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Update to July 28th.. 

Sunday July 31st,  Skye Douglas Project  5pm and Jan Sterling 6pm in downtown Duncan
39 Days of July. Syke Douglas Project
also plays at the Waterwheel Park in Chemainus
on Tuesday Aug 2nd 7pm.
Admission is free to all 3 events.. 

Update to May 29th 2022.. gigs are happening more! i played last night at the Vault for the 
first time in a couple of years.. Liam Murphy asked me to play with him and David ( not sure
of Davids last name as i had never played with him before) and had a lot of fun.. free jazz!
here is a Video of the Skye Douglas Project April 14th Hermanns gig for anyone interested.. 

I am playing June 26th Queens Blues Jam with Blue Dog Ramble! Brian Whitty who moved
back to Toronto 8 months or so ago, is back!  gig is 3-7pm. I am playing with Andrew Homzy
July 2nd.. see poster below.. I have gigs at the 39 days of July Festival in Duncan!
The 3 sundays are July 10th with Hamish MacDonald 5pm, Orith Horowitz July 17th 5pm
July 31st, Jan Sterling 2pm and Skye Douglas 5pm.. 
Syke Douglas Project
also plays at the Waterwheel Park in Chemainus on Tuesday Aug 2nd 7pm.

Quick note! - i am the music coordinator for the "Sounds of Summer in the OCQ" which begins
this coming Friday June 3rd 12pm.. Come out if you are free.. All these performances are free!


 

Update to March 28th 2022 - add Syke Douglas Project  Sunday May 8th 2pm Duncan Showroom.

Update March 15th 2022. e mail for details! Playing April 1st in Tofino with Nico and Kosma.
April 14th Hermanns in Victoria with Syke Douglas Project.. April 16th 7pm  Live @ The Shaw
Nanaimo Conference Center, which is a part of a 6 show series.. Poster and Marty Steele Trio
with Teighan Couch picture is immediately below.. April 24th Queens Blues Jam with Hamish
MacDonald, Marty Steele
and Claudio Fantinato is happening. Orith Horowitz and Nico  
May 14th Duncan Showroom 7pm and May 15th Nanaimo Unity Church 1pm. 


 

update Jan 23rd 2022.. Gigs have been postponed or cancelled.. What is happening is this - 
GSJS event Courtenay Feb 24th with Marty Steele trio featuring Teighan Couch, and
Feb 26th in Duncan with Orith Horowitz - Duncan Showroom.  Meanwhile the
double weekend dates end of February at the Errington Hall with the Palace Band
has been cancelled until  2023..  thanks for checking in! 

update to Dec 15th - Jazz Pianist revisits music from 'Charlie Brown Christmas Special'

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - multiple shows, see below - a festive and fun concert for the
whole family! Your favourite songs from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special - Holiday classics from
Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and more!

Friday Dec 17th and Saturday Dec 18th 2021, 7pm in Nanaimo, BC at the Unitarian Hall (595 Townsite Rd)
AND Sunday Dec 19th 2021, 230pm in Parksville BC at Knox United Church (345 Pym St)

Simon Paterson, vocals / Patrick Courtin, piano / Andrew Cullen, upright bass /
James McRae, drums / Dean Boland, trumpet

Tickets available for Nanaimo shows at Fascinating Rhythm (51 Commercial St, Nanaimo)
and online at: https://tinyurl.com/CharlieBrownNanaimo

Tickets available for Parksville show at Fireside Books (114 Middleton Ave, Parksville) and
Close to You Boutique
(174 Corfield St, Parksville) 
and online at https://tinyurl.com/CharlieBrownParksville

update to Oct 29th - It’s happening!  Woo Hoo! “The Night at the Palace”
Show nights: February 18 – 19 – 25 – 26 - 2022  Errington Hall.

update to Oct. 21st  Nanaimo musicians performing jazz renditions of Gordon Lightfoot songs
The above link is article in todays Nanaimo News Bulletin by Josef Jacobson..

 

Update Oct 6th.. I have 3 gigs coming up at the beginning of November.. Nov 1st and 10th at
Nanaimo's Port Theatre and Nov 14th matinee at Duncan Garage Showroom with Orith Horowitz..
The Nov 1st date is Impressions of Lightfoot on a double bill as part of Nanaimo Jazz Festival. The
Nov 10th date is as part of Skye Douglas Group, also a part of the Nanaimo Jazz Festival 2021..
Nov 1st and Nov 10th dates are being livestreamed as well for those who want to watch from home!
thanks for visiting my website! 

James is a drummer, mentor, composer, arranger, leader and producer living in Nanaimo B.C.

Photos by Doug Fetherston in the Fall of 2020 @ Queens Hotel and Nanaimo Entertainment Centre..
Top picture is Blue Dog Ramble.. 2nd picture is of Lucas Smart Quartet.

UPDATED TO June 8th 2021  in no particular order..

Article on a recording I am playing that was just released in the Nanaimo News Bulletin June 7th.

Old City Quarter is scheduled to have 8 live music performances every Friday 12-1pm beginning
August and ending last Friday of September. I am the artistic coordinator for this.. Stay tuned for more
information coming. Thanks.. 

Queens Blues Jam starts Sunday July 4th - 4pm start with Blue Dog Ramble.. 
Blue Dog Ramble also play the DInghy Dock Pub on Protection Island Saturday July 10th 5-8pm.

I am playing a couple of jazz type trio gigs under the leadership of Orith Horowitz ( acoustic bass-singer)
and with Phil Newns ( piano) on July 8th and 30th  - 5pm - as part of '39 days of July' in Duncan B.C. 
This is an outdoor performance. Come out if you are able to. Thanks..  Will be fun!

Blue Plate Special fundraiser recorded Oct 2020 released 2021  https://nanaimoblues.ca/blues-plate 

I recorded 5 tracks for an upcoming Jerry Story release in April 2021. Jerry Story is a boogie woogie
piano player whose song Colin Story plays guitar. MIles Black is playing some sax and B3 organ
sounds. Here is a link to Jerry Storys youtube channel. 

In November 2020 I recorded a few songs I wrote with Marisha Devoin, Nico Rhodes and Joelle Rabu.
When I figure out how to upload these sound files, I will share them, . Thanks..

Nanaimo Virtual Jazz Festival March 2021 https://nanaimojazzfest.ca/festival/  I play with the
Lucas Smart Quartet and Diane Braithwhite and Chris Whiteley Quartet seen on the videos on
Nanaimo International Jazz Festivals website.. 

I'm on a new recording of Hamish MacDonalds which you can buy or listen to here. I'm also on a
new recording / cd by Blue Dog Ramble that will be released soon.. stay tuned.. Update coming..
I am also on a recording of a Christmas song written by Glen Foster and Marty Steele that will be
coming out in the next few months. It has a catchy melody and is called 'Christmas in Vancouver'. 

Butts Giraud released a CD last year, summer of 2020 that I play on most of the songs. Contact
Butts direct - dogsear@shaw.ca or 250-751-4386. Butts is the famous wrestler of the past some
might remember him as.. CD is called Puamana Sunset by Butts Giraud and Friends. Thanks..

My close musical friend Patrick Coutin also released a CD 2019-2020 that I play on.. Please support him!

Live recording with Astrid Lyre Trio from Oct 14th 2019 at Osborne Bay Pub here...

Studio recording with Astrid Lyre Trio "Coming Home" released Nov 5th 2019

Photo credits on this website also include - Peter Sinclair, Bill Jorgensen and Wink Richardson

Interview on drumming with Alexis Deighton MacIntyre October 31st 2017.

Interview with Rick Gibbs at islandjazz.ca from June 9th 2016.