about my bands
City Band: After more than 20 years experience and training in Los Angeles, Wanda Nowicki, back in her hometown of Vancouver, has joined forces with Steve Bagnell saxophones and Mark Bender bass. She also enjoyed a long collaboration with Christopher Potter piano. Together they have become a uniquely entertaining band, always sophisticated but never detached, clearly hip with a good sense of fun. A glance at their set list and one can see that the group has a knack for selecting music that audiences are familiar with, but also is eclectic enough to separate the group from the average “standards band”. This band has had a lot of experience and knows how to work the room – when to settle back, when to pick things up, and how to include the audience in the fun they have while playing. They released their first studio recording Who’s Counting Us In? in early 2006.
Over the years, house gigs included Bogarts Chophouse & Bar, The Quay Marinaside, The Riverhouse Restaurant & Pub, Seb’s Market Café, The Heritage Grill, the Sylvia Hotel, Taste Resto-lounge, as well as many other venues and events in the Vancouver areaand as far east as Kaslo, deep in BC’s Kootenays. They made their first appearance in the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2005, and were featured at a number of Festival locations over the next five years including the Capilano SuspensionBridge Stage, Victory Square and Granville Island.
2009 saw the release of the group’s second cd release Prezactly Excisely, again recorded at Riverside Studios, engineered and co-produced by Rick Kilburn. This album got airplay on CBC’s national jazz radio show Tonic, and was well-received by audiences everywhere.
Wanda dedicated her latest album, Lean Back, to her late parents and that is reflected in the deeply personal performances that she gave in the studio. Working with Bill Buckingham at the controls, this recording features Wanda’s continually maturing voice, and her confidence at taking under-appreciated pop songs and turning them into gems. She also chose a number of songs by Canadian composers, including the legendary Leonard Cohen and two original songs by Gibsons-based David King.
Sunshine Coast Band: Since relocating to Gibsons three years ago, Wanda has joined forces with some of the finest musicians on the Sunshine Coast. She has formed a quartet enlisting the services of Boyd Norman bass, John Rule drums and Ken Dalgleish piano. They have played at a variety of local venues, most notably at the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and regular shows at Persephone Brewing.
Saltspring Island Band: Wanda has had the great fortune to perform on Saltspring Island at Moby’s Pub with stellar local players Ian Van Wyck bass, Laurent Boucher drums, David Lippincott guitar, and Derek Milton trumpet. This lineup has also supported Wanda at the Crofton Pub, and will be featured in the 2017 Chemainus Jazz Festival.