Lent Fraser Wall McMahon
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lent Fraser Wall McMahon

FEATURING:
Neil Fraser, guitar
John Lent, guitar
Shelby Wall, guitar
Brian McMahon, bass

Thanks to Candace McMahon for permission to use this article published in the Morning Star.

The local trio, on this night a quartet, will be playing a mixture of acoustic jazz and blues.

“Our playing has a rootsy, raw sound to it,” said lead guitarist Neil Fraser. “Our sound is driven by the acoustic guitar, even though we are amplified.”

What Fraser is referring to is the Django-influenced guitar style where, during improvisation, the artist controls and ‘bends’ the timing, rhythms, melody, and even the chord progressions. This acoustic style of playing is really what makes Lent Fraser Wall songs sound authentic as they move in and out of the groove.

The band’s many original songs are captivating, some say spellbinding, as they transport listeners on a journey filled with their unique blend of musical genres. It’s the ordinary day-to-day situations and occurrences that inspire John Lent in his song writing, as he transforms them into rich and magical lyrics that mirror our struggles to understand the world in which we live.

Lent moved to Vernon in the late ‘70s and taught literature and creative writing at Okanagan College for 33 years until his retirement as the college’s regional dean in 2011. He is still actively writing and publishing songs, books and poetry.

Fraser is an accomplished guitar teacher and, though now teaching privately, was an instructor with the Vernon Community Music School for more than 15 years. Listen in awe for the extremely elastic leads he is sure to deliver.

Shelby Wall moved to the Vernon area in the late ‘70s. He first began performing rock and country-rock and became interested in jazz around 1988. Wall has been described by Lent as the anchor, allowing Fraser his acoustic adventures.

Wall has the opportunity to hoist his anchor and do some unrestricted playing for this gig, as Brian McMahon will be taking on the responsibility of anchoring their sound for the night. McMahon, a Vernon bassist, is the band’s plus one. A long-time fan of the trio, McMahon is delighted to get the opportunity to perform with them for this concert.

Lent Fraser Wall Trio

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S.C. & the Shujazz Quintet
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

S.C. & the Shujazz Quintet

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Dan Smith, guitar
Chris Pedderson, EWI
Colin Spence, piano
Bill Lockie, bass and vocals
Sandy Cameron, sax

Sandy Cameron and the Shujazz Quintet are back! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this instrument, this time round, the group is bringing a EWI into the mix. EWI is an electronic wind instrument. It's quite amazing, capable of a myriad of sounds and is played masterfully by Chris Pedderson. Make sure you start the 2018 Jazz Club season with this exciting ensemble who is sure to wow you with their jazz stylings! 

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and Nellie's homemade treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Thank you!
Dec
12
to Jan 1

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has supported Jazz Club in 2017. Our December 12 concert, Merry Krizz! was enjoyed by a full house!

All our upcoming events are featured here on the jazzsalmonarm.com website and if you want to receive email updates, please contact us at jazzsalmonarm@gmail.com  or sign up at one of the Jazz Club performances.

Do you want to get involved? We are always looking for volunteers to help at Jazz Club evenings. Please connect with one of the Jazz Club organizers at an upcoming event. 

We wish you all a joyous holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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Merry Krizz!
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Merry Krizz!

PAST EVENT

Merry Krizz!
With Sandy Cameron, Andrea Roberts and The ShuJazz Quintet

IMPORTANT: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017 in the Hall at First

FEATURING:
Sandy Cameron, sax and clarinet
Andrea Roberts, vocals
Terry Kosowick, trumpet
Jake McIntyre, Brown upright bass
Gareth Seys, drums and trombone
Colin Spence, piano

Come and join in on a fun musical evening! Bring a friend (or two), dance, enjoy live music, smile the season in and support your local Jazz Club!

Doors open at 6:30pm. Music starts at 7:00.
Admission is by donation and don't forget that Nellie's amazing treats and coffee are also by donation!

Check out their promotional video.
https://youtu.be/1pKSOK8fWDI

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Basic Needs
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Basic Needs

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Jordan Dick, guitar
Blair Shier, bass
Gareth Seys, drums (and trombone)

An instrumental modern jazz trio hailing from Salmon Arm, BC. The Basic Needs music can best be described as an honest exploration into the depths of creativity.

Whether playing their own imaginative and grooving original compositions or thoughtfully reinventing classic jazz standards and pop tunes with their energized blend of creative interplay and aural sensibility, there's something for almost every music fan's ears.  These three musicians have spent the last decade studying and sharing the stage with many of the counties finest musicians including Bill Coon, Phil Dwyer, Richard Underhill, and Bob Shields.

Jordan Dick, Blair Shier, and Gareth Seys combine to produce a provocative, unique sound that is as interesting as it is worthwhile!

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.

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Trevor Giancola Trio
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Trevor Giancola Trio

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Trevor Giancola, guitar
John Meyer, bass
Adam Arruda, drums

Trevor Giancola Trio has released an album of beautiful standards and originals. The Trio’s varied musical backgrounds enables the group to approach originals and standards in a unique and diverse way. Giancola (34) has been playing the guitar since an early age, and has been immersed in the Toronto jazz scene for the past 10 years. He has performed with Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin, John Macleod, Phil Dwyer, Sophie Milman, John Abercrombie, Pat Labarbera and others. Trevor has been a faculty member at Humber College since 2009.

