*Tickets are $43.50
Please note: A few hours prior to the event tickets may only be available from the box office or at the venue.
Joe Coughlin is Canada's greatest jazz singer, and he's coming to Dave Dunnet Community Theatre Saturday, April 18 for a benefit concert also featuring the 17-piece Phil Dwyer Orchestra in a program called Sinatra and the Count. Frank Sinatra and Count Basie had a long, fruitful musical relationship caught most famously on the critically acclaimed mid-60's recording Sinatra at the Sands.
Order of Canada recipient and multi-Juno Award winning jazz musician Phil Dwyer has put together a stellar band to back the great Joe Coughlin's vocals on a repertoire from the classic American Songbook made famous by Sinatra and Basie. The band includes fellow Juno winner and Order of Canada recipient PJ Perry (flying in from Edmonton to play in the sax section), Vancouver band leader Bill Coon on guitar, and Dr. Tony Genge playing Basie's piano and organ parts. The band also includes a dozen other musicians who lead Vancouver Island combos in their own right.
Since his recording debut in 1981, Coughlin has released a handful of critically acclaimed recordings featuring the greatest jazz musicians in Canadian history. His live readings in front of this great band will make Canadian jazz history and is not to be missed.
The concert is a benefit for an important cause, Sno'uyutth Legacy Scholarship for Indigenous graduates of Oak Bay High for post-secondary education. Coughlin has offered two previous concerts at Dave Dunnet Community Theatre for the scholarship, and there are four Sno'uyutth scholars at UVic and Vancouver Island University. Tickets are available at the Royal McPherson Box Office for $40 plus service charge> Highest recommendation.