Sunday, July 14, 12:30 pm ~ 2:00 pm
* All programs and schedules are subject to change without prior notice
The Kris Jay Trio was formed in 2012 (trombone, piano, bass) drawing its repertoire primarily from jazz standards as well as adding in lesser known gems from the jazz world. The seasoned jazz musicians, performing for stage shows as well as support music for various types of events, have played in all diﬀerent kinds of venues and settings. For the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival performance, the Trio is excited to add drummer Buﬀ Allen to kick up the energy and give listeners an enhanced musical experience. Band members include Kris Jay Bowerman: trombone, Stephen Robb: piano/keyboard, Brent Gubbels: acoustic bass, and Buﬀ Allen: drums.
Kris Jay Bowerman - trombone
When Kris started playing his first parties as a teenager with The Jazz Quintet, the attendees were twice his age, enjoying the enthusiasm and attentiveness brought to the music. During this time he made other public appearances, including performances in a big band at the Monterey Jazz Festival featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Watrous and Clark Terry, local productions of Broadway musicals, and The San Francisco Bay Bones.
As his musical abilities matured he found himself also performing with the Southern Oregon Woodchopper’s Big Band, Marin Symphony, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Valley Symphony, Antiquarian Funks, and the World/Alternative Folk music group Kris & Lark (formerly called Kuimba).
Since moving to British Columbia in 2005, he has played and recorded with Sweet Papa Lowdown, The Jazzers and has done freelance work, in addition to performing and recording with Kris & Lark. Kris leads the Kris Jay Trio — a jazz group that performs in the Greater Vancouver Area.
Stephen Robb- piano/keyboard
Stephen Robb is an accomplished clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist performing both classical chamber music and jazz idioms, performing the gamut from classical clarinet, chamber and orchestral repertoire to jazz standards, original compositions and free improvisation.
His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, Clyde Mitchell and the Lions Gate Sinfonia (North Vancouver), Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Victoria Symphony and others. Stephen serves as the Music Director of the Delta Community Music School and the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra. He has performed with Jared Burrows, Brad Muirhead, Djangophilia, and the Galiano Trio.
Brent Gubbels - acoustic bass
Brent Gubbels has been a Vancouver based professional musician and teacher for many years. In that time he’s worked with a diverse group of local musicians and ensembles including Van Django, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Gypsalero, Rumba Calzada, John Reischman, the Vince Mai Project, Dal Richards, Lee Aaron, Dee Daniels as well as Stuart Maclean and Bob McGrath. As a member of the Oscar Lopez trio he has performed pops concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
He has toured North America and Europe extensively and played a variety of international jazz and folk festivals including concerts at Lincoln Centre Plaza, the Kennedy Centre, Southbank Center, Tonder Festival, Towersey Village Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. He’s also been regularly featured in groups performing at the Vancouver Jazz festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Brent can be heard on recordings by Gypsalero, Juno nominees Susan Crowe, Compadres and the Hard Rubber Orchestra as well as Juno winners James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez.
Buff Allen - drums
Buﬀ Allen has had over fifty years of professional playing experience, in jazz, pop, theatre, recording studios, concert tours, television and movies. He is the recipient of a 1989 Juno award for best jazz album category, as well as the 1987 Laureate in the CBC-Alcan competition at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and was a Juno nominee for 2003.
He's had the honour of being able to play with a large number of great musicians, both local and international, including Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Daniel Lanois, Lenny Breau, Ed Bickert, Johnny Hartman, Moe Koﬀman, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Eugene Amaro, Hagood Hardy, Kathryn Moses, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Hank Jones, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Guenieri, Red Norvo, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Murphy, Pat Coleman, Hugh Fraser, and many more.