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

December 10th - Ralph Barrat and The Sharp Seven

Celebrate 100 years of Frank Sinatra

Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents a tribute to the songs of Frank Sinatra, featuring Ralph Barrat and The Sharp Seven at 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 10 at The Avalanche Bar and Grill. $10 for members, $12 for non-members.

Commented band leader Ralph Barrat in an interview last week, "Believe it or not, Saturday, December 12 is the 100th birthday of Francis Albert Sinatra, so our special performance at the Av is near perfect timing for the band to honour the amazing songs and career of Frank Sinatra, arguably the most influential popular vocalist of the 20th century."

This dynamic 7 piece combo includes a fantastic "first call" 3 piece horn section featuring Jeff Agopsowicz on Trombone; Jake Masri on Trumpet, and Troy Lucas on Tenor Sax and Flute. Newcomer to the band, trombone musician Jeff Agopsowicz, recently retired to the Comox Valley following a 30 year professional musical career within the music branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Jeff has collaborated with some of Canada's finest musicians, and the band is thrilled to add Jeff as a regular member. The rhythm section includes three familiar local musicians: Grahame Edwards on Bass, Michael Eddy on keyboard and Rob Peterson on Drums.

As many jazz fans in this region know, Ralph is the crooner most like Sinatra of all our local performers, so he'll be right at home on this nostalgic evening. So why not come down to the Av and join regular society members and enjoy a stellar parade of classics as Barrat performs tunes in his distinctive vocal style? Take a seat and allow this super band to carry you back to the Golden era of Jazz with evergreen songs, including "Night & Day", "Nancy with the Laughing Face", and "I've Got the World on a String", among many familiar favourites.

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