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, Adonis Puentes, and Michael Kaeshammer, and more.  He’s also been a special guest with various bands including 54•40, Nikki Yanofsky, and The Temptations.

The Nick La Riviere Band blows the room away with its powerful horns, talented soloists, and energetic tunes. The band performs originals as well as unique versions of tunes by everyone from Professor Longhair to Sly and the Family Stone. The 7 piece band features 3 horns, 3 singers, piano/synth, guitar, bass, drums, and some unusual instruments including conch shells and wine glasses. The memorable show is full of variety and fun.

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