Occurs on Saturday September 21 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


The Port Theatre
125 Front St
Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z4

Performance Notes

× Become a Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association member and get your discount ticket code!

Festival Pass for all four Nanaimo Jazz Festival events:

1. General Admission: $115 – a savings of $25 off separate General Admission

2. Members: $90 – a savings of $50 off separate General Admission

3. Students with I.D.: $70 - a savings of $70 off separate General Admission


Friday, September 20 – 8:00 to 11:00 Jazz/Swing Dance @ Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) With Steve Jone’s 10-piece band, Decadence $30 – Members $25 – Students $15

Saturday, September 21 – 7:30pm HEADLINER – ERNIE WATTS @ Port Theatre Ernie Watts is an American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist who plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone. He has worked with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West and toured with the Rolling Stones. On Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo, Ernie Watts played the “Mystery Horn”, a straight-necked C melody saxophone. He also played the notable saxophone riff on The One You Love by Glenn Frey. Ernie Watts has won two Grammy Awards as an instrumentalist. He played on Kurt Elling’s album Dedicated to You, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2011. General $60 – Members $45 – Students $30 – EyeGo – $5

Saturday, September 21 – 10:00pm to 12:30am Midnight Jam Session @ Shaw Auditorium (VICC) Enjoy the rare experience of hearing jazz musicians interact spontaneously at our Midnight Jam Session – included with the pass, otherwise, $15 at the door. Musicians/Students admitted for free

Sunday, September 22 – 4:00pm GALA – LAILA BIALI @ PORT THEATRE Born in Vancouver, she began playing piano as a child. Now living in Toronto, she’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars – and with almost two decades into a successful career. In 2017 Laila appeared as guest host for Tonic, a jazz program on CBC Radio 2, and then became the regular host for Saturday Night Jazz. In 2019 she won a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – her self-titled album is a collection of nine originals — including Queen of Hearts co-written with Randy Bachman — and three covers: David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Coldplay’s Yellow, and Randy Newman’s I Think It’s Going to Rain Today. General $40 – Members $35 – Students $25 – EyeGo – $5

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