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

March 3rd at 7:30 pm - The Strathcona Big Band

Admission is $10 for society members, $12 for non-members.

Just saying, for those of you who didn't take in last week's show - Graham Shonwise "Soul Jazz" Quartet - we think you missed one of our best evenings of jazz, performed by really talented musicians.

As the Georgia Straight Jazz Society enters its eleventh year, the spring season of big bands continues when we present The Strathcona Big Band (formerly the Little Big Band).

These talented musicians, many well known to jazz lovers in the region, combine to create Campbell River's flagship 19-piece swing and jazz big band. The band, largely comprising Campbell River musicians with a sprinkling of saxes from Courtenay, has become a regular favorite as part of the mid-Island jazz scene during the past few years. This performance ends a two-year absence from the Thursday Night Jazz Series. In those two years the band has refocused its sound with a rebuilt rhythm section and added punch with its huge 15-piece horn section!

In addition to inspired and energetic solos by familiar and respected musicians, Roger Kirk, Jay Havelar, Carrie Fowler and Suzie Christensen, newcomers Evie Kenny, Colin Massie, Tom Tinsley, Kolya Kowalchuk and Dave Johnson also light things up on the expanded Avalanche stage. Cozy? Yep for sure! When you stack 19 musicians onto any platform the sound is big, the rhythm is hot and elbow room is at a premium! Rounding out the sets is the simply amazing Amy Lelliot on vocals.

Please come on down to the recently renovated Avalanche lounge to catch the new sound and tunes, and find out firsthand why Courtenay has become the hottest jazz venue on Vancouver Island. Better still, bring a friend! Remember to come a little earlier if you want to grab a good table for a pre-show dinner with friends. You can read our schedule of upcoming performances here on the website and follow links to a wonderful photographic archive of previous performances. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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