The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

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

Herb Alpert Tribute

January 30th 2020

Members $10 non members $12

One of the favourite Georgia Straight Jazz Society shows presented at Thursday Night Jazz over the past seven years has been The Herb Alpert Band Tribute.

For those people who seek easy-going entertaining music without the complexities of modern jazz music - this is the night for you. Sit back and enjoy the memories of some of the most popular music of the past sixty years.

With a career which spans those decades, Alpert built a solid reputation as one of the most successful performing artists of the 20th century. He felt inspired to co-write his first of many hit singles "The Lonely Bull" back in 1962 while attending a bullfight (featuring a local mariachi band) in Tijuana, Mexico.

Due to a growing demand for live appearances, the "Brass", consisting of the best LA session musicians, were formed in 1964 and they soon became one of the highest paid acts in show business. Jake Masri, trumpet player, re-creates the happy atmosphere of the 60s and 70s.

As Jake introduced his band recently, "Come on down to The Avalanche Bar & Grill this Thursday and join a stellar line-up of north island musicians featuring Michael Eddy on keyboard, Rick Husband on guitar, Grahame Edwards on bass, Tom Tinsley on drums, Jeff Agopsowicz on trombone, Jay Havelaar and Jake Masri on trumpet. By all means, spread the word - we hope to see you there."

Trumpeter & band leader Jake Masri was first attracted by the music of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass before taking up the horn at age 11. He also draws his inspiration from a wide variety of genres including classical repertoire, musical theater, Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and Bebop. His passion for jazz is directly connected to artists such as Harry James, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, & Arturo Sandoval.

Jazz aficionados are reminded that it's time for membership renewals, 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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