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Wesley Carroll

Victoria, BC based composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist, Wes Carroll is dedicated to reaching audiences with his original creations. His writing strives to surprise and intrigue through swings of volume, groove and emotion. Since winning the 2010 Daryl Marr scholarship though the Victoria Jazz Society, he has received support from the community through several other scholarships and has graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University (2014). In the summer of 2013 Wes contributed his musicianship and five originals to the record 'Off Pulse Quartet Live in the Holland'


Edie Daponte

Edie Daponte Biography-Long Equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or an outdoor festival stage, Edie Daponte has established a reputation in the music scene of Vancouver Island and Western Canada as a dynamic and engaging performer. Edie brings passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows. A regular performer in her town of Sidney as the house singer for the Beacon Landing, Edie has performed at festivals including the Victoria International Jazz Festival and the Vancouver Latin Festival. In 2017, Edie’s original song “Island Rain” was awarded Song of the Year in the Jazz category by the Vancouver Island Music Awards and in 2016, Edie was nominated as "Vocalist of the Year" by the same


William K Carroll

Born near Washington, D.C., Bill Carroll moved to Canada in 1968 at the age of 16. He discovered jazz, through such fusion artists as Frank Zappa, in his late teens, and began writing music in his 20s while completing a PhD in sociology at York University in Toronto. His music is politically inflected to the left, and many of his performances have been at political rallies. He also brings his music into teaching sociology at he University of Victoria, where he has been a professor since 1981 and currently directs the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Justice Studies.

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Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music has enriched lives through music by fostering a thriving community of musicians and music lovers who celebrate the teaching, learning and performance of music at all levels. Today, the VCM's highly respected and acclaimed faculty inspires over 1,200 students, as they learn an extensive variety of disciplines including piano, strings, brass, wind, voice, jazz, percussion, and composition and theory. And, through it's specialized Music Therapy program, the VCM provides the skillful use of music in enhancing the lives of those with specific needs. The VCM is home to two fine performance halls, and proudly presents diverse and vibrant public performances ranging from classical to popular, early music to opera, and solo performances to theatre that the whole community can experience. The Vision of the VCM is: To be a centre of excellence for music through education, performance and music therapy. The Mission of the VCM is: To enrich lives through music as a thriving and sustainable regional centre of excellence, open and accessible to all who desire a meaningful connection with music.


Jon Miller

Jon Miller is a drummer, drum instructor and band leader based in Victoria BC, Canada. Before locating to the West Coast in 1999 he lived in Montreal, Philadelphia and Amsterdam, playing drums in a wide range of formations. He holds a B. Mus in Jazz Performance from McGill University and he has studied drums with Alan Dawson, Martin Bradfield, Peter Magadini, Louis Williamson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Barry Elmes. He has shared the stage with (among others) Jeff Healey, Charlie Hunter, Skip Bey, Vic Vogel, PJ Perry and Hugh Fraser. Jon currently divides his time between teaching drums, freelance playing and leading his own groups including the Jon Miller Quartet.


Jets Overhead

Our band lives on a massive island that is pigment green with sharp grey mountains moving slowly and peninsula fingers stretching out and snagging the sea. The people in the band are all different heights and all have very different tastes in music and very different ways of expressing emotion or thinking about art. We started making noises in a concrete basement on the wrong side of the railroad tracks in Victoria, Canada six years ago, and we had a lot of conversations with each other through many songs. Some of these conversations were long and sad and unsure of what they were about. Some of them were many voices talking at once but understanding each other perfectly and saying the same thing in different, unconscious ways; and after this type of conversation we would quietly get into our cars and drive back across the tracks and feel a beautiful buzzing in our heads. We took a bunch of songs and recorded them in 2006 with Neil Osborne


Noah Becker

Noah Becker is a tenor sax player. His albums have featured George Colligan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Josh Dixon, David Ephross, Brad Turner, Terry Deane, Jesse Cahill and more. Noah's recordings are available at iTunes.


Peter Mosley

I've been a drummer most of my life. Having studied with some of the greats of rudimental and pipe band drumming, I consider the rudimental art my home base. I have instructed several national championship drum lines, played in a national championship corps and won numerous individual championship titles. Currently, I am a member of CADRE, play with the DOCA Ensemble and the CanGas Ensemble. I have played drums and percussion professionally for over 30 years and have toured and performed all over the world. Still love it!


Adonis Puentes

Adonis Puentes has the gift to see both the past and the present of Cuban music. And,on Vida, his solo debut, he shows that he is uniquely qualified to straddle the generations, embodying a contemporary vision of a true Cuban Sonora. Such a gift cannot be acquired or cultured, you have to been born with it, as was Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis on March 29th, 1974 in Havana, Cuba, sons of guitar player and instructor, Valentin Puentes. The boys grew up 45 miles southwest of old Havana in Artemisa, literally across the street from the small town's cultural centre.The musical traditions of Cuba were a daily occurrence at the centre

Barbara Blair

“Music is my life. My voice is my soul. It’s all and everything I am.” Vocalist, educator, and jazz messenger Barbara Blair counts herself among the fortunate few who spend their life following their passion. With a deep, rich voice, Barbara’s interpretive approach comes from the giants and innovators of mainstream jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae. Following a career in the classical music scene, Barbara returned to her first love • jazz • studying with luminaries Kurt Elling, Ellis Marsalis, Sheila Jordan, Paul Horn, Nancy King and Jay Clayton. Nearly two decades of performing and touring add polish and depth to her performances. Barbara’s education program The School of Cool • An Introduction to Jazz has played to more than 30,000 students in primary and secondary schools


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