The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

October 27th 2022

Kenton Willem Quartet

Among the Georgia Straight Jazz Society's goals is a commitment to support and encourage upcoming younger musicians in the pursuit of their professional career and to afford the Comox Valley an opportunity to experience their depth of talent so they can say in a few years' time, "I remember seeing him before he was really well known". This is one of those weeks, and if your curious enough to see how much talent a young musician can pack, plan on heading down to witness a great concert when the Kenton Willem Quartet will grace our stage for the first time.

Many jazz fans will remember Kenton from his tremendous performance last February, when he played sax in Marty Steele's opening show: a fantastic night of swinging music - our first concert following the 2-year COVID hiatus.

Kenton Willem is a saxophonist, pianist, flutist and composer/arranger from Nanaimo, British Columbia. He started his musical interests learning the saxophone at the age of 10 and soon after, he began performing and composing through the local Wellington Jazz Academy program.

In his 15+ years of experience playing music and learning from masters, he has been recognized throughout North America for his work and talents. Some of his most notable accomplishments include receiving a Downbeat Magazine Composition Award, winning California's Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival Outstanding Ensemble category and Outstanding Soloist category and being the first Canadian to receive the full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he completed his degree in Performance and Jazz Composition with a minor in Classical Conducting.

Kenton told us in his recent interview, " am excited to bring to the audience a selection of some of my favourite jazz standards while playing with one of the best rhythm sections on the west coast: drummer Hans Verhoeven, bassist Alex Coleman, and pianist Nicholas Peck. This is a night you won't want to miss!

Kenton plays saxophone, on stage with him are Nicholas Peck (keys), Alexander Cole (bass) and Hans on drums.

You're invited to expose yourself to an amazing jazz performance in a warm, safe and friendly pub atmosphere. If you're new to the valley and still exploring what's new and exciting, you will be surprised to discover a jazz performance scene equal to any large city. Admission is $15 for society members, $20 for non-members. You're invited to visit our calendar page for full information on our upcoming weekly concerts.

Jazz fans are also advised that 2023 memberships ($20) will be available.

C 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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