The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

February 25th at 7:30 pm - Graham Shonwise Quartet

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

After last week's tremendous concert of contemporary music by Arrowsmith Big Band in front of a full house, we return to a jazz quartet this week, when the Graham Shonwise "Soul Jazz" Quartet takes the Avalanche stage at 7:30 pm this Thursday.

The band features Graham Shonwise on sax; Hans Verhoeven, drums; Andrew Janusson, Guitar; and James Darling, Hammond B-3 Organ. This performance will include hard swinging bebop music with a dose of church, and a taste of funk. This recently formed group has been thrilling Nanaimo audiences recently. This is a Courtenay debut appearance for the band, and it serves to show how fortunate we are in Comox Valley to be able to attract the young and vigourous talent in this region, courtesy of the jazz program at Vancouver Island University.

If you've never sampled the live music we offer each Thursday between September and June, this is an excellent opportunity to expose yourself to the type of musical flair on offer, in a wonderful social atmosphere with friendly folk who regularly meet to appreciate live jazz in a club atmosphere, with good food and great company. We're encouraging parents with teenagers to bring them in to sample the excitement of live modern jazz music. The Avalanche is now licenced to allow them in, and we're happy to allow them the opportunity to listen to something in advance of pop music.

You can read our schedule of upcoming performances here on the website or follow us on Facebook. Either way, we look forward to greeting new faces, and sharing the experience of the brightest jazz scene in British Columbia. Discover why it is that we've become a venue where musicians love to play most on Vancouver Island.

GSJS is committed to keeping jazz live, and allowing Comox Valley music lovers an opportunity to expose themselves local, regional and internationally-known jazz musicians.

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