SUMMER SERENADE 2022: Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows

Hello friends and fans of the Bruce James Orchestra!

Partnering with the City of Pitt Meadows, the Bruce James Orchestra is pleased to host the 2022 Summer Serenade Concert series in beautiful Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows. We, and the City of Pitt Meadows, gratefully acknowledge that we live, play, share community and perform on the traditional territories and ancestral lands of the Katzie First Nation, and thank them for sharing these lands with us.

All performances are Wednesday evenings (7-9pm) – July 6 – August 24, 2022.

In the event of rain, performances will be cancelled. This website (as well as the City of Pitt Meadows website) will be updated by 5:30PM day of notifying of any cancellation due to inclement weather.

We look forward to bringing live music to the Community of Pitt Meadows for our 12th season!

SUMMER SERENADE 2022 – SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS:

July 6, 2022: Bruce James Orchestra

The Bruce James Orchestra is a 19-piece Big Band “Bringing the Best of Big Band” to B.C.’s Lower-Mainland. Our ensemble has been providing exceptional big band/dance band music in the Vancouver area since 1999. We perform a variety of big band arrangements from the classic Big bands of the 1930’s such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Count Basie through the “crooner” hits of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, to the sultry sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, to present day swing classics from artists such as Michael Bublé, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Harry Connick Jr and pop and rock hits from Artists such as Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Spyro Gyra – just to name a few! The band performs for events such as dances, weddings, anniversaries, jazz clubs, pubs, fundraisers, corporate events, concerts in the park, and jazz vespers. We are an ensemble which prides itself on excellence – not only in our music, but in showmanship; we incorporate energy and flare in our shows, and incorporate rehearsed choreography in our musical selections. We come equipped to be costumed in formal black tie and gown wear, military tans with wedge caps and our standard uniform – our “swing era” look complete with fedoras, suspenders, swing shoes and our signature blacks with yellow ties. The band has been a musical presence in the Greater-Vancouver area for the past 22 years, and are always open to new performance opportunities.

The Bruce James Orchestra is honoured to be able to be the “host” band for the Summer Serenade 2022 Concert Series in beautiful Pitt Meadows, and thanks the City of Pitt Meadows, Mayor and Council for their hospitality. The band also extends gratitude to the Katzie First Nation for sharing their unceded traditional territories and ancestral lands where we live, work, play, perform and bring together community through music with the people of Pitt Meadows and beyond.

Catch us at Spirit Square July 6, July 20, August 10 and closing the series on August 24, 2022!

https://www.brucejamesorchestra.com/

July 13, 2022:  Allegro Trio

A dynamic force in the Vancouver musical sphere, the Allegro Trio has mastered a unique blend of pop, jazz, rock and soul favourites. Performing repertoire ranging in musical styles and through the decades, the Allegro Trio performs musical hits at their finest! Featuring the smooth, sultry and sometimes sassy vocals of Loralee Parks, the piano and vocal stylings of Craig Zurba and the rhythmic artistry of drummer/percussionist Chris Murray Driver, this will be a performance not to miss. Come ready to sing along, and bring your dancing shoes!

https://www.facebook.com/bookingsallegro/

July 20, 2022: Bruce James Orchestra

July 27, 2022: LJ Mounteney with Undercover Band

Join Vancouver vocalist LJ Mounteney with the Undercover Band for an amazing night of music at Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows for Summer Serenade 2022! A busy performer – both on screen (film and TV) as well as in live music venues all around the lower mainland, LJ’s skill and versatility as an artist is showcased in her performances across multiple genres including Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova, and R&B. You’ll hear classic musical hits, as well as songs from her albums “Here in the Dark” and her newest release, “Mama Danced.” She – and the Undercover Band – are excited to perform for Pitt Meadows’ Summer Serenade 2022.

https://www.ljmounteney.com/

August 3, 2022: Double Overtime –Soul/R&B/Rock ‘n Roll

Double Overtime has been on the Metro Vancouver scene for decades. We’ve played promotions, special events, fundraisers, corporate parties, private parties, weddings, and more. What sets us apart from the rest is our versatility, energy and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by some of the grey hairs – Double Overtime is very experienced at providing a tight, high-impact show with wow-factor and groove to get any audience moving.

The calibre of the musicians means that we really can play anything. Sure, our specialty is Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Chicago, Van Morrison, Commitments, and soul and R&B hits of that variety… but Bruno Mars? No problem. Elvis? Uh-huh. Black-Eyed Peas? Nailed it. With the talent in this group, we can do all your favourite dance hits from the 60s to present day.

