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MARCH 21, 2023

A Night in New Orleans by Doc Fingers

Doc Fingers

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Everything I play now, have ever played or will ever play all came from New Orleans. It’s a meeting place where black meets white, New World meets the Old World,  French meets English. When they meet, they all change, morphing into this new gumbo where everything retains its best qualities and becomes new. This is when the party starts . They created JAZZ , then created the BLUES, then the BLUES got pregnant, and they named the baby ROCK AND ROLL! — Doc Fingers

From the bones of Burbon Street and the sweet sounds of the Mississippi River, New Orleans is one of the birthplaces of jazz. Doc Fingers (known simply as Doc) will take you in to the heartbeat of this vibrant landscape—just what the Doctor ordered. As one of the predominant piano players, Doc can tickle the keys like no other. He has played with titans such as Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt and Lee Oscar, to name a few.

This show will be full swing and boogie-woogie; exactly what the Doctor ordered.

FEBRUARY 14, 2023

A Night in Havana by Jack Duncan

Jack Duncan

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The first time I heard the Irakere album ‘Misa Negra’ (Black Mass) it absolutely blew my mind. The combination of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz harmonies lit a fire within me that continues to burn to this day. Not even in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that 15 years later Chucho Valdés, the leader of Irakere, would invite me to perform as a featured artists at the Havana Jazz Plaza. — Jack Duncan

Like a spiced rum and salsa on the beach, and influenced by the cultural and musical flavours of Havana — Jack Duncan invites you in to an island vibe. He is recognized internationally for his work as a pioneer in the study and promotion of Afro-Cuban and African music. Jack, alongside his Afro-Cuban Jazz group Conga Cartel, will create a vibrant landscape of sound and emotion through his Conga drums.

Jack has appeared on numerous soundtracks, and most notably the Grammy and Oscar Award winning animated movie Ratatouille (Disney/Pixar).

JANUARY 24, 2023

A Night in Rio by Tom Keenlyside

Tom Keenlyside

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I’ve spent time in Rio, playing with truly great Brazilian musicians who play with passion and immense amounts of fun. Brazil has a vast and varied music culture, from the ‘saudade’ of bossa nova to the unbridled joy of ‘samba’. It’s always invigorating to perform this wonderful and challenging music, and a pleasure to play it with these excellent musicians. — Tom Keenlyside

Inspired by the stunning landscape and warm romance of a Rio night, this evening led by Tom Keenlyside will have you swaying like a tree in the breeze. Tom is a JUNO Award winner and nominee, with a star on the BC Entertainment Walk of Fame. His arrangement will aim to capture the magic of Rio and its beautiful vistas — you’ll feel like you walking in to a dream.

DECEMBER 6, 2022

A Jazz Christmas by Karin Plato

Karin Plato

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

One of the biggest influences in music for me personally is the “Queen of bebop” Sheila Jordan. In her 90s the ever youthful Sheila continues to spread the joy of jazz-based music with her recordings and through music education and with her live performances. She is an inspiration in every way! — Karin Plato

An acclaimed Canadian Juno Award nominated jazz vocalist, composer, and recording artist, Karin Plato brings her stunning style to the stage to lead the evening with her incredible band. Bringing a new and cool take on Christmas classics, Karin adds a twist and tinsel to these timeless tunes. With a warm and natural sound, Karin will mesmerize you and leave you with that warm Christmas feeling.

NOVEMBER 29, 2022

A Night of Oscar Peterson by Miles Black

Miles Black

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson was one of the most triumphantly swinging jazz pianists of all time. Oscar Peterson was one of my first major musical influences, and I continue to be enamored with his sound, feel, imagination, exuberance and brilliant pianism. — Miles Black

With over 200 recordings and seven Grammy Awards, Oscar Peterson is known as “The King of Inside Swing.” Miles Black will lead this evening with his award winning modern jazz quartet Altered Laws. With over 40 years as a professional musician and recordings on 800 albums, Miles Black has performed worldwide. His interpretation on Oscar Peterson’s works is sure to have you swinging in your seat!

OCTOBER 18, 2022

A Night of Ella Fitzgerald by Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Ella when I went 5 nights in a row to hear her at the International Plaza when I was 18 years old! I was brazen enough to go backstage and have a conversation with her and I brought her flowers. She was shy, but gracious and very encouraging to a fledgling jazz singer. She was touched that I had come every single night to hear her. 

Ella was a huge inspiration to me to be an improviser and a band leader. She was also a great role model to learn the songs of the American Songbook as written but to also interpret them in a way that was unique and personal. — Jennifer Scott

Known lovingly as the “Queen of Jazz” or “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald set the bar with the purity of her tone. To bring her music to life, only Jennifer Scott could fit the bill. Considered one of the most important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today, Jennifer brings a flare and passion to her performances.

A memorable night of music and emotion, as Jennifer and her band mates breathe new life in to Ella’s timeless works.

OCTOBER 17, 2022

Frind Estate Winery – Winemaker Dinner

Frind Estate Winery

6:00pm arrival
6:30pm dinner begins

Piva Modern Italian Executive Chef Subraaz Abdullah, Sous Chef Eiichi Kohno, Restaurant Director Davide Bonamici, & Bar manager Samantha Markwick joined forces with Erin Dietzel and Frind Estate Winery; for an intimate evening of fine food, fine wine and close friends.

pear compote, fried sage, pineapple chutney
Chardonnay 2020

pizza crust, asparagus, goat cheese, tomato aioli
Rose 2021

pea risotto, lemon herb crust
Baronesse 2020

red onion jam, portobello mushroom, cumin spiced roasted baby carrot, soft polenta
Premier 2020

chocolate tart, cherry mascarpone whip, cinnamon dust, cherry sauce
Midnight 2021

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

A Night of Dave Brubeck by Tom Keenlyside

Tom Keenlyside

Doors: Open at 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The music of Dave Brubeck has had an enormous impact on my life. ‘Time Out’ was one of my first exposures to jazz, and its rich complexity, plus the pure poetry of Paul Desmond’s saxophone helped lure me into my lifelong journey in music. Dave’s constant explorations of the jazz firmament have been, in so many different ways, inspiring to me. ‘Time Out’ remains an American musical masterpiece. — Tom Keenlyside

As one of the foremost exponents of “cool jazz,” Dave Brubeck composed some notable jazz standards, employing his unusual time signatures and contrasting rhythms, meters and tonalities. It’s only fitting that Juno award winning jazz musician, Tom Keenleyside, brings this music to life in new and exciting ways. Tom, alongside a phenomenal group of players, will explore the collected works of Dave’s American masterpieces and add his own flavour to these jazz classics.