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.

April 28th

Iain Duncan Quartet

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

Tenor saxophonist Iain Duncan teams up with keyboardist and chanteuse Ashley Wey for an afternoon of West-Coast jazz, bossa novas, ballads and blues at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub.

Backed by an in-the-pocket rhythm section of bassist Louis Rudner and drummer Cyril Lojda, the two deliver a delightfully fresh, mellow take on jazz favourites from the ’60s era.

They perform regularly together as a duo at the O Bistro Café in Victoria. Duncan has also played Hermann’s Jazz Club, the Northern Quarter and at the Victoria Jazz Festival, as well as numerous festivals around B.C. as a vaudeville entertainer.

He studied music at Capilano College, the University of British Columbia and at UVic.

Wey has toured the world playing on cruise ships and accompanying award-winning musicians, including the Parachute Club and four-time Grammy winner Manny Kellough.

Having studied music at Toronto’s Humber College, she works professionally as a pianist, singer, composer and arranger.

Iain Duncan

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

May 5th

Sue Newman

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

February’s snows wreaked havoc on multi-talented Salt Spring Island songstress Sue Newman’s plans to bring her swinging ‘n’ crooning jazz to Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub, but don’t worry she coming back.

A performance by Newman will leave you on a real high,” says series publicist Gloria Collins. “She bubbles with such energy and joy that she always leaves you wanting another hit.”

Her unique style, honed by years on stage with bassist Ian Van Wyck, guitarist Peter Taschuk and drummer Laurent Boucher, lends itself to shades of blues, rock and soul as she covers jazz and Latin classics, show tunes and originals.

Today, she also welcomes trumpet player Michelle Footz, who has settled down on Salt Spring as the high school’s band and choir teacher after a musical pursuit took her across Canada, the U.S. and South America.

Newman studied jazz with Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan at the Banff Centre, but her talent is limitless. She is also a well-known performance art instructor as well as a dancer, producer and director on Salt Spring Island.

After a childhood in Southern California, where she performed with her jazz musician parents, Newman came to the island with them where they found an audience for their bands and musical shows and also found students for her dance, theatre and voice lessons.

She has choreographed or performed in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man as well as in Spamalot and Into the Woods, as the Diva and the Witch respectively.

Newman has also sung with Hugh Fraser, Valdy, Randy Bachman, P.J. Perry and Bill Henderson, among others.

Sue Newman

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

May 12th

Wayne Kozak Trio

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

Celebrated North Cowichan saxophonist Wayne Kozak honed his chops in Vancouver’s thriving jazz venues in the early ’70s, including the iconic Cellar, opening for the likes of Ornette Coleman and Herbie Hancock.

Kozak ended up landing a regular gig at the Cellar, opening for a host of touring jazz stars who played there when they toured the West Coast. He went on to become a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene as a founding member of Cobra, one of Canada’s first fusion jazz groups.

Kozak, with bassist John Wade and drummer Peter Gillespie, will showcase his chops at Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub when he plans to explore classic tenor sax trio tunes from such jazz greats as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis and others.

Kozak, perhaps best known as the tenor man for the legendary Powder Blues Band, became a sought-after session musician and performer who worked with such stars such as Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight Loverboy and Randy Bachman.

He has also played with such West Coast luminaries as P.J. Perry, Bob Murphy, Ron Johnston, Don Clark, Oliver Gannon, Rene Worst and Pat Coleman.

Wayne Kozak

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

May 19th

Edie Daponte & The Don Leppard Big Band

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

Sidney vocalist Edie Daponte shines when she’s singing with a of a small combo.

But in front of an energetic 17-piece jazz band like the Don Leppard Big Band, she really sparkles.

Daponte and the Leppard Band will perform well-loved big band classics with a touch of Paris at Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub.

This follows a sold-out show with Daponte and the Leppard band at the pub in December and Daponte’s sold-out show From Rio to Paris at the pub in September.

Daponte’s sultry, passionate voice lends itself perfectly to a wide range of jazz standards, seamlessly moving from jazz to boss nova and back again.

Vancouver Island Music Awards honoured Daponte with Jazz Recording of the Year in 2017 for her original song Island Rain and nominated her as Vocalist of the Year in 2016.

The Leppard band plays everything from authentic dance music of 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.

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 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 College of Music in Boston.

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.

The band has backed such international notables as Johnny Mathis, The Moody Blues, The Temptations and Engelbert Humperdink.

Don Leppard Big Band and Edie Daponte

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

May 26th

David Vest

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

Alabama-bred blues shouter and honky-tonk pianist David Vest has been named Piano Player of the Year in Canada five times in the past seven years at the Maple Blues Awards.

He’s also a Songwriter of the Year nominee.

His latest recording is titled, simply, David Vest.

Vest, who now lives in Victoria, is bringing his band back to Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub for another session.

The Oregon Music News calls Vest “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie pianists.”

The Victoria Jazz Society calls him “a honky-tonk hero and world-class entertainer.”

Vest’s first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.

Vest grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, near Tuxedo Junction, playing his first paying gig in 1957 at age 14. By the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day, 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.

About the time he turned 21 he found himself on stage with legendary bluesman Big Joe Turner, who said that Vest’s playing made him feel like he was back in Kansas City.

Vest wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, dated a sister of the Louvin Brothers and toured with Faron Young, who Vest says once threatened to kill him.

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

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