Victoria Jazz Orchestra

A Centennial Celebration of Jazz with the VJO and guest Alan Matheson

Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite here

On April 18, 2017, Vancouver-based cornetist, pianist and musicologist will be joining The Victoria Jazz Orchestra at Hermann’s Jazz Club for a workshop at 6pm and a concert at 8pm featuring a celebration of 100 years of jazz on record.

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first commercial jazz recording in 1917 with their rendition of “Livery Stable Blues”. The Victoria Jazz Orchestra will trace the origins of jazz from New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century to the present day in this commemorative show. We will hear from Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong through Count Basie and Charles Mingus to Victoria, BC in 2017. Eminent musicologist and performer Alan Matheson will present a workshop at 6pm and a concert at 8pm with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra in celebration of 100 years of Jazz on record.

Reserved seating for groups of 6+ can be made by emailing info@hermannsjazz.com.

Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music departments of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet and at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music where he lectures in jazz history. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and studied with Vincent Cichowicz. Alan has also studied with Stephen Chatman, Barbara Butler, Joe Newman and Clark Terry.

Alan also leads his own big band, nonet, septet and trio and has written arrangements for jazz legends Clark Terry and Bud Shank. As well, Alan has conducted big band tributes to Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong. He has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Louis Bellson and Phil Woods. Alan’s compositions have been performed by Julia Nolan (saxophone), Sal Ferreras (percussion) David Palmer (pipe organ) and Martin Hackelman (horn). His arrangements for big band have been performed by the Tulane University Jazz Ensemble and the Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble. Alan’s first CD “Intrada” was released in 2004 and his newest CDs “Duetti” and “Summer Evening” (recorded in Finland with bassist Wade Mikkola) were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Most recently, Alan’s septet was featured along with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival where they premiered Alan’s newest composition “Chaconne” for baroque and jazz chamber ensembles.

https://alanmatheson.com/

 

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The Victoria Jazz Orchestra with special guest John Korsrud

On February 28, 2017, Vancouver-based composer John Korsrud will be joining The Victoria Jazz Orchestra at Hermann’s Jazz Club for a workshop at 6pm and a concert featuring his music at 8pm.  Reserve seating for groups of 6+ is available by emailing info@hermannsjazz.com.

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John is the leader and principle composer of the 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, a highly active jazz/ new music ensemble that has toured to Europe and across Canada, released three CDs, and is the recipient of Canada’s largest arts prize, The Alcan Arts Award.
As a composer John performed on his own trumpet concerto, Come to the Dark Side, at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2010, commissioned and performed by The American Composers Orchestra. John has also been commissioned by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The CBC Radio Orchestra, the Albany Symphony New Music Festival, Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, The Standing Wave Ensemble, and several Dutch ensembles.
His score for the documentary Heroines (2002) earned him Leo and Golden Sheaf Awards and a Gemini Nomination. His score for Prisoners of Age (2005 ) a Leo Award. John has produced many large multi-media extravaganzas such as The New Ice Age (2010), a new music ice show for the Vancouver Olympics, Enter/ Exit (2005) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Ice Age, the world’s first new music ice show (2000/ 2010), at Kerrisdale Arena, and The Elvis Cantatas (1994, 1996), at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church.
John is the recipient of the 2012 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Music for 2012 and the 2015 Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award. John studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997 and teaches at Vancouver Community College and Capilano University.
John is currently producing Riot, a collaboration with Kim Collier of Electric Company Theatre and filmmaker Brain Johnson about the 2011 Vancouver riot. to be performed at SFU/ Woodwards May of 2011.
“John Korsrud is a composer in the truest sense.” – Globe and Mail

http://johnkorsrud.com/

“A Centennial Celebration of Jazz”
Tuesday, April 18 at Hermann’s Jazz Club

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first commercial jazz recording in 1917 with their rendition of “Livery Stable Blues”.  The Victoria Jazz Orchestra will trace the origins of jazz from New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century to the present day in this commemorative show.  We will hear from Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong through Count Basie and Charles Mingus to Victoria, BC in 2017.  Eminent musicologist and performer Alan Matheson will present a workshop at 6pm and a concert at 8pm with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra in celebration of 100 years of Jazz on record.

