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.
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!
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
I’m currently on tour with Locarno. So far we’ve played in Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland last night. I’m writing this email
from the van as we drive through Italy on the way to our next gig… see here I am working away:
Today I’m getting in touch to let you know about a couple of awesome shows coming up soon after I get back to Canada. The HiFi is playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club on June 10th and 11th. For those who haven’t seen it before, it’s a really fun project co-lead by myself, Damian Graham (drums), ‘Art Booker’ (piano), and Ryan Tandy (bass). Tons of energy and variety as we all take a turn taking the lead. Some originals, some funky New Orleans tunes, 100% awesome.
Reservations are highly recommended, and can now be done right on Hermann’s website. Follow the links for:
Also check out my original band at the Victoria Jazz Festival on July 1st at 3:30pm in Centennial Square!
Now, for those of you wanting to see some fun behind the scenes footage of the tour I’m currently on, check out the videos below. We’ve been filming some great tour blog videos as we go. Hope you like them!
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at a show soon!