March 18 @ 2:00 pm$20.00
The NOLA NightHawks celebrate the Music of Old and New Orleans at Pat’s House of Jazz.
“The show highlights traditional and contemporary music from the city that gave birth to jazz,” says pianist/arranger Andrew Homzy, who leads the 10-piece Nanaimo orchestra.
It’s music that will set your feet a tappin’ and Homzy encourages dancers at this upbeat concert.
“If you hear an infectious rhythm, a singable melody, or a wonderful improvisation, let your mind, heart or feet give expression to what you hear,” says Homzy.
“NOLA, which stands for New Orleans, LouisianaA plays music as diverse as that in some entire countries. This concert will include some well-known pieces which have been re-imagined, or NOLA-ized, as well as some from a new generation of New Orleans-based composers such as John Ellis, a headliner at the Nanaimo Jazz Festival, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon,” he says.
Homzy, who moved to Nanaimo in 2009, was a key figure on the Montreal jazz scene for more than 40 years, where his Jazz Orchestra played regularly at the Montreal Jazz Festival and whose performances were broadcast many times on Radio-Canada.
He formed NOLA from the best professional musicians in Nanaimo, including: Michael Irving and Greg Bush on trumpet, Darren Nilsson and Julian Telfer-Wan on trombone, Claudio Fantinato on clarinet, Rod Alsop on baritone sax, Alicia Murray on drums, Rob Uffen on bass, and Adam Dzbik on guitar.
The show is part of a regular Sunday afternoon jazz concert series at the pub, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.
Table reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the pub at (250) 324-2245.
Reserved tables will be held until until 1:30 PM.
Photo Credit: Dirk Heydemann