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November 20, 2005

Canadian Jazz and The Art of the Trio

Written by
cindy mcleod

If you’re in the Victoria area tonight, don’t miss this installment of ‘The Art of the Trio’ at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Tonight’s feature trio is lead by the great Miles Black on piano, who is joined by renowned bassist Ken Lister and drummer Kelby MacNayr.

Victoria native Miles Black is one of Canada’s most underrated musicians, and is a highly regarded composer/arranger and producer, a true guiding light in jazz. He has performed with a long list of local and international jazz legends such as Lee Konitz, Max Roach, the Paul Horn Band, and Canadian vocalists Dee Daniels, Christine Duncan among the many. You can also hear Miles on my “Conversation With Love” recording. He is in great demand as studio session player, having appeared on more than 150 jazz recordings, countless recordings for television and film, and continues his extensive work developing music software. www.milesblack.com

Bassist Ken Lister is perhaps best known for his work with Juno award winner Hugh Fraser’s VEJI Band, and as a member of Fraser’s Quintet. His performance credits include such international notables as Slide Hampton, Chucho Valdez, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis, and Canadian masters Sam Noto, P.J. Perry and Don Thompson among the many. www.kenlister.com

Kelby MacNayr is a busy Victoria based drummer who is in demand in the jazz and classical music circles. He is well versed in the traditions of Brazil, Cuba, and Portugal and has performed with Phil Dwyer, Louise Rose, Ingrid Jensen, Don Thompson, and Hugh Fraser. Kelby is also a popular drumset and percussion educator.

The trio gets together Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria’s all ages jazz venue. For more information call 388-9166.

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