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.

Feb 24th

Astrid Lyre Trio

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

The Astrid Lyre Trio brings a bold modern jazz sound to the stage at Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub. It is her first appearance at the jazz series, which is now in its seventh year.

Lyre, a Nanaimo-based jazz guitarist, fronts an electrifying new trio, which will perform her original compositions and interpretations of her favourite jazz standards. Joined with the drumming talents of James McRae, a veteran of the Vancouver Island music scene, and the adventurous bass lines of Brock Meades, the trio weaves an intricate, improvised tapestry of interaction and interplay.

A graduate of Capilano College’s jazz program on bass, Lyre always had a love for guitar, but it was not until she landed a two-and-a-half-year stint in the jazz club on Royal Caribbean’s flagship cruise liner, Allure of the Seas, that she began playing jazz guitar in earnest.

With a rhythmic awareness from years of playing bass, coloured by an interest in rock music, Lyre displays a dynamic and confident voice on the guitar.

Astrid Lyre Trio

Lyre says her style is influenced by a “a wide array of players, from guitarists Julian Lage, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jim Hall to saxophonists Lee Konitz and Chris Potter and pianists Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau.

This show is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and supported by the Osborne Bay Pub.

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

Mar 3rd

Swingkey

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

If you’re in a dancing mood, or if you just like ’40s swing classics such as You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To or Fly Me to the Moon, don’t miss Swingkey when they come to Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub.

The four-piece Victoria band, which was formed in 2013 has an extensive repertoire of swing and Latin tunes, which are great for dancing. The group got into the dance-band genre playing at Red Hot Swing in Victoria, a dance school that gives lessons in Lindy Hop, swing, Charleston, Balboa and other swing dances.

The band’s trumpeter, Corrine Painter, and its saxophonist, Jonnie Bridgman, perform vocal duties as well. They’re backed by pianist Bryan Mestelman and drummer Michael Clement.

Painter and Bridgman each has a diploma in jazz studies from Vancouver Island University, and Bridgman has a degree in music from the University of Victoria.

Painter plays with Martini ’65, which plays ’60s tunes re-covered as bossa nova, swing and jazz, along with drummer Clements.

Swingkey

Bridgman, who teaches band at Royal Oak Middle School, plays in a number of other local bands, including Ajna, a modern jazz trio with elements of bop, funk, swing and Latin music; Kariba Surprise, a high- energy band with a sense of humour covering jazz, blues and funk, and The New Groovement, a genre-bending mash-up of funky, hard-groovin’ boot-shaking dance music that mixes R & B and sultry soul with a splash of hip-hop.

The New Groovement has made their mark on B.C.’s music scene, winning Album of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.

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

Mar 10th

Arrowsmith

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

The 16-piece Arrowsmith Big Band, known for its drive, power and precision, returns to Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub with another eclectic repertoire of big-band ballads, driving swing, groovy Latin and contemporary arrangements.

Arrowsmith plays a wide variety of compositions and arrangements by the band members Rick Hirsh and Greg Bush and many other great composers and arrangers.

Based in Oceanside, with five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass and drums, the ensemble attracts some of the Island’s finest jazz musicians from five Island communities.

It boasts an impressive mix of professional musicians, school and university instructors and some of the area’s best student musicians from the mid-Island under the direction of Dave Stewart.

The concert will feature many great soloists such as alto saxophonist Claudio Fantinato, tenor saxophonist Dan Craven and trumpeter Greg Bush.

The band has had a student mentorship program since its inception in 1976, with some of its past notables such as Phil Dwyer, Pat Collins and others who have gone on to play professionally in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and internationally.

Arrowsmith

The tradition continues — Sunday’s show will include performances by two very talented young players, trumpeter Lachlan Craven and saxophonist Steve Carson.

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

Mar 17th

Chris Wallace Quartet

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

Toronto drummer Chris Wallace’s band epitomizes the modern contemporary jazz quartet, performing original compositions in the styles of bassist Dave Holland, saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Brian Blade.

Wallace and company will play such diverse tunes as Alone Together, The Way You Look Tonight, Benny Golson’s Stablematesand Joe Henderson’s Inner Urgewhen they visit Pat’s House of Jazz at the pub on Sunday March 17, all in their own unique style.

Joining Wallace will be Juno Award-winning saxophonist Jeff King, guitarist Graeme Stephen and bassist Artie Roth, all internationally lauded musicians.

Drummer and composer Wallace, originally from Regina, formed the band in 2015 after moving to Toronto from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he had been a central figure in the Scottish jazz community since 2002, performing with many of that nation’s top players.

During that period he toured Spain and Denmark with Scottish Celtic rock legends Wolfstone and became a member of jazz/hip-hop crossover group Live Sciences, recording the album Bohemian Raps.

Saxophonist King performed and recorded with the likes of Paul Shaffer, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, Paul Anka, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Healey, Joey DeFrancesco, Hilario Duran, Wayne Newton, Doug Riley and pretty much everyone else in the Canadian jazz scene.

Toronto-born jazz bassist Rothhas been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992.

Chris Wallace

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, guitarist Stephen leads and contributes to a multitude of musical projects in Scotland and overseas, playing a wide array of styles from free improvised jazz to Scottish folk.

This show is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and supported by the Osborne Bay Pub.

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

Mar 24th

Ashley Wey Trio

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

Victoria pianist, vocalist and composer Ashley Wey has a way of bringing the jazz standards freshly back to life.

With passion and improvisational joy, the Ashley Wey Trio has built a large repertoire and a strong group sound that emphasizes intricate harmonies and melodies.

With her husband, bassist Louis Rudner, and drummer Graham Villette, Wey brings her group to the Pat’s House of Jazz stage in the pub for the first time. Expect an afternoon of scintillating music.

Apart from her work on the Island, Wey has performed with 2006 Canadian Idolwinner Eva Avila, Juno Award-winning Brandi Disterheft, vocalist Mae Moore and The Parachute Club. She has also performed on cruise ships around the world with four-time Grammy Award-winner Manny Kellough.

Ashley Wey

With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, Wey has returned to Victoria with her latest recording, Live, an album filled with inventive ideas and breathtaking artistry.

This will be the trio’s first performance in Pat’s House of Jazz.

This show is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and supported by the Osborne Bay Pub.

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

Mar 31st

Jon Miller Quartet

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

The organ-based incarnation of the Jon Miller Quartet, driven by the powerhouse drumming of bandleader Miller, debuted two years ago and the band has never looked back.

The Victoria-based group, which is making its annual visit to Pat’s House of Jazz in the pub, replaced its acoustic bass with the Hammond B3 organ sound of Dr. Tony Genge. They will be joined by regulars Monik Nordine on saxophones and Rob Cheramy on guitar.

“It’s been just a ton of fun bringing this Hammond organ sound to audiences, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Miller says.

“Tony Genge is a great musician who has really dug deep in the organ jazz tradition while at the same keeping up with current trends.”

The band will perform material from Miller’s latest release, 3 Days in Winter, along with soulful organ-jazz repertoire in the vein of giants of the genre Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Larry Goldings.

Selections range from Golding’s arrangement of Irving Berlin’s Puttin on the Ritzto Wes Montgomery’s Full House.

Miller has performed throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe in a variety of genres with many renowned artists including Charlie Hunter, Vic Vogel, Hugh Fraser and members of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Along with leading his quartet, Miller held the drum chair for the Victoria Jazz Orchestra from 2013 to 2016.

Jon Miller

Guitarist Rob Cheramy is an extremely inventive, technically impressive jazz guitarist with a highly individual style, celebrated both for his exciting solos and for his inventive accompaniment, Miller says.

As one of B.C.’s top jazz saxophonists, Monik Nordine has a powerful, lyrical and impressive command of the saxophone, Miller says. Her playing and writing has been celebrated in the pages of DownBeatand Jazz Improv Magazine.

Nordine who leads her own group and also directs the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, has shared the stage with Michael Bublé, P.J. Perry, Paul Horn, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Brad Turner, Phil Nimmons and Pat Coleman.

 

This show is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and supported by the Osborne Bay Pub.

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

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