The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Thursday February 7th 2019 at 7:30pm

LABT + 1

Members $10, non-members $12

We welcome back The Larry Ayre Blues Trio +1 (LABT+1) this Thursday, February 7. The group features Larry Ayre on guitar and vocals, Mike Berman on drums and John Hyde on bass. They will be joined on this evening by a special guest, Dan Craven on saxophone.

Larry Ayre is an accomplished guitarist and music teacher who has been performing in the Comox Valley for over 25 years. He was leader of The Larry Ho Blues Show and then went on to lead Larry Ho's Jive Five.

Mike Berman has decades of drumming experience. He started his musical career in Montreal and was soon playing on the east coast of the US in New York and Florida. After settling in Vancouver Mike played for many years in the band of R&B stalwart Al Foreman.

John Hyde is an accomplished bassist, well known to local jazz aficionados, who moved to the North Island a few years ago after a distinguished career playing and teaching in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Trio is excited to have Dan Craven joining them to play some swinging sax. Dan is a polished musician who has played - among many others - with the Arrowsmith Big Band, the Boss Tenors and Time Well Wasted.

The LABT+1 always features blues, as well as up-tempo swing numbers like Louis Jordan's Choo Choo Ch'Boogie and Chartreuse. On this night they will be adding some original instrumental pieces written by Larry and humourous originals such as I Hear the Couch (Calling Me) with lyrics penned by Larry's wife and co-founder of the Jive Five, Marki Nickerson. As 2Jive, Larry and his wife have produced an EP of original material; you can hear their songs on Larry's website www.larryayreguitarist.com . Also check out his Facebook page Larry Ayre Blues.

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Browse the Calendar page of our website for more information about 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.

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