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Season Opener 2017- Lennart Axelsson and his European All Stars

Thursday September 7th @ The Nexus at First – 7pm (doors @ 630)
450 Okanagan Ave Se
Admission by donation

Lennart Axelsson  

Lennart Axelsson, a Swedish born trumpet player and now living in Germany, is considered to be “the best European jazz trumpet player” combining the almost unlimited technique of a James Morrison with the creativity of a Clark Terry. For many years Lennart was the lead and solo trumpet player with James Last Big Band touring all over the world and is featured on over one hundred of Last’s recordings with many going gold in Europe. 

After leaving the Last orchestra Lennart joined the NDR (North German Radio Big Band), where he for may years was the featured trumpet soloist.  

Lennart is now a frequent guest soloist at various jazz festivals and clubs primarily in Europe as well as several appearances in Western Canada where he last played with the Swedish group “Dixie Talks” at the Penticton Jazz Festival in 2012. Throughout his music career he has made guest performances with Chet Baker, Harry Mancini, Bill Horman, Sal Nestiko, Toots Thieleman and others including sitting in with Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Quincy Jones orchestras.

This year Lennart is bringing a group of mostly german “all star” musicians who he frequently plays with calling their style “Happy Jazz”. They will be a featured band at the Penticton Jazz Festival on September 8, 9 & 10 at well as one performance in Salmon Arm on September 7.  This will be Lennart’s 3rd appearance at Salmon Arm and each time for a “sold out” audience. 


Judy Rose and the Killer B’s- Thurs June 22nd – Live @ The Nexus – 7pm

Judy Rose – vocals                                                                                                                                                                                                     Nevile Bowman –  keys
Loni Moger – guitar
Brian McMahon – bass
Martin Lord – drums

From school choirs to singing professionally as a lead vocalist, Judy has had a lifelong involvement with music…  it started with choirs in her youth and continued with an early career of performing in several bands across Canada.   First as an acoustic trio, then a full fledged rock band in Ontario, to a bilingual artist in Saskatchewan and finally as a blues and jazz act in British Columbia. 

Always captivating and deeply entertaining, Judy shares her unique interpretation on jazz, pop and French songs that speak to her heart, bringing you on a journey that is not soon forgotten.
The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE – Salmon Arm

GUITARS!!! featuring Dan Smith – Live @ The Nexus – Thurs June 8th

Join us for our 3rd annual tribute to the coolest instrument in the universe – the GUITAR!

This year we will feature Salmon Arms newest acquisition Dan Smith.  Dan is a graduate of Capilano University and a true jazz guitarist and passionate student of the game.  He will be joined by Jordan Dick and Blair Shier as they explore the past, present, and future of the GUITAR!  Completing the group will be Jake McIntyre Paul on bass and Gareth Seys on the drums.


Dan Smith – Guitar

Jordan Dick – Guitar

Blair Shier – Guitar

Jake McIntyre Paul – Bass

Gareth Seys – Drums

Admission is by Donation – There will be coffee, tea, and baked goods available at the concert

Thurs June 8th @ The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE


Sandy Cameron and ‘The Old Guys’ – Live @ The Nexus at First – Thurs May 25th

Over 320 years of combined playing experience!

Sandy Cameron – saxophone

Don Clark – trumpet

Chuck Howard – trumpet

Bill Lockie – bass

Don Ross – Piano

Gareth Seys – drums/trombone

Thursday May 25th @ The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE

Admission by Donation

Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available at the concert

The Willy Gaw Quartet – Live @ Lakeside Manor – May 11th – 7pm

The Willy Gaw Quartet is Richard Owings on Violin, Bill Lockie on Stand-up Bass, Jordan Dick on Lead Guitar and Willy Gaw on Rhythm Guitar. Based out of Salmon Arm these four musicians have been playing together off and on for a few years now and what they play is Gypsy Jazz. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France; who were the front runners of this genre in the 1930’s and more recently by Gonzalo Bergara, Stochelo Rosenberg and others, the band plays for the fun of it all. The music is intoxicating, fast, rhythmic and constantly challenging. The kind of music you can dance to or sit back, tap your toes and get lost in.

The Concert Begins at 7pm

There will be a cash bar and tapas menu available at the show

Lakeside Manor – 681 Harbour Front Dr NE, Salmon Arm

Bret Higgins Atlas Revolt – Thurs April 27th @ The Nexus at First – 7 pm

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt is the brainchild of the Toronto bassist and created as a vehicle for his original instrumental compositions.  Formed in 2013, the group explores genre-defying music that draws inspiration largely from film scores, jazz, rock, surf, and elements of Eastern European, African and South American music. Notably gaining the attention of New York saxophonist-composer John Zorn, their first CD was released on his Tzadik Records in 2015 and has been received with glowing reviews.

Admission is by donation

Concert begins at 7pm (doors at 630)

The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE –

Sean Bray Trio – Thurs April 13th – live @ The Nexus at First – 7pm

Sean Bray – guitar, Bernie Addington – bass, Craig Thompson – sax

Sean Bray is a well respected guitarist, composer and educator who has played with various artists on many diverse projects. While in New York, Bray studied at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Bray has played with and/or recorded with George Garzone, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Liberty Silver, Matt “Guitar” Murphy from the Blues Brothers, Mike Murley and Vincent Wolfe. He also composes for film and television and has taught at The University of Guelph and The Toronto Film School. According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, “Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to”. Possessing the ability to fit into many musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakably original voice on his instrument, has made him an in demand session player in Canada. He also leads Sean Bray’s Peach Trio and is a member of the popular Celtic rock band Cod Gone Wild.  Bray is endorsed by PRS Guitars, Planet Waves and D’Addario strings. CBC Radio also named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time.

Live @ the Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE 7pm (doors @ 630 )

Sandy Cameron Quartet – Request Night – March 23rd

Live @ The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE

7pm (doors @ 630)

Admission is by donation

Chris Petterson Quartet

Thursday March 9th – 7pm (doors @ 630)

Location: The Nexus at First – 450 Okanagan Ave SE

Featuring: Chris Petterson – sax, Jake McIntyre Paul – bass, Dan Smith – guitar, Gareth Seys – drums


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