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.

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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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Meet & Greet 2017 September 6th

Love to sing?
Join the UVic
Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble!
Bring a friend!

Instrumentalists are welcome too!

Audition Information

Check out the Audition Page
located here at the blog!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

2017 Spring Showcase. Thank you, Victoria!

A full house packed with enthusiastic audience members.

Kudos to all singers and instrumentalists for an evening of fine music and fun! Well done, everyone!

Special thanks to Alex Olson, the horn and rhythm sections for outstanding contributions.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

In Concert: UVJAZZ opening for Countermeasure at Charlie White Theatre at The Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC.

UVic Vocal Jazz (UVJAZZ)


7:30pm, Wednesday, March 15th, Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre.
The University of Victoria Vocal Jazz Ensemble is opening for Countermeasure:
Countermeasure is the new sound in vocal music, known for their sophisticated arrangements, seamless harmonies, lively performances and infectious energy.
Their dramatically choreographed show, where every song tells a story, has received standing ovations and critical acclaim worldwide. Featuring 14 of Canada’s top harmony singers, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level.
Formed in 2010, Countermeasure is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen. The group performs original songs and reimagined standards ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles, with a strong accent on pop and jazz arrangements. It’s a cappella singing at its best, incorporating innovative live looping, vocal percussion, and instrument sounds made by the voice. Their broad-based musical eclecticism has opened doors for the group to headline international contemporary choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals, coerce club-goers onto dance floors and collaborate in esoteric interdisciplinary art projects. They have shared stages with everyone from a cappella giants Naturally 7 and The Swingle Singers to top 40 stars Corey Hart and Blue Rodeo.