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Event Archive - Jazz Vespers (Spirited Jazz): Jon Miller, Monik Nordine, Rob Cheramy, Tony Genge

Sun. April 28th 2019 First Unitarian Church of Victoria (No Minors)
7 pm - 8:10 PM doors at 6:30 pm
By Donation
Winter/Spring Jazz Vespers Series

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration by Reverend Shana.

Jon Miller Quartet; Theme: Taking Risks
April 28th, Sunday, 7 - 8 PM
First Unitarian Church Victoria

Spirited Jazz once again brings exceptional variety and musicians to the rural beauty of the Unitarian Church on W. Saanich Road.

The Jon Miller Quartet is a top-rated jazz group from Victoria that has been making waves on the B.C. jazz scene for several years running, both for its engaging live performances and for the depth and variety of its original compositions. The group’s most recent iteration (AKA the Parallel Universe Band) features the amazing Tony Genge on Hammond B-3 Organ along with jazz guitar great Rob Cheramy, saxophonist extraordinaire Monik Nordine and leader Jon Miller on drums. The quartet’s repertoire alternates original material by group members with classic organ-jazz in the vein of giants of the genre – Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Goldings.

Hard hitting and soulful, with an emphasis on swing, groove and blues inflected jazz, the Jon Miller Quartet (AKA Parallel Universe Band) invites audiences everywhere to join in their unique musical vision.

The band's leader and drummer Miller is a graduate of McGill University's jazz programme and a participant in Banff Centre's Jazz Programme under the direction of Dave Holland. Upon graduating he played drums with a wide variety of Montreal based groups before going on to spend the 90's in Europe and the US, playing with successful bands and sometimes freelancing with other artists including Charlie Hunter and Terry Mann in France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Germany and the US. He has studied drums with Pete Magadini, Alan Dawson and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. In addition to writing for and leading his quartet, Miller is also a member of the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.

“Whoa! Where have you been hiding, Jon Miller Quartet? ...on behalf of sun-deprived Canadians everywhere, thanks for this much needed dose of Vitamin D.” -Robert Rowat, CBC Music
“This has got to be one of the best jazz acts in the city” -Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration in venues with exquisite sound and setting. These hour-long evening services are a unique blend of jazz and spirituality. Each service brings together live music from popular local jazz musicians, a brief meaningful message, and a little of the history of the music performed.

First Unitarian Church of Victoria 5575 West Saanich Road (250) 744-2665
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Jon Miller (Jazz, R&B)

Jazz trained drummer with experience in small group and big band Jazz and many other styles including Rock/Funk/Pop, Blues, Pit Orchestra work. I also have many years teaching experience with many of my students going on to post secondary studies and playing careers. Student of Alan Dawson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Louis Williamson and Barry Elmes. more info
Articles: 3 Days in Winter – Jon Miller Quartet CD Review, The Jon Miller Quartet Releases "Orchidology"

Monik Nordine (jazz, latin, blues)

“… solid performance and writing chops.” – Downbeat Magazine Saxophonist Monik Nordine has received several prestigious arts awards including a Juno Award nomination for her work on the album Cruel Yet Fair (1997) with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra and has toured with Hugh Fraser’s band VEJI. Having shared the stage with m... more info