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November Newsletter for Jazz Café

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The weather outside is getting chilly and Jazz Café is warming up for its best shows yet. We have made some great music and there is still more creative energy in us to keep on playing! Thanks to all of you who support, or simply enjoy our music. My trip to New Orleans in October with Kelowna Chamber was very inspirational so I will be performing a few classics reminiscent of the New Orleans style jazz for our November 22 Jazz Café RE-BOOT show at the Black Box Theatre – doors open at 7 pm and show starts at 8 pm – email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me on 250 763-6141 to reserve your table and spot at this speakeasy "where the gin is cold and the Jazz is HOT!".

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
22 Jazz Café RE-BOOT at Black Box Theatre – Tickets are $25, reserve your table by calling 250-763-6141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
or Call: 250-862-2867. Visit: Orchard Park Mall ticket office. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Cool 'Hot Spot' Aug 13-29

Jazz at the KAS

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!

Jazz Café Kelowna hosts – MIMOSA – Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Black Box Theatre - 1375 Water Street – Tickets are $25 each for non-members. Reservations only by calling 250-763-6141 or email Anna: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 p.m.  Back by very popular demand this band of musicians can be describer as "Jazz infused with Moulin Rouge". If Cleo Lane, Jobim and Serge Gainsbourg all got together one night and jammed, they might sound like-what Mimosa has to offer.

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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!

Anna Jacyszyn
FabulousPR Presents...
"Acolytes of Quality"
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Jazz Café March 2015 Newsletter

Anna Jacyszyn

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.

I also want to tell you that Kelowna Actors Studio and Jazz Café Kelowna are collaborating for the month of August from 13-29 and creating a speakeasy on the weekends. Each Thursday, Friday & Saturday get into the mood for Live entertainment on that stage from 7-11 with the ever popular seasoned professional Jazz Café House Band and of course yours truly igniting the stage in my own dynamic way to ensure we give you great nights out! I am putting together a programme of special guest and treats each night.  Jazz at the KAS will be a membership club with unlimited entry for only $60 per person or $100 per couple.  Each new member will also receive ONE guest pass to invite a date OR get a couples membership and invite another couple to join you at no charge (hopefully they will join as well) General entrance is $20 per person, per night, so if you fancy popping in for a martini and catch a set or stay the whole evening, you can, just by flashing your membership card to the door person.  A tasty and seasonal menu will be available to wine and dine at your table while the entertainment on stage fills the place with ambience and energy. Or you can just mingle near the back or at the martini bar and take in the vibe while flirting with like-minded jazz lovers.  Membership does not include reservations, those will need to be made separately and non-members must pay their entrance fee at the door before being escorted to their table.  For inquires email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250 763-6141.  I’m very excited be a part of this collaboration and I know you will love it.  We are all looking for an age appropriate hangout to have fun in and here it is!

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 


Fully licensed restaurant and bar, hosted and performed by Anna Jacyszyn and the Jazz Café Band.  Live jazz music on stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the month of August.  To enquire about membership or more details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Membership is only $60 per person which is for unlimited entry + one free guest pass included.  Couples membership is $150.00 + 2 guest passes so you can invite another couple to join you one evening free of charge.  General entry is $20 per person.  Table reservations, dinner and drinks are separate and can be made by calling KAS direct on 250) 862-2867


September 4        Jazz Café Presents… MIMOSA in concert at the Black Box                                         $20 show starts at 8pm


October 12 – 16   Spotlight on New Orleans with Anna Jacysyzn – Kelowna                                         Chamber is organizing a trip to the capitol of Jazz, It’s the                                       Big Easy baby and for $2400.00 you should join in this once                                  in a lifetime opportunity.  Contact                                                                           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and secure your spot!


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.