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The River City Big Band presents Jazz at the Oasis on February 17 at 8pm at the Oasis Centre, 10930 177 Street.
Featuring the River City Big Band and Maria Manna presenting a special musical tribute to Natalie Cole. This event is a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation.
The River City Big Band is one of the most well known jazz big bands in the Edmonton area. Formed in 1995, RCBB has been heard by thousands over the years, performing in jazz clubs and concert halls, and at community service events such as music festivals and concerts in support of school system music education. Many of these performances take place outside Edmonton: recent successful “road trips” have taken us to Banff, Vermillion, Westlock, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, and Wetaskiwin. Special guests who have joined us along the way include Juno award winners Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, and Bobby Cairns. The band has also provided accompaniment to featured performers such as local rising star vocalist Mallory Chipman, L.A. session giants Eric Marienthal (saxophone) and Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), pianist-vocalist recording artist Carol Welsman, award winning blues duo Two Blue, Downbeat Magazine trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon, and Simone, performing a tribute to her mother, jazz great vocalist, Nina Simone.
Although our repertoire includes classic arrangements of big band music of the last fifty years, we pride ourselves on programming many original compositions and arrangements, mainly by member Allan Gilliland, and by the band’s former Musical Director Larry Schrum. “Just Friends” and “River”, our first albums, are proof of that: Allan and Larry either composed or arranged every track!
Maria is a vocalist/producer/actor, humanitarian, philanthropist, business owner, author and Ordained Minister. She has helped raise over $750 million for charities with her performances and fundraising. As a recording artist, Maria has recently released her 4th album “Maria Manna with Love”. In 1990, Maria was inducted into the Music Archives of Alberta as the first Italian Canadian female to record in Alberta.
Tickets are $35, plus applicable fees.