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

Please call 250-324-2245 for a table reservation. Tables will be held until 1:30pm.

Oct 20th

Kim Greenwood Quartet

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

Join Kim Greenwood and a wonderful array of Canada’s top musicians as they take you on a magical mystery tour of some of the Jazz and American Songbook greats of the 20th century. From Gershwin to Johnny Mercer, through fellow Hungarian Kosma, to Rogers and Hart, you will be both entertained and educated by this fascinating tour of the forgotten verse to these great songs, including the revival of some long lost gems.

Kim’s warm tone lends itself beautifully to ballads that embody the American Songbook repertoire and then she’ll turn around and rip through an uptempo jazz tune; she’s a multi-faceted performer and equally loves performing jazz, pop, classical and musical theatre. She’s an actor at heart and this comes shining through in all of her repertoire, engaging audiences at every turn.

Kim’s stellar ensemble includes Karel Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on double bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums + special guests!

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Oct 27th

The NMA Big Band

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

The Nanaimo Musician’s Association Big Band is one of those bands we just have to book every year. Outstanding players paired up with a wide variety of tightly arranged charts makes for great music. This band delivers in a way only big bands can. Strap on those dancing shoes and be sure to reserve a table. The band packs the room.

The NMA Big Band

Nov 3rd

Alex Coleman

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

Recently relocated to Nanaimo from Toronto, veteran bassist Coleman has formed a dynamic quartet featuring Ryan Oliver on sax, Brent Jarvis on keyboards and Adam Robertson on drums.

While in Toronto, Coleman had the opportunity to perform frequently as both a sideman and a bandleader. As a co-leader of The Cookers Quintet, Alex recorded three CDs and toured across Canada four times with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Other groups he organized often included some of Canada’s, and North America’s best jazz musicians. Wanting to learn from and show respect for the tradition of the music he loves, his groups always included the likes of our country’s finest including: drummer Terry Clarke, pianists Bernie Senensky, Brian Dickinson, Gary Williamson, and Dave Restivo, and saxophonists Ryan Oliver, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, and Perry White.

While living in Toronto Alex spent eight years leading an octet named “Tonight at Noon” which performed the music of legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus. This group performed at the Toronto International Jazz Festival, and countless times at Toronto’s finest club, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues club.

A proponent of the 50’s/60’s Blue Note hard bop era, Alex delved into that music and came out with a deep appreciation of the composers and swinging rhythm sections that helped define the music of the time.

Alex Coleman

Nov 10th

Capital City Syncopators

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

Crossing more boundaries than a rumrunner, The Capital City Syncopators is Victoria’s finest prohibition-era dance band. A delicious stew of trad jazz, swing and 80’s favourites, this eccentric 4-piece will be sure to sweep you off your feet and onto the dance floor. Led by Avram Devon McCagerty on banjo and backed by Don Cox on Sousaphone, Reuben Weir on guitar, Matt Pease on drums, this is a band guaranteed to set your toes tapping.

Capital City Syncopators

Nov 17th

Edie Daponte

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

By now Edie Daponte needs little in the way of introduction, having appeared at the pub several times over the years. Renowned for her great vocals and warm stage presence, Edie is a perennial favorite and attracts a large crowd to her appearances.

Well known for her interpretation of the songs of chanteuse Edith Piaf, Edie mounted a highly successful BC tour this summer selling out every show. This promises to be another terrific show as Edie brings back a top notch band featuring Karl Roessingh on piano, Damian Graham on drums and Joey Smith on guitar and bass.

Equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or an outdoor festival stage, Edie Daponte has established a reputation in the music scene of Vancouver Island and Western Canada as a dynamic and engaging performer. Edie brings passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows. Vancouver Island Music Awards awarded Edie with “Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2017 for her original song “Island Rain” and nominated her as “Vocalist of the Year” in 2016.

Edie’s original song ‘Ride the Wind’ was nominated in the Traditional category for the 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) . Emotive, playful and passionate, Edie’s voice lends itself perfectly to a wide range of jazz standards and originals seamlessly moving from jazz to Bossa Nova and back again, switching between English, Portuguese, Spanish and French numbers. Edie released 2 new studio albums in 2019; “Alegria” a globally inspired album and “Under Paris Skies” the music of Paris and Edith Piaf.

Edie and Joey

Nov 24th

Nick Maclean Quartet - featuring Brownman Ali

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

The multi award-winning Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali embarks on an ambitious, month-long national tour across Canada, travelling from hometown Toronto all the way to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Led by 26 year old fast-rising piano star Nick MacLean (Global Music Award winner), this contemplative and thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note-era Herbie Hancock.

The quartet heavily features 2x National Jazz Award winner and internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast Brownman Ali, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice) alongside some of the top 20-something jazz musicians Canada has to offer making this show of hard-swinging modern-jazz one audiences will not want to miss. PHOJ patrons who attended the June 2018 concert by the Socialist Night School Band will remember Ali as the red hot trumpet player featured in many solos.

The quartet’s national tour of Canada will deliver 36 concerts & masterclasses while traversing 5 provinces bringing exposure to audiences who previously would have only been able to hear the group on the radio or internet.

Nick Maclean Quartet
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