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2011 Performers

Definitely Diva Guitar Workshop with Don Ross
Mimosa Jodi Proznick Trio Cory Weeds Quintet Don Ross & Brooke Miller Dalannah Gail Bowen & the Sojourners
Tanga Creek Big Band Sunday Brunch Black Strap Melissas Steve Giltrow Quartet Katherine Penfold

Friday June 10 : 8:00pm : the Club : $20
definitely diva The Divas, Lynne Dickson, Wendy Hibberd and Patrice Pollack have be performing together for the past 7 years. What started as a one time project of three songs has grown into a large and varied repertoire of jazz, swing, blues, latin, light rock and R&B. All 3 divas are well known performers on the Sunshine Coast and have many years of musical experience.

Lynne, Wendy and Patrice share a common passion and gift for music. They have combined their individual styles and together they deliver tight vocal harmonies, upbeat arrangements and a high energy performance. They will be joined by their very 'hot' rhythm section of Reg Dickson on guitar, Warren Allen, bass, Ken Dalgleish on keyboard, Barry Taylor on drums and Trish Windsor on percussion.

The Diva's have are a constant favourite on the Coast for fun entertainment and remarkable harmonies. For more visit their website.

Saturday June 11 : 10:45am-12:15pm : Kinsman Hall (on festival site) : $20
     604.886.4033 or info@coastjazz.com to register
guitar workshop One of today's true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988).

"For a workshop I do an overview of altered tunings, percussive techniques, slap harmonics, harmonic ripple effect, and thumb/finger independence on the picking hand."

This will be an great opportunity for guitarist to really learn from a master. Register early as space will be limited. www.gobyfish.com/Home.html
MAIN FESTIVAL EVENT : Saturday June 11 : 12:30pm : Dougal Park : included in gate price of $20
mimosa "Mimosa brings you on a sentimental journey through time and sound, making dancing a huge temptation. Please let yourself be tempted. A little decadence never hurt anyone."

If Serge Gainsbourg, Cleo Laine and Jobim all hung out together one night and jammed, they might sound something like what Mimosa has to offer: a journey into a land of gorgeous melodies, groovy rhythms and stellar improvisations.

The band consists of Gibsons residents Karen Graves, sax, flute and vocals and Anna Lumiere the main driver behind the wheel of the band, playing left-hand bass and keyboards and writing most of the music and lyrics in French, Spanish and English. Vocalist Rebecca Shoichet and drummer Berni Arai from Vancouver fill out the band and will fill your day with a whole lot of fun and fine music. Find out more at mimosamusic.com/
MAIN FESTIVAL EVENT : Saturday June 11 : 1:30pm : Dougall Park : included in gate price of $20
Jodi Proznick Trio
Joining Jodi for her trio will be Bill Coon on guitar and Miles Black on keyboard both stunning musicians and familiar favourites on the Sunshine Coast. We are very excited to hear this group together at this year's Jazz Fest.

Juno nominated bassist Jodi Proznick was awarded Bassist of the Year at the 2007 and 2008 National Jazz Awards. In 1998, she won the IAJE "Sisters in Jazz" competition. She has performed with jazz greats including David "Fathead" Newman, Ed Thigpen, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, P.J. Perry, Don Thompson and many others. She opened for Oscar Peterson with the Oliver Gannon Quartet at the Orpheum in the summer of 2004 and in 2007. jodiproznick.com

"Bill Coon is one of Canada's great treasures, a master improviser on the guitar, who has performed with many of the great musicians of our time . . ." billcoon.com and Miles Black, keyboard is also an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, musical theatre director, music therapist and college level music instructor and a really nice guy. We want all three of them to move to the Sunshine Coast! milesblack.com.

MAIN FESTIVAL EVENT : Saturday June 11: 2:30pm : Dougall Park : included in gate price of $20
cory weeds quintet The Cory Weeds Quintet is a group that is rooted heavily in the hard bop traditions of the likes of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the bands of Horace Silver. Anchored by the hard swinging rhythm team of Julian MacDonough (drums) and Ken Lister (bass) the quintet weaves their way through crafty originals, and reworked standards with grace and fire.

Cory Weeds, club owner, producer, and saxophonist extraordinaire, is hitting the road on tour with some of the best musicians in the jazz world in support of the newly released chart-climbing “Everything’s Coming Up Weeds”.

Also joining Cory will be the powerful, soulful and swingin' Chris Davis on trumpet and Ross Taggart on piano. Get ready for some pure hard hitting JAZZ! click here

MAIN FESTIVAL EVENT : Saturday June 11 : 3:30pm : DougalL Park : included in gate price of $ 20
don ross brooke miller The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mi'kmaq aboriginal mother, Don was born in Montreal in 1960 into a musical family. He first started experimenting with the solo possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. Preferring to write original music and develop a personal style, Don's self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical intuition. The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music. When asked, Don usually pigeonholes his music as "Heavy Wood"! www.gobyfish.com/Home.html

Hailing from Prince Edward Island, Brooke’s abilities as a singer-songwriter and guitarist have been showcased across North American and Europe over several years. “.. Miller's vocals serve the melody and the lyrics with a modesty that lets them shine. But don't underestimate her voice & undeniable guitar skills. When Miller sings, it has the same effect as someone looking you straight in the eye. You believe her." brookmiller.ca

