Qualicum Beach’s Phil Dwyer plays final performance for the Nanaimo International Jazz concert series ‘Live at the Shaw’ on April 30. (photo submitted)

Qualicum Beach’s Phil Dwyer plays final performance for the Nanaimo International Jazz concert series ‘Live at the Shaw’ on April 30. (photo submitted)

Phil Dwyer closes out jazz series on International Jazz Day

April 30 show a finale for Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s ‘Live at the Shaw’ series

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival closes their ‘Live at the Shaw’ concert series on International Jazz Day with Phil Dwyer.

The finale will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre’s Shaw Auditorium, and includes a ‘pre-show talk’ at 5:30 p.m.

“The perfect way to celebrate International Jazz Day,” noted a release from the jazz festival. “As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft.”

Dwyer has appeared on 10 Juno Award-winning recordings and is also a recipient of the prestigious K.M. Hunter Prize for excellence in the arts.

As a practising lawyer in Qualicum Beach, Dwyer works primarily in family, estate, and environmental law, appearing regularly in provincial and supreme courts. Prior to being called to the bar, he participated in a pilot project with Toronto-based social services agency Sound Times and Legal Aid Ontario.

As a musician he remains an active performer, writer, and recording artist. He curates ‘Phil Dwyer’s Jazz Canada’ for CBC Radio Music, programs music for The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach, and is a partner in SeaWind Musical Instruments.

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