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    “Blue Moon Marquee has harnessed the best of vintage music that’s practically a century old and brought it into modern times. It’s part haunting, part joyous, and sneakily infectious.” —Jim Hynes Elmore Magazine Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled jazz band that plays a beguiling mix of old Delta blues, swing, and ragtime. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that jumps or grooves. They received nominations for 'Best Indigenous Act' at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Award and for "Best New Artist" at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards, and their new album reached #1 on both jazz and blues charts. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with distinctive smoky vocals while playing a jazz-tinged blues guitar, and Jasmine Colette commands the rhythm section with an upright bass, swinging with both feet and singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee's passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark. This special evening at Hermann’s Upstairs is a fundraiser for the duo to go to Memphis and perform as finalists in the International Blues Competition, a world-wide annual blues music gathering showcasing the top blues artists. Blue Moon Marquee won in the finals for the Pacific Northwest, held in Everett, Washington State in August. The December 6 performance will feature the duo A.W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette for the first set, with the second set including Torben Holm Pedersen on keys and Morgan Onda on tenor saxophone. NO MINORS More info: https://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/blue-moon-marquee-fundraiser Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1972783176158803/ Hermann's Upstairs (751 View St.) is located above Hermann's Jazz Club. $19 ADVANCE/VJS MEMBERS/STUDENTS | $22 AT THE DOOR (service charges apply at the Royal & McPherson Box Office)
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    “Larnell Lewis stretches from uptime jazz to powerful rock-fusion in a very melodical and musical way. A must-have for every serious jazz-rock and fusion fan. — Jazz Rock TV As a Toronto-based musician, composer, producer and educator, Larnell Lewis has raised the bar for drummers in the Canadian music scene. Lewis has become one of the most in-demand drummers in Canada and the USA, gaining global recognition with his collaboration alongside the three-time Grammy Award winning ensemble, Snarky Puppy. A part-time music professor at Humber College, this prolific artist appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in September 2016 and has worked with artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Lisa Fischer, Laila Biali, and Grammy-winning gospel singer Fred Hammond. Now, Lewis presents his debut 2018 album, In The Moment, which was nominated for a Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo. This musical work features some of Toronto's best musicians, and explores Lewis’ deep connection to jazz, fusion, and his Afro-Caribbean roots. Joining Lewis in Victoria at Hermann’s Jazz Club is his band, Elmer Ferrer guitar, Andrew Stewart bass, Rob Christian woodwinds, Jeremy Ledbetter piano, and William Sperandei trumpet. Larnell Lewis will also host a free-to-attend workshop/clinic at 4:00PM on Saturday, November 16 at Hermann’s Jazz Club before his ticketed evening performance. Register for this workshop by calling 250-388-4423 or e-mailing boxoffice@jazzvictoria.ca. More info: https://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/larnell-lewis-band Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1238675296304859/
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    “Linden is firing on all cylinders as a songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer of rare talent and integrity.”— Exclaim.ca Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of music, taking influences from blues, country rock and roots. 33 years into his recording career, this multiple award-winning singer-songwriter and slide guitarist has worked with Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Leon Redbone, Diana Krall, Rita Chiarelli, The Band, and Bob Dylan. A founding member of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, alongside Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson, he is also a noted producer with eight Juno Awards to his credit. Linden has played on over 300 albums, 70 of which were self-produced. His originals have been covered by The Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb’ Mo’, and Colin James. As well, he has garnered multiple Maple Blues Awards, a Toronto Arts Award, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for his CD A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf. One of his songs, Hard Time Killing Floor Blues, was featured in the hit Coen Brothers’ movie, O Brother Where Art Thou. Rich In Love, his 2015 album, was nominated for a Juno Award for “Blues Album of the Year.” Linden has a well-deserved reputation as a slide guitar virtuoso of real originality. His riveting slide work can be heard on albums from such artists as Cassandra Wilson, The Rankin Family and Whitey Johnson, in addition to on his own sizeable catalogue. Don’t miss this prolific guitar master in a solo performance at Hermann’s Upstairs.
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    “Ethereal joy…Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub.” CLASH (UK) Victoria-based ASTROCOLOR formed in 2015 to perform and record live electronic music, recalling the sounds of Air, Massive Attack, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, breakbeat, jazz and ambient. Astrocolor III, their final in a trilogy of EPs that released in spring 2018, sees the band’s instrumental/electronic roots expand into traditional song formats that provide smooth yet catchy beats, built equally for a night of dancing at the club or chill party vibes at home. In 2017, they grooved their way through festivals such as Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, as well as performances in Toronto (Canadian Music Week) and Seattle (Upstream Music Festival). Most recently, they performed to a packed audience at the Centennial Square outdoor stage for TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019. Look no further for a mood booster, as Astrocolor’s debut at Hermann’s Upstairs will transport listeners to dream-like, funk-laden atmospheres that blissfully inspire mental repose, dancing, and pure, downright fun. NEIL COOKE-DALLIN DJ, ANAND GREENWELL saxophone, ANDREW POIRIER guitar, WILLIAM FARRANT bass, PIERS HENSWOOD guitar, CHRIS MACKENZIE drums. More info: https://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/astrocolor Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/613682085704565/
  5. Straight out of Havana… A blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo and “a groove as intense as a runaway train.” – NPR Havana’s top musicians join forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene to create Orquesta Akokán. This big band collective reinvigorates the sound of Cuban’s golden era mambo with a bold new energy reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940's and 50's. In spring 2018, their self-titled first album released with Daptone Records. The album boasts all original songs recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez, produced by Chulo Records' Jacob Plasse, with incendiary arrangements by Michael Eckroth. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in July 2018, which included a date at Lincoln Center, and continues their tour to Victoria, BC, to showcase the magnitude of their soulful, captivating music and myriad of rhythmic styles. Thursday, November 14 – 8:00pm ~ $65.00/$53.00 (tax and service charge included) Orquesta Akokán: https://www.orquestaakokan.com/ Ticket exclusively available through: Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca).
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