Valdy Goes Big Band with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra


Valdy Goes Big Band on March 16, 2019 at the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, BC.

Canadian folk icon and Juno award winning performer Valdy, along with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, will be performing a unique cross-genre show featuring Valdy’s hits from the 1970’s until the present day including such memorable pieces as Peter and Lou, Easy Money, Daddy’s OK, and Highway 63.  Valdy is a recipient of the Order of Canada and has had seven Juno award nominations. With fourteen albums to his credit and having achieved sales of nearly half a million copies (four of which are certified gold) Valdy has been awarded with Socan’s National Achievement Award in 2005 and maintains a busy touring schedule across Canada and abroad.

The Victoria Jazz Orchestra is Vancouver Island’s première big band and has been featured at the Victoria and Nanaimo International Jazz Festivals, is led by saxophonist and composer Monik Nordine and features soloists such as Rob Cheramy on guitar and Andrew Greenwood on tenor saxophone.  Monik formed the band in 2013 and many of their first performances were held at Hermann’s Jazz Club, and featured soloists, composers and conductors from BC and other parts of Canada such as Chelsea McBride, John Korsrud, Jennifer Scott, Jill Townsend and Bill Coon.  Having been featured as a performer with VEJI, The Pat Coleman Quartet and The Jon Miller Quartet, Monik has three original albums to her name – not just to but over the moon, Departure and The Old-New Town.

Valdy Goes Big Band evolved on Salt Spring Island as a collaboration between the jazz and folk communities and was first presented by the Swing Shift Community Big Band on Salt Spring Island in June of 2018 under the direction of trumpet player Derrick Milton.  Valdy has always had a deep respect for jazz and is keen to perform his music with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.  Joining the Victoria Jazz Orchestra for the first time is Derrick Milton who currently performs with The Foothills Brass and directs the Swing Shift Community Big Band on Salt Spring Island.

The orchestrations of Valdy’s original compositions are scored by Mike Reveley, Andrew Homzy, Monik Nordine and Keith Ollerenshaw.

Tickets will be available starting in January and can be purchased at the Victoria Conservatory of Music either in person or over the phone (250) 386-5311 and can also be purchased online through Students and seniors’ tickets are $32, general admission is $37.  The show starts at 7:30pm and the doors open at 7:00pm.

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