Vernon Jazz Society Scholarships

One of the Vernon Jazz Society’s primary mandates is to facilitate the involvement of youth in Jazz both as musicians and audience members. VJS is pleased to have been able to award several annual scholarships over the past years to deserving band students in the Okanagan. Our only stipulation is that the recipients use the money to further their musical pursuits – e.g. tuition, instrument purchase, sheet music. “Part of our mandate is to encourage the jazz musicians of the future,” notes Vernon Jazz Society Past President Brian McMahon We presently raise the funds by selling 50/50 tickets at all our gigs, and we wish to thank our patrons for their ongoing and generous support. Applications are now open for 2019. Recipients will be chosen by the VJS Board after the directors listen to audio tracks submitted by applicants. Additionally, check out the Fraser McPherson Jazz Scholarship!

2019 VJS Scholarship Application Form

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Upcoming Shows

Dan Brubeck from Vancouver

September 07, 2019

Dan Brubeck is a renowned jazz drummer, and a member of one of America's most notable musical families. He is the son of legendary American jazz icon Dave Brubeck and the rhythmic force behind the highly successful Brubeck Brothers Quartet, whose CDs have consistently been at the top of the jazz radio charts.

Piel Canela & the Gypsies

September 21, 2019

PIEL CANELA & THE GYPSIES are a joy to watch, a pleasure to hear, & keep the Dance Floor Packed! From Fiery Spanish Flamenco Guitar Duos to Latin Jazz, Salsa, Flamenco, and Rumba Influences and Soulful Latin Vocals, Harmonies to Wailing Gipsy Flamenco Cante, Latin Percussion and Bass Tumbao, and a World Class Chilean Latin Dance Teacher - This Band is as good as it gets for Live Latin Dance Music. Covering Latin & Spanish Standards, both with Singing & Instrumentals, and original Compositions, stay tuned for Piel Canela & the Gypsies!

Holly Hyatt from Nelson

October 05, 2019

Based in the stunningly beautiful Slocan Valley of BC, HOLLY HYATT is a vocalist, songwriter, acoustic and electric bass player who has spent the past fourteen years performing in the blues and roots duo, Holly and Jon. She is now set to take on the music world as a solo artist with her debut album release, “Wild Heart”. "I am so excited about the songs on this album. They are really soulful, funky and fun, with themes of positivity, love and global empowerment throughout. I listen to the album and instantly feel happy. These are the songs I was born to sing!”

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Wild Blue Herons

October 19, 2019

Wild Blue Herons (WBH) are Bill Sample and Darlene Ketchum and a whole lot of incredible musicians. As the Ketchum and Sample Quintet, they played Frankie’s Jazz Club, Pat’s Pub, Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and the Vernon Jazz Club.

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Neville Bowman

November 02, 2019

Few musicians have had the opportunity to work in as many diverse fields of music and arts as Neville Bowman. Long established as one of the top pianists and keyboard players in BC, Neville has gained respect both locally and internationally as a sideman, arranger, writer, producer and actor, in almost all genres.

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