Double Overtime looks forward to bringing the groove to Pitt Meadows August 3, 2022!

http://doubleovertime.ca/

August 10, 2022: Bruce James Orchestra

August 17, 2022: James Thorhaug Rhythm and Blues/Classic Rock Band

The James Thorhaug Band plays the blues, mixed with a little soul jazz, swing, surf, and some funk for a hot stew of tasty covers and cool originals. The band emerged from the local Greater Vancouver blues scene, hosting jam sessions and playing in a wide variety of different bands. After working with literally hundreds of blues musicians over the years, from raw blues rockers to seasoned jazz pros and beyond, the band has become a tight unit, showcasing their blues knowledge and experience. They look forward to boogie-ing with the lovely people of Pitt Meadows August 17th at 7pm!

https://www.facebook.com/JamesThorhaugBand/

August 24, 2022: Summer Serenade 2022 Finale: Bruce James Orchestra

SUMMER SERENADE 2021 – Schedule of Performers

Location: Spirit Square – Pitt Meadows – 11985 Harris Rd. All shows start at 7PM!

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, $ for snacks, friends, family and your dancin’ shoes!

July 14: Diane Lines Quartet

Offering selections form her hit show, “Diane Lines’ Jump!”, a celebration of 40’s and 50’s era swing, boogie-woogie, and jump blues music – Diane and her band (Sam Ellington – vocals, Tony Chamberlist, percussion, Tim Porter, guitar) will be bringing the swing to Pitt Meadows Summer Serenade July 14 at 7pm.

Diane Lines received her musical education at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto, and at Cleo Laine and John Dankworth’s  Wavendon Music Program in England.

Diane has been playing keyboards and singing with Canada’s “King of Swing” Dal Richards and his Orchestra (now the Dal Richards Tribute Orchestra) for the last 10 years and is featured on 4 of Richards’ albums: The Swinging Years; Dal Richards and Friends, Dal Richards: One More Time, and the soon to be released Keep on Swingin’. Diane was also the pianist for Grammy nominated Michael Bublé for two years

Away from home, Diane has performed on six continents and has appeared with a variety of entertainers including; Les Brown, Jim Walker, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Jim Byrnes, Joani Bye, Rolf Harris, Alfe Zappacosta, Bria Skonberg, Amanda Wood and Shari Ulrich.

July 21: Bruce James Orchestra

The Bruce James Orchestra is a 19-piece Big Band “Bringing the Best of Big Band” to B.C.’s Lower-Mainland. Our ensemble has been providing exceptional big band/dance band music in the Vancouver area since 1999. We perform a variety of big band arrangements from the classic Big bands of the 1930’s such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Count Basie through the “crooner” hits of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, to the sultry sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, to present day swing classics from artists such as Michael Bublé, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Harry Connick Jr and pop and rock hits from Artists such as Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Spyro Gyra – just to name a few! The band performs for events such as dances, weddings, anniversaries, jazz clubs, pubs, fundraisers, corporate events, concerts in the park, and jazz vespers. We are an ensemble which prides itself on excellence – not only in our music, but in showmanship; we incorporate energy and flare in our shows, and incorporate rehearsed choreography in our musical selections. We come equipped to be costumed in formal black tie and gown wear, military tans with wedge caps and our standard uniform – our “swing era” look complete with fedoras, suspenders, swing shoes and our signature blacks with yellow ties. The band has been a musical presence in the Greater-Vancouver area for the past 22 years, and are always open to new performance opportunities.

The Bruce James Orchestra is honoured to be able to be the “host” band for the Summer Serenade 2021 Concert Series in beautiful Pitt Meadows, and thanks the City of Pitt Meadows, Mayor and Council for their hospitality. The band also extends gratitude to the Katzie First Nation for sharing their unceded traditional territories and ancestral lands where we live, work, play, perform and bring together community through music with the people of Pitt Meadows.

Catch us at Spirit Square July 21, August 11 and closing the series on August 25, 2021.

July 28: James Thorhaug Rhythm and Blues Band

The James Thorhaug Band plays the blues, mixed with a little soul jazz, swing, surf, and some funk for a hot stew of tasty covers and cool originals. The band emerged from the local Greater Vancouver blues scene, hosting jam sessions and playing in a wide variety of different bands. After working with literally hundreds of blues musicians over the years, from raw blues rockers to seasoned jazz pros and beyond, the band has become a tight unit, showcasing their blues knowledge and experience. They look forward to boogie-ing with the lovely people of Pitt Meadows July 28th at 7pm!

