Chemainus Jazz Festival, August 20, 2016
August 20, 2016
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Jazz 2016 at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus on Saturday August 20th, beginning at noon, presents a diverse and eclectic mix of great jazz musicians for your listening pleasure! A bit of New Orleans, Soul, Swingin' Jazz, Improv, a touch of Rock and Latin grooves! Be sure to get your Mardi Gras "Bling" included with your admission!
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Edie Daponte Vocalist Edie Daponte, with Karel Roessingh (piano), Joey Smith (bass), Damian Graham (drums).

A polished and charming performer who will steal your heart. Edie regularly appears in the Sidney and Victoria area. Her most recent CD release Young at Heart is receiving critical acclaim since its release.

Her website is

Graham Shonwise Graham Shonwise - Soul Jazz Quartet.

Soul Jazz -- thrilling Nanaimo audiences with their brand of funky, hard-swinging, organ-driven bebop. The band features Graham Shonwise on alto sax, Tony Genge (organ), Hans Verhoeven (drums) and Andrew Janusson (guitar).

For more information about this band, see

Pablo Cardenas Pablo Cardenas West Coast All-Stars Quartet with Rafael Duvergel (vocals), Hector Ramos (congas), Armando Alvarez (sax), Pablo Cardenas (piano/bass).

The most popular West Coast Cuban All Stars take centre stage to bring the best HOT sounds of danceable music to Chemainus!

Pablo Cardenas has been a force up and down the island since he came to Victoria some years ago. He is classically trained and has amazed audiences with his talent, performing in every genre with facile.

Pablo's website is

Decadence Jazz Band Decadence Band - Led by Steve Jones

Ten-piece ensemble (seven horns!) that has featured a rotating cast of Nanaimo's top music professionals, students, and VIU alumni since the band's inception in the mid-1990s. A crazy mix of swinging jazz, a swinging mix of crazy jazz, Tower of Power-style funk, wild re-arrangements of classic rock tunes, latin grooves, dynamite improv...all in all, a whole lotta fun and stellar musicianship to boot.

Andrew Homzy's N.O.L.A.Nighthawks Andrew Homzy's N.O.L.A.Nighthawks

The musical flavours of New Orleans presented by Andrew Homzy, a Nanaimo resident since 2009. Andrew has become a vital musical force on Vancouver Island after having been a prominent figure on the Montreal jazz scene for more than 40 years.

The website for the band is

Connor Stewart Connor Stewart Quartet, Conn Stewart (saxes) and James Darling (keys), John Hyde (bass), James McRae (drums)

Vancouver Island born nineteen-year-old woodwind sensation and active multi-instrumentalist (tenor/alto/soprano/baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, vocals), turned professional full-time at 16, and made his musical home in New Orleans at 17. Catch him in Chemainus before he returns to New Orleans in September!