Coming Up: Hermann’s August 7th and 13th – Ashley Wey and The Nick La Riviere Septet

Septet Hermanns Aug 2016

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 –

Ashley Poster Aug 2016 V1

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!


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:


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!

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



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



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!

Press Release: The Nick La Riviere Band plays Hermann’s Jazz Club

For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2016
Trombonist, Singer, Conch Shell Player Nick La Riviere
Performs at Hermann’s March 26th
Trombonist, singer, conch shell player, bass player, composer, arranger, band leader, Nick La Riviere is one of BC’s busiest freelance musicians. He performs with touring bands such as The Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, Locarno, The HiFi and more. When he’s not on the road he’s playing regular gigs at multiple Victoria venues with groups of varying genres, writing charts for bands like the Vic High R&B Band as well as many professional groups, running a small recording studio, and leading two adult community bands.  

The Nick La Riviere band is his original project, featuring Nick on trombone played through a programmable harmonizer, vocals, and conch shells. Joining him are Vancouver’s Pedro Mota on guitar, Aidan Miller on piano and synth, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. 

The music is a racous mix of mainly originals, inspired by artists like Trombone Shorty, Paul Simon, Sam Cooke, Jamiroquai, and Ben Folds, as well as a few up beat covers. With the band’s muti-genre influences, there’s something for everyone. Whatever the band is playing, it’s all about the energy.  

Last year Nick released his second album, Another Time Around. The album featured all original tracks with a variety of instrumentations. A music video for the single ‘Woohoo’ was also released – a high speed motorcycle chase, filmed partially by a flying drone camera.

Press quotes:
There’s something special about this new album. Something big and bold. Not to mention eclectic.‘ – James Kasper, Play in Victoria

…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.‘ – Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

For more press visit

Reservations are highly recommended as previous shows have sold out! To reserve, click here:

Other Things Coming Up for Nick

•Nick will perform with The Paperboys will perform in Seattle for St Patricks Day and in Bellingham on March 19th
•The Nick La Riviere Band is performing a 15 minute showcase at Pacific Contact in Burnaby on April 1st (an event where musicians perform for promoters and festival directors)
•The HiFi is performing at Simonholt in Nanaimo on April 2nd
•Pretzel Logic will play the music of Steely Dan April 22 & 23 at Hermann’s
•Locarno will tour Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Ireland in May!  Stay tuned for details.
5PC Band Mar 2016 Poster Version

Ashley Wey & Nick La Riviere @ Hermann’s on Jan 30th + Great gigs in February!

Ashley Wey Poster

This Saturday, January 30th @ Hermann’s

Nick and Ashley are coming together to bring to you a fusion of their musical styles, personalities and original compositions.
It’s going to be a fun, outgoing, serious, groovy evening. Ashley Wey sings, writes, and plays piano. Most of the year she’s performing all over the world on cruise ships, but every once and a while we’re lucky to have her present in Victoria. Nick La Riviere is a freelance trombonist, singer, conch shell player, and more. He plays with bands such as The Paperboys, Locarno, The Riverside, Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra… the list goes on. He also leads his own band performing mainly original music, and recently released his second album.

They’ll be performing a mix of both their originals, as well as some standards – jazz and otherwise. They’ll be joined by Damian Graham and Sean Drabitt.

Ashley is only in town a couple times a year, be sure to catch this amazing combo while you can.
It will be a great show, not be missed!
Reservations are highly recommended – email
tickets $20/ $15 students and VJS

Here’s a sample of one of the many styles Ashley plays in.

Fun February Gigs

This February I’ll be doing a few tour dates with Michael Kaeshammer.  We’ll be playing:
•Galiano Island, Feb 6
•Saltspring Island, Feb 9
•Nelson, Feb 17
•Golden, Feb 18I’ll also be performing a local show with The Paperboys (from Vancouver) on February 13 at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic, and I’ll be at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 12th backing up Jace Martin for the Indspire Awards.And don’t forget to check out some of my regular gigs!
•The Riverside (feat. Aidan Miller, Tom Hooper, Matt Johnson, and Miguel Valdes) at Bard & Banker every Thursday at 10:30pm (except for Feb 18th when I’ll be on the road with Michael Kaeshammer)
•The Southern Urge at Darcy’s Pub every Sunday from 11pm to 1am
•The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra at Pagliacci’s every second Sunday from 8pm to 10pm (Jan 31, Feb 14, 28)

Thanks everyone!  Hope to see you at one of my shows soon!