Mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Big Band Benefit Concert with the Vanier College Big Band conducted by Jocelyn Couture and the professional J.L. Big Band directed by Christopher Smith. The date is April 15 at 7:30 pm.
Stars: Host Oliver Jones, singer Ranee Lee, saxophonist Chet Doxas
Oliver Jones returns as host for the 11th year and he will perform a solo as well as a duet with Ranee Lee. Another guest artist is saxophonist Chet Doxas who will join the J.L. Big Band in a couple of pieces.
Student Sarah Rossi
Music student Sarah Rossi, who won this year’s Meg Sircom Memorial Scholarship for her short story based on Robert F. Jones’ memorial service, will be the featured singer with the Vanier College Big Band.
Vanier College Big Band wins gold standard of performance at the JazzFest des Jeunes du Québec
Recently, the Vanier College Big Band was awarded a gold standard of performance at the JazzFest des Jeunes du Québec. This gold standard award is necessary in order to be eligible to be chosen to play at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, something that the Vanier College Big Band has done several times in the past.
Honouring Jim West
Every year, the Big Band Benefit Concert honours a person who has contributed significantly to the music community. This year’s event is dedicated to Jim West, President of Justin Time Records. “It’s quite fitting that we honour Jim West,” says Nadia Turbide, Coordinator of the Music Department.
“Not only is Jim an important figure in Canadian music, but as well, since the early years of this benefit concert, he has supported our event by donating CDs as door prizes and gifts. Furthermore, he has also given workshops in the Vanier Audio Recording Technology AEC Program, and since 2008, supports a $100 Justin Time Scholarship that is awarded every year to the most promising jazz student in the Music Department.”
Testimonials will be given by Dr. Trevor W. Payne, Oliver Jones, and Ranee Lee who were his first three recording artists
The Big Band Benefit Concert supports Music Department Scholarships. The concert will take place on April 15th at 7:30pm in the Vanier Auditorium.
Tickets (General admission $20, students/seniors $10) can be purchased at the Bookstore or at the door on the night of the concert.