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Jazz Cafe

Upcoming Jazz Concerts:

Sat Oct 29
Tue Nov 22
Thu Dec 22

Sun Jan 22/12
Thu Feb 23/12
Fri Mar 23/12


City of Kelowna
We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the
City of Kelowna.


Best Western Logo

The Best Western Inn – Kelowna
2402 Highway 97 N
Kelowna, BC V1X 4J1, Canada
(250) 860-1212
Toll Free: 1-888-860-1212
Get directions

799 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3K3, Canada
(250) 763-1955

Live Music Most Nights


Arts Council of the
Central Okanagan

Your Connection to
Your Cultural Community.

100-1690 Water Street,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8T8
(250) 861-4123

Kelowna's home page with
comprehensive valley wide
event listings.



Wentworth Music

Wentworth Music
1634 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC
(250) 860-2251


Bering Music

Bering Music

1546 Harvey St,
Kelowna, BC
(250) 862-5171

2525 Dobbin Rd,
Westbank, BC
(250) 768-3600


Cannery Coffee

Cannery Coffee
1289 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC
(250) 763-4022


Duncan's Bistro & Bar

Duncan's Bistro & Bar
375 Lawrence Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W5
(250) 860-8086


Fix Auto

Fix Auto Collision Kelowna
6-920 Leathead Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1X 2J8
(778) 753-5766


Mosaic Books

Mosaic Books
411 Bernard Ave
Kelowna BC V1Y 6N8
(250) 763-4418

Allen Ayers

Originally from Saskatoon, Allen Ayers is a guitarist, arranger and teacher who has studied at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City College, in performance arranging and composition. His career in music spans many years. Allen came to jazz by way of rock, as a member of the Canadian group Kenny Shields & Witness Inc. (original Streetheart band). While in Los Angeles, he spent three years working as a studio musician, doing sessions and jingles. He has also played in the orchestra for Broadway shows such as Evita, Cats and Unforgettable, the Nat King Cole tribute which ran in Kelowna. Allen's main influences are George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall and Charlie Christian. The Allen Ayers Trio plays at local venues including the Minstrel Café, Laughing Moon Restaurant and Gallery, wineries and private functions. Allen also plays in a duo with bassist Leigh Perry. The music is smooth, easy-listening jazz with a mix of Latin, blues and standards.

Allen Ayers
(250) 868-2454


Neville Bowman

Pianist and vocalist Neville Bowman is best known as a member of the Just In Time jazz trio, but he also has performed with the Michael Garding Big Band and with Cathy-Ann Wells. His vocal style is often compared to that of Harry Connick Jr. Neville is an accomplished music writer and arranger, leading him to acquire the position of musical director for the Nat King Cole tribute Unforgettable and for Dem Crazy Blues, a hundred-year history of female blues artists.

Neville Bowman
(250) 769-6213


Ellen Churchill

Ellen Churchill's musical background includes live performance, session work, jingles, radio and television. Influenced by divas such as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald and others in childhood, her interest in jazz has become a passion. Her creative platform is of personal expression and improvisation as she takes a song that was perhaps sung by Billie Holiday or Artie Shaw and makes it her own. Her jazz/blues presence is one that is creative, fun and magical.  


Larry Crawford

Larry Crawford

Larry Crawford's career as a versatile, all-round musician spans 40 years in Canada and the United States. He spent 25 years in Canadian and U.S. armed forces staff bands, playing first chair and featured soloist on flute and saxophone. Larry has had extensive experience in radio, television,and studio work, including CBC and CTV with performances on Jazz Radio Canada, Sesame Street and many other shows and series. He has toured and performed with such noted performers as Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Rich Little, Alan Thicke, Bob Hope, Phil Nimmons, Sid Ceasar, Doc Severinsen and many others. 


Dogskin Suit

Dogskin Suit is a Kelowna-based blues band with two CDs to its credit: Diggin Up The Yard, an album of original tunes; and Growlin At The Gator, a live recording featuring its most frequently requested songs. Band members are Rick Halisheff on guitar, Sig Schnellert on keyboards and saxophone, Brian MaGuire on drums and Charles Faulkner on bass. Their influences range from Dr. John to BB King, Duke Robillard, Stevie Ray Vaughan and everything in-between. The band's set list includes everything from Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to Johnny Lang and Duke Robillard.



