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Thursday August 1st 2024, 7:00pm at the 40 Knots Vineyard, 2400 Anderton Rd, Comox

Perry White Trio

After the two opening concerts at 40 knots winery, word's out about how wonderful the new venue suits community jazz concerts. On August 1st Toronto based saxophonist Perry White will be performing a two-hour show, starting at 7:00 pm. Perry has been performing with Canada's top creative musicians for more than four decades; this concert features him with two BC greats: Steve Wallace on bass, and Nick Peck on keyboards.

As Perry told me recently, "Being exposed to jazz early on and attending the Banff Centre Jazz Workshops, gave me the experience to offer a wide range of skills as a working musician. It started on the west coast with Hugh Fraser and the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation, before I moved east in the early 80's to become a regular of the Toronto jazz scene, the studio scene, popular music styles and work with orchestras. This was followed by touring the world with the Shuffle Demons, Dave Young and other top Canadian groups."

White garnered many awards and credentials as a soloist and interpreter of a wide variety of musical styles. Living in Europe in the 1990s he played for the Cirque Du Soleil and collaborated with many European musicians in jazz, funk and electronic music.

Since returning to Toronto White has resumed performing with a wide variety of artists including Kevin Breit, The John Macleod Big Band, Trio with Rob Piltch and Neil Swainson, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Aretha Franklin.

Steve Wallace is a noted Canadian bassist born in Toronto in 1956. Most of his career took place there and internationally, playing clubs, touring and recording with such American greats as Zoot Sims, Ray Bryant, Scott Hamilton, Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman and many more, as well as with such Canadian giants as Fraser MacPherson, Rob McConnell, Oscar Peterson, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert, Mike Murley and many others. He moved to Courtenay in July 2021 where he now lives with his long-suffering wife Anna.

Nick Peck is an award-winning composer, pianist and organist from London, UK. After graduating from London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Nick was increasingly active as a sideman, gaining valuable hands-on experience accompanying UK Jazz heroes including Peter King, Derek Nash, Paul Booth in and around London and the South of England. After moving to Canada, he established a new presence on the west coast, appearing clubs and festivals across the country. Along the way he has performed with Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Nick Hempton, Terell Stafford, Oliver Gannon, Cory Weeds amongst others. He has also recorded for the Cellar Live Label.

This is bound to become another wonderful concert in a vineyard setting. Why not invite a friend to join you at this magnificent venue? Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Wines and beers will be available throughout the show. Please respect the parking attendants and follow their directions: although there's plenty of parking area, they are trying to avoid wasting space and traffic blockages.

For more information about forthcoming events in our 2024 calendar and the summer "Jazz in the Vineyard" concert series at 40 Knots Winery, please check the Calendar tab.



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About Us

Formed in 2006, the Georgia Straight Jazz Society is a non-profit society based in the Comox Valley. Its vision is to develop and sustain a healthy and vibrant jazz community in the Vancouver Island region.

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society is getting a name for itself in the Vancouver Island jazz scene, and beyond.  Since its origin in 2006, the society has developed a popular weekly jazz club and offers some ticketed events with top-notch players from Vancouver, Victoria and abroad.

The GSJS is most proud of the high calibre of jazz now being played and appreciated by local musicians and audiences.  With a regular venue and opportunities to play, veteran and emerging jazz musicians have supported and challenged each other to grow their skills and develop their chops.

Players and singers of all ages regularly appear on the jazz club stage, before engaged audiences that continue to show their support and interest and musical know-how as the months have passed.  A committed group of volunteers keep the sounds happening and the audiences happy.

The goals of the Georgia Straight Jazz Society are:

* To increase public awareness of and to nurture an appreciation for all forms of jazz;
* To present performances by a wide variety of musicians representing all forms of jazz;
* To stimulate the local jazz communities by producing events and activities in which artists can interact creatively;
* To provide opportunities for school aged musicians to create jazz for a public audience;
* To augment the educational instruction of school aged musicians in jazz performance, improvisation and composition;
* To establish and strengthen the jazz music community on Vancouver Island.
Board Meetings
Board Meetings are usually held once a month. GSJS Members are welcome to attend if they wish.
Contact the President at Genevieve Huchulak if you would like to know the date, time and location.


