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.

NOTE: Sunday jazz concerts will break for Christmas and return on January 13th.

Nov 18th

NMA Big Band

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20 (cover at door)

The 19-piece NMA Big Band, now in its 51st year, features vocalist Sydney Needham with another show-stopping performance. Needham’s voice is as big as the band. Her full-throated, soulful jazz vocals never fail to wow the crowd.

From Latin to swing, New Orleans-style jazz to fusion and funk rhythms, the Nanaimo Musicians Association band plays it all. Made up of local professional musicians, Vancouver Island University music students and alumni and VIU professors, the band carries on the jazz tradition of mentoring the next generation.

Leader Bryan Stovell says the band has given emerging talents their first step up to the professional scene and has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in music scholarships. Proceeds from today’s show will provide scholarships for emerging talent from the mid-Island area.

“Many of the band’s members have gone on to successful careers including Diana Krall, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid and Christine Jensen,” Stovell says.

“More recently, saxophonist Connor Stewart has left us to pursue a career in New Orleans and tours around the world. Last spring, award- winning high school alto saxophonist Kenton Dick, who was invited to play at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, left us to study at Berklee School of Music in Boston,” he says.

Nanaimo Big Band
Trombones Jazz Fest

“Our 2017 scholarship winner, composer/arranger and guitarist Jesse Marshall, and Darin Nicolle, our long-term bassist and 2018 scholarship winner, have been accepted into the University of Toronto Masters in Music program.”

Stovell, who teaches jazz theory and improvisation at Vancouver Island University, is a recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher award for both B.C. and Canada.

Nov 25th

CanUs

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15 (cover at door)

It’s jazz! It’s Dixieland! It’s swing! It’s ragtime! It’s the blues and New Orleans jazz with three-part-harmony vocals. It’s CanUS Jazz Band.

For 15 years this Victoria jazz band stole show after show on the “trad” jazz circuit all over North America. Triangle Jazzof Seattle called them “a hot band with a swinging rhythm section and a great front line.”

The highlight for CanUS was being invited to play The Millennium Theatre at The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The fact that CanUS served an international audience and is composed of musicians from both sides of the border gave rise to the unusual spelling of its name.

Formed in 1991, they’ve since retired from the road, giving them more time and opportunities to share their music locally.

The band, led by Tony Blodgett, features some of the best musicians in Victoria including a front line of Bob Cadwallader on trombone, Mike Broadley on trumpet and Al Pease on clarinet and tenor sax. They are backed by the driving rhythm section with Blodgett on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Don Leppard on drums.

A Seattle jazz critic once described CanUS as having “Wonderful vocals and the most diversified book of music in the business.”

CanUs Jazz Band
Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Call 250-324-2245.

Dec 2nd

Don Leppard Big Band with vocalist Edie Daponte

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20 (cover at door)

One of the best big bands on the West Coast makes its debut performance at Pat’s House of Jazz.

From authentic dance music from the ‘30s and ‘40s, to the inspirational swinging sounds of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the energetic, richly coloured music of contemporary jazz arrangements, this energetic 17-piece band entertains crowds of all musical tastes.

Its repertoire also includes works from the libraries of such jazz greats as Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, The Boss Brass, Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson, along with many compositions and arrangements written by members of the ensemble.

A retired military band director and arranger, bandleader Don Leppard is also the drummer — the guy who drives the bus.

A member of the prestigious RCAF band in Toronto, Leppard received his certificate of arranging from the Berklee School of Music. He also became the “pops” drummer with the Winnipeg Symphony and set-drummer with the Manitoba Theatre Centre for 20 years. He has recorded more than 50 albums with various artists and taped more than 600 television shows.

Don Leppard Big Band
Edie Daponte

Featured vocalist Edie Daponte is a crowd favourite at Pat’s House of Jazz where her showUnder Paris Skies — La Musique de Edith Piafsold out last year. Her Paris to Rioshow was also a huge hit when it opened this fall’s jazz series in September.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Call 250-324-2245.

Dec 9th

Ryan Oliver's Organ Trio featuring Dr. Tony Genge

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15 (cover at door)

Saxophonist Ryan Oliver, who has been described as Sunny Stitt reincarnated, brings soulful blues, straight-ahead jazz, bossa nova and romantic ballads to Pat’s House of jazz.

The swinging saxman will be joined by blistering Hammond B3 organist Dr. Tony Genge and drummer Hans Verhoeven. The trio’s performance at the jazz club last spring was hot, hot, hot, yet nicely sprinkled with blues and ballads.

“We always have a great time playing at Pat’s House of Jazz and we’re excited to play there again,” says Oliver, who has also toured the world with the Shuffle Demons, including India, Australia and New Zealand.

He recently played the Leeds and Birmingham jazz festivals in the United Kingdom and has also performed as leader and sideman at major jazz clubs and festivals across North America, as well as the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Ryan Oliver

Oliver, who took his master’s degree in jazz performance at Rutgers University and his doctoral studies at York University in Toronto, lived in Toronto, Amsterdam and New York before moving recently to Victoria.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Call 250-324-2245.

Dec 16th

The Ladies of Jazz: Maria Manna, Maureen Washington, April Gislason

2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20 (cover at door)

They’re back! Victoria’s vivacious, entertaining divas Maria Manna, Maureen Washington and April Gislason are bringing a new show entitled The Ladies of Jazz to Pat’s House of Jazz.

“Last spring it was standing room only for their Ladies of Gospel Show, so book early for their jazz show, which is inspired by such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Natalie Cole” says the jazz series publicist Gloria Collins.

Manna says the songs they have chosen “are rich with meaning, texture and colour. There is room for personal interpretation, sentiment and feeling when delivered.”

“We like to give our audiences the inside scoop about who inspired us in music, why we love to sing, how we prepare for a concert and what it is about the songs we have chosen that speak to each of us,” she said.

Manna, an ordained minister who can weave her soulful voice through jazz, blues and gospel in English and Italian, was also the recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Ladies of Jazz

Washington, one of Victoria’s busiest singers, garnered accolades winning the 2014 Black Canadian Awards “Best Jazz and Soul Artist.”

Gislason has a rich, powerful voice. As a vocalist and guitarist, she has collaborated with David Foster, Bryan Adams and Boz Scaggs as well as lent her voice to thousands of jingles in North America.

The combination of Gislason’s Puerto Rico/New York upbringing, Washington’s African-American roots and Manna’s Italian heritage made for a memorable performance of gospel tunes. Come see what they do with jazz.

The divas will be accompanied by Karel Roessingh on piano, James Young on bass and Dave Emery on drums.

Table reservations are recommended for this show. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Call 250-324-2245.

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