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2019 Performers
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Kestra Katherine Penfold Brubeck & Black Dawn Pemberton & Sharon Minemoto Zapato Negro
SD46 Jazz Band Swing Dance/Deanna Knight & Hot Club of Mars Legion Dance/Dawn Pemberton
Sh-Boom Sunday Brunch Creek Big Band Burying Ground Aprés Jazz

'Kestra' with special guest René Worst
Concert !! Friday June 21: 7:30pm : St Bart's Church, 659 North Rd: $20
Kestra Opening Night of the 24th Annual Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival.

'Kestra' is a home grown jazz quartet with Steve Giltrow, guitar, Ken Grunenberg, sax / flute and Regan Haydu on drums. They will be joined by and featuring Vancouver's René Worst on bass.

This will be a very special evening as they will be performing for the first time a night of all original tunes that include Bossa, Funk, Jazz blues and bebop.

reneworst.com : facebook:worstway
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Katherine Penfold and her 5 piece band!
featuring Max Zipursky, Matt Reid, Paul Clark, Vince Mai, Jon Bentley

Saturday June 22 : 12:15pm -
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
Katherine Penfold
We are excited to have our own Katherine Penfold, vocals, Max Zipursky, keys, Matt Reid, bass, Paul Clark, drums, Vince Mai, trumpet and Jon Bentley, sax.

Katherine's interest in music began with her introduction to Celtic. Learning her jigs and reels vocally instead of by instrument, Katherine extended her vocal range, uniquely preparing her to fall madly in love with everything Soul, Blues and Jazz by the time she was in her 20's.

Storytelling has always been the passion that drives Katherine; regardless of genre she is able to convey genuine feeling and heartfelt emotions with her lyrics.

Having sold out venues across Central and Western Canada, she has taken the stage with artists like Hugh Laurie, Jeff Lorber, Brad Turner, and Juno nominated bassist Jodi Proznick. Katherine Penfold is a name you want to look for and a show you don't want to miss!

katherinepenfold.com : #katherinepenfoldmusic

June 22: 1:25pm
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
Miles Black - Dan Brubeck The Sunshine Coast is known for its amazing physical beauty and home of an ernormous number of internationally known creative artists, both visual, written and performing. Daniel Brubeck moved to the 'Coast' a few years ago and we feel so fortunate to have him in our musical community.

Dan was a highly energetic child who found his calling at the trap set. Mentored by two consummate polyrhythmic masters, Joe Morello and Alan Dawson, he was working professionally before he finished his teens.

Over the years Dan was featured on nearly a dozen albums with his father, and toured widely with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including many appearances with the world's leading orchestras.

This year for something very special, Dan is teaming up with another one of the Coast's favourite's, Miles Black on piano. Miles is highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director. Joining this dynamic duo will be Rick Kilburn on bass.

milesblack.com : facebook

June 22: 2:40pm
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
Dawn Pemberton-Sharon Minemoto Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin' it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and "go to girl" for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.?

Since the age of sixteen, Vancouver based pianist and composer, Sharon Minemoto has been performing to audiences around the world.... “Minemoto is a swinging, sensitive pianist with a highly melodic style and a composer of some very hip original music.” ~ Coastal Jazz & Blues

Together they are joined by Paul Rushka, bass and Nino Dipasquale, drums in a tribute to the late jazz singer Etta Jones.

dawnpemberton.ca : #dawnpemberton : youtube
sharonminemoto.com : facebook : videos

June 22: 4:00pm
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
zapata negro Zapato Negro have built a reputation in Canada and beyond for their own exiting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythm. Knowing it’s not enough to have talented individuals, they’ve become a real band through hard work and communication – enabling them to develop an eclectic and exciting concert repertoire that includes original compositions, underplayed jazz standards done in clave, and classics of Latin Music reworked, reharmonized or re-rhythmicized in jazz.

The band players are: With Andre Carrasquero – piano, Allan Johnston – bass, Jack Duncan – congas, Juan David Encinales – drums, Rod Murray – trombone and Vince Mai - trumpet.

