Hermann’s Jazz Club, one of the only venues in Victoria where a musician has the creative freedom to book the place and really do a show their own way, is in the danger of closing down. The Jazz on View Society has a plan to save it, but in order to accomplish that they need some startup capital. They hope to secure a 5 year lease for $75,000, with the option to renew afterwards (hopefully with money they’ve made from operating the club during that time). It’s due April 15th. So far they’ve been doing quite well, but they’re not there yet.
Check it out! This is my new ‘one man band’ video – a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ in the style of a funky New Orleans brass band.
I hope you like it – if you do please consider sharing, it was a lot of work, so it would be great to get it seen by a few people.
AND The Nick La Riviere Band is back at Hermann’s for 2 nights March 8th and 9th!
I’m adding new songs to the show to keep it feeling fresh and fun for those who have been to it before. I promise, it’s going to be a great time!
Featuring some of Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver’s best players, the 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 heavymusic 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, Dr John, Sly & the Family Stone. One audience member described the show as “the most fun I’ve had in my adult life”. Mike Devlin from the Times Colonist says “his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment”.
The band featuring Nick on trombone/shells/glasses/vocals, Miguel Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Aidan Miller on keys/vocals, Dave Spidel on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.
Previous shows have sold out, so reservations are recommended and can be made at www.HermannsJazz.com
Tuesday, November 6th at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo
It’s been a busy season. I’ve been playing all over the place, including a Northern BC tour with the World Music Collective that just ended, and gigs with 54-40 at the Commodore in Vancouver (video below).
On Tuesday the 6th a 4 piece version of my band will be performing in a new series at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. It will be a fun, intimate show – so come check us out!
December 15 – The Nick La Riviere Band @ Hermann’s Jazz Club
Also coming up, the full 7 piece band will be playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Due to scheduling issues we were only able to book one night this time, and we sold out 2 nights the last time we played there… so reservations are highly recommended. They can be made here.
Video with 54-40
I had a great time performing with 54-40 at the Commodore in Vancouver. Check out this video for some clips of the show – a bit of one of my solos, plus some of the horn lines I came up with for Ocean Pearl and other great tunes.
The Nick La Riviere Band is looking forward to playing The Harmony Arts festival in West Vancouver on August 11th. We’ll be doing two sets from 5:45 to 7:30 at the Garden Stage. It’s a great festival that I’ve played many times with The Paperboys – and in fact I’m playing there with them the next day, August 12th. Come on out and check out some great music!
Also coming up:
•Tonight (August 3rd): The Paperboys @ Butchart Gardens AND Cities at Bard & Banker, Victoria
•August 4th: The Paperboys @ Filberg Fest, Comox AND a private wedding gig
•August 5th: Michael Kaeshammer @ Filberg Fest
•August 6th: Michael Kaeshammer AND Dinah D @ Filberg Fest
Many of you have heard rumours that Hermann’s Jazz Club is closed as of last night. The truth of the matter is that Susan (manager) and Ingrid (Hermann’s daughter) are stepping down. There’s a lot more to that story and it’s not my place to speculate, there’s a statement on the Hermann’s Facebook page you can check out. Before Susan and Ingrid left, they sent emails to Hermann’s mailing list saying that the future of the club is unknown and it might be closed immediately, but it is NOT the case.
I have the OFFICIAL word that the club WILL REMAIN OPEN! At least for now. My shows this weekend are happening. A long term plan is still being decided on, but at the moment we at least know that these shows will definitely happen, and I need to spread the word far and wide that the venue is NOT closed.
Too many people have heard the rumours of closure, and who that will hurt the most is musicians like myself who have shows booked there. So please, help me spread the word that the venue continues to operate. I’ll be putting on some great shows there this weekend, and I hope to get a good crowd out. By showing up, you’re not only helping me and my band, you’re showing the club that it’s an important part of Victoria’s music and culture. See more about the shows below.
Thank you very much for your support!
The Nick La Riviere Band has two shows at Hermann’s this Friday and Saturday, July 27th and 28th. I’m really looking forward to it! We’ve got a killer lineup featuring Miguel Valdes from the Buena Vista Social Club on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen of the Naden Band on sax, Kelly Fawcett from Nanaimo on guitar/vocals, Aidan Miller from Vancouver on keys/vocals, Dave Spidel from Vancouver on bass, and the one-and-only Damian Graham on drums. And of course me on trombone, vocals, conch shells, and whatever else I can get my hands on. We’re going to premiere some brand new original tunes that I’m really excited about at these shows, and also play some funky New Orleans tunes, Trombone Shorty, and more. Lots of energy, and fun!
