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    Victoria’s pianist Ashley Wey celebrates the beauty of modern jazz with passion and improvisational joy, bringing the standards freshly back to life. With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, the captivating Wey returned to Victoria with her latest ‘Live’: an album filled with inventive ideas and breathtaking artistry. Ashley is a charismatic singer/pianist who lights up the stage with her bright smile and magnificent sounds that open minds and reach hearts. J
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    Throughout her spectacular career, singer-songwriter and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her own unique perspective. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017. 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. 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. She first performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest in 2018. Opening the evening will be singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. This powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room. More information at: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/morgan-james
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    Two-time JUNO Award winner, singer and pianist Michael Kaeshammer tours his brand-new album, Something New, which was released April 2018. Something New was recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Tremé district. Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the Something New tour by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltch bass, amongst others. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/michael-kaeshammer
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    Multifaceted American jazz pianist-composer Emmet Cohen is one of the most highly pivotal figures in music today. This Harlem-based piano phenomenon, a member of Christian McBride's trio "Tip City," the "Herlin Riley Quartet," and the "Ali Jackson Trio," swings through Victoria with his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole, who recently toured with Cecile McLorin Salvant. They return to Hermann’s Jazz Club for a second time this year in one musical evening of exceptional style and cool, timeless jazz. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/emmet-cohen-trio
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    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. Bunnet and Maqueque, the brilliant all-female Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, have created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. They performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest in 2014. Maqueque are: Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone, flute, Melvis Santa, vocals, percussion, Mary Paz, congas, vocals, Dánae Olano, piano, Tailin Marrero, acoustic, electric bass, Yissy García, drums. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/jane-bunnett-and-maqueque
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    With her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, the blues-rocking, soul-singing Lindsay Beaver leads a powerhouse band. Beaver is a force to be reckoned with, having just signed with Alligator Records this year. Her label debut, Tough As Love, just released in October, 2018. Her influences range from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, yet her style and sound is truly original. Beaver recently performed in TD Victoria International JazzFest 2018 and will be joined by fiery guitarist Brad Stivers and rock-solid bassist Josh Williams at her upcoming Hermann’s Jazz Club performance. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/lindsay-beaver
  7. 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.
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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.
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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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    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
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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
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