August 4: Linda Szentes and JazzLinks

Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks is a jazz combo made up of friends who are alsoaccomplished, improvising musicians. Linda’s rhythm section includes Michael Toth, guitar, Johan Worst, bass, and Zoltan Kollar, drums.

Warm and blues oriented, their sound is distinctive and they groove as one! Linda is an accomplished and versatile singer in many genres who has loved and listened to jazz throughout her life. She is a musician and a singer: combined with her lyrical, flexible voice  and rhythmic sensitivity ,she is a natural improviser.

This group successfully interprets a wide repertoire-vocal and instrumental jazz hits from the 20’s/30’s to the 70’s-and a diversity of styles within the genre: classic jazz standards, swing era tunes, blues-inflected jazz, latin/bossa and 70’s funk. The group also loves jazzy pop tunes and will treat you to their favorite Beatles and Bacharach selections.

Recent projects include a tribute to Doris Day and Anita O’Day called “What a Difference a Day Makes”; Jazzlinks opened up North Delta’s new Arts Centre with this tribute show in February2020.Post-Covid, the group has hosted two very successful Livestream concerts, one of which was generously sponsored by the Abbotsford Arts Council as part of the Mill Lake Music series.

August 11: Bruce James Orchestra

August 18: Double Overtime – Soul/R&B/Rock ‘n Roll

Double Overtime has been on the Metro Vancouver scene for decades. We’ve played promotions, special events, fundraisers, corporate parties, private parties, weddings, and more. What sets us apart from the rest is our versatility, energy and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by some of the grey hairs – Double Overtime is very experienced at providing a tight, high-impact show with wow-factor and groove to get any audience moving.

The calibre of the musicians means that we really can play anything. Sure, our specialty is Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Chicago, Van Morrison, Commitments, and soul and R&B hits of that variety… but Bruno Mars? No problem. Elvis? Uh-huh. Black-Eyed Peas? Nailed it. With the talent in this group, we can do all your favourite dance hits from the 60s to today.

Double Overtime looks forward to bringing the groove to Pitt Meadows August 18, 2021!

August 25: Bruce  James Orchestra (Last Show of the Series)

BRUCE JAMES ORCHESTRA IS BACK!!!

Hello friends and fans of the BJO!

LIVE MUSIC IS COMING BACK TO PITT MEADOWS!

Join in every Wednesday night throughout July and August  for our FREE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY “SUMMER SERENADE” CONCERT SERIES!!!

Kicking off the series Wednesday July 7, 2021 at 7PM – live music will be performed every Wednesday until August 25, 2021!

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and friends and family to beautiful Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square!

We look forward to performing for you!

Bruce James,  Band Leader – The Bruce James Orchestra

Ensemble Update: April 1, 2020

Hello friends and fans of the #BJO. The #BruceJamesOrchestra sends you all best wishes as we -as a community – navigate the current #Covid19 pandemic. We (as an ensemble) are following our federal and provincial governments’ recommendations of #socialdistancing in consideration of our members’ and audience’s health. In light of this, the BJO will not be rehearsing or performing until further notice. Please keep and eye on our Facebook page and our website for ensemble updates. Thank you for your support, and for your understanding. Together, we CAN #flattenthecurve and beat this! Stay happy. Stay well! #Covid19Canada#YVRMusic#BigBand#BigBandCanada#Community

CHRISTMAS IS COMING EARLY TO VANCOUVER AND IT IS GOING TO SWING!

Renee James Productions Int’l presents the 2019 Live Tour: CHRISTMAS WITH SINATRA

After a very successful 3-city tour last holiday season on Vancouver Island of the same name with a 5 piece band, Christmas with Sinatra – headlined by Vancouver’s own Dane Warren– is coming to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley this December holiday season!

With a successful island tour in hand, this season of Christmas with Sinatra is going to be bolder, brassier and even bigger this year – in large part to having the power-house Big Band – the Bruce James Orchestra – providing the musical backdrop to Christmas and Crooner classics alike. Couple Dane Warren – hailed as Vancouver’s top Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist, the 17-piece Bruce James Orchestra with the sultry (and sometimes sassy) vocals of guest star Mandy Rushton, Christmas with Sinatra will be the musical highlight of the 2019 holiday season!

When? This coming December 2019 at a theatre near you! Dec,8 13, 15, 17 & 18!

Where?

