The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

March 8th 2018 at 7:30pm

Peripheral Vision

Members $10, non-members $12

After a series of shows over the past two months which have featured local jazz artists, Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents Peripheral Vision, one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. It's been two years since PV appeared on our stage, and we're excited to bring them back after the memorable concert they provided in March 2016.

Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. Their distinctive musical voice bridges tradition and innovation, with deeply felt influences ranging from jazz, rock, classical, and improv, with a focus on dynamic group interaction.

The group started garnering honours in 2012 with the Galaxie Rising Star Award - Montreal Jazz Festival. This was followed by their 2016 JUNO nomination for Best Jazz Album of the Year; Peripheral Vision is excited to be touring in support of its fourth CD release, More Songs About Error and Shame.

Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott's, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960's jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process. This no-holds-barred philosophy is at the root of Peripheral Vision's explosive performances.

"Unfailingly fresh, incalculable and rewarding, Peripheral Vision is giving jazz the swift kick in the pants that it needs." - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!

"Peripheral Vision displays an amazing cohesion of sound as they cut a wide harmonic path that perhaps only a dozen other bands in North America could touch. Genres are transcended, and boundaries are smashed." - criticaljazz.com

"Dominated by lively counterpoint...with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings" - Downbeat Magazine

For a sampling of PV's music, visit PeripheralVisionMusic.com

For more information about the forthcoming shows during the remainder of this performance year, please browse the GSJS web site and select the calendar tab. More important, come on down to any of the shows and discover why Courtenay has the reputation as the friendliest and best jazz venue in British Columbia. You'll be glad you did!

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