The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Fall Season starts September 6th 2018

Ryan Oliver Quartet at 7:30pm

Members $10, non-members $12 at the door.

Another new season of great live jazz opens this Thursday with a return gig, due to popular demand, by the Ryan Oliver Quartet, featuring Ryan Oliver on tenor saxophone; Dr. Tony Genge, piano; Ken Lister, bass and Kelby McNayr on drums. These four Canadian jazz greats offer a stunning start to what will be Georgia Straight Jazz Society's finest year yet: their concert called "Swinging Straight Ahead Jazz".

Juno-nominated saxophonist Ryan Oliver honed his craft living on Canada's west coast, and in Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. He has maintained a busy schedule as one of Canada's most in-demand saxophonists, recently releasing Strive! featuring jazz legend Victor Lewis. Over the last 10 years, Oliver has toured throughout the world with legendary Canadian group, The Shuffle Demons. He is a member of Juno-award-winning Aboriginal blues/rock performer Derek Miller's band, and appears on Miller's most recent recording, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn's rhythm section Double Trouble and Willie Nelson. He has received numerous Canada and Ontario Arts Council grants for touring, recording and education and was nominated for the 2013 Prix De Jazz. Most recently, Ryan has served this summer as Executive Director for CYMC, and recently completed a successful tour of the UK.

Also, we are confirming that tickets for Connor Stewart's September 20 show "Let The Good Times Roll" are now for sale at Bop City. These tickets will also be available at Thursday Night Jazz - $20 members, $25 non-members. They will fly off the shelf, so don't delay.

Browse the website for more information about the 2018 fall season's 16 jazz performances, and the 38 scheduled concerts in the forthcoming year 2019. That way, you will quickly realize why Courtenay has become a significant performance destination on the Canadian jazz scene.

GSJS showcases jazz live in the Comox Valley, giving music lovers an opportunity to enjoys local, regional and internationally-known jazz musicians.

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