Connor Stewart brings his amazing act and talents to Pat’s House of Jazz Sept. 23.  (Photo submitted)

Connor Stewart brings his amazing act and talents to Pat’s House of Jazz Sept. 23. (Photo submitted)

Stewart’s Big Easy talents come easily

Rapid rise to prominence in the jazz world started on the Mid-Island at a young age

Let the Good Times Roll or in the local parlance of New Orleans-based Connor Stewart & The Bon Temps, “Laissez les Bon Temps roulez.”

The band returns to Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton on Sunday, Sept. 23, packing all the raw energy, boisterous harmonies and feel-good excitement of the Crescent City’s vibrant and varied jazz scene.

Led by multi-national sensation Stewart on saxes, clarinet and vocals, this talented quintet showcases a front-line of Stewart and fellow “Big Easy” international touring artists, including New Orleans native Doyle Cooper on trumpet/vocals and a stellar New Orleans-based back-line of Aaron Levinson on drums/tambour, Noah Gotfritt on upright bass, with Victoria-based John Lee on keys.

Stewart, who grew up on the mid-Island, honed his chops at Pat’s House of Jazz when he first started appearing there at age 16 — still too young to be in the bar unless he was on stage.

His meteoric rise to fame began when he moved to New Orleans the next year where he became a teenaged bandleader, frontman, sideman, writer/arranger and studio recording artist.

He has led or played in bop/hard bop, traditional/hot jazz, gypsy jazz, swing, blues, funk, rock and big bands and earned accolades at prominent jazz/music festivals and venues on multiple tours across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Turkey.

The show is part of a regular Sunday afternoon jazz series at the pub, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. It runs from 2 p.m. at the pub, 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $15.

Reservations are recommended. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

Phone 250-324-2245 or visit