Sherman "Tank" Doucette

Sherman "Tank" Doucette wrote songs, sang and played harmonica with the Vancouver-based band Incognito before moving to the Okanagan in 1999. Past credits include guest appearances with John Lee Hooker, Albert Colins, Pine Top Perkins, Sunnyland Slim, Long John Baldry and many other blues legends. Now, he's a favourite on the local blues scene with his band, the Sherman Doucette Blues Quartet.



Michael Garding

Michael Garding is a Kelowna saxophonist equally at home playing jazz or blues. A graduate of Grant MacEwan College, where he majored in performance, he leads the Michael Garding Big Band. As well, Garding performs with PHAT Betty, The Shuffle Kings, the Salmon Armenians and various jazz projects. Past projects included Soul Funktion, a 12-piece funk band.

Michael Garding
(250) 768-7664



Small Change

Small Change


Taking their name from a character in a Tom Wait’s tune, “Small Change” is a three piece Roots, Blues Fusion group based in Kelowna B.C. They have been gradually building a loyal following, playing at the more eclectic venues such as the Minstrel Café, Rotary Centre for the Arts, and various concerts in the Valley.

Lead vocalist Sven Nordlund plays slide guitar and harmonica. Sven‘s style is heavily influenced by the varied styles of the old blues traditions. The syncopated rhythms create a suspended feel only to be resolved with the group’s solid groove.

Percussionist Jim Copeman provides the varied rhythms using an unorthodox drum kit he created. Using hand drums, base drum, cymbals and other percussive instruments he borrows from various world rhythms exposing the harmony between the old blues styles and traditional rhythms.

On fretless bass Jim Caldwell’s improvisational playing provides both a solid bottom and melodic harmonies, completing Small Changes’ unique sound.

The Band’s inspiration is also drawn from more contemporary sources such as Tom Waits, Canned Heat, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix.

It is definitely worthwhile to check out Small Changes’ unique and energetic style of music.

Small Change Myspace Profile


Anna Jacyszyn


Anna's professional music background began in dance music. A backing vocalist in England for Yazz, Marshall Jefferson, Cher, but her one love was jazz. Hearing her voice; you can here traces of Julie London mixed with the graspyness of Billie Holliday. Her song style,choice as well as looks have been her passport to perform at social events in front of Royalty and Elite Society around the world.  Although Anna continues to travel back and forth to Asia, Europe & soon to India, she has recently made Kelowna her base to be closer to her family and Canadian roots. She recently won the Spirit of Kelowna Award as well as the Okanagan Arts Award in Music. In 2008 Anna joined forces with musical director-bassist Bernie Addington and they have been wowing sold out audiences at “Jazz Café” ever since. In 2009, they released their first CD entitled LUSH LIFE.


Anna Jacyszyn
Jazz Singer 
250 575-6348




Hugh Parsons

Following an active performing career as a jazz pianist travelling throughout Canada, Hugh Parsons returned to Western Canada to pursue a career as an educator, performer, arranger and composer. Holding a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Toronto and a master's degree in jazz studies from the University of Victoria, Parsons now teaches music at Kelowna Secondary School and continues to perform as a freelance musician. He has performed as a featured artist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and served as a pianist with a variety of touring artists. As well, he co-ordinates the annual B.C. Interior Jazz Festival in Kelowna.

Hugh Parsons
(250) 762-2049



Felix Possak Big Band
& Ballroom Orchestra

For major events with the highest expectations choose between the brass & woodwinds based Felix Possak Big Band, or the full Ballroom Orchestra (complete with strings). Both formations present a program of unmatched variety from Glenn Miller swing tunes to Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches, from Latin rhythms to vintage rock as well as Dixieland jazz.  Also available is an entertainment feature and/or floor show with comedy, novelty tunes and audience participation.

Felix Possak's Web Site


Major Mambo

Major Mambo

MAJOR MAMBO is the Okanagan Valley’s premier Latin ensemble. They play ideal dance music for your Caribbean theme night. Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Bossa Nova, Samba, Latin Jazz. Hot sounds from Havana, Puerto Rico, New York  and  Brazil. They have performed throughout the Okanagan Valley at The Okanagan Jazz Festival, Kelowna Parks Alive, Kelowna Community Theater, The Rotary Arts Center, Quail's Gate Winery, Hotel Eldorado, Coast Capri Hotel, DJ's and The Grand Hotel. Band members include Tricia Dalgleish-piano, Francisco Jaramillo- bass and Trevor Salloum-Latin percussion. 

