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

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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

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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.

Coming up: The HiFi @ Hermann’s June 10th/11th PLUS tour videos from Europe!

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Hello from Italy!

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:

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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:
June 10th
June 11th

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!

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at a show soon!
Nick

Announcing a European Tour, PLUS Pretzel Logic this weekend at Hermann’s, festivals, and more!

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This Friday & Saturday at
Hermann’s Jazz Club

What happens when you get some of Victoria’s finest jazz players, mix them with a few funky rock players and hand them the Steely Dan catalogue? The Pretzel Logic Orchestra is an homage to Steely Dan and a labour of love for its nine members.

These guys have the chops it takes to interpret the complex and quirky material of the iconic 70’s songwriting partnership of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.

Fusing jazz sensibility with the rhythms of Rock, Pop and R&B, Steely Dan created a sophisticated sound that remains unique in music history and produced some of the most memorable and timeless songs of the decade.

Do It Again…Peg…Deacon Blues…Rikki Don’t Lose that Number…Dirty Work…  The Pretzel Logic Orchestra’s big, cool, guitar- and horn-driven sound evokes the hip, urban culture that underlies these unforgettable songs.

To make a reservation call 250-589-0545 or email pretzellogic@shaw.ca.

 

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Tour announcement

I’ll be off to Europe with Locarno, Tom Landa’s latin project (the frontman for ‘The Paperboys’) in May.

Here’s our schedule: (updated)

May 13- Colo-Saal- Aschaffenburg, Germany.
May 14- Jazztime- Hildesheim, Germany
May 15- Kultur Bastion- Torgau, Germany
May 16- Wirkhof Strücken in Niedersachsen, Germany
May 19- Opderschmelz – Grand Auditoire, Dudelange, Luxembourg
May 20- Teatro Di Banco. Banco, Switzerland
May 21- Cantina dei Frati- Sasselo, Italy
May 22- Cortile del Broletto. Pavia, Italy

Also Coming Up

•The HiFi will perform at Hermann’s Jazz Club on June 10th and 11th

•My original band will perform at the Victoria International Jazz Festival on July 1st at Centennial Square, as well as the Islands Folk Festival in Duncan some time between July 22 and 25

•Nick La Riviere plus Strings performs at Hermann’s Jazz Club on August 13th! Featuring Richard Moody and Julian Vitek on violins, Alasdair Money on cello, Aidan Miller on keyboards, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.

Check out the gig schedule here for a complete listing of upcoming shows.

Hope to see you at something soon!