We look forward to entertaining you with a wonderful variety of jazz from all over the world.

Tables are held until 1:30 pm, after please call 250-324-2245 for reservations.

Oct 7th

Mike Clement Trio - Pat Martino Tribute

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15

Fiery young Vancouver Island-based guitarist Mike Clement’s trio presents a fleet-fingered tribute to soul jazz pioneer Pat Martino.

Guitarist Martino, known for his post-bop, fusion and mainstream jazz as well as soul jazz beginning in the 1960s, worked with jazz organists Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco, among others.

Clement, whose own style articulates bebop and down-home blues, will be joined by Dr. Tony Genge on organ and Hans Verhoeven on drums.

Clement was influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery as well as Martino — though over the past seven years he has played many genres including jazz, blues, ska/reggae, rock, indie and pop.

Mike Clement

The Prince Rupert native began studying guitar at age 11 at the hands of his father, a local legend singer/songwriter and blues guitar wizard.

He completed his bachelor’s degree at Vancouver Island University where he studied intensely with the inimitable Pat Coleman. After having studied, lived and gigged jazz in New Orleans, he plans on completing his master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans.

Reservations are recommended. Tables held until 1:30 p.m. Call 250-324-2245.

Oct 14th

The Dave Stewart Septet - Chick Corea Tribute

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20

The Dave Stewart Septet honours Chick Corea whom band leader and trumpeter Dave Stewart calls “one of the most influential musicians in the jazz world,”

“As a member of the Miles Davis group in the late 1960s, he helped pioneer the jazz fusion style and has been described as ‘one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era’,” says Stewart.

This program features arrangements by the group’s trombonist Jeff Agopsowicz, including many of his personal Corea favorites such as Spainand 500 Hundred Miles High.

Stewart says the group, made up of some very talented up-island jazz musicians who share his love for playing jazz, are all passionate about music, especially jazz.

Dave Stewart Septet

They include former university and high school music instructors, military musicians and even an owner of a recording studio and film production company.

“We love to share our musical artistry with enthusiastic jazz audiences and I know we push each other to achieve our best together. Something wonderful happens when talented individuals like this inspire each other,” says Stewart.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. 

Oct 21st

Lorraine Nygaard Quartet - with pianist Louse Rose

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15

Versatile Victoria vocalist Lorraine Nygaard and celebrated Victoria pianist Louise Rose appear for the first time at Pat’s House of Jazz.

Nygaard, whose sultry voice has been compared to those of Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell, will move you with her soulful and spirited interpretations of jazz standards, blues, soul and originals, as well as something she loves of Simone’s that she is preparing for an upcoming tribute show.

Nygaard, who sang in her early years with a duo in Vancouver, returned to the stage in 2008 after raising her family and studying jazz at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Gord Clements, Gergana Velinova and Rose.

“Rose has been my mentor in warm and wonderful ways for several years now,” says Nygaard.

It is easy to see why. Her philosophy about singing and life itself, handed down from her grandmother, is “you are worthy simply because you’re breathing.”

In addition to being a caring mentor, Rose is well-known in Victoria as a versatile pianist, vocalist, recording artist, composer, motivational speaker, choral conductor, accompanist, teacher and facilitator.

Lorraine Nygaard

Rose, who studied with Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, also conducts the 200-voice Victoria Good News Choir.  She believes music is much more than a vocation . . . “It is the perfect metaphor for life itself.” Her music touches the lives of those around her in a supremely positive way.

They will be joined by Victoria drummer Kelby MacNayr, who has performed on over 50 recordings and at major festivals across Canada and the U.S.

Michigan-raised bassist Louis Rudner, who recently married pianist Ashley Wey of Victoria, is new to the area. He has a master’s degree in jazz performance from Michigan State University and tours with the Ashley Wey Trio.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. 

Oct 28th

Milk Crate Bandits

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15

Milk Crate Bandits, the joyful, high-energy New Orleans-style jazz band from Vancouver that brought the house down at Pat’s House of Jazz last November, is back for an encore.

