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. The 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.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Vocal Jazz Retreat 2012

This past weekend, a good portion of the troupe gathered in Merville near Comox, BC, for a working retreat. Voice parts were assigned, charts were polished and the group is taking on a unified sound.

Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me, True Colors, Sunshine and If I Loved You were the feature songs workshopped at the retreat.

Of course, all work and no play would not make for a very fun day. So, amidst the music making was... good food, good humour, good conversation, air hockey, pool and much more music making around a beachside bonfire Saturday night. Songs from previous years were soon taken up by the veterans gathered around the campfire.

Claire played guitar and sang for us an original song as well as several familiar songs drawn from the rep of her favourite artists.

Many thanks to the Nelsons for providing lodging. Thank you Wendy (Doug's mom) for providing excellent meals and great hospitality!

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