The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

April 27th 2017 at 7:30pm

Jeff Drummond Quartet

Members $10 - non members $12

One of the joys of Georgia Straight Jazz Society is witnessing the growth and development of local musicians. This Thursday's performance serves as a prime example, when guitarist Jeff Drummond leads John Hyde, bass; Aaron Amar, drums, and Dan Craven on tenor saxophone. All four of these wonderful artists are well known to local jazz aficionados, yet this is our first opportunity to appreciate them in this line-up.

Since graduating from music school in the early '90's, Jeff has worked as a guitarist, educator, composer, producer and engineer. Over the past two and half decades, he has explored many musical genres, toured North America and the United Kingdom as bandleader and freelance guitarist for numerous artists and bands. Jeff has appeared on high profile national television/radio programs and garnered countless recording credits for various streams of media including radio, CD, TV and film. On stage or in the studio, he has worked with countless highly acclaimed artists in many different roles. Some of the people Jeff has worked with include: Karl Roth, Ground, Andrea Revel, Tariq, Cam Penner, Amos Garret, Dojo Workhorse, Sue Medley, Gavin Brown and Ron Lopatta. As bandleader, guitarist and primary composer for the groove based jazz trio Sinistrio; he has also served as engineer and co-producer for all four of the group's CDs. Their latest release; The Perfect Human spent over 6 weeks at #1 on the earshot Canadian jazz charts and the album was nominated for best instrumental album at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2014.

Drummond's latest CD project released in Jan 2015 - Drummond and Hyde: Spoondrift was also recorded at Dove Creek Studios in the Comox Valley where Jeff lives and works. The album comprises mostly originals performed in a laid back mellow style, a completely acoustic format of relaxed and ambient, and you will be able to sample some of the album tracks this week, together with new material made more dynamic with the addition of Craven's superb sax work.

Three course Jazz night Greek dinners are offered each week, and the regular pub menu is also available, so this is a guarantee of a superb evening out at a most reasonable price. Try it, and see!

You can see the entire calendar of forthcoming events at www.georgaistraightjazz.com , together with a superb gallery of photographs displaying four years of previous performers. Applications for Society membership ($15 individual, $25 family) are also available online, payable by PayPal.

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