See  www.trevorsalloum.com

Trevor Salloum

Trevor Salloum has played jazz professionally in Canada and the United States for more than 25 years. He has performed with Pat LaBarbera, Armando Peraza, Alex Acuña, Jane Bunnett, Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Dee Daniels, Tommy Banks and Ian McDougall. He now leads his own jazz trio and Latin group (Major Mambo). In addition, he has written books on percussion for Mel Bay Publications and is a workshop leader in Afro-Cuban percussion.

Trevor Salloum
(250) 763-3951

See  www.trevorsalloum.com


Downhome Dave
and the Dynamite Blues Band

Downhome Dave and the Dynamite are a cross between the legends of the Chicago Blues scene and the funky swing of the more modern greats. Think Muddy Waters combined with James Brown and Brian Setzer with a dash of John Mayer thrown in. Downhome Dave and the Dynamite create an atmosphere that engulfs the listener in the type of music that speaks to the soul while inspiring the body to move unconsciously. An unearthly experience of mojo taking the listener to another dimension, creating a state altering experience you can’t be arrested for.



Pat MacGibbon

Patrick MacGibbon began playing saxophone at age 11 and was taught by Fernando Mastromonaco, Hugh Parsons and Michael Perkins.  He studied privately with Larry Crawford and Colin Moorman.  While in high school he performed regularly with local percussionist Trevor Salloum as part of his popular Latin ensemble Ritmo Caliente.  In 2001, he moved to Toronto where he studied Jazz Performance at Humber College.  While at Humber he studied with many notable musicians including Pat Labarbera, Don Thompson, Mike Murley and Branford Marsalis.  In 2005 Patrick graduated with a Diploma in Music with Honours, and after further studies obtained a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.  He currently lives in Kelowna and plays with the Michael Garding Big Band as well as his own jazz groups.  He has performed with Greg Yasinitsky, Horace Alexander-Young and Sunny Wilkinson as part of the 2006 BC Interior Jazz Festival.  

Pat MacGibbon U-Tube Link


Danielle Kozlowski

Danielle Kozlowski

With a smooth, warm tone that begs the ear to listen, this jazz vocalist is completely in her element under the eye a discerning audience. Listeners describe her vocal style as the connection between sassy and irresistibly sweet, baked in elegance. Everything you'd expect from a true jazz chanteuse. Danielle began her own musical training on the organ at the age of seven, and quickly moved into the role of instructor at the age of thirteen. She has now become one of the most sought after piano and early childhood music instructors in the Okanagan Valley, with twenty years of teaching experience and a reputation for building energizing and effective lessons. When she is not performing or teaching, you'll catch her listening to music from her own musical heros such as Ella Fitzgerald or Holly Cole, or enjoying time with her two beautiful daughters.




The Blue Gator
The Blue Gator
441 Lawrence Ave,
Kelowna, BC CANADA
(250) 860-1529

Live Music Most Nights

Memphis Blues BBQ

Memphis Blues Barbeque House
289 Bernard St
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 6N2
( 250) 868-3699


BC Interior Jazz Festival

B.C. Interior Jazz Festival

Jazz Masters' Concert
Friday, April 13, 2012 7:30 pm
Kelowna Community Theatre
Featured artist is Roger Treece


Minstrel Cafe

Minstrel Cafe & Bar

4638 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 1X5
(250) 764-2301

Live Music Most Nights




1508 pinehurst cres.
kelowna bc v1y 4h9


OJBS Ticket Seller


Lee's Music

#103 1155 Sutherland Ave
Kelowna, BC
(250) 712-0097


Web Development & Hosting
Graphic Design & Colour Printing
(250) 762-5194

5555 76 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2C 4L8
(403) 720-3239



Paramount Music

Paramount Music
1769 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC
(250) 762-4525


World Of Music

World Of Music
1776 Baron Rd
Kelowna, BC
(250) 869-0819


Good Guys Adio Visual Unlimited

Good Guys Audio Video Unlimited
2409-B Main Street
Westbank, BC V4T 2H9
(250) 707-0753

Leo's Videos

Leo's Videos
2680 Pandosy St,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1V6
(250) 861-8437


Underground Music Kelowna

Underground Music Kelowna
Unit 4, 1331 Ellis St,
Kelowna, BC
(778) 478-0215


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