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Past Events

Sun. June 10th 2018
Spirited Jazz Vespers John MacArthur, Tony Genge, Barry CassonFirst Unitarian Church of Victoria Victoria BC (All Ages)
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Sun. June 18th 2017
Sunday Series Presents: Melinda Whitaker Hermann's Jazz Club Victoria BC (All Ages)
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Sun. June 4th 2017
Maureen Washington, John MacArthur @  St. John's United Church Sidney BC (All Ages)
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Sun. April 24th 2016
Melinda Whitaker Hermann's Jazz Club Victoria BC (All Ages)
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John MacArthur

Active / Available - Confirmed: Jun. 5, 2017 (Awaiting Update)

from Victoria BC
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Vocals details

Contact Details

John MacArthur
250 479 6208

John MacArthur

Victoria’s own, John MacArthur is an accomplished guitarist with an extensive and eclectic background and plays a variety of jazz classics, swing, Latin and Gypsy jazz music.

Despite being a member of Victoria’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , John is most often seen around town and the island either as a soloist or in a variety of combos with the city’s top jazz musicians.

At 13 he joined The Esquires, one of Victoria’s first Rock and Roll bands winning the” Vancouver Island Battle of the Bands”, a notable event in the sixties.

By 16 he played in David Foster’s first Rock band,” The Teen Beats”.

Throughout that era he played in a succession of groups including R & R Hall of Famers “The Motifs , ”Amor de Cosmos”, and ” Velvet Brass”.

John has done an extensive cruise ship tour of the South Pacific Islands with “Party of Four”.

He has played gypsy jazz with” Twango” and” Karmel Sutra” and vintage rock with” Hot Rod Lincoln”, “Davey’s Gang” and” The Weeds”.

Recently John returned from Costa Rica , where he and Melinda Whitaker perform their annual winter gig.

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Past Projects

The EsquiresGuitar60s
Velvet BrassGuitar1970-1972
Amor de CosmosGuitar1968
The Teen BeatsGuitar1964-1965
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Available for lessons



The Motifs at The Crystal Gardens
Posted: Dec. 24, 2015 via
Filmed: Jul. 2, 2004
The Motifs at the Crystal Gardens
Posted: Dec. 24, 2015 via
Filmed: Jul. 2, 2004
The Motifs at the Crystal Gardens
Posted: Dec. 24, 2015 via
Filmed: Jul. 2, 2004
Listing last updated/confirmed Jun. 5, 2017

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