Our last show there was sold out – in fact we couldn’t accommodate everyone who wanted to come in – so we’re booked for two nights this time. Come check us out, I promise it’s going to be a couple great nights. One audience member from our last show described it as ‘the most fun she’s had in her adult life’.
Table reservations can be made at www.Hermannsjazz.com – just click the show listing on the night you’d like to attend, then click register for a ticket. That guarantees you a table in the event of a sell out as long as you’re there before 7:30. The club is now transitioning to new management, so you may not receive and email back confirming your reservation, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone!
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I’ve been told that there will be limited food service at these shows. Because the staff didn’t know whether it would remain open some of them found new jobs, so don’t plan on dinner. Food service will be back to normal soon for upcoming shows.
They say you’re only as old as your last promo photo… so I’m feeling about 10 years younger! This band is one of my older projects, but it’s a lot of fun. This is my co-project with former Naden Band trombonist, Jeff Agopsowicz. Jeff is a seriously great trombone player, and I’m really looking forward to the show. We’ll be joined by Karel Roessingh on keys, Ross MacDonald on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. We’ll play a variety of wild jazz, including our version of the Buddy Rich Big Band West Side Story Suite – rearranged for 2 bones and rhythm section. If you don’t know that piece, it’s a monster of a chart, but we have some fun with it. We’ll also be playing some Chick Corea, originals, and other energetic standards. For the second set, we’ll bring up Duncan Meiklejohn on vocals and guitar, and play some danceable 70’s funk and more! This show is a lot of fun, so come on down and enjoy!
Reservations are recommended, you can make them online at http://hermannsjazz.com/show/465747/view
Upcoming dates with The Nick La Riviere Band
I’ve been working hard on my main project, The Nick La Riviere Band, and it’s been paying off. We’ve got some great shows coming up this summer. I’ve also been dedicating at least a day each week to composing. It’s one of those things that’s far too easy to let slide because it takes so much time, and there’s always something more immediate that needs doing. So by dedicating time to work on it, I’ve been able to come up with some new music that I’m very excited about! I’m really looking forward to premiering the new songs, which we’ll do at our next Hermann’s shows. Next step once I’ve got enough new tunes ready – new album.. stay tuned!
Here’s what we’ve got (so far) coming up:
•June 16: The Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival
•June 30, 1:15pm: The Victoria Jazz Festival
•July 26, 12pm: Free lunch hour show at Centennial Square, sponsored by the City of Victoria
•July 27 & 28: Hermann’s Jazz Club! These 2 nights are going to be great! We’ll be premiering brand new original tunes, and we’ll have great players and energy.. These are 2 nights not to be missed!
•August 11th: The Harmony Arts Fest, Vancouver – I’ve played this fest many times with The Paperboys, and it’s a fun one!
•September 1st: Frankie’s Jazz Club, Vancouver
•October 12th: The Rubber Boot Club, Victoria – this one will be a lot of fun. It’s a dancing venue, so our show is going to be a little more geared to getting your feet moving. Mark it in your calendars and I hope you’ll come out and have a great time!
I know I’m a little slow at updating the show calendar, but I’ve finally managed to update it for the next few months, including shows with The Nick La Riviere Band at the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival, The Harmony Arts Festival in West Van, Victoria Jazz Fest, Hermann’s Jazz Club for 2 nights, Victoria’s city sponsored series at Centennial Square, and Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver… plus more to come!!
Dont miss Trombone Mayhem at Hermann’s May 12th with Jeff Agopsowicz…
Plus mark your calendars for October 5 & 6 when I’ll be playing with 54-40 at the Commodore in Vancouver.. those will be great shows!
I’m busy working on booking a few things for my bands, as well as writing new original tunes for my next album (stay tuned) which I’m really looking forward to recording.
In the mean time, here are a few opportunities to see my projects coming up (more to come!):
•Friday, April 6th at the Shaw Auditorium at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre: The Nick La Riviere Septet (featuring 2 violins, cello, piano, bass, drums and myself) will perform jazz and more, sponsored by the Nanaimo Jazz Festival
•Saturday, June 30th at the Victoria Jazz Festival: The Nick La Riviere Band will perform as a 5 piece
•Thursday, July 26th at Centennial Square, Victoria: The Nick La Riviere Band (full 7 piece group with horns) will perform a rockin’ lunch hour set
•Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 at Hermann’s Jazz Club: The Nick La Riviere Band (full 7 piece group with horns) – 2 big nights of music. We’re going with 2 nights this time due to the overwhelming response at our last show there. Thanks everyone for making the night so successful, I hope you had as much fun as we did! And apologies to those who couldn’t get in.