Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration.

September 29th, Sunday, 7-8 PM
Byrne, Roessingh, Graham & Smith
Theme: “The Wedding?”
Mary Byrne, Flute; Karel Roessingh, Piano; Damian Graham, Drums; & Joey Smith, Bass
First Unitarian Church of Victoria
By donation and greatly appreciated

Those who have been appreciating the short trip on a country road to a beautiful setting with top jazz musicians, completed with the musings of Reverend Shana, will be sure not to miss this upcoming vespers with Byrne, Roessingh, Graham & Smith.

Karel officiates the marriage of jazz and classical as he and his unequalled quartet reprise their previous performance of Claude Bolling’s Suite # 1 with Flute and Piano Trio Suite #2. This Suite is a “crossover” composition by the jazz pianist and composer Claude Bolling. The composition, originally written in 1973, is a suite of seven movements, written for a classical flute, and a jazz piano trio (piano, string bass, and drums). The Suite was recorded in 1975 by Bolling on piano with classical flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Born in Leiden, Holland, raised in Calgary, Karel began his professional musical career in 1970. He began his piano studies under Henry L. Peters, then jazz piano with Ray Petch. In 1973, he studied jazz arranging & composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a degree in secondary music & mathematics education at UVic in 1981.

Karel still loves to play the piano and plays in clubs, concert halls and in the studio whenever possible. He writes jazz tunes for his own and other groups, and has played with numerous jazz greats. He’s regularly asked to play at jazz festivals as both leader and sideman.

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration in venues with exquisite sound and setting. These hour-long evening services are a unique blend of jazz and spirituality. Each service brings together live music from popular local jazz musicians, a brief meaningful message, and a little of the history of the music performed.

First Unitarian Church of Victoria  5575 West Saanich Road  (250) 744-2665
Program of First Unitarian Church Victoria; www.victoriaunitarian.ca