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The Hub Organ Trio
April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$15
Mr. Personality, dynamic Nanaimo drummer James McRae, teams up with keyboardist extraordinaire Nico Rhodes and guitarist par excellence Brad Shipley in The Hub Organ Trio for an afternoon of entertaining jazz at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub.
“We improvise on original songs, with some popular movie-themed songs thrown in that are sure to engage and intrigue the audience,” says McRae. “Our group goes in a different direction musically while being a voice that also includes some humour in the music.”
These three musicians have been playing music together in some context for more than a decade and were part of the back-up band for a few of the Chemainus Theatre shows in the past few years including Twist and Shoutand Rock Legends.
Rhodes’blistering technique and floating touch on the keyboard has been described as “bombastic,” “acrobatic” and “heart-breakingly sensitive.”
A pianist, composer, woodwind player, arranger, symphony orchestrator, studio musician, film composer, music director and conductor who has made his mark in almost every musical context, Rhodes has performed across Canada, the western U.S., Central America and East Africa in funk bands, jazz trios, cabaret acts, chamber ensembles and as a soloist.
McRae,a composer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader,has played with many renowned musicians across the musical spectrum, most notably Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst; Miles Black’s Count Basie/Duke Ellington Tribute; boogie-woogie bluesman David Vest; bassists John Hyde and Ken Lister; Victoria’s Latin dance band Kumbia; Connor Stewart; and “5 Note” Soul Jazz group.
Gabriola Island’s Brad Shipley is known for his guitar prowess and mandolin skills, and also plays dobro and pedal steel. He has been a sideman for some of Canada’s finest musicians including Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Rankin, Sue Medley and Brad Turner.