Nick Apivor

Nick received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria in 1986, studying with Sal Ferreras. In the Classical/New Music World he has played with the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, The Drosera Ensemble, and recorded with Grammy nominated composer, Paul Dolden. As a Jazz Vibraphonist, he has performed with the N.O.W. Orchestra, Out of the Woods, Mimosa and many other groups. Nick has played in over 35 music Theatre Productions, including The Vancouver Playhouse’s 2008 production of The Drowsy Chaperone and their successful 2009 Canadian Tour of this show which ran at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. For the past 15 years, Nick has immersed himself in a variety of Latin Musical Styles, performing and recording with Juno-Nominated Rumba Calzada, Ache Brazil, The World Jive Big Band, John Gilliat Group, and many others. He has also performed with the Canadian Tenors, Saxophonist Kenny G., Legendary Singer Petula Clark, Comedian Don Rickles and the Great Persian Vocalist, Dariush.


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Alexander Boynton, Jr. CD Release Doo Bee Doo Bop

Opening track, an Alexander Boynton, Jr. original, "Beyond The Gate", features the excellent chops of trumpeter, Miguelito Valdes, along with flute player, Bill Runge. The soothing latin shuffle feel is complemented by Alexander's mellow and laid back bass grooves, the fine percussion work of Lenny Castro and Nick Apivor. Randy Holmes, Urban Music Scene

Day Three of the four-day Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia was a high-energy climax with bands from Canada, Malaysia, Japan, Holland and the US.

Borneo guitarist Victor Yong, originally from Miri and now based in Vancouver, shared his joy at being back home with a good opening set of Latin jazz.

His percussionist, Nicholas Charles Apivor, who also performed twice at the Miri International Jazz Festival with the band Rumba Calzada, had the audience on their feet with a terrific set of Brazilian batucada which featured all members of the band ‘Electric Carnival’ on percussion.

By: Madanmohan Rao   May 15,2011
Rumba Calzada's Vol.3 CD has been nominated for various awards including a 2002 Westcoast Music Award, a 2002 Canadian Independent Music Award, and a 2002 Juno Award. 

The band performs a powerful blend of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms that are...
"Guaranteed to move your feet and reach your soul". - Latin Beat Magazine, Los Angeles

Their latest CD, Album 4, was nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding World Recording of the Year.

In 2008, Rumba Calzada performed at the Miri International Jazz Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia, representing Canada, and was voted as the"crowd favorite" to return for 2009.

"Canadian Based Rumba Calzada brought the house down with their eclectic mix of Latin, Salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms." -Adam Lee, Music-Room- (Asia)

"This one stays in the CD player. A classic."
(, New York)

"Rumba Calzada now leads in the nuevo fusion Latin music movement and picked up a few award nominations along the way."
(The Philippine Star, Manila)

"... guaranteed to move your feet and reach your soul."
(Latin Beat Magazine, Los Angeles)

"If great things are worth waiting for then this soulful almost mesmerizing , project proves it."
(, New York)

"...a world class Latin Band."
(The Province, Vancouver, B.C.)

"The contagious sound is novel, contemporary, distinctive and perfect for either passive listening or active dancing."
(Planet Philippines, Manila)

"... it is more than refreshing to hear the deeply swinging, yet subter, approach offered by Rumba Calzada, arguably one of Canada's finest Latin bands."
(, New York)

"...another four star effort from one of our city's finest."
(Worldbeat, Canada)

"...labelled as Latin jazz, but the group leaps over that generic term by virtue of some clever arranging..."
(The Province, Vancouver, B.C.)