Over a Month of Live Jazz Concerts Planned in Nanaimo – Nanaimo News Bulletin

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival presents Live at the Shaw every Saturday from March 26 to April 30.

The series promises a powerful opening night with Dry Goods – saxophonist and bandleader Liam Murphy, drummer Adam Robertson and guitarist David Proctor – who describe themselves as a free-jazz noise rock trio from Nanaimo.

Dry Goods’ online digital recordings feature an ever-evolving compositional style that draws the listener through a surreal musical landscape ranging from subtle, often soothing passages that can instantly erupt into violent yet structured cacophonies, as if Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso were suddenly released. of their paints, brushes and easels and hand-held musical instruments.

Act 2, Organized Crime by Graham Villette, performs music inspired by some of the greatest jazz organists in history, such as Jemmy Smith, Larry Young and others.

Throughout April, the series will bring together local and imported talent, including 10-piece ensemble Decadence, with its rotating cast of Nanaimo’s top music professionals and University of Ottawa alumni. Vancouver Island band Jeff Agopsowicz, the Cole Porter Performers, Parksville pianist Dave Klinger, the Nanaimo Musicians Association celebrating its 55th anniversary, and the band’s frontman Marty Steele, renowned for his explosive line-based keyboard style bass. Steele will be joined by James McRae, Kenton Dyck and powerful and moving vocalist Teighan Couch.

The pre-show talks will also focus on jazz in the 20th century and the music of some of the greatest jazz talents in history.

The final act, April 30, brings Dwyer back to the Nanaimo stage.

Dwyer, a professional musician for more than 50 years, was named a Member of the Order of Canada, cited for his “contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer and for increasing access to music education in his community”. He is an honorary member of the Royal Conservatory of Music and has participated in 10 Juno award-winning recordings.

Dwyer is also a practicing attorney with his own practice in Qualicum Beach, and works with family, estates and environmental law and is currently a member of the Mental Health Task Force of the Law Society of BC.

Among his many compositions is the Ballad of Bonnie Henry, written in 2020 and sung by Tina Jones to honor the work of Henry and other healthcare practitioners at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s great to be on the show,” Dwyer said in an email. “Much of my early training and development as a jazz musician took place in and around Nanaimo, with teachers like Bryan Stovall, Steve Jones, Bill Cave, Ken Ryall and Norm Porter coming to me in mind. I also had the chance to learn alongside young musicians like Diana Krall, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, and Pat Collins, to name a few. This part of the world has a long history with this music, and I’m certainly proud to have been associated with it over the years. Music and the arts are such an important part of our lives, even more so in times of turmoil and uncertainty. Bringing joy into people’s lives through music is a gift that I cherish deeply. Can’t wait to see everyone on the 30th.”

WHAT’S THIS… The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival presents Live at the Shaw from March 26 to April 30. Tickets $26, $10 for students, $100 for six concerts. For tickets, show dates and other information, visit http://nanaimojazzfest.ca.

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Willie J. Johnson