The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Blue Tonic

January 16th 2020

Members $10 non members $12

Show cancelled due to weather conditions.

Ralph Barrat, the well-known and loved Sinatra - and Cole-styled singer and accomplished keyboard player, is very excited about this Thursday's upcoming concert by his Blue Tonic group at the Avalanche Bar and Grill.

As Ralph said in a his recent interview, "We're always looking forward to Thursday Night Jazz performances because of the great support we receive from an appreciative audience and the terrific atmosphere.

"But this time it's different. We were disappointed when our bassist/vocalist Bruce Jacobs moved back to Winnipeg last summer, and that's when Mike Berman (drums) and I approached John Hyde (double bass) to bring a whole new quality to our sound. John's now part of our regular line-up. We've enjoyed many gigs with him at local pubs, dances, concerts, and special events during the past six months, and this will be the first appearance with us at Thursday jazz.

"Add to that the special guest appearance of tenor sax player Dan Craven to the group, and you've got the formula for a really exceptional show. I've been longing to play with Dan since my last gig with him roughly 10 years ago, and the GSJS gig seemed like a great opportunity; happily, Dan is joining us. Blue Tonic will perform as a quartet and Dan will be the 'icing on the cake'.

"For Thursday's show we will draw from a large list of jazz vocal standards, as well as jazz arrangements of music ranging from The Beatles to Jefferson Airplane."

Jazz aficionados are reminded that it's time for membership renewals, and you have an option to do so at Thursday Night Jazz, or otherwise by PayPal via the website

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.

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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