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!

The Nick La Riviere Band plays Hermann’s Jazz Club, January 20th

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas.  I’ve kept myself incredibly busy, playing at least one gig per day (sometimes up to 3) steadily since December 1st.  Among other shows, my regular gig at Butchart Gardens has kept me especially busy this season.

Now that things are wrapping up there, I’m looking forward to playing some non-Christmas music with other bands, especially my own group at Hermann’s on January 20th.  We’ll be playing a mix of originals and very fun covers.  I’m working hard to add some new music for this show, and I’ve got a great band with me, so I hope you’ll come check it out! Reservations are recommended, and can be made online here.

Want a taste of the band to see what you’re in for? Here’s a cover of ‘The Letter’ live at the Islands Folkfest in Duncan last summer:

And here’s an original, Get On Out, live at Hermanns:

More about
The Nick La Riviere Band

Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who tours internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, Locarno, and others. Drawing from his experience playing shows of many different genres, Nick incorporates jazz, R&B and funk into his own compositions. His high energy show has been a big hit at theatres and festivals such as The Islands Folk Fest, Victoria Jazz Fest, and The Island Music Fest. Home town shows are consistently sold out and festival shows attract a dancing crowd.

The Nick La Riviere Band features catchy and danceable original songs influenced by artists like Trombone Shorty, Sam Cooke, and Jamiroquai to name a few. The recent album, Another Time Around, rich in variety, has received plenty of media attention (NickLaRiviere.com/press). 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.

“…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.” 
-Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

“Nick’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad.” 
-Devon MacKenzie, Peninsula News Review

“Infectious, energetic, and fun. This band has it all!” 
-Darryl Mar, executive/artistic director, Victoria Jazz Society

“The guy has a flare, which makes the music simply a joy to listen to.”
-Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week

“…there is something special about this new album. Something BIG and bold. Not to mention eclectic.” 
-James Kasper, Play in Victoria

More info at http://www.NickLaRiviere.com/epk

New videos!

I’ve been sitting on these videos for a while now, and have finally gotten around to doing something with them.  Back in March my band played at Hermann’s in Victoria, and I recorded the sound in multitrack from the mixing board, plus a couple of zoom recorders to capture audience sound for a more ‘live’ feel.  I also had the show filmed with great cameras by Tim Quinlan.  It’s taken me this long to get around to putting anything up from it because it’s been a very busy gigging year, and it took a bit of time to put this together.  First I had to do a good mix from scratch of all the audio, and then I picked a few songs to edit down with the video.  The result (I think) turned out really well.

My band also played the Islands Folkfest in Duncan this summer, and I have a couple of live videos from that.  The sound is just from my video camera sitting in the sound booth, and the video is from that camera and an iPhone, so it’s not nearly as pro looking or sounding as the videos from Hermann’s, but it’s great for capturing the energy of the fest.  I hope you enjoy!

To see all these videos, and a few other new videos I just uploaded, click here.

And here’s a taste of what you’ll find new on the videos page:

Live at Hermann’s:

Live at the Islands Folkfest:

Coming Up: Hermann’s August 7th and 13th – Ashley Wey and The Nick La Riviere Septet

Septet Hermanns Aug 2016

The Nick La Riviere Septet

Saturday August 13, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria 8PM

It’s been a very busy summer so far for me. It began with a tour of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Luxembourg with Locarno. The busy summer continued with a ton of local shows right away after I got back to Victoria, and it’s been pretty non-stop.

Coming up on August 13th, I’m putting on a show with The Nick La Riviere Septet. I created this band back in 2009 when I released my album Too Much To Do, which received plenty of positive press. The band features a unique instrumentation rarely seen in a jazz group. Two violins, cello, piano, bass, and drums – with me on trombone, conch shells, and occasionally singing a tune. For those of you who have seen my new 5 piece band, you know that I’ve started to explore more of a funk-pop style of music, and I’ve been doing a lot more singing.. but this band focuses more on the instrumental jazz aspect of the music I play. We’ll still mix it up with a few vocals, different genres, and I’m even working on lining up some great special guests for a couple of tunes, but the show will focus on some chops-heavy jazzy trombone, backed up by some great players. We’ll have Richard Moody and Julian Vitek on violins, Alasdair Money on cello, Aidan Miller on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. The tunes will include original jazz, twisted arrangements of standards, and a bit of mixing up the genres.  Special guests: Lauren Marshall, Deven Miles, Heather La Riviere, Allie George.

Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made online here – http://hermannsjazz.com/show/418721/view

Ashley Poster Aug 2016 V1

The Ashley Wey Trio
+ Nick La Riviere

Sunday, August 7th, 7:30pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club

Ashley is a great pianist and singer, who Victorians don’t get to see often enough… She spends most of the year performing around the world on cruise ships with her trio.

I’ll be joining her for a special performance at Hermann’s on August 7th during one of her brief breaks between contracts.  It’s going to be a great show, and reservations can be made here.