President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Website, social media Booking, Scheduling Volunteer Co-ordinator Membership Director at large
Genevieve Huchulak Malcolm Holt VACANT Monica Mooney Yvonne Higgs Malcolm Holt Linda Stewart Robert Reid Jackie Holt

The Treasurer works with the Bookkeeper to prepare the annual budget and monthly financial statements, provide oversight of revenue and expenditures and ensure that GSJS is on track financially.

It is the Treasurer's responsibility to:
ensure that all revenues are properly collected, deposited and recorded and
that all expenditures are approved, appropriate and properly recorded
For more information contact Genevieve

The Liam Grimm Bursary

Founded in 2008, the Liam Grimm Music Bursary is awarded to a deserving student who meets the following criteria:

* Is currently enrolled in Grade 12 in Campbell River, Qualicum or Comox Valley School District or is a Grade 12 graduate from one of these same school districts.
* Has a letter of recommendation from a school or private music teacher, and
* Has a letter of recommendation from a community music contact.
* Will attend a college or university jazz music programme in the same calendar year or the year thereafter, or will enrol in the Jazz Programme at the summer Courtenay Youth Music Centre
* For applicants attending Grade 12, bursary application and all pertinent documentation should be submitted to school counseling office by April 30th of the student's Grade 12 year. Application is then forwarded to the Georgia Straight Jazz Society for consideration. For applicants who have already graduated from high school, application and documentation should be forwarded directly to the Georgia Straight Jazz Society no later than April 30th.
* The applicant should submit a letter demonstrating his/her personal qualities that exemplify the following attributes of Liam Grimm:
* The joy of studying and playing music in school and in turn, sharing one's personal music talents with community organizations i.e. community bands/choirs/pit orchestras/church choirs. The applicant should also describe his/her musical accomplishments and future plans in continuing to study in the jazz genre.

Funding of the Bursary is by a percentage of funds raised at events hosted by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society. Depending on funds raised, more than one student may be awarded a bursary.

For more information on the Bursary please contact

Bursary Recipients:

2008/2009 - Nicolas Sieber, attending VIU jazz studies on trombone.
2009/2010 - Danielle Fortin, from Highland Secondary, Comox, also a trombonist.
2010/2011 - Annaleesa Leach, Highalnd Secondary, Comox, baritone sax, piano and vocals.
2010/2011 - Josh Dieleman, Ballenas Secondary, Parksville, drums
2012/2013 - Tyson Foster
2016/2017 - Evie Kinney and Aidan Reimer
2018/2019 - Lachlan Craven and Towa Syewart
2024/2025 - Brett Sinclair

About Liam Grimm

The jazz community lost a great friend and musician with the passing in March 2009 of Liam Grimm. A gentleman, always supportive, great fun to perform with, he will be missed.

Liam developed a taste for jazz from age 10, quickly becoming a fan of Harry James and infatuated with the harmonies and trumpet power of the "Maynard Ferguson" versions of the Stan Kenton band. He obtained his Bachelor of Music on trumpet at the University of Idaho (where he instigated jazz activities that ultimately became the internationally renown Lionel Hampton School of Music), and went on to acquire his M.A. in trumpet from Denver University as well as taking graduate studies in composition.

An improviser in the casual "West Coast" style, he was influenced by Pete Candoli with the Henry Mancini band and Don Fagerquist and Shorty Rogers with the Dave Pell Octet.  Others influences included the intimate styles of Jack Sheldon and Chet Baker and the "bop" sounds of early Miles and Kenny Dorham.

His favourite group setting was the mid-sized 8 to 12 piece 'small band', allowing for tasty arrangements and plenty of solo space. He greatly enjoyed backing vocalists.

Resident in Campbell River, Liam was busy on the local jazz scene, playing with Jazztown, The Blue Monks, First Pressing, Jazzberry Jam, Annie Siegel and Jazz Noir. His trumpet playing was a highlight of the Georgia Straight and Campbell River Big Bands.


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