At the Avalanche Bar & Grill 275 8th Street, Courtenay

Saturday, December 20th 2014 at 7:30 pm
B3 Kings

$18 for GSJS members or $22 for non-members - Tickets almost sold out

Georgia Straight Jazz Society marks the conclusion of its highly successful autumn series with a special Saturday night performance by the B3 Kings presenting their legendary Christmas Concert on stage at The Avalanche Bar & Grill at 7.30. This festive jazz program has flourished for 15 years, and we're happy to be included on the 10 gig tour, which this year spans from Calgary to Courtenay.

The B3 Kings are a funky and festive jazz quartet formed in 2002 for a Christmas concert at The Cellar in Vancouver. The show was such a huge success that the concert has become an annual event. Canadian vocal sensation Denzal Sinclaire, an internationally known jazz star, doubles as vocalist/drummer, and has had his praises sung by the likes of Diana Krall and Cassandra Wilson. Hammond B3 organist Chris Gestrin is responsible for making this group as funky as it is with his wicked organ grooves and creative arrangements of Christmas classics. Saxophonist Cory Weeds brings an unbridled enthusiasm to the show, and is perhaps best known for his work with the great Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has also been a great supporter of Georgia Straight Jazz Society and its success in presenting live jazz. Guitarist Bill Coon is as funky as they come in this line-up, yet brings with him his wonderful jazz sensibility. Bill is well known to Comox Valley jazz aficionados having made a guest appearance in Courtenay about a month ago when he played with the John Hyde Trio.

B3 Kings Christmas shows sell out well in advance and their concerts are eagerly anticipated each year. In 2004 the B3 Kings went into the studio to record their first Christmas Album. The quartet shared the bill with Bruno Hubert Trio and produced 'A Cellar Live Christmas', now out of stock.

To see a medley of the Christmas concert, visit B3 KINGS - FUNKY FESTIVE JAZZ

Regular Thursday Night Jazz performances resume at The Avalanche Bar on January 8th. Please note that we will be presenting jazz EVERY Thursday in 2015. Although you may not be able to see this sold out performance, we encourage you to mark your calendar and discover live jazz in what has been called the best jazz venue in BC. Yes, right here in Courtenay. Please visit our web site at www.georgiastraightjazz.com for full information about our upcoming 2015 season, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Merry Christmas from the Society. We hope to see you in 2015.

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