The 20th annual Harbour City Jazz Society Jazz Fest is coming to Nanaimo on Friday and Saturday night.
The event features performances from the Harbour City All-Star Band, composed of students from John Barsby, Wellington and Nanaimo District secondary schools and this year’s special guests are Vancouver and Montreal-based saxophonists Cory Weeds and Christine Jensen, herself an NDSS grad.
Also performing is a 10-piece alumni band with members whose careers have taken them as far as New York City.
“It’s a really powerful legacy that there’s a continuum that excellent jazz musicians like Christine Jensen … come back and they’d be our guest artists and then they [make] these other musicians want to become professional and maybe they get to be the guest artist some year,” All-Star Band director Rick Becker said.
WHAT’S ON … The 20th annual Harbour City Jazz Society Jazz Fest takes place on Friday, March 8 at the Port Theatre and Saturday, March 9 at Lighthouse Bistro at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $12 for the Port Theatre show, $5 for the Lighthouse Bistro show. Available from the venues.