Victoria Jazz Fest

posted on May 24

Always one of my favourites, JazzFest consists of ten hot days and nights of the coolest music in town starting on June 20 and continuing until June 29. Over 80 high calibre individual jazz performances taking place in numerous indoor and outdoor venues/stages with over 325 musicians.

The Royal Theatre Concert Series begins on opening night with the globe-trotting ?little? orchestra, Pink Martini. Other renowned artists appearing in the Royal Theatre concert series include jazz icon Dave Brubeck, sensational blues guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi, gifted Brazilian vocalist/composer Ivan Lins, Canadian guitar superstar Jesse Cook, and sensational vocalese artists Naturally 7 and soul singer Divine Brown in a twin bill.

The series continues into the second weekend with a mainstream jazz twin bill featuring pianist Monty Alexander and one of the best jazz vocalists on the scene, Andy Bey. The Royal Theatre Concert Series closes with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

A series of free admission performances will also take place during the daytime with ticketed and cover charge performances scheduled in various theatres, clubs and restaurant venues in the evenings. Workshops by visiting musicians will also be available.