Vernon Jazz Society swings into Christmas with holiday jams

Sandy Cameron’s Shujazz Sextet will be onstage at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday, Dec. 16

Candice McMahon

For The Morning Star

Six sharp players are presenting their Merry Krizz show, which involves jazzing up Christmas tunes and serving up some classic Jazz standards.

They are promising balanced sets with Latin, swing, a taste of R&B and a few ballads. Well-known and loved in Salmon Arm, retired music teacher Sandy Cameron is a first-class woodwind player. He has played in various band configurations for a total of 27 times at the Vernon Jazz Club, and he is a well-known and much-loved player here as well.

”I’ve been a member of the Vernon Jazz Club and attended club concerts since its beginning,” Cameron said. “Leading a band or being a sideman at the club is always a challenge, but it has always been a pleasure, too. I find the preparation involved inspires me to work hard, developing a better sound and a better understanding of jazz styles and theory. The club has also been an inspiration to jazz lovers in Salmon Arm, who have created their own successful jazz club.”

Cameron’s current favourite horn is the Tenor Sax. However, his clarinet remains a constant companion. Recently, he has pared down his stable of instruments with the knowledge that he is never going to learn to play them all properly, and so he concentrates on just the one saxophone.

“A three-year stint in Victoria was filled with jazz, for me,” Cameron said. “I was playing in three big bands, a concert band, and a couple of small groups. I totally enjoyed ‘sitting in’ often, at Hermann’s’ Jazz Club. It was a good time, but Salmon Arm and the North Okanagan are the best.”

Cameron loves Christmas jazz music, and he had the opportunity to do a concert for the Salmon Arm Jazz Club last year. He pulled together three new members and was delighted to meet Colin Spence, a new pianist on the scene; Jake McIntyre-Paul, a young guy who plays the bass really well; and a solid drummer, Gareth Seys, who also plays great trombone.

Seys lives in Blind Bay and works with his parents, owning and operating a Marina. He graduated from the Capilano College Jazz Program, and he brings an exuberant and energetic vibe to the group. Seys is stoked to be playing at the Vernon Jazz Club.

Vocalist, Andrea Roberts, is also a CAPP College grad and is another multi-instrumentalist. She is comfortable singing both operatic and jazz styles, plays piano proficiently, and was in the CAPP “A” Band on trombone. Roberts is an inspiration choir leader, as well, and has Cameron as one of her current Intergenerational Choir members.

Trumpet player, Terry Kosowick, is a professor at Okanagan University Salmon Arm and Vernon campuses. Another former jazz student at Capilano College (from the late ’70s), Kosowick also writes, arranges and plays piano.

McIntyre-Paul has a day job at Acorn Music and plays in other groups that sometimes take him on the road. He’s the real deal on upright bass, and he “just kills it.” As Jesse Mast (Nashville writing and recording artist) puts it, “Jake is brilliant and the best bass player I have ever worked with.”

Besides being a brilliant jazz pianist, Spence is very computer literate and is responsible for all the band’s arrangements, providing them with legible working charts. He has recently returned to Salmon Arm after a 40-year absence and credits his 23 years spent in Nelson for helping to define his musical skills. While in the area, he played regularly in groups with the Selkirk Music Program faculty members and honed a keen interest in jazz.

Sandy Cameron’s Shujazz Sextet will be onstage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31 Street) Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Cash only bar on site. Tickets $20 online at vernonjazz.com and at Expressions of Time (2901-30 Ave), with a $5 rebate at the gig for VJS members.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Our history in pictures

Vernon’s vew from the top of the world

Lecture series celebrates Okanagan art

David Doody presents at Vernon Art Gallery for UBCO Lecture Series

Commercial vehicle licensing cancelled in Vernon

City councillors heard concerns from businesses and advocates, ended decal program

Quintet jazzes it up in Vernon

Justin Glibbery group brings twist of jazz and pop

Tribute hails Holly at Lumby Winter Dance Party

Feb. 3, 1959 was “The Day the Music Died,” but it’s coming back Feb. 1, 2020

Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year

The festival sold over 1,000 tickets to the three-day indie festival

JUUL responds to Vernon’s vaping concerns

President of JUUL Labs Canada says numbers reported in local vape presentation inaccurate

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Kelowna RCMP search for suspect in violent wallet theft

The woman was walking along McCurdy Road when she was pushed down by a passing male

Earthquake on top of highway closure a wake up call for Island’s West Coast

“When someone says, ‘Be prepared for 72 hours,’ that means exactly that: be prepared.”

Restaurant owners present cheque to family of Kelowna girl diagnosed with tumour

Central Kitchen and Bar staff recently held fundraiser to help with Elara’s treatment costs

LETTERS: Environmental lessons from the Lorax

Reader discusses the value of tree planting as a high school exercise

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

Most Read