Pablo Cardenas plays the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Sunday.

Cuban-born pianist performs Latin-infused jazz repertoire at Crofton Pub

Cardenas boasts numerous south Island fans

Cuban-born pianist Pablo Cardenas has picked up a huge following among south Island fans of Afro-Cuban jazz since he moved to Victoria eight years ago.

Cardenas will perform a Latin-infused repertoire of jazz on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Pat’s House of Jazz in the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton to kick off the pub’s sixth year of weekly jazz.

Besides teaching music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Larsen School of Music in Victoria and the Parksville Music Centre, Cardenas has performed at a variety of south Island venues with such musicians as Miquelito Valdes, Phil Dwyer, Adonis Puentes, Leon Torres, Lorraine Nygaard and Adonis Puentes.

In Cuba, the classically trained pianist performed classical recitals and taught music theory, classical and jazz piano at the National Conservatory of Music, where he first began his studies. He also spent five years at the National School of Music in Havana.

He also has his own music projects on the West Coast, including his Latin Jazz Combo and Project Fusion and has performed on CBC Radio, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Cuban Music Festival and the Victoria International Jazz Festival.

Sunday’s performance is part of the weekly series that runs from 2 p.m. each Sunday, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.

The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $15. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit

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