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Raised Nine (different) by Roy Styffe, 

The impetus for this poem was the feeling of a raised nine chord, a chord common to Jazz and a sound that I love. This poem also feels like my journey through life as a musician. Improvising can often seem childlike and we often play with a feeling of being lost, disoriented and challenged. 

The vibe is a city vibe, like New York. Also the centre of the poem is the phrase 'vertical moon'. Vertical implies harmony, and the moon is, our dark energy.

The poem is also, in my mind a mirror image, similar to a song form, in which the melody is stated, a crescendo is reached (vertical moon) and the melody is restated but different this time.

I hope you enjoy,



Friday, November 6th, 7pm: Miles Black plays some of his favourites in an easy-going hour of music and conversation. Settle in for some great piano playing by one of Canada's finest jazz pianists.

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Louise Rose in Conversation with Gordon Miller July 2020

'perfectly imperfect'


Dear friends of Tuesday Night Jazz at the Church 

Thanks to all of you who have tuned in to our last 12 weeks of guest artist profiles. These have been wonderfully insightful opportunities to delve into the history and creative imagination of some of our most beloved artists AND a great way to stay connected during this time! We are excited to share a brand new format and approach to our guest artist profiles, so stay tuned. 

Tuesday Night Jazz at the Church is an Arts Ministry of James Bay United Church
in partnership with the Victoria Jazz Community

James Bay United Church and the Victoria Jazz Community continue to be partnered together during the COVID-19 closures to bring entertaining educational content for you to listen to at any time. 

Watch previous shows below:

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020:
Pianist, singer, saxophonist, choir director, composer of hit musicals and more, Brooke Maxwell.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020:
Electric bassist Peter Dowse joins host Kelby MacNayr in conversation.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020:
Sara Marreiros is the embodiment of a musical nomad. Growing up between Sagres, Portugal, and Victoria, Canada, Sara was brought up in many traditions traveling her way through Europe and North America. Musically speaking, Sara from a young age was immersed in experiences of Fado* bars falling asleep in her parents arms, to the sounds of busy city Morocco and Paris squares, as well as formal Jazz and Classical studies in Victoria. Rich settings for song to grow.Sara talks about her musical influences with host Kelby MacNayr in the online version of Tuesday Night Jazz at the Church.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020:
The sensational Cuban trumpet player Miguelito Valdes has performed the world over with such acts as the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 
A native of Vancouver, Tony Genge is one of Canada’s leading jazz organists and jazz pianists. He is also a respected music educator, and a well-known and much-recorded composer of classical music.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
We turn the tables and interview Kelby MacNayr about HIS musical influences - with guest host and co-creator of Tuesday Night Jazz at the Church - Gordon Miller.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
Mike Broadley joins Kelby MacNayr for a lively exploration of his music influencers.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Anne Schaefer and Kelby MacNayr in conversation.

Tuesday, April 14th, meet Local Jazz Legend Joey Smith
speaking with Kelby about his influences and favourite playlist.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
Brent Jarvis and Kelby MacNayr in conversation

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Richard Moody with Kelby MacNayr

Tuesday, March 24th 2020
Roy Styffe with Kelby MacNayr

Tuesday, March 17, 7 PM 
David vest – celebrating the New Orleans piano giants.