The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

March 24th at 7:30 pm - Peripheral Vision

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

Georgia Straight Jazz Society introduces another 2016 JUNO-nominated ensemble when Peripheral Vision takes the stage. The nomination provides proof of the band's ascent from its 2012 Galaxie Rising Star Award Winner at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Incidentally, this is the third JUNO-nominated act at The Avalanche in recent weeks; another measure of the Society's ability to attract national and international calibre jazz performers to Comox Valley, thanks to the solid support and attendance the Society receives each week.

Peripheral Vision's musicians make up one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. 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 quartet maintains a busy touring schedule in support of its three critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Sheer Tyranny of Will, is nominated for a 2016 JUNO award. 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 1960s 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.

Showtime is 7:30. If you've never experienced the live and exciting atmosphere of a jazz club, treat yourself to an evening at The Avalanche, and discover why Courtenay has emerged as one of Canada's most sought after performance venue. For more information about forthcoming acts, and a wonderful photographic record of previous concerts presented by the Jazz Society, browse the websaite or follow us on Facebook.

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