MAIN FESTIVAL EVENT : Saturday June 11 : 4:30pm : Dougall Park : included in gate price of $20
soujourners dalannah gail bowen Dalannah Gail Bowen and The Sojourners with musical director and Grammy-nominated keyboardist Michael Creber, Laurence Mollerup, bass and Chris Nordquist on drums will be a powerfull close to our festival day. Though originally from Winnipeg, Dalannah is a veteran of the Vancouver music scene. This multi-racial artist (she’s of African-Canadian/Cherokee heritage) is just as comfortable belting out the blues, swinging with jazz standards or lifting up her voice in gospel music. dalannahgailbowen.com

The Sojourners, Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders & Ron Small provide luminous three-part harmony and testify that one doesn’t have to be a church-goer to appreciate or even take part in gospel music. While it wouldn’t exactly be right to call The Sojourners a new act – given that each member of the group has been in the music business for around fifty years - the sound, energy and commitment they conjure any time they get together would be the envy of singers half their ages. www.thesojourners.ca

TANGA - Vancouver's premier Afro-Latin dance band
DANCE !!: Saturday June 11 : 9:00pm : Roberts Creek Hall : $20
tanga Since 2005, this high-energy and charismatic collective has been packing dance floors with a sound that is equal parts Cuban dance hall, Afro-Latin folklórica and old-school New Yoriquen funk.

TANGA represents the new voice of a generation raised on the Afro-Latin rhythms of salsa dance bands and the new urban sounds of Latin pop, house and hip hop. Inspired by groups such as Yerba Buena, Ozomatli and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, TANGA crafts a sonic blend of Latin percussion, sizzling brass, and fiery vocals, seasoned with elements of funk, hip hop and jazz. We call it nueva salsa: a new salsa sound that reflects the collective’s diverse array of musical and cultural backgrounds; a sound inspired by bold musical innovation and creativity while staying rooted in the Afro-Latin groove. tanga.ca.

DANCE !! : Saturday June 11 : 8:00pm : the Club, 287 Gower Pt Rd : $20  
creek big band The Creek Big Band is made up of unpaid volunteer musicians who contribute their time and talent for the benefit of Sunshine Coast music students and audiences. The money earned from their paid performances goes toward scholarships for Sunshine Coast students going on to further music studies, and toward miscellaneous band expenses.

The Creek Big Band is always looking for additional gigs, and encourages you to book the band for your next dance, party, or other extravaganza for which you wish to have some great swing, jazz, and dance music.

Visit their website at creekbigband.net/bigband.htm.

SUNDAY BRUNCH Buffet: Sunday June 12 : 11:00am - 1:00pm : Leo's Tapas & Grill - free with reservations
sunday brunch

Sunday Brunch is certainly a favourite with the Jazz crowd, and this year is going to be delicious! Enjoy the very tasty voice of bilingual singer/songwriter Michell Anne Richard who's range of Jazz, blues, bossa nova and traditional French songs all meld into her own sound. She will be accompanied by the sweet jazz guitar stylings of Gibson's own Steve Giltrow and present a boutiful fare of music to start your day.
michelleannerichard.com : stevegiltrow.ca

Reservations are strongly suggested. Come and join friends to take in brunch before crossing the street to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the free concert in Winegarden Park overlooking the fabulous Gibson Harbour. Call 604.886.9414 for reservations

WINEGARDEN PARK FESTIVAL : Sunday June 12 : 1 :30pm : free
black strap melissas A perfect way to start an afternoon of live music overlooking the stunning Gibsons Harbour.

Black Strap Melissas - Sweet, Dark and good for you! The four piece plays a blend of folk-cabaret and 1920's world music - from Brazilian Choro to Argentinian Tango to contemporary jazz and folk music. These Sunshine Coast folks come to the stage wielding accordions,violin, percussion, guitar and vocal chords to melt your heart!"

The musicians are all proud Gibsons residents and include Susann Richter, Serena Eades, Anna Lumiere and Dan Richter.

WINEGARDEN PARK FESTIVAL EVENT : Sunday June 12 : 2:30pm : free
steve giltrow quartet Playing many of their own original tunes the Steve Giltrow Quartet is a dynamic group of musicians that combine the talents of Saxophonist/composer Ken Grunenberg acoustic bassist Boyd Norman, drummer John Rule and guitarist/composer Steve Giltrow.

Ken Grunenberg is an exciting soloist who is at home in virtually any musical genre or setting. Boyd Norman is the bassist on the Sunshine Coast who is involved in a number of groups and projects. John Rule brings a wide range of experience and musicality to the group. Steve Giltrow showcases his abilities as both a composer and performer. They have played at a number of venues on the Sunshine Coast as well as on Galiano Island and at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver and we are very pleased to present them at this year's festival outdoors for your enjoyment.

WINEGARDEN PARK FESTIVAL EVENT : Sunday June 12 : 3:30pm : free
katherine penfold Katherine Penfold has made her mark on many stages throughout Canada with her breathtaking sense of tone and expression. We are very excited she has joined our musical community and moved to the Sunshine Coast.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Katherine began her career at the age of 13, singing Celtic/Folk music at coffee houses and local stages around Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Through the years she developed her passion for a variety of musical genres covering Funk/R&B with the well-known NuPhunk Orchestra, and Jazz with New York pianist, Michael Cain.

Anyone who has heard her have been raving about her talent and now we can too as she is joined by Boyd Norman on bass and Ken Dalgleish on keyboard. A perfect end to another Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival. katherinepenfold.ca

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