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The NOLA NightHawks
June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$20.00
The NOLA NightHawks, directed and arranged by pianist Andrew Homzy, celebrate the
Music of Old and New Orleans — from Jelly Roll Morton to Wynton Marsalis at Pat’s
House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub.
Homzy’s shows are always popular and always different. Once again, he has arranged
and prepared an entirely new program – bringing us a melting pot of song, improvisation
and dance that forms the basis for a large part of the history of 20th century popular
“The show highlights traditional and contemporary music from the city that gave birth to
jazz,” said pianist/arranger Andrew Homzy, who leads the 10-piece jazz band. NOLA,
which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana, presents music as diverse as some entire
“This concert will include classic compositions associated with Louis Armstrong and his
wife, Lillian Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke as well as some from a new
generation of New Orleans based composers such as John Ellis, a headliner at the
Nanaimo Jazz Festival, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon,” he
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.
In 1998, he was nominated for a Grammy for his research into the music of legendary
jazz bass pioneer Charles Mingus, writing a comprehensive booklet on his work
and co-producing Mingus’s six-CD set, Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic
He formed the NOLA NightHawks by selecting some of the best professional musicians
in the Nanaimo area: Derrick Milton and Greg Bush on trumpet, Darren Nilsson and
Paul Nuez on trombone, Claudio Fantinato on clarinet, Rod Alsop on baritone sax,
Adam Robertson on drums, Rob Uffen on bass and Keanu Barned on guitar.
If you love New Orleans jazz, don’t miss this great concert. Check out the band on this
short video. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=F3CK7TOwt1A&t=2m45s
Reservations recommended. Call 250-324-2245.
- Preston Davies
- (250) 597-3045