The Nexus at First

Enriching Community Connections

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


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:

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
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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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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Hooked On Harmony

PAST EVENT

The Shuswap Barbershop Project
Men's a cappella chorus
presents
Hooked on Harmony

 The Shuswap Barbershop Project began in January 2017 with a handful of men who love to sing.  Through hard work, and with the guidance of excellent directors, we are learning the craft of singing a cappella, primarily in the barbershop style.

 We have sung at at local events & community fundraisers, at the 2018 Shuswap Music Festival, and now are excited to present our first show on October 27th.  We will be showcasing our unique harmony, and inviting some friends to join us.   "Mostly A Cappella" men's chorus from Kamloops, and "Tonal Recall" quartet from Vernon will be sharing the stage with us to present an evening of harmony and lively entertainment.

ADMISSION:  $15
TICKETS: available at Bookingham Palace, Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Co. and Pink Cherry

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Nomad
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Nomad

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Neil Fraser, guitar
Shelby Wall, guitar
Brian McMahon, bass
Bjorn Edblad, clarinet

Neil Fraser, one of the Okanagan's favorite local musicians, has formed a local jazz quartet titled Nomad. “The idea of Nomad was to play some instrumental jazz tunes that have both energy and accessibility,” says Fraser. “The name Nomad is intriguing: being open to a new idea or direction and being happy with surprise.”  The band will be showcasing jazz standards and Gypsy swing.

Fraser shares a friendly bond with his chosen band mates. “The players in this group are wonderful human beings as well as great musicians,” he says.

Bjorn Edblad, featured on clarinet, was born in Sweden. At the age of 12 he played accordion in a children’s musical group, and they became so popular that they were invited to play for the King and Queen of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Egblad moved to Prince George in 1967. There he worked at a night club with the great singer Bill Kenny of the Original Ink Spots. He later played with the well-known country singer Gary Fjellgaard. After moving to Vernon in 1996, Egblad has played with many Okanagan groups including Mark Rose Swing Band, Pryme Time, Okanagan Swing, Easy Street, and others.

Shelby Wall has been playing guitar for most of his life from garage bands to professional groups. He began studying jazz with Fraser in the late 1980s and, in 1990 through 1992, performed with him in a guitar trio that included Les Copeland.  Subsequently, Fraser and Wall continued performing as a guitar duo for various engagements, and then in the mid-nineties they joined forces with John Lent to form Lent Fraser Wall. They have been performing together ever since to the absolute delight of local audiences.  For the past 15 years, Wall has attended a week-long jazz workshop at the Sorrento Centre, studying guitar with the likes of Bill Coon, Ron Peters, Mike Rudd, John Knowles, and many others.  "Probably the biggest influence over the last 30 years, though, comes from Neil Fraser,” says Wall.

Brian McMahon is a very active multi-instrumentalist in the Okanagan community, playing either trombone, saxophone, or bass and even backup vocals in many different bands, recordings, and musical projects.  McMahon is well-versed with jazz standards, as he has listened, studied, played, and taught jazz for the majority of his life. His first introduction to playing Gypsy swing was with Gregor Sneddon and Adam Henderson (a protégé of Fraser’s) in Zingano. Zingano recorded 3 CDs and was popular back in the late-nineties, performing at local dances, resorts, and most regularly at the Eclectic Med.  When asked to join Nomad, McMahon was quite thrilled. “My first instrument was guitar, so perhaps that explains my love of the ‘Hot Club’ sound,” he says. “I was totally hooked after hearing Stéphane Grappelli performing with Diz Disley in Vancouver.”

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

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Gospel Choir Weekend
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Gospel Choir Weekend

PAST EVENT

Come and immerse yourself in a gospel choir experience for the weekend.  Our leader will bring out the best in our voices, as we join them together to bring out the power and passion of singing gospel. 

