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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.

February 4th The SoulTet featuring Miguleito Valdez

The SoulTet plays music for the soul - inspired by traditions around the world and rooted in the sounds of 60's era jazz and the precursors of Funk and Soul. Featuring Cuban trumpet great Miguelito Valdes, pianist Tony Genge, bassist Peter Dowse and drummer Kelby MacNayr.

*Re-scheduled from our snow-closure in honour of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Feb 11 Love Songs feat Sara Marreiros & Kelby MacNayr

Stunning guest vocalist Sara Marreiros joins Kelby MacNayr, bassist Scott White, pianist Tony Genge and special guest guitarist Joey Smith for a night of Love Songs to celebrate Valentines Day. Sara Marreiros grew up in Victoria and the Azores in Portugal and her music making has been an effortless blend of these two musical cultures. A rich and nuanced performer Sara brings emotion and virtuosity to her dynamic performances of jazz classics and world-music.

Feb 18 Great American Songbook Trio feat Louise Rose Celebrates Black History Month. In a special concert honouring Black History Month guest artist Louise Rose crafts a unique concert honouring Afro-Canadian and Afro-American experience and history through music. The Great American Songbook trio is a celebrated trio consisting of Louise Rose - piano/ voice, Joey Smith - bass and Kelby MacNayr - drums.

Feb 25. The Mardi Gras All-Stars celebrate Mardi Gras and all things New Orleans! Featuring special guest Vancouver-based trombonist Brad Shigeta of the Duke Ellington and Basie legacy bands, the Dave Holland Big Band and small groups of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. The Mardi Gras All-Stars celebrate Mardi Gras and the sounds of New Orleans - Second Line, Traditional New Orleans Jazz and MORE!