Jazz at the Gallery
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will soon be filled with sounds of great music as U-JAM presents the 2013 edition of our successful winter concert series. The series comprises four concerts, held on the last Sunday of each month, each featuring outstanding jazz musicians, staged in the warm and intimate surroundings of the Gallery’s Spencer Mansion.
February’s concert will showcase the unique voice of chanteuse Melinda Whitaker, filling the Spencer Gallery with songs from the heart, including samples from her latest CD “Lucky So and So”. She will be accompanied by a five-star group led by acclaimed pianist Brent Jarvis. Discover for yourself why jazz critic Joseph Blake announced her arrival in “the Pantheon of jazz vocalists”.
For the third concert of the series a new group, The Photo Realists, takes to the stage. With trombonist/vocalist/composer/arranger Nick La Riviere fronting the group, you can expect to be thoroughly entertained with a toe-tapping performance of fresh music. Helping him accomplish the task will be Karel Roessingh, piano, along with Damian Graham, percussion, and Ross MacDonald, bass.
The series concludes in April with a new version of the famous Great Guitars, this one featuring six-string veterans Rob Cheramy and Oliver Gannon with young guitar sensation Quinn Bachand. They will be joined by bassist Joey Smith to heat up the Gallery with their infectious flourishes and fandangos.
The beautiful setting of the Gallery’s Spencer mansion has proven to be a warm and intimate atmosphere that has inspired incredible performances over the past number of years. The four-concert series is produced by U-JAM (Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors), a local not-for-profit society, dedicated to supporting and nurturing the Victoria jazz scene.
“This inspired partnership with the Greater Victoria Art Gallery doubles the creative genius that is present in our community, presenting the improvisational flourish of great jazz musicians in remarkable surroundings”, states UJAM president Barry Gough. “Building on the success of previous seasons, these are events not to be missed.”
Jazz at the Gallery concerts will be held on the last Sunday afternoon of each month from January to May. Tickets to the series are available for purchase by visiting the Gallery office at 1040 Moss Street, or by calling 250-384-4171. Individual tickets are $30.00 while a four-concert subscription is offered at $100.00 including the best seats in the house. Ticket holders will also enjoy complimentary admission to the Gallery’s exhibits on the day of the concert. Only 75 seats are available for each concert, so advance purchase is highly recommended as previous concerts have sold out.