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.
Morgan's Child Quartet
2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15 (cover at door)
Melodic Toronto-based drummer Morgan Childs will make his drums sing when he brings a quartet to Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub.
The show, which also features saxophonist Ryan Oliver, trumpeter Patrick Boyle and bassist John Lee, kicks off the seventh season of Sunday afternoon jazz presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.
Childs, who originally hailed from Invermere, has built an international career as a university instructor, band leader, sideman, composer and performer with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Ingrid Jensen, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Mike Allen, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.
A veteran of the festival, club and university circuits, the Capilano College graduate has won many scholarships and awards, including the General Motors Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2009 and 2012 with the Amanda Tosoff Quartet and Robi Botos Trio respectively.
Georgia Straight’sAlexander Varty says “Childs rides the cymbals like Max Roach while dropping bombs like Billy Higgins,” while Raul de Game Rose of All About Jazz once described Childs as the “beating heart in the wholesome body” of the group he was playing with.
Rose added that “though he is playing a traditional trap set he often sounds as if he were playing a melodic instrument.”
Childs says he “embraces the freedom to explore rhythms that comes from using a two-horn front line without the constant chordal support of piano or guitar.
“It’s harmonically spare, challenging music built upon the polyrhythmic undercurrents inherent in the beat of the jazz rhythm,” says Childs. “I was inspired by Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden and others who used such line-ups with great effect.”
The show is a re-union of sorts for Childs, who played with Oliver for several years in Toronto before Oliver moved to Victoria. And Childs first met Patrick Boyle at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 2009.
Ever versatile, Morgan is highly regarded among his peers for his deep swing feel, sensitivity, musicality, a reverence for jazz history and a wide-ranging musical vocabulary.
His latest album, On the Street of Dreams, features Kelly Jefferson, David Restivo and John Maharaj. He also appeared on Amanda Tosoff’s Juno-nominated 2016 release, Words.
Swing Shift Big Band
2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $20 (cover at door)
Swing Shift, Salt Spring Island’s 17-piece big band, has set toes a-tappin’ up and down the coast for almost 30 years with the timeless swing of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Horace Silver, with a little Latin, pop and funk thrown in. We welcome their return to Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub.
Leader Derek Milton says the infectious music of this enthusiastic collection of professional and amateur community musicians will make you smile, dance and clamour for more.
The band has worked with many great musicians over the years including Monik Nordine, Ian MacDougall, Hugh Fraser and Nick LaRiviere.
Recently, Milton has been taking the band to schools in an effort to keep the jazz tradition alive by bringing it to young people. “The band has been successful in helping band teachers keep their band programs vibrant,” he says.
How often to you get to hear a real big band with five saxes, four trombones, four trumpets and rhythm section these days. Don’t miss it.
Elaine Lakeman Band
2:00 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m. | $15 (cover at door)
Vocal artist and actress Elaine Lakeman hits the stage with a mix of jazzy pop, blues and Latin at Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub.
Described by fans as dreamy and passionate with a voice like warm liquid honey, Lakeman brings emotion and authenticity along with her music from two albums — her first album, When It Rains, and her newest album of originals, A Time to Dance.
The latter expresses “both the joy and pain that comes from living a full life — a celebration of people we miss and good times gone by, along with reminders to enjoy life now and bring happiness to ourselves and others,” says Lakeman.
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.