Singer Jill Barber is among the stellar line-up for the 30th annual TD Victoria International JazzFest

Singer Jill Barber is among the stellar line-up for the 30th annual TD Victoria International JazzFest

Jazz Fest a sure sign of summer in Victoria

TD International Victoria JazzFest begins today and runs to June 29 at multiple Victoria venues

The 30th year of the TD International Victoria JazzFest kicks off today and brings some impressive musical talent to Victoria.

In addition to world-class acts at the Royal Theatre, First Met United Church, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Upstairs Cabaret, Club 9ONE9 and elsewhere, find dozens of free performances at Centennial Square, or head for cocktails at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Vista 18 or Harbour Towers Hotel’s The Jazz Room until June 29 for some classy entertainment.

At Royal Theatre:

June 20: Hiromi “The Trio Project” – Japanese composer and pianist Hiromi achieves startling levels of complexity and sophistication with her genre-bending music. With the Brandi Disterheft Quartet. $32.50/$42.50.

June 21: An Evening with Bobby McFerrin, “spirityouall” – The Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer impresses with his soothing vocals and improvisational style. $60.50/$75.50.

June 24: Angelique Kidjo – A vocalist fluent in four languages, this Grammy Award winner is the undisputed queen of African music. $38.50/$48.50.

June 28: An Evening with Cassandra Wilson – Wilson’s modern jazz vocals bring the audience to a near-meditative state, evoking sounds similar to Tracy Chapman. $38.50/$48.50.

First Met United Church:

June 23: Christian McBride and Rudresh Mahanthappa Gamak – McBride’s Out Here show goes deep with its improvized throwbacks to jazz standards anchored in solidly post-bop sounds. $38 (no service charge).

June 24: Phil Dwyer Bridge Quartet, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. $38.

June 25: Jill Barber plus Eric St-Laurent Trio – Barber is one of the not-to-miss shows of the festival. Her sultry vibrato should play well at the First Met venue. $38.

Free shows:

Centennial Square, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. varies by day.

First Met United Church, June 21, 11 a.m. Gospel Worship with Kelby MacNayr and Louise Rose.

For a complete schedule and ticket information, check out jazzvictoria.ca or call the Royal and McPherson box office at 250-386-6121.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A decade into the 100-year blueprint for restoring the Bowker Creek watershed, Soren Henrich, director of the Friends of Bowker Creek Society, feels positive about the future of conservation and daylighting of the creek. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ten years in, Greater Victoria’s 100-year Bowker Creek blueprint gets a boost

Victoria council passes several restoration recommendations

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead in ‘targeted incident’ on Sooke Road

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

A resurfacing of the tennis court in Metchosin is being eyed for the community. However, funding opportunities still need to be solidified for the project. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Renewed surface eyed for Metchosin tennis court

Funding source must first be solidified in order for project to happen

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

Kevin Haughton is the founder/technologist of Courtenay-based Clearflo Solutions. Scott Stanfield photo
Islander aims Clearflo clean drinking water system at Canada’s remote communities

Entrepreneur $300,000 mobile system can produce 50,000 litres of water in a day, via solar energy

Most Read