The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Bill Street Quintet

September 26th 2019 at 7:30pm

Members $10 non members $12

Melody and swing will be at the forefront as the Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents the Bill Street Quintet this Thursday Night Jazz at The Avalanche Bar. The show begins at 7:30, with tea lights on the tables and a special Jazz Night Dinner Menu in addition to a selection of delicious pub food.

Bill Street is known to musicians across Canada and beyond as the man who brings his extensive jazz knowledge and experience to the booking of bands for the Georgia Straight Jazz Society. Here in the Comox Valley he's known as a drummer of finesse and style who makes bands swing. With Paoul Gagnon on keys, Mike Schwarz on reeds, Jeff Agopsowicz, trombone, and Grahame Edwards, bass, the band will feature some much loved standards as well as original tunes by both Grahame and Jeff, along with some new material by Paoul.

As Bill says, "This band is always as faithful as possible to the jazz of the 50s and 60s for the qualities that era gave us." That era was introduced by Miles Davis's 'Birth of the Cool,' with swinging arrangements by veterans of the dance-band era, and young, inventive soloists such as Lee Konitz on alto sax, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and John Lewis on piano.

Trombone is a big part of that sound, and Jeff Agopsowicz brings his experience as soloist and ensemble player with Canadian Forces Bands and show bands on Celebrity Cruise Line ships.

The saxophone contributions come from Mike Schwarz. Whether on tenor or alto, Mike's extended, free-form improvisations remind us that this is truly modern jazz.

Paoul Gagnon will contribute some new tunes to the band's growing repertoire as well as fresh solos with his characteristic cool groove.

Grahame Edwards has honed his skills on upright and electric bass in countless local ensembles and productions in every genre from Choral to Musical Theatre, Big Band Jazz to Classical. Like some members of 'The Birth of the Cool' band, he adds original compositions and arrangements to the mix.

Gerry Mulligan once wrote, "There are some words that I would like to bring to my music and have striven all my life to do, BEAUTY, GRACE, NOBILITY; these are the things that music can bring to us, as human beings." They are what The Bill Street Quartet will be serving up on Thursday night.

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.

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.

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