Winner announced for tickets to The Nick La Riviere Band July 21 + Denmark Tour Dates + Follow me to New Orleans!

Ticket Winners, Denmark Tour, and New Orleans!

ANNOUNCING TICKET WINNERS FOR THE NICK LA RIVIERE BAND + SPECIAL GUESTS

HERMANN’S JAZZ CLUB
Friday, July 21st, 8pm

Congratulations to ticket winner Joan Dick!  Joan, you’ve won 2 tickets to The Nick La Riviere Band on July 21st.  Just give your name at the door and you and a friend are in!

Everyone else who entered, thanks very much for your entry and I hope to see you at the show anyway!  And good luck next time, I’ll probably make this a regular thing for my shows.

About the show: The music will be funk, jazz, R&B, originals, and great tunes by people like Trombone Shorty, Sly & The Family Stone, Dr John.. everything fun!  I’ll be joined by the great Cuban trumpet player Miguelito Valdes, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Damian Graham on drums, and from Vancouver Aidan Miller on keys, and Jim Bennett on bass. If you don’t know Jim, check out his viral video.  He’s got 3-million views on his bass cover of Get Lucky by Daft Punk, where he plays the melody, chords, and bass line all at once without a looper.

I’m really looking forward to this show.. if there’s one of my gigs to see it’s this one!

Reservations can be made online here. (Click register for a ticket)

 

Follow Me To New Orleans

What happens when a musician goes on vacation? Check out these videos to follow me and my wife Heather to New Orleans. In part one we arrive in New Orleans and get a quick look at the city and Bourbon St, before boarding a cruise ship to visit Jamaica, Mexico, and Grand Cayman. And of course I sit in with the band on the ship. In part two we check out what New Orleans has to offer, I sit in with a bunch of bands including Delfeayo Marsalis, and we check out the New Orleans Jazz Festival where I get a backstage pass for The Meters and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There’s also some great shots of tons of other festival performances, and of course Stevie Wonder’s set, which included some unexpected crying, an anti-Trump speech, and Stevie Wonder DJ-ing.

Off to Denmark!
In August I’ll be off to Denmark to play with The Midnights. The Midnights is the professional band that evolved from The Vic High R&B Band, which I’ve written about 80 charts for with singers, horns, and rhythm section.

August 17 – Aalborg Blues Fest
August 18 – Frederiksberg Café
August 19 – Drop In Cafe, Copenhagen
August 20 – Bjarne Rassmusens, Malov
August 23 – Bakken – apparently it’s the world’s oldest amusement park, first opened in 1583
Aug 25-27 – Ballerup Musik Festival

Thanks very much for keeping in touch and allowing me to let you know about what’s going on! I hope to see you on July 21st at Hermann’s!
Nick

Win Tickets to The Nick La Riviere Band + Special Guests July 21st @ Hermann’s

Hi everybody!

I’ve got an awesome show coming up at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Friday, July 21st. The music will be funk, jazz, R&B, originals, and great tunes by people like Trombone Shorty, Sly & The Family Stone, Dr John.. everything fun!

I’ll be joined by the great Cuban trumpet player Miguelito Valdes, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Damian Graham on drums, and from Vancouver Aidan Miller on keys, and Jim Bennett on bass. If you don’t know Jim, check out his viral video. He’s got 3-million views on his bass cover of Get Lucky by Daft Punk, where he plays the melody, chords, and bass line all at once without a looper.

I’m really looking forward to this show.. if there’s one of my gigs to see it’s this one!
Reservations can be made online here. (Click register for a ticket)

Want to win tickets? All you have to do is:
•Like my Facebook artist page if you haven’t already
•Share the Facebook event for this show
•Sign up for my mailing list if you haven’t already (that’s how I’ll let the winner know they’ve won)
•Send me an email to let me know you’ve done this.

I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday July 14th and send you a confirmation email back. Make sure to still register for a ticket while you’re waiting to see if you get in free. Registration is free and guarantees you a seat if the show sells out.
Thanks very much!
Nick

Video: Highlights from my septet on Galiano Island PLUS off to New Orleans

Recently my septet was invited to perform on Galiano Island.  We had a great time playing, and I put together a short video with clips of a couple songs – and of course the obligatory shots from my drone.

AND my wife and I are off to New Orleans this Friday.  We’ll be taking a cruise (on Carnival – I played in the show band on that cruise line a long time ago), and then hanging around New Orleans and checking out the jazz fest, which we’re really excited about.

For those trying to book me for gigs, we’ll be back on May 9th and I’ll be trying to minimize email time while we’re away, but if you need an answer before May 9th you can try calling me (my phone won’t be on during the cruise but will be on the rest of time and I can take calls without an extra charge) or emailing me with the subject ‘urgent – gig’.

New video: Trombone Supertramp!

You’ve probably seen my trombone video of Jump by Van Halen, or my Professor Longhair mashup featuring conch shells, wine glasses, beer bottles, and more.. and there’s also my trombone version of La Vida Es Un Carnaval by salsa queen Celia Cruz…. well, today I’m putting out a brand new video in my quest to make trombone work on any song.  Dreamer by Supertramp!   Check it out!

