

2019 Headliners:

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaTwin bill:Raul MidÓn and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali

McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 21 – 7:30pm | $49.50 & $37.50

Raul Midón has recorded 10 CDs and earned Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019. Midón last appeared at TD JazzFest in 2010, and has collaborated with such icons as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Queen Latifah. Midón sings with a soulful tenor voice and plays guitar in a way that can hold any audience in thrall.

Hailed by Sting as “one of the most inspiring musicians on our planet today”, Benin-based guitarist Lionel Loueke plays a dazzling combination of African folk roots and contemporary jazz, and was last seen in Victoria at the 2013 TD JazzFest as a decade-long member of Herbie Hancock’s band. These virtuosos will perform separately, then combine forces as an unforgettable duo.

Closing the evening, CBC’s Saturday Night Jazz host and JUNO nominee Laila Biali performs hits from her 2018 self-titled CD and crafts a uniquely catchy and sophisticated jazz-pop sound. Don’t miss this perfect twin bill of both great guitarists and evocative singer-songwriters!

TD Victoria International JazzfestThe Suffers plus Aaron Scoones

McPherson Playhouse | Sunday, June 23 – 7:30pm $39.50 & $27.50

Following their compelling late night TV debut on Lettermanin 2015, the electrifying eight piece wonder-band The Suffers instantly hit home with their audiences.Exploding onto the scene with their dazzling EP Make Some Room and their critically heralded self-titled debut in 2016, the 2018 release Everything Hereproves to be the band’s most bold statement yet. Hailing from Houston, Texas, The Suffers have got everything you need and there’s no need to look further – a dash of reggae, splash of jazz, pinch of salsa, hint of rock ‘n’ roll and a dollop of hip hop and funk – and more simmering inside their magical Gulf Coast soul. This thrilling ensemble is led by the relentlessly soulful Kam Franklin, the singer-songwriter, activist and writer whose vocal range and passion make her shine as an undeniable force.

TD Victoria International JazzfestPatricia Barber Trio plus Marc Atkinson Trio

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 24 – 7:30pm $39.50 & $27.50

Chicago’s Patricia Barber, who last played TD JazzFest in 2013, is a unique singer-songwriter-pianist who straddles the junction of jazz and blues. Notwithstanding Barber’s technical finesse on piano, it’s her songwriting, intriguing arrangements, and low-register vocals that are at the centre of her music-making. Starting in the ‘90s with Modern Cool and Café Blue, Barber emerged as a confident stylist whose cerebral take on life was idiosyncratic and often sardonic. Known for her cool intellectualism, a hip performance style more cabaret than concert hall, and being a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in the category of Music Composition, Barber is a one-of-a-kind artist with dozens of impressive recordings.

TD Victoria International JazzfestJoey Alexander Trio plus Quinn Bachand

Royal Theatre | Tuesday, June 25 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $43.50

There have been many prodigies in the world of jazz, but very few can compare with the crazy-talented, Indonesia-born pianist/prodigy Joey Alexander. He became an overnight sensation when Wynton Marsalis invited him to play at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at age 11, closely followed by a CBS 60 Minutes feature alongside Marsalis in 2016. By 14, Alexander had released two Grammy-nominated CDs. These days, he continues to evolve by leaps and bounds. His newest CD, Eclipse, shows off his powerful gifts as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Even the critics and festival bookers normally skeptical of young prodigies are won over by the musical maturity underlying Alexander’s extraordinary technical facility. He celebrates his 16thbirthday at his debut performance in Victoria.

TD Victoria International JazzfestAn Evening With Jacob Collier

Royal Theatre | Friday, June 28 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $43.50

British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and production wunderkind Jacob Collier went viral on YouTube, catching the attention of Quincy Jones. His 2016 album, In My Room, won 2 Grammys and a Jazz FM Award. This album led to collaborations and performances with Herbie Hancock, and Pharrell, as well as a TED Talk, a BBC Proms concert and more. In January 2018, Collier wrote Djesse, a universal wonder featuring contributions from a global cast of Collier’s musical inspirations. It is one of the most audacious recording projects to emerge this decade from someone who is already established as one of music’s most brazen new minds. Jacob Collier doesn’t merely embrace globalism; he lives it, sings it, arranges for it through songs that fightfor something—music and its power to remind us of the connections we all share, the humanity of being alive at all. He last played solo at TD JazzFest 2017, but is joined this time by a band for an awe-inspiring performance that is sure to both dazzle and electrify.

