Musicians' Bios for the Roy Styffe Sextet Concert (Friday. Oct. 13, 7:00 PM)

Roy Styffe has performed for the past thirty years as a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and flute player.  Roy is a musician serving in the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and has been a member since 2011.  He has his Bachelor of Music Degree from Humber College in Toronto.  While in Toronto, Roy recorded and perforned with Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Keny Wheeler, Pat Labarbara, Bernie Senensky and Ron Collier.  Roy has two recordings under his own leadership, has taught privately and with the Toronto District School Board. He has performed at major jazz festivals across the country and is now happy to call Victoria home.  Roy continues to perform with various Jazz groups in Victoria and Vancouver.






Kevin Elaschuk (trumpet) has performed with Sheila Jordan, Claude Ranger, Tony Wilson and P.J. Perry. He has recorded 3 albums as a leader, and is co-leader of esq (Kevin Elaschuk/ Dave Say Quintet).Kevin has worked with notable Canadian artists Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner, Owen Howard, Mike Murley and Roy Styffe among many others. He is also a trumpet instructor at North Vancouver's Capilano College.





Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician, equally at home in the standard classical canon as in new music, jazz, and improvisation. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of British Columbia. Hockley’s dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” examines performer agency in works that feature musical/physical aporia, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, and complex notational systems.

In addition to the classical canon, Hockley’s repertoire encompasses major works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his advocacy for new repertoire leads him to regular collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Thanos Chrysakis, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Jürg Frey. Hockley has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.

Hockley maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse chamber ensembles, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and Vancouver New Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2016), the Victoria Symphony (2011), and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (2009)

Hockley holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, graduating with distinction in clarinet performance. His teachers have included François Houle, Cris Inguanti, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart

Ron Hadley: Ron is originally from the Boston area, where he took private lessons at the New England Conservatory with jazz piano legend Jaki Byard while studying theory and jazz improvisation at Berklee College of Music. He has performed throughout North America and Japan, and his lifelong professional involvement in the latter country (In addition to ongoing concert and workshop tours in Japan, Ron also works as a translator and interpreter.) led to his relocation to the Pacific Northwest.


   Born and raised in a musical family from Vancouver, B.C., bassist Rick Kilburn grew up listening to and playing jazz. He attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, during 1973/74, and from there moved to New York, where he worked as a bassist with such diverse players as Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, Airto, Flora Purim and Chet Baker. 

Rick has enjoyed a forty-five year career, working with some of the best. During this period he has played at The Village Vanguard, The Village Gate, Bradley’s, Bottom Line, the Rainbow Room, the Blue Note in New York City, The Top of the Senator and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Concert venues that Rick has performed at include: Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, the Orpheum, and Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver.
   As well, guest appearances, accompanying various jazz groups performing in concert with Symphony Orchestras include: The Dave Brubeck Quartet with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Ohio State Symphony, Joffrey Ballet with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, Southern Cross Quintet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Buff Allen (drummer, percussionist, teacher) in Vancouver, B.C.. He has had 43 years of professional playing experience in jazz, pop, theatre, recording studios, concert tours, television, and movies.

He worked in Toronto for eight years in the late '70s and early '80s with artists including Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Eugene Amaro, Hagood Hardy, Kathryn Moses, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Don Thompson, and visiting artists including Hank Jones, Teddy Wilson, Lenny Breau, Johnny Guenieri, Red Norvo, Johnny Hartman, and Maxine Sullivan.

Since returning to Vancouver in 1984, he has played with leading artists including Diana Krall, Paul Horn, Pat Coleman, Oliver Gannon, Fraser MacPherson, Ron Johnston, Tommy Banks, and Hugh Fraser, as well as visiting artists Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Barry Harris, Mose Allison, Rob McConnell, and Guido Basso.

Since 1981, Buff Allen has become a familiar figure on jazz festival bandstands around the world from Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal in Canada to Dublin, Brussels, Glasgow, and The Netherlands.