The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Greg Bush

December 12th 2019

Members $10 non members $12

Familiar faces, and a talented line-up of central island jazz musicians fill the The Avalanche Bar with great jazz this Thursday, when Greg Bush returns with four favourite accompanists: Alicia Murray, Drums; Dan Craven, tenor saxophone; James Darling, keyboard and Rob Uffen, bass.

In addition to his broad teaching experience Greg Bush has also enjoyed a career as a busy freelance jazz trumpet player, arranger and composer. As a sideman, he's had the good fortune of playing in big bands and orchestras that have accompanied such artists as Big Miller, Paul Horn, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bob Brookmeyer. He has also performed in various venues in Australia, the Fiji Islands, Germany, Italy, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Multifaceted Alicia Murray performs in several bands, playing everything from folk music to arrangements of video game songs, and sea shanties on her accordion.

Dan Craven, a most popular artist with Jazz Society members, teaches music on central Vancouver Island, and brings the benefit of extensive performance experience to his students. A 2001 recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, he has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with top Canadian musicians. In 2007 Dan joined Phil Dwyer's Sax Summit, which first launched in 2002 with the release of Sax Summit on CBC Records. Dan has performed frequently around Canada's West from Victoria to Fort Nelson, is the Artistic Director of CYMC's Island Jazz Intensive, and has served the local jazz community as festival clinician, honour band conductor and guest performer.

Although Chad Geekie originated from Vancouver Island, he studied at McGill University and works as a sideman mainly with the Damian Graham Trio and with Tina Jones. He also plays with the Dave Stewart Sextet and is another favourite on The Avalanche stage.

Rob Uffen is an accomplished guitarist as well as a bassist. He is best known to regular Society members as the driver of the rhythm section of The Arrowsmith Big Band and the Dave Stewart Sextet.

There will be a two-week break following next week's sold out ticketed concert by Dee Daniels. Thursday night jazz will resume on January 9, 2020.

Please browse the website and while you're there select the calendar tab to see the amazing schedule of acts we have already lined up between now and the end of 2020.

It is all rush seating, there are no reservations.

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