The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Thursday February 28th 2019 at 7:30pm

Jake Masri - tribute to Louis Armstrong

Members $10, non-members $12

We welcome back one of our favourite performances by popular demand: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong.

Thursday's show, headed by trumpeter and vocalist Jake Masri, features a stellar line up of local musicians including
Michael Eddy
on keyboard;
Grahame Edwards on bass;
Tom Tinsley
on drums;
Rachel Fuller
on clarinet and
Darren Nilsson
on slide trombone.

This multi-talented sextet is sure to deliver a memorable performance of classic standards plus some original compositions.

Louis Armstrong is regarded as the father of jazz and became known not only as a great trumpeter, but also as a vocalist, actor, comedian, ambassador and political activist.

His status as a successful black American inspired millions and many of his personal accomplishments remain unchallenged. During a career that spanned more than five decades, Armstrong revolutionized the art of improvisation and scat singing; wrote two autobiographies and many magazine articles; appeared in more than thirty movies and composed dozens of songs that have become familiar standards.

He performed an average of 300 worldwide concerts each year and has 13 entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Award for Lifetime Achievement.

All his Hot 5 and Hot 7 recordings have been designated for preservation by the National Recording Registry and he has an impressive list of gold and platinum albums and hit singles. He is recognized as one of the most influential people of the last century.

It is all rush seating, there are no reservations.

Browse the Calendar page of our website for more information about the 38 scheduled concerts in the forthcoming year 2019 and into 2020. 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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