THE UVIC VOCAL JAZZ MAINSTREAM & IMPROVISATIONAL 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 Powell River Vocal Summit and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest, UVJMIE was the choral ensemble for The Best of Queen concert series with JEANS 'N CLASSICS and the VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia. The Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, filled-to-capacity audience engaging concerts. Our Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcases feature the Signature Studio Ensembles - the University of Victoria Studio Group, the University of Victoria Show Choir - and various Spotlight Combos including Ellavation Chorale, and the UVic Vocal Jazz Stage Orchestra. The Ensemble has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal groups GROOVE FOR THOUGHT and THE REAL GROUP, Canadian sensation COUNTERMEASURE, and has received high praise from legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn, and from master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren. Among our many distinguished alumni are the superb FIFTH STREET, MIKE EDEL and TWIN KENNEDY.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Around The Web: Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

For your listening pleasure... click on the links to check out this able group of vocal jazz adepts.

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
From the website:

"Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been delighting audiences worldwide with their tightly harmonized renditions of jazz, big band swing, pop, original songs and American Songbook classics. The stylishly entertaining quartet has captivated guests at festivals, concerts, parties and special events, with their lush harmonies, toe tapping rhythms, inventive lyrics, and versatile repertoire... all wrapped up in an irresistible stage show fueled by a hot jazz band accompaniment."

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

To All Valentiners - congratulations, and thank you!

An outstanding day of "sharing the love" in song and cheer!

Well done, Chelsea, for your indefatigable effort and gift of expertise!

The looks of embarrassment, stunned surprise and sincere appreciation by the recipients of the Valentines, their joyful tears and affectionate hugs, will linger on for everyone who participated in this fundraiser. I'm sure there are many stories to be shared with our colleagues and friends this coming Monday. 

As we briefly discussed on the road, perhaps those stories merit an opportunity to celebrate after Monday's rehearsal... ?

Well done, everyone, and thank you for a fun and thoroughly successful day!

I'll update the results once some photos start rolling in and the figures are tallied.