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Tom Keenlyside Quartet Laila Biali Trio Vince Mai Quintet Mimosa Nick La Riviera Septet
Deep Water Sound SD 46 Jazz Band Rakish Angles Deanna Knight & Hot Club of Mars
Saturday Night Dance Sunday Brunch Creek Big Band Take 5 Jazz Vespers

Tom Keenlyside Quartet
featuring Bill Coon, Kerry Galloway; Buff Allen

Concert !! Friday June 15: 8:00pm : St Bart's Church, 659 North Rd: $20
Tom Keenlyside A mainstay in the Vancouver jazz scene for over fifty years, Tom Keenlyside has played saxophone and flute with some of the biggest names in the music business such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Diana Krall, Don Costa, Natalie Cole and many others. His quartet features some of the city’s finest musicians with Bill Coon guitar, Kerry Galloway bass and Buff Allen drums.

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Saturday June 16 : 12:15pm -
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
Mimosa The Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.

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).

The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere, (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and 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.

June 16: 1:20pm
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
Vince Mai Quintet As a trumpeter, Vince has appeared on hundreds of recordings for TV, feature films, commercials, and albums. Versatility is one of his major assets and artists he’s shared the stage or recording studio with include – Sarah McLaughlin, Divine Brown, Michael Buble, The Powder Blues, Tom Jones, David Clayton Thomas, David Foster, Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Miles, Robben Ford, Long John Baldry, Danilo Perez, Sheldon Reynolds (of Earth Wind & Fire), and many others. A recent highlight finds Vince appearing on Sarah McLaughlin’s Grammy nominated album WONDERLAND in 2018.

Influenced by diverse talents like Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, and Guido Basso, Vince brings original straight ahead jazz with forays into new grooves in reharmonized standards.

Playing with Vince will be the outstanding line-up of Miles Black, keys, Joel Fountain, drums, Paul Ruska, bass and Oliver Gannon, guitar.
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June 16: 2:25pm
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laila biali "It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting.

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning ve continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Laila is also the host of CBC's national jazz radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, which airs weekly from 8 pm to midnight.

Musicians playing with Laila are Adam Robert Thomas, bass and Adam Cormier on drums.
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NICK LA RIVIERA SEPTET - Cut a rug to the sizzling hot sounds !
June 16: 4:00pm
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
sweet pea swing band "Infectious, energetic, and fun. This band has it all!"Darryl Mar, Artistic Director, Victoria Jazz Society

The Nick La Riviere Band from Victoria features danceable and listenable original songs influenced by artists like Sam Cooke, Jamiroquai, Trombone Shorty, and others. The recent album, Another Time Around, rich in variety, has received plenty of media attention. In addition to originals, live shows include energetic rearranged covers of tunes by Dr John, Bill Withers, The Box Tops, and more. Nick’s conch shell playing is always a big hit, and brings something to the show that most people have never seen before. Festival shows always attract a dancing crowd, and home town shows are consistently sold out.

The band players are: Nick La Riviere - trombone, vocals, conch shells, Miguelito Valdes - trumpet, Barrie Sorensen - sax, Kelly Fawcett - guitar, Vocals, Aidan Miller - keyboard, vocals, Dave Spidel - bass, Damian Graham - drums.

A great way to get up and move your body to end our day on the street.
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June 16 between acts
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
The School District Jazz Band is a combination musicians from Elphinstone in Gibsons and Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt and conducted by teacher/musician, Tom Kellough and will be performing at the Bus Stop stage to entertain in between acts on the main stage. These young musicians will be at the top of their game as they return from festivals near their end of the musical school year. For many it will be their last chance to play with the band before they graduate and move on.

Music is so important in our school system and for all the emerging talent we have in the community so come out and show your support for these great kids.

Members include Madison Tidmarsh, alto sax
Maria Nightingale, alto sax, Josh Diebel, tenor sax Shiann Rafuse, tenor sax Bela Ord, piano & bari sax Noah Ord, trumpet Espen Swift, trumpet Ira Spiegelman, trumpet Delamare George, trombone Jack Davis, trombone Oliver Lynagh, drums, but learning guitar Ryan McLeod, drums James Stinson, bass Tom Kellough, conductor

June 16 between acts
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
A new emerging combo of horns and drums, Deep Water Sound will be performing for the first time at 1:05 at the Bus Stop stage after the first main stage set at the Bus Stop Stage.

Members include:
Espen Swift, trumpet
Josh Diebel, tenor saxophone
Bela Ord baritone saxophone
Delamare George, trombone
Kayden Mancuso, tuba
Ryan McLeod, drums

High Beam Dreams NEW VENUE on the Coast, 350 Glassford St: Sunday June 16: 7:30pm $20
Rakish Angles The Rakish Angles return after a rainy day last year, to play in this brand new venue for live music in Gibsons Landing. Come out and check it out with this perfect band to fill the room with lots of energetic tunes.

Since forming in 2007, The Rakish Angles - composed of Sara Fitzpatrick (violin, vocals), Simon Hocking (mandolin, vocals), Boyd Norman (bass, vocals), and Dan Richter (guitar, vocals) - have been making their own unique sound. It has been called Newgrass, Latin, gypsy-jazz, old-time music. They bypass the intellectual filters and spark something in the emotional centre of the brain, and they're doing what they're supposed to do.