A great way to get up and move your body to end our day on the street.
Zapato Negro : video

June 22 between acts
included in wristband price $20 advance, $25 at the gate
The School District Jazz Band is a combination musicians from Elphinstone in Gibsons and Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt and conducted by teacher/musician, Tom Kellough and will be performing at the Bus Stop stage to entertain in between acts on the main stage. These young musicians will be at the top of their game as they return from festivals near their end of the musical school year. For many it will be their last chance to play with the band before they graduate and move on.

Music is so important in our school system and for all the emerging talent we have in the community so come out and show your support for these great kids.

Members include: Maria Nightingale, first alto; Foster Smith, second alto; Shiann Rafuse, first tenor; Sam McGarry, second tenor; Jack Davis, bari sax; Espen Swift, first trumpet; Noah Ord, second trumpet; Ira Spiegelman, third trumpet; Matthew Douglas, fourth trumpet; Delamare George, first trombone; Carmen Mancuso, second trombone; Stevie Nelson, bass trombone; Bela Ord, piano; James Stinson, bass; Ryan McLeod, drums.


High Beam Dreams, 350 Glassford St: Sunday June 22: 7:30pm $20
Deanna Knight & Hot Club of Mars Come out for a night of 'swing dance' with our newsest musical resident to Gibsons, Deanna Knight who will be joined by rhythm magicians, the Hot Club of Mars.

Come early at 7:30 for swing dance lessons with Luci Falkner, come as a beginner or to brush up your skills and learn a few moves. At 8:30 get ready to dance or pull up a seat and enjoy the moves of Deanna and the 'Hotties' for a night of great music, fun and entertainment.

Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight, shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos The Hot Club of Mars. Enjoy a clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900’s to charming contemporary songs. Deanna weaves her lyrical magic around swing classics, tangos, bossa, boogie, Hawaiian and her original compositions. Described as “stand out, unmistakable and smooth as fine whisky” Knight celebrates 18 yrs years with “the Hot Club boys who use their Hawaiian, resonator, and Gypsy-jazz guitars to slice and dice 50 shades of swing with admirable gusto.” Gypsy Jazz from traditional to the unusual will unfold before your eyes and ears. Just try to keep your toes from tapping.

Hot Club of Mars musicians are: Deanna Knight - vocals, Don Kellett - lead and rhythm guitar/mandolin, Steve Szabo - lead and rhythm guitar, Joe Bourchier - bass, Mark Dowding - sax/flute/harmonica

hotclubofmars.com : video
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- get down for the new Canadian Queen of Soul

DANCE !!: Saturday June 22: 8:00pm : Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion: $20 non-members; $10 members

Dawn Pemberton Band Time to Party!!

Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton has a deep musical foundation rooted in tradition. Dawn is the secret weapon of funk and soul groups all over Western Canada. She has shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Linda Tillery, John Lee Sanders, The Sojourners, John Boutté and Dutch Robinson.

Vibrant, honest, and powerful, WCMA-winner Dawn Pemberton’s voice beats a soulful path from gospel and R&B to jazz, funk, and world music.

Dawn will be bringing her 5 piece band to rock the Legion after performing her jazz set during the afternoon at this year's festival.

Playing with Dawn are Scott Tucker, Johnny Andrews, Max Zipursky and Gavin Youngash.

Special bonus if you are a member of any Canadian Legion, show your card and get in for half price !!

dawnpemberton.ca : facebook : video
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SUNDAY BRUNCH Buffet: Sunday June 23: 11:00am - 1:00pm : Leo's Tapas & Grill - free with reservations
sunday brunch Sunday Brunch is always a favouSrite with the Jazz crowd, and this year we are presenting one of our favourite Powell River musicians Walter Martella and vocalist Devon Hanley

Devon Hanley is a singer/songwriter who plays guitar and piano and plays regularly at the Laughing Oyster in Powell River. She who grew up steeped in 60's North American folk music with a good dose of classical thrown in to the mix. After moving to Powell River and discovering an active Jazz scene she was soon influenced by the music (and Walter) which has now expanded her repertoire.

