Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He's been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Temptations, and Nikki Yanofsky. As a freelancer, he's one of Victoria's busiest musicians.
The Nick La Riviere Band takes its influence from modern New Orleans music... not the older dixie music some people think of when they hear 'New Orleans', but the fun, horn heavy music people are partying to there now. The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high the whole show, and moving your feet. Nick's originals are like if Trombone Shorty met Ben Folds - wild horn solos, piano based grooves and melodic vocals. The band also plays their own take on tunes by great artists like Professor Longhair and Sly and the Family Stone. Featuring 3 vocals, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums - and sometimes conch shells or wine glasses, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.
What People Are Saying
"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
“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
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Stage Plot & One Sheet
Not much time?
New 2 minute highlight reel from a recent live performance (March 2019)
A little more time?
Here are some complete songs from that performance
The Peak (original)
Pick Up The Pieces (high energy instrumental)
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You (an old jazz standard played in a funky modern way, solo with a big build up)
Sousaphone Medley (this was our encore, a medley featuring Nick on sousaphone and some fun tunes!)
Soon I'll be releasing the entire concert video from that performance. It turned out really well! If you have the time, I think you'll find it very entertaining. Plus, a performance isn't just about the way a band plays a song... it's also about the flow between songs, keeping the energy up, having a good set list with no 'filler' songs and good variety. The audio hasn't been edited for fixes (no overdubs, pitch correction, etc) just mixed.. So what you hear is what you'll get in a live show, and I think you'll be pleased with it. Promoters please email and I'll send you a link to view the complete concert now ahead of release.
Festival Video: The Nick La Riviere Band at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, August, 2018