A word about the name. 'Rakish' is an adjective meaning, 'having or displaying a dashing, jaunty or slightly disreputable quality or appearance.' How this embodies the band, it can't quite be told exactly. Sure, you'll probably find them jaunty and jovial, but they ain't so disreputable. They're family people. They swim with no clothes on. They sing into one collective microphone. They themselves are warm, wooden-timbred, natural, mysterious folk - much like the place where they live.
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- get down for a Motown Soul night of fun and dance

DANCE !!: Saturday June 17: 8:00pm : Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion: $20 non-members; $10 members

Adam Robert Thomas Band Time to Party!!

Juno-nominate vocalist/guitarist/bassist, Adam Robert Thomas has spent his career collaborating with jazz artists, but for our Saturday night dance this year Adam gets down to a funky, feel-good affair with elements of soul and R&B that's reminiscent of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Meters and Steely Dan. Who knew that amazing jazz vocal voice could get down and growly with the funk!

His top-shelf band features JUNO Award-winner Brad Turner on keys, André Lachance - electric bass, and drummer Adam Cormier.

Special bonus if you are a member of any Canadian Legion, show your card and get in for half price !!
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SUNDAY BRUNCH Buffet: Sunday June 17: 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 we are presenting local guitarist Steve Giltrow with versatile jazz vocalist Steve Maddock.

Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has come to be known as one of Western Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. In addition to his extensive body of work as a jazz and pop performer, he’s been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra and the Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio ... not to mention his extensive musical theatre career!

See more at stevemaddock.com : stevegiltrow.ca

Reservations are recommended call Leo's Tapas & Grill Greek Cuisine at 604.886.9414.

CREEK BIG BAND with Crystal Spence
WINEGARDEN PARK FESTIVAL : Sunday June 17: 1:30pm : free
creek big band The Creek Big Band loves to play big band swing, jazz, blues, and latin music for listening or dancing. It 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. Their leader is Graham Ord and they are graced with special guest, Walter Martella on trumpet and vocals by Devon Hanley.

Other members of the Creek Band are:
Saxes: Carl Montgomery, Lorne Berman, Cherry Bolognese, Graeme Green, Joshua Croteau.
Trombones: Bryan Airth, Bill Wishlow, Jim McGowan, Gord Catherwood
Trumpets: John Frederickson, Walter Martella, Neal Andrews, Sacha Stipec (student member)
Vibes: Val Anderson
Piano: Carolyn Mitchell
Guitar: Bud Kurz
Bass: Beth Jay
Drums: Al Burns
Vocals: Devon Hanley

Visit their facebook page at Creek Big Band.

WINEGARDEN PARK: Sunday June 18: 2:30pm : free

take five We are excited to introduce 'Take 5' to our Gibsons Landing Jazz fans this fresh new group from Powell River to prove Jazz is alive and well on the Sunshine Coast and with the new generation of musicians. The band is well known around Powell River for their many performances, but its future will be in question when three of its members graduate. We are lucky enough to have them perform for us this year and are sure we will see more of the individuals on the jazz 'scene' in the futre.

Take 5 is a 5 piece jazz combo who have been playing together since 2015. They achieved gold standing at Musicfest Canada in 2017 and 4 of their members attended again this year in Toronto in selected National Honour groups.

Their members include Duncan McDonald on Trombone, Steve Carson on Saxes and Clarinet, Cullen Buholzer on Bass, Eli Carson on Drums and Hannah Schweitzer on piano. They frequently perform for various community events and are thrilled to be invited to play at the Gibson's Jazz Festival this year. Take 5 continues to be inspired by jazz and have made it their personal mission to play it and share it as much as they can.

DEANNA KNIGHT and the HOT CLUB OF MARS - Cut a rug to the sizzling hot sounds !
WINEGARDEN PARK: Sunday June 18: 3:30pm : free
sweet pea swing band Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920's & 30's and experience Vancouver's most dynamic acoustic roots, world rhythm, gypsy jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight, shares sultry and sassy vocals alongside driving rhythms and hot solos. Described as "stand out, unmistakable and smooth as fine whisky" Knight celebrates over 16 years with "multi-instrumentalist and ace luthier Michael Dunn and the Hot Club boys who use their Hawaiian, resonator, and Gypsy-jazz guitars to slic e and dice 50 shades of swing with admirable gusto." Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhart, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and a memorable vintage flare.

Acoustic bassist Joe Bourchier "kicks the cat" with finesse while guitarist Steve "Bugzy" Szabo keeps the rhythms chugging. Don Kellett helps spin sweet Djangoesque lines on lead, slide and guitars, and resident windgod Mark Dowding, keeps those Martian desert winds blowing hot.

A great way to get up and move your body to end our day in the park.

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Sunday June 18: 5:30-6:30pm : $10 suggested donation
Jazz Vespers Back by popular demand the Gibsons Jazz Festival is joining St Bart's Church in Gibsons to present 'Jazz Vespers. This year with something completely different featurine the 'Blues Busters' from Powell River

Jump Blues: electric jazz-Influenced Blues. Male vocals/harmonies with guitar/saxophone/harmonica/trumpet, the Blues Busters feature Ron Campbell, guitar and vocals, Dennis Fox, vocals and bass and Walter Martella on piano and trumpet. Definitely a group to lift your 'spirits' at St Bart's Church to close the 2018 Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival.
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