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JAZZ AT THE ANVIL

A new and exciting jazz series is coming to New Westminster! Starting September 2022, and running through to March 2023, Piva Presents: Jazz at the Anvil is bringing together some of the very best musical talent Vancouver has to offer. The goal of these shows is to not only elevate the appreciation of music and tell the story of jazz, but also to engage, strengthen, and amplify arts in the community.

With new takes and nods to classic artists, like Dave Brubeck and Ella Fitzgerald, and arrangements inspired by warm nights in New Orleans and Havana, these shows will move you in new ways and welcome you in to the rich world of jazz.

The proceeds from each show will be given to the music department at New West Secondary School, to enrich the lives of the students and provide new opportunities for them to explore the music in their heart.

Ticket prices ranging from $35 – $55 + service charges.

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).

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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.

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Doc Fingers

Doc Fingers

It was in the early seventies, during a stint with the Ronnie Hawkins Band in Toronto, Canada that Bruce Gallagher acquired that handle. “They initiated me as a Doctor of Fingerology and ever since then I’ve been known to everyone as “DOC”

The Doctor has treated crowds of parties from the snow peaks of British Columbia and the Swiss Alps to smokey jazz bars in Paris, France, from Hawaii to Keffalonia, Greece, and many places in between.

Vancouver Sun Music Critic Neal Hall says “GOOD TIMES MUSIC-ITS WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED………….When it comes for that therapeutic, good time, boogie woogie blues, jazz and rock and roll, there’s no one that can tickle the keys quite like the doctor.

Jack Duncan

Jack Duncan

Percussionist, Jack Duncan started playing Conga drums at the age of 14. From the very beginning Jack became obsessed with learning the history and cultural significance of his chosen instrument. He is now recognized internationally for his work as a pioneer in the study and promotion of Afro-Cuban African music.

Jack has performed or recorded with world renowned musicians including Chicago, Donna Summers, Ricardo Lemvo & the Makina Loca, Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval and J.J Johnson.

He is the leader of his own Afro-Cuban Jazz group Conga Cartel as well as being a founding member of Hugh Frasers iconic big band the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) he performs John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra, Orquesta Goma Dura, Night Crawlers, Greasy G, Zapato Negro among others. Jack has appeared on over 60 CDs, receiving a Juno Award for his work on Alpha ‘YAYA’ Diallo’s album The Messenger. Jack has appeared on numerous music soundtracks most notably the Grammy and Oscar Award winning animated movie Ratatouille Disney Pixar.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a Vancouver-born vocalist and jazz pianist specializing in jazz, blues and world music. Jennifer is considered one of the most important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today. From sold-out concerts in San Francisco to exclusive local club performances, Jennifer’s performance experiences have been varied. Jennifer has appeared at Jazz Festivals all across Canada and in several of the United States. She has also appeared with such jazz luminaries as: Tommy Banks, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Skywalk, and Hugh Fraser, to name a few.

Jennifer Scott has appeared on Jazzbeat, Westcoast Performance, and CBC’s Hot Air several times, and was selected to be featured on four separate CDs produced by the CBC. She has also appeared on several TV shows as a featured performer.

Jennifer is pianist/vocalist for San Francisco-based Novo Tempo, a Brazilian/jazz Fusion group featuring the music of Ed Johnson. She has recorded 2 CDs and toured extensively with this group, including dates at Dizzy’s in San Diego and Catalina’s in Los Angeles. She was featured with jazz legend Clark Terry, performing with him at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver.

Karin Plato

Karin Plato

An acclaimed Canadian Juno nominated Jazz vocalist/composer and recording artist. She has performed throughout Canada and in the western USA for concert societies and at jazz festivals. She works as an arranger, music educator, concert producer, and she is the artistic director of the JOY OF JAZZ CONCERTS series in Vancouver, BC. She has released 8 recordings of jazz standards and original compositions. She has three times been nominated Canadian Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and she’s a West Coast Music Award nominee.

Her latest release THIS COULD BE THE ONE was recorded in the famed Warehouse Studio in Vancouver with recording engineer Sheldon Zaharko, who was able to capture a warm and natural “live off the floor” sound. Karin’s band features pianist Chris Gestrin, clarinetist James Danderfer, bassist Laurence Mollerup and drummer Joe Poole as well as a few other special guest artists. Karin is the arranger and producer of this recording.

Miles Black

Miles Black

Vancouver, BC based composer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Miles Black has over 40 years of professional experience. He has recorded on over 800 albums, and has performed world-wide with many music greats, including Sweets Edison, George Coleman, Max Roach, Dee Daniels, Houston Person, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan and Lew Tabackin to name a few.

Miles is currently co-leading the award winning and Juno-nominated modern jazz quartet Altered Laws with reed-man Tom Keenlyside. He is a member of the Oliver Gannon Quartet, The Mike Allen Quartet, He is also pianist with an exciting jazz trio called “Triology”, and leader of the Miles Black Octet.

Miles also is a noted jazz educator and clinician at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music.

Tom Keenlyside

Tom Keenlyside

As a multi-instrumentalist and saxophonist, Tom Keenlyside has performed with legendary performers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Harry Connick and Dionne Warwick, to namea few. He has written and arranged all types of music for nearly five decades, receiving many awards and accolades.

His music has received JUNO wins and nominations, multiple Westcoast Music Awards, SOCAN composition awards, and has been featured on Grammy winning/nominated albums by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, INXS, and many others. He has earned a star on the BC Entertainment Walk of Fame.