‘Wildly eclectic’ Nico Rhodes Trio next up at the Crofton Jazz series

From Oscar Peterson to Debussy, from Ahmad Jamal to Chopin, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bach

With inspirations from Oscar Peterson to Debussy, from Ahmad Jamal to Chopin, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bach, the Nico Rhodes Trio is promising a wildly eclectic musical ride on Sunday Jan. 10 at the Crofton Hotel Pub.

Led by keyboardist Nico Rhodes, with bassist Sean Drabbit and drummer James McRae, the trio “draws on its diverse musical sensibilities to deliver a fully immersive musical experience,” the group’s media release says.

It offers “re-imaginings of great piano works, creative, original compositions and arrangements, combined with the highest degree of musical sensitivity and communication.”

Rhodes, an award-winning pianist and saxophonist from a young age, is also a composer, arranger and music director. He has played regularly with McRae for almost a decade.

McRae, a mainstay of the mid-Island jazz scene, has played with such West Coast luminaries as Miles Black, David Vest, Andrew Homzy, Ken Lister, Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst.

Sean Drabbit has played with some of the continent’s top jazz musicians, having lived and played professionally in New York City and New Orleans before returning to a thriving career in his home town of Victoria.

The concert is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs at the pub every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour.

The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Saltspring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $10.

For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit croftonhotel.ca.