The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

November 17th 2022

Jon Miller Trio

This Thursday's jazz concert at The Flying Canoe marks the return of one of our region's most versatile and inspiring jazz artists, when Jon Miller will take the stage at 7:30 pm. The line-up is changed in this post-pandemic era. As Jon explained, "Starting in 2020 as a pandemic-adapted 2-piece organ and drums unit playing a variety of jazz standards, blues and some funky stuff, this small but mighty band's first public performance occurred in November 2021 at Hermann's Jazz Club. With special guest Joey Smith joining the group on guitar for more than half the evening. This date marked the birth of the Jon Miller Trio."

Fast forward a year to November 2022 and the band you are about to hear has evolved into: Jon Miller on drums, Andrew Janusson, Guitar, and Tony Genge, Organ. The trio will perform standards and originals inspired by classic organ jazz of the 1960s. Regular jazz members will remember that all three of these musicians are superb leaders in their own right. This is your opportunity to hear how they spiral off each other's improvisations.

The band's credentials include Jon Miller: McGill University Jazz; Dr. Tony Genge, former faculty St Francois-Xavier University Jazz Program, and Andrew Janusson who studied at Vancouver Island University.

At VIU, Andrew was awarded multiple scholarships, including the esteemed Fraser MacPherson scholarship.

Tony Genge? Well, what can you say about this superb jazz organist? You have to hear him to believe it. Simply put, he's arguably the best jazz organist in the country.

Jon has either shared the stage with, jammed with, worked professionally with: Jeff Healey, Hugh Fraser, Charlie Hunter, members of Sun Ra Arkestra, past member Victoria Jazz Orchestra, among others.

You're invited to expose yourself to an amazing jazz performance in a warm, safe and friendly pub atmosphere. If you're new to the valley and still exploring what's new and exciting, you will be surprised to discover a jazz performance scene equal to any large city. Admission is $15 for society members, $20 for non-members. You're invited to visit our calendar page for full information on our upcoming weekly concerts.

Jazz fans are also advised that 2023 memberships ($20) will be available.

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