Nanaimo Jazz Festival Celebrates Jazz 100th Birthday
February 26, 1917 was the actual day, 100 years ago, of the first “Jass" recording.” February is also Black History Month, and the hit song ‘Darktown Strutters Ball” by African-Canadian composer Shelton Brooks was among those historic recordings.
“We’re celebrating both Canada-150 and Jazz-100” says Andrew Homzy. "Nanaimo built an Opera House in 1879, and became a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012. We’re building on that rich history by bringing professional jazz to Nanaimo’s downtown venues and public spaces - including Diana Krall Plaza”.
Produced by the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association in partnership with the TD Bank, the City of Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Foundation, Long and McQuade and the Hospitality Association, join us in nine events spread over a three-day downtown Nanaimo Jazz Festival - September 15 to 17 (Fri-Sun).
Tickets for the Headline and Closing concerts are available from the
Members get a $5 discount on all ticketed events with “coupon code”.
Special price for University and Diploma students
The Port Theatre also offers special pricing for High school and younger $5 & Child
Tickets for the Swing/ Dance and the Jam Session are available at Fascinating Rhythm, 51 Commercial Street
The Saturday Night Nanaimo Jazz Jam will feature many of Nanaimo’s best jazz musicians in an exciting display of emotional and virtuoso improvisations (sweet and hot) - as well as some musical surprises.