Paul Pigat plays one of Jazz in the Fort’s last shows of the 2019 season with a performance on Dec. 14. (Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Paul Pigat plays one of Jazz in the Fort’s last shows of the 2019 season with a performance on Dec. 14. (Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

‘Good music, humour, and sensitivity – it’s gotta be the whole package’

Paul Pigat performs in Fort Langley at Beatniks Bistro, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14

Behind an unassuming grin and underneath a pair of Doc Watson glasses, lurks a mosaic of musical genres – perhaps most prominently, jazz.

Paul Pigat will play at the Jazz in the Fort’s monthly concert series, an initiative launched earlier this fall by the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival (FLJAF).

Dave Quinn, artistic director of FLJAF, said he’s excited to have Pigat come to Beatniks Bistro on Dec. 14 to play a wide mixture of vintage jazz, swing and rockabilly tunes.

“Pigat is one of Canada’s premier roots, swing, and rockabilly guitarist and songwriters,” said Quinn.

Pigat’s performance is the fourth in the Jazz in the Fort’s monthly concert series that started with international jazz vocalist Nina Michelle in September followed by the Al Foreman Band in October and the Jennifer Scott Trio in November.

“Our concert series has been overwhelmingly popular with each performance venue filled to capacity,” Quinn added. “People are telling us how much they appreciate being able to catch such high calibre live music right here in our own backyard.”

Read More: Jazz vocalist Jennifer Scott comes to town with her trio

Pigat, who performed at last year’s Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival, plays in several bands from a rockabilly group called Cousin Harley, acoustic blues and roots band, Boxcar Campfire, and vintage jazz and bebop stylings in the Paul Pigat Trio.

“What I will be playing on Dec. 14 will be a lot of originals that have a basis in ragtime and blues,” Pigat said. “I’m all about entertainment. Good music, humour, and sensitivity – it’s gotta be the whole package.”

When he’s not out with Cousin Harley, Boxcar Campfire, or any of the many other projects he’s involved in, he can be found with students at international guitar workshops, doing master classes, or teaching privately at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

While the concert does take place a few weeks before Christmas, Pigat said he’s unsure if there will be a holiday tune or two thrown into his set.

“Nothing planned as of yet, but I’m known to croon out a Christmas standard every once in a while,” the musician teased.

There are no tickets as the event is free; people are encouraged to come early and grab a seat as Beatniks does not take reservations. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Next up in the series is a tribute to jazz great, Dinah Washington with vocalist Jayleen Stonehouse on New Year’s Eve at Mangia e Scappa.

Those interested in catching the New Years Eve show on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. are encouraged to make a reservation.

The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival will be launching a new concert series next year, The 2020 festival will be held July 24-26, 2020.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

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

Just Posted

Send your letter to the editor via email to <a href="mailto:editor@langleyadvancetimes.com"><strong>editor@langleyadvancetimes.com</strong></a>. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Governments need to do more to aid businesses during COVID

Consumers need to realize the economic impact that buying online has on struggling local companies

Two-year-old Otis loves helping out around his grandparent’s acreage in Fernridge. He especially enjoys helping pick up and transport the leaves that grandpa Roland Seguin, 80, and grandma Lorraine collect – wheelbarrow rides being the highlight. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Good times in rural Langley

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako van Popta spoke in the House of Commons about the SkyTrain expansion to Langley City, and requested $550M. (Screengrab/Special to Langley Advance Times)
$550M federal ask would push SkyTrain expansion to Langley

Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako van Popta advocating for dollars to extend from Fleetwood to Langley City

Send your letter to the editor via email to <a href="mailto:editor@langleyadvancetimes.com"><strong>editor@langleyadvancetimes.com</strong></a>. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Reader trusts in God to keep us safe during COVID

If you have a letter you’d like to submit to the editor for consideration, please email it to us

Actors rehearsing a scene in the upcoming TWU Theatre production of WROL (WIthout Rule of Law), which premieres on Dec. 1. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Livestream play offers beacon of home in complicated times

Langley’s Trinity Western University’s theatre program presents a story of strength and survival

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

An Oceana Canada audit of Canadian fish stocks reveals a growing number with critical populations, calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to enact existing commitments. (File photo)
B.C.’s declining fisheries the result of poor DFO management: audit

Oceana Canada calls for follow through on government commitments

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Reverend Patrick John (PJ) O’Maoil Mheana, ordained as Father Luke, has been named the new rector for the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. (Contributed photo)
From chaos to love, White Rock’s newest priest to spread message of hope

Rev. Patrick John O’Maoil Mheana to start work at Church of the Holy Trinity Nov. 30

Randy Bell. (File photo)
Former northern B.C. mayoral candidate arrested after allegedly refusing to wear mask

Randy Bell handcuffed and given a warning at Bulkley Valley Credit Union in Smithers

Most Read