Nanaimo's Jazz Centennial
Start date: 15 September, 2016
End date: 15 December, 2017
2017 celebrates both Canada's 150th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings. Furthermore, an African-Canadian composer, Shelton Brooks, was represented on those first recordings with his piece, "The Darktown Strutters Ball". As a new organization, the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association plans to schedule a number of events - both concerts and educational presentations - to celebrate these anniversaries in its inaugural year programs. Nanaimo has a distinguished connection with jazz in its professional performers, some who have achieved national and international recognition as well as its jazz education programs in both the public schools and Vancouver Island University.
Nature of the Project Reach
1. To provide local opportunities for local and internationally known jazz artists. 2. To increase tourism to downtown Nanaimo thru live jazz performance. 3. To work with other jazz festivals and organizations to help further the same and similar goals.
1. To present an annual jazz festival in downtown Nanaimo and produce other jazz performance events throughout the year
2. To develop a greater appreciation and audience for jazz music by providing more of it locally.
1. To recommend and consider jazz musicians for jazz events in Nanaimo and throughout Canada 2. To commission and present new jazz compositions in Nanaimo and throughout Canada as well as commission the transcribing and arranging of significant historical compositions 3. To promote jazz music throughout the year
- Reach: Regional
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): British Columbia
- Website: http://www.nanaimointernationaljazzfestival.ca/our-story.html