TD Victoria International Jazzfest

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.

TD Victoria International Jazzfest: 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.

For more info on artists including ticket links for the TD Victoria International Jazzfest, visit: https://playinvictoria.net/live-music/td-jazzfest-victoria/

 

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TD Victoria International Jazzfest

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.

36th Annual TD Victoria International Jazzfest

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.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Additional information on venues, tickets and marquee headliners, visit: playinvictoria.net/live-music/td-jazzfest-victoria/

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.

 

Kellylee Evans at Hermann’s Jazz Club

Six albums deep, Juno Award-winning jazz/soul vocalist Kellylee Evans has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such classics fight or flight?, Nina – her 2011 Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone

Kellylee Evans at Hermann’s Jazz Club

Catch Juno Award-winning jazz/soul vocalist Kellylee Evans at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  Six albums deep she has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such classics fight or flight?Nina – her 2011 Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When. Praised for “a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive,” Evans has pushed her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory. Her 2015 Decca album, Come On, is a wonderfully refreshing album about love and life that comes on the heels of two nearly career ending accidents, including a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen.

However, Kellylee Evans is nothing if not resilient. Before becoming the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition, Evans was essentially unknown and primarily focused on raising the first of her three children at her home in Ashton, a crossroads community on the capital’s western boundary. Now, Evans offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and that “je ne sais quoi” that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline.

Kellylee Evans last performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2013. Evans’ time is nigh, and it only gets better when you experience this stylistic connoisseur live, in her element with Adam Cormier drumsJames Meger bass, and Jonny Tobin keys, at Hermann’s Jazz Club on March 22.

Kellylee Evans at Hermann’s Jazz Club Tickets

Date:                       Friday, March 22, 2019 – 8:00pm (doors open 6:00pm)

Venue:                    Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St

Tickets:                  $29 advance/VJS members/students | $32 at the door (service charges may apply)

                                On sale Friday, January 25

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)

 

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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.

JANE BUNNETT AND MAQUEQUE at Hermann’s Jazz Club

A five-time JUNO Award winner and three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has showcased the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba.

“Maqueque entrance[s] listeners with a clave-induced set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile.” —Frank Alkyer (DownBeat Magazine Editor)

Date:                     Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 8:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Venue:                  Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St.

Tickets:                $35 advance/VJS members/Students | $38 at the door 
                             (service charges may apply)
On sale now!

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)

A five-time JUNO Award winner and three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has showcased the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Bunnett and Maqueque, the brilliant all-female Cuban jazz ensemble, have created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s program Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a GRAMMY Award for their newest release, Oddara, and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. They performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest in 2014.

Maqueque are: Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophoneflute, Melvis Santa, vocals, percussion, Mary Paz, congas, vocals, Dánae Olano, piano, Tailin Marrero, acoustic, electric bass, Yissy García, drums.

HALIE LOREN live at Hermann’s Jazz Club

With a decade-plus career represented by nine outstanding albums, Loren and producer Troy Miller (prior collaborator with Gregory Porter, Amy Winehouse, and Jamie Cullum) developed her latest, From the Wild Sky, which released in April 2018 as her sixth album with Justin Time Records.

“Loren mixes and matches popular songs from a variety of sources and eras, throws in a few originals for good measure, and lets her warm and seductive voice work its magic on all of them …  Loren has something to say and her voice is as attractive and intoxicating as anything.” – All About Jazz

Date:                      Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 8:00pm (doors open
6:00pm)

Venue:                   Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St.

Tickets:                 $25 advance/VJS members/Students | $28 at the door
                              (service charges may apply)
On sale now!

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)

Halie LorenJustin Time recording artist and singer-songwriter Halie Loren blends jazz, pop, vibrant vocals and authentic lyrics to create her own unique fusion of sound. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, Loren’s successive albums have garnered awards, Billboard recognition and an international following that has sent her touring around the globe, including stops in Korea, Africa, Japan, Canada and the Caribbean, to name a few locations. Her records regularly make “best of” lists, and her sublime talents as a vocalist are attested to as she transcends cultural borders, having reached #1 on the Billboard Japan Top 20 Jazz Albums chart and Canada iTunes chart with her 2013 release, Simply Love.

With a decade-plus career represented by nine outstanding albums, Loren and producer Troy Miller (prior collaborator with Gregory Porter, Amy Winehouse, and Jamie Cullum) developed her latest, From the Wild Sky, which released in April 2018 as her sixth album with Justin Time Records. As her first collection of original songs since her debut album, 2006’s Full Circle, the new record represents a maturation that is also a return to the deepest roots of her creativity.

Loren last performed in Victoria at the TD Victoria International JazzFest in 2016. For her upcoming performance, she will be joined by Matt Treder piano and Rob Kohler bass.

