Band leader Fate Marable remembered that when Louis Armstrong first joined him, one tune that went down well with the audiences was “The St. Louis Blues” (1914). Marable relayed how “the power of Armstrong’s trumpet sent the famous

W. C. Handy composition bouncing off the boat to the shores in both directions.” As Marable explained it, “It was an entirely different kind [of] music.” It differed from “ragtime which preceded it or the swing which followed.” 

~ A Tour Of The Blues ~

St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans

Andrew Homzy’s NOLA NightHawks
Featuring three guest vocalists

Robyn Fortunat, Layla Hansen, Dominique Pashley

Celebrating the music of W.C. Handy - the "Father of the Blues” -
13 professional musicians perform 15 of W.C. Handy’s compositions

A musical journey from St. Louis Missouri to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Trumpets: Greg Bush and David Herman 
Trombones: Darren Nilsson and Craig Burnett
Clarinet: Claudio Fantinato
Baritone Sax: Rod Alsop
Drums: Alicia Murray 
Bass: Rob Uffen
Guitar: Jesse Marshall
Director/Piano: Andrew Homzy
Vocalists: Robyn Fortunat, Layla Hansen, Dominique Pashley
Co-Producer: Pat Selman
Key Grip and Video-Historiographer: Norman Abbey

Handy’s hues of blues have been sung and played by the worlds greatest musicians including:
Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey, Eartha Kit, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, The Canadian Brass, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Laurie ~~~

W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” has been recorded over 2,100 times - since it was published in 1914.

A Tour of the Blues: Celebrating the Music of W.C. Handy, will be performed on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6 at

Chemainus Gardens Pavilion, 3042 River Rd., Chemainus.

Tickets, available at

Rainforest Arts, 9781 Willow St., Chemainus, 

Oak St. 49th Parallel Grocers, Chemainus,

Fascinating Rhythm, 51 Commercial St. Nanaimo

$20 advance, $15 students, and $25 at the door

For information, phone 250-324-1900.

In association with NIJFA - Click below -

Andrew Homzy's N.O.L.A. NightHawks

Cabaret Concerts - November 3, 4, 5 & 6
Four Shows - Thursday to Sunday - Four Shows

All shows start at 7:30

Chemainus Gardens - 3042 River Road, Chemainus

$20 advance, $15 students, and $25 at the door
sold in advance at:
Rainforest Arts, 9781 Willow St., Chemainus, and Oak St. 49th Parallel Grocers, Chemainus, 
Fascinating Rhythm - Nanaimo

Andrew Homzy

1925 - Columbia recorded "St. Louis Blues"

Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong