Graham Shonwise. (Photo submitted)

Organ-driven quartet appears at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton

Sound explores the 1965 trend-setting album, the Boss Men

Nanaimo tenor saxophonist Graham Shonwise leads an organ-driven quartet that explores the trend-setting The Boss Men, the 1965 album by Hammond B3 organist Don Patterson and saxophonist Sonny Stitt on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Joining him at Pat’s House of Jazz in the Crofton Hotel’s Osborne Bay Hotel at 2 p.m. will be organist Tony Genge, guitarist Andrew Janusson and drummer Hans Verhoeven.

The Boss Men was a straight-ahead, boppish recording with a mix of up-tempo tunes and more meditative ballads that was typical of the organ-based mid-‘60s bands.

Shonwise is a graduate of the jazz program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, as is Janusson, and Verhoeven is a drum instructor in the program. Genge, home in Victoria on sabbatical from his music professorship gig at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.B., has a doctorate in music composition.

Janusson has studied under such Island luminaries as guitarist Pat Coleman and bassist Ken Lister, and Verhoeven, a graduate of McGill University’s performance jazz program, has worked with the likes of P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson and Hugh Fraser.

Admission is $15.

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