MIKE FARRIS & THE FORTUNATE FEW

Mike Farris, a musical renaissance man, toured as lead singer for the southern rock band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies. Following the demise of blues and rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, he also toured as lead singer for the incomparable blues band Double Trouble. During his solo career, he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana…

MIKE FARRIS
& THE ROSELAND RHYTHM REVUE
plus Steph Macpherson
“Farris surrounds himself with a heavenly soundtrack that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with Farris’ smoldering vocals and clear message of redemption.” – HARP

Date:              Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 8pm

Venue:            Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria

Tickets:          $49.00/$42.00/$34.00 (plus service charges)

Available:        University of Victoria Box Office, 3800 Finnerty Road
By Phone: 250-721-8480 /
Online: www.tickets.uvic.ca
                          (*Tickets NOT on sale at the VJS office*)

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 25, 2018

MIKE FARRISMike Farris, a musical renaissance man, toured as lead singer for the southern rock band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies. Following the demise of blues and rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, he also toured as lead singer for the incomparable blues band Double Trouble. During his solo career, he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for “Best New Emerging Artist”, a Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year”, and a 2015 GRAMMY award for “Best Roots Gospel Album,” Shine For All The People.

Farris appeared at multiple festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, and Bonnaroo, electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performance. He contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s GRAMMY-winning Downtown Church project, and Rodney Crowell’s latest album, Tarpaper Sky. Additionally, in 2011, Farris was featured with Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Recently, he performed on Austin City Limits for their inaugural “Hall of Fame Show” into which Willie Nelson and Double Trouble were inducted.

Opening this evening will be Victoria’s singer-songwriter Steph Macpherson.

Michael Kaeshammer in Concert December 11

“Listening to Michael Kaeshammer play live is like looking through a window into one of the greatest creative musical minds in the world today.”
– DOWNBEAT
Date:                     Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 7:30pmVenue:                   McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square 

Tickets:                $48.00/$39.00 (plus box office service charge)
                             Tickets on sale Friday, September 14

Available:             The Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or
online at www.rmts.bc.ca)

Michael KaeshammerInternationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. His passion for creating exceptional music is abundantly clear, as he combines flavours of jazz, boogie-woogie and blues with meticulous detail.

Kaeshammer is a two-time JUNO Award winner and eight-time nominee for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year,” having been most recently nominated in 2018 in this category for the album No Filter. His newest album, SOMETHING NEW, came out this past April. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics. Recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Treme district, Kaeshammer along with Big Easy legends Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair), the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band and Canadian bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang) create an eclectic sonic ride.

Michael Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the SOMETHING NEW TOUR by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltchbass, amongst others in the sextet. This will be Kaeshammer’s first theatre performance in Victoria since 2016.

BEAT THE BOX OFFICE! 

MICHAEL KAESHAMMER tickets available Only for VJS members through the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society from:

10am on Wednesday, Sept 12 until 11:59pmon Thursday, Sept 13 

www.rmts.bc.ca / 250-386-6121 / #3 Centennial Square / 805 Broughton St.

**Tickets NOT available from the VJS office **

25th VI Blues Bash Victoria Headliners Announced

Blues Bash Victoria

Celebrate the end of the summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B, and more at the 25th Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash Victoria at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour,900 block of Wharf St) and at The Rubber Boot Club (1605 Store St, below Swan’s Brewpub) this Labour Day Weekend!

TINSLEY ELLIS

Blues BashSaturday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)
“Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” – Rolling Stone
Since his Alligator Records debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock wizard and singer-songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and intense solos, Ellis has earned legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable, original songs. His famous friends include Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic that call on him to sit in and jam. Whether it’s deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Tinsley Ellis always plays with grit, soul, and unbridled passion.

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS

Sunday, September 2 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)

“Davina Sowers is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing… has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.” – Downbeat

Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds (DATV) have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet, influenced by Fats Domino, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, draws from the last century of American music, converting audiences one show at a time. More than just a blues act, DATV’s shows overflow with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and tender gospel passages. Davina Sowers defies category in a different way, and although often compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, comparisons don’t suffice. Sowers is a true original.

BRICKHOUSE

Friday, August 31 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)

With their brand of original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Vancouver’s hippest Blue Funk band and the Yale’s house band for years, Brickhouse, blends classic and modern with ease, which makes seeing them live an addictive experience.

ADAM ROBERT THOMAS

Blues BashSaturday, September 1 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)
Vancouver-based JUNO-nominated performer, Adam Robert Thomas, began primarily as a solo artist, but began developing his own band in 2015, writing in earnest and performing his own compositions in preparation for his debut album. His 2018 self-titled album ‘Adam Robert Thomas’ rose to #11 on the R&B charts in the US, providing listeners with funky, feel-good vibes reminiscent of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Steely Dan.

 

Ticket Outlets:

Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca). No service charges at the VJS office! Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM):

The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash:

Saturday, September 1:

Groove Kitchen • Don Peterson Blue Sky • Adam Robert Thomas • Bill Johnson Band

Sunday, September 2:

Deb Rhymer Blues Band • McKinley Wolf • David Vest • Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band

Monday, September 3:

Maureen Washington Blues Band • The Kingmixers • Brett Smith-Daniels • The Midnights