Jazz Club Schedule:
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).
November 6, 7:30 pm
Avalanche Bar & Grill
275 8th St. Courtenay
$5 for GSJS members or $7 for non-members
This Thursday, the Society features one of the most popular, and longest established combos when Indigo Jazz plays as a quintet at The Avalanche Bar at 7:30pm. Core members Dale Graham (vocals), Rick Husband (guitar) and John Hyde (bass) are joined by guests Neil Clark on drums and Jay Havalaar on trumpet.
Singer Dale Graham has built her reputation on a solid jazz repertoire and a warm connection to her audience. She delivers honest and precise melodies with a slippery take on time and phrasing. Dale will take a new step this performance, offering her original lyrics for the classic Sam Rivers melody Beatrice. Dale needs no introduction to jazz fans in this area; she has become one of the premier jazz singers with a growing number of followers over the past seven years. She never fails to enchant her audience with tunes from The Great American Songbook, through to her own version of Gordon Lightfoot ballads, and many genres in between. This is your opportunity to discover why she is a perennial favourite.
Rick Husband is well known to local jazz audiences for his rhythmic, responsive and engaging playing. Rick is central to the sound and texture of Indigo Jazz, but he also has a hand in the Jenn Forsland Group, and guests with Forbidden Jazz, the Herb Alpert tribute band, and Ralph Barrat. His style is compelling, highly responsive to his fellow players, and his interplay with Dale’s vocals is utterly intuitive. He also communicates beautifully with his listeners by integrating improvised lines with familiar motifs and genres.
John Hyde is a retired jazz educator with a wealth of experience in composing, arranging and performing. His appearance last month at the Avalanche with Bill Coon and Aaron Amar was a smash success. John’s playing is uniquely responsive, playful and fresh, and he provides the perfect grounding for the Indigo sound. He is also on the cusp of releasing his third CD in as many years – watch for it.
After fifteen years in Vancouver, Jay Havalaar returned to his home town of Campbell River in 2012 and quickly established himself on the mid-island music scene. Comfortable in a variety of musical styles, Jay brings a distinctive musical voice to his trumpet playing in any setting. Jay's approach to jazz improvisation is melodic and lyrical, which pairs brilliantly with the vocal melodies of Indigo Jazz. His debut guest appearance with Indigo Jazz in Parksville earlier this fall was a great success.
Jazz drummer Neil Clark has played professionally for decades, initially in his hometown of Victoria, and then on the road and on the cruise ship circuit. He resettled to the Comox Valley to start a business in 1996, and his recent retirement has been a real boon for the local jazz scene. Neil guested with Indigo earlier this year at the Campbell River jazz series, and the group has been looking for a chance to bring him on again.
Alterations at The Avalanche Bar are nearing completion. The transformation into a modern lounge has provided us with a jazz venue about which we can be proud. New setting, lighting, sound and an expanded seating capacity has meant that the venue is keeping pace with the constant rise in the quality of live jazz. Courtenay can now boast a club setting which rivals any major city in Canada and the US. Come, see and hear for yourself!
Tickets are now on sale for the B3 Kings Christmas Concert on December 20. Note: this is a Saturday night concert, in lieu of Thursday jazz for that one week only. We’re excited about welcoming Denzal Sinclair, Cory Weeds, Bill Coon and Chris Gestrin back to our stage for what surely will be the Christmas season’s most stunning live music performance. Ticket prices are $18 for members and $22 for non-members.
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