The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Astrid Lyre Trio

September 12th 2019 at 7:30pm

Members $10 non members $12

Following last week's season-opening Ryan Oliver Quartet, we present the electrifying Astrid Lyre Trio.

The fluid guitar lines of Astrid Lyre combine with the articulate, adventurous bass of Brock Meades and the dynamic drumming of James McRae to weave an intricate, improvised tapestry of close and playful interaction.

The Astrid Lyre Trio was a hit at last year's Nanaimo International Jazz Festival and has been refining and expanding the repertoire ever since. Along with Astrid originals such as 'Emery Board' they serve up swing on Charlie Parker's 'Barbados' and Sonny Rollins's 'Oleo,' and add intricate improvisations to the Beatles' perennial, 'Eleanor Rigby.'

A graduate of Capilano College's jazz programme on bass, Astrid Lyre honed her guitar skills with a two-and-a-half year gig in the jazz club on Royal Caribbean's flagship cruise liner, Allure of the Seas. On her return to Nanaimo she added vocals to her guitar, composing and performing original tunes with jazz combos and her progressive rock group 'Eleanore.' Influenced by a wide array of players, from guitarist Julian Lage and saxophonist Lee Konitz to pianist Bill Evans, Astrid can soar on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' and sing out her special version of 'All Shook Up.' She comes to us direct from a stint in the band for the musical Mamma Mia! in Chemainus.

Last season, appearing in John Lee's exciting 'Next Generation Jazz Collective, Brock Meades on bass impressed GSJS members with his fresh sounds.' Brock lays down a firm foundation for Astrid's trio, adding complex and intricate solo lines to the mix.

James McRae is a familiar face on the Avalanche stage, appearing with the Nico Rhodes and Marty Steele bands, and Jennifer Scott, among others. A teacher and a master of many genres, James toured this summer with Boogie Woogie pianist Jerry Story and spent Labour Day performing at the Island Blues Bash in Victoria.

Browse the website and select the calendar tab to see the superb line-up of acts we have booked for the 2019-2020 season (September through May). Members enjoy warm, safe, friendly gatherings each week, with a wide array of live jazz genres, and the option of adding affordable, wonderful food off the pub menu or the jazz night dinner special. Join us Thursday at 7:30 at The Avalanche.

It is all rush seating, there are no reservations.

Thank you for your support of the jazz society's events over the past five months of 2019. It's been our most successful year, and it fulfills our goal of keeping jazz live in Comox Valley.

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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