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Stephen Brown & The Bastion Band (feat. Eugene Dowling)

by Stephen Brown & The Bastion Band

Like minded, unamplified musicians, formed in 1982, perform traditional New Orleans jazz, roots country, blues, and R & B. Lyrical, bluesy, and unhurried, the Bastion Jazz Band treats fans to an evening of music rarely heard outside of New Orleans.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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1. Amazing Grace (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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2. Basin Street Blues (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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3. Chinatown, My Chinatown (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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4. The Lonesome Road (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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5. Michigan Water Blues (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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6. I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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7. Is It True What They Say About Dixie (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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8. Sweet Black Angel (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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9. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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10. Hesitating Blues (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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12. Sweet Substitute (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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14. The Object of My Affection
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15. Willie's Cabbage Song (feat. Eugene Dowling)
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16. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
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The Bastion Band, named after the Bastion Square in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was formed by Pat Paterson – clarinet, and Jim Reed – cornet, as the Bastion Jazz Band in 1982. In the early 90’s the band played as a six-piece. Joining Pat and Jim were Alf Sleigh – trombone, John Callen – piano, Frank Cassar – tuba, and Stephen Brown (me) – tenor banjo. Around 1995 or so, Jim Reed retired, and Pat Paterson assumed leadership. The Bastion Jazz Band began, on July 8, 1996, a 14 year and one half year show, every Sunday rain or shine, at the Blethering Place Tea Room (yes, they did serve beer) in Oak Bay, BC. As a five-piece band they recorded two CDs, Taking it Easy at the Blethering Place (1998) and Take Two at the Blethering Place (2003). In 2004 or so, Denny Box – drums, joined the band. October 8, 2009 sadly brought about the death of Col. Pat Paterson (age 90). Many changes in the band followed. John Callen and Frank Cassar left, and Alf Sleigh moved to Tsawwassen on the mainland. Stephen Brown (who never took solos on the banjo) switched to piano (where he was capable of taking solos), started singing most tunes, and became leader of a band of two – him and drummer Denny. Over the next year the band was rebuilt. Aaron Watson – guitar, and Eugene Dowling – tuba, became permanent members instead of occasional guests, Bryn Badel – trumpet, joined, and Alf started coming over from the mainland occasionally. The final show at the Blethering Place was January 30, 2011.

As you can see, the band has been through many changes over the years, but it has always maintained its original philosophy - a group of like-minded, unamplified musicians, performing traditional New Orleans jazz, roots country, gospel, and blues, in a lyrical, bluesy, and unhurried manner.

Today we play every Saturday evening, 8 - 11 pm, at the Ocean Island Backpackers Inn (our new home) in Victoria, BC. We are (sort of) a six piece band (God willing and the creeks don't rise) but our lineup changes every week. Most weeks the band is: Stephen Brown - piano, guitar, and vocals (me, I am there very week) and Denny Box - drums (almost always, however he does wander to Salt Spring Island or play with his percussion ensemble), Eugene Dowling - tuba (when he is not going to or playing in the opera), Alf Sleigh - trombone (when he can make it from Vancouver), Aaron Watson - guitar, accordion, and saw (when he not playing another gig which is just about all of the time), and Alfons Fear - trumpet (when he is not wrapped up in his family and studies, which is just about all of the time The Bastion Band, named after the Bastion Square in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was formed by Pat Paterson – clarinet, and Jim Reed – cornet, as the Bastion Jazz Band in 1982. In the early 90’s the band played as a six-piece. Joining Pat and Jim were Alf Sleigh – trombone, John Callen – piano, Frank Cassar – tuba, and Stephen Brown (me) – tenor banjo. Around 1995 or so, Jim Reed retired, and Pat Paterson assumed leadership. The Bastion Jazz Band began, on July 8, 1996, a 14 year and one half year show, every Sunday rain or shine, at the Blethering Place Tea Room (yes, they did serve beer) in Oak Bay, BC. As a five-piece band they recorded two CDs, Taking it Easy at the Blethering Place (1998) and Take Two at the Blethering Place (2003). In 2004 or so, Denny Box – drums, joined the band. October 8, 2009 sadly brought about the death of Col. Pat Paterson (age 90). Many changes in the band followed. John Callen and Frank Cassar left, and Alf Sleigh moved to Tsawwassen on the mainland. Stephen Brown (who never took solos on the banjo) switched to piano (where he was capable of taking solos), started singing most tunes, and became leader of a band of two – him and drummer Denny. Over the next year the band was rebuilt. Aaron Watson – guitar, and Eugene Dowling – tuba, became permanent members instead of occasional guests, Bryn Badel – trumpet, joined, and Alf started coming over from the mainland occasionally. The final show at the Blethering Place was January 30, 2011.

As you can see, the band has been through many changes over the years, but it has always maintained its original philosophy - a group of like-minded, unamplified musicians, performing traditional New Orleans jazz, roots country, gospel, and blues, in a lyrical, bluesy, and unhurried manner.

Today we play every Saturday evening, 8 - 11 pm, at the Ocean Island Backpackers Inn (our new home) in Victoria, BC. We are (sort of) a six piece band (God willing and the creeks don't rise) but our lineup changes every week. Most weeks the band is: Stephen Brown - piano, guitar, and vocals (me, I am there very week) and Denny Box - drums (almost always, however he does wander to Salt Spring Island or play with his percussion ensemble), Eugene Dowling - tuba (when he is not going to or playing in the opera), Alf Sleigh - trombone (when he can make it from Vancouver), Aaron Watson - guitar, accordion, and saw (when he not playing another gig which is just about all of the time), and Alfons Fear - trumpet (when he is not wrapped up in his family and studies, which is just about all of the time

Eugene Dowling, tuba, studied with euphonium virtuoso Leonard Falcone (Michigan State University) and legendary pedagogue Arnold Jacobs, former principal tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Northwestern University). At Northwestern, he also studied conducting with the late John P. Paynter.
For twenty-five years, Dowling was Principal Tubist with the Victoria Symphony and was a faculty member of the School of Music, University of Victoria for over thirty years. He has maintained an active schedule as a soloist, conductor, clinician and chamber musician. His recording The English Tuba on the Fanfare/Pro Arte label was nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) and received a number of favourable reviews and North America-wide radio play. Under Dowling's direction, the Victoria TUBACHRISTMAS ensemble has raised thousands of dollars for local charities and has been featured in such diverse venues as CBC TV's The Journal and with the Victoria Symphony Christmas Pops program. Eugene Dowling is a Yamaha Artist.

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