The UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble has established a reputation for artistic excellence, stylistic flexibility and performances of original and inspiring arrangements. In addition to highly successful performances at the Vocal Summit (2012) and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest (2016), the Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, audience engaging concerts. Our Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcase concerts feature the signature studio groups UVJAZZ RED and UVJAZZ BLUE, the UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA JAZZ CHORALE, and various spotlight combos. UVJAZZ RED has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal group Groove for Thought, Canadian sensation Countermeasure, and has received high praise from vocal jazz legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn and master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

2018 Spring Showcase: Memories

UVic Vocal Jazz showcases are filled-to-capacity events that offer audiences the prospect of a thoroughly engaging and fun-filled musical experience. Our showcases celebrate the considerable dedication and achievement demonstrated by our singers both on stage in concert and off stage in rehearsals, as well as the considerable effort and skill demonstrated by technology operators drawn from within the Ensemble and from our technology program headed by Professor Kirk McNally.

The Showcase brand, formally established 12 years ago by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, represents a legacy gifted to us by many talented performers from diverse backgrounds on campus. Our singers come from all departments, faculties and schools: Engineering; Theatre; Athletics; English; History; Psychology; Sociology; Anthropology; Law; Music; Computing Sciences; Chemistry; Astronomy; Geography; Biology; Math; Business—to name but a few of the University of Victoria's excellent departments.

The University of Victoria Vocal Jazz Ensemble achieves the much sought after ideal of diversity in unity/unity in diversity that both our academic community and wider society seek. Unity and diversity is the natural identity of the Ensemble. Individuals are mentored in developing their gifts and formed in collaborative encounter and performance through various approaches to learning and loving music. The people are the music; the music is the people. The testimonies of a few of our members capture the essence of our identity: click HERE to visit The UVic Vocal Jazz Experience page.

This blog represents but a tiny portion of the expertise and devotion that many people have contributed to our legacy of musical excellence.

The 2018 Spring Showcase includes alumnus Blake Palm (bass) with Gabe Lagos (piano) and Eric Emde (drums), whose high school and professional R&B ensembles have for decades achieved international acclaim.

We invite you—our devoted fans and all vocal jazz enthusiasts—to join us for a concert of traditional and mainstream compositions dedicated to our alumni!

Wendell A. Clanton

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Friday, 23 February 2018

2018 Valentines Concert

A combined ensemble of Studio Red and Studio Blue groups provided a concert of group and individual songs for 40 residents and staff of Aberdeen Hospital.

UVic Vocal Jazz acknowledges the generous support of Don and Charmaine, whose donation facilitated the concert.

And, thanks be to our gracious host Johanne at Aberdeen.

Well done singers! Thank you for your skill and for giving so much time to the concert and Singing Valentines fundraiser over reading break!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Felicitas Fundraiser this Saturday, January 6th

Start the new semester with an evening of
memorable songs by great composers!
Bring a friend!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 2017 Showcase Concert Pics

Thanks to the Artistic Team and all the performers who contributed to yet another filled-to-capacity concert!

A special nod of gratitude to our talented pianists: Michelle and Gabe, for excellence rendered!

And, thank you to our web audience—family, friends and newcomers—who tuned in via the live stream.

Well done everyone! Onwards and upwards to Felicitas Jazz Night, January 6th at UVic, the Singing Valentines fundraiser and other exciting projects.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

2017 Autumn Showcase: Songs of Rescue & Romance

Signature combos, studio groups and the UVic Jazz Chorale present the Annual UVic Vocal Jazz Autumn Showcase featuring songs of rescue and romance.

Come early - doors open at 6:45pm!

Featuring special guest Gabe Lagos.

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