The Nexus at First

Enriching Community Connections

Redefining community connections by utilizing our newly expanded stage area at First United Salmon Arm.


Jazz Club
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

THE OLD GUYS
Jazz Salmon Arm

FEATURING:
Sandy Cameron - sax, clarinet
Donnie Clark - trumpet
Colin Spence - piano
Bill Lockie - bass, vocals
Gareth Seys - drums

Getting ready for their third annual "Old Guys" show for the Salmon Arm Jazz Club, members of the group are practicing together and individually to produce an exciting, swinging and jazzy show to end the Jazz Clubs' Spring season.  Band leader Sandy Cameron tells us what it's all about.  "The Old Guys", Sandy explains, "is a group of veteran jazzers.  Our name comes from a Richard Underhill composition of the same name.  Richard wrote this tune as a tribute to the musicians that influenced him.  His 16 bar blues is one of his compositions recorded on the CD, "Tales from the Blue Lounge", and has become our theme song."

 Coming back to Salmon Arm for the third year, Donnie Clark is the most well-known member of the group.  Donnie has traveled the world, blowing his trumpet in many Dixieland and bebop settings.  He was an important CBC Vancouver music producer and director, including the show "Dr.Bundolo" which featured Donnie and his music.  Now living a semi-retired life in the Kootenays, Donnie still commutes to Vancouver to play his trumpet.

 The original pianist, much loved Kelowna musician, Don Ross, won't be able to make this year's concert.  The 'ninety something' pianist has health issues.  In his place, recently retired Colin Spence who grew up in Salmon Arm, has returned to live in the Shuswap.  The youngest member, (just a kid...he's in his mid-60s), has been playing and studying jazz piano since he grew up here. Among his influences, he counts local keyboard giant, the late Norm Cannon.

With many of "The Old Guys" nearing or over the eightieth year, they bring a wealth of musical and show biz experience to the Nexus stage.   Bassist and vocalist, Bill Lockie; Honorary "Old Guy", Gareth Seys on drums; clarinet/sax guy, Cameron, round out the quintet. 

"Our set list", Sandy says, "features many old Dixie and swing standards, by Bennie Goodman, Fats Waller, and Buddy Bolden, the Duke, of course, and others.  We've put together a list that will get toes tapping. We're taking the show on the road this year, and will play in Revelstoke after our Salmon Arm performance."

Mark your calendars.  Thursday, June 13, on the Nexus stage, will be a great evening of jazz!

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

Photo by Clive Bryson

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Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

 

VIRTUOSIC PIANO
Guest Artist: Mathieu Gaudet, Piano

Chopin’s scintillating and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto is joined on this program by Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, a rarely heard masterpiece from the mid-nineteenth century. Polish composer Wojciech Kilar wrote a great deal of music for films - an influence that can be felt in his work Orawa for string orchestra.

Programme:

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Richard Graham's Bourbon Street Backbeats
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Graham's Bourbon Street Backbeats

FEATURING:
Richard Graham - drums and vocals
Neil Brun - electric bass
Graham How - trumpet
Jon Treichel - guitar
Alex Ward - keyboard

Richard Graham's Backbeats are a stylish performance group from the Thompson-Okanagan. Graham's band fuses driving New Orleans street beats and powerful R&B complemented by soulful vocals of the drumming front man.

The Backbeats were the feature act at the 2019 Mayor's Gala for the Arts in Kamloops BC. As an independent journeyman musician and entertainer, Richard Graham has supported a range of acts from Harlem jazz legend Ray Brown, Colin James and Corb Lund, to legacy rock acts Blue Oyster Cult and Lou Gramm. In 2018 Graham performed four services for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra with Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. Richard also performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2016.

Drawing from his family roots of boogie woogie piano, blues guitar, violin and drums, Richard grew up singing harmonies with his parents and siblings leading him to US and Canadian tours in his late teens and early twenties. He cites getting to know the great trumpeter and band leader Jesús Alemañy of ¡Cubanismo! around San Francisco and Santa Cruz as some of his fondest memories and lessons in leadership and musicianship. Richard credits lessons and clinics with drumming greats Roy Hayes, Ed Thigpen and Jeff Hamilton for his influences as a creative drummer and entertainer.

