The Kris Jay Trio was formed by Kris Jay Bowerman in 2014 to serve the Greater Vancouver Area with quality jazz performances for various events needing background music — receptions, cocktail parties, corporate and civic events, weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, and any kind of celebration. In 2018 the band expanded into performing at house concerts. The instrumentation of the trio consists of trombone, piano/keyboard, and acoustic bass.
In 2019 a drummer was added for when the group performs on stage with a listening audience, such as concerts and festivals. In this format the band is called the Kris Jay Trio + 1. In 2020 the Kris Jay Duo was born, with Kris and pianist Stephen Robb recording a special pre-taped concert of a mix of original and standard jazz tunes. In the spring of 2021 they recorded a virtual concert for Knox Instrumental Measures Series of all original music written by the performers. Just weeks after the duo concert, the trio recorded the same original tunes for another virtual concert.
Kris employs local professional level musicians who have years of experience to deliver a high quality musical experience for all occasions. The basic line-up is Kris Jay Bowerman, trombone; Stephen Robb, piano/keyboard; Brent Gubbels, bass; Elliot Polsky, drums.
Quality music for a successful event!
Greater Vancouver Area
Performances (short list)
Birthday Party (virtual concert) — Tsawwassen
Knox Instrumental Measures (virtual concert) — Vancouver
US Consulate General (party) — Vancouver
Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival, Richmond
CB2 Store Event, Vancouver
Wedding Dinner Hour, Brock House Restaurant, Vancouver
Long, Long Table, Surrey Civic Plaza, Surrey
Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Beach House, West Vancouver
House Concert, Tsawwassen, BC
Assante Wealth Mgmt, Client Appreciation, Van. Art Gallery
Birthday Party, Vancouver Rowing Club
Interurban Tram, Richmond
Wedding Reception, Fraserview Banquet Hall, Vancouver
Department of Civil Engineering, Symposium Banquet, UBC
Tri-City Paint & Design, 25th Anniversary, Port Coquitlam
Easter Seals Regatta, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Wedding Reception, Teahouse, Stanley Park
Birthday Party, Kerrisdale Community Centre
Perkins & Will, Corporate Reception, Marine Gateway
Birthday/Retirement Party, Crescent Beach
Auto West Group, Christmas Parties:
River Rock Casino Theatre
Pacific Gateway Hotel
Wolf & Hound Restaurant, Kitsilano, Vancouver