 Reserved seating for groups of 6+ can be made by emailing info@hermannsjazz.com.

Tickets are available here: VJO with Alan Matheson

Join our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/146086832542438/

Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music departments of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet and at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music where he lectures in jazz history. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and studied with Vincent Cichowicz. Alan has also studied with Stephen Chatman, Barbara Butler, Joe Newman and Clark Terry.

Alan also leads his own big band, nonet, septet and trio and has written arrangements for jazz legends Clark Terry and Bud Shank. As well, Alan has conducted big band tributes to Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong. He has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Louis Bellson and Phil Woods. Alan’s compositions have been performed by Julia Nolan (saxophone), Sal Ferreras (percussion) David Palmer (pipe organ) and Martin Hackelman (horn). His arrangements for big band have been performed by the Tulane University Jazz Ensemble and the Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble. Alan’s first CD “Intrada” was released in 2004 and his newest CDs “Duetti” and “Summer Evening” (recorded in Finland with bassist Wade Mikkola) were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Most recently, Alan’s septet was featured along with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival where they premiered Alan’s newest composition “Chaconne” for baroque and jazz chamber ensembles.

The Victoria Jazz Orchestra is presented by Artistic Director, Monik Nordine.   The VJO has a fluctuating personnel comprised of Victoria’s finest jazz musicians.  Dave Emery, Bruce Meikle, Rob Cheramy and Tom Vickery are our rhythm section and often in the brass you will hear Dave Flello, Miguelito Valdes, Mike Broadley, Dave Michaux,  Marianne Ing, Alfons Fear, Matt MacLean, Ian Cohen, Olivier Clements, Nick La Riviere, Tom Eadie, Scott McInnes, Matt Cameron, Bob Fraser, David Enns and  Bob McNally.  The reed section is Chris Watt, Andrew Greenwood, Doug Awai, Rainer Roth, Amanda Paterson, Monik Nordine and the stellar french horn section with Karen Hough and Marc Patsula.  We are the Victoria Jazz Orchestra!

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The Victoria Jazz Orchestra was formed in May, 2013 and performs regularly at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  Each show features new material as well as guest conductors and guest soloists. The VJO has featured saxophonists P.J. Perry and Mike Allen, trumpetist Mike Herriot and composers and conductors Ian McDougall, Alan Matheson, Andrew Homzy, and Greg Bush and the repertoire features Boss Brass arrangements and other prominent Canadian jazz composers as well as repertoire from the 20th century big band canon.

 

Past events:

VJO plays the Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite on November 21 at Hermann’s Jazz Club

In 1964 Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn wrote their own version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite in the jazz idiom for the Ellington Orchestra, which was subsequently recorded on the album “Three Suites”.  Their version retains some of the original themes that Tchaikovsky wrote but with the pulse of swing underlying it.  “Sugar Plum Fairy” becomes “Sugar Rum Cherry”, the “Arabian Dance” becomes “Arabesque Cookie” and the “Russian Dance” becomes “Volga Vouty”.  What makes this version so captivating is the reliance on the original themes and how the texture of the big band version adapts these themes and swings them.  Ellington and Strayhorn were orchestrators of the highest calibre and this suite has their mark, it is masterful and charming.

On November 21 at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria the Victoria Jazz Orchestra will be performing the Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite along with other seasonal favourites from the Rob McConnell library.

Tickets are $20 available only at the door and reservations are recommended.  Email info@hermannsjazz.com

We will be raising funds for the Single Parent Resource Center so please come out and support one of our local charities and ring in the festive season.  Single Parent Resource Center

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VJO plays the Music of Miles Black and Mike Allen on May 31

The Victoria Jazz Orchestra returns to Hermann’s Jazz Club on May 31 for a special performance featuring the music of Mike Allen and Miles Black.  Tickets are available at the door and are $20 general admission, students PWYC.

http://www.milesblack.com

http://mikeallenjazz.com

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VJO in January