Ryan Oliver on the sax.

Ryan Oliver on the sax.

Saxophonist Oliver performing at Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton a jazz master

Major festivals and clubs as well as extensive touring all on his resume

Juno-nominated tenor saxophonist Ryan Oliver brings his melodic inventiveness and swinging time feel to Pat’s House of Jazz at the Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Oliver has performed as leader and sideman at major jazz clubs and festivals across Canada and the United States as well as the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

He has also toured India, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada with the legendary eclectic jazz group the Shuffle Demons and was featured in the horn section on Derek Miller’s Juno-nominated recording Double Trouble, which also featured country music icon Willie Nelson.

Oliver’s own debut recording, Convergence, was named one of the top 10 jazz releases of 2007 by CODA Magazine.

Whole Note Magazine describes his “full-range horn, rich at the bottom and true at the top, acknowledging past masters like Trane and Dexter Gordon.”

Oliver, who took his master’s degree in jazz performance at Rutgers University and his doctoral studies at York University in Toronto, lived in Toronto, Amsterdam and New York before moving recently to Victoria.

Oliver’s performance is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.

It runs every Sunday from 2 p.m. at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal.

Admission is $15. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://osbornebaypub.com.