Walter Martella is Powell River's most prominent musical son, music director of Powell River Academy of Music, artistic director of Kathaumixw Choral Festival, conductor of choral groups, trumpeter and piano instructor, accordionist and head of his own jazz trio. Walter has released seven albums, which feature his exceptional solo piano work. Each year he also joins the Creek Big Band during the Jazz Festival in Winegarden Park. He will be playing both piano and trumpet while accompanying Devon.

waltermartellamusic.com : video
devonhanley.ca : video

Reservations are recommended call Leo's Tapas & Grill Greek Cuisine at 604.886.9414.

WINEGARDEN PARK FESTIVAL : Sunday June 23: 1:30pm : free
creek big band The Creek Big Band loves to play big band swing, jazz, blues, and latin music for listening or dancing. It is made up of unpaid volunteer musicians who contribute their time and talent for the benefit of Sunshine Coast music students and audiences. The money earned from their paid performances goes toward scholarships for Sunshine Coast students going on to further music studies, and toward miscellaneous band expenses. Their leader is Graham Ord and they are graced with special guest, Walter Martella on trumpet.

Other members of the Creek Band are:
Saxes: Carl Montgomery, Lorne Berman, Cherry Bolognese, Graeme Green, Ken Grunenburg.
Trombones: Bryan Airth, Bill Wishlow, Jim McGowan, Gord Catherwood
Trumpets: John Frederickson, Karin Tigert, Sacha Stipec (student member) Walter Martella (special guest)
Vibes: Val Anderson
Piano: Carolyn Mitchell
Guitar: Bud Kurz
Bass: Beth Jay
Drums: Regan Haydu Percussion: Al Burns

Visit their facebook page at Creek Big Band.

WINEGARDEN PARK: Sunday June 22: 2:30pm : free

sh-boom For a fun time of tunes from by-gone days are the great harmonies of these four guys ready to entertain you with their antics and well tuned vocals. Directed by our matriarch of music, Nikki Weber. It's time to lay back and enjoy!

The singers include Mike Weber, Ken Gustafson, Colin Malley and Boyd Norman who also plays guitar. They are joined by Sacha Fassaert on bass and Barry Taylor drums.

WINEGARDEN PARK: Sunday June 23: 3:30pm : free
sweet pea swing band "Taking vintage blues and jazz, swing, old-timey country and folk as their templates, this super-cool duo pens authentic sounding material that appears as if plucked from the Alan Lomax archives, but also bears the gritty qualities of their punk rock background."
-David Morrison of Folk Radio Uk's Top ten albums of 2017

The Burying Ground formed in 2014 as a duo, but Woody Forster and Devora Laye have been playing together since 2009 as members of The Dire Wolves, an acoustic blues string band and darlings of the East Van punk scene. They are steeped in influences from 1920’s Ragtime, Country & Western, Mississippi Blues and New Orleans Jazz. At home, on the road and in the studio Devora and Woody are often accompanied by a rotating cast of masterful session and backing musicians and for the festival we are very lucky to have Wynston and Clara in this fabulous outdoor venue.

Musians include Woody Forster, guitar, vocals, Devora Laye, washboard, saw, vocals, Wynston Minckler upright bass, Clara Rose fiddle, harmonies.

A great way to get up and move your body to end our day in the park.
theburyingground.com : theburyingground.bandcamp.com : Youtube

APRÉS JAZZ FEST at the 101
The 101 Brewhouse Distillery: Sunday June 23: 5:30-7:30pm
A First for the Gibsons Jazz Fest and we all excited to be able to kick back to close out the week with a bite and a brew and enjoy some fine tunes. Host Graham Ord, sax/flute and percussion will be joined by Budge Schachte, guitar, Boyd Norman, bass and John Rule, drums and there just might be some special folks dropping in to join them.

Come celebrate with us!

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