Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:30pm
$30 per ticket - SOLD OUT!
About the Event
Mahogany Swing Band is a Vancouver-Island based jazz ensemble led by pianist Patrick Courtin and vocalist Simon Paterson. At this concert they will be joined by special guest, Steve Wallace on bass. The band’s sound is full of hard-swinging jazz, soulful blues and lush ballads. They are dedicated to their love of swinging jazz standards, particularly the Great American Songbook. They draw from classic singers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc, and interpret their work with a highly personal style informed by both modern and classic jazz.
About the Artists
Patrick Courtin is a Vancouver-Island based pianist, music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, and music director. From his first professional gig accompanying a choir at the age of 14, Patrick has been a career musician. Patrick completed grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 17, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University. Since graduating in 2012, Patrick has taught music lessons to all ages, music directed many theatre productions, played recording sessions, created music for an educational TV series, and toured across Canada, the United States and China. Patrick is comfortably at home in many genres of music, having played in professional ensembles in jazz, classical, rock, funk and musical theatre. Patrick regularly leads his own bands, from his piano trio playing original jazz and arrangements, to funk and soul bands, to hot jazz bands playing swing dances. Patrick has also recorded 2 full-length albums. The first is a trio album of jazz standards and Patrick’s original music. The second is the debut album of Patrick’s jazz group Mahogany Swing Band, a collaboration with singer Simon Paterson. This performance marks Patricks's second appearance in the Salon.
Simon Paterson is a classically trained performing artist who studied at the Old Vic in Bristol, UK, and also in Victoria, BC, with Dr. Marvin Reigner. He has performed professionally in musical theatre in Canada, the US and the UK. Simon brings his impeccable nostalgic voice and lyrical sensitivity to the jazz world with ease.
Steve Wallace is one of Canada’s foremost jazz bassists. He was born in Toronto in 1956. Most of his career took place there and internationally, playing clubs, touring and recording with such American greats as Zoot Sims, Ray Bryant, Scott Hamilton, Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman and many more, as well as with such Canadian giants as Fraser MacPherson, Rob McConnell, Oscar Peterson, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert, Mike Murley and many others. He moved to Courtenay in July 2021 where he now lives with his long-suffering wife Anna. This performance marks Steve's third appearance in the Salon.