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What: CanUS Jazz Band Where: Her­mann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St. When: Sun­day, 3 p.m. (doors at 2) Tick­ets: $12 Why: Trom­bone player Jim Arm­strong is trav­el­ling from his home in White Rock to re­unite with the Vic­to­ria group he co-founded in 1991, one of the most en­dur­ing New Or­leans jazz and Dix­ieland acts in town. Arm­strong will join CanUS core mem­bers Mike Broadley (trum­pet), Al Pease (clar­inet, tenor sax), Joey Smith (bass), Toni Blod­gett (pi­ano) and Don Lep­pard (drums) for a spe­cial af­ter­noon Fa­ther’s Day per­for­mance, a kid-friendly affair that is the per­fect gift for jazzy dads of all ages. — Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

MU­SIC

What: The Song Will Never End — The Get­tin’ Higher Choir in Con­cert Where: Alix Goolden Per­for­mance Hall, 907 Pan­dora Ave. When: Fri­day and Satur­day, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) Tick­ets: $25 ($20 for student /se­niors) at the Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic box office (900 John­son St.), Ivy’s Books, Munro’s Books, James Bay Cof­fee and Books and Dig This. Why: Out­go­ing choir di­rec­tors Siob­han Robin­song and De­nis Don­nelly are wel­com­ing Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson to the fold as co-di­rec­tors of the hugely pop­u­lar Get­tin’ Higher Choir with two con­certs this week­end. Don­nelly is also serv­ing as a guest of sorts at this an­nual Mozam­bique ben­e­fit con­cert at the Alix Golden Per­for­mance Hall, and will shep­herd to the stage for solo slots spe­cial guests Anne Mor­tifée, Kim Wil­loughby, Lanny Pol­let and Oliver Swain, among oth­ers. — MD

MU­SIC

What: Her­mann’s First An­nual Jazz Fes­ti­val Where: Her­mann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St. When: Wed­nes­day through June 30 Tick­ets: $20-$40 daily; $275 for a fes­ti­val pass Why: The ven­er­a­ble View Street venue Her­mann’s Jazz Club is throw­ing its hat into the fes­ti­val ring with its first jazz fes­ti­val, one that ap­pears to have its sights set on the same au­di­ence as the TD Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val — which runs con­cur­rently. The lat­ter main­stay is the one with the big­ger, more in­ter­na­tional names, but the Her­mann’s event has some spe­cial nights on tap as well, in­clud­ing the John Stetch Trio (June 20), the Em­met Cohen Trio (June 27), and Benny Green (June 29). — MD

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