Jazz Cafe

December 10th, 7 PM @ Phoenix Auditorium

Roger Christie, Brian McMahon, Jen Hiltz and Marty Steele on piano

Roger Christie warmly entertains you with his amusing, exciting and/or moving life transformations held within stories and songs. Tales from his time as a kid singer on Broadway, to roles such as arts empresario, to his experiences as an alternative health center executive and Raspberry Jazz Cafe owner on Gabriola Island may all be shared. Roger will be happily joined by Jen Hiltz, a talented treat as a vocalist, the remarkable and eclectic Marty Steele as arranger/ keyboard player, and Gabriola’s superbly fine sax player, Brian McMahon.

Jen Hiltz has been singing and performing at fairs, festivals, and markets throughout BC from a young age. She plays in numerous music styles but has a particular focus and love of Country music. Jen has performed at venues such as the Camrose Big Valley Jamboree, with several bands (including Westbank Country Opry, Stolen Property, and, more recently, the Undercover-Band), and has opened for Adam Gregory at Parks Alive!.

Marty Steele is the undisputed master of playing keyboard bass lines over and while playing piano. In over 40 years of active gigs he has shared the stage with Trini Lopez, Andy Williams, and Jack Jones amongst others. With a wide range of repertoire and versatility from jazz to rock to blues, he’s played Carnegie Hall with a College Jazz Quartet and choirs. 
Marty has also helped launch and regularly performed at the Nanaimo Jazz Festivals and played for the Nanaimo Blues Fest. Since 2013, he and Roger Christie have collaborated on a number of Theme Shows for Dinner / Concert nights in both Nanaimo and on Gabriola Island. 

Since moving from the Okanagan to Gabriola in 2018, Brian McMahon has become very busy playing music with many of the island’s amazing musicians. He has previously played saxophone in big bands, sax quartets, musicals, and jazz combos and is currently involved in six musical projects.  Brian is deeply grateful to the Gabriola Arts Council and the many individuals who have made “Gabriola Live” happen.