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Sun. March 11th 7 PM doors at 6:30 PM Spirited Jazz (Jazz Vespers) Edie DaPonte, Karel Roessingh, Damian Graham, Joey SmithFirst Unitarian Church of Victoria (All Ages)By Donation
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Sun. February 11th 2018
Spirited Jazz (Jazz Vespers) Karel RoessinghFirst Unitarian Church of Victoria (All Ages)
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Sun. January 21st 2018
Live Music Edie DaPonte, Karel RoessinghOswego Hotel's O Bistro (All Ages)
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Karel Roessingh

Karel Roessingh

Confirmed: Oct. 27, 2017

Jazz, folk, pop and blues from Victoria BC

Karel has composed and produced music for over 500 television episodes, and countless animated shorts, docs, and films.

He has released 15 recordings, beginning with the piano solo Keys, then a series of music and nature sounds CDs (see, two jazz trio CDs (Cat Fud and kr3+), and solo concert CDs (Blue/Green and Sweets). His latest releases (in 2008) are Do You Hear What I Hear, Tea Favourites, and Nature Boy. His latest is Birdsong in the Parkade, recorded on a Steinway grand in the lowest level of the View Street Parkade, with music based on bird songs collected on a cross-Canada camping trip.

Outside of his musical career, Karel has served two terms as mayor in his home municipality, the District of Highlands, and was reelected to Council in 2014.

In his spare time, Karel still loves to play the piano and plays in clubs, concert halls and in the studio whenever possible. He writes jazz tunes for his own and other groups, and has played with jazz greats such as Bud Shank, Ian MacDougall, Pat LaBarbera, Don Clark, Floyd Standifer, Roy Reynolds and many well-known vocalists. He's been bandleader for Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart, Rich Little (and his lesser know brother Fred), Shari Lewis (with Lambchop) and Ted Knight. He's regularly asked to play at jazz festivals as both leader and sideman.

Current Groups

Karel Roessingh Trio90s-present
Pretzel Logic OrchestraKeys2005-present
Holly Arntzen's Dream Band2001-present

Past Groups

Barbara Fisher's New RollersKeyboards / Vocals80s
Zipper - VictoriaKeyboards80s
Custom DeluxeKeyboards80s
WizardKeyboards / Vocals70s
Trombone Mayhem
Nick La Riviere Septetpiano



Give It Up
In this Video Artist(s) Vocals: Maureen Washington, Daniel Cook, Karel Roessingh, Bass: Joey Smith, Drums: Damian Graham Resource(s): Studio 549 1/2 , Audio: Jes & Evan Matthiesen
Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 via
Filmed: Dec. 21, 2017
Ride the Wind
In this Video Artist(s) Edie DaPonte, Joey Smith, Karel Roessingh, Damian Graham, Richard Moody
Posted: Dec. 20, 2015
Karel Roessingh "Live" at the Empress Hotel Victoria
In this Video Artist(s) Karel Roessingh
Posted: Jan. 31, 2014

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