  • Leader is Kathryn Nicholson, Director of the Universal Gospel Choir of Vancouver for many years

  • Saturday, October 13, 9 am to 5 pm

  • Sunday, October 14, 9 am to 12 noon

  • Cost is $25, fee includes lunch on Saturday

  • We will learn the music on Saturday, and present it during the church service on Sunday morning

  • Contact Jean MacLennan 250-832-3549, divabean@shaw.ca for registration

Kathryn Nicholson is a professional singer, vocal instructor and accomplished choral conductor.  Her repertoire ranges from classical music and opera to jazz, folk, pop, gospel and music theatre. Her resume includes years of vocal study at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and performance with the Canadian Opera Company, Ontario Place Singers, National Arts Centre Choir-in-Residence and many other choral and music theatre groups. 

After moving to Vancouver, Kathryn became a vocal instructor at Capilano University and conducted two local community choirs for many years:  The Universal Gospel Choir, and Sound Eclectic Vocal Ensemble.   She currently sings with local show choir, Pandora's Vox, and conducts the Health Arts Society's Helena Choir.

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Andrea Superstein
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Andrea Superstein

PAST EVENT
FEATURING:

Andrea Superstein, vocals
Jen Lewin, piano
Mark Nelson, drums
Rémi-Jean, Leblanc bass

You have to know the rules in order to break them. Andrea Superstein knows the rules. And she breaks them. Subtly infusing electro, indie and other unexpected elements, she as Tom Harrison, music critic for the Vancouver Province, said, is “redefining jazz.” Think Amy Winehouse meets Portishead.

Superstein’s upcoming offering, “Worlds Apart” shows her true talents as vocalist, composer and arranger. With jazz luminary Elizabeth Shepherd as producer and co-arranger, the new record brings Superstein’s fresh, modern ideas to the forefront, in an impressive 3 languages. It showcases powerful vocals exemplifying both the gentle and the strong, the light and the dark. They lithely navigate the colours of the emotional spectrum from despair to joy, deep blues to pop confection, often in the same song. She breathes the here-and-now into the classics, while brushing authenticity into every note of every new song she writes.

Superstein owns every stage she helms, commands every room she plays. She conducts an unforgettable musical experience with a combination of humour, razor-sharp wit, a gift for the gab, and a sincere connection with her audience. When you go to a Superstein show, you feel as if she’s singing just to you—and all of the new friends in the audience you’ve just made. You’ll be smiling and singing long after the lights—or the sun—have come up.

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
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

PAST EVENT

NEW PERSPECTIVES
Guest Artist:
 Anna Burden, Cello

The Kamloops Symphony season begins with a contemporary work of exceptional beauty composed by Kamloops native Stacey Brown. Also on the program, Schumann’s enigmatic cello concerto, and Sibelius’ great second symphony, which the composer famously dubbed a “confession of the soul.”

Programme:

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The Cory Weeds Quartet featuring David Hazeltine
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Cory Weeds Quartet featuring David Hazeltine

PAST EVENT

We're very excited to present the fantastic Cory Weeds Quartet as part of the Jazz Club's September schedule.  As in 2017, Cory will be be joined by another internationally acclaimed pianist, David Hazeltine. 

A saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, Weeds has released 14 records as a leader on Cellar Live, the label that he founded in 2000.  His most recent release Explosion features Weeds in front of a 10 piece big band.  His release It’s Easy To Remember, recorded with David Hazeltine in 2016 spent 21 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts including 2 weeks at #1.

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David's influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton.

This promises to be a great show!

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

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Guitars
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Guitars

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Jordan Dick - guitar
Mathew Fleming - guitar
Blair Shier- guitar
Dan Smith - guitar
Jake Verburg - guitar
Jack McIntyre-Paul - bass
Gareth Seys - drums  

A special mid-summer musical treat is coming your way.  Five of our area's best guitarists are 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.

The Salmon Arm Jazz Club is proud to present "Guitars" on July 28 at Nexus in Salmon Arm.  Join us!

ADMISSION: $20 at Shuswap Pie Company or Acorn Music
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

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