The John Miller Quartet will perform in the next Jazz at the MAC series concert Feb. 12 at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

MAC brings back the jazz

Jon Miller quartet to appear in JAZZ at the MAC series Feb. 12

The Jon Miller Quartet has gotten plenty of airplay with its 2015 release, Three Days in Winter. This Friday, Feb. 12, the foursome will warm up a late-winter night on the mid-Island when they play the Jazz at the MAC series at the McMillan Arts Centre.

The Victoria-based quartet, led by Victoria Jazz Orchestra drummer Jon Miller, showcases primarily instrumental jazz while incorporating blues, fusion and other forms of improvisation.

With upright bassist James Young driving the rhythm along with Miller, jazz guitarist Rob Cheramy and saxophonist Monik Nordine provide soaring, dynamic solos and counter-melodies in a wide range of moods, from meditative and introspective to raucous and freewheeling.

The group plays primarily original material composed by group members along with classic jazz repertoire by such composers as Ornette Coleman and Roland Kirk. The group has honed its live performance chops with appearances in several editions of Victoria JazzFest International as well as gigs in Vancouver, Victoria and Island music spots.

Miller is a McGill University Jazz Programme graduate and veteran of more than two decades of touring and collaborating.

In addition to being a prolific composer, Cheramy is a highly creative and technically impressive solid body player with a highly individual guitar style, sought out both for his exciting solos and for his tasteful accompaniment.

Young is one of the busiest bassists on the Victoria scene, known for his versatility, driving beat, great sound and innovative soloing style. His stylistically diverse original compositions are also a key addition to the group’s sound.

Nordine, who plays both alto and soprano saxophone, has toured Canada with the group Departure who have several releases to their name. She also directs the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.

Doors open at  6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12 for OCAC members, and may be purchased in advance at The MAC, 133 McMillan Street in Parksville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 250-248-8185 or email info@mcmillanartscentre.com.

— Submitted by The MAC

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach society goes to bat for insect eaters

Two bat houses built to monitor population in Heritage Forest

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

Vehicle knocks out Parksville power pole

Traffic single lane heading southbound

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Central Vancouver Island man dies in single-vehicle collision

Pickup truck with three occupants went off the road near Port Alberni

UPDATED: Almost 1,200 people allowed to return home in Kootenay-Boundary as floods dry up

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Most Read