Sun, Dec 8 West Vancouver @ Kay Meek Centre 8pm

https://kaymeek.com/events/christmas-with-sinatra?rq=christmas%20with

Fri, Dec 13 New Westminster @ The Massey Theatre 8pm

https://ticketstonight.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=4027

Sun, Dec 15 Vancouver @ Hungarian Cultural Centre

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/christmas-with-sinatra-vancouver-tickets-69160170933?aff=ebdssbeac

Tues, Dec 17 Abbottsford @ Matsqui Centennial Theatre 8pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/christmas-with-sinatra-abbotsford-tickets-62011418823?aff=ebdssbeac

Wed, Dec 18 Mission – Clark Foundation Theatre at UFV – 8pm              Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/christmas-with-sinatra-mission-tickets-62527738148

Why? Everyone deserves the chance to dress up, unwind, celebrate life, love and brassy big band sounds with a holiday flair.

How?  Book your holiday party or family experience now!  Limited VIP tickets are still available.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE SEASON WITH YOU!

BRUCE JAMES ORCHESTRA BRINGS THE BEST OF BIG BAND TO B.C.’s LOWER MAINLAND!

Love music of the big band era … and beyond?

Love swing dancing?

Enjoy live music from a powerhouse jazz orchestra?

Join the Bruce James Orchestra at one of our many performances this coming Fall 2019!

Please check our gigs/performance calendar for details!

Hope to see you at one of our shows soon!

Remember: the band is always for hire ...

Weddings, Anniversaries, Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Jazz Vespers, Tribute Artist performances … just to name a few!

We also come equipped to provide:

A small jazz combo

solo piano or guitar

plus offer affiliate DJ services at a greatly reduced standard cost.

We would be honoured to provide the live music at your next event!

Please contact us with any inquiries you may have, or for a services quote!

WEATHER UPDATE: AUGUST 21, 2019

SUMMER SERENADE: AUGUST 21, 2019:

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN 🙁

POST-PONED TO NEXT WED. AUGUST 28th!

Hey Bruce James Orchestra Vancouver Big Band fans! Once again, due to rain, Summer Serenade is CANCELLED TONIGHT! 🙁 Craziest “summer” weather ever! 🙁 We plan to extend our summer season and be swingin’ next Wednesday at 7pm.

IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT COOPERATE NEXT WEEK, WE WILL STILL PERFORM AT PITT MEADOWS HERITAGE HALL on Harris Rd! 7PM. Huge place with room to dance!

If you still want some great tunes (and an opportunity to dance TONIGHT!), head down to Pitt Meadows‘ South Bonson Community Centre at 7pm for a night of swing music and swing dancing w/Jason Warner and Suburban Swing Abbotsford– Pitt Meadows studio. Beginners welcome! Contact Jason for more info! jason@suburbanswing.com or visithttps://www.suburbanswing.com/pitt-meadows

SUMMER SERENADE GUEST ARTIST: Wed. July 31/19

Our audience asked – we supplied! We are pleased to introduce to our friends and fans in Pitt Meadows, “HAPPY HOUR” – Maple Ridge’s own rockin’ Celtic inspired band!

HAPPY HOUR is a four piece, Celtic-inspired, acoustic band that plays all your favourite celebratory songs. Songs that remind you of Ireland, Scotland, Eastern Canada, and beyond. Songs that, even if you are unfamiliar with them, can be sung along to immediately. They guarantee your toes will be a tappin’!

They will be performing in our stead this coming Wednesday! Don’t miss it! 7-9PM at Pitt Meadows Spirit Square!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AT GOLDEN EARS UNITED CHURCH!

SAD DAY WHEN PEOPLE STEAL FROM A CHURCH. FLAGS (and POLES!) STOLEN LAST WEEK 🙁

Please help in replacement costs! Flags Stolen From Maple Ridge Church 🙁

The Bruce James Orchestra is raising money to benefit Golden Ears United Church to obtain new Pride and Transgender flags which were stolen this week – only a month after the church became Affirming. This church generously shares its space with our Big Band when we need rehearsal space and asks only our friendship and music in return. They always help us … it is our turn to help them. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE:  

Golden Ears United Church GoFundMe Flag Campaign 

Musically yours,

The Bruce James Orchestra

Hey Bruce James Orchestra Vancouver Big Band fans! Once again, due to rain, Summer Serenade is CANCELLED TONIGHT! 🙁 Craziest “summer” weather ever! 🙁 We plan be back swingin’ next Wednesday at 7pm. If you still want some great tunes (and an opportunity to dance!), head down to Pitt Meadows‘ South Bonson Community Centre at 7pm for a night of swing music and swing dancing w/Jason Warner and Suburban Swing Abbotsford– Pitt Meadows studio. Beginners welcome! Contact Jason for more info! jason@suburbanswing.com or visithttps://www.suburbanswing.com/pitt-meadows