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Jazz Club - Thursdays 7:30 pm, Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St. Courtenay
($5 member, $7 non-member for smaller combos, and $10 member, $12 non-member for big bands, out of town, and special events).

Bill Coon, John Hyde and Aaron Amar

October 30, 7:30 pm

Avalanche Bar & Grill

275 8th St. Courtenay

$5 for GSJS members or $7 for non-members

 

 

Jazz at the Avalanche Bar this Thursday was originally billed as The John Hyde Trio. There’s nothing unusual about that; John makes regular appearances on our stage, and is well known and respected as a superb bassist. But then we received press information last week to say that in addition to Aaron Amar on drums, Bill Coon was joining them to make up the trio. To anyone reading this with a passing knowledge of who’s who in Canadian Jazz these days, you should know that Bill Coon is one of Canada’s foremost jazz quitarists. John Hyde sprung this out of nowhere, and we’re grateful to receive such surprises.

So plan on joining John Hyde and Aaron Amar as they welcome guitarist Bill Coon from Vancouver in an intimate evening of familiar tunes from the golden age of Jazz. Bill Coon’s melodic touch and style is that of a master instrumentalist. 

Juno nominated guitarist/composer/arranger, Coon is one of Canada’s most highly respected and sought after musicians. He has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years and has worked with numerous jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner, and PJ Perry. GSJS supporters have heard him at Christmas time with the B3 Kings Concert. 

Bill CoonBill Coon’s performing and writing has been documented on over two-dozen CDs to date, while big bands and orchestras throughout the world have performed his arrangements. Among them, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the VSO, the Woody Herman Jazz Band, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and Dal Richards Orchestra. Recently he has conducted and performed with the 23-piece Bill Coon Orchestra featuring jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire in a musical tribute to Nat King Cole.

John Hyde spent 30 years as an in-demand freelance bassist, music educator and the artistic director of the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Quiet and unassuming by nature, John comes alive with a stand-up bass in hand, and his style is magical and extremely rhythmical.

Aaron Amar brings his professional jazz experience from Toronto where he was active on the jazz scene for several years. In the five years or so that Aaron has lived in Comox Valley, he has earned a solid reputation as one of the finest drummers around, and we’re pleased to welcome him back. His rhythmic talents are much sought after and he performs with numerous local groups.

Showtime is 7:30pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Plan on arriving by 7:00 if you intend to meet friends and sit together; this will be a popular performance.

This is a last reminder for members that the Society’s 2014 AGM will be held at the Avalanche, starting at 5:30pm – two hours before show time.

 

 

 

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