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

May 12th at 7:30pm - Meghan Gilhespy

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

The 2015-16 performance year - September to May - has enabled the Georgia Straight Jazz Society to present a greater diversity of performers from a wider range of places than any previous year; from across Canada, and many parts of the US as well. It has also included three 2016 Juno-nominated artists this spring, and other nominated musicians from previous years too.

This diversity continues on Thursday with a show presented by 23-year-old modern jazz vocalist Meghan Gilhespy - an innovative voice in the diverse Vancouver jazz scene. Meghan has recently completed her debut album, Vive Le Tour, which showcases her exceptional vocal talents, ranging from soulful standards to avant-garde improvisation. The album tracks provide the foundation of her Courtenay debut. Once again, it illustrates our good fortune in becoming a well-established jazz venue where many of our bookings are made in response to artists' requests.

Vive Le Tour features eight tunes that draw from the American Song Book, classic jazz composers such as Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk, and one original composition from the band. All of the pieces were arranged by Meghan Gilhespy, except for 'Norwegian Wood' and 'Little Tassie'. Meghan is joined on the album by guitarist David Blake and bassist Jeff Gammon, with acclaimed tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad featured on two of the tracks.

Dinners and meals from the pub menu will be available before and during the show. For more information about the Jazz Society and its forthcoming acts - including the 2016-17 season - browse the website, where you will also be able to link to the amazing photo galleries of previous Thursday Night Jazz performances from the past three years, and see for yourself what an exciting and comprehensive jazz scene Courtenay can claim.

GSJS showcases jazz live in the Comox Valley, giving music lovers an opportunity to enjoys local, regional and internationally-known jazz musicians.

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