And don’t forget, THIS THURSDAY, 7:30pm, at Hermann’s Jazz Club The Nick La Riviere Septet will be performing.  It’s going to be an awesome show featuring Brittany Iwanciwski & Ann Fraser on violins, Silvina Samuel-Lowden on cello, Sean Drabitt on bass, Chris Van Sickle on piano, and Damian Graham on Drums.  We’ll be playing all my wild jazz arrangements that feature the string section.  I’ll also do the conch shell thing, and you might even see a recreation of some of these wild videos live (hint: there may be wine glasses).  I hope to see you there!  Make a reservation here.

Coming up April 6th and 8th, my septet at Hermann’s and on Galiano Island, PLUS follow me on tour to Luxembourg!

The Nick La Riviere Septet
Thursday, April 6th: Hermann’s Jazz Club
Saturday, April 8th: Galiano Island

On April 6th my septet will be playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club. The band features Brittany Iwanciwski and Ann Fraser on violins, Silvina Samuel-Lowden on cello, Chris Van Sickle on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. Aside from trombone, I’ll play some conch shells, wine glasses, and who knows what else. The music will include something for everyone. The night begins with a focus on well-arranged jazz; tunes by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, JJ Johnson, as well as some originals. As the evening goes on, the set will include some Joe Cocker, Dr John, and of course, more originals – and insanity (trombone Van Halen?). This band is a ton of fun, and I love performing with the rich musical tones of string section. Don’t miss it!

Reservations can be made here.  Note that this show starts a little earlier than my usual Hermann’s shows – 7:30 instead of 8.

The band will also perform on Galiano Island on April 8th presented by the Galiano Concert Society.  More info at this link.

Follow me to Luxembourg!

I recently performed at the Zeltic Fest in Dudelange, Luxembourg with The Paperboys from Vancouver.  Using my iPhone, a GoPro, and a drone, I made a tour blog video that turned out quite well.  Aside from clips of the performance, you’ll also see some great scenery in Dudelange, Luxembourg City, and Metz (France).  Don’t let the low number of YouTube views make you think no one’s seen this – I’ve mainly been sharing a separate upload direct to Facebook, which has 1800+ views.

Thanks everyone for your support, and I hope to see you at Hermann’s on April 6th!
Nick

Luxembourg show announcement!

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be playing with The Paperboys for the Zeltik Festival in Dudelange, Luxembourg on March 11th.  Yes, it’s a long way to go for a one-off gig, but I plan on making the most of it, with a trip to France the day after the gig before I head home.. so you know what that means (or at least anyone who’s been following my Facebook lately) – an awesome tour/travel blog filmed with the help of my drone.  I’m really looking forward to the trip, and there’s some other big (longer) overseas tours being booked for later in the year too which I’ll post about later.

The HiFi performs this weekend at Hermann’s! Plus upcoming Trombone Mayhem!

Hi again everyone!

First off, THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everyone who came out to Hermann’s last Friday for The Nick La Riviere Band.  Thanks to all of you, we sold out.  There was literally no way we could have had one more person in the room.  So thanks!  I had a great time playing, and I hope you enjoyed the show!  I’m working on booking more shows with that band, so keep in touch and I’ll let you know when you can see us again.

Now, as it goes with the busy life of a musician, on to this weekend:
I’ll be back at Hermann’s on both Friday and Saturday nights with a great local band called The HiFi.  Featuring a mix of original material by myself, Damian Graham on drums, ‘Art Booker’ on piano, and Ryan Tandy on bass, as well as covers of awesome funky New Orleans tunes by people like Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and others.. it’s a really fun night of music.  Here’s a video so you can see what it’s all about:

I’ll also be playing at Hermann’s on February 11th with Jeff Agopsowicz.  Former member of Victoria’s Naden Band, fantastic trombone player.  We’ll be joined by Karel Roessingh on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, Damian Graham on drums, and for the second set, Duncan Meiklejohn on guitar and vocals.  We’ll start the night off by playing some wild jazz, including our rendition of the Buddy Rich Big Band’s West Side Story Suite paired down for two trombones and rhythm section, and then we’ll bring Duncan out for some 70’s tunes by bands like Earth Wind & Fire, and Kool & The Gang.  It’s a ton of fun.

Thanks everyone, I hope to see you at one or both of these shows!
Nick

New video!

I need to remember to apologize to my neighbours for this one next time I see them – especially the ‘bass drum’ sound. Big Chief by Professor Longhair is a classic New Orleans tune with a very recognizable piano riff that many pianists have tackled. I wanted to give it a shot on trombone, so here it is mashed up with another Professor Longhair tune – Mardi Gras In New Orleans, played on trombone and a few other instruments I had sitting around.  Hope you like it!  And if you do, consider sharing it.

And I’d love to see you at my show on January 20th at Hermann’s!

Thanks!