Graham along with the Backbeats strive to keep the roots and creative character of his favourite music alive, entertaining audiences with powerful and soulful performances.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

Jazz Salmon Arm

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Jazz Club
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

BLUES AND THE AWKWARD TRUTH

Jazz Salmon Arm

FEATURING:
Neil Baird – bass
Chris Petterson – sax
Brian Pratt-Johnson – drums
Colin Spence – keyboard

The Jazz Club is proud to present a brand new quartet of Salmon Arm musicians. “Blues and the Awkward Truth” has been in the woodshed working up a batch of fresh tunes along with some old favourites, and is now ready to take their efforts to the stage. This collaboration of the young and not-so-young demonstrates the timelessness of the universal language of jazz. In addition to staple swing and Latin feels, the band has worked up some more modern arrangements, all played with the objective of blending tradition with new ideas.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Jazz Club
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

THE GROOVINEERS

Salmon Arm Jazz

FEATURING:
Darcy Purcell, guitar
Matt Yaki, drums
Dave Marfleet, bass
Carl Laurence, horns and keys

The Groovineers, are a Revelstoke-based band whose sound is rooted in jazz with blues, rock and groove influences. The group includes Darcy Purcell (guitar), Matt Yaki (drums), Dave Marfleet (bass) and Carl Laurence (horns and keys). Matt and Dave come from the Jazz Program at Humber College in Toronto and have established themselves as a fine rhythm team, combining well with Darcy's mostly self-taught approach to guitar. Carl, from Revelstoke but now residing in Nelson, fills out the rest with tasteful horn playing and keyboard riffs.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Jazz Club
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

LONI MOGER QUARTET
Jazz Salmon Arm

FEATURING:
Loni Moger - guitar
Stefan Bienz - bass
Steven Buck - saxes and flute
Bob Rogers - trombone
Neville Bowman - piano

Kelowna-based guitarist Loni Moger brings his quintet to our stage to perform swing era jazz standards. Check for further details as showtime approaches.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Jazz Club
Feb
26
2:00 PM14:00

Jazz Club

THE OLD GUYS
Salmon Arm Jazz

Sandy Cameron, Donnie Clark and the gang return for their annual “Old Guys” performance. Details to follow as show time nears.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

Photo by Clive Bryson

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Jazz Club
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

GUITARS

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Jordan Dick - guitar
Blair Shier - guitar/bass
Dan Smith - guitar/bass
Jake Verburg - guitar
Gareth Seys - drums

The Salmon Arm Jazz Club is proud to present "Guitars", featuring our area’s finest guitarists joining to showcase the guitar and this instrument's incredible versatility in the jazz realm.  Each of these fine players brings a distinctive style as a soloist and accompanist, promising a great night of musical exploration. Other special guests are expected and will be announced as show time approaches.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Jazz Club
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Club

SOUL STATION - The Music of Hank Mobley

PAST EVENT

A quartet of some of the best jazz musicians in the Okanagan presents the music of legendary tenor man Hank Mobley from his classic 1960 hard bop album Soul Station. This will be an an evening you won’t want to miss.

FEATURNING:
Craig Thomson - tenor sax
Neville Bowman - piano
Bernie Addington - bass
Mike Treadway - drums

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

FOUR SEASONS TWO WAYS

PAST EVENT

Guest Artist: Yolanda Bruno, Violin

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are a perennial favourite of the repertoire with their evocative characterizations and virtuoso violin solos. Philip Glass wrote his American Four Seasons as a companion work, intended to both contrast and complement the music of the earlier Venetian master.

Programme:

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A Christmas Spectrum
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

A Christmas Spectrum

A Musical Gala and Journey of Autism Awareness

PAST EVENT

This is the second Christmas Musical Revue for Autism called “A CHRISTMAS SPECTRUM”.

This project was born out of a commitment to increase Autism Awareness and will be directed by Lana Caputi, a talented and inspiring writer, director, choreographer, and actor, who, through this medium, will honour her and other’s experiences with autism. Lana has partnered with AutismBC and Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions to create even more awareness and help even more people each year.

This performance will take you on a journey of connection, challenge, triumph, and growth through dance, music, and media, ultimately inspiring you to query “what’s your normal?”

We aim to inspire programs and opportunity that will enrich the lives of young adults on the autism spectrum and to increase autism awareness through media and live performances engaging communities to participate and contribute. As A CHRISTMAS SPECTRUM generates funds from the Kelowna and Salmon Arm communities and beyond we hope to see more programs developed that will sit under the umbrella name ‘The Cliff’, funding multiple projects aimed at supporting families and individuals affected by Autism.

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P.O. Box 940, 450 Okanagan Avenue SE, Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 4P1