The Left Coast Jazz Festival 2019

The Left Coast Jazz Festival is an exciting new jazz festival in Victoria, BC with a local, organic, gluten free focus to its programming.  The aim of the festival is to support local artists (Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) and to support venues who are presenting local artists on an ongoing basis. Victoria musicians Jon Miller and Monik Nordine are the festival organizers and are happy to be supporting many shows from June 26 to June 30, 2019 at The Copper Owl (1900 Douglas St., Victoria, BC), Victoria, BC), The Northern Quarter (1724 Douglas St., Victoria, BC) and in Duncan, BC in City Square (200 Craig St, Duncan, BC)  

We are now offering a pass to attend all four events at The Copper Owl from June 27 to June 30, 2019 with this pass for the reduced price of $40, check it out:

Copper Owl Pass

Miller and Nordine are both members of The Jon Miller Quartet and have also collaborated with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra and recorded together on the album Three Days In Winter

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The New Cool

The New Cool

Thursday, June 27, 4-6pm at The Copper Owl

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

The New Cool is a Victoria BC based jazz fusion band formed in 2019 and led by bassist Steve Duben.  Featuring two outstanding guitarists Cliff Maddix and Neil Taylor paired with an effervescent rhythm section, this quartet plays an eclectic mix of material by contemporary artists including the Fearless Flyers, Steve Gadd Band and Robben Ford along with original compositions by group members. Running the gamut of jazz fusion, The New Cool’s sounds touch on funk, blues, rock, latin and jazz, offering a fresh and contemporary take on jazz for the Vancouver Island music scene

Steve Duben (Electric Bass) Cliff Maddix (Guitar) Neil Taylor (Guitar) Jon Miller (drums)

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Monik Nordine Trio

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Friday, June 28, 4-6pm at The Copper Owl

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

 “… solid performance and writing chops.” – Downbeat Magazine

“…facile in her execution and fluid in the spinning out of her melodic ideas.”

                   — Rick Helzer, Jazz Improv Magazine

“…soaring, dynamic solos…” — PQB News

Monik and her group are featuring the compositions of Canadian jazz artists such as Oscar Peterson, Joni Mitchell, KD Lang, Sonny Greenwich, Jan Jarczyk, Kenny Wheeler, Hugh Fraser, Alan Matheson, Greg Bush and of course their own works in a project called “The Great Canadian Songbook”.  The aim of this project is to document as many retrospective and current Canadian compositions as possible with the goal of creating a body of work that we can call our own

Joining Monik for this special project are Tony Genge (B3 Organ), and David Emery (drums).  Each of these musicians maintains a busy performing and touring schedule in BC and elsewhere: Tony and Monik have worked together with Pat Coleman, Melinda Whitaker and with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra, David Emery plays drums regularly with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra and with The Tom Vickery Trio at Hermann’s Jazz Club

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Jon Miller Quartet

Jon Miller Quartet

Saturday, June 29, 4-6pm at The Copper Owl

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

“This has got to be one of the best jazz acts in the city.”   – Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist

The Jon Miller Quartet is a top-rated jazz group based in Victoria BC. The group’s repertoire is composed of original compositions by group members along with classic jazz. In its most recent edition this includes organ-jazz in the vein of giants of the genre Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Goldings. Group members include Hammond B-3 organ marvel Tony Genge along guitar great Rob Cheramy and saxophonist extraordinaire Monik Nordine…Hard hitting and soulful, with an emphasis on swing, groove and blues-inflected jazz, the Jon Miller Organ Quartet (AKA Parallel Universe Band) invites audiences everywhere to join in their unique musical vision

“Woah! 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

“a delight for the senses…evokes the golden age of organ jazz.”   – Chemainus Valley Courier

In 2015 the group’s latest CD 3 Days in Winter charted in the top 10 on Earshot Jazz charts for Campus radio programming across Canada for 19 weeks and was heard on CBC Vancouver’s Jazz programme “Hot Air”

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Jam Session with Astrid Lyre 



Sunday, June 30, 2-5pm at The Copper Owl

Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door (jammers free)

Nanaimo-based jazz guitarist Astrid Lyre draws her inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Julian Lage, and Wayne Krantz.  Astrid’s approach to the guitar is bold and fresh and she thrives on taking musical risks, weaving an intricate improvised tapestry of interaction and interplay.  Joined by Sherry Clayton (drums), Ken Williams (bass) and Monik Nordine (saxophone)


A Jazz Surprise with David Vest


David Vest

Friday, June 28 at 7:30pm at the Shaw Auditorium, Nanaimo, BC

Tickets $27.50

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Although he’s a Maple Blues Award winner who now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.

However, David has always had an ear for jazz – after all, ragtime and blues were the parents of jazz, so the connections are profound.

“Who would have thought you could be a buzz act when you’re almost 70 years old?” – Brian Blain, Toronto Blues Society

39 Days of July 

June 28-30, Duncan BC in City Square

Friday, June 28th; 8pm – Big Easy Funk Ensemble
Saturday, June 29th; 3pm- The Klez
Sunday, June 30th;
1pm- Lady O
2pm- Gettin’ Higher Choir
3pm- Pat Wictor
4pm- Wayne Kozak Quartet
8pm – Decades After Paris


Adonis Puentes Cuban Orchestra


Adonis Puentes

Friday, June 28, 9pm at The Northern Quarter