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Accessible music venues that you can walk to right in the neighbourhood encourage good mental and spiritual health. With the help of local jazz legend Kelby MacNayr, James Bay United Church is bringing some of the best of the best in the Victoria jazz scene to the heart of James Bay ~ A venue without distractions ~ where the focus is you, the music and the sacred space to listen.

Join this special neighbourhood weekly gathering offered by James Bay United Church and the Victoria Jazz Community.

  • A suggested donation of $10 (as you are able) will be taken at the door.
  • Accessibility ramp is available on the west side of the building.

November 5. Ryan Oliver Organ Trio feat. Tony Genge

Ryan Oliver is one of the West Coast's busiest musicians Between his own Cookers Quintet, touring the world with the Shuffle Demons and working to inspire the next generation of jazz musicians as an educator and administrator, Ryan still has time to share his incredible sound and the spirit of the greats! Inspired equally by the great John Coltrane as he was the funk and soul of Eddie Harris, Ryan's soulful Organ Trio is the REAL DEAL! Featuring special guest organist Dr. Tony Genge!

November 12 Brand New Sounds:
Kelby MacNayr presents new works

Drummer/ composer Kelby MacNayr presents BRAND NEW MUSIC composed for the recent play "It'll Come to Me" and new works for jazz Quintet! Featuring Miguelito Valdes, Roy Styffe, Brent Jarvis and Peter Dowse!!

November 19 David Vest Trio

Five-time Maple Blues Award winner pianist / vocalist extraordinaire David Vest brings the history of the piano to the bandstand when he presents music from Blues and Jazz -- from Leadbelly to Dave Brubeck! Featuring soulful Peter Dowse on the bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums - some old school Blues and Boogie are sure to thrill!

November 26 Blue Note Repertory All-Star Quartet feat
guest Andrew Greenwood plays the music of Dexter Gordon

The history of the greats is alive and well in the hand of Tenor Saxophonist Andrew Greenwood! Victoria-born Andrew Greenwood pursed his studies under some of the Canadian Jazz great in Toronto including mentor Pat LaBarbera. Andrew has made a name for himself not only as a leader of an all-original quintet and as a side-man with many of the regions finest, but for his numerous projects celebrating the work of the classic tenor players in jazz. For this special presentation, Greenwood celebrates the great Dexter Gordon