Jazz Club Schedule:
Jazz Club - Thursdays 7:30 pm, Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St. Courtenay
($5 suggested donation).
JOHN LEE TRIO
Thurs. Dec. 12 2013
Avalanche Bar & Grill
275 8th St, Courtenay
Admission $5 donation at the door
This Thursday is the Jazz Society’s pre-Christmas celebration, with extra fun and draw prizes, so plan on coming a bit early if you want the best seats or intend to meet a group of friends. The show marks the end of a phenomenal calendar year in which we lost our old digs at the Elks’ and found ourselves a new home at The Avalanche Bar. As frustrated as we were to find ourselves homeless, we’re really thankful that the nice folks at The Av let us have a room at their inn. Kind of Christmassy - but that all happened last February - and since then we haven’t regretted a moment.
To add to the excitement of this as a special event, we’re really pleased to introduce a wonderful new act to our stage, The John Lee Trio from Nanaimo.
John Lee, bass, was raised on the west coast islands of Canada. He’s been playing music since the age of five. By the time John completed his high school studies, he had received much attention from professional musicians in Canada and earned an impressive collection of awards, scholarships, and honours from jazz festivals, including Envision Jazz Festival, MusicFest Canada and Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. With the support of the Slaight Family Scholarship, Lee continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he pursued a Bachelor of Music in Performance. In addition to his academic training, Lee has studied with prestigious jazz educators David Santoro, Neal Smith, Greg Osby, Ralph Peterson Jr., Yoron Israel and Bob Gullotti.
John Lee is known for his incredible proficiency as a multi-instrumentalist as well as his ability to connect the audience to his music and live charisma. He performs regularly in colleges, universities, clubs and concert halls. Lee has performed in cities throughout Canada and the U.S. including New York City (Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club), Boston (Wally’s Jazz Café, The Beehive), Toronto (The Rex, Melody Bar), Washington (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Hamilton Live), Vancouver (Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver Francophone Festival), and Victoria (Hermann's Jazz Club). He performs regularly with recognized young contemporary jazz artists, in addition to having shared the stage with international jazz artists such as Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Phil Dwyer and Joel Miller.
Besides performing, John Lee is a dedicated educator who strongly believes in the importance of education in music. He has founded and directed his own jazz programs, including an annual five-week summer jazz program Next Generation Quintet located on Vancouver Island. After years of performing and studying in Boston, John relocated back to his hometown of Nanaimo, BC to establish an educating practice and career.
Currently, John Lee is in pre-production and development of his debut album featuring a complete set of original compositions and arrangements.
Andrew Janusson, guitar, grew up in Nanaimo, B.C. and has been playing since he was 13. Andrew is studying music at Vancouver Island University. He advanced quickly and performed with the large and small jazz ensembles, wind ensemble and musical theatre productions at Dover Bay Secondary as well as forming bands and playing gigs outside of school. It was here that he earned the Dogwood Award Scholarship to attend V.I.U. and further his studies in music, focusing on jazz performance. Andrew specializes in jazz, classical, rock and Latin styles of guitar. He also has a wealth of experience in funk, soul, and R&B styles.
Michael Mlikotic, drums, is a Nanaimo-born musician who started his musical training by playing piano at the age of eight. Throughout his life, Michael has learned to play many instruments, including trombone, guitar and bass, but now has focused as a jazz drummer. During his teens, Michael received recognition and honours through high school jazz festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival, Envision Jazz Festival as well as Musicfest Canada. Through the use of scholarships from these festivals, Michael attended local summer jazz camps at Vancouver Island University (VIU) where he studied from Local artists Pat Coleman, Ken Lister, and Buff Allen, Toronto-based drum set educator and performer. Michael also studied under Phil Dwyer at his summer jazz program and with other great musicians including Christine Jenson, as well as jazz multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson and Oregon-based drummer Alan Jones.
In order to immerse himself in a more thriving music scene, Michael moved to Boston where he lived there studying from local jazz artists including Berklee faculty and students. During this time he refined and honed his skills on the drum set as well as the art of music recording and production. After returning to British Columbia, Michael continues to expose his art by performing at local venues as well as producing music for other musicians in the Vancouver Island area.
From all of this, you can see that this is no run-of-the-mill trio. More importantly, it offers Georgia Straight Jazz Society a terrific opportunity to fulfil its mandate: to allow you the chance to expose yourself to something wonderful. Go on! We dare you. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present for only a $5 cover, by meeting some of the friendliest people around, in a club atmosphere, with international quality live jazz music in the air.
Our season will continue on January 9th, after a festive rest.
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