Georgia Straight Jazz Society jazz at the Little Red Church in Comox

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

At the Little Red Church , 2182 Comox Ave, Comox

March 9th2023

Ralph Barrat

Back in the early days of the jazz society, Ralph Barrat used to wow his audiences when he made his appearances with his own keyboard. Over the years, he mastered the vocal style of Frank Sinatra and focused more on performing ballads with an accompanying band; that became his more established style. For many, the shift has meant that we never hear Ralph's wonderful keyboard performances and his repertoire of jazz standards.

Well, this week Ralph is delighted to be back at the jazz society ''new" home. This time Ralph will be singing and playing his keyboard and possibly a few on the Church's old upright grand. He will be joined by three of our region's finest jazz artists: Cayleigh Borsboom on alto and tenor saxes, Steve Wallace on acoustic bass and James McRae on drums. Each of these musicians generate excitement to their own right; it's going to be really memorable to witness how they draw even more inspiration and improvisation from each other. Come out to the show to witness this bound-to-be unforgettable evening.

Ralph enthusiastically told me, "It will be all your favourite old standards and a few from the late great Mose Allison (with whom Steve had the pleasure of playing). These players need no further introduction to our local jazz community as they have all graced the Thursday Night Jazz stage before. For me it's a privilege: I am blessed to have this opportunity to play with them!"

Since no food or beverages will be served, you are encouraged to bring your own food and drink.

You're invited to experience an amazing jazz performance in a warm, safe and friendly 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. Select the Calendar tab to see the forthcoming acts in our schedule.

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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