Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer will perform at Colwood’s Church of the Advent vespers series this weekend.

Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer will perform at Colwood’s Church of the Advent vespers series this weekend.

Dynamic duo visit jazz vespers in Colwood

Colwood’s Church of the Advent brings Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer for vespers this weekend

Colwood’s Church of the Advent brings the dynamic duo of Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer for its next concert in the popular Jazz Vespers series.

Two of Canada’s pre-eminent musicians celebrate 30 years of musical friendship with a new recording and series of performances on the south coast throughout the middle of April, including the April 21 concert in Colwood.

Thompson is a respected jazz artist known for his award-winning recordings as well as work with jazz giants such as Jim Hall, George Shearing, John Handy, Paul Desmond, Boss Brass and Lenny Breau. He has won Juno awards and is known as a highly respected music educator and it was as such that he met Dwyer at the Banff Centre in 1982.

Qualicum Beach resident Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Many of the highlights of his career have occurred working alongside Thompson in settings ranging from their telepathic duo setting to big bands and orchestra. Dwyer also received critical recognition recently for his award winning orchestral recording Changing Seasons. He also toured in 2012 across the country with his innovative Canadian Songbook project. He is also familiar to Canadian audiences through his frequent appearances on CBC Radio.

The Thompson/Dwyer will perform at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Dr. on April 21. Admission is free; there will be a free-will offering.