Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Former Post Modern Jukebox voice is “…a phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep…This woman is on fire.” – The New York Times

MORGAN JAMES

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Former Post Modern Jukebox voice is “…a phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep…This woman is on fire.” – The New York Times

plus ELISE LEGROW

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm)

Venue: Platinum Room @ Elements Casino, 1708 Island Hwy

Tickets: $32 advance/VJS members/students | $37 at the door (service charges may apply)

ALL AGES ~ On sale Monday, January 14

Available: Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (977 Alston St. or 250-388-4423),

and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca)

 

See images from Morgan James’ last visit to Victoria from BradEdwards.ca

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Throughout her spectacular career, singer/songwriter, and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her unique perspective and make them her own. She rocked the stage as Christ herself in an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar, took on a full-album acoustic cover of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, and brought the critics to their feet with her cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic Blue album. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017, and covers pop songs with a vintage jazz twist. Most recently, James released a video in which she put her signature spin on the Nirvana grunge rock classic “Lithium”, and her cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is a YouTube hit.

In addition to James’ own studio albums, Reckless Abandon and Hunter, she has released a live tribute to her idol Nina Simone, Morgan James Live. Now, James has set her sights on the Beatles’ White Album. While each song is performed in its original key, James provides a soulful vibe and feminine flair to these classics. Released in October, 2018, The White Album cover was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original release, which happened November, 1968. James’ current tour across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., White to Blue, celebrates both the Beatles’ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.

Morgan James first appeared in a “stunning” performance in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2018. Opening the evening will be the fiery singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. For a night of dazzling energy and pure artistry, this powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at the new entertainment venue at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room.

 

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April

MORGAN JAMES

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Former Post Modern Jukebox voice is “…a phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep…This woman is on fire.” – The New York Times

plus ELISE LEGROW

Morgan James 2018 Jazzfest. Image BradEdwards.ca

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm)

Venue: Platinum Room @ Elements Casino, 1708 Island Hwy

Tickets: $32 advance/VJS members/students | $37 at the door (service charges may apply)

ALL AGES ~ On sale Monday, January 14

Available: Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (977 Alston St. or 250-388-4423),

and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca)

See images from Morgan James’ last visit to Victoria from BradEdwards.ca

Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Throughout her spectacular career, singer/songwriter, and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her unique perspective and make them her own. She rocked the stage as Christ herself in an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar, took on a full-album acoustic cover of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, and brought the critics to their feet with her cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic Blue album. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017, and covers pop songs with a vintage jazz twist. Most recently, James released a video in which she put her signature spin on the Nirvana grunge rock classic “Lithium”, and her cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is a YouTube hit.

In addition to James’ own studio albums, Reckless Abandon and Hunter, she has released a live tribute to her idol Nina Simone, Morgan James Live. Now, James has set her sights on the Beatles’ White Album. While each song is performed in its original key, James provides a soulful vibe and feminine flair to these classics. Released in October, 2018, The White Album cover was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original release, which happened November, 1968. James’ current tour across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., White to Blue, celebrates both the Beatles’ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.

Morgan James first appeared in a “stunning” performance in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2018. Opening the evening will be the fiery singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. For a night of dazzling energy and pure artistry, this powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at the new entertainment venue at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room.

Victoria Jazzfest Twin Bill: Morgan James & Jamison Ross

Victoria Jazzfest 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.

Victoria Jazzfest presents 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.

Victoria JazzfestPraised 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.

Don’t miss this unique Victoria Jazzfest twin bill engagement at the McPherson Playhouse on June 25!

Morgan James: http://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest/event/morgan-james

Jamison Ross: http://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest/event/jamison-ross

 

See more of the Marquee shows for this years Jazzfest

Victoria Jazzfest June 25

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 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 longest running multi-day professional music festival serving audiences on Vancouver Island, TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. Since its inception the festival has been presented and produced by the Victoria Jazz Society.

The 35th TD Victoria International JazzFest takes place Friday, June 22 – Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Here’s what’s on TODAY: June 25

Free lunchtime performance at Centennial Square: PARC X TRIO (NOON-1:15PM)

McPHerson Playhouse: MORGAN JAMES & Jamison Ross

Rubber Boot Club: MACIEJ OBARA QUARTET

Victoria Event Centre: ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES

Hotel Grand Pacific: BLUE MOON MARQUEE

Chateau Victoria (Victa 18): SHANNA DANCE TRIO

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 (977 Alston St) or the TD JazzFest Info Line: 250-388-4423.

Ticket packages are applicable to any ticketed performances at: Dave Dunnet Theatre, Centennial Square, VEC and Rubber Boot Club. Jazzfest Tickets

The Complete 2018 Line-Up for Victoria Jazzfest Announced

Jazzfest VictoriaThe VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY Announces:
The 35th TD VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL JAZZFEST

The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to announce the complete line up of artists/bands for the 35th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest.  Victoria Jazzfest 2018 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 once again attract an audience of over 40,000 people to what has become Victoria and Vancouver Island’s longest running multi-day professional music festival.

