Georgia Straight Jazz Society jazz at the High Tide pub in Courtenay

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

Dave Blinzinger Quartet

Thursday January 25th 2024

At the High Tide Pub , 268 Fifth St, Courtenay

Dave Blinzinger

Okay jazz lovers, you're invited to join the friendly jazz-loving folk when The D. Blinzinger Quartet takes the stage at 7:00 pm to explore sounds, harmony, and creativity at its finest!

The band consists of some of Comox Valley's best-known musicians: Grahame Edwards on bass; Michael Eddy on piano and Ram Sudama on drums, together with leader Dave Blinzinger on saxophone and flute.

Dave told me, "Grahame and Michael and I have played as a trio together for over 10 years now, and with the recent addition of Ram we have decided to stay as a quartet. All the musicians are veterans of the Comox Valley jazz scene, and we're determined to support the Georgia straight Jazz Society's goal of keeping live performances of jazz music alive in the Comox Valley and surrounding communities. We play jazz standards, ranging from the big band era to post bop, but most of all we like to venture further afield from time to time to expand our repertoire. In this regard each musician brings something unique to the table, and we've really focussed hard on new material for this performance."

"I like to explore completely improvised and experimental music which has influences and inspirations ranging from the late, great tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques) to sax player Wayne Shorter."

If you plan on attending, please assist the volunteers working the main entrance, since they are still learning the new venue procedures. Meals from the pub menu will be served until 8:00 PM, and drinks will be served for the duration of the two-hour concert.

Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. 2024 Memberships will be for sale at the door. Music starts at 7:00. Food will be available from the pub menu until 8pm, and drinks will be available throughout the 2-hour show.

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You should know that, as a non-profit society, we strive to minimize our admission charges to encourage our supporters to experience wonderful live music, whilst reimbursing the musicians with almost all our income, except for fixed costs, minimal overheads, and a regular deposit into our annual bursary for post secondary music students.

This is your opportunity to discover why it is that the Comox Valley has such an enviable jazz scene, and a nationwide reputation. Our primary goal is to keep live jazz alive in the Comox Valley. We feature local, regional, national, and international acts every Thursday at The Little Red Church.

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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