Baritone Madness jazzes things up at Hermann’s

Saanich band teacher takes stage May 13 at Hermann's Jazz Club

Jonnie Bridgman, a music teacher at Royal Oak middle school, is taking his passion for the saxophone and putting it into Baritone Madness, May 13 at Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Jonnie Bridgman, a music teacher at Royal Oak middle school, is taking his passion for the saxophone and putting it into Baritone Madness, May 13 at Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Jonnie Bridgman wasn’t always a baritone sax man.

“I played alto when I first started in Grade 7, and partway through that first year, my sax was stolen,” he recalled. “My band teacher said, ‘Well, we need a bari player for our jazz band next year.’

“It was kind of a blessing in disguise. I ended up playing the bari all through high school and into university – it’s the instrument that I kind of fell in love with.”

Bridgman, now a band teacher at Royal Oak middle school, is putting his years of musical experience into Baritone Madness, an evening of saxophone tunes spanning jazz, classical, R&B and funk, May 13 at Hermann’s Jazz Club. The concert will feature a number of originals written by Bridgman, as well as renditions of popular jazz songs by such legends as Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Harry Carnie and Ronnie Cuber.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for awhile, to dive into my favourite bari sax players and play some of their music,” said Bridgman. “It’s an instrument that I really love, and Hermann’s is a great place to do that.

“We’re kind of tapping into different players from different periods and different styles – you’ll see a variety of music. There’s lots of uptempo bebop tunes and some kind of funky stuff.”

Joining Bridgman onstage will be pianist Andy Slade, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer Kelby MacNayr, forming something of a one-night supergroup for the concert.

“Andy and I actually met in university when I went to UVic,” said Bridgman. “My teacher, knowing that I had some jazz background, paired me up with Andy to work on a piece that kind of melds the two worlds – it was kind of a jazz-influenced classical piece.”

In preparation for Baritone Madness, Bridgman said he and Slade brainstormed before selecting MacDonald and MacNayr for the rhythm section.

“We’ve worked with them before and they’re just great players,” said Bridgman.”

In addition to the music, Bridgman said he hopes to give some historical background to the pieces they’ve selected and maybe have a few surprises.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to tell a few stories about these performers and have a few guests sit in on a couple tunes,” he said.

The show starts Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m., with doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at Larsen Music (1808 Cook St.) and $18 at the door.

 

For more information, visit hermannsjazz.com.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tomo Vranjes, a Greater Victoria musician and longtime fan of late rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, joins artist Paul Archer behind the latter’s Fort Street gallery. Archer, whose airbrushed paintings of rock greats have made him many connections in recent years, painted a likeness of Van Halen following the guitarist’s death last month from cancer. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Victoria artist’s king-sized tribute to Eddie Van Halen draws on personal connection

Paul Archer had an up close and personal day with the legendary guitarist in 1980

A sample of some of Lou-ann Neel’s jewelry.
Lou-ann Neel wins the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art

Originally from Alert Bay, Neel’s family is steeped in renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artists

I-Hos Gallery manager Ramona Johnson shows some of the paddles available at the retail outlet. Photo by Terry Farrell
I-Hos Gallery celebrates 25 years of promoting First Nation artwork

K’ómoks First Nation-based outlet has art from all over the country

Bard to Broadway Theatre Society may stage shows outdoors next summer. (PQB News photo file)
Qualicum Beach’s Bard to Broadway group may stage shows outdoors

Theatre society plans smaller productions due to ongoing pandemic

A new short film festival called MORVENFEST is encouraging B.C. secondary students to step into the world of film during their Christmas break. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
New film festival gives Victoria students exciting opportunity

MORVENFEST is open to all B.C. secondary students over Christmas break

Port Alberni author Diane Dobson has put together a collection of childhood memories, with proceeds going towards the Ty Watson House. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni writer looks through the eyes of a child

Book raises funds for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society

The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach has temporarily closed its doors to the public as of Nov.18. (Mandy Moraes photo)
COVID-19: The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach closes until 2021

TOSH takes proactive approach to ‘protect the well-being of the community’

Edie Daponte and Joey Smith share the stage Saturday at the Sid Williams Theatre. The show is also being livestreamed. Photo supplied
Edie Daponte brings show up-Island

Second World War tribute live and livestreamed in Courtenay and Campbell River

Most Read