Pianist Ashley Wey will release her debut CD this weekend with a performance in Victoria.

Pianist Wey ready to release debut CD

Former North Saanich resident spotlighted in Hermann's show this weekend

After nearly a decade of touring — including recent European dates with four-time Grammy winner Manny Kellough — Victoria-born jazz pianist Ashley Wey returns home to release her full-length debut, Star Seeds, at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Saturday (Nov. 26) at 8:30 p.m.

The former North Saanich resident will perform with drummer Kelby MacNayr and bassist Sean Drabitt. They are long-time friends and musical compatriots who also acted as her studio band while recording the CD this past spring.

Acting as producer, composer and performer on her debut recording, Wey “wanted to explore love and romance from a few different viewpoints.”

She added interpretations of standards including Sinatra’s Nice and Easy and the Doris Day classic Secret Love, as well as four of her original jazz compositions.

Special guests on Star Seeds include vocalist Azure McCall, violinist Taylor Rankin and Argentinian guitarist Pablo De Luca. For more information including music samples, please visit www.ashleywey.com.

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