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.

Jan 12th

Sue Newman

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

A mainstay on the entertainment scene of Saltspring Island, Sue Newman has appeared numerous times at Pat’s House of Jazz over the years. Known for her warm on-stage personality and expressive vocals, Sue covers a wide range of material from jazz standards to Latin tunes and pop. From singing it straight to scatting, she does it all with aplomb.

In the band this time around are Monik Nordine on sax, Laurent Boucher on drums, Ian van Wyck on bass and Peter Taschuk on guitar.

Sue Newman

Jan 19th

Karel Roessingh Quartet

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

Karel has graced our stage many times as a sideman for jazz groups, backing folk singer Valdy, leading the band for the production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, playing keys for the Steely Dan tribute band Pretzel Logic and as a headliner in his own right. Whether interpreting a tender ballad, rocking out on boogie woogie or covering a jazz standard, this guy is a go-to musician for many singers and bands.

For this date, Karel will be featuring songs from his CD Birdsong in the Parkade and the Claude Bolling Suite #1 For Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. Sharing the stage for this performance will be two of Victoria’s finest: Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums. Rounding out the group will be special guest Mary Byrne on flute.

Karel Roessingh Quartet

Jan 26th

Arrowsmith Big Band

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

Given the size of Vancouver Island, we are blessed with an extraordinary number of big bands. There must be something in the air or water!Members of the Arrowsmith Big Band hail from Nanaimo/north Island.

One quickly runs through a list of superlatives when describing this band. Not only is the band as a whole incredibly tight, but it also features numerous talented soloists.

Top this off with a great selection of charts and you have a terrific afternoon of jazz big band. Reservations are a must for ABB.

Feb 2nd

Greg Bush Quintet

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

Greg teaches Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition, and Trumpet at Vancouver Island University. He is also the director of the VIU Jazz Ensemble. Originally from Montreal, Greg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University.

Prior to coming to Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University, Greg was Director of Jazz Studies at Abilene University in Texas. He has also been a member of the music faculty at McMaster University at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, and at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta.

In addition to his broad teaching experience Greg has also enjoyed a career as a busy freelance jazz trumpet player, arranger, and composer. As a sideman, he’s had the good fortune of playing in big bands and orchestras that have accompanied such artists as Big Miller, Paul Horn, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bob Brookmeyer.

As the leader of his own big band and quintet Greg has performed his original compositions in jazz clubs, concert halls, and many jazz festivals across Canada. Accompanying Greg this time around are Dan Craven – tenor sax, Patrick Courtin – piano, Alicia Murray – drums and Rob Uffen – bass.

Greg Bush

Feb 9th

Jive Big Band

2:00 p.m. | $10 (cover at door)

Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. As a freelancer, he’s one of Victoria’s club with his Victoria community band; Jive Big Band.

This energetic collection of instrumentalists and singers covers tunes ranging from jazz standards to funk and pop.

Jive Big Band

Feb 16th

Harrison^2

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

Harrison^2 (pronounced Harrison squared) is a modern jazz quartet from Toronto featuring two up and coming Toronto jazz musicians: Harrison Vetro (drums)  Harrison Argatoff (tenor saxophone), alongside two mainstays of the Canadian jazz scene: Mike Murley (tenor saxophone) and Steve Wallace (double bass).

The band’s mission is to express a distinct Canadian jazz identity, and a forward-thinking modern approach to jazz. Together they have performed shows at Toronto’s premiere jazz club “The Rex Hotel,” as well as “The Emmet Ray.”

Join us as the group tours in support of its freshly-minted album:Trout in Swimwear.

Harrison

Feb 23rd

Lorraine Nygaard Quartet

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

Lorraine Nygaard is a dynamic singer-songwriter from Victoria B.C. With a sultry voice that travels easily into high ranges, she is as accomplished in the complex melodies of traditional jazz as she is in delivering the groove of contemporary pop and soul. Her spirited intonation delivers and delights listeners of all ages.

Lorraine will be featuring songs from her Nina Simone Tribute, as well as from her CD On The Edge. Rounding out the band are talented musicians Ashley Wey on piano, Louis Rudner on bass and Kelby MacNair on drums.

Lorraine Nygaard
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