Nick La Riviere has made a full time living as a musician for the last 12 years. He has performed in many parts of the world, including Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, The USA, and across Canada. Nick has toured with award winning bands that play jazz, folk, pop, latin, Celtic, klezmer, classical, ska, and more. He plays trombone, conch shells, bass, and sings. He’s also known for using a programmable harmonizer with his trombone to make one horn sound like a three piece section. Nick plays with many different bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, The HiFi, and Michael Kaeshammer, and performs multiple nights a week.

The Nick La Riviere Band features danceable and listenable original songs influenced by artists like Sam Cooke, Jamiroquai, Trombone Shorty, and others. The recent album, Another Time Around, rich in variety, has received plenty of media attention. In addition to originals, live shows include energetic rearranged covers of tunes by Dr John, Bill Withers, The Box Tops, and more. Nick’s conch shell playing is always a big hit, and brings something to the show that most people have never seen before. Festival shows always attract a dancing crowd, and home town shows are consistently sold out.

A former jazz student of Capilano College, he’s now asked to adjudicate and be a clinician at conferences such as the BCMEA, and the West Coast Jazz Festival.  As the title of his debut album suggests, there’s just ‘Too Much To Do.’

Nick also offers arranging, recording, and teaching services.  He also leads a community R&B band and a community big band with weekly rehearsals.


 Quotes

  • “The extraordinarily talented trombonist, Nick La Riviere, is a true showman.  His enthusiasm and energy totally engaged the audience and it was obvious that he loved every minute of what he was doing on stage.”Sheila Midgley, Galiano Concert Society
  • “…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.”Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
  • “La Riviere negotiates his own challenging music with passion and noble grace.”Raul D'Gama Rose, All About Jazz
  • “Nick’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad.”Devon MacKenzie, Peninsula News Review
  • “The guy has a flare, which makes the music simply a joy to listen to.”Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week
  • “Nick La Riviere is one of the hardest-working musicians in town.”Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist
  • “A really lyrical sound.”Wynton Marsalis
  • “Exuberant, multi-faceted, humorous, outgoing, and just fun.”Jeremiah Sutherland, Island Jazz
  • “Infectious, energetic, and fun. This band has it all!”Darryl Mar, Artistic Director, Victoria Jazz Society

The Conch Shells