Well, it’s the end of a massively busy seasons of gigs. I’ve been playing at Butchart Gardens, with the Paperboys in Whistler and Wenatchee, with the Festive Brass backed by the Vancouver Island Symphony, and more… Plus my regular gigs. I had around 50 gigs between December 1st and January 6th, sometimes doing 3 shows in a day.
Now that things are back to a more reasonable pace for January I can focus on preparing for my show on January 27th. The last show this band did at Hermann’s in November went really well. It was sold out, and the audience and band had a blast. We’re all really looking forward to playing again. The band will feature Miguelito Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on Sax, Aidan Miller on keys/vocals, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Dave Spidel on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. And of course, me on trombone, vocals, conch shells, wine glasses, and anything else I can get my hands on.
Reservations are recommended – all you need to do is go to Hermann’s website at this link, and click ‘register for a ticket’. This guarantees you a seat if it sells out, which it did last time. Or you can still try your luck at the door, we managed to sneak a few extra people in to the last show.
Finally, after a lot of work mixing the audio, editing the video, and dealing with (far too many) computer/technical issues, I’ve got 10 complete song videos edited from the Nick La Riviere Band performance at Hermann’s in November. These were all professionally filmed, and the audio was recorded in multitrack from the mixing board, and then mixed (by me). I think they look and sound pretty good!
I’m also on the lookout for more opportunities for the band to perform. In an effort to make things nice and easy for promoters, who typically have many many applicants for their venues and festivals, I’ve made a 3 minute pitch video. Now even the busiest promoter can quickly see what the band has to offer.
Friday and Saturday October 13 & 14 at Hermann’s Jazz Club
Happy thanksgiving everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I know I have, between playing some great shows with 54-40, preparing to move (we bought a house!), and all the other gigs I play… busy (but good) times! I wanted to send out a quick email to let you know about some shows this weekend with The HiFi.
The HiFi featuring Nick La Riviere, Damian Graham, ‘Art Booker’, and Ryan Tandy are at it again this Friday and Saturday! As usual, the night will feature Damian’s witty banter, awesome energetic music, top notch improvisation, and a variety of music ranging from originals to Allen Toussaint, Little Feat, Bob Marley, and Dr John covers. Reservations are highly recommended. New Orleans – West coast Brouhaha!
This Thanksgiving Weekend I’ve had the privilege of performing with big time Canadian rock legends, 54-40. After spending a few weeks cramming to come up with horn charts for their tunes for myself and trumpet player Miguelito Valdes, it was a great couple of sold out nights at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, playing all the hits plus a tune from their new record. Want to see a little bit of the show? Here’s a Facebook Live broadcast Heather filmed that features a trombone solo with wah-wah pedal. The camera is moving around little bit because of the Commodore’s bouncing dance floor and the rockin’ crowd.. still, good times!
Other Upcoming Shows
•November 17th – Hermann’s Jazz Club – The Nick La Riviere Band (the new 7 piece version with horns! Funky, fun, and a big sound!)
•October 20 – The Paperboys 25th Anniversary Performance with special guests at The Imperial, Vancouver (tickets)
•November 24-25-26 The Paperboys perform at The Triple Door in Seattle, it’s a great venue so come on down if you’re in the area!
•The Festive Brass will be doing a few shows backed by symphonies this year: December 2nd & 3rd with the Vancouver Island Symphony, December 9th with the Victoria Civic Orchestra.. for a full listing of shows (which I’ll update as soon as I have a chance) click here.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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’.
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.