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 16th2023

Georgia Straight Big Band


After several weeks of small ensembles, it's time to present an 18-piece big band.

We are proud to host the Comox Valley's very own Georgia Strait Big Band (GSBB). Once the collaborative sister musical organization to the jazz society, the band grew in stature to the degree that it branched off, about 12 years ago, to enjoy years of independent success under the continuous elite leadership of Greg Bush, former Professor of Jazz Studies at VIU. A resident of Nanaimo, Greg still makes over 40 return trips annually to support and direct the Band, helping it to develop a 300-song repertoire over the years. Such an amazing track record of support for live jazz performance and music education in the Valley!

This group is a bona fide Community big band that attracts musicians aged from 16 to 80 plus, carrying on a fine tradition of continuous big band music in the Valley dating back to the 1940s with Saturday night dances.

The rhythm section is led by the amazing Steve Wallace on bass with world class credentials that include touring with Oscar Peterson. On a weekly basis, Steve takes the time to work with the Rhythm section in a Master Class setting. Now retired and playing simply for pleasure, Steve is sincerely admired and respected for his skill and dedication in coaching other band members in their musical development, and sharing the incredible breadth of knowledge he brings to the Band.

The Band will create its exciting retro atmosphere when it delivers a great evening of live music in the comfortable Little Red Church setting. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. You're invited to bring your own drink and snack and enjoy a comfortable and safe evening with other jazz lovers and friends, in a warm social atmosphere

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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