“Erika is one of the West Coast's most exciting new musical voices.”
JAZZ at the MAC is delighted to present the much-anticipated Erika Phillips Quartet, originally scheduled for last August but unable to appear due to the closure of the Inland Highway and road accident. We welcome the rescheduling of this exciting new jazz group based in Nanaimo, BC. to our January 16th jazz concert series. It features the rich, soulful vocals of singer, composer and arranger Erika Phillips in a wide range of original compositions, updated standards, Latin and funk tunes.
The band's fresh new take on traditional favourites, along with the sensitive playing of some of the Island's most skilled young jazz artists, gives the quartet a true voice of its own. Since its formation in 2010, the Erika Phillips Quartet has been constantly developing an ever-expanding repertoire of original compositions and arrangements. Drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its talented young members, the group has developed a unique sound blending traditional jazz elements with blues, funk, Latin, and world music influences. Performing along with Erika will be, Rob Wilkinson on piano, Andrew Cullen on bass and Jesse McNeill on drums.
With an award-winning EP (extended play record) under their belt, a full-length CD of all original compositions in production stages, and more new tunes being added all the time, the Erika Phillips Quartet continues to grow musically and search for exciting new ways to connect with audiences.
As a graduate of Vancouver Island University's Bachelors of Jazz program, where she studied under Canadian jazz icons such as Brad Turner, Ken Lister, Pat Coleman, and Bryan Stovell, Erika's gorgeous vocals and original compositions set her apart. Her 2012 EP album “There Goes Love” won her a Vancouver Island Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and a full-length original album is due for release fall 2014. Erika has been playing piano and singing since a very young age, and finds inspiration for her work in a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, blues, classical and, contemporary salsa music. She also has an ARCT diploma in classical piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and loves to share music with a new generation through teaching.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 - doors open at 6:30pm – performance at 7:00pm
Tickets: $15.00 and $12.00 for OCAC Members
Pre-sale of tickets available at the McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville.
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