Jazzfest Victoria
Dee Dee Bridgewater June 22 7:30PM


THE TEN HOT DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE COOLEST MUSIC IN TOWN will happen from June 22 to July 1, 2018 when the TD JazzFest will present a culturally and musically diverse program of 80 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 9 stages in downtown Victoria. Jazz is the “sound of surprise,” which will be heard when over 350 musicians in 61 bands from around the world, including artists from Poland, the United Kingdom, the Sudan, the United States, and across Canada, perform in our city during the 35th edition (34th anniversary) of the TD Victoria International JazzFest.

Previously announced headliners appearing in the Marquee Series at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse are Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Macy Gray, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, GoGo Penguin, Morgan James, Jamison Ross and the Jerry Douglas Band.

Additional headlining jazz artists appearing in the ticketed Presentation Series at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School include: Ranee Lee, the Vincent Herring Quartet, and the Julian Lage Trio.

The festival will also present two ticketed nights of funk, hip hop, Bhangra and world music in Centennial Square with Ghost-Note and Red Baraat.

The new live music venue, The Rubber Boot Club, will host nine nights of performances in which Canada’s established and emerging jazz talent will be featured with Al Muirhead’s Canadian QuintetAllison Au QuartetEllen DotyFrancois Bourassa QuartetLes MalcommodesSean Drabitt, and Maya Rae. ECM recording artist, Maciej Obara Quartet from Poland, and the Johnny O’Neal Trio from New York add some international flare to this series.

Victoria Jazzfest
Alsarah & The Nubatones

The “sounds of surprise” will continue in the festival at the Victoria Event Centre with the soulful R&B of the Jerry Granelli Group w. Robben Ford and Bob Lanzetti, the multi-lingual hip hop and world music of the Alsarah & The Nubatones from the Sudan, and the blues and rockabilly infused vocals of Lindsay Beaver & The 24th St. Wailers from Austin, Texas.

The festival’s “best kept secret”, The Late Night Gig and Jam Sessions, will also take place at the Victoria Event Centre on both weekends of the festival. These sessions will be hosted by Victoria’s Damian Graham Trio on June 22 and 23 and Kelby MacNayr Trio on June 29 and 30.

There will be 22 “free to the public” performances taking place over nine afternoons in Centennial Square, featuring many of Victoria’s top local jazz bands.  Highlighting these free performances is the TD sponsored “Student Performance Day” on Sunday, June 24, which showcases Vancouver Island’s young jazz talent. Featured student bands for 2018 are: Oak Bay High Senior Jazz BandSpectrum Community School Senior Jazz Band Combos,Wellington High Jazz Combos, and the Vic High R&B Band.

Four “free to the public” workshop/clinics will take place in “Room 139” of the Oak Bay High School, hosted by touring artists performing at the festival including (1) bassist MonoNeon anddrummer Sput, from Ghost-Note, (2) saxophonist Vincent Herring and pianist Dave Kikoski and (3) guitarist Julian Lage, as well as (4) Justin Time music label president Jim West. These workshops are presented with the funding support of TD’s Community Relations program.

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

The complete lineup and schedule of artists/bands appearing in the Free to the Public performances and at the local restaurants are now on the VJS website (jazzvictoria.ca) and in the official TD Victoria International JazzFest program guide.

The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to continue with TD as the Title Sponsor of our jazz festival. The TD Victoria International JazzFest is also funded by all three levels of government:Department of Canadian Heritage: Arts Presentation Fund • British Columbia Arts Council • Capital Regional District • City of Victoria.

TD JazzFest’s Presenting Media Sponsors are Times Colonist  CTV • CFAX 1070 • KOOL FM 107.3.

Other festival sponsors and contributors are included in the festival’s official program guide.

The Victoria Jazz Society, producers of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and contributors as well as the 250 plus volunteers for supporting both the music and the festival.

Complete festival line up and schedule available April 10 @ jazzvictoria.ca

All festival tickets on sale Friday, April 13

Festival program guide available April 25

For further information/artist photos contact Kristen Binley at the Victoria Jazz Society/TD JazzFest office:

(250) 388-4423 or fax 388-4407 or email communications@jazzvictoria.ca

2018 marks the 35th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, making it

 Victoria and Vancouver Island’s longest running multi-day professional music festival.

9 Stages · Over 350 Musicians · 80 Performances · Over 40,000 Attendees

www.jazzvictoria.ca  ·  @VicJazzSociety

 

More info at: TD JazzFest 2018 Headliners announced!

Additional Headliners Announced Victoria Jazzfest

Victoria JazzfestG 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)

Victoria Jazzfest: 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

Victoria JazzfestM 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)

Victoria Jazzfest: 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.

Victoria JazzfestMACY GRAY

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: 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

Victoria JazzfestTHE 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.

See the previously released list of headliners HERE

See images from the last SIX years of Jazzfest