Bassist Jon Meyer (33) has performed with jazz artists such as Peter Appleyard, Tony"Oulabula" Bazley, Ned Goold, Terry Lukiwski, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, David Virelles, Lee Wallace, Perry White and Jake Wilkinson to name just a few. He has played on numerous film and television soundtracks and has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Drummer Adam Arruda (26) has been surrounded by music from a very early age, growing up in a musical family. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Adam is among the most sought-after drummers in the music world and has had the privilege of working with such artists as Greg Osby, Dayna Stephens, Gilad Hekselman, Kevin Eubanks, James Moody, Phil Woods, Jeremy Pelt and many others.

trevorgiancola.com

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Mimosa

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Rebecca Shoichet, vocals
Anna Lumiere, piano and accordion
Karen Graves, sax, flute and vocals
Adam Thomas, bass
Bernie Arai, drums

Although every member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band has been together for almost two decades and has developed a unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound.

The Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60s pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.

With three critically acclaimed CDs and festival appearances all over Canada (including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals), they have become CBC favourites, selected first as the subject of a one-hour long documentary and more recently as one of four Western bands featured on television, radio and the web, in the popular “Mai de la chanson d’ici”. In September 2011, they also appeared on the French CBC show “Bien au Show”, for their final episode. In 2012, Mimosa collaborated for the first time with dancers and a projectionist for a unique performance at the Sechelt Arts Festival. Recently, Mimosa toured the Okanagan with a brand new repertoire of originals and interesting arrangements of standards. In 2016 they performed at various festivals, including the Harmony Arts Festival, the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and many others.

Mimosa's music is composed by the three women of the group and some of their compositions have been used in film and television (Rise of the Gargoyles, Mange ta ville, etc). Lumiere also received a IMA composition award for Hotel des peines perdues and some of her songs have been rearranged for choirs (Echos du Pacifique).

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.

http://mimosamusic.com/mimosamusic.com/

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Overdraft
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Overdraft

PAST EVENT

Overdraft. The band you can bank on!

Featuring:
Jake Verburg - lead guitar
Bill Lockie - bass, vocals
Mike Scharf - sax
Steph Clifford - rhythm guitar, vocals

These talented local musicians playing swing, gypsy jazz, and jazz standards. Come enjoy an evening of great listening. 

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.

https://jazzsalmonarm.com

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3 Squared
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

3 Squared

PAST EVENT
 

Featuring:
Mark Langridge - guitar
Jake McIntyre-Paul - bass
Chris Pettersen - saxophone
Brian Pratt-Johnson - drums/vocal
Gareth Seys - trombone/drums

Canadian jazz group, 3 Squared, is a musical collective featuring two horns, a guitar and two hyphenated surnames. As part of a healthy auditory experience, 3 Squared is just what the soul doctor ordered. "These lads will make things right."

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.

https://jazzsalmonarm.com

 

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Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon

PAST EVENT
Two Much Guitar!

Featuring:
Oliver Gannon - guitar
Bill Coon - guitar
Darren Radtke - acoustic bass
David Robbins - drums

Interplay and communication is what Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon are all about as they play off each other and have a great time doing it!

The band’s critically acclaimed debut CD Two Much Guitar showcases the sparks that fly between these two guitarists and the conversational quality and intimacy the duo achieves in a live setting. Recently Two Much More! has received even more favourable reviews as the band just keeps evolving.

Bill Coon, a Juno nominated was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2009 while Juno award winner Oliver Gannon was chosen Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2003.

While the group showcases the two virtuoso guitarists, acoustic bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins round out the quartet and add their own incredible supportive and soloing talents to the powerful combination of talent.

A mixture of classic standards and originals from Coon and Gannon are performed with verve, wit and spontaneity. Although you will hear influences Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Grant Green, this band has a sound all it’s own.

Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon have performed together to enthusiastic audiences throughout British Columbia and appear regularly at Vancouver’s clubs to sold-out houses.

The group has been exploring new repertoire drawn from the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn songbook, while Bill and Oliver continue to collaborate on new compositions and arrangements as heard on their new CD Two Much More! (Cellar Live June 2015)

ADMISSION: By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.


REVIEWS

OLIVER GANNON & BILL COON
TWO MUCH M0RE!

Oliver Gannon, Bill Coon (g); Darren Radtke (b); Dave Robbins(d). Vancouver, 2015. 
(Cellar Live 11815)

Brian Robinson – Jazz Journal
This disc was a revelation – two veteran guitarists of whom I was previously unaware enjoying themselves in relaxed and intriguing fashion. With exemplary support from bass and drums, the swing factor is never absent. Gannon's sense of melody and swing comes from the left speaker whilst Bill Coon's more harmonic approach, which can be appreciated on Tones For St Joan, comes from the right. The four Ellington/Strayhorn numbers on the CD get virtuoso treatments of which those illustrious gentlemen would surely have approved. So much great music here: listen to the way they dig into The End 0f A Love Affair. A very possible candidate for the 2015 top 10.
 

Stuart Broomer – The Whole Note 2015
There’s an infectious joy about Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon’s Two Much More! (Cellar Live CL011815 cellarlive.com), the elite Vancouver guitarists commemorating the decade-old launch of their project Two Much Guitar! with a studio session accompanied by bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins. Gannon is a propulsive swinger with a fuller, bright, hard-edged sound who generates continuous melodic flow; Coon is a subtler, more elusive musician, floating over the beat with a glassy, slightly muted sound, more focused on harmonic invention. What matters most, though, is their evident pleasure in one another’s musical company as they alternately lead and accompany in a program studded with masterful renditions of classic songs, many of them ballads like Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge, Johnny Mandel’s Emily and Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood, before closing with Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’.

www.coastaljazz.ca/two_much_guitar_2017
 

 

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