TD Victoria International JazzfestAn Evening With

“Jesse Cook is Canada’s king of the rumba flamenco… Cook lights a Mediterranean fire in the Great White North.” – Chatelaine

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 26
7:30pm | $72.50 & $54.50
Canada’s Jesse Cook, JUNO Award-winning master guitarist, composer and producer, is well-known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, having travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. Incorporating flamenco rumba, jazz, and other forms into his many albums, Cook is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the “nuevo flamenco” guitar style. On his albums, and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco, and its many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. He has released ten genre-defying albums, garnering eleven JUNO nominations – and one win, in 2001 for Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental categories. Among his many other awards, he is also a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year. PBS recently broadcasted Jesse Cook: Beyond Borders, the latest concert special by the acoustic guitar virtuoso, which was filmed over the 31 days of his coast-to-coast tour of Canada. He now brings Beyond Borders to the Royal Theatre in an epic, highly-anticipated Victoria reappearance. Chris Church violin/duduk/gaita/vocalsNicolas Hernandez rhythm guitarDennis MohammedbassRosendo ‘Chendy’ Leon drums/percussion

“He possesses a soulful, R&B-meets-jazz voice, yet there is an everyman aura about him.” – Times

Royal Theatre | Thursday, June 27

7:30pm | $72.50 & $54.50

Following three sensational sold-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, international best-selling artist Gregory Porter released his first ever live album, One Night Only – Live At The Royal Albert Hall on November 2018. Porter has achieved international recognition with his two Grammy Award winning records for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”, Liquid Spirit in 2014 and Take Me To The Alley in 2017, which became the first jazz album to hit the Top 5 on the Official UK Albums Chart for over a decade. Liquid Spirit took Porter from being the biggest name on the jazz scene to being one of the most sought-after singers around today, performing sold-out shows across the UK and being invited to perform on high profile TV programmes includingStrictly Come Dancing, the BBC Music Awards, and The Graham Norton Show. 2018 was yet another landmark year for Porter after his 2017 album, Nat King Cole & Me, hit number three on the Official UK Album Chart and received a 2019 Grammy nomination. Porter has performed at many major music festivals, including Glastonbury, where he shared the Pyramid Stage alongside the likes of Muse, Adele and Coldplay. With his rich and soulful voice, Porter wins audiences with the rare combination of raw talent and the musical sophistication that he captures so effortlessly. Chip Crawford pianoEmanuel Harrold drumsTivon Pennicottsaxophone/hornsJahmal Nichols bassOndrej Pivec organ





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*All performances in the “Presentation Series” are available at the Victoria Jazz Society Office (no service charges)


For only $5, your MARQUEE SERIES ticket (Royal Theatre, McPherson Playhouse) will admit you to another TD JazzFest performance in the PRESENTATION SERIES occurring the same evening.  Purchase at door of Bonus Show only. Subject to capacity. Questions? Call the TD JazzFest Info Line at 250-388-4423


SAVE BIG! 20% – 50% off when you buy tickets to three or more different PRESENTATION SERIESJazzFest shows in one purchase. A limited number are available, get yours today! Available exclusively through the Victoria Jazz Society (977 Alston St) or the TD JazzFest Info Line: 250-388-4423.

Ticket packages are applicable to any ticketed performances at: Hermann’s Jazz Club, Hermann’s Upstairs, Centennial Square, and Victoria Event Centre.



  • Ticket Packages are only applicable for one ticket per show selected.
  • Ticket Packages may not be added to after initial purchase.
  • Ticket Packages are not applicable to Royal Theatre or McPherson Playhouse shows.