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This Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM we welcome an incredible quartet with the warm and full tenor saxophone sound of Ryan Oliver, dynamic and creative pianist Nicholas Peck and very special guest virtuoso bassist Neil Swainson with drummer and band leader Kelby MacNayr at the helm!

The Kelby MacNayr Classics Quartet plays edge-of-your-seat, hard-swinging jazz - without a net! Celebrating the music of Joe Lovano, John Coltrane and MacNayr’s own writing, this quartet is a tour de force of contemporary Jazz!

Featuring an all-star lineup of tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Ryan Oliver, stellar British pianist Nicholas Peck and special guest, award-winning and international great, bassist Neil Swainson with the dynamic powerhouse Kelby MacNayr on drums.

Admission By Donation (sliding scale) ... suggested donation: $20

While we are no longer requiring pre-registration, these important Covid Protocols are in place:

1- proof of double vaccination
2- name and phone number will be taken at the door for purpose of contact tracing
3- masks are required while in the building
4- maximum seating capacity is 50 people

(add the word Tuesday Night Jazz to your donation)

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 last weeks show: Tuesday October 19th 7pm

Get ready for a swinging night of traditional jazz celebrating the music of legacies of New Orleans and Kansas city,  as Tuesday Night Jazz at the Church welcomes pianist Toni Blodgett and clarinetist/saxophonist Al Pease!

Toni Blodgett has been a vital proponent of the Ragtime and traditional jazz piano approach in Victoria for over 25 years. Originally hailing from The Canadian prairie, Toni developed her sound through a deep love and appreciation of the great pianists Teddy Wilson, Erroll Garner, Jelly Roll Morton and others.

Saxophonist and clarinettist Al Pease has toured the world playing traditional jazz , Stationed with the prestigious NORAD band in Colorado and the Naden band of the Pacific on the West Coast, as well as side man and leader on countless traditional jazz groups and projects.

Drawing on influences such as Lester Young, zoot Sims and Ben Webster on the tenor saxophone and Benny Goodman and Woody Henderson on the clarinet, Al speaks the language of 1930s and 40s swing era music like no one else can!

Bassist Joey Smith toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many other groups before settling in Victoria and becoming an integral part of Victoria‘s robust musical community both as a guitar player/bassist and educator/arranger.

Drummer Kelby MacNayr Honed his skills performing with the contemporary Who’s Who of jazz in Canada and the US including Victoria’s own Ian McDougall, Louise Rose and Neil Swainson as well as international stars Ingrid Jensen, John Clayton and Larry Fuller.


Miguelito Valdes - trumpet
Roy Styffe - sax
Tony Genge - piano
John Lee - bass
Kelby MacNayr - drums

Some of the most soulful, sassy and uplifting music was created and captured in collaboration with Blue Note Record label and others which sought to capture the spirit of the music above all else.

Music that will get your toes tapping, inspire and uplift your spirit!

Drawing on the blues, gospel music and influences swing and bebop, this music is the perfectly crafted vehicle which represents the club jazz of the 1950s and 60s.