Expect more intimate acoustic moments and cheeky vocals along with the swinging and gritty sounds of 1920s New Orleans played by vagabonds from across the globe who sit on stolen thrones made of milk crates.

It is music born of the streets. Leader, Jack Ray began his musical career busking in Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, stealing milk crates to sit on.

By 2016 the group had travelled to New Orleans to record two EPs with Preservation Hall trumpeter Kevin Louis. The first,The Neighbourhood was called “a stunning collection of new music” by Vintage Swing Review in 2017.

Milk Crate Bandits

The band features Canadian trombonist Brad Shigeta, who played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Illinois Jacquet Band while living in New York City, as well as bassist Jen Hodge and banjoist Jack Ray. All are vocalists as well.

The group’s website says, “This is music that will make you jump, holler and shout and some even say that being party to a misdemeanor makes it all the more fun.”

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. 

Nov 4th

Wanda Nowicki Quintet

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15

Effervescent. Dramatic. Sultry. Seductive. All these words and more describe Gibsons vocalist/actress Wanda Nowicki.

She flirts. She postures. She emotes while confidently delivering lesser-known jazz covers as well as originals from some of her favourite Gibsons and Vancouver musicians and composers.

Nowicki says her dramatic performances are born of a desire to entertain people. “Everyone deserves to be highly entertained if they have taken the time to come and be with you in a club,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be a big flashy show, but I need to connect with the people and bring them to where I am and how I feel about certain things.

“We all share the same human emotions. If I can touch someone with a mutual understanding of an emotion — loss, loneliness, joy, courage — then I feel I have done my job. Well, that and singing well!”

She does that in spades.

Her theatrical performances stem from the 20 years she spent in Los Angeles where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute of acting and, in addition to singing, did some live theatre and lots of voice-over work for animation and foreign film dubbing.

Nowicki will be backed by her Salt Spring Island band — one of three she uses. It includes trumpeter Derrick Milton, bassist Ian Van Wyck, guitarist David Lippincott and drummer Laurent Boucher.

Nowicki’s resume includes performances with blues tenor saxophonist Big Jay McNeely and with singer Richard Berry, best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard Louie Louie.

Wanda Nowicki

She plays regularly at the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver with multi-CARAS award winner Harris Van Berkel (of Skywalk fame) and played the Gibsons Jazz Festival this year with Budge Schachte (of Van Django fame).

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

Nov 11th

Centerpiece with vocalist Charity Munro

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15

Comox Valley band Centerpiece featuring vocalist Charity Munro perform a repertoire of swing, ballads, Latin and fusion.

Centerpiece, a versatile band of virtuoso soloists, is led by bassist Dave Stevenson, who has performed with such jazz greats at P.J. Perry, Louise Rose and Phil Dwyer. Stevenson studied music at Douglas College and the University of Victoria.

Munro is a dynamic performer with a smooth tone. Besides singing with many jazz groups, she has covered everything from Kiki Dee and Donna Summers to Steely Dan and Michael Jackson as well as Celtic music and even some R & B with Courtenay’s 12-piece band Time Well Wasted.

Guitarist Larry Ayre is a music teacher who studied jazz at York University in Toronto and classical guitar with Victoria Conservatory of Music faculty.

Drummer Mike Berman’s career has included the rock movement of the ‘60s, recording a cult hit album Stone Circus in New York to multi-year gigs as house drummer at Jake O’Grady’s Roadhouse in Vancouver and Bourbon Street Grill in Maple Ridge, where he played with his jazz quartet StreetCats. He is now a master of many styles, with an emphasis on funk and jazz.

Charity Monro

Rounding out the quintet for this gig is sax player Mike Butterfield. A music teacher most of his life, Butterfield‘s influences include Cannonball Adderly, Campbell Ryga, Dexter Gordon, Ross Taggart and Ryan Oliver.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

Nov 18th

NMA Big Band

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20

The 19-piece NMA Big Band, now in its 51st year, features vocalist Sydney Needham with another show-stopping performance.

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