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!
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.
Well, it’s the end of a massively busy seasons of gigs. I’ve been playing at Butchart Gardens, with the Paperboys in Whistler and Wenatchee, with the Festive Brass backed by the Vancouver Island Symphony, and more… Plus my regular gigs. I had around 50 gigs between December 1st and January 6th, sometimes doing 3 shows in a day.
Now that things are back to a more reasonable pace for January I can focus on preparing for my show on January 27th. The last show this band did at Hermann’s in November went really well. It was sold out, and the audience and band had a blast. We’re all really looking forward to playing again. The band will feature Miguelito Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on Sax, Aidan Miller on keys/vocals, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Dave Spidel on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. And of course, me on trombone, vocals, conch shells, wine glasses, and anything else I can get my hands on.
Reservations are recommended – all you need to do is go to Hermann’s website at this link, and click ‘register for a ticket’. This guarantees you a seat if it sells out, which it did last time. Or you can still try your luck at the door, we managed to sneak a few extra people in to the last show.
Finally, after a lot of work mixing the audio, editing the video, and dealing with (far too many) computer/technical issues, I’ve got 10 complete song videos edited from the Nick La Riviere Band performance at Hermann’s in November. These were all professionally filmed, and the audio was recorded in multitrack from the mixing board, and then mixed (by me). I think they look and sound pretty good!
I’m also on the lookout for more opportunities for the band to perform. In an effort to make things nice and easy for promoters, who typically have many many applicants for their venues and festivals, I’ve made a 3 minute pitch video. Now even the busiest promoter can quickly see what the band has to offer.