Brent Jarvis Quartet plays the music of Cole Porter

Sat. August 3rd 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM (All Ages)
Livestream + In Person $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society
Featuring Brent Jarvis on piano, Roy Styffe on alto saxophone, Ken Lister on bass, and Nicholas Bracewell on drums; this retrospective of one of the 20th Century's most notable composers is not to be missed.

Known for their lyricism and beautiful harmony, Cole Porter's compositions have been favourites of jazz musicians for nearly a century. From Billie Holliday to Bill Evans, Art Tatum to Art Farmer, John Coltrane to Jon Abercrombie, (and countless others); Cole Porter's music provides the perfect jumping-off point for musical exploration and dialogue.

Brent Jarvis is a Canadian jazz pianist and composer whose work follows in a tradition of lyrical, dynamic, and rhythmically complex piano players; his music has been described as: “captivating... a collaboration between the sensual and the intellectual... music that sparks the senses and transcends genres” (Laura Fernandez - JAZZ.FM91 Toronto), and "romantic but never cloying” (Katie Malloch - CBC Jazz Beat).
Brent studied music at the University of Toronto (BMUS JAZZ Performance) and musicology at the University of Victoria (MA Musicology), and is now a professor in the Music Department at Vancouver Island University and was Chair of the department from 2022 to 2024.

Brent's latest recording is entitled Dragonfly and combines traditional Cuban rhythms with contemporary jazz music. Fantastic contributions to the recording were made by Miguelito Valdes, Monik Nordine, Ben Henriques, Steve MacDonald, and Jose Sanchez.

Brent’s previous recorded works include: The Medium, which was loosely based on Marshall McLuhan's book: The Medium is the Message. The Medium combines elements of traditional Cuban rhythm, bebop, standard repertoire, and contemporary composition, arranged for a 10 piece band. The Medium was named a favourite of 2015 as part of JAZZ.FM91 Toronto's annual retrospective.

In 2009 Brent released Daedalus, archiving a composition project that set the poetry of Dorothy Livesay to jazz music. The album featured vocalists: Anne Schaefer and Melinda Whitaker, as well as Jesse Cahill on drums, and Ken Lister and Sean Drabitt on bass.

In 2007 Brent recorded an album entitled: Solo Piano that explores the improvisational potential of 'standard' jazz repertoire.

In 2005, Brent's debut Sequences, featuring Canadian jazz icon Pat Coleman and multi juno award recipients Ken Lister and Buff Allen was named "Best Jazz Album of 2005" by CJAM FM (Windsor - Detroit).

Brent's interest in music overlaps with an interest in audio recording and is evident in his recorded work, his MA thesis (that considers jazz music as an aural tradition mediated by recording and broadcast technologies), and his numerous recorded collaborations. Brent is heard playing the piano on many recordings that were also recorded in his studio (Harbourview Studio). Brent produces (or co-produces), and often handles all the technical processes of creating an album; from recording, to mixing, and mastering.