Recently my septet was invited to perform on Galiano Island. We had a great time playing, and I put together a short video with clips of a couple songs – and of course the obligatory shots from my drone.
AND my wife and I are off to New Orleans this Friday. We’ll be taking a cruise (on Carnival – I played in the show band on that cruise line a long time ago), and then hanging around New Orleans and checking out the jazz fest, which we’re really excited about.
For those trying to book me for gigs, we’ll be back on May 9th and I’ll be trying to minimize email time while we’re away, but if you need an answer before May 9th you can try calling me (my phone won’t be on during the cruise but will be on the rest of time and I can take calls without an extra charge) or emailing me with the subject ‘urgent – gig’.
And don’t forget, THIS THURSDAY, 7:30pm, at Hermann’s Jazz Club The Nick La Riviere Septet will be performing. It’s going to be an awesome show featuring Brittany Iwanciwski & Ann Fraser on violins, Silvina Samuel-Lowden on cello, Sean Drabitt on bass, Chris Van Sickle on piano, and Damian Graham on Drums. We’ll be playing all my wild jazz arrangements that feature the string section. I’ll also do the conch shell thing, and you might even see a recreation of some of these wild videos live (hint: there may be wine glasses). I hope to see you there! Make a reservation here.
The Nick La Riviere Septet
Thursday, April 6th: Hermann’s Jazz Club
Saturday, April 8th: Galiano Island
On April 6th my septet will be playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club. The band features Brittany Iwanciwski and Ann Fraser on violins, Silvina Samuel-Lowden on cello, Chris Van Sickle on piano, Sean Drabitt on bass, and Damian Graham on drums. Aside from trombone, I’ll play some conch shells, wine glasses, and who knows what else. The music will include something for everyone. The night begins with a focus on well-arranged jazz; tunes by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, JJ Johnson, as well as some originals. As the evening goes on, the set will include some Joe Cocker, Dr John, and of course, more originals – and insanity (trombone Van Halen?). This band is a ton of fun, and I love performing with the rich musical tones of string section. Don’t miss it!
The band will also perform on Galiano Island on April 8th presented by the Galiano Concert Society. More info at this link.
Follow me to Luxembourg!
I recently performed at the Zeltic Fest in Dudelange, Luxembourg with The Paperboys from Vancouver. Using my iPhone, a GoPro, and a drone, I made a tour blog video that turned out quite well. Aside from clips of the performance, you’ll also see some great scenery in Dudelange, Luxembourg City, and Metz (France). Don’t let the low number of YouTube views make you think no one’s seen this – I’ve mainly been sharing a separate upload direct to Facebook, which has 1800+ views.
Thanks everyone for your support, and I hope to see you at Hermann’s on April 6th!
I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be playing with The Paperboys for the Zeltik Festival in Dudelange, Luxembourg on March 11th. Yes, it’s a long way to go for a one-off gig, but I plan on making the most of it, with a trip to France the day after the gig before I head home.. so you know what that means (or at least anyone who’s been following my Facebook lately) – an awesome tour/travel blog filmed with the help of my drone. I’m really looking forward to the trip, and there’s some other big (longer) overseas tours being booked for later in the year too which I’ll post about later.
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!
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.
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:
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