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  1. Saxophonist Cory Weeds teams up with legendary pianist Harold Mabern and renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford for a night of music that you won’t forget! One night only! A giant of contemporary jazz, Terell Stafford is an incredibly gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. An unforgettable performer who turns every performance into an informal master class, Harold Mabern regales audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history. His music is marked by unmistakable purpose and harmonic authority and he employs a powerful technique and deep insight into a wide range of repertoire from the Great American Songbook to his own soulful originals. Cory Weeds is an expressive player with a sound firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. This past year Weeds’ 13th release as a leader, Let’s Groove spent 43 weeks at on the JazzWeek charts. With Michael Glynn bass and Julian MacDonough drums.
  2. Soile Stratkauskas

    Victoria Baroque: Trumpets shall sound

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    A grand orchestral feast with trumpets, horns, winds and strings, played on historical instruments. Handel's Water Music Suites 2 and 3, and varied works by Telemann, Purcell, Biber, and Fasch. Victoria's professional baroque ensemble with special guest, British trumpet virtuoso Simon Munday. Church of St John the Divine Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child available three weeks prior at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books, and Long & McQuade more info: victoria-baroque.com victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; 250 590 9770
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    “ … One of the finest musicians in the world.” – ALISON KRAUSS Jerry Douglas is universally hailed as the world’s most technically skillful and innovative Dobro player. With 14 Grammys on the mantel and performance credit on over 2,000 records, it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had more influence on bluegrass, newgrass, country rock, and the many other variants of acoustic Americana. Douglas is best known for being a key member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1988. Although most often called a bluegrass virtuoso, Douglas has invariably hopped over narrow genre definitions in search of greater musical freedom and radical expressiveness. From blazing Jimi Hendrix covers to jazzgrass anthems in challenging time signatures, Jerry Douglas is to the dobro what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar. Currently touring in support of the 2018 Grammy-nominated What If, and accompanied by his most versatile band ever, Douglas’s musical vision adds elements of funk, rock, and jazz to his bedrock bluegrass sound. This six-string master with the fluid fingers has always been a step ahead of nearly everybody else! Christian Sedelmyer violin, Daniel Kimbro bass, Mike Seal guitar, Doug Belote drums, Jamel Mitchell saxophone, Vance Thompson trumpet
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    Twin Bill “The power of the human voice, with a lot of soul!” 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.
  5. Victoria Jazz Society

    TD Victoria International JazzFest: GoGo Penguin

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    “An exciting, exhilarating and original blend that freshens up its sources and takes them somewhere new.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ England’s Manchester-based GoGo Penguin is a unique piano trio noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral baselines and tidal rhythms. There’s a wave-like flow to their partially improvised music, which shifts between melodic inventiveness and trance-inducing patterns. Called “music for the heart, head, and feet,” GoGo Penguin were signed to iconic Blue Note Records in 2015 and their newest release, A Humdrum Star, was released to great acclaim in February. From ambient atmospherics to hypnotic beats, GoGo Penguin combines highbrow polish with music-festival populism. Hard to define but easy to groove to, this is one of the freshest bands on today’s scene. Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass, Rob Turner drums, Joe Reiser sound
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    “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” - Vogue Magazine A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer with a distinctive raspy style, Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner to name a few. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2001 for her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Her hit single, “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs today. This multi-talented artist has appeared as an actor in a number of films, including ‘Training Day’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Scary Movie 3’, and ‘For Colored Girls’, amongst others. In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to Chesky Records to create an audiophile album Stripped, her latest, which features Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, and Daryl Johns. Performing with jazz bands is how she got her start, and it’s what Gray returns to in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog, three new originals and two covers. This album successfully struck number three on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Gray was also recently featured in Ariana Grande’s song “Leave Me Lonely” from her third studio album Dangerous Woman. 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.
  7. UVic School of Music

    Trumpet Studio Recital

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    Featuring UVic School of Music trumpet students from the studio of Merrie Klazek. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  8. UVic School of Music

    Guitar Studio Recital

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    Featuring UVic School of Music guitar students from the studio of Dr. Alexander Dunn performing solo and ensemble repertoire. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  9. UVic School of Music

    String Chamber Concert

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    Featuring UVic School of Music string students from the chamber music class of the Lafayette String Quartet. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  10. UVic School of Music

    Tuesdaymusic

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    Take an afternoon break to enjoy a concert of varied repertoire and instruments featuring UVic School of Music students. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  11. UVic School of Music

    UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Spring Showcase: Memories

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    Expect a fun-filled evening of vivid reminiscences captured by ensemble vocalists and instrumentalists, featuring original arrangements and timeless classics. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  12. UVic School of Music

    Voice Showcase

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    Featuring UVic School of Music voice students from the studios of Benjamin Butterfield, Susan Young and Anne Grimm. With Kinza Tyrrell, piano. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  13. UVic School of Music

    UVic Wind Symphony: Year End Spectacular

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    Dr. Gerald King has conducted the UVic Wind Symphony for the past 29 years. This will be his final concert as maestro with the ensemble — recognized as one of the premiere performing wind ensembles in the Pacific Northwest — before his retirement. This special program includes works significant to Dr. King over the past 30 years including Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre, LOL by Robert Buckley, Airat Ichmouratov’s Fantasia on Klezmer Themes, A Movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse, Gavorkna Fanfare by Jack Stamp, and more. Join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening! Regular $20 / Seniors $15 / Students & UVic Alumni $10 Contact name: UVic Ticket Centre Contact email: ticket@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8480 Website: http://www.uvic.ca/auditorium/ticket-centre/index.php
  14. UVic School of Music

    Fridaymusic

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    Featuring UVic School of Music guitar students in a concert of varied repertoire. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  15. UVic School of Music

    Tuesdaymusic

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    Take an afternoon break to enjoy a concert of varied repertoire and instruments featuring UVic School of Music students. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  16. UVic School of Music

    Thank-You Concert

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    The School of Music says “thank-you” to our concert-goers, the community, and supporters with a delightful afternoon of music featuring some of the School of Music’s most exceptional students. All are welcome to attend! Reception to follow. Free admission. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  17. UVic School of Music

    UVic Chorus & Chamber Singers: Irish Eyes are Smiling

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    Over 200 singers from the UVic Chorus and Chamber Singers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with English and Irish Gaelic songs including Aililiu na Gawhna, Hymn of St. Patrick, She Moved Through the Fair, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Danny Boy, and the music of Anúna, Ireland's flagship a cappella vocal ensemble. Directed by Dr. Adam Con and Susan Young. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  18. UVic School of Music

    UVic Jazz Ensemble: Dizzy and Monk 101

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    2018 marks the 101st anniversary of the births of jazz innovators Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Both Dizzy and Monk were among the initial architects of bebop music, working on their new sounds at all hours at Harlem clubs like Minton’s and Monroe’s Uptown House. The UVic Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Patrick Boyle, celebrates these masters with their best-known works alongside some of their hidden gems. Regular $20 / Seniors $15 / Students & UVic Alumni $10 Contact name: UVic Ticket Centre Contact email: ticket@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8480 Website: http://www.uvic.ca/auditorium/ticket-centre/index.php
  19. UVic School of Music

    Fridaymusic

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    Featuring UVic School of Music string students in a concert of varied repertoire. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  20. UVic School of Music

    Tuesdaymusic

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    Take an afternoon break to enjoy a concert of varied repertoire and instruments featuring UVic School of Music students. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  21. UVic School of Music

    Piano Studio Recital

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    Featuring UVic School of Music piano students from the studio of May Ling Kwok. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
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