Also tickets are now on sale for Jazz Café Presents...Christmas Presence!, our new and original Christmas songbook ranging from humorous to cuddly to inspirational – This concert is being held at Kelowna Community Theatre on December 23 at 7 pm. Purchase your tickets for friends and family by calling the box office on 250-862-2867 or online www.kelownatickets.com OR you can visit them in person at the Orchard Park Mall ticket office, accros from Rogers wireless . I love that you all continue to support us by spreading the word so we can have a full house to celebrate this achievement and hopefully raise enough money to record a CD!
Our gig calendar is at the end of this email for your perusal. So please jot the dates down in your diary, in case our paths can meet!
Hear yea! Hear yea! Blues lovers take note.....The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society has reformed and as vice-prez I am honoured and able to tell you about its first concert in the upcoming series - I can't help but feel the rhythm and want to move my body when I listen to the music of Blues artist Arsen Shomakhov when he performs. Russian born Shomakhov can slide with ease into many genres with his guitar but the Blues chose him and he is now a craftsman of this genre. I watch his left-hand fingers work the fretboard, while the strumming right hand is doing this circular pattern around the base of the strings to create a rhythm exciting enough to watch as it is to dance to. This confident Blues Man has become a major force performing for Russian Federal TV, Moscow's legendary BB King Club and Blues festivals throughout Russia, USA and Canada.
The Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society are proud to announce The Arsen Shomakhov Trio as their first Dinner Dance Concert of the series. Please join us for a night out on Saturday November 14. OJBS has rented the Mission Creek Golf Course - second floor - 1959 K.L.O Rd - for an evening of Southern Style Eats with a Dance floor to shake it off when Arsen performs.
Tickets for this event are $55 to include Southern Style Buffet Dinner by Chef Alex Lavroff with Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Deep Fried Prawns, Homemade Pies and Donuts (beignet, for those in the know). Also... an Oyster Shucking Station and cash bar. To raise funds for the Society there will be a Silent Auction and merchandising table to purchase your subscriptions for the series or just buy the t-shirt! Richard Rafton owner of Milkcrate Records will have his blues collection on sale. A full size dance floor and outside patio are there to be taken advantage of.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Dinner buffet served at 7 p.m. and the music and dancing begins at 7:15 p.m. Purchase your tickets on-line at: www.okanaganjazzblues.org and find the paypal link - or in person through Milkcrate Records (1551 Ellis Street) or Duffers Restaurant & Lounge (1959 KLO Rd.) - Come support the Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society and enjoy a night out. Plenty of free parking and taxi accessible for the over-served!
2 Ministry of Western Economic Diversification Dinner at UBC Ballroom
7 BCSPCA Annual Gala Dinner and Fundraiser
12 Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen
14 Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society Presents... Arsen Shomakhov
16 Tourism Kelowna Gala at Laurel Building
19 Giving Giggles for KGH Foundation at Okanagan Golf Course
21 Harvest Festival for Mission Hill at Capri
3 Tiny Tim Breakfast at Capri Ballroom for Salvation Army – bring a unwrapped toy between 6:30-9:30 am and get a great breakfast and some classy entertainment
11 Globe Restaurant at Big White with the Jazz Café Trio. 8p.m.
12 Swing Dance Party with Jazz Café Quintet. At Big White in the Village Centre Mall with swing dancers. 7.30pm – 10.30pm
23 Jazz Café Presents...Christmas Presence! at the Kelowna Community Theatre. 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
$20 adults, $10 under 18 yrs (+ taxes and charges)
Tickets purchases through : www.kelownatickets.com
To purchase tickets visit www.kelownatickets.com. Jazz at the KAS is every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from August 13-29. from 6-11 p.m. For more information please visit our Facebook page at
Also Jazz Café Reboot is back at the Black BOx 1375 Water Street!
This Vancouver based quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop with Parisian Gypsy Cabaret to influence their sound. They have a unique way of concocting music because of their eclectic pedigree of nationalities, as well as their unique ear for combining genres of music type. Don't leave the show without purchasing a CD it's a perfect souvenir.
Band members are: Rebecca Shoichet: Vocals, Karen Graves: Sax, Flute, Vocals, Bernie Ara: Drums, and Anna Lumiere: Keyboards, Left-Hand Bass and Accordion.
Seating is limited so make your reservations today!
"Acolytes of Quality"
Hello I hope this letter finds you being fabulous in every possible way. This is the third newsletter of the year for fans of Jazz Café and I’m excited to tell you what is going on. I have put together a great year of music for us Jazz lovers and entertainment seekers. From our monthly gigs at Ricardo’s to Capri Poolside Lounge then all summer with Jazz at the KAS and our Fall prgramme back to where it all began at The Black BOx.
As March ends and spring begins I am very excited to announce that Elizabeth Shepherd has agreed to perform as part of my Jazz Café Presents…series. We will be hosting this exceptional Juno nominated artist on Easter Sunday Evening, April 5. I have booked the Okanagan Campus Theatre on 1000 K.L.O. Road. I have priced tickets as low as possible at only $20 adults and $15 for 18 year olds and under and $25 at the door (cash or cheque only at the door). A few years ago, as a special surprise to Jazz Cafe members, I invited Elizabeth to perform at the Black Box when she travelled through the Okanagan. The venue was packed and everyone there left knowing they have witnessed magic. I booked a bigger theatre to make sure there are no disappointments this time - we sold out two weeks before. Her new album The Signal already is being praised with importance and even quoted by The Evening Standard (UK) "An important work". Her Jazz has infusions of pop with a hint R & B. Please purchase your tickets through www.eventbrite.ca and type in Elizabeth Shepherd. She will be travelling with her band which includes Scott Kemp – bass, Colin Kingsmore - drums and vocals, Gord Grdina – guitar and Jon Day - trumpet and vocals. It’s a perfect evening to listen to jazz. Cocktail hour is 6.30 p.m. and the show starts at 7.30 p.m. Put this date in your diary, tell your friends and get your tickets today. Thank you for helping me be able to invite and support great musicians.
The fall brings Jazz Café home to the Black BOx for a series of shows in September 4, November 22 and on the main stage for December 23 or an extra $50 these shows can be included onto your membership. You can e-transfer your membership payment or purchase them by cheque.
Calendar of Events At A Glance
12} Jazz Café Trio (Bernie, Loni & Anna) Ricardo’s Kitchen 6.30 pm
415 Commonwealth Road, Lake Country - (250) 766-6810
No music charge
5} Elizabeth Shepherd in Concert Kelowna Campus Theatre 7.30 pm
1000 KLO Road. Advance tickets $20 & $15
through www.eventbrite.ca or $25 at the door.
1} Jazz Café Trio (Bernie, Neville & Anna) Capri Poolside Lounge 7.30 pm
2} Coast Capri Hotel - 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, (250) 860-60
No music charge.
August 12 – 29 Jazz at the KAS
September 4 Jazz Café Presents… MIMOSA in concert at the Black Box $20 show starts at 8pm
November 22 Jazz Café Band at the Black Box Theatre
Jazz Café reboot! The Band is back on stage giving you the best jazz this town has produced. $20
December 23 Jazz Café Christmas Show – 12 new songs, never seen before show, and its all at the Kelowna Community Theatre – Full Band! Details and ticket purchase information to be announced in the summer.