Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He’s been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Temptations, and Nikki Yanofsky.  As a freelancer, he’s one of Victoria’s busiest musicians.  He has house gigs at Bard & Banker on Thursdays, Darcy’s Pub on Sundays, and Pagliacci’s every 2nd Sunday (before Darcy’s). Aside from the house gigs, he’s booked with plenty of other shows in and outside of Victoria… there’s always a lot going on.  Just take a look at the show schedule here.

Nick’s own project, The Nick La Riviere Band, takes its influence from modern New Orleans music… not the older dixie music some people think of when they hear ‘New Orleans’, but the fun, horn heavy music people are partying to there now.  The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high the whole show, and moving your feet.  Nick’s originals are like if Trombone Shorty met Ben Folds – wild horn solos, piano based grooves and melodic vocals.  The band also plays their own take on tunes by great artists like Professor Longhairand Sly and the Family Stone.  Featuring 3 vocals, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums – and sometimes conch shells or wine glasses, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.  For more about that band, click here.

Nick also offers arranging, recording, and teaching services.  He also leads a community R&B band, a community big band, and a community jazz combo class 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